By now, most of us have seen those late night infomercials of hairstylist Chaz Dean (with his luscious locks) showing off how wonderful his products are for women of every hair type. Well, now he’s branched out and launched Wen Men!
Launched in September 2014, Wen Men is a hair and boy cleansing conditioner meant to be men’s version of the ultimate all-in-one product. The product is infused bamboo, amber, and ginger root to offer a gender neutral scent that can be used from head to toe.
Now, we’ve all seen Dean’s infomercials at least once (if not more), and if you’re like me you’ve been a little skeptical about Wen’s ability to provide cleansing and conditioner properties to kinky-textured hair. Mainly because their model with “coarse hair” has hair like this:
Seeing this woman’s somewhat loosely coiled hair didn’t leave me, and I’m sure many others, with a lot of confidence that Wen was a good fit for afro-textured hair. If you thought so, then you may find yourself increasingly surprised by this review.
Full disclosure, I have never used Wen hair care products before this review and obviously came in with all of my prejudices about who likely it Wen Men was going to work for thick and densely coiled hair such as mine. Well, it did!
For me, Wen Men quickly became what the natural hair community likes to call a “holy grail” product. The ingredients list is filled with natural extracts and oils which makes it an especially ideal cleanser for the colder and drier months.
The directions on the massive 32 oz. salon quality bottle encourage a minimum of six pumps for short hair (8 for medium and 10 for long) and I pretty much followed those to a t. When I first tried Wen Men, I had a medium-sized afro and used about 8 pumps which was more than enough. Luckily for you, I also got a pretty good trim recently and tried with the standard “short” 6 pump amount and found it equally as impressive. And yes, trust me I have super coily, kinky hair and Wen Men slid through my strands like Nancy Kerrigan at the ’94 Olympics.
The formula is creamy and luxurious, which is what you might expect from a 32 oz. bottle that retails for $72. No, it’s not cheap, but man is this stuff good. The formulation of oils and extracts helps make Wen Men one of the easiest to distribute products I’ve used since I started rocking a fro years ago. Within a minute or so after application, the product melted into my 4b-ish type hair and it became incredibly easy to finger detangle. As this is an all-in-one sort of product, I also took the step to “shampoo” my scalp a bit. To my surprise, Wen Men cleanses AND moisturizes very well. And trust me, that’s not something you usually get from products that claim to do it all. This one actually does deliver on its promise!
My one big negative about Wen Men is its ability to be used as a skin cleanser. Because there’s no real lather factor, I found it hard to take the product seriously as a good “soap”. The consistency is so thick and lotion-like it’s hard to imagine that it actually cleanses skin. I know that doesn’t make much sense given how I raved how it cleansed my scalp (which IS skin), but I guess I just still expect tons of suds and bubbles from my body washes and hand soaps. So as a body cleanser, I can’t say that I truly value Wen Men in that way, even though it smells pretty damn good.
Overall, I have to say that I am incredibly surprised by how well Wen Men works. It just goes to show you how making snap judgments about products (and people) can often be a terribly inaccurate slippery slope. Truth be told, once I run out of Wen Men, I’m going to be incredibly sad and I might even seriously consider making it my go-to hair care all-in-one product. At this point, it certainly seems worth it.
For more information and to order Wen Men visit ChazDean.com.
Disclosure: A complimentary sample of Wen Men was provided for the sole purpose of this review. The opinions listed herein are mine, and mine alone and have not been unduly influenced by any third party.