Product Review: Morrocco Method International Hair Care

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I have had to pleasure to try out Morrocco Method International haircare products for the last six weeks (as many of you probably already know, I typically like to try products for a good long time before writing a review). Make sure you read to the bottom for a coupon code! (please note, this coupon code expired in June of 2013 and is no longer valid) 

You might already know that I gave up using shampoo just over a year ago (see here).   At the time, my autoimmune disease (a skin condition called lichen planus) was not improving much despite being on the autoimmune protocol (it turns out this had more to do with the fact that I was still eating paprika, coffee, and chocolate under the mistaken belief that I was okay with them).  I was also having issues with scalp psoriasis and had developed an allergy to yet another organic paraben and sulfate-free shampoo (after years of switching shampoos every few months for the same reason and pretty much running out of options in both high-end salons and the shampoo aisle at Whole Foods).

At first when I went no-poo, I used vinegar and lemon juice.  The grease built up too much.  So, then I used baking soda and vinegar.  The baking soda was too harsh and I found it irritated my scalp and dried out my hair.  Then, I settled on using coconut oil soap or castille soap.  Not bad.  My hair would be a little bit too dry and frizzy for 4-5 days, then gorgeous for a week, then slightly too oily for a week before I would give in and wash it again.  Not like my hair was ever really greasy.  After the first month of no-poo, my scalp adjusted its oil production well.   My hair seemed much healthier for giving up shampoo and had a lovely shine, but it did seem to permanently lose it’s bounce.  Switching to a natural boar bristle brush helped distribute the oils better and I felt relatively content with what my hair was doing.  And going no-poo really helped my scalp, although I did sometimes still get some small flakes which was always frustrating.  And, I can’t say that I loved my hair.  It just was what it was.  Flat and boring and meh and occasionally a little too greasy but healthier than it has been in a long time.  I decided to start growing it out  so that I could start wearing it up now that it didn’t  have enough body to sustain a short cut without product (and I so wasn’t going there).

Skip to a month and a half ago.  I received an e-mail offering some free product to try in exchange for a review on my blog.  I get these e-mails quite frequently now and say “no thank you” to the majority of them.  When I do say “yes”, I do so with the caveat that I will only write a review if I like the product (you know, if you can’t way anything nice…) and I only accept product if either I am interested personally and/or I think that you all may be interested to know what I think too.  So, I said yes.  We had a little discussion about which products might be best for me, and 2 days later I was opening a box of cute little sample-size bottles and feeling as excited as if it were Christmas.

Okay, so Morrocco Method International.  Let me sum it up by saying: WOW!

Morrocco Method International specializes in holistic hair care (they also have some skin and body care products).  Their products are  raw, vegan, cruelty-free, soy-free, GMO-free, gluten-free and sodium lauryl sulfate-free (and important one for me).  They are actually completely chemical free and every ingredient is the recognizable name of a plant or mineral (the shampoos are botanical and clay-based).  Morrocco Method International products are top ranked for using safe, non-toxic ingredients according to Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.

As great as all that sounds (and it does!), what’s even more important is whether or not the products work.   The products are carefully designed to  both detoxify and nourish your hair.   They are designed to strengthen, balance the moisture level of your hair, and support a healthy scalp.  They have five different shampoos (themed after the five elements: earth, air, water, fire and ether) each with a unique formula and unique beneficial effect on your hair and scalp (I got to try them all), and also a variety of conditioners (I tried two of the size they sell).  You can stick with a favorite one or two that work well for your particular hair/scalp challenges or rotate through them all.  The shampoos are moisturizing (without leaving any kind of greasy feel whatsoever), that you don’t actually need to use conditioner unless you are dealing with particularly dry skin on your scalp or hair.  They also have styling products if you want those!

So, after 6 weeks of using their products, what do I think?

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Total aside: my husband took this photo. What do you think? Should it replace the head shot of me on the side bar?  I’m kinda thinking the black background won’t really work.  Plus I’m not as tan as I was when that head shot was done. ;)

I finally figured out how to have the best of both worlds.  Chemical free so my scalp is super happy.  And, my hair is strong, shiny, silky, but light and bouncy.  It has a luscious and soft feel.  It smells good.  I have never been a person with hair worthy of admiration… until the last month.  Seriously.  Doesn’t my hair look great?!  Yeah, I could use a better hair cut, but c’mon!  My hair is freakin’ awesome!

