Holistic hair care with The Morrocco Method
What is holistic hair care? According to Merriam-Webster, the term holistic is concerned with complete systems rather than with individual parts. As I have learned, I can’t look at the health of hair as an individual part. We need to address the whole body – as well as our environment – for healthy and beautiful hair.
The Morrocco Method: Hair Products That I Will Use!
I went more than a year without purchasing shampoo. True story. At first, I had a blast experimenting with different DIY shampoos and hair treatments. After a while, even though I was pleased with my DIY Honey Shampoo and ACV Rinse method, I was ready for a change (and my hair needed a change, too, see #2 below!). To my dismay, I couldn’t find a single natural shampoo and conditioner that met my ingredient standards and holistic hair care philosophy.
That is, until a year later, when I was introduced to The Morrocco Method. (This post is not sponsored by them but the links are affiliate links – I appreciate your support! Prices are the same, plus I have an exclusive coupon for you below).
I’ve been using Morrocco Method products for a month now, and it is now time that I share with you my experience and tips for holistic hair health.
Here are five ways to nurture your own locks with a holistic perspective:
1. Step away from the suds
Chemical foaming agents, found even in “natural” shampoos may leave hair squeaky clean after the shower but can damage hair in the long run. In a vicious cycle, sudsing shampoos strip the hair of natural oils. This makes it look clean but, with all the protective oils washed away, the hair overproduces oil to compensate. In the long run, this leaves the scalp and hair unhealthy.
You’ll find Sodium Laurel or Laureth Sulfate in most shampoos. Not only do both these chemical lathering agents strip hair of protective oils, they are highly toxic and are absorbed through the skin when we shampoo. Natural shampoos frequently replace these two ingredients with cocamide diethanolamine (DEA), a lathering agent made from coconut oil. DEA is on California’s list of Prop 65 list of harmful chemicals!
I refuse to use any lathering shampoo because I want to gently cleanse my hair and scalp, not strip them.
2. Keep your scalp guessing
Just like we support wellness by rotating our diet, our hair thrives when fed a variety of nutrients. The Morrocco Method emphasizes this concept and created five different shampoos that each utilize unique cleansing agents.
For example, the Apple Cider Vinegar shampoo uses raw apple cider vinegar and soapbark extract to cleanse and stimulate the roots. This contrasts the Earth Essence shampoo, which is a mixture of clays and essential oils designed to detoxify the hair and scalp.
In my own experience – and, from what I’ve read, the experience of many others – my hair can gets lazy or resistant when I use the same shampoo over and over. You’ve got to keep rotating your products so the scalp doesn’t get reliant on a particular cleansing agent. To support a balanced scalp, alternate between at least a couple of the MM shampoos every time you wash your hair.
3. Natural doesn’t mean holistic
A conditioner may boast the term “all natural” on the container but this can be far from the truth. Even the purest of ingredients can be mutilated with chemicals and harsh processing, rendering the final product a freak of nature. Obviously, this carries consequences for our health, since we absorb approximately 65% of what is applied on our skin.
One majorly problematic ingredient in “natural” hair care is fragrance. Like the term “natural flavors” on food, this term means we don’t want to tell you what this is. “Fragrance” on a label can mean up to 4,000 separate ingredients – synthetic ingredients that are connected to a myriad of health disorders ranging from rashes to cancer.
“Natural” hair care may also disrupt the cycles of the hair by stripping the natural oils and irritating the scalp with harsh ingredients. Holistic hair care uses pristine forms of ingredients to honor the growth cycles of hair. We must cleanse, nurture, nourish, detox… all the components required for a healthy body should be applied to your hair care routine.
4. Color smartly
Hair dye is notoriously dangerous. Europe is far ahead of the U.S. in addressing the toxins in hair coloring products. In 2007, the European Commission issued a ban on 22 hair dye substances.
Interestingly, the most dangerous toxin is found in even “natural” hair dyes according to Natural News:
The most problematic hair dye ingredient is a family of chemicals called Arylamines. Arylamines are a known risk factor for bladder cancer and have been found to cause cancer in experimental animals. One of these is p-phenylenediamine (PPD) which is listed on the box of even non-permanent “natural” products. (Read more.)
Henna provides a safe and natural alternative to color hair, but, as many of you know, obtaining the correct shade of henna proves a challenge. The Morrocco Method offers a range of henna dyes from light blonde to red to black, and even a colorless version to add silky shine to hair.
The Morrocco Method’s line of henna – unlike some other hennas and most hair dyes – can also be used to color beards and eyebrows. I use the light brown henna to add highlights, and it works as a deep conditioning treatment. I also use a blend of the black and dark brown henna to tint my naturally blonde brows to match my brunette hair.
