Many of us don’t think of mud when we think of washing our hair. We think of shampoo.
Most shampoos have a pH level of around 5 or 6, which closely matches our hair’s natural pH. While that is desirable, it is most often achieved using toxic surfactants; chemical foaming agents such as sodium lauryl sulfate. “Non-sulfate shampoos” have become a buzzword in the hair industry, since it has become apparent that chemicals such as sodium laurel sulfate, known as SLS and sodium laureate sulfate, SLES, can be harmful being that we absorb them through our skin. Some assert that even with “non-sulfate shampoos” these chemicals are still present. Instead they’ve just been renamed being that SLS alone has 38 different names or replaced with different chemicals. Natural shampoos frequently replace these two ingredients with cocamide diethanolamine, DEA, a lathering agent made from coconut oil. DEA is on California’s Prop 65 list of harmful chemicals. It is a known carcinogen.
Chemical foaming agents, found even in many of the “natural” shampoos I’ve used, may leave our hair squeaky clean after we wash it but can harm our hair over time. Sudsing shampoos strip our hair of natural oils. This makes it look clean but, with all the oils washed away, the hair overproduces it to make up for it. In the long run, this can leave our scalp and hair unhealthy.
There are a number of options for those who want to avoid shampoo altogther, amongst them apple cider vinegar, castile soap, baking soda and even mud or clay, which seems like it would make our hair dirty rather than clean, right? Clays draw out dirt and impurities, but do so without taking away the natural oils. Clay has a much higher pH than most shampoos which can leave our hair dull and even sticky. Fortunately one can restore their hair’s natural pH after washing with a vinegar based rinse.
In 2005 I happened across the Morrocco Method on the shelves at Rainbow Cooperative Grocery in San Francisco where I shopped regularly. The word Morrocco caught my eye because I had traveled to Morocco that year to visit the country my mother was born and raised in. Being of French/Moroccan descent, I was curious to try this no-poo method. I liked the fact that it was wild-crafted and traditional. It is also raw, gluten-free, soy-free and free of GMOs.
When I first saw it on the shelves, I purchased several different bottles of shampoo, I believe all 5 offered, so I could rotate them, which was recommended by the staff member at Rainbow. I also purchased a conditioner and mist coniditoning spray. Akin to how we support our health by rotating our diet, our hair is said to flourish when fed a variety of nutrients. The Morrocco Method emphasizes this concept with five different shampoos that each utilize unique cleansing agents.
After all these years after my initial purchase, I have decided to recommend the Morrocco Method to our community as a referral partner. What does that mean? They have not paid me to write this post, but we will receive a referral bonus on purchases made via our affiliate links and the discount code offered at the bottom. This revenue enables us to continue our educational initiative.
So let me tell you more about my own personal experience …
It was definitely an adjustment for me to use mud to wash my hair.
It doesn’t lather like detergent based shampoos so I used much too much at first … and it appears that I experienced a detox period while my scalp adjusted. When transitioning to a natural shampoo such as this, it helps to keep in mind that silicone is used in many commercial brands. Silicone covers the hair like plastic would to give it shine. If you have been using a shampoo with silicone or other chemicals your hair may need to detox like mine did. Build-up from chemical products can clog the pores of our scalp and shafts of our hair and must be removed before we experience truly healthy hair. Some may experience an overly dry or overly oily scalp as their hair and scalp detoxify. We are advised to simply give our scalp time to readjust and re-regulate its own oil production.
I remember years ago when I used to easily eat an entire pint of Häagen-Dazs ice cream in a single sitting. Now even 1 banana is too sweet for me. These days, I eat about the equivalent of a tablespoon of a banana at a time and I’ve had my sweet tooth satisfied. I think the Morrocco Method may prove to be a similar transition for some.
It is recommended that we shampoo twice with this method. The first cleanses hair and scalp of dirt, dead cells and dust and the second stimulates the flow of blood to the scalp and opens the hair follicles, ensuring the proper lubrication and distribution of your own natural oils to the entire scalp and hair shafts. A natural layer of oil is critical to the maintenance of a healthy scalp and hair. It keeps the outer layer of hair lubricated and prevents drying, which occurs with the excessive evaporation of moisture. A little of these products goes a long way. In fact, it is recommended that we dilute the shampoo:
Dilute the Shampoo
Shampoo with Morrocco Method using the dilution technique. Mix 1 part water with 1 part shampoo in a travel sized bottle.Morrocco Method Shampoos are incredibly concentrated and sometimes it can be tough making sure the shampoo is getting to your scalp and really cleansing–especially with thicker hair. We suggest diluting your shampoo in a smaller bottle with 50% shampoo and 50% water. Then, pour the mixture all over your head and massage into your scalp. You’ll be able to make sure your scalp is getting the raw nutrients from the shampoos, plus it’s the perfect time for a scalp massage.
