WEN® to Question??

Photo by Lauren Hagerstrom

Photo by Lauren Hagerstrom

Last March I wrote about my love of WEN® hair care products and why I feel it helps keep my hair looking and feeling young. I have also interviewed WEN® creator, Chaz Dean, on TFIO. Although the opinions were my own and I was not then, nor have I ever been compensated for my opinions and points of view, I do have a responsibility with every feature I write to tell the truth. Reports have surfaced that over 200 women have joined a class action lawsuit against WEN®, saying the product has left them with bald spots and thinning hair. I have used the product for at least five years, have had a good experience, and find that my hair is fuller and softer than ever. I may continue to use it, but I too have concerns about what is going on and am in the process of making calls to find out. If you have changed over to WEN® after reading my posts, I encourage you to investigate as well. Let’s see how this plays out.

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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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This Thanksgiving Eve, I feel grateful for so much …

Happy Thanksgiving! Me with my two boys (taken a few years ago, at least!)

A favorite picture of me and my two boys, a few years ago, at The Outer Banks

My family is visiting this holiday: Thanksgiving dinner at my house with my sister-in-law and her family and brunch on Friday with my parents, my aunt and my cousin and her family, whom I haven’t seen in a very long time. I am grateful that my house will be filled with love and food. I hope I don’t burn anything! I am grateful for so much more – my family, my friends, my good health and you, my dear friends, who tune in to follow me and those who have shared their amazing stories, as we turn fashion inside out!

I hope you will join me tomorrow for my podcast, as I speak with Los Angeles stylist and creator of the WEN product line, Chaz Dean. I am grateful for my conversation with this kind and amazing person.

 

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Melissa meets Melissa

Melissa, wearing her Hudson shorts

Melissa, wearing her Hudson shorts

I relate to Melissa, or ‘Mo’ as she is known to her friends. Not simply because we share the same name, but because our lives have crossed paths in the beautiful part of the country called The Outer Banks of North Carolina. Like Melissa, my family has been spending vacation time here for at least 15 years. But unlike Melissa, I must leave when my week is up and return to my life elsewhere. But Melissa stays. And I am a little envious – maybe more than a little. We caught up today, just one year after we met at her boutique, A Greener Shade of You in the Historic Corolla Village. Melissa shared her story …

I had vacationed here with my family for at least 10-15 years. My parents retired here and after that, something drew me here as well. I decided that this is where I needed to be. I moved here in 1998 with my car and my cat and I never left … Continue reading

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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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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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