I Tried An Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub…

Welcome back to Haley’s Beauty Room! It has hit freezing temps outside in the Midwest, so things are heating up indoors and all humidity is gone. It’s dry inside and out, meaning my skin, hair, and nails are taking quite the hit.

If you’re like me, this time of year means basically bathing in moisturizer every chance you can. We can lather up from our face to our toes, and even deep condition our hair, but what about our scalps?

All year long I have a dry, itchy scalp. To me this makes absolutely no sense, considering my roots can get greasy in what feels like an hour after taking a shower. Nonetheless, this dry, itchy scalp only gets worse as the temperature drops.

I have tried a multitude of products to help with flakiness, dryness, and itchiness, all seem to be helping, but only to a certain degree.

After receiving a Best of Beauty box from Influenster, I was surprised to see a little sample of a scalp scrub. Not just an ordinary scalp scrub, an apple cider vinegar scrub. At first I was grossed out, because apple cider vinegar is one of the must pungent smells ever. After, I tried to keep an open mind and remind myself about how many people rave about the great properties apple cider vinegar has for your skin and hair.

Let’s get into the nitty gritty (pun intended).

The Product

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From the brand dbHUE, this is an Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. It is safe for color treated hair, paraben and sulfate free, and cruelty free.

What Does It Do?

This product claims to exfoliate the scalp, remove dead skin cells, remove product buildup, and balance scalp pH.

The Apple Cider Vinegar supposedly has microbial properties to remove impurities while the himalayan salt detoxifies and exfoliates. This scrub also has Avocado Oil and Aloe Vera to soothe and calm the scalp.

How Do You Use It?

I’m going to be honest here, I don’t think the directions on this are the greatest. It just says to work product into the roots and scalp. It’s doesn’t say whether to do it wet or dry, but personally, I think you should use it wet.

I hopped in the shower, wet my hair like I normally would for shampoo, put a giant glob of this in my hands, and then started to exfoliate my scalp.

My Experience


First things first, this smells like straight up apple cider vinegar (duh, Haley). This isn’t watered down or anything, you’re getting the pure stuff here. So, if you are sensitive to strong smells like that, you should probably avoid the product.

That being said, being in the shower with the steam did help kind of mask it in a weird way. Plus, you don’t have it on your scalp too long to make it that horrible.

As for the exfoliating portion, this will feel like someone just dumped sand all over your head and it had some tiny rocks in it. I have personally never used a scalp scrub, so it was quite shocking to me at first.


All of that being said, this product works! I used this product after I hadn’t washed my hair in a few days. That means there was oil buildup, dry shampoo residue, etc. I thought for sure this wouldn’t get all of it, but I was dead wrong. After taking my time scrubbing this on my scalp, I rinsed it out and my hair felt incredibly clean. My scalp felt so refreshed too.

I also was worried that the apple cider vinegar scent would linger and I would need to shampoo a few times, but nope! After rinsing it all out I couldn’t smell anything and I just followed up with conditioner. My hair felt clean, my scalp was refreshed and vibrant, and I was utterly shocked!

Would I Purchase The Full Size?

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dpHUE Scalp Scrub

Hands down absolutely. This worked better than any clarifying shampoo or product that I have ever tried. Plus, the dry skin on my scalp seemed to be kept a little bit more at bay. I also have color treated hair and this did not mess with any of my color.

You can purchase this product from Ulta Beauty. A 9 oz. jar is $38, but you only need to use this once a week or bi-weekly.

Without dragging this on, this product is awesome, and it is totally Haley recommended!

Have you ever tried a product like this? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

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