The WENd

Optimized-LGH_150325_6144This is a difficult post to write: it’s the end of an era. The end of WEN®. The WENd.

I wrote about WEN® on TFIO, I interviewed WEN® creator, Chaz Dean, and I often shared my love of the product with readers. My opinions were my own – I was never compensated for my endorsements. And so it is (with sadness) that I tell you that I have removed WEN® from my cleansing repertoire. For good. I knew that there was a class-action lawsuit against WEN® – 200 women joined the lawsuit for hair loss. But I kept using the product because I wanted to see for myself. And then it happened: a few weeks ago my hair started falling out in clumps. It horrified me and I instantly dumped all my product.

It has taken me a long time to share my story – until I could find something else that made my hair feel soft and special and hopefully, revitalize it. I finally have. I now alternate between two different shampoos: Alterna’s Cavier Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner and BeautyCounter’s Clean Shampoo and Conditioner.

Again, this is my own experience. If you use WEN® you may be fine; you may want to reconsider. I can’t really endorse any product as I did before – no two heads are the same! I can only share what happened to me in the hope that it may offer some ideas for you. For now, though, and for me … the verdict is in – and WEN® is out.

Photo by Lauren Hagerstrom

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“Age shouldn’t define your hairstyle or hair length,” says Isak

Isak in the salon

Isak, at the salon

Isak knows hair. And he knows me. I am a bit finicky about my hair. Most of my life I have worn it the same way (center part, on the longer side – at least shoulder length); yet, I realize that the older I get, the longer I prefer my hair. I just feel better about myself with longer hair. So it was today, when I went to add glaze to my hair (a great alternative to chemical coloring, by the way), that Isak shared with me his thoughts on hair length, color application, and hair do’s and don’ts. I was surprised to see a connection between hair trends and fashion trends. You may, too. (And I was glad to finally learn what ‘ombre’ means!) Here is Isak…

Age shouldn’t define your hairstyle or hair length. At some time, it became accepted that as women age, they should cut their hair. But not every woman should being cutting her hair and in fact, you may look better with longer hair. Similarly, younger women can wear shorter hair, too. Not every young woman should wear her hair longer. The key is to understand what works best for you, and to make a change based on this, and not simply because you are following a trend … Continue reading

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“Comfortable with my curls”

Monica with her three girls

Monica with her three girls

Monica has blue eyes and full curly hair which she has had all her life. Not so unusual to me, but for Monica who has grown up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, it is. Unusual and a big deal. Because most women in Puerto Rico choose to straighten their hair and spend much of their day (a good portion of their beauty regime) making sure they remove their natural curl. But Monica is different and not afraid to be original. She is also the mother of three young girls, ages 10, 9, and 6, and Monica is teaching them to embrace their luxurious curly hair and their differences too. She is fashion-forward and courageous.

Here is Monica

There are many factors why the women of Puerto Rico follow certain beauty rituals. One is that it’s warm here all year-round. Body hair has to be impeccable: that means shaved legs and underarms and bikini waxes. Everyone wears sandals all-year so getting pedicures is a regular ritual as well. I don’t bother with manicures but I keep my nails short and clean – and I almost always have a pedicure …

Another factor is that in Puerto Rico fashion is a status symbol. It tells others that you can afford certain things. People follow fashion but they are not individuals.They are followers. Continue reading

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Prom: Now/Eric …

Eric: Prom 2013

Eric: Prom 2013

I couldn’t resist one more feature on prom 2013. Eric is my son; he is 16 and a junior in high school. Last night he went to his first prom. There wasn’t much fanfare to prepare for the occasion except to take a trip to the barber shop for a new haircut, rent a tuxedo and shoes and purchase new dress socks. And of course, he selected a corsage for his date. But this story is worth telling because he attended his prom in the very same location where my junior prom was held 36 years ago! That does kind of freak me out but it is special and something that he and I will share forever.

