This Haircare Product Gave Me the Softest Locks Ever

Like everyone out there, I strive to achieve the kind of hair you see in shampoo commercials.

Always perfectly styled, there's never a strand out of place on these ladies featured in the ads. Not to mention, their locks are always sleek, shiny and soft.

Obviously this type of hair comes to us by way of TV magic and doesn't actually look like that when you take away all the special effects, but knowing that hasn't stopped me from trying to perfect my hair.

Unfortunately, I am both cheap and lazy, so finding a product that is A) within my price range and B) requires little to no effort on my part isn't the easiest thing. As you can imagine, my locks have suffered because of this.

But that all changed when Essential Rinse sent me their purifying scalp and hair toners to try.

Created by hairstylist Younghee Kim, these toners work to remove the residue your other haircare products can leave behind, giving you a cleaner scalp and shinier hair.

This is one of the biggest problems I struggle with, especially because I tend to go to bed with my hair wet. When I wake up in the mornings, whatever product I didn't fully rinse out of my hair will cause my strands to become oily and gross. I generally just throw my hair up in a messy bun to combat this problem, but even then, I still notice the disgusting residue that's ruined my tresses.

Knowing that Essential Rinse could fix this agonizing problem, I was more than excited to use it.

The toner comes in two different all-natural formulas—Clarifying and Refreshing. Clarifying contains apple cider vinegar, along with a blend of lavender, chamomile and rose. Refreshing is made with a nice mix of spearmint and peppermint essential oils, and is best for color-treated hair.

Essential Rinse Clarifying and Refreshing hair and scalp toners

They essentially both do the same thing, so you can take your pick. I opted for the Refreshing because I do dye my hair and because I am a huge fan of anything mint-scented. The Clarifying toner was a little too potent for my liking.

Using the toner is also super simple, which is perfect for someone like me who doesn't like to make a fuss. After I rinsed out my shampoo, I sprayed about 15 pumps of the product onto my scalp and hair, then massaged it in. The bottle recommends using a comb to apply the product evenly, but I do not own a comb, nor do I plan on purchasing one. Plus, using my fingers to disperse the toner throughout my strands seemed to work just fine. Once I rinsed the toner out, I put applied my conditioner to my hair, washed that out and called it a night.

When I woke up in the morning, I noticed there was far less residue in my hair than before. And after following the same procedure a second time, my hair was basically rid of all residue.

I've been using the toner for about a week now and my hair is the shiniest, softest and healthiest it's ever been. My scalp is no longer an oil-producing machine and my ends aren't as fried-looking as they once were. And the best part is I don't have to change my haircare routine. The toner works with whichever shampoo and conditioner you love using. I've definitely found my dream hair-care product in Essential Rinse.

Selfie of Ashley after using Essential Rinse for a week

The only downside is you'll go through the toner pretty quick if you have longer hair. I'm about halfway done with the bottle, so I've started to use a little bit less to make it last. While paying $29 for a new bottle of toner isn't that bad, it's definitely not something I want to do every month.

I highly recommend giving Essential Rinse a try if you want commercial-ready hair all the time. It's easy to use and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. What are you waiting for? Give it a go!


One of the most important lessons I've learned is that it pays to visit a salon when it comes to dyeing your hair. Read all about my disastrous hair-dyeing experience HERE.