As the popularity of a new product grows, so does the knock off versions. Sometimes the knock-off products are great and sometimes they barely compare to the original.
I’ve been using Wen Cleansing Conditioner for years. In fact, I wrote a blog post in 2012, When to use Wen Cleansing Conditioner, so I’m fairly familiar with the product. I think I’m on my fifth bottle of Wen so I do indeed like this product.
While flipping through a magazine, I discovered that Herbal Essences has a cleansing conditioner as part of their “Naked” line so I decided to try it out.
Cleansing Conditioners: Herbal Essences Naked vs. Wen by Chaz Dean
Currently, I use a cleansing conditioner as a way to refresh my hairstyle in between shampoo’s. I have tried to use Wen as my only hair cleansing product, but I do find that it eventually weighs my hair down. For my shoulder length hair, I used 4 pumps to cleans and 4 pumps to condition. The amount of pumps that you need depends on the length and thickness of your hair. The Wen.com web site suggests 16-24 pumps for medium length hair and I just find that amount wasteful.
I’d say that my hair feels clean and fresh after using both products. I do love the sweet almond mint scent of Wen and although I’ve also tried the lavender and pomegranate scent, I always return to the sweet almond mint scent.
The Herbal Essences product claims to have a mint scent as well, but it really smells like a sandalwood scent to me which is not a scent I’m overly fond of.
So that brings us to the cost comparison:
Herbal Essences cost is approximately $6.99 for 16.9 fl oz
Wen is $32.00 for 16 fl oz.
So Herbal Essences is quite the bargain, especially if you want to try out a cleansing conditioner.
In general, both products are quite good so if scent is not an issue for you, the Herbal Essences cleansing conditioner is a great deal. However, my preference will be to continue to purchase the Sweet Almond Mint from Wen.
Do you use cleansing conditioners? Which one(s)?