Splurge vs. Steal WEN Cleansing Conditioner vs. Salon Grafix

WEN Cleansing Conditioner from Chaz Dean has been a lifesaver for my hair. It really does make my hair soft and as silky as satin sheets. It’s a great product, I love it!

First let me tell you a little bit about my hair. It’s very fine and has virtually no body. It’s color treated, it doesn’t like to hold a curl and can get dry on the ends. Yeah, it’s a problem. More than one stylist has told me I have a lot of hair it just has a very fine texture. I don’t believe any of them. There I said it! WEN tamed my flyways, brought my color to life (I had people ask me if I had re-colored my hair), made the texture like silky soft, and conditioned the ends. What more could I ask for?  Weeeel, at $29 for a 16 oz. bottle it gets expensive. Add to that price the fact that you use 12-40 pumps (depending on your hair length) of product, you can quickly say buh-bye to a LOT of dead presidents!

So, It’s no surprise that so many brands are trying to copy this iconic formula. I tried Hair ONE ($9.99 for 12 oz.) by Sally Beauty and it left me very disappointed. It looks like WEN, however it does NOT have the same benefits. I have very fine hair and after shampooing with Hair ONE, my hair was a HUGE tangled mess–I couldn’t get a comb through. The performance in general was a big let down.

And then along came Salon Grafix Cleaning Conditioner–now that’s more like it! Salon Grafix Healthy Hair Nutrition says “Our sulfate-free, gentle cleansing formula re-balances the amount of natural oils your hair needs, leaving your hair stronger and shinier, without weighing it down.” I would agree. I won’t go into how to use these products, you can read about that here on my original post on WEN.

Let’s compare shall we? Remember this is my opinion and your experience may vary depending on your hair.

Salon Grafix

  • sulfate free
  • my hair felt clean
  • I had no tangling issues
  • *my hair felt soft and silky–(WEN has a slight edge here)
  • my color was bright
  • *I use fewer pumps thereby saving me even more money!
  • money back guarantee
  • paraben-free
  • no artificial colors
  • no harsh chemical
  • ph-balanced
  • not tested on animals
  • natural botanical extract
  • Citrus Cream Fragrance
  • retails for $8.49 for 12 oz.

WEN

  • sulfate free
  • my hair felt clean
  • I had no tangling issues
  • *my hair felt soft and silky–(WEN has a slight edge here)
  • my color was bright
  • money back guarantee
  • *5 fragrances available
  • paraben-free
  • no artificial colors
  • no harsh chemical
  • ph-balanced
  • cruelty free
  • retails for $29 for 16 oz.
Final Words: I am delighted that I have found not only something similar to WEN Cleansing Conditioner but a less expensive replacement! The ONLY difference I experienced was that my hair is not quite as soft as with WEN, but still silky just not as soft, which is actually better for my fine hair because it allows for some texture so my hair doesn’t lay as flat. I only need to use 4-6 of the Salon Grafix so I can save even more money! There is only once scent available in Salon Grafix, Citrus Cream and it’s pleasant so no problem there. Some of the WEN scents have a strong tingling sensation–I don’t care for it, but if you do, you may want to stick with WEN.  I encourage anyone that loves WEN to try Salon Grafix Healthy Hair Nutrition Cleansing Conditioner. WEN comes in a 16 oz. bottle for $29 or $1.81 per oz, Salon Grafix comes in a 12 oz. bottle for $8.49 or $.70 oz.  It’s a no brainer!!
Salon Grafix Healthy Hair Nutrition Cleansing Conditioner is available at CVS, Walgreens and Wal-Mart as well as other select retailers throughout the nation.
Prime Beauty Grade: A

Salon Grafix has another new product in the Healthy Hair Nutrition line, the Intensive Hair Repair Masque it retails for $8.49 also. I’ll let you know about that product shortly!

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