Uh, not that I’m bragging.  I’m just ridiculously happy that I agreed to try Morrocco Methods InternationalHappy enough, I signed up to be an affiliate and negotiated a discount for you so you can try them too!!!!

And, my scalp has never, not even when I was a kid, been so healthy.

Chemical free.  Beautiful hair.  Wow.

Want some nitty gritty details on my favorite shampoos?  My top favorite was actually Sea Essence for my hair and scalp, even though it was my least favorite smelling (although my hair smelled fine afterward).  Tied for second place are Pine Shale (I got the most compliments after washing with that one, but maybe just because I was out in public more) and Heavenly Chi (which was when my husband really noticed and started commenting).  But really, I liked them all.  In fact, I plan to purchase the full set and rotate between all five.

Their shampoos have absolutely no chemicals in them.  They do not sud at all (which might be strange if you are used to shampoos, but if you are used to baking soda and vinegar, then no problem!).   It’s kinda like a mud bath for your hair.  It seemed a bit strange at first, to basically have a handful on nice-smelling mud and slather than onto my hair and massage into my scalp.  But, holy moly guacamole, does my hair ever love it!

I now “wash” my hair once or twice per week.  I’m so used to not washing more frequently than that and kinda like not having to bother washing my hair every day.  And my hair stays beautiful for a full week, so there’s really no need to wash more frequently (if you’re used to washing every day with regular shampoo, you might not experience this–I figure this is more because of being completely no-poo for so long).  By the way, I still love my natural boar bristle brush (got a second one for my kids because they loved it too).  And in fact, Morrocco Methods International recommends them too.  Actually, I still consider myself to be “no-poo” even using Morrocco Methods International products because they contain absolutely none of the usual ingredients found in regular shampoos.

Oh yeah.  And I’ve decided to keep growing my hair long, even though it got its bounce back, because my hair is just too wonderful not to.

I also got to try the Feng Shea Facial Scrub.  Which is also pretty darned awesome (it has some similar ingredients to the Sea Essence shampoo, which might be why I liked it so much–go seaweed!).

So, did I promise a discount? 

We are very special because Morrocco Methods International doesn’t give out discounts very frequently!  They are giving all of my readers 15% orders with the code paleohair22 until June 30th! (please note, this coupon code expired in June of 2013 and is no longer valid) Make sure you take advantage!

Also, all of the links in this post are my affiliate links.  As I’ve mentioned before, I only join affiliate programs for products I wholeheartedly endorse, and this is one of them!   And, I know that you will be just as thrilled with these products as I am!  In addition, you can connect with Morrocco Methods International on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest.

Comments

Just ordered some!! Can’t wait! I am allergic to every shampoo/condition I have tried! Thank you so much for sharing. Even if this doesn’t work out… I am just happy to try something different!

I just have to comment to say how amazing you and your hair look! Love it! I still like your white background headshot for the sidebar though. You look so encouraging and friendly in it. I always feel like your welcoming me to the site when I see it.

I’m glad to read that others are having the flat head from ‘no poo’. I’ve been doing it for about 6 months now and am not loving the results. It was great at first but now my hair is kinda flat and matte-y. No shine at all.

Thanks for the lovely review! I decided to try the trial versions, but the code paleohair22 “was not found” for the discount you mentioned. Would you be able to help with that? I’d like to try to order again. Thanks again!

Hi Jean,

The code should be working–we just tried it again and it’s good to go! Just put whatever you want in your cart, create a username, and then add your coupon code right before the end. If you’re still having issues please email tech@mmhair.net or use our instant chat feature on our website during business hours. We want you to benefit!

Since the Sea Essence shampoo contains spirulina, would you suggest that people avoid it if they have an inflammatory autoimmune disease of the scalp ? Or is spirulina only a problem when ingested? (I listened to your recent podcast where you mentioned the immune-stimulating properties of spirulina and chlorella).

Thanks!

I really like MM products, but I couldn’t stand having to rotate between the 5 types of shampoo–that much stuff in my bathroom just made me nuts and it seemed like some kind of scheme to get us all to buy more! They do smell nice though!

