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Volumize hair with Wen by Chaz Dean

Is a Solution for:
Dry or Brittle Hair, Thinning Hair & Shedding
Reviewed by Marta July 16, 2009 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.

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