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.

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How Insomnia Led me to WEN® and Chaz Dean

Chaz Dean: Photo Credit Richard Guaty

Chaz Dean: Photo Credit Richard Guaty

The love affair started as a result of a bout of insomnia. Somewhat dazed from hours of flipping television channels I discovered what was to become one of my all-time favorite products: WEN® Cleansing Conditioner.  I watched Chaz Dean, creator of WEN® , demonstrate the benefits of using a cleansing conditioner instead of shampoo – without detergents, without harsh chemicals, and without the lather. Soon I was hooked. I ordered WEN® and never looked back. In fact, shampoo has not touched my hair since 2010. In the early days of this blog, I interviewed Chaz Dean about why he created WEN®. This week my insomnia returned and I found myself flipping channels again. Seeing the updated version of the WEN® infomercial reminded me why I started and prompted me to re-post the interview. His is a great story. Here is that conversation  …

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. Continue reading

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow?

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One of the things that we must all endure as we age is the subtle changes in our body and certainly, our hair. Hard to notice at first, but shifting hormones change the consistency of our hair and losing lustre and thinning strands becomes a reality that eventually cannot be overlooked. Our hair represents the pinnacle of our youth and vitality; as that shifts it can affect our self image. For years I took the care of my hair for granted, simply washing it before leaving the house. As I got older I wasn’t prepared for the changes in my hair.

There are things we can do, however, to help turn back time. The answer for me came a few years ago in the form of a late-night infomercial. As I flipped through the television channels one night I found a commercial for WEN® Cleansing Conditioner by Chaz Dean. I have been using WEN® for the last few years and today I wake up to hair that looks and feels like it did in its younger days. You may want to try WEN® or there may be another product that works for you. Whichever you choose, just don’t give up on your hair.

Note: Turning Fashion Inside Out and Melissa Kaplan Guarino were not compensated for this endorsement. All opinions are my own.

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When it comes to our hair, no more should messages!

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P1040986Hair colorist, Isak, opened my eyes earlier this week, when he talked about society’s should messages about hair and age. I realize that for the last 20 years, I have slowly but surely cut my hair, as I reached certain ages and stages in my life. And you know what? I no longer like wearing my hair shorter! So, I have changed that. In today’s podcast, I talk about these harmful should messages and remind us to stay clear of them!

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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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There is nothing like having young and healthy hair. Nothing.

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Chaz Dean

Chaz Dean

Happy Thanksgiving! It was a dream come true for me to speak with Chaz Dean, Los Angeles stylist and creator and visionary of WEN hair care product line in today’s podcast. I am a big fan of Chaz Dean – I tune in to QVC when he visits (QVC is a great way to purchase WEN at a good price), and WEN has literally turned back the clock for me, leaving my hair feeling younger and healthier.

Chaz talks about what drew him to the hair care industry, the creation of WEN and why this special cleansing conditioner cleans your hair without using harsh chemicals that strip away its natural shine, why our hair is so important to our self-esteem, and why the satisfaction of knowing he is helping people to feel better about themselves is the most important thing to him!

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Prom: Now/Samantha …

Samantha's original dress choices

Samantha’s original dress choices  – black and silver vintage and mint green contemporary

Samantha's second choice/second dress - strapless, deep purple with silver embellishment

Samantha’s second choice/second dress – strapless, deep purple with silver embellishment

Samantha is a junior in high school and she is my friend Karen’s daughter. I have known her for her entire life. In fact, I have known her since she was in her mother’s womb. After speaking with Samantha today I find it hard to believe that she is the same age that her mom and I were when we met. Here is Samantha on prepping for the prom …

I will be going to two proms this year: my boyfriend’s school prom is this Thursday and my school prom is May 17th. Almost from the minute I was invited, I started to feel pressure to find a dress, about two months ago. I began my search at the malls but found nothing and then searched on-line and didn’t find anything there either. Fortunately, I finally discovered two dresses at a local consignment shop, each for under $50! I know some girls who are spending up to $600 for just one dress, so two for $100 is quite a find for me. One is a mint green, contemporary style; the other is a black and silver vintage dress. They both fit well which is important to me. I needed to make a few slight adjustments to the mint green and I took it to a tailor. I have a pair of silver shoes that are a fine back up but I am hoping to find another pair before the proms. Recently, I wasn’t as sure about the black dress (I think because I’m not as comfortable wearing black in the spring). My boyfriend took me to the mall where I found a deep purple strapless dress with silver embellishment. I love it! I used gift cards to purchase the dress, so again, I was lucky …

I did feel pressure to purchase two dresses, partly because of the pictures that we will be taking, but mostly because my friends will be wearing two dresses. If they were wearing one dress for both of their proms I would probably do the same …

I decided to post my dresses to a Facebook page made for my school that exhibits every girls’ dresses. But I didn’t do the same for my boyfriend’s school. I found out that someone else will be wearing my dress at his prom but I’m okay with that because there will be many people. I will be getting a mani-pedi this week as well as having a spray-tan. I had an appointment to do my hair professionally at a salon but I think I will do it myself and save the money …

I think the biggest differences between going to the prom then, when you and my mom went, and today, are: the dresses are more outrageously priced, the preparation for the prom is more intense, and there is much more pressure from your friends to prepare in a certain way …

I am excited to go to the prom. Right now, though, I am thinking more about the preparation than the actual prom. I think that many girls feel the way I do and enjoy the preparation more than anything else.” ~ Samantha

I think that Samantha shows us that pressure from friends continues to be a big deal in high school. And no one should underestimate the power of the image in today’s world.

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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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If not now, WEN?!

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I am a WEN girl!
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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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