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Volumize hair with Wen by Chaz Dean

Is a Solution for:
Dry or Brittle Hair, Thinning Hair & Shedding
July 16, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 12 Comments
Chaz Dean's Wen range has a trio of hair volumizing products that are best sellers on QVC. I think that it is brilliant that a guy who has pioneered the green movement, launched a shampoo-free shampoo and who has pledged to change the world one head at a time should capture the hearts of TV shoppers. Chaz's Wen Lavender conditioner, styling cream and volumizing spray are very good products. However, at the risk of splitting hairs with such a nice chap, I'd have to say that they could be greener. But I'll come back to that.

First, here are some of the good things that Wen achieves. Lavender Cleansing Conditioner ($26) is big on organic aloe, which will sooth the most irritated scalps as well as being an important anti-inflammatory. Of the handful of botanicals, there is rosemary, a great natural hair conditioner that gives body and lustre to dry hair. But what I really like is the petal power of marigolds, which contain something called luteins, a potentially indispensible source of skin protection. According to a Harvard research team, it may have the potential to act as a preventative agent against UVB-induced skin cancer and skin damage.

The Lavender Volumizing Treatment Spray ($32) has some of the heavy hitting ingredients that you would expect to find in a facial serum. There is marine collagen and a great peptide, palmitoyl pentapeptide-3 (which is our friend Matrixyl). There some powerful botanical antioxidants in the form of white tea, goji berry, with loads of vitamin C, and acai, rich in fatty acids.

I am afraid that in my book Chaz loses a few points for a fairly heavy handed use of silicones. Making, for example, the Styling Creme Water a fairly mediocre product. But the real let down comes from the number of irritants ,including: ethylhexylglycerin, methylisothiazolinone and aminomethyl propanol, which is restricted to concentrations of up to 7%, phenoxyethanol, an irritant that can also damage the central nervous system, and iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, which a Danish study found to be a toxin. DMDM hydantoin, which can contain small amounts of formaldehyde.

Lavender Cleansing Conditioner
Water, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Chamomile Extract, Marigold Flower Extract, Lavender Oil, Lavender Extract, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Amodimethicone, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Witch Hazel, Ceteareth-20, Sweet Almond Oil, Menthol, Avocado Oil, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride,  Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Citric Acid.

Lavender Styling Crème Water,
Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Sclerotium Gum, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone, Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, Lavender Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Lavender Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propylene Glycol.

Lavender Volumizing Treatment Spray
SD Alcohol 39-C, Water (Aqua), Witch Hazel, Soluble Marine Collagen (Sea Kelp), Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, Marsh Mallow/Althea Extract, White Tea Extract, Goji Berry Fruit Extract, Acai Pulp Oil, Sweet Almond Fruit Extract, Sunflower seed Extract, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Lavender Oil, PEG-12 Dimethicone, PEG-8 Dimethicone, PEG-8 Ricinoleate, Acrylates Copolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Panthenyl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Carrageenan Hydrolysate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Glycerine (Naturally Derived), Butylene Glycol, DMDM Hydantoin, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20.
  • December 27, 2015

    by marcelene isaacson

    i love the wen shampoo/conditioner and have been primarily using fig...now i read and hear about all these frightening hair loss reports.. and a class action suit.. and am afraid of using it... is there any validity.. to all this...please advise... i love this product but now am afraid to use it...

  • October 26, 2012

    by Barbara

    Just used it today and was delighted with the results.Hair is soft and shiny but still has body.

  • October 26, 2011

    by Gail Preston

    I love Wen hair products; this spray is not so much a "volumizer", its also not a good hair spray. Instead of this, I would recommend Shielo's Volume Flexible Hairspray. It is a GREAT great alternative to this product. I dispise hairspray and the stiff-ness, but the Shielo Volume Hairspray is not "stiff", keeps hair in place all day and smells great!

    Everyone comments on how good my hair looks when I use Shielo - I love that!

  • September 27, 2010

    by star

    sorry it's really late.... i forgot to write 1 word... i meant to say is that my hair looks and feels great and my skin looks better that it has in years.

  • September 27, 2010

    by star

    i have systemic lupus and discoid lupus, literally my body hates me inside and out. my skin is very sensitive from my head to my toes.finding product i can use has been a journey between the lupus and medications.i am currently use the lavender set we are talking about, the tea tree, and the fig. the welts on scalp and body have subsided and my hair looks and feels. after cleansing my hair a few times i got brave and used in the welts on my arms neck. i know it has a few ingedients that are on the naughty list, but does that make it all bad?
    to make wen go further >>> this might help, apply the wen to your scalp massage it in, wet you hair just a little, add wen in the length of your hair, now comb root to tips. i use the lavender or the tea tree on my roots and scalp and fig on the lenght of my hair.

  • August 2, 2010

    by Zippy

    I do like the fact that Wen does not foam (leaves me certain about the no detergents thing) and I have got quite a few hair compliments since I began using it. At first I thought it was the worst product in the world, it felt like I had used conditioner to try and clean my hair. I soon realized that I was not "wening" properly and the product needed to be combed through etc. After that my hair is looking pretty good. I wish I could find a less expensive in-store product though as an alternative and for added convenience. I go through Wen really quickly because I have log hair. It is used on the entire cast of Desperate Housewives but unfortunately I don't have that kind of financial ability :)

  • June 13, 2010

    by Roseann

    Leaves my hair solft and non frizzy. My hair is thin on top and I do not have a problem. I love it.

  • September 30, 2009

    by Chelle M

    I love the Wen cleansing/conditioning products. I've used them for the past 18 months. The styling cream left my hair too flat for my liking but I love the volumizing spray. I do my hair first when I step into the shower and by the time I'm ready to step out, I rinse the Wen out well. I've found that it is sufficiant time for the product to work.

  • July 17, 2009

    by Cristina

    (Excuse me, Jan...that was a typo.)

  • July 17, 2009

    by Cristina

    My problem with Wen is all that pumping! 40 or so pumps.... seems silly. I wish I had thought of that, Jen, to shave my legs with the excess.

    I don't think it's an appropriate item for fine, thin hair. In the infomercial the model in the shower looks like she has enough hair for 3 people...that's not me!

    Wouldn't this be the same as the "conditioner only" washing method that seems to be popular on a lot of beauty sites?

  • July 16, 2009

    by Bev

    I've used Wen products too, but found it too time consuming to 1)get the product out of the bottle (at least 16 pumps), 2) massage it in, 3) clip your hair up and 4) let it sit for a few minutes. I just don't have that kind of time in the morning. It also purports to save your hair color from fading, but I really didn't notice a difference between Wen and other shampoos for color treated hair (like Aveda Color Conserve).

  • July 16, 2009

    by Jan

    I've tried most of the Wen products and found them WAY too heavy for my hair. Always end up using the remaining product to shave my legs with.

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