I’ve been shampoo-free now for almost five months. Short of just cutting out all the damage that I wrought on my hair, this has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Occasionally, I will use the best shampoo for hair growth to remove any buildup, at most once a week, but overall, I’ve removed all sulfates and other yucky stuff from all of my hair products.
What inspired me to do this was a gift from my sister-in-law of the Wen system. While the idea of removing shampoo from hair care routines wasn’t new, celeb stylist Chaz Dean certainly brought it to the forefront with his infomercials explaining the system. Essentially, using a cleansing conditioner (such as Wen) replaces shampoo, conditioner, detangler, and leave-in conditioners and leaves your hair in great condition. How does it work? By removing all the harsh detergents and sulfates from the formula. The non-lathering formula is worked into the hair and allowed to remain on for at least two to four minutes, but I leave mine on longer.
Truly, one could achieve the same results with just a standard conditioner and the occasional clarifying shampoo (I love
Hair Rules Aloe Grapefruit Purifying Shampoo), for a fraction of the cost of the Wen System. In fact, because the Wen was so expensive, I started looking around for something similar, and can you believe I found it? At (where else?) Sally Beauty Supply.
I love Sally’s. When it comes to my hair, I can always find what I need there. They have their own version of the cleansing conditioner system called Hair One. I picked up Hair One Olive Oil Cleansing Conditioner for dry and damaged hair. It set me back $11.99, a fraction of the cost of the Wen. The best part? The results are exactly the same.
If you have dry, damaged, or problem hair or are just interested in removing the harsh detergents from your products to keep your hair in great shape, I’d highly recommend either of these systems. I love the way my hair feels, and I can shampoo as often or as little as I like knowing that the result is going to be the same.
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