My search for a perfect paleo shampoo seems neverending. Classic no’poo (baking soda + ACV) didn’t seem to work very well (or I was too unpatient to wait over the adjustment period), the Dr. Bronner’s soap do the cleaning job pretty good but still leave my hair kinda greasy and matte (same results as no’poo), and I get shivers by just THINKING about using a regular shampoo again, just to get me out of the ponytail and frustration. Ponytail or braided hair is now my everyday hairstyle, because I just didn’t find the gold mine yet.
January 13th 2014
I received my Morrocco Method order (shipping only took 6 days!) today. I did a lot of reading before I ordered, and of course I was not ready (or able to) spend 95 dollars on a shampoo set without knowing how well it will work with my hair. So I opted for a Travel Set of all 5 of their shampoos, made with 5 elements in mind – Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Ether. They say on the website that it is best to use all five and rotate them everytime you wash your hair. Each bottle is just 60ml, but with my frequency of hairwashing (2 times a week the most), these might last me for a while. You are supposed to dilute them with water, which made it last you even longer. I guess I can live like 3-4 months with this travel kit and by the end of that period, I should know if it works or not.
Again, I did a lot of reading. I learned that shampooing your hair TWICE is not just a sales technique on how to sell you more shampoo, but there is a reason behind it. With first wash you get rid of the excess oil, dirt, sebum on your hair and scalp and with second wash, you actually allow all the nutrients from the product to be absorbed in your clean skin and hair. I also learned that the “detoxing period” (the CRAPPY TIME when your hair is either super dry and unmanagable or, like in my case, very gresy, oily, matte, heavy and impossible to be worn without a hairband) may last for even a few months!!! That scared me, but I decided to be tough and NOT GIVE UP ON THE SHAMPOOS. The Travel Set is 25 dollars, which is not that much money for a really good product you get, but still, it is an expense I can’t just “throw out of the window.” But of course, I NEED to wash my hair from time to time, and with no’poo out of the game and regular drugstore shampoos on a NO-NO list, I had to invest some money. If it DOES really work, I will save money and buy the full size set, because again, with my hairwashing frequency, it will last me FOREVER (okay, not forever, but I am pretty confident it can last me like 8-10 months, which is NOT THAT BAD).
Morrocco Method is pretty well known in paleo skincare area, Liz Wolfe uses it and also Sarah Balantyne – The Paleo Mom is a big fan of this brand. Their products (they don’t just do shampoos) are unique blends of plants and clays along with minerals, all their stuff is natural, raw, vegan and gluten free. I will just be focusing on shampoos now, since these are the ones I use (I will be trying their henna soon, too, and if it all works well, I wanna look into other products they offer).
January 16th 2014
Their shampoos look like MUD. Really. Thick mud, with herbal earthy scents (not unpleasant though). They are very concentrated, so you should use them mixed with water in abour 50%-50% ratio. This way it is also easier to spread the shampoo through all your hair and scalp. If you have a looong hair like me, you might know that with regular no’poo, it’s sometimes a problem. I use a bit more water though, I wanna make sure it gets EVERYWHERE I need it. Morrocco Method shampoos do not lather – don’t let this turn you off. I think people in general think that LATHER means that the product. The more it lathers, the better (not just with shampoo, also with bubble bath stuff or dishwashing soaps). But of course, it is not true at all. Lather has nothing to do with cleaning properties of the product, it just looks and feels good. (Nothing sounds more relaxing to me than a tub full of creamy fluffy bubbles!!! And all the dishwasher ads with tons of dirty plates covered in even more fluffy bubbles, meh…) All you need to pay attention to with MM shampoos is to get it all over your scalp and hair. I use a plastic squeeze bottle to mix my shampoo and then apply the liquid all over my scalp and through my hair. I actually prefer washing my hair with shower (we don’t have a shower but a tub, so I have to just stand, bendover and shower my head upside down) and sometimes I do wash it in a tub. But whatever the case may be, make sure you a) wash twice and b) rinse well. They recommend the 2nd rinse being done with cool water instead of warm. I do as they say. So far, as I am writting this, I used the shampoo 3 times (rotating through all 5, so I didn’t use all of them yet). My hair is still greasy, heavy and not cute, but I am staying strong and will keep doing this until the end of the detoxing period. I learned that this is a temporary stage and it means that all the chemical buildup that was created on your hair and scalp over the long years of using crappy chemical shampoos, conditioners, styling products, drugstore hairdyes, is now gradually releasing and is grabbing on to your hair before it is gone for good. You really have to be patient here and be ready to spend a few weeks with boring ponytail hairstyle, before the detox period is over. It can take a week, it can take a month, it can even take four months. It is a very individual thing, and I really suggest you STAY STRONG in the process and don’t give up on your hair.
