12,000 Followers and Wen

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I know the picture is rather cheesy and I hate the guy in the background, but I just wanted to say thank you to all of my followers and the wonderful people who read, like, and comment on my blog.  It means so much to me!  I don’t know when it hit 12,000 followers, but I just noticed and was shocked.  I never thought I’d see the day when 12,000+ people care about what I say, so thank you.  

Recently I started using Wen cleansing conditioner, which is supposed to be 5 products in 1, including conditioner and shampoo, and has no sulfates or parabens.  This means that it doesn’t foam, which I don’t mind because I’ve been using sulfate and paraben-free shampoo for awhile now.    I wasn’t sure about not using shampoo, but I wanted to try it.  It was my grandmother’s and I didn’t want it to go to waste.  After just the first use, I fell in love.  I had a larger bottle of the Almond Mint scent and loved it.  Now, I’m onto my last bottle and it is made with Tea Tree.  Here’s a picture of the bottle:
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I love how soft my hair feels and how great it smells.  I’ve never had this luscious of hair before and I’m just totally addicted to it.  I am not, however, addicted to the price, not even remotely.  It’s incredibly expensive.  A bottle this size is about $30 and it’s tiny.  The big one that I just finished is $60!  Ugh, that’s difficult.  I’ve been searching for less expensive, comparable brands and I’ve found some.  I first want to try the Herbal Essences cleansing conditioner and if that doesn’t work then a L’Oreal variety I found that has good ratings.  If those don’t work, I’m just going to make my own no-poo.  Weird name, I know, but here’s what it is according to DIY Natural and that’s what Wen is referred as:

  • 1 Tablespoon of baking soda
  • 1 Cup of water

That’s it!  You can make as much as you want as long as you keep this ratio.  You follow the baking soda with a apple cider vinegar rinse that’s just:

  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Cup of water

You can add different essential oils, like rosemary, lavender, tea tree, lemon, sage, eucalyptus, and peppermint.  I’m actually quite excited to try it out, but first I’m going to give the other brands a try.  Then I’ll let you know how this goes!

If you’ve tried cleansing conditioners or the homemade no-poo method, let me know how you like it!

 Thanks for reading,



42 thoughts on “12,000 Followers and Wen

  1. Hey, no problem! 😀

    In return for the chipmunk pictures I’ve promised, you should send some of those 11,999 other followers to my blog, ’cause as you know, I’m like…the best and stuff?

    Heck, I just posted the latest episode of the Game of Drones saga, written from the National Cemetery Management Council’s offices today. Went live a couple of minutes ago. I even drew a special picture especially for it! Extra especial!

    Heh heh.

    Keep up the great work. To your next 12,000! *Raising glass*

    1. Holy cow, I’m the worst. I am just now replying to this comment! So sorry friend. You are pretty great and I actually love reading your posts because they are hilarious. Soon, I will do a post and refer my fav blogs 🙂

  2. I used Wen for about a year and while I like the product, I had sooooo many issues when trying to cancel with them that for that reason alone I no longer recommend using it. I don’t know if you have a Sally Beauty Supply where you but they have a product called Hair One that is supposed to be equivalent to Wen at a fraction of cost. I haven’t tried it yet because I am still finishing my mass amount of Wen, but my downstairs neighbor swears by Sally ‘s Hair One.

    1. That would definitely be a huge turn off to me too. I wouldn’t buy from them if they gave me grief about canceling and it’s definitely a legitimate concern. I had the same experience with a subscription company a week ago. Good products, bad service. I will definitely check out the Hair One. Thanks!

  3. I’ve always wanted to try the Wen Cleansing Conditioner, but I wanted someone else to try it first and let me know how well it works or doesn’t work. You are really happy with it, so I’m going to give it a try. They always make things look so much better on tv, so I was a little leary. Thanks so much for sharing this info. Hope your day was a “good” one. Tell Chester that Wild Thang sends hugs. 🙂

    1. Let me know how you like it! It is pricey, which is probably what’s going to keep me from continuing to buy it, but I have loved my experience with it thus far 🙂 I really hope you’re doing well friend!

      1. Hi Megan, hope you are having a good day, my friend. Would I be being too nosey if I ask how much the Wen hair products cost? My hair is very fine and thin, so a lot of products are simply too heavy for my hair and make my hair look like you-know-what, and they always make products look better on tv. Any information you wouldn’t mind sharing with me about these products would be greatly appreciated because my hair needs some definite help, in case you haven’t noticed. LOL I, also, don’t have money to throw in the trash. I’ve been pretty sick, lately, but now that I just got another feeding tube, maybe I’ll feel better in some ways. I haven’t had any nausea and I’m feeling stronger, already, just since the surgery. So, that is a good start, in itself. As soon as I get done catching up on all my social media outlets, I’ll have to get over to your blog and make sure you and Chester have been behaving yourselves, not that, that is any fun, but you know……………………… HUGS to you and Chester, my dear friend.

      2. Wen products are darn expensive, which is why I”m probably not going to continue to use them after my stash from my grandma runs out. They are about $30 for a tiny bottle and the bigger ones are like $60. You might think that was ok, but you have to use a LOT of it at once, like 16 pumps for the small bottle. It lasts less than a month.

