Can Maple Holistics Convert This Diehard Wen Girl?!

Published on September 12, 2017 by   ·   No Comments

MapleIf you’re a fan of my Facebook live broadcasts, you’ve probably heard me mention my love of Wen, the haircare products from Chaz Dean that are touted by celebrities like Alyssa Milano and are available through infomercials…and used to be available through Sephora.  In fact, you’ve probably heard me moaning about the fact that Sephora decided to drop the brand earlier this year.  I haven’t been able to find confirmation of the reason for the drop (and dropping brands isn’t alien to Sephora – ask OCC and LORAC!) but it may have to do with the class action lawsuit filed against the brand.  People love to quote the fact that the FDA received a “record number” of product safety complaints against the brand, but fail to note that this record number is decidedly small, especially considering how many millions of bottles have been sold: 127 complaints (there are approximately 200 complainants on the lawsuit, but not all have filed complaints with the FDA).  And according to Dr. Nicole Rogers, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Tulane University’s School of Medicine, many of the images being put forth show women with female pattern baldness or who suffer from alopecia areata, both of which are unrelated to the performance of Wen.  Regardless of the outcome of this lawsuit and its effects on Wen parent company Guthy Renker, the short version of the story is that I am unable to get Wen through Sephora and I refuse to sign up for one of Wen’s ridiculous subscription services.

I’m in the market for something new.

The problem I have is that my hair is really short and really fine; I loved Wen because everything I’ve used has made my hair feel clean (that comes from just washing away dirt and oil!) but nothing before has made my hair feel like it was actually in better condition than when I started.  I exhausted my supply of Wen and then went back to just buying cheap haircare products that did the basics because I didn’t know where to start looking for a decent replacement.

Maple 01That’s when I got an email from a woman named Hayley who works with a company called Maple Holistics.  She had found my website and wanted to know if I was interested in trying out some of their all natural haircare products to review for the Makeup Forum.  You know Miss Jaye don’t turn down nothin’ that’s free, so I said, “Heck, yeah!”  I was excited to try something new, and while I didn’t really get my hopes up too high, I was secretly wishing that these products might be good enough to replace my love of Wen.

I decided to try out their Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner; it was weird to be back to using two products again.  The typical retail size bottle of Wen was 16 ounces for $32 (or $2 per ounce); this duo had two 8 ounce bottles for $19.99 (or approximately $1.25 per ounce), but as the two products are used together you have to replace more often.  I had used a tea tree shampoo and conditioner duo once years ago, and while I remember liking the cool, tingling feeling on the oil on my scalp, I didn’t really notice much difference with my hair but, unlike these Maple Holistics products and Wen, those products were formulated with sulfates (the things that make your shampoo produce lather!).  I was hoping the more natural formulations would impact my overall experience.

MapleWhen I receive the bottles, my first impression was neutral.  I loved the smell (tea tree oil has a sort of medicinal smell with a hint of minty-ness that I feel like people either like or they don’t, and I definitely do!) but the packaging is a little “busy” for my taste.  But the proof for me is always in the performance – you could throw something in a clear plastic bottle, and if it performs I’ll gladly give you my coin!  So how did the product perform?

The first time I used the product, I loved the tingling sensation, and I was really impressed with how well it worked even after just one use.  This is probably going to sound weird, but one of the ways I evaluate haircare products is to let my hair air dry after a shower and see what it ends up looking like.  This did exactly what I wanted: instead of sticking up every which direction and forming odd “bedhead”-like formations, it laid down soft and smooth and looked like I’d styled it that way on purpose.  I knew it was only one time out, but that was a really good sign; usually when I let me hair dry without some sort of intervention, I end up looking like I just rolled out of bed and didn’t bother to shower.  My hair is not always what you might call manageable…

It’s been about two weeks and I’ve been using it every day, and I’m happy to say that my experience has been just as good with every subsequent wash.  There is always that danger that a first impression is just the novelty of using something new and then it just ends up being like everything else; that’s definitely not the case here.  I love the smell – it’s light and fresh without being overpowering, and it’s derived from natural ingredients – and my hair has been manageable and cooperative and well, very unlike how my hair usually is!  It’s also been great on my scalp: because I bleach my hair pretty regularly to maintain that Gentlemen Prefer Blondes realness, I sometimes get small areas that are irritated or even scab over.  Since I’ve started using this duo, my scalp is much less irritated and sensitive.  Maple Holistics products are also formulated to be gentle on color-treated hair, so no fears there.  Let your color shine, whether you got it from genetics or out of a box!

If tea tree isn’t your personal jam, they have several other varieties including an Argan Oil duo and a “Winter Blend” that includes 5 types of mint for a cooling, refreshing feeling like nothing else!  They also offer skincare and personal care products, and even a line of healthy snacks and dietary supplements.  If you care about finding products that are naturally derived and cruelty free, definitely check out this brand.  What I’ve tried so far has really impressed me and I’m looking forward to checking out more of their great products.

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Not sure where to start?  Take a look at their catalog, and then you can request to receive a free sample HERE!  It’s their way of spreading the word about their great new line of products, and you have the chance to try out a new conditioner – without conditions (my “dad jokes” are also provided at no extra charge – what a deal!).  I think it’s great that they are soliciting honest and real feedback, not just angling for 5-star reviews that may or may not reflect the author’s actual experiences (if they even tried the product in the first place!).  That’s how you know that a company really stands behind the quality of their products: they solicit all feedback and value honesty and integrity.  When they receive a 5-star review, you know they actually earned it instead of just paying for it.

So what’s my biggest concern about this brand?  Deciding, when I run out of these products, whether to replace them with more of the tea tree, or try out the winter blend!  I love cooling haircare products, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I think 5 types of mint combined could be like nothing else I’ve tried!  I was a Wen girl for over two years, and this is the first time since my supply ran dry that I feel like I’ve found something comparable in terms of quality and the effect it has on my hair.  Even though most of my hair is made of plastic and rides around in my trunk between shows (all about that wig life!), it’s nice every now and then to actually take a little time to take care of and pamper the hair that gets shoved underneath those glamorous coifs!

Now Go Forth & Get Painted!

 

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