For over 50 years, Morrocco Method has been dedicated to raising awareness of safe hair care alternatives. Morrocco Method offers a totally unique line of shampoos, conditioners and styling products, made from 100% natural ingredients, like apple cider vinegar and hemp seed oil. They are a great and effective option for those seeking gluten-free, sulfate-free or naturally crafted hair care products.
For anyone familiar with the Paleo lifestyle, the idea of turning to nature for nourishment may seem pretty straightforward. And while many people recognize the importance of crafting a simple, holistic diet, an equal number remain unaware that their hair can also benefit from natural ingredients.
Before the time of parabens, sulfates and other synthetic chemicals, people washed their hair using plants and minerals found in nature. Whereas synthetic chemicals strip your scalp of its natural sebaceous oil, natural ingredients actively nourish and repair chemical damage, restoring hair to a healthier state.
Here are 12 natural ingredients that should be in your shampoo:
- Salix Alba (White Willow) Bark Extract
The first use of White Willow Bark dates back to 500 BC, when it was used as a treatment for fever and pain. When used in shampoos, Willow Bark acts as an anti-inflammatory, soothing the scalp and alleviating skin conditions, such as alopecia or psoriasis.
- Opuntia ficus-indica (Prickly Pear) Extract
Cactus? That doesn’t sound very soothing, you may say to yourself. The fruit of the Prickly Pear Cactus, surprisingly, makes for an excellent skin moisturizer and is used commonly as an anti-aging ointment for wrinkle reduction. The fruit is full of Omega 6, which is great for keeping scalp and hair moisturized. It is also full of Vitamin E, and antioxidants, best for a dry or flaking scalps.
- Montmorillonite (Gray Clay)
Also known as bentonite, Montmorillonite was first discovered in France and quickly became a popular clay for face masks. It is hailed as both a skin cleanser and toner for its high silica, calcium and manganese content, as well as its other alkalizing minerals. When applied to hair, Montmorrillonite helps absorb bacteria and residue, making it easier to wash the dirt away. It is best used for removing heavy metals and treating dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.
- Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
Shea Butter is a popular skin and hair ingredient. It is best known as a moisturizer, containing rich amounts of vitamins A and E, and helps to alleviate conditions ranging from wrinkles and dry skin to insect bites and sun burns. Shea Butter is a particularly special natural oil because it closely mimics the sebaceous oils produced by our skin, making it a safe and effective way to soften and condition hair.
- Green Tea Extract
Delicious to drink and great for hair! Green Tea Extract is commonly referred to as green tea seed oil, or camellia seed oil. It is cold pressed from the seeds of the camellia plant. High in omegas 3, 6 and 9, green tea is ideal for keeping hair conditioned and soft. It is also high in Vitamins A and B, which are great for your scalp. DIY tea rinses are another popular and easy way to get some of the benefits of tea extract.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is an ingredient that has no end to its beneficial uses. For hair, it acts as a cleanser and helps to wash out excess oil from scalp. Simultaneously, apple cider vinegar helps balance the scalp’s pH level. For those that experience scalp acne, Apple Cider Vinegar can be a powerful remedy.
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is most widely used for treating burns and wounds. It is known for its soothing abilities, and it keeps skin and hair moisturized in much the same way. In scientific studies, Aloe Vera has been shown to noticeably diminish the effects of Psoriasis and Seborrhea when used daily. And for appearances, aloe vera adds control to frizzy hair.
- Macrocystis Pyrifera (Giant Kelp) Extract
The ocean is dense in minerals and nutrients. Many of those nutrients get absorbed by the giant strands of kelp that waft in the waves. Kelp Extract is high in iodine, vitamins and minerals. When used topically for hair and scalp, it acts as an anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory. The high Iodine content is also an anti-bacterial, which keeps your scalp clean and to promote healthy hair growth.
- Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil
Besides being rich in Omega 3 fatty oils, which are great for preventing dandruff, Flax Seed Oil helps hair strands retain moisture and stay noticeably softer. You can use Flax seed oil to prevent breakage.
- Rosemary Oil
Rosemary Oil stimulates follicles, helping hair growing longer and stronger. Its antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities help with eczema, dermatitis, oily skin and acne. On top of that, rosemary oil is very moisturizing, which makes it great for combating dry scalp and flakes.
- Tocotrienols (Vitamin E)
Although hard to pronounce, Tocotrienols are a naturally occurring supplement that have major benefits for your hair. As members of the Vitamin E family, these powerful antioxidants can increase hair growth, slow the process of greying hair and even help fight Alopecia.
- Horsetail Extract
This plant gets its name from its bushy bristles and appearance. Rich in essential minerals, like potassium, selenium and manganese, Horsetail Extract works to strengthen damaged hair and improve shine. It also removes excess oils and combats flaky skin caused by dandruff eczema and psoriasis.
Luckily, a growing wave of hair care companies are incorporating holistic ingredients to create Paleo-friendly product lines. And it doesn’t stop at hair care. Other cosmetic companies, like makeup and skincare brands, are turning an eye to the Paleo lifestyle. Identifying Paleo products is as simple as reading the back of any bottle for the ingredients list. With any luck, you’ll find some of the ingredients listed in this article.
When it comes to the health of your hair, substitutes just don’t work. You’ll get stuck in a cycle of stripping your hair of its natural oils and your scalp hastily trying to overproduce that oil. Natural shampoos are a way to break that cycle, for hair that both looks healthier and is healthier.