To give you an example of how pure the shampoos and conditioners are, see the ingredient list of two of them:
Apple Cider Vinegar Natural Holistic Shampoo
Ingredients: Aqua. Raw, Unfiltered & Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar (live enzymes= naturally preservative), Aloe Vera & Irish Moss (nourishing & moisturizing), Chilean Soapbark, Chinese Green Tea from Shanghai, Mexico Cactus (rich, natural foaming & cleansing botanicals), Blood of the Dragon (reconstructive rare botanical protein encourages healthy hair growth), Brown & Red Algae, Kelp (absorb impurities, stimulate & protect), 92 Trace Minerals (natural preservative), Essential Oils of Almond, Ginger, Lemon Verbena, Sesame and Tangerine.
Chi Instant Hair Conditioner
Ingredients: A Synergistic Blend of Natural Botanicals, Herbs, Sea Plants and Marine Proteins of Kelp, Nori, Kombu and Fucus. Natural Botanicals: Blood of the Dragon (restorative, rare conditioning herb for healthy hair growth), pure Cactus, Green Tea and Olive Oil. Crystals from Tibet liquified as Crystalline Herbal Base with Herb & Spice Extracts. Raw, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar with Live Enzymes plus 92 Trace Minerals (natural preservative).
There are “do it yourself” recipes for making your own clay shampoos and rinses. I personally need a break from doing everything myself! The Morrocco Method is an option for those of us who may want the convenience and support of a bottled product. Being that we serve as an educational initiative, I really appreciate that they offer so much supportive educational content: how to videos, educational articles a question and answer forum and even a complimentary audio book and e-book.
Beyond shampoos, conditioners and rinses, they also offer henna for those who’d like to color their hair. Henna provides a safe and natural alternative to color hair, but, as many us know from first hand experience, obtaining the correct shade of henna can prove to be difficult. 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 can also be used to color beards and eyebrows!
See these testimonials about how countless people recommend this method.
For the next 2 weeks, the Morrocco Method has offered our community members an exclusive discount code of 15% for new customers: NOURISHING14. The code is good through July 11, 2014. I have not yet purchased from their website myself, only in a health food store, so as a new customer of their website, I will use the coupon code myself!
I was told me need to set up an account, rather than sign in as a guest, in order to enjoy the discount.
45 Responses to How can we get our hair clean with mud?
I have not tried this yet, but it sounds very intriguing and it’s something I’d like to try in the future! I currently use Dr. Bronner’s soap on my hair, and wash about once a week or so.
Raine, I wonder if it would work on your dread locks? I think diluted yes!
Raine, jealous you can uses Dr B’s, it gives me horrible dry scalp.
The MM looks intriguing, I have had a terrible time finding something natural that doesn’t have a bad result on my scalp or my curls. Love that they also have henna because I’m still not willing to let my hair go grey 🙂
Kimberly, I am going to try their henna with the discount code. I am also not willing to let my hair go grey yet! I am going to call them tomorrow to consult with them about the color!
Poor results from Dr B and other popular natural and non-detergent methods are often due to water hardness. Hard water leaves soaps and other residues in the hair at best, and can make hair dry and brittle with a flaky scalp at worst. My water is bad, so I boil it and as it cools add baking soda. Use that as a soak for a little while, then rinse and do a diluted vinegar rinse after. This removes most of the residues and I need to do it at least every 3rd wash. I also love the Morocco Method products and used them often when I had better water quality. Can’t wait to get the softener replaced so I can use their shampoos again.
I have heard a fair number express poor results with baking soda as well. I like all of the support that the Morrocco Method offers if one is having a detoxifying response.
I’d believe water hardness except I’ve had this issue for years, through many ways of eating and water in 2 states/4 different municipalities. Oing to look at MM ,more tomorrow, I should be asleep already haha
I use natural/Organic shampoos and conditioners. I am intrigued by this product and concept, and really liked the ingredient lists!
I was using natural/organic shampoos and conditioners as well and felt similarly intrigued!
Right now I use a shampoo bar from Frugally Sustainable and conditioners from Oyin, but I am ready for a change. Want to try Moroccan Method to see how it works for my curls.
I am so curious about this. I also heard something else about it from extreme health radio so now I really want to give it a try. Right now I’m using Hugo Naturals brand shampoo.
I use water. I scrub it at the start of my shower, then cleanse the rest of my body, then scrub my hair again with water. I’m just tired of “the shampoo dance”. It feels reasonable to me that when washing my hair, what I’m really doing is washing my scalp. This would be interesting to try.
How is your hair with just water alone?
I’ve tried so many organic shampoos from the co-op but still feel there are too many additives. Mud is used for so many beneficial things, why not the hair? If I don’t win, I may just buy. I’m about due for some new poo;)
If you don’t win – we’ve been given an exclusive 15% discount that you can use for another week: NOURISHING14
I use the bulk shampoo from Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco, but my hair tends to be quite dry. I am definitely intrigued by the Moroccan Method and would love to try it. Do you use ACV to rinse your hair after you use the MM shampoo?
