I began my No ‘Poo journey several years ago. (No ‘Poo = No Shampoo) And, like many people who take the plunge away from shampoo the biggest struggle along the way has been the icky, sticky transition period.
When you are using a traditional Shampoo on your hair you are essentially using chemicals to strip all the healthy oils from your scalp/hair every time you wash it. And then in response to having all it’s healthy oils chemically stripped away, your scalp produces MORE oil. It’s a vicious and un-natural cycle we put our hair through when we wash it with chemical shampoos.
I’ve got a full head of thin, dark hair. and LOTS of it. The kind of hair that you wash in the morning and it’s greasy by 5 pm. Although my hair had a little natural wave, I blew-dired it straight every day (occasionally using additional heat styling tools, but not often and rarely using gels, mouse or hair spray… (below is my pretty, shiny, long hair just before going no ‘poo)
By choosing to eliminate chemical shampoos it’s better for your hair and scalp. It allows it to return to it’s natural state and resume a regular regulation of it’s sebaceous oil production. However, it can take your scalp a while to regulate, to realize that it no longer needs to produce excess oil since you’re no longer harshly stripping away the oils it’s producing.
First I transitioned away from a regular chemical-laden shampoo/conditioner to using an all natural bar soap and apple cider vinegar as a detangling rinse (about 2011) but I was never really satisfied with my hair. I also quit blow drying it, unless it was a special occasion. But no matter how often I no ‘poo cleansed or a year of sticking through the transition period, my hair was still sticky. I never felt my hair was clean, especially if I tried to blow dry it straight, there was always a matted, oily mess in the back right of my head 🙁 Of course if I was going somewhere and wanted to ensure my hair looked great, I’d cheat and switch back to a natural shampoo.
I’ve been fortunate that throughout this process I’ve worked at home or in a causal work environment where pony tails were widely accepted 🙂 Somewhere along the line I switched to (the most popular method of no ‘poo) baking soda as a wash and apple cider vinegar as a rinse, thinking that might be the answer. But I got tired. Like really tired.
I was so tired of looking like i didn’t wash my hair. Don’t get me wrong, I stuck with it 90% of the time, hoping that THIS TIME my hair would be silky and lustrous. But alas no luck 🙁 In my frustration, I got my hair cut… like 18 inches shorter 🙁
Yeah, that was totally stupid. I swear thats’ the LAST time I’ll make that mistake. (May of 2013)
Oh – and you see how my hair is generally straight in both of those pictures? well those were days I blew-dried my hair straight, because my hair is now pretty darn curly. By letting my hair air dry and using no ‘poo natural curl took over 🙂 Like pretty spirals. However those pretty spirals aren’t keeping a nice bouncy shape. No matter what I do my curls seem to be frizzy and unkept looking – not to mention still sticky feeling.
For the past year a researched and researched different, healthy ways of gently cleansing my hair. But nothing worked 🙁
However, on Instagram I noticed Claire from Flame to Fork was trying a new No ‘Poo product and having AMAZING results.
I was jealous.
In the first couple of week’s of switching to Morrocco Method, Claire’s hair looked so awesome. It was a no brainer that I had to try it myself. So I started hard-core researching Morrocco Method. Their website it totally awesome, with videos and lot’s of FAQs. And you can even email them with questions and they are super eager to help!
Morrocco Method 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. 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 products are top ranked for using safe, non-toxic ingredients according to Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.
I took the plunge with their Healthy Hair Starter Package (May 20, 2013) and of course I had very high expectations. Initially my hair felt much cleaner and not as sticky. My first reactions was Yes, this is better… but will it be the answer I’ve been looking for.
I hoped that my hair would just SPRING to life and everything would be 100% perfection after I switched to Morrocco Method, but I’m sorry to say it wasn’t 🙁
Well – not immediately 😉
Yes my hair was ‘better’ than it had been but I was still not convinced it was the answer I was looking for… UNTIL I started using the Morrocco Method Zen Detox Hair & Scalp Therapy and brushng my hair 2x a day with a boar bristle brush.
The Zen Detox Hair & Scalp Therapy is like a clay mask for your hair, only like totally awesome. And the boar bristle brush helps distribute the oils from your scalp to your hair, so it’s not all matted against your scalp.
The first time I used it, it seemed to pull off all the gunk I’d been fighting for the past 3 years. And with each time I’ve used it since, it seems to make my hair better each time. I’ve since used it once a week for the past 3 weeks and my hair is the best I can remember it being in YEARS even when I used regular shampoo!
It’s been nearly 30 days since I started using Morrocco Method and the most exciting part is the anticipation of where my hair will be in another 30 days. I’ve seen an dramatic difference in my hair and can’t wait to see it improve even further!
My current routine is to brush my hair with a boar bristle brush every morning and evening, then cleanse my hair with Morrocco Method 2-3 times a week and use the Zen Detox 1x a week. (I plan to use the zen detox once a week until mid july then use it less often)
And I’m so excited the share the gift of a Morrocco Method Healthy Hair Starter Package with one lucky reader! Isn’t that awesome!?!?!
So, if you’re interested in trying out Morrocco Method, enter to win below! However, if you just can’t wait click HERE to go to the Morrocco Method website to place your order, today!