Product Review: Morrocco Method International Hair Care

June 1, 2013 in Categories: by

Print Friendly

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 (please note, this coupon code expired in June of 2013 and is no longer valid) 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?


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 International.  Happy 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.


I used this brand for 6 months. I did everything as instructed; rotated the shampoos and used the hair oil as well. It made my hair feel nice at first, then it started getting dry and by the time I finally stopped using it the damage was already done. Months later and after switching back to my old all natural paraben-free shampoo my long hair is still breaking off all the time, looks like straw and feels awful. I wish I never tried Morocco Method. In my opinion it was a waste of money and ruined my hair. FYI I have long fine wavy never chemically processed light brown hair. Soon to be short hair…

I was having major issues with dry, brittle hair that felt like straw…and I did not try Morroco Methods, and will not after these reviews.
What cured the texture issue was coconut oil deep conditioning 1 x a week.

Melt 1 Tblsp of organic, cold pressed coconut oil. Use fingers to apply to small sections of hair, avoiding scalp (I apply about 1 to 1 1/2 inches from scalp). I start from bottom layers and work up by sections, putting rest up in high pony tail.

Once applied, I put all in high pony tail. Leave on for a minimum 45 minutes. One time, I was distracted by house cleaning and left on for 2-3 hours…my hair was amazing! I normally just leave on for 45 minutes and this solved my dry, brittle straw hair. Wash with whatever you are using for shampoo. Might need to wash twice to remove all oil. I use Andalou Naturals shampoo and conditioner, which really helps maintain between weekly coconut oil treatment. LOVE their facial skin care!

Noticed difference right away, by 3rd week my hair was soft with nice, healthy shine.

Also, any coconut oil on my hands or unused I massage on my face and hands.

I purchased the Morrocon Method, and am having great luck with it. Its strange at first, brown mud color and no suds. You basically spread it on your wet head and massage in, rinse well. My super fine thinning hair drinks it up, has body, easy to comb through. I stopped using the wen shampoo after seeing hair loss/ scalp, and reports of others finding the same result. Even my young sons hair was getting very thin and patchy!

I see this review was over a year ago…I was wondering if the products are still working for you? Could you post an update and possible a picture? Thank you

I’m highly upset that after trying these products and finding out they made my hair fall out in clumps. I paid to return the products then find out they will only give store credit and they didn’t even give me the right amount after taking off the 15% restocking fee. They actually took like 30%! I’m outraged! I feel completely scammed! Why on earth would I even pay to send them back? What a SCAM!

I tried the Heavenly Chi and the Sea Essence, and neither one worked for me. The only way I can prevent dandruff is by using baking soda as my only shampoo. And after using any other shampoo, it takes me weeks or even months of using the baking soda to get rid of the flaking scalp. I would love to find a shampoo that smelled nice and did not give me dandruff, but this has never happened. The baking soda does not smell bad, but it has no pretty fragrance. Maybe I need to experiment with essential oils.

So glad I am not the only one who thinks these products stink–and I mean stink. I, too, followed directions to the letter and after six weeks, my hair actually feels gummy and is dull and limp. They tell me I am detoxing–bunk. I eat a totally clean diet and have been using “Just Natural” shampoo prior and will be again. I’m glad some have done well However, I am very skeptical. I saw a gal on another site who swears by them and her picture looked less than great to be kind. So glad I did not buy the large sizes. Yuck

I’ve had very oily hair with recurrent dandruff most of my life, until I started experimenting with alternatives to shampoo. I’ve found I get best results by alternating between rhassoul (argile) or a whole egg, once every week. These days I’m testing baking soda and alep soap, which work fine too.

I guess this whole story is just another example to remind me to ask myself what the author of a review has as “motivation”.. The Morocco shampoos are certainly expensive enough that there is a healthy profit to be made as a re-seller. I have tried so many hair care products over the last 50 years, and most of the “special” products turned out to be a waste of money. Morocco method is by far the most frustrating one….I have ling hair and the small travel size bottles only lasted for one shampoo. My hair was beyond greasy, one time it was so bad that I had to wash my hair again after 3 hours. I do like the zen detox and the leavin conditioner. I am now obsessed with watching other people’s hair. I ask what shampoo they use…..nobody with amazing hair uses anything special….go figure.

I used Morrocan Method products for over 6 months.I have menopausal texture change.My hair has gotten thicker but that was starting several months before I started using MM.
I don’t see any change in my hair.I wash my hair every 3 to 5 days.Rotate products.The Floating Lotus conditioner dried my hair out everytime I used it.The Diamond Mist are hard to gauge.If I use too much I have greasy hair.Not enough its dry and frizzy.The shampoos are expensive at $29 a bottle.The Pearl Essence conditioner makes my hair soft but doest do anything for frizz.And that’s expensive at $19 a bottle and I get about 4 to 5 washes out of it.I have done everything that MM says you should do ,including no highlighting ,low lighting,no blow drying or straight ironing and to be honest,I have not seen any difference with my hair.It looks the same as it did before I started using MM products.One last thing is MM ‘s shipping cost is $12.They will send it SurePost but they wont track it and it gets lost its basically your problem.They have a note on their site that’s says they do not charge us for boxes and wrap.They say to ask UPS why shipping costs are so high.Which I should have read that sooner because that says a lot about the company .There are many other ways they could ship out products and not charge a lot.But instead they blame UPS.That is very lame.I rather deal with companies that offer free shipping and many do.I am completely done with MM.

