Blog Post Preview Update: Wen vs. Co-Washing with Sunny Mother Nature


So, I have been Co-washing for about a month now, instead of my Wen, to see if I could use something less expensive, but get the same results as using Wen Cleansing Conditioners.  I did another Blog Post Preview maybe a week ago, and I just wanted to add a few things to it.

1. You definitely want to have a hair clip for your hair, in the shower, whether you’re using Wen or Co-washing.  This way you can have your hair up while the Wen product is in your hair, or while your good conditioner is in your ends.

2.  Don’t feel like you need a separate leave-in conditioner.  With Wen, the leave-in conditioner is the Wen Cleansing Conditioner (aka the same product).  Even before I started using Wen, I figured that this idea should be able to be used with any conditioner, and I was right.  I use whatever my good conditioner is, as my leave-in conditioner too!  I’ve been doing this for almost a year now, two or three months before I even started using Wen. 

Just rinse out the conditioner from your hair, and then place back into your hair between a dime and a quarter size (or more, depending on the length and thickness of your hair) of the good conditioner onto your ends.  Rake it into your hair, then whatever little bit you have left on your hands, slightly pat onto your roots (or just skip this last part if you have a problem with extremely oily roots).

3.  Now, for a story about why, when you’re co-washing, you want to shampoo your hair about once a month, and with shampoo that works for your hair 🙂

So, I originally thought, when I decided to try out co-washing (aka conditioner washing), that when I heard and read others saying that you would have to shampoo your hair about once a month, that it was optional and not absolutely necessary.  (I had read so many people saying that with Wen, you “have” to shampoo your hair every now and then, too.  Yet, I never had to shampoo my hair when I was using Wen.  So, I figured it was along that same idea.)

However, I was wrong!  Around March 13, my roots began to look oily.  Normally when I feel like my hair might need a little bit more cleansing, I use my VO5 Strengthening Conditioner (the conditioner that makes my hair feel drier/more oil is taken out) instead of my Suave Rosemary and Mint Conditioner.  However, even after co-washing my hair that day, it still looked oily.  This was when I remembered that people were saying you needed to shampoo your hair once a month with co-washing.  I figured I would just shampoo my hair the next day.

So, I went to shampoo my hair in the morning.  Now, the only “shampoo” we have in the shower is Philosophy’s 3 in 1 shampoo, bath and shower gels.  These have never worked at shampooing my hair before (although my mom loves these and they really work for her hair), but I figured since I would only be maybe shampooing my hair once a month, it would be no big deal to shampoo with them.

Totally Wrong!!  This left my hair so oily, and greasy feeling, but at the same time felt so dry and strawlike-basically like my hair’s natural oils had all been stripped out, but the shampoo left huge amounts of oil and grease on my hair.  My hair has never felt this way before, and I hope it never feels this way again!   

So, while panicking in the shower, I didn’t know what to do.  I finally thought of my Wen Cucumber Aloe Cleansing Conditioner.  This is the one that is in the Wen line that is the most clarifying of the conditioners.  This completely helped get rid of my oilliness and greasiness that was in my hair. 

WEN Cucumber Aloe Cleansing Conditioner 16 oz

So, moral of this story is~use a shampoo that you definitely know works for your hair when you shampoo once a month, when co-washing.  Otherwise, it will not work out well. 

I am going to have to find a shampoo that works for my hair 🙂

4. If you are using Wen Cleansing Conditioners, you do not need to shampoo your hair.  Depending on your water and your hair though, you may want/need to use Wen Cucumber Aloe Cleansing Conditioner to clarify your hair every now and then.

5. This is true with Wen and with co-washing~if you have hard water (like me), you are going to have to probably clarify/shampoo your hair more often than if you have soft water.  Just a heads up 🙂

I am still Co-washing every day, except for that one day I attempted to shampoo my hair.  I would not have even used my Wen Cucumber Aloe if my hair wasn’t really bad at that point!  Even using my Wen though, did not save my hair from the Philosophy.  The Philosophy really dried out my hair and it was a lot more tangled that day.  Luckily, my hair went back to being happy hair the next day 🙂

If you would like to read more of my blog posts on Co-Washing vs. Wen, please click the link to go to my Wen vs. Co-Washing Category :

Or, you can also click on the “Wen Cleansing Conditioners vs. Conditioner Washing” on the right side of the page under Categories.

Have a sunny day everyone and check back in two weeks for a full review! :)~Kim

Please Note: I am not affiliated with Wen by Chaz Dean, Suave, or V05.  I bought all of the products I have used, or am using now, myself, or they were gifts from my family, and my boyfriend bought a Suave for me.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jessica
    Apr 04, 2011 @ 14:10:21

    Oh wow. So the co-washing is going great though? That is good. You should make some videos of your product reviews and post them up here so people can see your hair! 😀

    On a side note: The Wen conditioners smell really earthy and great. I love the way the brand smells.

    • sunnymothernature
      Apr 08, 2011 @ 13:37:03

      Hi Jess!

      Yes, the co-washing is going great! 🙂

      I’ve been thinking about making product review videos, I just don’t have the time right now to make them. Maybe after this semester?

      I do LOVE the smell of the Wen conditioners too! The Suave Rosemary and Mint Conditioner is the closest to the Wen because it does have an earthy scent. However, I still haven’t found any conditioners that recreate any of the Wen scents yet (esp. the Lavender and the Sweet Almond Mint). I’m still looking! 🙂


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