If you’ve read my previous reviews, you know that I’ve been using WEN Cleansing Conditioner, and then more recently, WEN Six Thirteen, as my primary shampoo/conditioner for a while now. However, that has since changed.
WEN worked well, but the bottom line is I want to find something more affordable, and one that I can get locally without having to order online. A 32 oz. bottle of Six Thirteen, which lasts me one month, is $73 including shipping from QVC. That’s too expensive for my current budget, and it’s inconvenient not being able to pick it up at the store when I need it.
I have thick, wavy, color treated hair that frizzes easily and can be hard to manage. WEN Cleansing Conditioner was the best product line I’d tried thus far, but, it was about 80% of where I would like it to be in terms of conditioning. WEN Six Thirteen was even better, but also pricier.
One advantage of WEN was that it did not strip my color, and this is important to me in a shampoo. In the past I’ve had a hard time finding shampoos that didn’t strip color. You would think that a bottle that claims to be “color safe” would be, but I’ve found that to not necessarily be the case.
I was very pleasantly surprised to find L’Oreal Color Vibrancy Nourishing Shampoo ($4.99-$7.79). It is one of the few “color safe” shampoos I’ve tried that actually is. I’m on my third bottle now.
Conditioner may be the bigger challenge for me, because I really do need something strong enough to tame my hair. Two I’m using right now are Pantene Pro-V Smooth ($4.97); and Clairol Colorseal Conditioning Gloss, the conditioner that comes with Clairol Nice ‘N Easy hair color. I have a ton of little tubes of those left, from when I was only using WEN to condition. It’s actually a great conditioner — even better than Pantene on my hair.
After shampooing and conditioning, a third step I’ve found to be necessary is using spray conditioner or a leave-in conditioning cream, on the ends of my hair. This makes a big difference. I also use a heat protectant spray before blow drying or curling, and this really helps control frizz as well. My favorite so far is Sleek.look by Matrix Smoothing System Iron Smoother Spray, found at Ulta for about $15.
My search for new favorites continues, and along the way I’ll be reporting on some of the products I find. Do you have a favorite shampoo or conditioner to recommend I try? Please share in the comments!