Some of you may have read or heard about Influenster. If you have not, you can read my overview here. The only thing better than getting a great deal and trying new things is trying new things for free. Influenster always sends completely free items, so everything I received here was free.
Wen is my usual hair product and as you may know, I love it. It is a cleansing conditioner, so it does not clean the same way a shampoo does. Read more about how Wen cleans here. I do tend to use other shampoos occasionally when I am in a hurry (Wen takes time) or I just want a deep clean. Whenever I receive shampoos, I am not overly excited. My hair tends to feel like straw on a Wen off day whereas it feels like silk on a Wen day.
I do love trying new things. When I qualified for the Dessange Influenster box (by filling out a survey before it can be sent), I was interested in seeing how the products would work and what items I would receive. Rather than arriving in the usual Influenster box, the products arrived in a plain white box with a Dessange sticker with the Influenster logo on it.
The box was heavy, which is always a good thing. That generally means full sized items or you’re getting a lot of items. In this case, I received three items that were all full sized. A product card detailing the items is always inside. In this case, I am guessing everyone received the same product card. There are four items listed on the card, but there were only three inside the box.
The three inside the box were tightly packed, too. I doubt anyone received all four items. My items were Dessange Paris California Blonde: Shampoo, Conditioner and a Color Correcting Creme. Everything is sold at Target. The 8.5 oz Shampoo, the 6.7 oz Conditioner, and 4.2 oz Color Correcting cream respectively retail for $9.99, $9.99, and $11.99.
My first experience with the shampoo and conditioner was pleasant. Unlike some shampoos, it left my hair soft. It was not quite as silky as Wen leaves it, but it was nowhere near as straw like as some shampoos leave it post Wen. I liked the way it smelled, too, which is always an added bonus. I tried using it exclusively for a while to see how it worked. With each use, my hair was softer and more manageable. It finally came time to use the Color Correcting Creme, which is designed for use as a weekly treatment.
It was a bright bluish purple that temporarily stained parts of the shower. They rinsed off, but it took a little work. Fearing my head would stain the same color, I rinsed for a while and was pleasantly surprised to find normal colored hair and scalp when I exited. What I did not find after several uses was any change to my color. I am unsure if that is a bad or good thing. In theory, this helps protect the color, so no change would be good. The problem is I am uncertain it made any difference at all. Thus, I would not buy it in the future.
I would however buy the shampoo and conditioner. At $9.99 each, the shampoo is $0.85 an ounce, and the conditioner is $1.49 an ounce. At $29.99 for 16 oz (the price varies depending on where you buy it), Wen costs $1.87 an ounce. While Wen is cheaper per ounce than the Dessange shampoo and conditioner combined, I need a lot more. Plus, I like having a real shampoo and conditioner to accompany Wen for the aforementioned reasons.
My hair is usually a frizzy mess, but I did use the shampoo and conditioner just prior to this picture, and it made a huge difference.
That makes this Influenster box a win. I would purchase 2 of the 3 items. If you love trying new things, and who does not love free things, sign up for Influenster and get started. Already signed up? I’d love to read about your recent box. See all Influenster articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.