This Shampoo Smells So Bad But It Gave Me The Shiniest Hair Of My Life

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Despite years of working in the beauty industry, polling friends for their best product recommendations and trying countless DIY recipes, I've never been able to get a really good shine on my hair. Oils give me a gloss, but they make my mane so greasy. Masks help, but the results never seem to last. So when I hear about a rinse that falls somewhere on that spectrum and promises shinier, stronger hair, I decide I'll try it … maybe.

I've heard so much about DpHue's Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse. Since I hate the smell of vinegar, I've never tried DIY versions, though they're known to impart an unbeatable shine. I figure a store-bought option is perfect for me. There's no way somebody would sell a hair product that smells like straight-up vinegar right? Wrong! This one is as potent as any bottle of ACV from the grocery store. Part of me thinks it's more of a reason to try it (that means it's legit, right?) and the other part just can't bring myself to soak my hair in it. I decide to pass. I leave it on my shower shelf and opt for my everyday shampoo.

Months go by, and even though the rinse is sitting right in my shower, I forget about it. I almost throw it away a couple of times in an effort to declutter, but I can't bring myself to waste a brand-new beauty product. Then one day, DpHue's Apple Cider Vinegar 2.0 lands on my desk. It's a Himalayan salt scalp scrub infused with (you guessed it) more vinegar. I already know this jar smells bad, but before I write it off, I throw it in my purse and take it home. I'm not just giving in to my hoarder tendencies—I swear by a similar scalp scrub by Christophe Robin so I figure if it's half as good, it's worth a try. As for the smell, I'll just have to suck it up.

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With my newfound courage, I crack open the scrub and brave the pungent odor. I love how the scrub feels on my scalp. I can feel it deep cleaning without being too harsh, and it lathers (that's really important to me). Thankfully, the scent begins to wear off and completely disappears once I rinse it away. I follow it with the apple cider rinse—I've gotten this far, right? To my surprise, this one also lathers. You work it in like a shampoo, not just run it through your hair as the name suggests.

I give myself a blowout and I'm stunned by how shiny my hair looks (and no, I don't smell like vinegar). Here's where I kick myself for not using it sooner. Without using any additional shine-boosting products, my hair has a healthy sheen. It's so shiny in fact that at dinner my mom confuses it for a cluster of gray hair. And with that, I come to realize I kind of love my new apple cider vinegar products. And they actually don't even smell that bad.