We suggest rotating all 5 shampoos because they are each based on an element (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether) and will each benefit your hair and scalp in a different way. You don’t HAVE to rotate–in fact many MM customers start out with the Starter Package and then choose their favorite shampoo(s) from there. We promise, we’re not looking to scheme–just looking to give you lusciously healthy hair!

Since it’s a cost thing for me (love the products) I’m thinking of picking my favorite 3. I thought I remembered reading somewhere that if you pick like Pine Shale, a complimentary shampoo would be…X but I can’t remember where I read/saw that. Maybe I was dreaming. Any thoughts? I love what I’m using though. I still am on my samples, and am trying to find combo sales to purchase full-sized products. I just got the Pine Shale Shampoo and the Diamond Crystal Mist. I’m hoping the Volumizing Mist will be in a special soon. SO happy with the products!

I love this post. I have been no-poo for a while now too, but not loving it. I have never gotten the great hair that other people rave about, although I do love that I hardly lose any hair and that it has thickened up. I am definitely going to try this.

I am intrigued and decided to get the starter sampler set. I have been putting coconut oil on my hair, then washing it out with Aubrey Organics shampoo, but my hair has been kind of limp. Maybe too much oil. Anyway, I am hoping these products will give me the body and shine without the toxins of commercial shampoo.

I don’t wash my hair very often, but I am wondering if it’s good to get my hair wet between shampoos, for styling? Does anyone do that?

I do all the time. Otherwise I have “bed hair” that looks funky with bits sticking up at odd angles. Unless I’m doing something that causes me to sweat a lot (in which case I’ll shampoo before I go to bed), I usually wash my hair every other day. Any longer and my hair gets too oily. That may change after trying these natural shampoos/conditioners (and yes, I just placed an order for the complete trial size set of both).

I’ve been toying with the idea of moving away from traditional shampoo, but since I work full time, I was concerned about the transition from standard shampoos and the no poo method (I listened to your pod casts and Stacy’s experiences trying to go no poo). I am glad to hear you had such great results with this. I now have a plan to make the transition to these. I have also long colored my hair with Loreal’s Lightest Natural Blonde (9 1/2 NB with 3/4 tsp of drabber added to tone down the red hue – I’m naturally a dishwater blonde without it). Before reading this post I was checking out MM’s Light Blonde hair color and debating about switching over to it. I’m just concerned what affect it will have on my previously chemically treated hair (my last hair coloring was May 2nd–I typically only color it every 8 weeks). I expect the results won’t be as light as what the chemical coloring is, but if it could put some life into my naturally blah color, that would be a plus.

Well the Light Blonde henna was a total bust (color wise there was absolutely no difference to my hair after using it). However, the shampoos and conditioners as well as the Zen Detox have been doing a great job. My hairdresser even commented that my hair has more body now. I bring a bag with each of the sample bottles and let her choose which one to use to wash and condition my hair with.

I would recommend sticking with your professional pictures – your new picture is just way too pretty and you look way too young! And a few months ago you wished you looked more like Sarah Fragoso???

Monique T – San Antonio – long time reader

It looks really good, but I notice they all have multiple essential oils in them. My husband and a friend of mine both have multiple chemical sensitivities. Are there any that are unscented? Is the smell noticeable? They react to strong natural scents as well as synthetic ones. A few scents, mint, orange, are okay. Patchouli definitely not.

Thank you! I did no poo for a few years, but my hair started to feel brittle. I went back to regular shampoo a few months ago and I hate it. I’ve been looking for something else and this seems like a good plan!

I used your coupon and bought the 5 shampoos and a couple leave-in conditioner sprays and the oil. I’m a little confused though. Do you wet your hair first and then put in the shampoo or do you put it in dry and then get your hair wet? I had a lot of trouble working it into my wet hair. After the first time, it was hard to get my hair wet, it was like the water was just running off my hair. I tried 3 of the different shampoos every other day, and each time my hair was looked really greasy, not my scalp, but my hair. It was driving me crazy so I went back to my old shampoo to get rid of the greasy feeling. Now I’ll have to try again. I’d appreciate your experience.

