FDA issues safety alert for popular hair care product over hair loss complaints



WASHINGTON — Two years ago, 11-year-old Eliana Lawrence was worried she would be bald forever.

“I was scared I wasn’t going to get my hair back.”

Her mother Miriam says Eliana went nearly bald after using a WEN by Chaz Dean hair care product, which has celebrity endorsements and boasts of stronger, fuller hair.


But not for Eliana, says her mom.

“I noticed that her hairbrush was overflowing with hair. I’d never seen her brush in that condition before.”

The FDA began investigating the company after reports of hair loss, balding and rashes. Last month, the agency took the rare step of issuing a safety alert after learning the company had received 21,000 complaints.

The company tells CBS News it is cooperating, and its products are safe.

“We have shared our formulations and ingredients with the FDA,” it says. “We … exceed the FDA’s requirements for cosmetic manufacturers and have always been transparent.”

But the FDA disagrees, saying “the company … did not address safety concerns related to 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.”

It has no authority, because under a law that’s been in effect since 1938,  the FDA has limited power to regulate the $62 billion cosmetics industry.

“We’re talking baby wipes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, hair gel,” said attorney Tina Sigurdson, with the Environmental Working Group.

“There’s no legal requirement that a company makes sure a product is safe before they sell it,” she told us.

How is that possible? “FDA has no access to safety records. They have no legal power to get those. Only Congress can give them that power,” Sigurdson said.

Meanwhile, WEN products remain on the shelves. The company says “the truth is that there are many reasons why people suffer from hair loss, but using Wen is not one of them.”

As for the Eliana and Miriam Lawrence, they are now part of a class action lawsuit against Wen.





DIY: Organic Lipstick Recipe


multicolored lipsticks isolated on white

Items You Will Need:

Red reef clay or red kaolin clay

Shea butter

Vitamin E

Coconut oil



1. Melt the butter and oils together and then stir.

2. Then stir in your clay.

For a pink shade of lipstick you can try pink kaolin clay.

Carol’s Daughter: Rosemary Mint Clarifying Conditioner


Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Mentha Arvensis (Wild Mint) Oil, Caffeine, Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Rosa Canina Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Melilotus Officinalis (Sweet Clover) Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Adiantum Pedatum Extract, Anacyclus Pyrethrum Root Extract, Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Juglans Nigra (Black Walnut) Shell Extract, Carnitine, Coenzyme A, Lactic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Benzophenone-4, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Caramel, Fragrance (Parfum)

RosemaryMint_ClarifyConditioner8ozCarnitine: helps w/ hair growth but it’s debated

Distearyldimonium Chloride: Emulsifier keeps product from separating into its oil and water components

Cyclopentasiloxane: silicone that conditions & increases slip

Behentrimonium Chloride: conditioning properties

Carrot Root Extract:  Beta carotenes can be extracted from carrots. Beta Carotenes are known for vitamin A. Vitamin increases sebum production.

Remaining ingredients of this product can be found in the glossary. If the ingredient isn’t listed in the glossary then substantial information wasn’t found that concretely states it is beneficial for hair or skin.



Other Products:

Carol’s Daughter: Vanilla Moisturizing Leave In Conditioner

Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk

Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint Clarifying Shampoo



Rosacea and Treatment


Below are treatment options used to treat rosacea but it is not a complete list. The success of the treatments listed below and of any rosacea treatment will vary with each individual.


Treatment of Rosacea:

Treatment of rosacea varies with each individual and might include more than one type of treatment.

  • topical gel or cream
  • anti-inflammatory antibiotics
  • bacteria fighting medication
  • laser treatment


Common Treatment Options for Rosacea:

  • oral treatment of doxycycline, an anti-inflammatory antibiotic
  • pulsed-dye lasers: destroys red blood cells to reduce redness and blood vessels
  • pulsed-light treatments: high amounts of lots to destroy some pigmentation redness
  • azelaic acid: used to clear the bumps, lesions, and swelling caused by rosacea


Rosacea: Types & Symptoms





Hair Recipe



Mayo: conditioning properties and it contains egg which contains protein                                                            recipe

coconut oil: great moisturizer and has an affinity for protein

hazelnut oil: penetrates the cortex of the hair strand

glycerin: seal in moisture

alma extract: for me, it greatly decreases my hair shedding

patchouli extract: dandruff

Just mix everything together and let it sit in the hair. I just let it sit for fifteen or twenty minutes in my hair. The mixture increases the softness of my hair. Mayo adds a bit of shine to my hair as well.   *Glycerin is a humectant which does increase the frizziness of natural frizzy hair.

Types and Symptoms of Rosacea


Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea:  flushing and persistent redness and might include visible blood vessels (for some individuals)

Papulopustular rosacea: persistent redness with bumps and pimples

Phymatous rosacea:  skin thickens that might result in the enlargement of the nose from excess tissue

Ocular rosacea: dry eye, tearing and burning, swollen eyelids, recurrent styes and potential vision loss from corneal damage

It is possible to have more than one type of rosacea and acne at the same time.

What causes rosacea? 

There is no definite answer but people of the medical community notes that possible causes could be:

  • Possibly inherited
  • Environmental factors
  • Clogged sebaceous gland openings with skin mites called demodex folliculorum, which live in facial hair follicles
  • A blood vessel disorder that causes them to swell which leads to flushing

Triggers of Rosacea:

Rosacea can be made worse by items or activities that can cause flushing or make flushing worse such as the following:

  • sun exposure
  • spicy foods
  • drinking hot beverages
  • alcohol
  • humid weather
  • stress
  • diary (or certain types of foods)
  • exercise

What triggers rosacea will vary with each individual. The list of triggers above is not a complete list of triggers of rosacea.


Related Information:

Rosacea and Treatment

Dark Armpits: Part 2



2.  The darkness of armpits could be that dead skin cells have built up but this is an easy fix. Just exfoliate the armpits.  You can choose natural exfoliants such as sea salt and one that contains lactic acid such as yogurt or a manufactured product.

3.  Also, it could be the product that you’re using. Some people claim that their armpits become darker from using a particular shaving cream, deodorant, etc. So, using a different brand or decreasing the use of the product in question may help if the skin is reacting to a particular ingredient. My friend only uses deodorant manufactured by Tom’s for this reason.

4. Last but not least the darkness could be a result of hair stubble. Since the hair stubble and ingrown hair is dark it creates a dark shadow (so to speak). I know that previous sentence is an odd way to put it. So, if shaving is not eradicating the dark shadows then try waxing your armpits. Waxing will pull the hair out as opposed to shaving that sometimes leaves behind a very small amount of hair above the skin.

Okay, waxing isn’t your thing-too uncomfortable. Try using creams such as Nair or Veet that are used in place of shaving hair. I use Veet and like the silky/soft feeling it leaves on my legs.