Popular Hair Care Product Reportedly Causes Balding

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Popular hair care product allegedly causes hair loss and balding.

CBS News reports that the FDA has issued a safety warning following over a hundred complaints against Wen Hair Care Products.

According to a statement published by the Food and Drug Administration, the government agency has received 127 reports from consumers about Wen as of July 7th. According to the statement, this is the most “the largest number of reports ever associated with any cosmetic hair cleansing product, including cleansing conditioners.”

The FDA said it has received reports of the following:

  1. Balding
  2. Hair Loss
  3. Hair Breakage
  4. Rash
  5. Itching

Apparently, these complaints were tied to the company’s sweet almond mint, lavender and pomegranate cleansing conditioners. Those same reports have led to a class action lawsuit against Chaz Dean and Guthy Renker, the owners of the Wen Hair care products.

This is not the first time the FDA made public announcements about the company. In fact in January 2014, the FDA wrote a letter asking for information about the control procedures for ingredients following reports of hair loss and breakage. In response, the FDA said the companies “did not address the association between WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners and hair loss. We do not know if the company has other safety data, and we do not have the legal authority to require a cosmetics firm to provide product safety information.”

However, an Environmental Working Group attorney Tina Sigurdson told CBS news that the FDA doesn’t have that much power. “There’s no legal requirement that a company makes sure a product is safe before they sell it,” Sigurdson said.

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