My last prom feature is about my own son and a connection with me, his mom.

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Eric and me

Eric and me

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Chaz Dean

Chaz Dean: photo credit - Richard Guaty

Chaz Dean: photo credit – Richard Guaty

I, like many of us, am very sensitive about my hair. If I am having a bad hair day it is hard for me to think of anything else. And so a few years ago when I discovered WEN cleansing conditioner for my hair created by Chaz Dean, I started to view my hair in a whole new light. My hair began to feel softer and as my hair became bouncier, I felt lighter and better about myself. It’s as if I turned back the clock and gave myself the gift of younger-looking hair. I know I’m not alone. Many people are waking up to the joy of WEN hair care. Chaz has a vision to help more people feel like me by creating chemical-free, healthy products for our hair. Here is Chaz …

MKG: What has been the driving force behind creating WEN?

CD: I believe everyone has the ability to have beautiful, healthy, shiny hair and with WEN everyone can attain their best hair. Giving everyone the hair they have always dreamed of is one of the reasons I created WEN and continue to do so.

MKG: Why is our hair so important to us?

CD: Hair and skin are really important to how a person feels about him/herself. It is how others see you and how you present yourself to others. Having beautiful, healthy hair and skin is a confidence booster and helps build positive self esteem.

MKG: What happens when someone uses WEN for the first time?

CD: The first thing that most people notice the first time they use WEN is how soft and shiny their hair is. With continuous use they say their hair has never been more manageable, healthy, soft and shiny. It just gets better and better.

MKG: What is your vision for the future of WEN?

CD: My vision for WEN is to keep educating, motivating, and empowering people by enhancing their natural beauty.

MKG: What is something about you that most of us wouldn’t know?

CD: Most people know I travel a lot; what they don’t know is that I bring my own blanket and “My Pillow.” ~ Chaz Dean

Chaz Dean is dedicated to helping each of us feel and look our best. I think I’m lucky we met

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PROM: Now/Miranda …

Miranda's prom dress - look at that detail in the back!

Miranda’s prom dress – look at that detail in the back!

Miranda is a senior in high school and will be going to her prom in early June. Here is what Miranda shared with me about prom, now …

It was very hard to find a dress; it took me two months of on-line shopping. I decided to do all of my shopping on-line because I knew I would find the right proportions. I am over 5′ 7″ and I wanted the right fit, and these days on-line shopping provides accurate measurements. When I saw this dress it really stuck with me. It’s a light pink and feminine style. The popular colors of the season for girls are nude, soft pink, dark blue/navy blue and red. And yes, I have posted it on Facebook already, noting the color, so that others will know what I’m wearing and not copy it. Most girls are doing this …

To prepare for the prom, I will be getting my hair and professional makeup done at a salon. No spray tanning for me. I tried it two years ago and I did not like it! Too much orange! I will also be getting a mani-pedi …

I am happy to go to my prom. Sometimes it’s overrated; people say it’s the second most important day after your wedding day. I think that’s silly. But it is a special day. It makes girls feel really beautiful and it boosts confidence. All the girls are so nice to each at prom; they compliment each other and wish each other well. That doesn’t always happen with girls, you know. But on this day, there is a positive atmosphere and a judgement-free-zone for all of high school …” ~ Miranda

to be continued

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adWENdum!

