Y’all, I drank more in the past week and a half than I have since July of 2016 when I got blitzed off my gourd on homebrewed 13% chocolate stout and puked all over my bed like a sick five-year-old. What was the occasion, you ask? Two words: New Orleans.
I had this little Labor Day weekend trip planned with my friend Jenna, and despite Dorian’s attempts to thwart my return trip back, I had a great time but ended up drinking way. too. much. Here’s the thing about New Orleans: it’s hot. It’s that damp, sticky heat that makes you feel as if you’re suffocating in a wet blanket. And daiquiri stands are just LINED UP on Bourbon Street, asking for your money. Seriously, you can’t shake a tit without hitting some bar offering a variety of frozen drinks, and since you’ve been outside for most of the day contracting swamp ass, you think: what the hell. Then the bartender offers you an extra shot and you think: sure, why not. And before you know it, you’ve bought yourself a pink beehive wig and are sipping cocktails in the fanciest hotel bar within walking distance because you’re living your best goddamn life.
Despite my best attempts to replicate my exact hair and skincare routines while traveling, both still take a beating because I’m not at home, and I’m not using the towels and things I usually use. However, I did bring along Maple Holistics Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo because I figured between the sweat, oil, and products on my hair, I’d need something to bust up the buildup.
Boy, did this shampoo deliver. Maple Holistics claims that it, “soothes the scalp, removes buildup, clarifies and adds or restores shine,” and it does exactly that. Usually, if I need to remove product buildup I use a cheap daily clarifying shampoo that ends up drying out my hair. But this stuff manages to both remove the unwanted debris while keeping the natural oils intact. For clarity, I wash my hair almost every day (because a bitch sweats when she works out), and I use this once or twice a week as needed. My hair is thick and naturally wavy and styled in a long bob. Since switching to this shampoo, I haven’t used my cheap daily clarifying shampoo. The ACV shampoo does the trick. And don’t worry – you won’t be smelling like apple cider vinegar all day. While the shampoo does have a light, tangy smell to it, it doesn’t linger; when you rinse it out, the smell goes with it.
If you follow the Curly Girl Method, I recommend doing some additional research on the ingredients, as Curlsbot indicated some of them may be considered “controversial:”
water, sodium cocoyl isethionate, Cocamidopropyl betaine,sodium lauroamphoacetate, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, sodium lauryl glucoside carboxylate, lauryl glucoside, sodium cocoyl glutamate, acrylates copolymer, coco-glucoside, glyceryl oleate, caprylhydroxamic acid, glyceryl caprylate, glycerin, Pyrus malus vinegar, Helianthus Annuus Oil, argania Spinosa oil, Ricinus communis oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis oil, mentha arvensis oil, sodium PCA, D-Panthenol, botanical keratin, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil, natural fragrance
All in all, I think this is a great-performing shampoo that does what it claims, and I plan on making it my go-to clarifying shampoo. It doesn’t break the bank (a 10-ounce bottle is $12.95 on the Maple Holistics website; Amazon sells it for $13.95, but it is Prime eligible), and it’s from a company that consistently makes quality products that are cruelty free, naturally formulated, ethically sourced, and packaged in recycled materials. And speaking of recycling, Maple Holistics has its own recycling program: for every six product bottles you return to the company, you can either receive a free shampoo or have Maple Holistics make an equivalent donation to an environmentally-friendly charity of your choosing. Benefits you, benefits the environment. It’s a win-win!
Now for the question at hand: should I wear the beehive to work tomorrow?
Maple Holistics sent me a complimentary bottle of the Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo in exchange for this review. I was not compensated further than that, and all opinions are my own.