Ask the Beauty Pros: Will Wen Hurt My Hair, What Eye Cream Works & What's Wrong With Me?

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I get asked a lot of questions each day. Let's be honest. While I have a great memory for what plum lipsticks are available in a satin finish that wear more than one hour, I'm not a dermatologist. I don't have all of the answers, but I'm willing to ask the right people! Have a question? Ask me! I'll do my best to find out!


Hey Annabel! You're right, I am a long time lover of sulfate-free shampoos! I personally believe they make a tremendous difference in your hair! I know that many of you have had experiences with sulfate-free shampoos and notice additional hair loss. To determine if products like Wen can cause hair loss, I've asked my favorite (and personal) dermatologist Dr. Noëlle S. Sherber, to get to the bottom of hair loss and sulfate-free 'poos.

"There is nothing ingredients-wise about a sulfate-free shampoo that should promote increased hair shedding.  However, when a hair follicle is in the growth cycle phase that makes it ready to be shed, the more friction applied to the follicle the sooner it may fall out.  Sulfate-free shampoos don't suds up (or do so minimally) so some people scrub their scalps more vigorously with it because they don't have the suds and the slip, so it's hard to tell that the product has been worked into the scalp sufficiently - this could account for some increased shedding."

Bloggers need advice too! I turned to my very wise group of seasoned bloggers to ask what they would suggest. After their initial outrage (you have to love girl friends!), they gave me some ideas.


Here is their list!








Beautiful Makeup Search - Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm (It makes her eyes freaky smooth!)



The final question for today comes from a long time reader, who has recently started noticing that her skin and summer weather do not get along.


I selfishly picked this question to ask Dr. Sherber because I'm experiencing the same thing! I suspect quite a few of you might be. More than a few of my friends on Facebook have recently declared they are allergic to sunscreen (but only when they go outside), so I'm wondering if this is actually more common than you think.

Here is what Dr. Sherber had to say:

It sounds like a typical heat rash (some call it pricky heat or it is technically known as miliaria rubra) that results from inflammation around the sweat-producing glands: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/understanding-heat-rash-basics. The key is to keep the skin as cool as possible. Even a mist like the Evian Brumisateur that can be sprayed on the skin and left to evaporate generates evaporative cooling that can be helpful in minimizing it...A mild topical steroid can help to clear up the redness if it really bothers you. 

Why am I not surprised that this is often found in babies? I will admit to being a total child when it comes to dealing with warm weather.

What questions do you have? Send me an email and I'll try to get you an answer!


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15 comments:

  1. With respect to the hair loss question when using sulfate free products - does it eventually stop? or will your hair continue to thin out the more you use it - i.e. will all new growth be prevented from coming in? If so - that is scary to me!

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    1. From Dr. Sherber:
      Hair has a natural rate of shedding, and that rate remains fairly constant in a healthy person, although changes can be seen following pregnancy or stress on the body (a pronounced shedding called "telogen effluvium"). The rate of shedding shouldn't be impacted by sulfate-free shampoos, so nothing "scary" here! It's only that the more vigorously you scrub (and some people scrub very vigorously with non-sudsy shampoos, as I mention in the post), the more that follicles that are ready to shed anyway will do so while you're shampooing. Otherwise, that hair will still be shed, but perhaps instead when you are brushing or styling your hair. There is nothing about sulfate-free shampoos ingredients-wise that promotes shedding per se, only that non-foaming shampoos make some people tend to scrub their scalps more because there's no bubbling as feedback that the product's been worked in.

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  2. A Shampoo/conditioner shouldn't change your hair's growth cycle, so most likely the person who had the question is dislodging hairs that were about to fall out anyways (in other words, the hairs that were in Catagen are going into Telogen). You won't see that hairs are less likely to go into Anagen, it should be unaffected. (I'm 15 Minute Beauty, also a MD, so this is my understanding based on my med school teaching)

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  3. This post comes at a great time! First, how dare that NP say that about your skin! You are gorgeous, and your skin is lovely with or without makeup!
    I've tried sulfate free and regular shampoos, my hair is still falling out like crazy. I think it's a health related thing though.
    I got heat rash last weekend on my neck and upper chest, and still have it 4 days later. It's so itchy and irritating! Maybe it's time to call my derm. Though, I have been seeing the same dr for a few years and I still am not happy with my check ups or with my skin. :(

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  4. Hi Amber!
    I'm not a doctor and don't pretend to be. But according to the interwebs, when I was researching my own heat issues (I am meant to live in Iceland.) there were several sites that suggested taking an antihistamine to help stop hives related to heat. My heat thing went away in a few hours. Since yours hasn't, ask a doc. (Or pop a benedryl and see if you feel better, provided you don't have a weird reaction to antihistamines. Either way, it's best to have a doc examine you and make sure you treat it the right way.

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  5. Thanks for the reply Kelly! I was trying to avoid treating with hydrocortisone, so I had been using a homeopathic Calendula gel to treat it. (Have you tried that? I love it and use it on myself and the kids, for first aid/bug bites/rashes) I am going to wait it out over the weekend, and hope that it goes away. :)

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  6. I'm very sensitive to the sun so I try to keep out of it. The newest sunscreens like we talked about in Makeup Wars have made a big difference in my skin and how well I tolerate the sun. Too much sun though is going to bring on that prickly heat feeling.

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  7. Hello there! I have a personal experience to share regarding Wen. 2 yrs ago I decided to take the plunge and splurge on a gallon in Lavender from QVC...never tried it beforehand, so it was a gamble...I figured if it isn't for me I could have yrs supply of shave cream, lol. I have been bleaching my hair (in salon) full head double processs not highlights, and used Wen as directed. In the summer I began using it often as a leave-in. As it says you can do this. I would slick it back or to the side for a wet look, for the record my hair was a few inches past my chin. It didn't make my hair fall out or shed, but my hair statred breaking off really badly, giving me the look of a terrible layered look. I think it's bc of the wheat protein, as any protein based conditioner or restructurer should not be left in for extended periods of time, it will make hair weaker as opposed to stronger, and then helloooo breakage. Now I never use Wen as a leave-in, but a few days a week I'll use it instead of shampoo. I aslo use it for the first week afteer a root touch up.

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    1. Maybe that is why when I use the Pom. Wen, and the 6/13, it is breaking my hair, and making it feel like straw....

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    2. Yikes! Definitely never "wear" anything with keratin or protein in it!

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  8. You are totally right!! Protein used that way will make your hair break off. Always be careful with keratins and others proteins!

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    1. I had to learn that the hard way, but actually I pretty much knew that beforehand...I just didn't notice it in the ingredient list, and since it said you can use it as a leave-in I just did it. Just wanted to put that out there as a warning for others. :)

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  9. Some great tips here, I have been using sulfate free shampoos for some time now and I definitely see so improvements in my hairs health. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Well I was using this kind of shampoo but it did not work. Then some of my friends recommend me to buy Provillus for Women for my hair loss problem and after some time of using it I found that I am gaining my hairs back.

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