WEN girls photo courtesy of Chaz Dean Studio

WEN girls – photo credit: Chaz Dean Studio

I have told tales about my favorite hair cleansing conditioner: Wen, by Chaz Dean. I have an addendum to my story. Originally, I told you that Wen is a one-step process for your hair: cleansing, conditioning, de-tangling and deep conditioning with one product. But I have learned there is more to it. In actuality, it is a two-rinse (with the cleansing conditioner) and two-product process (adding a styling creme). I have been wearing my hair a little longer, and I noticed recently that it hasn’t been as shiny. When I spoke to the Wen Studio to find out why, I learned that I wasn’t using the product properly and correctly. I bought the 32-oz bottle of the cleansing conditioner and have been using too much per cleanse. For my hair length, I should be using fewer pumps: 12 pumps for the initial rinse and 12 pumps for the leave-in/rinse for a total of 24 pumps (I used 24 pumps twice – for each rinse – which was too much, leaving my hair more flat than shiny!), with a dime-sized amount at the ends as a leave-in conditioner. I also learned that I need to add another dime-sized amount of the leave-in styling creme after using the cleansing conditioner. Without that, my hair will not have the shine and shimmer I am looking for because the styling creme completes the process and protects your hair. So, WEN is most effective as a two-product process and it is important to use the proper number of pumps according to the size of your container.

I found WEN customer service to be extremely helpful in navigating this process and explaining what to do, and it is so worth it for the most luxurious and softest hair I have ever known! Learn from my mistake; If you decide to try WEN, take time to follow the steps. I think you will love the results, as I do. Then, all of us can be Wen girls!

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Oh, ZOE!

Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe

My ears perk up when I see or hear stylist/designer Rachel Zoe on television. I have been a fan of her work for a long time and there is no doubt that she is an influential force in fashion. I caught her today on ABC’s Good Morning America discussing two new ventures: the unveiling of her Fall 2013 collection at New York’s Fashion Week, and the launch of her new company, Dream Dry. The concept of Dream Dry is simply to provide clientele on-the-spot (40 minutes or less) dream blowouts by a team of professionals. Led by Rachel Zoe and her partner, Robin Moraetes, Dream Dry salon is set to launch this week in New York City with plans for upcoming locations around the country. Ms. Zoe explained that there are several classic-styled looks from which to choose, each inspired by her favorite icons, including Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn.

Hair styling and makeup application complete the fashion picture for Rachel Zoe. As she said this morning, “If the hair is wrong your whole outfit is garbage!”

Taking the blow-dry concept to another level with personalized styling salons is a growing trend and I think we will be hearing more about it.

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If not now, WEN?!

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I am a WEN girl!
Photo Credit: Patricia Saxton

Lather. Rinse. Repeat. This is the rhythm of hair washing and we do it every day or every other day, or at the very least, every few days. We have been doing it all our lives, but these days hair washing has become much more complex – and expensive. It is shampooing and conditioning and detangling and sometimes, deep conditioning. If you are like me, you are a little nuts about your hair and are willing to pay for quality hair products. I have tried several different brands in search of the perfect combination. What I never knew was that by using these traditional products, many of which contain harsh chemicals, I was actually stripping and damaging my hair.

Two years ago a bout of insomnia led me to a new way of cleansing my hair. I had never heard of WEN before and as I watched the infomercial I knew that it was something different. A few days later, I saw WEN creator, Chaz Dean, on QVC and this time I decided to try it. Now I know that I will never go back to traditional shampoo. I am a WEN girl.

What exactly is WEN? Not a shampoo, WEN is actually a cleansing conditioner, free of the chemical sodium lauryl sulfate. And because WEN cleanses and conditions, it is a one-product process. It does the cleansing and conditioning and detangling and deep conditioning all in one. You won’t see lather because it is the chemicals that create the suds. But what you will see is clean, soft, shiny hair. And if you color your hair, as I do, WEN actually protects and maintains the color longer than traditional shampoo. Chaz Dean, Los Angeles-based hair stylist and colorist, created WEN in 1993 after seeing his clients’ damaged hair. He developed a natural alternative to the traditional shampoo and now, he is my new best friend.

You may find yourself pulling an all-nighter and catching the infomercial. Or you may see Chaz Dean on QVC (the most cost-effective way to purchase WEN by the way). If you do, consider trying it as a gift to you and your hair. You won’t be lathering, but the rinsing and repeating is the same.

Ask yourself: if not now … WEN?

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(by the way, I use Pomegranate and my teenage sons use it, too!)

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