I do put it into wet hair. It’s been a loooong time since I used regular shampoo, so for me, I have no problems working it into my hair, but it certainly is different than something that lathers. The only time my hair felt greasy was after using the oil and I had to wash my hair 4-5 times to feel like I got it all out. I mostly find that I don’t need the extra moisturizer of the oil, but I do like to use a tiny bit of it as a leave in conditioner in my oldest’s hair (she swims so her hair is always super dry and absorbs the oil really well). Was your hair greasy after using the oil? If you’ve been used to using regular shampoo, I can imagine that there might be an adjustment similar to going no-poo. I’d recommend emailing Morrocco Methods to ask for advice. They were awesome with me when I had questions.

Coincidentally, I also started using MM hair care several weeks ago. I’ve been rotating the five shampoos. This is the best hair product I have ever used in my life! My hair is softer, shinier, and thicker than it’s been in years; the change is much too dramatic to be exclusively attributable to AIP. The shampoos also stimulate the scalp and I think my roots are coming in darker. Highly recommend! The Feng Shea face wash is also quite good.

Sarah, your new picture is really pretty – but there is a sparkle in your eye, and in your smile in the original sidebar picture that is so endearing and welcoming. I’d vote to keep the one you have – I love it.

thanks for the review and coupon i will use it for sure!.. I have been using MM products for almost two months and I love the fact that they are all natural ingredients and my hair was falling out a lot before and now it stopped (thank you MM). But,, I am still waiting to seen my hair shiny and manageble again. Since MM products I always have residue on the top of my scalp and if I forget to brush it for a day it becomes a tangled mess.. Im looking around for peoples experience with the “detox process”, since it seems for some people they have great results and for some not so much. I am just being patient and having faith in raw, vegan, sls free, gmo free products.. Even the smell I love.. I love also the pine shale!!, the sea essense leaves some white things in my hair jeje.. Anyway.. If anybody has had the same experience I have.. I would highly appreciate some comments :) <3

I just got my order and loved how my hair felt after shampooing! I quit the baking soda/ACV wash after 100 days as I just wasn’t completely satisfied with it, and had been using a different “natural” shampoo for the past 3 weeks until I got my order. It smells so fresh and I have a lot of body in my hair. I do think I’m going to have to go through another transition phase as my hair was kind of oily the 2nd day, but I don’t mind as much this time. thank you for introducing me to this product and for the code!

Just made my order…really curious and looking forward to something new and safe for me! Thank you AGAIN Sarah! I love how you do all the work for me in finding great things to include in my kitchen and life :)

I started using the MMI products after reading your review and ordering them. I had been toying with the idea of no poo but hadn’t made it too that point. My hair had become very thing and fine. In just 2 short weeks, I’ve noticed a tremendous difference. So much so that I just put in a second order for the 5 shampoos using the coupon code. I am highly sensitive to fragrences such as patchouli, sandalwood, etc but these have not given me any headaches! I am currently at 2 days between shampoos and have been rotating as suggested. I am going to try adding in a homemade chamomile rinse later as one part of the rotation. It will be nice when they get the bigger 12 oz bottles into production.

If you go to the Morrocco Methods website, they have several products on sale on their “Sales” page. Their sales prices seem to be even lower than the 15% coupon.

Thanks for the coupon-it is still valid! I’ve been using MM products for 2 months now and my hair is the best it’s even been. The henna colors the few grays I have and gives a great color. The first month my hair was looking a little dull (MM warned about it) but once it adjusted it became shiny, vibrant and started to grow faster. I had a haircut on the best day of the lunar cycle for volume and the hair-loss I had from summer heat stopped. The styling products of the line are great too, the volume conditioner is amazing – it turns my puffy hair into great waves no blow drier needed. I havent applied any heat to style my hair since I switched to MM. Also, the zen detox completely removed the dandruff I had from hard water in AZ, I used it once a week for 3 weeks and only once a month after and my scalp feels so healthy.

Just ordered the silver/gold elixir set and the Feng Shea scrub which I loved (got 2 since they are on sale).
I’m so grateful to MM for such amazing products at a fair price.

I just received my box of trial sizes and started with the ACV shampoo. I have pretty long hair – middle of my back – Since it doesn’t suds, how do I know I’ve worked it all the way to my scalp? I washed it twice and the second time used a dollop about the size of the lid (as Morrocco said in his video) but I’m still not sure it made it all the way through my scalp to my ends. I don’t have thick hair at all, but apparently I have lots of very fine hair (which is very frizzy) As there are many who have tried this, can anyone help me? THANKS!