I used to have really beautiful hair. Then I got Hashimoto’s and my hair became more of an issue. First falling out, them coarse and rough feeling. Tried lots of natural shampoos. Most seemed to make things worse. Apple cider vinegar helps with shine, but after reading this review I would love to try these products.

I wash with baking soda and water, and condition with vinegar and water, and it is great for me. I wash every day and do use some hair product for styling. It’s cheap and easy and chemical free.

I got severe itching from using these products and no results. I asked about this and CS said that “this was a good sign” when my hair looked greasier than ever. Don’t fall for the crap, go to you M.D. if your concerned about hair thinning. They have several products that get the job done. When will people realize that modern science is the most effective in treating health and that holistic medicine has no validation for their claims other than “your using the product wrong!” SMDH!

Hi Sarah – I recently listened to a podcast (which I love, keep up the awesome work!!) where you said you usually only wash your hair every few days. I was wondering what you do for your hair in between washes after a hard workout when your hair gets all sweaty and gross? Do you shampoo more often with working out or just wet your hair in the shower but not shampoo it?


At first I was really excited to try MM international shampoos . I ordered all 5 . I didn’t order conditioners and other products as it would become very costly .

I’ve been using MM shampoos for past 12 months and can say that I’m not satisfied with products , customer service and also they use pictures for their campaign of women who never used their shampoo . I know this as I found those exact photos on cover of a some new book and also in online stock library .

This is waste of money even though I like the idea it’s so pure . Maybe it does work wonders if you use all the products .

I used Morocco Method for 3 months last year. I followed the instructions perfectly. It made my scalp incredibly flakey and itchy and I had to cut 3 inches off my ends because they were as dry as straw.
Now I struggle with constant dandruff, which I’ve never dealt with before. Every time I contacted them with questions, they would always say I needed more of their products. “Oh, you need the midst for your dry ends… Or maybe you should try the oil for your scalp.”
Um, no thanks. $200 or more down the drain.

Your story sounds exactly like mine! I stuck it out for the past 4 months but finally gave up – hair is like straw on some areas, greasy / waxy in others, and I have dandruff / flakes on my scalp for the first time in my life. It just seems to get worse and worse. Like all the junk is building up on my hair from not getting properly cleaned and taken care of. They told me dandruff was a great sign and that it’s all just a prolonged detox and suggested more products. I used all 5 shampoos, both conditioners, both leave in mists, boar bristle brush, scalp massager…. didn’t touch my hair with anything other than MM products. Did not blow dry, etc. I am so excited to finally be ditching these. I loved how natural they were but what is the point of being natural is something doesn’t work? What really made me decide to give up was that a lot of people who say they use it and love it are getting free products / getting paid… and also do not have enviable hair. If you watch the youtube videos I want to add some moisture to the girls’ hair that they demonstrate on. The models in their advertising pics probably don’t even use the MM method. Glad this works for some people and I love how natural it is but I am giving up. I found another line (unfortunately more expensive!) that is rated just as safe by the ewg and I’ll be trying that. I talked to the founder and he was a wealth of knowledge. He looked up the MM products when I mentioned them and was impressed at how “clean” they were but said you also need a product that performs. He also told me that he is very against silicones and chemicals but that it doesn’t take months to detox from those. Anyways, I’ll be glad to put MM behind me… wish I could get all my money back and the health of my hair back. The one good thing I learned is the importance of a natural, safe shampoo and staying away from silicones.

Hello. I just want to note that not all of their products are VEGAN. It would really make me happy if everyone stopped putting that lie in their blogs and websites. The Sea Essence has plankton, a creature that lives in the ocean. Since I mentioned it to them two days ago… just this morning they took down their website for a time and now the word plankton is removed from the page. I can not imagine that they reformulated their products, so I am guessing that they will be lying to their customers now. They have not responded to my emails. Caught and guilty.. so they will not talk to me. SAD… I wonder what else is in there that they aren’t owning up to.

I have medium length, very straight light brown hair that is healthy. I have used shampoos without all of the usual toxins for years. I was still prepared to go through the “detox” phase this shampoo touts. After ten weeks of using as directed, including rotating through the different shampoos, using filtered water on my hair, the clay mask for hair, the brush (ETC!!) my hair was still “detoxing.” What this means as a daily experience: every day, my hair felt coated in goo. It never felt dry. When it moved, it moved as a giant block of hair, probably because it was matted together. Was it fuller? Yes: just as things that are coated together by a film of goo are fuller. It became a kind of joke / test of will to see how long I could use this before the magical day of detox breakthrough. That day never came, and finally after my husband begged me to go back to my regular organic shampoo so he could touch my hair without feeling like he’d been touching a lanolin-soaked head, I did. I washed my hair twice in my regular organic shampoo (which had never been a problem and is far less expensive), and there we had it: clean hair that I could dry and which, when I moved my head, had actual separate strand movement. I know that every time someone says the product didn’t work, there are five people who [are perhaps paid to] love the product who will leap in and say someone should have tried X or Y (I know this because I read all of the review and message boards and guides related to this product)…but the truth is: it’s just not for everyone, and doesn’t work for a lot of people. And if shampoo needs a guide and support forums to get through over eight weeks of truly gooey, wretched hair, it’s probably just not hitting its mark.

Went on their website yesyerday. Was gonna order their new dry shampoo. It’s 25.00 . Then I saw shipping costs. 18.00 bucks for shipping!!! ARE THEY FREAKING CRAZY??? WHATS UP WITH THAT? I’VE NEVER PAID THAT MUCH FOR SHIPPING. EVEN ON ETSY WHERE SOME STUFF COMES FROM OTHER COUNTRIES.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *