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Sans Ceuticals Nourishing Hair Hydratant

Is a Solution for:
Dry or Brittle Hair
November 2, 2012 Reviewed by Marta 2 Comments
In French, the word sans means without and Sans Ceuticals is as much about what has been left out of its products as what’s in them. No parabens, artificial fragrance, sulfates or silicones. We recently received some samples and because I can never resist unusual haircare products, I pounced on Sans Ceuticals Nourishing Hair Hydratant ($42).

I use it as a conditioner, leaving it on for a minute or two before rinsing off.  On hair that tends to be dry, it can be used in addition to your regular conditioner. I am very pleased with the way that SansCeuticals Nourishing Hair Hydratant leaves my hair soft and manageable, and over the course of a few weeks seems to have boosted the health of my hair overall. It is way less prone to tangle and feels stronger when I pull a brush through it.

At the heart of Sans Ceuticals Nourishing Hair Hydratant is a complex that includes glycosphingolipids and cholesterol. It is supposed to repair hair at the intercellular level, “the cement” that holds a healthy hair shaft together. I haven’t found any independent research on this, but I do know that glycosphingolipids regulate communication between cells, and on the skin barrier cholesterol helps in the retention of moisture levels and also regulates cell activity.

Wheat amino acids and protein are fairly commonly used to strengthen the hair. More unusual and interesting is butter from “wild mango” (Irvingia Gabonensis). An extract of the seeds are touted as weight-loss aids, but more relevant here is that it is supposed to be a better moisturizer than shea butter.

I also like the inclusion of alpha lipoic acid. This fatty acid is found naturally in skin cells and is a potent antioxidant. It works, like other antioxidants, by protecting cells from environmental and sun damage. But unlike its peers, it’s one of the few antioxidants that is both fat- and water-soluable, meaning it can work inside the cell and in the cell membrane. It appears in anti-aging skincare, but all too rarely in haircare.

Another intriguing ingredient is gluconolactone. This seems to be scavenger of free radicals, thereby protecting from some of the damaging effects of UV radiation. Gluconolactone may provide up to 50% protection against UV radiation and UV radiation-induced elastin promotor activation.

Despite the name, behentrimonium methosulfate is not a sulfate, but a detangler derived from rapeseed oil. Some concerns about skin irritation are associated with octyldodecanol, which is used as an emulsifier. But the only ingredient that I really don’t like is the controversial sodium benzoate, a preservative that kills DNA and may be carcinogenic when combined with vitamin C.

Ingredients: Water, behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol, glycerine, water (and) glycerin (and) glycosphingolipids (and) phospholipids (and) cholesterol, wheat amino acids, hydroxypropyltrimonium, hydrolyzed wheat protein, octyldodecanol (and) Irvingia Gabonensis kernel butter (and) hydrogenated coco-glycerides, alpha lipoic acid, pathenol, retinyl palmitate, daucus carota (carot) extract, cetyl esters, avocado oil unsaponifiables, natural fragrance, gluconolactone, sodium benzoate
  • November 5, 2012

    by Lindsey

    Yay! Marta, I too am super glad you tried and reviewed this! I've been using the nourishing duo for about two months, and its lovely. My damaged hair feels, I don't know, more substantial, with extended use. This stuff also has super color hold abilities, I actually had to switch off of it to get my semi perm color to fade already. I do find with damaged hair I still need a leave in/detangler though- I haven't been able to find out if I could just use this as a leave in, if that would be safe? It seems its not quite moisturizing enough for dye/bleach damaged hair as a rinse off, but it has stopped all breakage. What has done though is make my leave in work better and for longer. I ended up trying almost all of Sans's products- good stuff! The nourishing hydratant + is exceptional as a deep conditioner, and the protien spray is effective and light weight. Thank you so much for reviewing this!

  • November 2, 2012

    by Emily

    Marta, I'm so glad you tried this. I recently tested Sans very lovely body cream but thought that the hair products sounded even better. I would definitely check this one out. Thanks.

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