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Top 4 Cleansing Conditioners Review

Cleansing Conditioners Reviews

What is a Cleansing Conditioner?

A Cleansing Conditioner is a one-step, combination of a shampoo and conditioner with no lather. It is also known as a co-wash.

Co-washing is short for “conditioning washing” or “conditioner-only washing.” This is the no-shampoo method. It's done with shampoo-free formulas that cleanse, balance and refresh your hair without stripping or depleting its natural oils and nutrients. It was originally created and made popular by Chaz Dean's Wen.

I love cleansing conditioners because of the sulfate-free and more natural ingredients. Also it is only one step with great results, better than stand alone shampoo and conditioners. My daughter and I have really seen great results and our hair has never looked more healthy and beautiful, shiny and is growing a lot, more than ever. We have highlighted blonde hair. We both love Wen, with their various seasonal options like Summer Honey Peach and Spring Orange Blossom. We are both "Wen Girls" aka lovers of Wen.

However, due to some harmful ingredients in some Wen products, I wanted to explore and try other brands and different price points. The following are my reviews of the Top Four Cleansing Conditioners.

Wen Cleansing Conditioners

  • Pros: Wen is the original cleansing conditioner we tried. The smells of many different Wen's are amazing. Our favorites are Summer Honey Peach, Spring Orange Blossom, Summer Pink Peony and Winter Vanilla Mint. Wen is very gentle on the hair and your hair will be very shiny, soft and it is very detangling. My daughter uses all of the cleansing conditioners as her leave-in for her naturally curly hair. The new "flavor" options each season are great too.

  • Cons: The Price. Wen is expensive. $29.99 + shipping, and you will have to re-order every month if you wash your hair everyday with the 16 oz bottles. The non-seasonal Wen's are not soft on your hair e.g. Sweet Almond Mint, Pomegranate, Lavender, etc. If you need very moisturizing only go for the seasonal options. The favorite seasonal option smells should be available year-round.

  • Smell: Honey Peach, Orange Blossom, Peony, Pumpkin, Vanilla Mint

Pantene PRO-V Moisturizing Cleansing Conditioner

  • Pros: How it feels: It makes your hair extremely soft and it is very detangling. Pantene is extra conditioning and after blow drying or even air drying, our hair as a ton of volume. Best all: the price is only $4.99!

  • Cons: None So Far

  • Smell: Sight and Clean

Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner

  • Pros: The smell is delicious. It smells like light roses and not that "fake" rose small. It is also very detangling. Hair feels clean and very shiny. Online at Walmart it is only $4.85 or now in-stock at Target for $6.99!

  • Cons: None So Far

  • Smell: Soft Roses

As I Am Coconut Co-Wash

  • Pros: It has a very light coconut smell and is very detangling. You can run a comb through wet and damp hair very easily. It comes in a jar, not a pump which I actually like. The price is great as well, it is only $.7.99 in-stores at Target.

  • Cons: It is not a light co-wash, it is heavier than the other options.

  • Smell: Slight Coconut Smell

Cleansing Conditioners Top Four Ratings

#1 Pantene

#2 Herbal Essences

#3/#4 As I Am and Wen: Tie For Three

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