Is it time to ditch the cleansing conditionerCleansing conditioner is an attractive proposition for most people. After all, as a well known two in one brand asked in its 1980s tv adverts, “why take two bottles into the shower when you can take one?”

There are two issues to consider when thinking of ditching the shampoo and going for an all-in-one product:

1. Does it work? Does it actually clean my hair and condition it, and perhaps more importantly

2. Will it cause any damage to my hair?

Everyone’s Hair is Different

Because people have different hair types and scalp oil production varies there is probably no simple answer to either question. Certainly, there may be a propensity for the hair to be oilier and heavier if a cleansing conditioner is used although many people swear by the combined products, claiming it makes their hair feel softer and easier to manage.

Alarmingly, last year on October 31st a federal judge in Los Angeles gave preliminary approval to a $26.3 million settlement in a class action suit against Chaz Dean and his Wen cleansing conditioner, filed by a group of 200 women in 40 states. The basis of the claim is some serious side effects from scalp irritation to hair loss.

Chaz Dean stands by its cleansing conditioner

Of course, this is only a preliminary hearing and it’s too early to make an informed decision about the product.

Chaz Dean is seeking a settlement to avoid the time and cost of litigation (and presumably to limit the damage to the brand) but they are firmly standing behind their products, saying “Wen by Chaz Dean is safe and we continue to provide our hundreds of thousands of customers with the Wen by Chaz Dean products that they know and love,”.

The truth is that the experts haven’t been able to get to grips with what might be causing the problems in the product. Dermatologists and MDs such as Debra Jaliman and Mary Gail Mercurio concur that the symptoms described make no sense, nor does the prosecuting lawyers explanation of the product “impacting on the hair follicles”.

There’s probably no need to ditch cleansing conditioner. If you’re using one already and it works for you then why stop? If it’s the first time you’ve used the product then (as with any new beauty product) monitor it closely and keep a look out for any adverse effects.