Wen - Short term shine, long term hair loss
After seeing those darn infomercials time and time again, and watching a QVC presentation; I gave in to the hype and purchased the gallon size 613 conditioner and (3) three of the 32 oz Wen in various formulas. Hey! If nothing, I am a committed fool, having given in to the hype. I began using Wen in September 2013. I have no known health problems, not on any medications and prior to usage of Wen had healthy shoulder length hair, with no chemical adulteration. I purchased Wen via QVC as I do not believe in giving my credit card number to any company that may continue to charge for "automated" purchase of their products. This is a built in recipe for financial abuse on their end. Anyway, my initial use of Wen resulted in soft, easy to blow dry hair that had such a luster, I honestly mused that there must be something in this to cause such "slip" when in the shower as well as the unusual shine. My first several uses, resulted in hair that was bouncy, shiny and seemed to hold a curl very well. But, over the next 2 months, I began to experience clumps of hair loss in the shower that was well beyond normal shedding as well as a drying texture to my hair. As I was not using any other styling products, it was pretty easy for me to zero in on the culprit! I did a bit of research, after my purchase and use; note to self! Research of ANY product, should be before use! Anyway. Wen is loaded with silicone and other ingredients that literally block the pores of your scalp and choke the passage for hair follicles. This in turn over time will result in massive hair loss. Just think of primers used before applying your makeup! The silicone in primers block the pores and prevent perspiration from seeping out to cause your makeup to run. Thus, you need fewer touch ups right! Well Wen over time creates a barrier on your scalp and blocks the hair follicles, thereby prompting your hair to literally fall out. And because this product is laden with silicone like product there is a quick buildup on your hair shaft, literally melting the hair off. Now, this may not be true for everyone. Each woman will have varied results. But, this product seems to be marketed to those with color treated or damaged hair and thus proves to be counter productive if you have fairly healthy hair. I have watched the Chaz Dean infomercial with rapt attention and at the bottom of the screen, two things stand out; "Results will vary" and the women on the screen have had their hair "professionally styled", and there is no clear representation that ALL the model's were subjected to the use of Wen! Ladies to halt the hair loss you will need to do the following:
1) Treat your hair to a protein conditioner. I immediately went out and purchased Aphogee Protein treatment conditioner and this immediately stopped the breakage. I could literally count the strands I lost after this treatment vs. massive hair loss, prior to!
**Hair products both shampoos and conditioners can be either overly acidic or high in alkaline, thereby interrupting your hair's natural PH balance, resulting in a drying out of your hair and breakage.
**Apple Cider Vinegar is very close to the PH balance of ones natural hair.
2) Return the PH balance to your hair by periodically using an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse. Massage into your scalp and hair to stimulate the scalp, and clear those clogged pores. This will also remove the buildup of the Wen product as well as other styling product that have built up on your hair and scalp without stripping your hair of it's natural oils. An additional benefit of an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse is this is a natural detangler for your hair and is a natural treatment for those that suffer from dandruff. Detangling results may vary upon your texture and length of hair. Also note: an ACV rinse does wonders to promote shine and close your hair cuticle, thus reducing snagging and breakage. And don't worry about smelling like a salad, the odor dissipates very quickly once rinsed out and the hair begins to dry..:-)
3) You may need to cut the damaged hair out, or at least have the ends trimmed.
4) In areas where your hair has thinned out, try spot treatment with Nioxin. This is formulated specifically for women and comes in various formulates: thinning, color treated, etc.
As someone who has broken her hair off in years past from too much heat, falling asleep while coloring hair....Yeah, that was a hum dinger!!! ....Never, ever do your hair when you are tired....LOOL And most recently growing it out to a wonderful and outlandish length. I can tell you our hair really is our "crown and glory." When we perceive ourselves to look good, we feel good and our hair is a large part of this perception. Unless you have done irreversible damage to the follicle and/or root, the damage experienced by Wen can absolutely be reversed in time.
Here is wishing everyone Good Luck and beautiful and healthy hair....;-)
Review about: Wen Conditioner.
Monetary Loss: $320.