After the birth of my daughter, I discovered that I was losing much more hair than usual. Now my hair was normally long and soft but tends to be flat due to its fine texture. However, I’m not sure if giving birth had somehow affected my hormones but my scalp also gained a tendency to become greasy more easily and I was dropping SO MUCH HAIR. I wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say that my hair will clog the drain cover if I don’t clear it after I bathe everyday. In desperation, I chopped off my long hair and had maintained a short bob ever since.
Early this year, my friend recommended the range of Morrocco Method (MM) shampoos and conditioners to me. The MM range of hair care claims to be sulfate free, gluten-free, and free of synthetic chemicals. Each product, from their line of all natural shampoos and conditioners to their natural henna hair colour, is created using a synergistic blend of live, wild-crafted ingredients that detoxify and nourish your hair and scalp. They are also screened and certified by the Leaping Bunny Organisation which means that they had never tested their products on animals or purchased from suppliers who test on animal. I was excited to try their products and immediately bought their Thicken Package (consisting of their Earth Essence Shampoo and Floating Lotus Conditioner), Beautifying Package (consisting of their Heavenly Essence Shampoo and Pearl Essence Creme Rinse). I actually bought the Zen Detox Hair and Scalp Masque 2 weeks after using the shampoos and conditioners (I’ll tell you why below!). Morrocco Method has a range of 5 different types of shampoo which they recommend that you rotate around for the best effect. You can read more about it from their website.
As usual, I’ll list down the ingredients for each of the product which I bought as below:
Earth Essence Shampoo Ingredients
Aqua (Water), Saponins (Green Tea), Acetic Acid (Raw Apple Cider Vinegar), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Montmorillonite, Xanthan Gum, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Extract, Phenylpropanol, Salicylic Acid (White Willow),Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Oil, Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Citrus Aurantium Amara Fruit Extract, Citrus Sinensis Peel Extract, Citrus Reticulata Fruit Extracts, Lactic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid
Heavenly Essence Shampoo Ingredients
Aqua (Water), Saponins (Green Tea), Acetic Acid (Raw Apple Cider Vinegar), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Montmorillonite, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Extract, Phenylpropanol, Salicylic Acid (White Willow),Tocotrienols (Vitamin E), Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable), Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Citrus Aurantium Amara Fruit Extract, Citrus Sinensis Peel Extract, Citrus Reticulata Fruit Extracts, Lactic Acid, Ascorbic Acid,Citric Acid
Floating Lotus Conditioner Ingredients
Aqua (Water), Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Seed Extract, Acetic Acid (Raw Apple Cider Vinegar), Xanthan Gum, Montmorillonite, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Salix Alba (White Willow) Bark Extract, Tocotrienols (Vitamin E), Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Oil, Treats dandruff and iritationJatropha Dioica (Dragonsblood) Powder
Pearl Essence Creme Rinse Ingredients
Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Montmorillonite, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Xanthan Gum, Lecithin (Sunflower), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (White Willow) Bark Extract, Tocotrienols (Vitamin E), Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Oil, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Strengthens new hairLavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil
Zen Detox Hair and Scalp Masque Ingredients
Montmorillonite, Bentonite, Arrowroot, Basil, Bladderwrack, Burdock Root, Butcher’s Broom, Cardamom, Charcoal, Chlorella, Cilantro, Cinnamon, Cloves, Dandelion, Fennel, Garlic, Gingko, Hyssop, Kelp, Marshmallow, Myrrh, Oat Flour, Paprika, Peppermint, Red Clover, Rosemary, Sage, Shavegrass, Shepherd’s Purse, Thyme, Turmeric
How does the Morrocco Method Hair Care Range Fare?
I was “warned” upon starting the range of hair care that their shampoos do not lather and they really weren’t kidding! I’d used sulfate-free shampoos before but most were still low-suds instead of being completely lather-free. It took a bit of learning curve to realise that my old method of using normal shampoos wasn’t going to cut it here. What I do is this: I separate my hair into 4 parts, the front, the back and left and right sides. I place a small amount (size of a quarter) into my hands and spread it across my palms. I spread out my fingers and then I comb it through my hair for the front part. Repeat this for all the other 3 parts. Then I pour a small amount of water on my head to dilute the shampoo and continue to use my fingertips to vigorously massage my scalp. The instructions called for shampooing twice so I followed the instructions. After shampooing, I use the accompanying conditioner, wait for one minute and rinse thoroughly.
The first 2 weeks of using the MM shampoo and conditioners were horrible for me! I almost gave up and went back to my normal shampoos! This is because I went through a period of “hair detox” in which my hair became dry, my scalp became oilier and I kept feeling that there is a coating on the strands of my hair. Morrocco Method claims that when switching to all natural products you will go through what is called the detox period. There are a couple of things happening during this time. First, your scalp is used to being stripped of its sebaceous oils. It will react by either over-producing or under-producing oils. This will cause your hair and scalp to either be overly oily or overly dry. Your scalp will learn to properly regulate its oils over time. Second, their shampoos are stripping any residue, wax build-up, old chemicals, and toxins. As the chemicals are being released they try to cling onto anything they can, in this case your hair. This can cause your hair to become waxy, matted, or dull. After the detox period is over, your hair will be healthier, more radiant, manageable, and restored back to its natural state.
I’m working a full-time professional job and it was literally terrible to meet my clients and colleagues with disgusting looking oily hair. After that first 2 weeks, I looked through MM’s website again and saw that they recommend using their Zen Detox Hair & Scalp Masque once a week to speed up the detox period. So I bought 2 boxes of it and used it over the following weekend and it really worked for me! My hair was finally feeling clean, light and all sorts of wonderful again after using the Zen Detox! Zen Detox comes in a powder form which you need to mix with some water to form a clay paste. Some people complained that the clay actually lumps together when you mix water into it and I’ll agree with them. So I dug around on their forums on the best way to mix the Zen Detox masque and the founder (!) Anthony Morrocco gave a tip which was extremely helpful. His tip is to mix in warm water slowly with the powder and leave it overnight. The water needs some time to hydrate the clay powder so leaving it overnight will result in a smooth creamy paste which was MUCH easier to spread through the hair and scalp the next morning. I left it on for around 20 minutes before washing it off thoroughly by dunking my head into a basin full of water. I was worried that the clay might not wash out properly if I just rinse it under the shower.
To be perfectly honest, my hair was still looking a bit dull and lifeless for around 1 month or so even though it wasn’t as disgustingly oily during the first 2 weeks of use. It wasn’t until the past week (I’ve been using it for around 6 weeks now!) that I realised that my hair was looking fuller than usual and it actually had some volume and life. Even after a long day at work, my hair still looked healthy and shiny rather than dull and limp. It was then that I’m encouraged enough to write this review. I’ve finally completed the detox process and my reward is hair that is both beautiful and healthy!
Where can you find it?
I bought the Thicken Package (consisting of their Earth Essence Shampoo and Floating Lotus Conditioner) and Beautifying Package (consisting of their Heavenly Essence Shampoo and Pearl Essence Creme Rinse) from their official website based in the US. I bought the Zen Detox Hair and Scalp Masque from the website based in Singapore.
Prices are listed as below:
- Thicken Package (consisting of their Earth Essence Shampoo and Floating Lotus Conditioner – both are 12 fl. oz. sized) – US$45.00
- Beautifying Package (consisting of their Heavenly Essence Shampoo and Pearl Essence Creme Rinse – both are 12 fl. oz. sized) – US$45.00
- Zen Detox Hair and Scalp Masque (4 oz sized) – S$29.90
Thank you for reading!