Archive | December 2015

Wen . . . The controversy

By now you might have heard that this “holy grail” status hair product is in the news for making peoples’ hair fall out.  Yes, I said it – FALL OUT!!! They went from something being the most luxurious and gentle to making your hair fall out.


Wen was created in 2008 by the Los Angeles celebrity hair stylist Chaz Dean. Chaz was a high profile stylist LONG before he put the product out. This in turn gave credibility to the product.  He has celebrity spokespeople like Alyssa Milano, Angie Harmon and Brooke Shields that are also faces of the product.

The foundation of the brand is that his products do not contain any of the damaging elements that are found in most shampoos.  His products are cleansing conditioners and therefore, more gentle to the hair.  One product replaces shampoo, conditioner and deep conditioner without lather and sulfates.


Almost 200 people from 40 different states have come forth to say that the product made their hair fall out. The attorney representing them in the class action lawsuit said that using Wen is “like using lotion to wash your hair, so instead of removing the products, when you rinse it off, it just becomes impacted in your hair follicle.”


The first person that got the ball rolling in the lawsuit was Tanya Norman. She said that after 6 months of using the product, she noticed multiple bald spots.  She went online to do research and found out that she was not alone.  She is now using a topical medicine and cortisone injections in the bald spots.  She said that her hair IS regrowing but it’s very fine and brittle.

The scary thing for me is that I was literally watching an infomercial for this product 2 or 3 days before the story broke.  I was thinking about getting some because during the holidays, they have bundles and larger sizes that you would not be able to get normally.  I did not make a purchase because I still had Christmas shopping to do. Don’t judge me, I know am late and sad because I’m still shopping!!!!!!!

With the continuing upsurge of the natural hair movement Wen has caught the eye of many Naturalistas.  People with naturally curly hair have been flooding the stores and internet looking for products free of sulfates, parabens and other ingredients harmful to our delicate hair.

So what is the company’s response?  I must say that 10 million units sold and 200 had problems reflects a tiny amount of people having issues with the product.  So you can argue that when you look at the numbers on paper, that is still a reflection of a great product that works for most people.  What you see below is the statement given to the Nightly News:


Have you or someone you know used Wen?  How was it?


And the gift goes to . . . . . . . . me!!!!

Ok, we all know it’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? It’s all about the spirit of spreading joy and most people do that with gifts.

My question for you is: how many of you used Black Friday and Cyber Monday to shop for YOU???  Yes, I said for you.  As a wife and mother, we are programmed to tend to others first.  I think this might have been the FIRST holiday shopping weekend that I devoted to ME.

Well, I must admit that my first Christmas purchase was not me, it was for my mother-in-law.  I bought her a beautiful gift set from Wax and Lather (an artisan soap, toiletries and candle company). I bought a couple of soaps so I could test the products and then bought the gift set for my mother-in-law.  I will post the company information below and do a blog on the gift set and soap soon.


I will also add that I did ask hubby what he wanted for Christmas and he said cologne.  Did he tell me what kind? NO!  I asked him twice during the busy holiday shopping weekend and he never gave me an answer.  He only said that he would let me know. So since I am not a psychic or mind-reader, I decided to shop for me.

This year I decided that I want hair products for Christmas.  So I decided to try a brand that I have not tried before.  This brand is one of the hottest brands in the industry and the buzz has been nothing but positive.  What brand did I choose?: Mielle Organics!!! This company has grown by leaps and bounds since 2014 and I HAD to see what the buzz was about.  On Black Friday, I bought one of the Healthy Hair Regimen Pack 1 that included hair vitamins, shampoo, deep conditioner, co-wash, and mint almond oil.  On Cyber Monday, I bought the hair milk and leave-in conditioner.  I will be doing a blog on these products very soon.  I tried the items that I got on Black Friday and I must say I am pleased and can’t wait to get the rest of the products to use together.


I decided to buy for me so I could let hubby know what I wanted him to buy me for Christmas.  Why not get what you want, right? I have no problem telling him “this is what I want”.  We decided to do this a few years ago, just stop beating around the bush and say what you want.  Does that spoil the surprise? NO!!!! If it’s something I want, I’m a happy camper.

I bring this topic up to ask the question: how many of you feel guilty for buying for yourself first?  Why do you feel guilty? I have reached a stage in my life, where I finally realized that I need to treat myself.  Sometimes, I need to put myself first.  We are so used to giving and giving to others and by the time we think about ourselves, we have nothing left to give.

I don’t feel guilty one bit. Do I still have to shop for hubby? Yes! Do I still have to shop for my son? Yes!  I’m OK with that.  It’s about taking the time to stop for a minute during this busy holiday season and just take a moment for yourself.  There is nothing wrong with doing that.  So spill the tea . . . what have you bought for yourself already????

You can visit the websites of the companies I mentioned by clicking the links below: