HAIR | Phillip Adam Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Conditioner

Have you guys heard of hairdresser Phillip Adam? I feel like I should have considering that not only was he a Vancouver-based hairdresser for 50 years, but his haircare line is still family-run, based in Vancouver and is carried at over 700 retailers! All Phillip Adam products are: paraben-free, biodegradeable, vegan (except for ONE product which is vegetarian), cruelty-free, gluten-free, SLS-free and GMO-free with the Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Shampoo being THE #1 seller!

I don't often use hair care products with ACV because when I think vinegar, I think "stripping" which my dry, colour-treated hair does not need any more of. It already goes through the ringer when I have it coloured so I try to use products that have the words "hydrate, nourish or repair" in their product descriptions. Part of what has made the Phillip Adam ACV Shampoo such a success is the fact that it is completely safe for ALL types of hair with ACV ensuring that the scalp is pH balanced and hair extra shiny. The goal of the ACV line was to bridge the gap with a high performance product between what you could find in a salon and in a health food store.

Phillip Adam ACV Shampoo and Conditioner Review

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You can see from both of the ingredients lists that the shampoo and conditioner have a plant-based formulations with a very subtle green apple scent. They are also gentle enough to be used everyday on yourself OR your furbabies! I would never bathe my kitties with this since bathing a cat is like a death sentence, but those of you with dogs can totally use this!

The ACV Shampoo* had a decent lather and was clarifying without being overly drying just as promised. I tend to have product build-up at my roots because I have an intimate relationship with my dry shampoo so I really need to make sure I use a shampoo that is strong enough to remove build up while being kind to my sensitive scalp. Yeah, my scalp now gets super itchy and dry if I use something that's TOO clarifying or the air is too humid. I was totally FINE for 4 days of unwashed hair in Las Vegas while I am at my wits end with 2 days of not washing in Vancouver.

Phillip Adam ACV Shampoo and Conditioner Review

The ACV Conditioner was creamy and worked in the sense that I could get a brush through my hair without much effort from my Tangle Teezer, but my actual individual strands of hair were still in need of moisture so I think the Phillip Adam Thirsty Hair Conditioner would probably be a better option for me as I really need allllll of the oils. Just give 'it to me. The Thirsty Hair Conditioner does not contain ACV which does indicate that the formula will be more hydrating than the ACV Conditioner.

Phillip Adam ACV Shampoo and Conditioner Review

Final verdict: Love the shampoo for its simplicity in ingredients and actual performance, but if you have really dry colour-treated hair like mine, the ACV Conditioner on its own will not be enough and you will need to supplement your haircare regime with additional oils or treatments post-shower. All in all, I love the local family business aspect of the company and based on my first experience with the brand, I would not be opposed to expanding my collection and going to Whole Foods and picking up a body product and the Thirsty Hair Conditioner!

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