Beauty Junk Round-Up: Maple Holistics Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo

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.

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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.

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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.

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