What Is HairSanity?
Infused with a blend of nutrient-enriched botanicals and antioxidants, HairSanity is a salon-tested and doctor created hair care system that’s scientifically designed to help women and men achieve voluminous, lustrous, frizz-free hair, without flakes.
Regardless of your hair type (normal, dry, oily, frizzy, thin, thick, etc.), the website reports this three-part (system’s) FDA monographed ingredients and unique delivery system will leave your hair looking and feeling better than ever. In fact, they claim it could leave you with the hair you had when you were a teen.
HairSanity also tells us their products don’t include sulfates, parabens, or zinc pyrithione, are gentle on color, and smell great.
And according to one national home-based study, 90 percent of dandruff sufferers reported that HairSanity was highly effective; 85 percent said it left their hair more beautiful, 93 percent reported more manageability, and 65 percent said they were ready to “throw away all of their other hair care products.”
Will you count yourself among these numbers? Will you find that it really is the “smartest choice” if you want beautiful, manageable, flake-free hair, as claimed on the website?
Here, we’ll unpack everything we learned about HairSanity and provide some actionable tips that can help you decide if it’s the right choice.
What Causes Dandruff & Less-Than-Stellar Hair?
In Everything You Need to Know About Hair Supplements, we learned that optimal hair is composed of two symbiotic characteristics:
- Health – Shine, bounce, body, softness, elasticity, etc.,
- Thickness – “Not just the thickness of each individual hair shaft, but also the number of hair follicles present on your scalp.”
We also learned there are perhaps thousands of different conditions that can cause one, or both, of these characteristics to diminish and thereby lead to ‘unhealthy’ hair. These include medical concerns like diabetes and cancer, vitamin deficiencies, stress, poor grooming and styling habits, genetics (especially male and female pattern baldness), and circulatory disorders.
On the other hand, the Mayo Clinic reports that dandruff “is a common chronic scalp condition marked by flaking of the skin on your scalp,” which—depending on the severity—can often be treated with a gentle over-the-counter cleanser, or a stronger medicated shampoo.
Specifically, what ingredients does the HairSanity system use?
Taking a Closer Look at the Ingredients in HairSanity’s Three-Part System
According to the website, HairSanity has been under development for about five years and features technology that's so advanced “it transforms ingredients into micro-particles that literally infuse your hair with luxurious moisturizers, botanicals, and anti-oxidants.” None of their products are tested on animals.
However, the company emphasizes that the system may cause hair to look and feel fuller and thicker, but is not intended to grow hair.
According to beauty expert and author of Beautypedia.com Paula Begoun, only the first five to six ingredients in a shampoo or conditioner are present in high enough concentrations to impact effectiveness. As such, that’s what we’ve listed below:
Step 1 – Anti-Itch Shampoo
At least three times per week (daily is recommended), apply two quarter-sized portions to your wet hair—one to the top of the head and the other to the sides, massage into your scalp, and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
- Active ingredient: Hydrocortisone Acetate, 0.5% (antipruritic, anti-itch)
- Inactive ingredients: Water, sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, acrylates copolymer, decyl glucoside, sodium lauroamphoacetate, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate
Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid (a drug that mimics hormones that can suppress inflammation) contained in an abundance of over-the-counter and prescription medications intended to reduce redness, itching, and swelling. As such, it’s often contained in a cream or gel that can be applied topically where needed.
Drugs.com reports that hydrocortisone concentrations tend to range between 0.5 percent (as with HairSanity’s Anti-Itch Shampoo) and 10 percent. Although a variety of OTC formulations are available, you should always seek your doctor’s advice before using any new product containing hydrocortisone.
Outside of this, sites like PaulasChoice.com, Truth In Aging, and EWG.org report that the remaining inactive ingredients primarily work as surfactants (sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, decyl glucoside, sodium lauroamphoacetate, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate) and stabilizers (acrylates copolymer).
Step 2 – Anti-Dandruff Conditioner
After shampooing and rinsing clean, you’ll gently massage the conditioner into your scalp and work through to the ends. Depending on your hair type and the amount of processing, you’ll leave in place for 30 seconds to three minutes and then rinse with warm water.
- Active ingredient: Salicylic acid, 1.85% (anti-dandruff)
- Inactive ingredients: Water, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, glycereth-26, dicetyldimonium chloride, bis-cetearyl amodimethicone
Salicylic acid is a common ingredient found in anti-dandruff shampoos (among many other beauty and skincare products), since it increases cell turnover in the scalp, thereby bringing fresh cells to the surface. In OTC products like HairSanity, concentrations typically range between one percent and six percent.
The remaining ingredients work as emulsifying agents (cetyl alcohol, glycereth-26) and conditioning agents (stearyl alcohol, dicetyldimonium chloride, bis-cetearyl amodimethicone).
Step 3 – Rejuvenator – Deep Conditioning Treatment
Start by removing the cap and twisting off the dropper tip. Use it to apply the treatment to wet hair, from the roots to mid-length, and then massage into scalp until lathered. Leave in for three minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
There wasn’t a label or complete ingredients list provided on the HairSanity website, although we’re told it contains:
Stem cells from the Alp Rose, panthenol, antioxidants, oat kernel, sea whip (from a Caribbean reef which consist primarily of powerful compounds called pseudopterosins), vitamins B5, B6, and B12; green tea extract, amino acids, willow bark, Moringa oil
In addition to these ingredients, HairSanity’s Rejuvenator features a “unique delivery system that is the subject of 41 US and international patents pending,” which can enhance the elasticity, shine, and silkiness of brittle time, sun, chemical, and color-damaged hair.
