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200 Women are Suing WEN Hair Care Over Severe Shedding and Hair Loss
Earlier this year, a relative told me about a fellow naturalista whose hair started falling out in clumps after using WEN’s products. When she tried to call the company, the customer service …

Earlier this year, a relative told me about a fellow naturalista whose hair started falling out in clumps after using WEN’s products. When she tried to call the company, the customer service didn’t seem surprised, but instead asked her many questions about her age. The products were recommended to my relative by her stylist who said that WEN’s products were great for natural hair. It seems that was bad advice for her and the 200 other women who are suing the company for damaging their hair after using their 5 in 1 Cleansing Conditioners.

According to an article on The Daily Beast, WEN Hair Care is reportedly being sued by more than 200 women in 40 states after using their sulfate-free alternative shampoo. The brand promises bouncy, manageable hair after the first use, but these women ended up with handfuls of shed hair. Some of the women even have bald spots. This has been happening to various women over the years, but nothing ever came of the complaints until now.

In addition to the extreme shedding, women are reporting the products have caused severe and possibly permanent hair damage, rashes, hair breakage, and scalp irritation. Nurse practitioner Amy Friedman bought the WEN Sweet Almond Mint basic kit in 2014…..

Wavy/Curly hair guide

Wavy and/or curly hair is notorious for being hard to control, frizzy, poofy, annoying, sensitive, dry, coarse…the list is endless. (Don’t believe me? Check out this link.)

So, hopefully my fellow wavies/curlies will find this post somewhat helpful!

Step 1. Identifying your hair type

You can use this pic to determine what your hair type is:

Now, remember that your hair doesn’t have to belong to just one type. Especially if you have long hair, as the weight of your hair will drag the curls down. I’m a mixture of type 2 and 3.

Step 2. The right products

You might have heard of the ‘no poo’ movement (and if you think it’s some bizzare ritual of forced constipation, you obviously haven’t) and it’s basically where you ditch shampoos. The most famous/common ones anyway. I actually can’t tell you the do’s and don’ts because when I decided to start using baking soda instead of shampoo, I saw posts saying it was too alkaline to use on hair and the horror stories were enough to make me change my mind. I currently use some shampoo mixed with shikakai powder, and that seems to work. However, it might not be easy to find outside India, so here are a few ideas:

PH balanced shampoo (DIY)

Organix shampoo 

Sulfate free shampoos

You could also co wash  your hair. Now my hair isn’t that thick, (or curly) so I haven’t tried co-washing (I will soon) but many people swear by it.

Step 3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Dilute ACV (the recommended ratio is 3 parts water, 1 part ACV, but if your hair is thicker, use more ACV and vice versa) and just drench your hair in it post your whole shampoo routine. Yes, it does smell a bit like feet, but bloody hell, it works. It helps restore the pH of your scalp, closes the cuticles and makes hair shinyyyyyy.

Step 4. After shower

If you have curly hair, it’s probably quite dry. So as soon as you get out of the shower, apple some coconut oil (I have a post-shower oil mix thingy, let me know if you want it) on sopping wet hair. Don’t do this on dry hair unless you want it to become, well, very oily. The water helps dilute/thoroughly distribute the oil. Next, apply your regular mousse/gel. But if you want to go all natural (like me!!!!) then try making flax seed hair gel. There are many recipes available online, so I can’t link you to a particular one, but if you want to see my version of it, then again, let me know. 

Step 5. Drying your hair

Obviously, everyone would recommend letting it air-dry, but like me, if you can’t do that due to medical reasons, then use the diffuser attachment. If you’re letting it air-dry (this will take longer if you’re using the hair gel) then put it up in crow clips so that the weight of the hair doesn’t pull your curls out of shape. 

Step 6. Enjoy your fantastic hair and hair-flip your way through the world!!!!