My Newest Addition: Lisa Rachel Sulfate Free Conditioner & Cleanser for Curly Hair

Meet my newest addition!

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“If you like WEN, you’ll love Lisa Rachel

My aunt who recently visited introduced me to it.  She has the conditioner and cleanser for color treated hair. I just happened to go to Ross one day and find the same product (but for Curly Hair); at $5.99, I figured it was in the budget and worthy of a go-round! Though I’ve never tried WEN (due to the price), I’ve heard great things about it.  I’ve never used a sulfate-free shampoo or conditioner, so this is a first for me.

Sulfate-free products do not contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). Here are some facts about Sulfates:

  • Sulfates are responsible for the lather you get in shampoos
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a common detergent ingredient (yeesh!)
  • Sulfates can cause skin irritations, worsen skin problems and have even been linked to hair loss
  • Sulfates strip essential oils, causing hair to be dry
  • Sulfates may also be listed as (1) Sodium Myreth Sulfate (2) TEA Laureth Sulfate (3) Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Most common) (4) Ammonia Laureth Sulfate and finally (5) Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate (SDS or NaDS0) as ingredients, so watch out for them as well if you’re interested in going the sulfate-free route

Note: This product does contain ‘cones’ (Amodimethicone, to be exact), which provide products with slip which prevents tangles and breakage as a result

Thus far, I’ve used this product once after a day at the beach. This product has specific directions for use, mostly based on hair length. My hair is different lengths in different places so I used the amount of pumps for hair down to my shoulders (a minimum of 7 pumps); and since my hair is thick, and I wanted to ensure all of my strands were coated.

  • Begin by rinsing hair thoroughly for at least 1 minute.
  • Apply 7 pumps to the crown of head and 10 pumps to nape/back of head. Massage vigorously into scalp for 2/3 minutes. Then add an extra splash of water to help evenly distribute through the ends.
  • Add 7 pumps (depending on hair length) through the mid-shafts and ends to thoroughly cleanse and hydrate the hair.
  • Rinse thoroughly and completely for 1-2 minutes by massaging your scalp and running your fingers through to the ends. If desired, apply 1-2 pumps as a leave-in conditioner to wet hair. Start at the back of the head and work through to the ends.

I did a Wash-N-Go (I literally co-washed, added a few squirts as a leave in, applied a bit of coconut oil, and went) using this product so I was looking for softness and expected my curls to (as they say) ‘POP’!

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I didn’t win anything at the Casino aboard the boat…

First Impressions:

  • Smell wasn’t anything to write home about…This won’t deter me from using the product though as I plan to mask the smell with an essential oil.
  • I found it laborious to count how many pumps I had to use, per the instructions, which are based on hair length. This made co-washing take longer.
  • To distribute the product after I applied it, I used my wide tooth comb and detangled. I found it pretty easy to detangle with minimal hair loss or shedding
  •  My hair was soft when it dried and I didn’t experience any drying
  • Some of my curls did ‘pop’; however, my bush didn’t as a whole, which was fine for me.
  • My hair to me, looked voluminous! I liked that :)

I will use this through this month (I co-wash every Sunday) and get back to you on it’s performance over the long haul!

Have you tried the Lisa Rachel version of WEN?

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