        Actually, if you want to try a cleansing conditioner that is inexpensive, Herbal Essences has a new line called Naked and they sell cleansing conditioner for under $5! I was so excited to see this.
        I’m sorry to hear that you have been sick 😦 I hope you can recover and be back to your beautiful self sometime soon. That can’t be easy on you at all.
        Chester says hi, even though he hates me now for giving him a bath 🙂

      3. Hi Megan,
        Thanks for the info. on the Wen products. They fail to tell you how much you will have to use on those infomercials. I think I’ll try the Herbal Essences, first. My hair is so fine and thin and I don’t have much, so I’ might not have to use as much, but I can’t afford 60.00 for something that doesn’t even last a month.
        I got out of the hospital last Tuesday and I was readmitted Friday and I’m still in the hospital. I’m not able to tolerate the tube feedings so I don’t know what they are going to do with me. I keep getting so distended that they won’t even try it. Sigh………….. I hate being in the hospital, it’s like being in prison. I’ve never been to prison, I just watch a lot of prison shows. I know, I’m weird. I’m so bored and I miss my new Tempurpedic bed. I was sleeping so well.
        I hope all is well in your world. Tell Chester Wild Thang says hi and give him a Wild Thang hug! LOL My dog, Molly, loves to go to the groomer. She comes running when we say you wanna go get a bath and a haircut. LOL 🙂 I’m sure Chester will forgive you, you’re his mama, after all.:)

  4. I only like WEN in certain fragrances, like Vanilla Mint. Years ago I bought a set that had 5 different scents and it was about $60, but there was a lot of product between the different ones. I hated it, truly. It made my hair disgusting beyond words, but it’s truly a very individual thing. I know people that love it and I know people that hate it.

    I recommend Organix, it’s affordable and there are so many different fragrances to choose from. I adore their Moroccan Argan Oil line, as well as Cherry Blossom Ginseng. I use Phyto shampoo right now, but I know full well that most people aren’t spending $22 on a bottle of shampoo. It’s my illness. LOL.

    1. I’ve heard so many good things about Organix. I am going to have to try it per your recommendation. My Wen is almost gone and I can’t bring myself to buy it. It’s way too expensive 😦 I can see why it might be disgusting to some people. I sometimes switch it with my regular shampoo when I feel I haven’t been cleaning well enough.

      1. WEN can be purchased for less on eBay, but obviously being able to pick something up in one shot at Target is far easier. eBay requires patience.

        There is another brand that has a cleansing conditioner, L’Oreal EverCreme, I believe. I haven’t tried it, but I’m sure it’s on par. They also have a new product that is either out or coming out called Mythic Oil shampoo and conditioner. I’m curious about that, as it’s a blend of oils that so many of us are using right now.

        These options all depend on your hair type. Everyone needs something different, it’s truly not all “one fits all” like they make it out to be. I know when my hair or skin isn’t happy with something.

  5. Wow! 12,000 followers is fantastic. I think making your own personal care products is a great idea. That way you know, and can control, what is in them. I make my own toothpaste and hair gel. I tried making homemade shaving cream but it didn’t come out right.

      1. I start with one big tablespoon of coconut oil. I then mix in about two tablespoons of a good quality baking soda and about 20 drops of edible peppermint oil. Mix well and slowly add more baking soda until mixture is as thick as possible without being powdery. You can vary the amount of peppermint oil or add other oils for taste.

  6. I no-poo/shamPHree and I love it! I found my hair was a bit dry using the ACV rinse, so I wash my hair with the baking soda mixture and I use a traditional conditioner and that gives my hair the softness I missed from traditional hair washing routines. I’ve heard coconut oil works really well for that though (we don’t have any in the house because my fiancee is allergic).

    1. Thank you so much for the tip. I was wondering about the ACV rinse and my hair is quite dry as it is, so I will probably just do what you do and keep with a traditional conditioner.

  7. The irony about me finding this post is that my sister and I had decided to switch to this exact recipe for our hair after we move. sometimes the ratio of baking soda to water or vinegar to water does change based on the type of hair and sometimes the climate that you live in, though.

    I’m glad to hear from someone I know that this is the right way to go as well!

      1. We haven’t been able to start just yet. Every week we go “should we?” and then life happens and it’s not until after the shower that we go, “dang it!”

  8. Congrats, you should be proud. Funny about the wen, chad and I have seen tons of commercials now that I seen that product. Having super short hair means having to use hairspray to keep it in place and not be super flat. I can’t get used to pooless shampoo cause it just doesn’t seem to wash the hairspray out. Keep me posted, wish it wasn’t so expensive….grandpa had some great taste.

    1. Yeah, I think that it’s way to expensive to keep using, but it was fun while it lasted. I’m on the last bottle now and am kind of sad, but there’s other options out there.

  9. 12,000 followers.

    That’s a lot.

    I want some of them. But only if they comment. I notice 74 likes at the moment, but no comments. Hopefully you have a lot of “pendings” along with the other one of mine that is “awaiting approval.”

  10. Wow! Congratulations on having 12,000 followers! How long have you been blogging? Do you have any tips to help me reach more people?

    1. thank you so much! I’ve been blogging since January 2012 i think. 2012 or 2013, I can’t quite remember now. Make sure to connect with twitter and use a lot of tags in your posts 🙂

      1. Thanks for the tips! I’ve recently connected to Twitter and started a Facebook page. I sometimes worry that I have too many tags and I try to limit my categories to 3 per blog. Sometimes there are only 1 or 2 suitable categories but then there are times where I want to use 5 or 6.

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