WEN hair products by Chaz Dean, are marketed for all hair types, including natural black hair. WEN is highly recommended, and the infomercials are filled with celebrity testimonies to it’s effectiveness. Black women in the commercials sing the praises of this cleanser/conditioner.
The WEN line is also quite expensive, and must be purchased online in most localities. Shipping costs drive the price up even higher. Increasing numbers of women however, lament the amount of aWEN it takes to do the job. And are seeking alternatives.
There are well known cosmetic companies like L’Oreal, that make shampoo and conditioners compatable to WEN, which you can purchase at CVS drug store, for less money. If you desire to save even more, you can get the same results for your natural style, by making shampoo and conditioner, with products that are in your kitchen.
WEN works so well because it is free of the harsh detergents which give most shampoos their lather. You can make your own chemical free shampoos and conditioners. This may not be appealing because most of us grew up getting our hair done in a beauty salon. For decades this was a rite of passage for African American women, to say they spent most of the day at the hair dressers getting a fancy hair doo.
Now that an increasing number of black women are embracing their natural tresses, we find that we can take care of our hair at home. We can save even more money and time by cleansing and conditioning with the foods we eat.
There are numerous recipes for cleansing and conditioning the hair. My favorite is using olive oil, lemon juice, eggs, and vinegar. When I make my own version, I mix one egg, a tablespoon of lemon juice, a teaspoon of olive oil, and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup, and mix well.
While it is sitting, I apply mayonnaise to damp hair and cover with a plastic cap. I leave the mayo conditioner on for 20-30 minutes, comb it through, then rinse with purified water. I purchase a gallon of PRIMO purified water for $.39 a gallon, at the Roanoke Natural Foods COOP, when I use my own containers.
After rinsing I apply the shampoo mix, massage it in and leave on for several minutes. To make sure I rinse it all out, I use white vinegar in the final rinse. While my hair is wet, I comb it through to the ends. I apply equal portions of olive and soy bean oil to my hair and scalp, and let it dry naturally. The protein in these oils strengthens my hair to prevent breakage in addition to giving shine and softness.
The first time I used the natural ingredients, I was so pleased that I shouted “WEN eat you heart out!”. My natural hair was silky smooth. The curl pattern felt soft and silky. My hair in it’s natural state, has always been kind of rough, and dry, even when I use name brand shampoo and conditioners. And as an added bonus, because of the lemon juice and vinegar, my hair began lightening.