This week’s number seven top seller in Amazon.com beauty products is Wen conditioning cleanser. (That reminds us of our post on weird ways to wash your hair.) Let’s look at the label!
WEN Sweet Almond Mint Conditioning Cleanser Ingredients
This is a conditioner, not a dry shampoo, so of course the first ingredient is water.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera will give you a little extra slippery feel during application but it rinses out and won’t do much for hair.
Glycerin is good to help prevent the product from drying out but it rinses away. It’s more effective when used as a leave in ingredient.
Chamomile Extract, Cherry Bark Extract, Calendula Extract, Rosemary Extract
Even though these extracts are used at high levels (if we can believe this ingredient statement, that is) they won’t have any beneficial effect on hair.
Behentrimonium Chloride, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine
These are the ingredients responsible for conditioning and cleansing the hair. The dimethyl amine is commonly used in popular rinse off conditioners like Pantene and Tresemme.
Cetyl Alcohol, Emulsifying Wax
These give the conditioner it’s rich lotion-like consistency.
When used at levels above 3% panthenol can help thicken hair even from a rinse off product.
This is a silicone that has been chemically modified to stick to hair after rinsing. When used at high levels it can leave hair feeling unclean.
Hydrolyzed Whole Wheat Protein
Chopped up wheat stuff.
PEG-60 Almond Glycerides
A water-soluble version of almond oil.
Minty smell and maybe a little tingling sensation.
Essential oils are usually added to provide a scent when you don’t want to list fragrance as one of your ingredients. I’m not sure why this product has both.
Smelly stuff. See comment above regarding essential oils.
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If you buy into all the “No Poo” propaganda and you’d like to cleanse your hair with conditioner, you can buy WEN® Cleansing Conditioner using our link and support the Beauty Brains.