Wen by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner is a different type of hair care product. Don’t let the term 'Cleansing Conditioner' throw you. This isn’t just a conditioner. It’s also a shampoo, deep conditioner, detangler and leave in conditioner. Basically, everything you need for your hair in one bottle.
If you’re interested in natural treatments then this could be exactly what you’re looking for. It doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals, instead it cleanses and conditions your hair with ingredients like glycerin, chamomile extract, wild cherry bark, rosemary extract and panthenol. Also Cindy Crawford is a fan, so that's a plus in my book. There are a few different Sweet Almond Mint scented products, but I'm starting with the Cleansing Conditioner.
Shampoo and conditioner in the same bottle isn’t totally new, and it was definitely all the rage during the 90s! There are still some combined products on the market, but I would say that most people I know use a separate shampoo and conditioner. I was really interested in trying something different, and curious to see how it would compare to my regular routine. And of course we included samples in the May bellabox, and a good beauty editor always tries everything on offer.
My hair type: Naturally wavy, long, oily at the roots and dry at the ends. Usually I wash it every two days. I don’t dye it, but I do attack it with my Parlux hairdryer and GHD. I wear it up in a bun, a pony tail or a braid a few times a week, and either straighten it or curl it on most other days. I'm not loyal to any particular products, I usually shampoo and condition and then add some kind of moisturising product while it's drying. Here's a photo of my hair. The sad expression on my face is saying "please wash and condition me!"
First I did a little photoshoot around my bathroom with the Cleansing Conditioner. I’ve got exactly the same pack that you might have received in this month’s bellabox. Also I have a new camera. I look quite mysterious in some of these shots. But really I was very excited to try this product out!
So how do you use the Cleansing Conditioner? I’ve put together a tutorial that explains it, because this might be different to what you’re used to.
I wet my hair, and then squeezed some of the Cleansing Conditioner out of the pack. My first thought was "this smells good!" Nothing too overwhelming, just definite notes of both mint and almond. The instructions for the bottles of the Cleansing Conditioner suggest using a decent amount of product, so I used up most of the pack - but make sure to save a little bit to use as your leave-in conditioner after washing.
The Cleansing Conditioner doesn’t lather up like a normal shampoo, but a splash of water will help make sure it gets evenly distributed. You need to really massage it into your scalp for about a minute. Make sure you rub it into the sides and the base of your scalp.
And then work it through the lengths of your hair, making sure it gets right to the end. Remember this is conditioner, so you want the driest parts of your hair to be soaking up all those moisturising ingredients.
I left it on for about five minutes then rinsed really thoroughly in the shower. I towel dried my hair, and then used some of the remnants of my sample packet as a leave in conditioner, as recommended. I let my hair dry naturally, and then went to bed.
The result: My hair definitely felt as clean as it would with a normal shampoo, and it was soft with almost no tangles. I still straightened my hair because that’s just what I do, but to be honest I could have left it natural and it would have looked okay! Plus I really liked having everything in one product. I’ll definitely be using this again, and would be interested to try a few other products in their range.
Massage the Cleansing Conditioner into your hair at the start of your shower, and then leave it in your hair while you go about the rest of your normal routine.
Make sure you’ve really worked it through the lengths of your hair. It’s easy to end up with most of it in one spot, so use a little water and your fingers to make sure it’s everywhere.
Don’t skip the leave-in conditioner step. You only need a tiny little bit, perhaps a drop the size of a 10 cent coin. You should focus it on the ends of your hair or where you get the most tangles. Because my hair was still wet when I put it in I found it easy to distribute, but I wish I had put more on my ends.