So to begin the process, I decided to rotate my shampoos with this key: Ether -> Water -> Air -> Earth -> Fire. Just randomly picked it this way. Of course, when you wanna be über precise, you can look up MM Lunar Chart and wash your hair with that chart. It is pretty interesting and I might wanna look more into it later.
January 20th 2014
So I started on January 14th with Ether Shampoo. I didn’t use a lot of shampoo and I did wash it twice, as recommended. Same thing on January 16th and January 18th, with Water and Air shampoos. In all three cases, I ended up with the same hair as I had with no’poo – matte, greasy and heavy. Not pretty.
Today, on Monday, January 20th I used shampoo no.4 – Earth – the muddiest of all and voilá – my hair is perfect! It is soft, not oily at all. It is not completely dry as I am writting this, but I know it already “does something,” way sooner than I expected. I am very happy about it! I will see how will my hair look once it is all dry and how it will look tomorrow :) But yay, it is WORKING!!! I think my detox period might be shorter just because I am using all kinds of no’poo methods for a while now, even though I used a regular shampoo from time to time just because I really “craved” that fresh hair feeling. I hope it really will work as a whole set, not just this one Earth shampoo. But either way, it will still be great, I might be buying just this one shampoo instead of a whole set if it does not work like a set. We will see in the next round. I still have Fire shampoo to use later this week and my Round 1 will be complete, yay!
January 24th 2014
So last night I finished my 1st MM round by using a Fire Shampoo. I am done with all five elements, it took me 10 days to go through them, just because I washed every other day and not just 2 times a week as I usually do. It was only because my hair was so vaxy for the first week and I NEEDED to wash it just to feel better. (And I got really tired of greasy ponytail). Today my hair is very close to what I expected. I will keep washing with Morrocco Method until I run out of the Travel Set, but I will then order a new one (I can wait 6 days for it to get here…). I will now go back to my regular washing 2 times a week to see how long can I keep my hair nice without washing it. I was really expecting the detox period to be way longer, but I think the fact that I was no’poo before and only used the regular shampoo like 3 times for the past 3 months really helped the process. I didn’t have much to detox from, as my diet is clean and my skincare/haircare is clean too. I don’t use any styling products, I threw them all away the day I learned about the ingredients in them, didn’t matter to me that I payed for them, I just don’t see myself using them knowing what’s inside. To me it is the same like eating all the non-paleo gluten sugary processed crap before going strict paleo, just because you feel bad about throwing away all that food you payed for with your own money. You know it’s poison, that is why you wanna stop eating it, so WHY not just throwing it away instead of eating it all so it’s GONE for your Whole30, Sugar Detox etc… Same for me is with cosmetics – I didn’t throw all my make-up away, I sold it. I had a lot of high end products (including Urban Decay Naked Palette I now regret getting rid of, but that’s just life…) and I didn’t wanna just throw them away, so I wrapped it all in a box and sold to the first girl that was interested. There was a Tarte eyeshadow palette, the limited edition for True Blood. Sigh. Tarte isn’t really a bad brand, but I said to myself: GET IT ALL OUT OF THE HOUSE! I remember how happy I was when I bought this limited edition thing and how little I was using it because I wanted it to last me for as long as possible, haha. All that while still having TONS of eyeshadow palettes. Duh, I am so glad this period of time is over for me :D
So this was my first round of a Morrocco Method 5 Elements Shampoo rotation, and I can tell it DOES WORK for my hair and scalp. For further results, I will have to test them for longer period of time, so I might wanna get back to you with this probably after using up the whole set or so. So far I would really recommend these shampoos for all the people who do care about putting the right stuff into and on your body. If you don’t eat crap, don’t rub crap on your skin. If you don’t rub crap on your skin, you can’t expect having a healthy exterior if you still put crap inside. I am NOT sure how well would these products work for someone without a clean diet, but I think it would be a waste of money in that case. These products are not cheap (at least for me) and I think without a proper eating habits, they would not work as great, even though they would have some benefits, that is for sure. You know what I mean? Dial your diet FIRST. Then you will see you really don’t need makeup to cover your pimples, because you will not have any. Then you will see you really don’t need that Dior cream, because your skin is glowing and all you might wanna use it a touch of coconut oil or tallow balm. Your hair may be shiny with your favorite Schauma shampoo, but it’s NOT your hair – it’s all the silicones, plastics and other “enhancers” in the product. Your REAL HAIR reveals itself if you let it. And you can definitely help it by using Morrocco Method shampoos. You just need PATIENCE and TRUST.