I tried the sampler set, but I found my hair to be limp, dark (as if dirty), and unmanageable. My hair is blonde, so I was wondering if maybe the MM products work better on brunette hair, making it look shiny and silky, rather than limp and dirty as my blonde hair became. My hair did feel fantastic: soft. But I’m not sure if I am up to doing the month long detox process: don’t want a month of bad hair! Any one else with blonde hair have any advice for me? I love the idea of being no-poo as I don’t want all the chemical and toxin exposure, but my vanity is hurting.

I have blonde hair but I haven’t had the problems you’ve noted. I started out using the Zen detox a couple of times to “jump start” the detox process. I don’t wash my hair every day, just run warm water over it on the days I don’t shampoo. Even my hairdresser was pleased with the results (I brought the entire sampler set when I went to have my hair cut and let her choose which ones she wanted to use on my hair).

Hi,
I started using MM last December, I used to use co- Washing so I had a terrible and never ending detox proces. However, my hair could make it and I have the most beautiful hair ever!! You can check my blog and see my amazing results

I have been using MM for about 6 weeks and I also have problems with washing and not knowing if the shampoo really gets to my scalp. My hair get very tangled trying to wash it and I am not sure the conditioner gets to my scalp. I have fine hair and am still losing quite a bit of hair. Of course, I am not blow drying anymore so it really doesn’t look as good yet. I live in humid FL, so also hard to tell. I have watered down the shampoo to get a better mix into my hair but it still tangles terribly. I am going to keep trying though, hopefully I will see an improvement soon as others have mentioned.

I’ve been using for about the same amount of time and I have many of the same issues you do. I like the cream rinse and I have a really wide toothed comb I use in the shower to gently detangle. I use a t-shirt to dry my hair (don’t scrub or rub but scrunch and blot) and then spray the Diamond Crystal Mist or the Volumizing spray and use a pick to detangle again. This helps. When wet my hair doesn’t feel as silky and smooth as with regular products but it feels and looks much better when it’s dry and my scalp also feels much better overall so I’m really happy with MM products. You might try the tiniest bit of their oil too -just a drop- and work it through your damp hair. To much and it will weigh down or look greasy. Hope some of these different ideas hopefully help. Good luck!

I tried the MMI and the conditioners back in June and failed – I had terribly dry and tangly hair. Then I did the baking soda/ACV, and started using the boar bristle brush and it worked ok but the waxy buildup was too much. So, I tried the MMI again, and THIS time, it works nicely. What helped was HAVING some of those natural oils distributed already from my scalp throughout my hair – and this is what made the tangles VERY manageable this time around. If you can go longer between shampoos, then it’s probably getting to your scalp alright. Just try the boar bristle brush to let your scalp and hair do it’s natural thing.

I just had to say how I feel. I spent $25 on this stuff with such a positive attitude…..just knowing that it would be so healthy and good for me. It is HORRIBLE. I look like a dirty greaseball. It does not cleanse, I’ve lost all the body and shine in my hair…..just with ONE usage. I want my money back and will go back to a shampoo from the health food store that has a few ingredients as possible. I can’t walk out of the house today looking like this. It would take the entire bottle of this expensive crap to shampoo my head…..and then some. My advice, save your money and while the ingredients are lovely and healthy, it’s the worst product I’ve ever tried.

I think all of us have been through the same process, my hair looked bad, and felt worse, but MM tells that you will be under this complicated process…in my opinion it took some time but I have the healthiest hair ever, I don’t need to apply or wait forever to have an amazing hair, I just wash it and that’s it! May be you should try to contact the company directly, during all my process they were very nice and helpful! That made the process a little less stressful… check on my blog and see the before and after to compare the difference!

I have contacted them and they said they will get back to me and they haven’t. I just don’t know “how” you wash it and that’s it.” This mud does not move at all; you can’t smush it around the head. It smells great and I love to read the ingredients label but it’s impossible to use. Maybe it’s that I have very long hair, but I can’t see how that should make a difference.

