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
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.