As many of you well know I have been a long time lover of cleansing conditioner, namely Wen.
And while I have tried many, many other products intermittently along the way I never felt very much compelled to switch.
I especially felt like I needed Wen after I totally fried my hair an inch from life and had to nurse it back to health. I refused to use lather, colored it sparingly and used hot tools only when absolutely necessary. And eventually the really bad stuff was trimmed away and the rest that I have now is really quite strong and healthy.
About that time is when I started realizing that there were some things that were irking me about it:
The emails and concerns I’ve received about the hair loss factor. While I’ve never
experienced this I am very concerned about any reader who have or could. Losing
hair is no small thing. I don’t know what would cause that but it does make me more tentative about it.
My showers are usually a 2 minute allotment of time where Billy is distracted by Baby First
and where I am often turning off the faucet in order to make sure that “mom!” I’m hearing
is only in my head, it usually isn’t:) In other words I don’t always have time to do all of the
pumping, scrubbing and rinsing that’s required with a cleansing conditioner.
I have noticed (now that my hair is healthy again) that it does get greasy pretty quick. Especially when I wasn’t terribly thorough in my rigorous washing & rince (see previous reason:) which means less time out of my hairstyle and more time washing my hair. Not terribly excited about either of those things!
So I decided to look into some other options and then give them a REAL try before I made up my mind one way or another. Living Proof came HIGHLY recommended from a few of my hairstylist friends and from Kate (from The Small Things). I decided to take Living Proof up on their offer to have me try it for a few months and share my experience.
One of their objectives is to “Stop the damage cycle” meaning they make sure the product doesn’t build up on your hair or attract dirt and oils so you don’t have to wash it nearly as often.
Well, they have certainly succeeded in that!
My hairstyles have lasted longer and I could go FOREVER without shampooing again. Call me gross but I went 7 days and I wasn’t even trying to! When I added it up I was shocked myself because my hair still didn’t seem greasy! Mind you I was also using their amazing dry shampoo but I couldn’t have gone half that time before even with dry shampoos. I also tried a few other really nice shampoos and conditioners to make sure I wasn’t just seeing a difference that was mostly the fact that I’d switched from cleansing conditioner to traditional and the results were not the same. I had to wash my hair at about the same rate as I had with Wen… Maybe a little longer, but not nearly as long as with the No Frizz.
Secondly, I was also shocked by how soft my hair felt with Living Proof! I couldn’t believe how silky it was. I honestly had to call my sister from California and be like “Duuuuuuude you need to feel my hair right now!”
So when I say I could go longer between shampoos it wasn’t because my hair was just dry as a bone:) It still had moisture just not so much at the roots.
I still wasn’t SOLD though because I wanted to try it for at least a couple of months before I made my decision – which is why I haven’t said much yet! I didn’t want to jump the gun!
Guys, I’m sticking with Living Proof.
I still love Wen. It was everything I needed while I needed it and if you’re still loving yours I totally support you in that.
I’ll just lay it out for you:
Living Proof No-Frizz Pros:
Silky & shiny Hair
LOOOONG time between washes
Simple shower routine.
Living Proof No-Frizz Cons:
I did notice that my hair color lasted slightly longer with cleansing conditioner. At first when I saw that I was like “welp, I guess I’ve got to switch back!” so I did…but it only lasted like one wash. After seeing how soon I needed to re-wash I decided it wasn’t a good enough reason to weigh out the pros.
It’s a little on the pricey side but since you have to use it less than half as often, I think it will even out. I’ve always felt that since I wear my hair every single day it’s well worth it to invest in good products (you don’t need many!) and good cuts (that are designed to grow out well so you don’t need them often!)
Love you guys!