5. Hair deserves a detox, too
We know that toxins from our environments and food builds up in our bodies. A hair detox provides a super deep cleanse to remove residues and encourage a healthy scalp. The Morrocco Method offers a unique product called Zen Detox, found here.
For cancer patients or prevention, and those with a compromised immune system, Zen Detox is an ideal product to include safely with other forms of treatment and will assist greatly in detoxifying chemical residuals. Zen Detox is also wonderful for people who live in hard water locations, as well as swimmers or gym members who use chlorinated pools and incur a toxic buildup of water treatment chemicals. The herbs and spices enhancing our unique Zen Detox formula helps eliminate the chemicals, heavy metals, and often carcinogenic exposures of daily living.
After using Zen Detox for the first time, it seemed to pull off a whole layer of gunk from my scalp and hair. After rinsing and letting my hair (air) dry, my thin hair literally doubled in volume and seemed to boost my hair’s naturally wavy texture. All the junk it loosened from my hair required that I shampoo the next day, however. After this wash, my hair looked – and felt – more luxurious than it has since my pre-colitis and pre-hypothyroid years.
Why I LOVE The Morrocco Method
Most of us face a particular hair challenge. Mine is thinning hair. Since I was 14 and first diagnosed with my autoimmune disease, I have struggled with extreme hair loss. This partly a side effect of the numerous medications I tried (without success) and partly due to my illness.
At one point, I had lost so much hair that I applied eyeshadow to my scalp each morning to help hide the balding spots. The most discouraging point was a few years ago when my mom took me to a wig shop and we got me color matched and fitted for a wig. We knew that if things kept going the way they were, I would need a wig soon.
Now, I’m happily healing my disease with diet and without any bald-scalp-inducing medications. Hooray! My hair is very, very slowly growing back but you can imagine that it has a long way to go. Thankfully, my Morrocco Method products make this transition period a much more positive experience! I can’t help wishing I’d discovered these products years ago.
After my first wash with the Pine Shale Shampoo, I couldn’t believe my pre-shampoo hair was my post-shampoo hair. After letting my hair air dry, it was silky soft with more volume than I’d had in years. An no frizz… none! I’ve often cried over my hair, but this was the first time when I was nearly brought to tears because I was happy with my hair. Morrocco Method products give me profound encouragement through this period of slow re-growth.
The most remarkable thing is that the results get exponentially better the longer I use the products. After every wash, my hair is softer, more voluminous, and without frizz. I’ve been using Morrocco Method products for a month now, and don’t think I will change my hair care products for the rest of my life.
My hair care routine with The Morrocco Method
My hair is naturally wavy and thin. Here’s what I’ve been using for great results:
- I alternate between the Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and the Pine Shale Shampoo. These each boast a very light, herbal fragrance. I am super duper sensitive to synthetic fragrances, so I adore these lightly fragrant shampoos made with only pure, raw ingredients. These shampoos both leave my hair silky and give the roots amazing volume that lasts for at least two days.
- I use the Zen Detox once per month. This is an insanely powerful and all-natural root volumizer – I love this stuff! Although gentle, it works to effectively deep clean the scalp and roots. I save this to use the day before a special occasion because of the volumizing properties.
- I find that conditioner is not necessary when using Morroco Method shampoos. I do like to use the Crystal Mist Conditioner, however, to add extra shine. Spray it lightly when your hair is wet and don’t rinse it out. It makes a great detangler and adds shine and softness. You can also spray it on directly on the scalp to sooth any irritation. It is naturally anti-microbial and helps prevent/reduce dandruff.
About the ingredients
This was the most important aspect for me when choosing the Morrocco Method. Take a look at the ingredient resumé:
- 100% raw ingredients provide live enzymes for healthy hair
- All ingredients are vegan and cruelty free
- Completely GMO free to support the health of the planet
- Gluten free, so suitable for those with allergies
- Honors the natural cycles of the hair and scalp
- Plus, all products are make in the USA and packaged to reduce waste
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I hope you enjoy the products as much as I do, and I’m glad I could share them with you!
More information on Morrocco Method Products
Update: As my love affair with Morrocco Method continues, I’ve shared further tips and reviews on my blog. Be sure to read my other two posts about MM:
- 3 Ways to Detox Your Hair – with tips for getting through the Detox Period and my recommended uses for Zen Detox.
- No Heat Hair Care – how to improve the health of your hair with no-heat styling tips and how to use MM’s styling products.
- Benefits of Boar Bristle Brushing – I never go a day without my boar bristle brush routine, it’s a deep-conditioning treatment that vastly improves hair health.
- DIY Hair Highlights – Learn about MM henna and how to brighten hair with their neutral henna.
Are you still trying to tweak your hair care routine? Have you tried Morrocco Method products?