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On the Cheap: Hair One Hair Cleanser and Conditioner

By now, you've probably all seen the Wen Cleansing Conditioner infomercials all over TV. Wen presents a new concept in hair care, that of a conditioner-only hair care program in which the conditioner also cleanses the hair. The thought is that the gentle, moisturizing, sulfate- and detergent-free conditioner is far better for the hair than standard shampoo and conditioner combos. Wen has tons of celebrity endorsements and many lofty claims, such as "makes my hair look and feel like it did when I was 17 years old." 

However, Wen also costs a lot of money ($30+ per month just for the conditioner) and requires a membership in which the product(s) are mailed out to you automatically (and charged automatically) each month. I don't like these types of programs because if I don't like the product, I either forget to cancel the service and end up getting charged several extra times, or I have great difficulty discontinuing the service. 

So when I heard about Hair One from Sally Beauty Supply and read online reviews stating that it was as good as or better than Wen, I was intrigued. I decided to pick up a bottle when it was on sale, snagging it for just under $10 (normally, it runs about $12). How did I like it? Let's see!

Hair One Cleansing Conditioner comes in 5 varieties: Olive Oil (dry hair), Jojoba (color treated), Cucumber and Aloe (normal hair), Argan Oil(curly hair) and Tea Tree (dry scalp formula). I have so far tried the Jojoba because my hair is color treated, and now I'm using the Argan Oil (even though my hair is stick-straight) because it smells good. 

I like a lot of things about this product. First of all, it doesn't weigh my hair down, which is surprising given how thin and fine my hair is. It leaves my hair clean and shiny, not at all limp or greasy. I find my hair is more manageable when I use it, the volume is pretty good, and my hair overall seems to be in much better shape than it was when I was using regular shampoo, even gentle sulfate-free formulas. I also find my hair fades much less with the Hair One products. I have to give the product itself a big thumbs-up. 

However, there are a couple of caveats. First of all, it's kind of a pain to use. You are supposed to pump 5-6 pumps for the crown of the head, 10 pumps for the back of the head and nape of the neck, and another several pumps for the ends (obviously, how much depends on your length). In case you're wondering, that's a LOT of product to use each time. The directions attempt to reassure you by stating that "the more you use, the better it works!" but I haven't tried adding even more to what already seems like an excessive amount of conditioner. It's also aggravating to have to use close to 20 pumps of the product when reason would dictate that it would be more sensible to just make the pump so that it dispenses more product with each pump, eliminating some of the effort that goes into the process. I personally would feel much less wasteful if I only had to use a couple of pumps per section of hair, even if it's the same amount as I currently use. It's all in the presentation, you know? 

Furthermore, there's a definite "process" with Hair One (as with Wen). You are supposed to rinse your hair for 1-2 minutes first (which is a loooooong time to rinse before you even put conditioner on your head) followed by applying the product. You then have to leave it on for several minutes to do its job. Next, you splash a bit more water on your hair and massage it in well. Finally, you rinse, rinse, rinse the conditioner out. This isn't as complicated as it seems and doesn't really take that long since you can wash the rest of yourself while it's sitting on your head, but still...at 5:30 in the morning, it can be a real chore. 

All that being said, it's well worth the effort for the results I've been seeing. Less hair is in the drain now, my hair doesn't require as much straightening (which I really only do to eliminate frizz) because my hair is much smoother and sleeker now, and it's much shinier than it used to be, quite a feat considering how dark I color my hair. 

Bottom Line: Although it requires some effort, Hair One Cleanser and Conditioner is a great product for all hair types. It will leave you with soft, shiny, manageable hair. Color will fade less and less styling is needed, eliminating some time in the morning. While I can't compare it to Wen, it's much easier and less expensive to obtain. Plus,  I can say that it has been great for my hair, and I plan to continue using it. Until I get distracted by something new, of course!


makeup merriment said... .

Hi Shannon. Ii tried this a few years ago and it was awful compared to by beloved WEN. It left my hair totally limp and void of all shine. I may give this a try again in another flavor. Right now I'm loving my WEN tea tree and the new ginger pumpkin spice (le for fall). Great review xx

September 16, 2011 at 5:55 PM
Zuzu's Petals said... .

Shannon, I am so glad this worked for you and dearly wish it had worked for me because I don't appreciate spending $$$ on WEN. The Hair One made my hair greasy and lifeless, but that doesn't take much because my hair is very fine and thin. Basically, Hair One gave me the exact same result as washing with regular conditioner ... which is why I was so skeptical about WEN, but it works! I have been using the Cucumber Aloe for a couple months (though a wee blog fairy sent me the Lavender to try), and every couple weeks or so, I clarify with a tea tree shampoo, but it isn't really necessary. I buy WEN one bottle at a time from Amazon.com. Free shipping, no commitment. Commitments re beauty-related products can bite me! Don't they know we're fickle??

September 16, 2011 at 6:48 PM
Shannon (Lipstick Musings) said... .

Well, ladies, now you have me reaaaaaalllly wanting to try WEN! I'm happy enough with the Hair One, but hell...if WEN is that much more amazing, who knows what results I'll get? And if I can get it on Amazon with free shipping...well, I'm off to try it now!

September 16, 2011 at 7:47 PM

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