In fact, this is the product referenced at the beginning where study participants reported that “they got better results than with any other hair care product they have ever used.”
From a clinical perspective, panthenol (a form of vitamin B5) is essential for human health, while antioxidants can help prevent damage caused by free radicals. Oat can help skin retain moisture and according to PaulasChoice.com, sea whip extract contains a chemical that may help soothe sensitive or irritated skin.
Finally, willow bark contains an ingredient called salicin that mimics the effects of aspirin, which could potentially help relieve minor scalp discomfort.
However, searching sites like the Natural Medicines Database, WebMD, and Examine, they reported insufficient clinical evidence that these ingredients can meaningfully address dandruff, or meaningfully improve the condition of hair, in otherwise healthy individuals.
Could HairSanity’s Ingredients Cause Side Effects?
Although HairSanity’s ingredients are categorized by THE FDA as GRASE (Generally Recognized as Safe and Effective), these same sites report salicylic acid can cause side effects like excessive dryness and peeling skin, redness, unusual skin warmness, and hives or itching.
With hydrocortisone, some sensitive individuals could also experience dry or thinning skin, redness, or acne. In both instances, no specific circumstances or dosages were noted.
The company also emphasizes that you’ll want to avoid contact with your eyes when using their products, that their system is for external use only, and that it shouldn’t be used by children under the age of two.
How Much Does HairSanity Cost?
If ordered through the company’s WearBlack.com URL, customers will pay $4.95 for a two-week supply of the Shampoo and Conditioner (3oz bottles), as well as a free 0.5oz bottle of Rejuvenator. Free shipping is included.
Despite this low price ($25 off retail), the website emphasizes there are no subscriptions involved.
All orders come with a 30-day money back guarantee, less S&H, even if the containers are empty, which you can request by calling customer service at 800-422-0473.
Note: We also found the HairSanity system for sale on Amazon for $39.95, but without the Rejuvenator, which was sold separately for $29.95. Refund details could differ.
What Can We Learn From HairSanity Customer Reviews?
The only site where we encountered online customer feedback for HairSanity’s products was on Amazon, where their Shampoo and Conditioner had 11 reviews and an average rating of five stars. Common compliments related to improved hair quality, great smell, effective dandruff reduction, and competitive price. There were no complaints.
HairSanity's Rejuvenator also featured one Amazon customer review, who also rated it five stars, with many of the same compliments.
From a company perspective, the HairSanity system is manufactured by H Plus Holding, LLC who is based out of Maryland and has been in business since 2016.
The company was founded by Dr. Rebecca A. Kazin MD, FAAD, after finding that most of her patients were dissatisfied with the effectiveness of their current products for addressing dry, oily, flaking, or itchy scalp. Dr. Kazin graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and also acted as their Dermatology and Cosmetic Center Medical Director from 2005 to 2013.
Steve Ziskind is the company’s CEO, while Robert Gluck works as chairman and CFO.
Are There Other Anti-Dandruff Systems Like HairSanity?
According to HealthGrades’ Right Diagnosis, about one in five Americans (or roughly 50 million people) experience dandruff at any given time.
As you might imagine, this means there are thousands of different options for treating the condition; everything from natural options like lemon juice, tea tree oil, and baking soda, to OTC shampoo and whole systems containing many of the same ingredients as HairSanity. How to find the best option?
When Browsing Dandruff Shampoos, It’s All About Your Needs
A lot of this depends on your specific needs, which—again—can only be diagnosed by your doctor. So, be sure to make an appointment before making any purchases.
For example, if the cause of your dandruff is related to dry skin, Good Housekeeping notes that you might want to focus on nondrying sulfate-free shampoos, or at least ones “containing gentle surfactants like sodium laureth sulfate (SLES).”
Reader’s Digest’s Denise Mann also recommends moisturizing options but notes that if you need to remove dead skin, salicylic acid-containing products (like HairSanity) might be a better choice.
On the other hand, she outlines that seborrheic dermatitis sufferers might want to stick with options that contain zinc pyrithione, although dandruff caused by yeast-like fungus might respond best to ingredients like selenium sulfide.
Finally, products with tea tree oil often help with inflammation (if this is something you’re experiencing), while tar-based products might have a reputation for effectiveness, although many customers complain about the smell. Tar-based options also tend to stain anything they come into contact with.
Our Final Thoughts About HairSanity
Drugs.com indicates that the most common side effect associated with zinc pyrithione is scalp irritation, which is perhaps why HairSanity decided not to include the ingredient in their lineup. However, as we learned in the previous section, depending on your physician’s diagnosis and recommendation, it might be the best ingredient to help relieve your dandruff.
But if your doctor gives you the green light, HairSanity seems to stand behind their products with a 30-day money back guarantee. This way, you might not have much more to lose than return S&H charges if you’re not satisfied with its performance. After all, what works perfectly for one dandruff sufferer might not work at all for another.