As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). “Reviewed” is a new series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy!
I am the kind of person who needs two, sometimes even three vigorous washes when I get shampooed at the salon. I only opt to clean my hair once it's reached a peak of dirtiness that cannot be ignored, which means that by the time I wash it, my hair is dirty. Greasy, gross, and in need of a serious cleanse.
All this is to say that I was highly, highly skeptical that a non-sudsing, vinegar-based "rinse" could even remotely do for me what shampoo does. Two of my coworkers at Byrdie had raved about dpHue's ACV ($32), an apple cider vinegar rinse that you're supposed to use in lieu of shampoo. ACV is meant to cleanse your scalp and strands while giving the hair a break from stripping shampoos, thus restoring your strands' natural pH balance, and making hair super-healthy and shiny. I really wanted to try the product and put it to the test, but I can honestly tell you that my attitude approaching the product was something like: "There is no way this works for me." Maybe for people with finer or thinner hair, I thought, or maybe for people whose hair doesn't get as dirty as mine. But not for my horse's mane—this thing needs the big guns (i.e. loads of soapy shampoo).
So I was truly, well, humbled to discover how wrong I had been. I used it to wash my hair on day seven of a blowout, and I carefully followed the instructions on the bottle. I wet my hair in the shower, rung out the excess water, and used the pointy-tip of the bottle to part my hair in various areas, and squeezed the product onto my scalp. I massaged it in and let it sit for a minute, and was shocked at how cleansing the cold, refreshing liquid felt. It was like my scalp was getting a spa treatment. The entire experience was delightful.
I rinsed it out and didn't use any conditioner, because I wanted to see how my hair looked and felt afterwards without any other product confusing the ACV results. I actually couldn't believe how my hair felt once I'd towel-dried it, and later too, after it had fully dried. Light, clean, refreshed, and best of all? Insanely soft. Like baby soft. It had tons of lightweight volume, too—it wasn't weighed-down or "still greasy" in the slightest. I am pretty much obsessed with it and can't wait to use it again. I am literally running my fingers through my crazy soft hair as I write this.
Have you ever tried dpHue's ACV? Have you ever done a DIY vinegar rinse? What was your experience like? Tell us in the comments!