Sue, I had the exact same problem when I first started using it. I was ready to give up a few washes in. I contacted customer service and they game me some good advice. The most important is to wash twice! What I do is let my hair get really wet before I put any product on. Then I apply the shampoo. It is only about the size of a quarter total for the first wash. I split it up, though, and start at the top of my hair where I’m the oiliest. Yes, it is hard to move the mud, but you have to lift your hair up and massage it into the roots to start the cleansing. Then you rinse that out and start the second wash. This time it is usually easier for me to apply because a lot of the oil and dirt is out and the hair separates better. I do the top of my head again, then the sides, the underneath (all where I tend to be oily), and then I go back to the crown. I massage the mud into my scalp really good and let it sit while I finish the rest of my shower (shaving, washing my face, etc.) My favorite is the apple cider vinegar one because it is very cleansing. I hope this helps!

The other thing I have heard that makes a difference is brushing your hair properly with a natural bristle brush to move the normally secreted oils down the length of your hair. As Aimee says, concentrate on cleaning the roots, the rest of your hair shouldn’t need washing. If push comes to shove and you can’t get it to work for yourself and MM hasn’t gotten back to you about returning the products, contact me at my website (I think you can click on my name to access the link) and use my contact form. Perhaps we can work out a deal for me to buy it off you..

So I’m now 3.5 months into this experiment, and my hair has been gross the whole time. I’ve used the 5 shampoos in rotation. About 3 weeks after I started, I emailed the company, and they said to be sure that I used the zen detox once a week for 3 weeks, I did that. Now it’s been 3.5 months, and my hair has been greasy and matted the whole time. I’m so frustrated. I’ve tried brushing the oil to the ends, but the roots are still greasy, it’s taking the body out of my hair. I emailed the company again and they said that it may take up to 6 months to detox. I can’t believe that I’ve already gone 3.5 months with gross hair, I guess I’ll stick it out until 6 months, not sure what else to do.

:/ that’s frustrating to hear. I started using the sample set about 3 weeks ago and mine seems to be getting progressively greasier. Did yours ever get any better?

No, it never got better, I gave up after 4 months of gross hair. I look at photos of myself from that time period, and I can’t believe that I put up with it for so long, my hair looked terrible. I had about 2 half bottles of the samples left when I went back to my regular shampoo, and I’ve tried to use them occasionally with no success. I feel like I should check out another natural shampoo system, but I just don’t have time to research it.

Just an FYI, I actually changed to using Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap for my “shampoo”. Mainly because I missed the sudsy bit when washing up and because I’m cheap. It was a lot less expensive to buy a big bottle of Castile soap than the smaller Morocco Method shampoos. I do, however, use the Pearl Essence Creme Rinse (a very small amount) to keep my hair from getting too dry. I also don’t shampoo every day. The other nice thing about using the Castile soap is that I can buy the unscented kind and either leave it that way or add my own combination of essential oils to create a unique scent of my own.

Sign up for their newsletter so you can get notified of sales they have. That’s what I did so I could get the creme rinse at a discounted price.

Awesome to read! I’m having issues with my scalp for a long time and doctors can’t help me, so reading this helps a lot. My scalp is never long happy with any shampoo so far and now my thin hair is falling out to the point where Im getting scared.
I will order their shampoo.

I had high hopes with MM shampoo and purchased the trial size shampoo set and used the earth and ACV one so far. Both made my hair disgustingly oily and matted down. I have thicker wavy hair that tends to be oily. I washed twice, moved the mud around my scalp, and still no results. I also bought the boar bristle brush and have been using that. I felt like the trial size wasn’t enough for one use, and I only have shoulder length hair. I expect shampoo products to at least wash away the grease, but this didn’t. I’m going back to using rhassoul clay as a shampoo with an ACV rinse. It works 10x better than MM shampoo! And I’m not buying the “detox stage” that MM is telling unhappy customers. I work in an office and can’t handle 6 months of greasy hair…they’d put me in a corner! May work for some, but is not for me unfortunately.

