Alternative to Wen Cleansing Conditioner

Two years ago while working at the bank I was sharing how stresses in my life were affecting me, more so than just a normal affliction. My hair was breaking, I was shedding more, I was a wreck. As I began to conquer my stress I wanted to be more gentle on my hair as well, something that helped to improve the overall look and feel. My coworkers shared how they started using Wen and how much they loved the product. So I recalled using it previously and thought I would give it a whirl again. My mane could not thank me more with the extra softness, bounce, body, manageability and how my style would hold longer. What I couldn’t love was the obnoxious price of a subscription. Saving my account from the fleecing of the Wen brand and name, I canceled my subscription and began seeking an alternative to Wen cleansing conditioner.

I tried everything! The shitty Pantene brand from the drug store, which sometimes cheap really is cheap. I tried Sally brand called Hair One. I tried L’Oreal’s version. I tried a generic brand. I even tried Matrix Biolage and was depressingly let down as well; I used to be a DIE HARD fan of Matrix Biolage shampoos and conditioners and was let down by their sad attempt at a cleansing conditioner. Nothing was an alternative to Wen. They all seemed to be very luxurious but left my hair feeling empty and lacking that bounce, that oomph I felt and saw in my hair. While still on my quest to find an affordable cleansing conditioner that doesn’t require a $45 per month subscription plan and quarterly shipments, I was told about LuxeOrganix Cleansing Conditioner and CoWash.

To be honest I heard the term “cowash” and thought it sounded gimmicky, it seemed as this was suppose to accompany my traditional shampoo which is NOT what I was looking to accomplish with my beauty routine. I was merely looking for an alternative to Wen, without the cost. So I checked out what “cowash” meant and how the seller was using the term:cleansing conditioner, cowash, alternative to wen, cleansing conditioner cowash, shampoo conditioner

Co-washing is short for “conditioner-only washing.” It means skipping shampoo and relying solely on conditioner, whether you’re a daily or a weekly washer. The result is something between squeaky-clean and second-day hair—that is, smoother, softer, and easier to manage. (

Some more information about their product line:

Refresh your hair and liberate it from the daily grind of everyday shampooing, while igniting your senses with this gentle, luxurious Refreshing Mint #CoWash Cleansing Conditioner. Enhanced with natural essential oils and botanicals that won’t strip your hair, color or scalp. Designed to protect and preserve your hair’s natural oils, while still gently cleansing and providing your hair with enhanced moisture. Hair styling becomes easier with this premium cowashing treatment. Woman Owned Company, Made in the USA with the highest quality ingredients.

When I opened my package from Amazon for the LuxeOrganix Cleansing Conditioner I enjoyed the bottling, an off-white, semi-transparent bottle so you can see how much is left of the product. The label is pretty, though I had a bit of trouble reading the chartreuse colored wording which also seemed to overlap the silver leaf decor. While very pretty, this proved difficult to read the product label name and had no bearing on the quality of the overall product. Which this is by far the closest alternative to Wen by Chaz Dean without all the crazy, hair falling out, side affects.

wen alternative, alternative to wen by chaz dean, cleansing conditioner, conditioning wash, co washSo how does it stand up to Wen?

  • Consistency: The consistency is very creamy and thick without feeling heavy, waxy and or oily in my hair. Other cleansing conditioners would either way my hair down with a light coat of wax and or would wash away leaving my hair feeling cleansed, but never conditioned. LuxeOrganix left my hair feeling just like Wen.
  • Scent: The smell is comparable as well with the rich, a bit overpowering at first, mint scent; part of the ingredients list is peppermint oil which is refreshing and energizing.
  • Amount: How much do you use you ask? The packaging is a squeeze bottle as opposed to a pump. I used about a half dollar size amount as my hair is long, fine, coarse and thin. Quite the combination I know, considering it has been chemically treated but yet is silky and over shoulder length.
  • After Wash Result: My hair felt silky, clean, conditioned. I dried and styled like normal, in fact using less smoothing and leave-in conditioner if none at all. The next morning my hair only needed my fingers to brush through it where normally I require my Mason Pearson boar hair bristle brush to smooth my hair and make it manageable again. With the cleansing conditioner I only needed to run my fingers through my hair. **Edited to add: be wary of using everyday, this product can be drying and affect the scalp with unfavorable results. Best if used once a week for a deep conditioning style treatment.

What does that all mean?

I can go longer without washing my hair. I will not be using as much heat to dry my hair. I will not be using as much heat to style my hair. In the end, my hair is healthier and more well cared for, plus I will save money each month by not having to purchase the additional conditioning and smoothing products that I apply after wash to control frizz and smooth my hair.

Furthermore, we get to bring this awesome product to your home by hosting a giveaway, but if you can’t wait to or chance the opportunity to win, check them out on Amazon. Enter their LuxeClub and get 20% off your initial purchase.

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3 Replies to “Alternative to Wen Cleansing Conditioner”

  1. I love that this can compare to wen, I really love that its not the type of conditioner to make your hair oily or anything and great pricing on this.

  2. Considering that some have said that Wen was causing their hair to fall out, I’m not sure I want to try it! I do have a dry scalp so this is a great alternative I need to try. I’m not thrilled spending a ton of money on my hair so glad to read what works for others.

    1. Deb, I hear you there! I know that was one of my main concerns as well with their lawsuit, but I will say that cleansing conditioners, if used properly are a great addition to any beauty routine. Based on my personal experience, I would only use this once a week as I think that cowash products are meant to only be used as a deep conditioning style treatment.

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