Do You Use Wen Hair Products? FDA Issues Warning

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Most of us have seen the infomercials in the middle of the night for Wen hair products. The stuff isn’t cheap, but many seem to swear by it.

The FDA however, has just issued a safety alert on the company’s line of cleansing hair conditioners. Wen’s low-lather conditioner has been the subject of 127 FDA complaints so far. Wen’s products are also the target of an ongoing class-action lawsuit from 2014 over hair-loss claims.

The low-lather conditioners from celebrity stylist Chaz Dean has had over 100 FDA reports for adverse effects which include hair loss and breakage, balding, itching, and rashes.

There has also been supposedly 21,000 complaints made directly to Chaz Dean, Inc. and parent company Guthy Renker.

A spokesman for Chaz Dean has said the company stands behind its products and that “the brand has consistently cooperated with the FDA and will continue to do so.”

The conditioner includes aloe vera, chamomile extract, sweet almond oil, and soy protein as its ingredients but also has preservatives methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone. These two preservatives have been connected to skin, eye, and lung irritation, according to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep ingredients database.

With connections like that, it looks like it may be definitely time to switch conditioners.