I recommend their conditioners: http://www.morroccoaffiliate.com/aff.php?id=825&url=323
I currently use baking soda and it hasn’t really been working for me. I’d like to try the mud, hopefully it would work better.
Baking soda never does well for my hair, only my scalp.to undo thr damage of a poor shampoo choice. Ahh well.
From everything I’ve read so far this looks like it will be amazing for curls, still not sure on the brushing part considering I don’t wash it daily but will figure that out. Something, other than scissors for the pouf that is my hair in a pony tail would be nice haha
I would love to try this! My scalp is almost always itchy, even when I use gluten free shampoo. I also have to wash it every other day because of oiliness.
Sounds very interesting. I currently use a tea tree shampoo from trader joes. I have tried many organic shampoos and don’t like results. Maybe n9t detoxing enough
I know that the Trader Joe’s tea tree oil shampoo is promoted as containing “No Laurel/Laureth Sulfates” but, if it foams and suds, it has something in it that is likely not doing our hair any favors.
I am currently using Aubrey Organics. I don’t love it and it suds a lot, so I know there’s something (ingredient wise) better out there! Looks like I’ll be trying Morrocco Method next!
I currently go between a “traditional” supermarket shampoo and a soap berry shampoo. I’d love to go even more natural. My hair hasn’t loved the soap berry shampoo (it makes my scalp itch like crazy!) but I continue to try and use it because I’m really trying to eliminate chemicals, but the no ‘poo method hasn’t been a great success. I would love love love to try these shampoos! I think I’ll pick up a sample pack anyway, but to win on top of that would be amazing!!!
Click http://www.morroccoaffiliate.com/aff.php?id=825&url=315 – and use coupon code NOURISHING14 for 15% off if you buy the sample pack. I did that myself in order to have one to giveaway!
Loved the example about the ice cream…as a family we have been using baking soda and ACV for years. I would love to give this a try with this clay product!
Many people report that they haven’t done well with baking soda and ACV. Has it served you well?
Interesting! I have never used this product before. Great to learn new stuff 🙂
Currently I do not have a particular shampoo that I use on a regular basis. I do not wash my hair that often and when I do, I just try to use some biodegradable shampoo from our local COOP or WHM. I have not found anything that would ‘hit the spot’ and made me super happy 😦 So, still searching for the perfect match for me 😉
Right now I’m using Liggett’s shampoo bar, which is working pretty well, but not sure if I’ll use it forever. Interested in trying out the MM, because I’ve heard about it from several sources and wondering how it would do with my hair/scalp!
I keep switching between organic/natural brands and have not found “the one” yet. It seems like everything i use leaves my hair and scalp very dry. I would love to try MM on my fragile hair.
I’m currently using Alba Botanica shampoo and Desert Essence conditioner. I wash my hair about 3 times per week and rinse in between. I’m always looking for something more natural and effective and that’s why I would love to try Morrocco Method. Thank you!
I’ve been using Dr. Bronner’s Shikakai pump soap to wash my hair. My hair is fuller than when I was using commercial shampoo. I’d love to try the Morocco Method because it seems like a really nourishing product that could address some of my hair’s needs. My scalp is either too oily or flaking from dryness. It would be nice to try a truly natural hair system.
This sounds really interesting to me. I am not sure I have ever heard of this method before. I have tried a few no poo methods and they did not work for me. I’m currently using an organic shampoo. One thing that did seem to work (I think) was egg yolks. But it was too much of a pain to get fresh egg yolk every time I had to wash my hair–not to mention the cost of cruelty-free eggs…I’d rather eat them than wash with them! I think I need to try the mud!
I’ve not been happy with my hair care products – although they are natural, they dry out my scalp and my hair is so oily that I’m not enjoying no poo. Going to give this a try and hope that it will do the trick!
Yeah, Hannah! Just in time to utilize the coupon! I will email you some helpful hints they sent to me!
I would use the henna on my own hair and dreads, if I were to do henna, yes. The dread extensions are synthetic and cannot take color – which is why I chose them as I can have fun colors without applying anything to my own hair.
Great article — I’m going to try one of the hennas for sure. I have used baking soda successfully when I’m not dying my hair. But with dyed blonde hair, it just doesn’t work. The bs doesn’t rinse off the dyed hair well, although it’s fine on the roots. So I’ve been back to shampoo…
It’s a dilemma for sure: I don’t want to go grey (mousy brown with grey “highlights” — ugh, I just look old and tired!) but don’t want to dye my hair anymore. Thinking about THOSE chemicals is depressing! So, I’m giving the henna a chance. If I have to go darker, okey doke 🙂
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I don’t see “mud” in the ingredient list, unless it is the 92 trace minerals used as a preservative.
It may not technically be mud/clay, but looks like and feels like it, Cheryl: http://www.untrainedhairmom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/103_1021.jpg. Since so many of us are accustomed to shampoo that lathers, this is a very earthy experience.
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