Earlier this month, we reported on the US lawsuit that has been filed against celebrity hairstylist Chaz Dean by men and women who have suffered from scalp irritation and baldness from the use of his WEN hair products.

However, the growing numbers of former clients that have bombarded the WEN FaceBook page indicates that this is a lawsuit that could just grow and grow.

hair loss lawsuitThe WEN hair products claim to use all-natural ingredients to both cleanse and condition the hair. In photographs uploaded to social media sites, though, it seems like the products have caused massive clumps of hair to fall out. Other side effects that have been listed are a burning sensation on the scalp and skin irritation that presents as itchiness and rashes.

Chaz Dean has built an immensely successful company based on his WEN line of haircare products, endorsed by celebrities including Alyssa Milano and Brooke Shields. The numbers affected by WEN products is potentially huge; as the company states, they have shipped well over 10 million haircare products since 2008. The legal firm that represents WEN has stated that as many as “thousands or tens of thousands” could join the lawsuit and sue the company.

What causes this hair loss?

The complaint that has been filed alleges that the WEN conditioner contains active ingredients that can act as a depilatory or caustic agent, causing a chemical reaction that damages the hair strands and/or follicle. The alleged results include hair loss, dryness, breakage and “other injuries and adverse effects”.

The haircare products are advertised as a sulfate-free alternative to shampoo and conditioner. At the moment, nothing has been proven as to why it is affecting hair in such a drastic way. WEN have made an announcement to the effect that “there is no scientific evidence whatsoever to support any claim”. Well, thousands would seem to disagree.



By Ian Watson


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