Taking care of my beautiful hair is one of the great pleasures of my life.
But I’ll be honest, conventional shampoo has been my crutch for a long time.
Dang it, I don’t like oily hair and I’ve never been able to go the requisite 4-8 weeks with it in order to “adjust”.
So when paleo haircare companies offer to let me try their healthy new shampoos and conditioners, I always hesitate.
Do I want to subject myself to another 5 weeks of oily hair and scalp buildup?
But each time I’m intrigued. Maybe someone has finally got it right. Maybe I should give it a go.
Chemicals, toxins, carcinogens, parabins, allergens and whatever else in our typical shampoos and conditioners make me absolutely cringe.
So when I was approached by Morocco Method to give their hair care products a try, I decided to do it.
Their whole line is so intriguing. They pride themselves on truly gentle, non-toxic, non-allergenic and safe for everyone hair and body products—children included. Totally natural and holistic for maximum hair and scalp health.
They use ingredients common to Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Chinese Herbology in their 5 elements series (find it here), which is one of the things I tried. Everything is plant, mineral, and herb based and works to put your scalp into optimal health.
Here’s how it works: you order all shampoos from the 5 elements series and begin using them as you would typically use your shampoo. You wash the scalp once with the shampoo, rinse, and then wash again. The first time is to remove scalp buildup, the second time is to help the holistic healing properties really absorb into the scalp.
Morrocco Method recommends rotating the shampoos- at minimum rotating at least 2 shampoos at all times to prevent scalp resistance. However, it’s best to try all the shampoos first so you can see which work better for your particular scalp.
I tried the earth essence first which provides a rich mixture of essential oils, French clays and botanical proteins and promotes fuller, thicker hair. Because, who doesn’t want some va-va VOOM??
What I liked about this one was that it gave my hair some texture and had a really great earthy scent, which I’m totally into. My only criticism was that I didn’t feel like my hair was really CLEAN, but again, I’m transitioning from scalp stripping shampoo so…
Next I tried the fire essence, an apple cider vinegar based shampoo which increases blood flow to the scalp and flushes out debris, oil buildup and unhealthy bacteria.
I’m a HUGE fan of apple cider vinegar on the scalp and I knew I’d love this one. I was right. If my hair didn’t feel super clean before, it definitely felt clean after this one. I felt like I was adjusting much better to the “no-poo” thing than I ever had before.
I subsequently rotated through the following shampoos. I tried air, which has pine shale in it to gently nourish the scalp, remove dandruff and itchiness and counteract thinning and hair loss. Then I tried sea essense, which contains all kinds of lovely sea things like algae, spirulina, kelp and marine proteins to nourish hair and scalp and correct dryness. AND OMG LOVE.
Ether had natural botanicals, herbs and marine proteins to dynamically energize hair and scalp. Plus is has a super awesome name. I loved the smell of this one also.
Then, of course, there were the conditioners: Pearl Essence, Chi Instant, and Diamond Crystal Mist. Really liked them, but my favorite was the Pearl Essence.
After several days of rotating the shampoos, my hair was still adjusting to the non-strippage of my scalp but I was REALLY impressed. I’ll be continuing to try this for the forseeable future and feel absolutely comfortable recommending this to my no-poo friends as a wonderful alternative to your typical water/applecider vinegar routine.
I hope you give this a try! MY recommendation would be to get the travel size kit first so you can test all the different elements and see which rotation works best for you.
How do you do the no shampoo thing? Have you tried it? Do you hate it? Love it? I want to hear from you!