It’s official: I’m a Wenner. Despite the fact that I’m a product junkie with tons and tons of shampoos and conditioners, on the days when I don’t shampoo and condition my hair, I use Wen. I originally started using Wen in November to co-wash, as stated in the first post of my Wen series, and am almost done with the first flavor I ever purchased: Sweet Almond Mint.
My first few uses of the Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner were via a Wen set that I bought from Sephora that contained a treatment spray, a mask, and the cleansing conditioner. That ran me about $42, which isn’t too horrific given how much product you get. Anyways, after I found out that the version of Wen sold at Sephora was different than the one sold at QVC or on Chaz Dean’s website, I decided to buy the authentic version in another set off of QVC and keep the Sephora set because I wanted the accompanying spray and mask.
According to the Wen “flavor” chart, Sweet Almond Mint is supposed to accomplish the following: As the very first Wen Cleansing Conditioner, Sweet Almond Mint was developed to address all hair types. This universal formula uses the perfect blend of nourishing herbs and ingredients to hydrate and replenish. Its lightweight formula helps add body, volume, shine, moisture, and strength. It thoroughly cleanses the scalp and hair without stripping them of their natural oils.
After almost 3 months of using SAM every other day, I am happy to confirm that this particular flavor does indeed do everything that it claims. Because this post is part of a series I’m doing on Wen, I’m going to break each flavor down by the following standards as I finish them:
- Cleansing Ability: This flavor does a fantastic job at cleansing, which is remarkable considering there are no harsh detergents (not even the alternative sulphates that supposed sulphate-free products contain). SAM contains the most menthol out of any of the other Wen flavors, so upon using it and combing it through there is a very noticeable tingle, which I enjoy because it wakes me up.
- Scent: SAM smells exactly as the name suggests – like mint and almonds, though the mint isn’t so strong as to make you feel like you’re walking down the gum aisle at the grocery store. Instead, it smells very light and fresh, and remains so even after a full day and night.
- Pumps: This may seem like a strange category to include, but Wen is known for the ridiculous amount of pumps you supposedly have to use to see results. Chaz Dean says you need 10 pumps at minimum, but I find that with SAM I only need about 3 or 4, if even. I will say that pump usage does differ depending on the flavor, so don’t assume that just because 4 pumps works with SAM that it will work with one of the seasonal or other Wen flavors.
- Styling Products: Because all of the SAM products that I own came in sets, I own quite a few styling products in this flavor. Just like the cleansing conditioner flavors differ in their results, so do their accompanying styling products. The ReMoist mask in SAM is to die for, and is so intensive that I only use it once every 4 or 5 weeks. The Replenishing Treatment Mist in SAM is also quite effective, and is very refreshing on both an irritated scalp and as a makeup setting spray, though its primary use is as a leave-in conditioner. The Volumizing Mousse is phenomenal at plumping up the hair, especially at the roots, and doesn’t leave any crunchy or sticky residue (although there have been a few occasions when it seems to react poorly to my flat iron). The Styling Creme has the exact same effect as the mousse on my hair, though I do not use it as frequently because it has a tendency to feel rather heavy. The Intensive Treatment Oil, like the styling creme, can also be used to the point where it makes the hair feel heavy and look greasy, though only using about half a dropper full leaves the hair weightless and healthily shiny. The Glossing Serum is actually my favorite serum of all time, and leaves hair with a glossy finish without making it look like it hasn’t been washed in a year.
- Other Uses: Having tried almost all of the Wen flavors at this point, SAM is the only one that seems to have good results as a shaving cream. That’s actually what I ended up using the cleansing conditioner that came in the kit from Sephora for, and I find that it gives a very close shave and leaves skin soft, supple, and awakened with a bit of tingle from the menthol ingredient.
Since I’ve become more adventurous with my use of Wen flavors, I haven’t used Sweet Almond Mint as much as I used to, but I consider it almost a dear friend that I know I can come back to when my hair gets tired of experimenting (if it ever does). My mom is also a Wen user, and she enjoys this formula almost as much as I do. I’ve just ordered the Spring Orange Blossom and Bamboo Green Tea flavors, though, so I don’t think I’ll be using SAM again until after I finish those up.
I can definitely see why Chaz Dean chose Sweet Almond Mint to be the original Wen formula, and I think it’s a great introduction to a great alternative to traditional shampooing.