200 person lawsuit claims popular hair care line causes baldness, scalp injury
But instead of leaving many women with the "strength, moisture, and manageability" its website promises, it has left them balding, confused, and looking for answers.
SEE ALSO: Bill Cosby countersues 7 of his accusers for defamation Over 200 women have joined a class action lawsuit against WEN by Chaz Dean, and marketing company Guthy-Renker, claiming it causes hair loss, breakage, scalp irritation and rash.
According to the lawsuit, nurse practitioner Amy Friedman bought the WEN Sweet Almond Mint basic kit in January of 2014 for $29.95, and "within two weeks of beginning use of her WEN Cleansing Conditioner, Plaintiff began losing substantial and abnormal amounts of hair."
Friedman says she continued using the products for "approximately three more weeks" before stopping completely, resulting in her losing "one quarter to one third" of the hair on her head.
She also claims that her experience is not an isolated incident and that "the internet is replete with examples of blogs and other websites where consumers have complained of the exact same issues with WEN Cleansing Conditioner."
Posts like these, rampant on WEN's Consumer Affairs and Facebook pages, seem to back up her claims:
Until the whole situation pans out, it might be best to stick with good ol' drug store brand shampoo.
Importantly, there is no scientific evidence to support any claim that our hair care products caused anyone to lose their hair. There are many reasons why individuals may lose their hair, all unrelated to WEN hair products. We intend to vigorously contest the allegations made against our products. And, we encourage any customer with any questions to contact us.
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