Paleomom,

Your hair looks so beautiful and full of body using the MM shampoo! I wondered what you use for styling products if any? I have been trying the MM products for three weeks and the main problem seems to be not with the shampoo but that their styling products don’t give it enough body (my hair is quite fine in texture). The Zen Detox actually seems to give it more body than the Pine Shale or Sea Essence Shampoo which seemed to make it quite limp. The ACV shampoo and the Earth Essence seemed to work better than the previous two shampoos and I haven’t tried the Heavenly Chi yet. My old styling products had “plastic” and alcohol (Jason Hi Shine Styling Gel) and I think that is what I may be missing the most.

What am I doing wrong? My husband uses these and loves them. I’ve struggled forever to find good hair care products but everytime I use these they leave my hair very oily thinking it’s the creme rinse? I’ve rinsed over n over. I want to love these because it’s exactly what I’m looking for quality wise!

When I first started, I started with the apple cider vinegar shampoo (fire), since it was supposed to be better for controlling flaking, but it made it worse. After talking with the company, they shipped me different samples, and I found that the more moisturizing pine shale and sea essence worked way better for me (I didn’t think they would work for me because I figured my hair leaned toward greasy already). Now, I only use the acv one if I’ve done an oil treatment. I’d suggest talking with the company, explaining what’s happening, and seeing if they can recommend different products for you.

I’m a guy. By age 35 I had lost close to 70% of my lion’s mane, and boy, did I have thick and abundant hair in my youth. Unwilling to accept what every fricken doctor stated- that hair loss and thinning was inevitable, I went off on my own Lewis-&-Clark expedition for a hair solution.

I spent an obscene amounts of money on all types of hair remedies and products (stopping short of the pharmaceutical options, not my thing). Nothing worked. Then I began to read on my own and experimented with my own concoctions. After some years of experimenting I found that some worked better than others. I’m now well into my 40′s and have regrown about 85% of what I had lost years ago. I have no plans in selling my concoctions (no time for that) but I’m intrigued by every hair promising product that hits the market. MM caught my eye based on my sister’s recommendation.

I’m concerned about two things with MM; one is there is no actual science mentioned in its process, so I suspect a bit of snake-oil salesmanship. But I can’t judge it until I try it and do my own analysis. Sure, they talk a lot about the lunar cycle rationale (5 elements, etc), but I might as well call on Zeus to help me if that’s the case. I’m not dismissing anyone”s belief, I just prefer a bit more science in my approach to solutions. Second, the whole no-suds approach kind of bothers me. You do need some kind of emulsifier/surfactant to easily mix the water with the grime and oil to remove it. You just need to find one that is not petrochemical based and harsh/aggressive, but rather, vegan and healthy. My suggestion would be to try mixing half-half MM with Dr. Bonner’s Castile liquid peppermint soap (totally raw and vegan). And when it suds, look out, your whole bathroom will be filled up with lather (mostly due to the high coconut oil content). I think this will be a unique solution combining both of best worlds. Of course, it could also have an opposite effect since I don’t know how they would react together. I suspect they will work well. I’ll be ordering my sample set of MM and report on how my experiment turns out. Thanks for reading

Hi PaleoMom,
Thanks for this post! I’m excited to try this line of shampoos. I’ve been using Rahua shampoo up to now, and I’m wondering what you think of that brand? As far as I can tell it’s holistic but don’t really have your knowledge about these things and would love to hear your opinion.
Thanks!

What are the “trace minerals” in your Morrocco Method shampoos? I get paranoid when ingredients are lumped together in a phrase like “92 trace minerals”?
We do not disclose trade secrets but all are trace minerals and quite natural and wild crafted organic.

What is the “natural preservative”, and could it be harmful to my scalp since I am experiencing this loss off hair?

We use apple cider vinegar and bottle during the lunar cycles according to ancient traditions
What are the “trace minerals” in your Morrocco Method shampoos? I get paranoid when ingredients are lumped together in a phrase like “92 trace minerals”?
We do not disclose trade secrets but all are trace minerals and quite natural and wild crafted organic.

What is the “natural preservative”, and could it be harmful to my scalp since I am experiencing this loss off hair?

We use apple cider vinegar and bottle during the lunar cycles according to ancient traditions

Wow all those comments are quite different! I was researching to see if I needed a MM conditioner along with MM shampoo and it seems like I don’t unless my hair lacks moisture after using the mm shampoo.
I’ve been doing no poo with BS\av for about a month now but had heard mixed reviews and my hair feels dry. I’m bummed the coupon code expired long ago but hope to try the MM soon!

