Sans Ceuticals pH Shine Corrector
Sans Ceuticals, according to the brand website, is “Pure, chemical-free and highly active,” and is “a new generation in beauty: a collection of products designed to renew the texture and appearance of your skin and hair.” Okay then!

Sans founder Lucy Marr worked in the hair and beauty industry for over 20 years before launching Sans. The word “sans” is French for “without,” a clever name for a company that takes a strong stand on products that do not use toxic chemicals. Marr has evidently researched and consulted with environmental scientists to use only biodegradable ingredients (70% of which are locally sourced) and the most environmentally friendly packaging. All of this is done through a power company that uses renewable energy.

The pH Shine Corrector Luxury Hair Treatment Kit ($43.88) comes in a nice plain box, inside of which is a spray bottle and a small chamois-like cloth (made from PETG — according to Sans, “the most energy-efficient and easily recycled plastic”) to absorb the extra moisture from your shampooed hair before applying the treatment. There is no extraneous plastic cap on the spray bottle and no instructions included in the box. Those are printed directly on the bottle. While I appreciate the effort to save paper and printing for unnecessary glossy pamphlets, an instruction sheet would be welcome. The tiny white printing on the bottle is very hard to read and washes off after being in the shower stall for a few weeks.

Sans highly recommends using its Nourishing Hair Hydratant before applying the Shine Corrector, to lock in nutrients first, so I did. Marta gives a very thorough run down of the Hydratant ingredients in her review.

The Sans Ceuticals website describes its products’ natural ingredients in a general way and does not list the specific ingredients for each product. I was more easily able to find and read the ingredients for the pH Shine Corrector Luxury Hair Treatment Kit on another site, and it includes: Panthenol [an alcohol analog of vitamin B5], Gluconolactone [an antioxidant polyhydroxy acid that hydrates and moisturizes], Sodium Benzoate [a salt derived from benzoic acid, which is used as a preservative – the jury is still out on the dangers of repeated exposure and ingestion over time], and Potassium Sorbate [an antimicrobial non-toxic preservative].

I found this product easy to use, and it’s very handy to have that little shammy in the shower with you so you don’t have to grab a towel. It has the slightly astringent smell of apple cider vinegar (one of the top ingredients), which is not unpleasant though not particularly appealing. The instructions call for using the cloth to blot out excess moisture after shampooing, then spraying the clear liquid throughout the mid-length of your hair 15 to 20 times, and then massaging it through the rest of your hair before rinsing. It is promoted as an “ultra shine restorer and detangler.”

Since it does not say on the bottle instructions or on the box that you should condition your hair first, it’s very important to either use your own conditioner or the Sans Hydratant before applying the Shine Corrector as it seems to seal the hair shaft and can leave your hair dry and limp otherwise (which is what happened to me the first few times).

After using both the Hydratant and Shine Corrector for several weeks, I can honestly say that my hair seems to be stronger. I’m not sure it’s any shinier, but it definitely is falling out less and at this stage of my life that’s very important! Both products are on the pricey side, but if you use the treatment once or twice a week between regular shampoos, it can give your hair a good boost.

Ingredients: Aqua, Acetic Acid (Apple Cider Vinegar), Panthenol, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Natural Fragrance