Hair One – A Wen Alternative

Katherine, 05 June 2011,
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hair one vs wen

How many of you have found yourselves watching a Wen infomercial late at night, envying the models sporting their shiny, frizz-free hair?  I have done this myself one too many times, dreaming the cost was more in line with my budget.

After a bit of research I discovered a product that is similar to Wen with a much lower price tag.  Indeed, Hair One, sold at Sally Beauty supply, is a cleansing conditioner that costs between $10 to $12.  The concept is the same as Wen, eliminating harsh shampoos in exchange for an all natural cleanser/conditioner combo.

I have thick, dry and curly hair so I purchased the Hair One with Argan Oil made specifically for curly hair.  After my first use I found my hair to be softer, shinier and flatter.  That is, until later that day when my hair began to grow taller than the Bride of Frankenstein.  The Argan Oil blend might work well for curly thin hair, but for my thick and dry hair it spelled nothing but trouble.

After this initial experiment I decided to purchase the Hair One Tea Tree formula made specifically for a dry scalp.  My scalp is not dry, but this product seemed to mimic the Wen Tea Tree Cleanser made for medium to coarse, wavy to curly and ethnic hair.

I have used Hair One Tea Tree Cleanser for three weeks and can say that I will probably never go back to using shampoo.  Hair One has made my hair shiny, soft and well defined.  Although I require my Joico Joi Whip to tame the curls, they are no longer as frizzy as they once were.  And the split ends?  Nearly gone.

If you want to try a Hair One cleanser but do not want a whole bottle, stop by a Sally’s Beauty Supply for a $1.45 sample of any of the cleansers.   I’ve got an olive oil formula sample I plan to try once my Tea Tree runs out.

The only negative thing I can say about Hair One Tea Tree formula is about the product’s scent.  The smell is almost medicinal which isn’t necessarily unpleasant but leaves me wanting more.

If you are tired of stripping your hair with harsh chemicals, Hair One is worth a try if you can’t afford Wen.  Although it is still a bit pricey, you don’t need both a shampoo and conditioner when using Hair One.

I have never tried a Wen cleanser, so I can’t compare Hair One vs. Wen.  If you have used both, what do you think of the similarities and differences of the two products?  Be sure to let us know what type of hair you have.  I can’t wait to hear!