I, too, agree that it is VERY difficult to wash your hair (and know if you’re getting it clean) with this stuff! I have long thick curly hair and since it doesn’t lather I have no idea if I’m even getting it over all my hair. I purchased the little sample pack and I have to use a whole .5 oz bottle per wash. So that part is frustrating. It doesn’t feel like it’s getting clean and my hair is all tangled when I’m trying to rub it around on my head. I got a sample of the Pearl Essence conditioner and that helps a little bit….but it’s all gone now.

Despite this, once I’m out of the shower and pick through it and put my little bit of curling serum on my hair (plus a tiny bit of coconut oil), I have noticed that since starting the MM shampoos, my hair is much fuller, has more body and the curls look nicer and they actually spiral around my face. So the end product is looking better. I can go about 3 days after a wash with it looking good and only having to spritz it with some water and scrunch the curls to reshape them a bit. I can’t easily run my fingers through my hair underneath, though, because it’s coarser and tangles easily.

So, all in all, the verdict is still out. I do like the look…..but have a hard time actually washing it.

Paleomom,

Have you used the Henna? I have dirty dishwater blond/light brown hair. I purchased the blond and the light brown but have not tried them yet. I’m chicken:). I am afraid of orange hair.

Thanks!

I’ve used the blonde henna. Did nothing in terms of coloing. I am naturally a dark blonde and the henna can only add color, not lighten hair. The blonde would only work, I think, on gray hair. You won’t end up with orange hair.

So… I’ve been wondering about the Sea essence shampoo. One of their ingredients is Klamath Blue green algae. They have the incorrect sci name on their webpage but it is known as Aphanizomenon flos-aquae or AFA. As an aquatic biologist, I know that certain genotypes of this algae cause liver and nerve damage when ingested. I would assume the worst that you can also take these toxins up through broken skin and it just hasn’t been tested. (Also, the toxins can’t be boiled out or otherwise rendered inert besides through chemical treatment).
Additionally, just because the type they grow up in cultures appears to not be toxic initially, with a doubling time of one day, they have plenty of generational availability to evolve into a toxic form.
Just thought I should put that out there so everyone can stay informed :)

Apple seeds have cyanide as do many natural things we sometimes ingest. In fact, there’s a mountain of pharmaceutical prescriptions we take that have not even been tested for toxicity and the effects they have on humans when combined with other medications. So there is no danger in some shampoo that doesn’t already exist all around us. Not that I want to alarm anyone but I’m always intrigued by the false sense of security we humans live by. As for the concern of growing algae cultures, each human
carries about 9 times more bacteria DNA than human DNA; which on the surface seems alarming if one views bacteria as something undesirable. But if you realize that only 80+ species of bacteria are pathogens of the approximately 30 million species of bacteria, then one sees that bacteria’s role is more good than bad.

I know you don’t do a lot of product reviews but Thank you so much for taking time to review this company. I ordered their samples and started using them a few weeks ago. And seriously the best move I have ever made. I have now committed to buying all full size bottles. I truly can say my hair has NEVER looked and felt better. I have extreme oily hair that is very thin and now my hair feels full and less oily (now that I’ve went through the detox period). My Detox period was probably shorter than others only because I had already started a gradual switch to natural products before trying these. Anyways, Thanks again!!

I had a similar experience, although my hair is dry rather than oily, but also very thin. After the first couple of uses of the Pine Shale and Chi shampoos, it felt fuller and much softer than my usual brino feel. I use the Chi conditioner only every other time I shampoo, and I found the Pearl conditioner to make my hair more limp, so I use it sparingly. But overall, these products have been such a blessing for my hair – I was already trying on hair pieces! I’m not sure it’s the shampoos alone, as I’ve also used some of their hair regrowth oils and cleaned up my diet, but my scalp inflammation is reduced and I’ve regrown some hair along my hairline (which had receded about 1/2 inch). I sometimes wonder whether the reviewers who end up with limp, greasy hair have much thicker hair that is hard to get completely wet before shampooing and then hard to rinse clean of this chemical-free shampoo. Or maybe they use too much of the rich Pearl conditioner. Anyway, I personally couldn’t be happier about having found these shampoos.

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