Monday, December 3, 2012

Morrocco Method Shampoo and Conditioner

Our friends at Morrocco Method sent me a sample of their Chi Essence Shampoo and Pearl Essence Creme Rinse to try out and review honestly.  In the end, I liked them both in some ways. . . but they are not mainstream and definitely not what I am used to.  But, they have gone COCONUT FREE, except for their coconut soap.

The Shampoo looks kind of like a mud masque, and the cream rinse like lotion.
The Morrocco Method website has special instructions about shampooing and de-toxing your hair, which I skimmed over before using the products.  I used them together, and separately, and tried them a few times.

First, the SHAMPOO!  It is a little bit gritty, and it doesn't lather.  You have to use your fingers like a superstar salon shampooer to work it around your scalp.  Then rinse, and do it again.  Once the water gets in there with the shampoo, it works pretty well.  It smells mildly eucalyptus-like, but it doesn't have any smell at all after it rinses out. Once my hair dried the first time I used it, it seemed matted down.  It was greasy, matted, and static-y all at the same time.  It was yucky- like my hair had just soaked it all up and wasn't letting any of it go. But, my scalp was ironically totally clean. My scalp was feeling better than ever.  It didn't have that gross scalp build up that all the other shampoos leave behind. It was my actual hair that was nasty.   THEN, the second time I used it, it was much better.  By the FOURTH time I used it about 10 days later,  my hair was amazing.  A MAZ ING.  I never thought I would have a trial of faith by shampoo, but in the end, this one came through.  In theory, what happened was my hair going through detoxification. After my hair reached some sort of equilibrium, it was super happy, swingy, and healthy without being the least bit weighed down or greasy.  It also seems thicker, not all stripped out anymore.
This is about 10 hours after washing (without the conditioner), no styling products, no blow dry.
Second, the CREAM RINSE.  I used about a nickel-sized amount because I have long, fine hair and usually need quite a bit of conditioning.  It did add a healthy amount of weight to my hair and made it take a little longer to dry, but it looked like sparkly mermaid hair.  Mermaid hair was actually my exact thought.  Then, I noticed that there is actually a mermaid on the bottle. Duh.  When you squirt the conditioner out of the bottle and initially smell it, it has the distinct scent of shea butter - which I would describe as a sunscreen-type smell.  However, the craziest thing happens when you rub it in your hair.  It turns into a strong, overpowering sandalwood incense smell (I think it's probably actually cedarwood since that is what is listed in the ingredients).  Definitely NOT my favorite smell.  It was like I had a cone of burning incense instead of a head.  I am not going to scientifically blame it for giving me a headache every time I used it, but it probably did.  My husband started actually teasing me about how strong it smelled even two days after using it.  But, if you like the smell, it is a very luscious conditioner.

They have sample sizes if you want to try them out for a week or two before making a plunge on a whole bottle.  I think I'll write to Santa to see if he'll leave some more of the shampoo in my stocking!


Ruthann said...

I'm glad you found a shampoo you like that works with your allergies also.

I'm wondering if you can help me find a baby/children's shampoo/bath wash that is coconut free. Any help would be wonderful!

Becky said...

Ruthann, I don't have a 100% positive solution for you. However, I don't personally react to the "Say Yes to Baby Carrots" body wash even though half of one of the ingredients is derived from coconut. But, I've washed my babies with the Kiss My Face Olive Oil Soap and it doesn't seem to bother them if it gets on their faces.

Antonio Morrocco said...

ALL Morrocco Method products are safe and gentle enough to be used on infants! They are chemical-free and all but the Earth Essence shampoo are coconut free. Bath time is hard enough, let Morrocco Method take away the tears! Check out our baby section here:

Antonio Morrocco said...

All Morrocco Method products are completely chemical free and safe for infants and children. All (with the exception of Earth Essence Shampoo) products are also coconut-free. Bath time is hard enough, let Morrocco Method take away the tears! Check out our baby section here:

Becky said...

Thanks, Antonio! I bet they won't dry out our babies like the other shampoos out there that are basically detergents.

AnthonyMorrocco said...

Hey Becky, could you correct your article? We have been in the process of removing coconut from all our products and we now are 100% coconut free as a company except for our coconut soap (obviously). Thank you!

Julie Swope said...

Becky, thank you for your blog. I get contact dermatitis from using products that contain coconut derivatives or shea butter. I have tried the morrocco method and would like to suggest that you can spread the product through your hair easier if you buy a hair color application bottle and mix your MM shampoo with some water in the bottle before applying. It makes it spread really well and easy to rinse out. I just order the yes to carrots baby foaming shampoo you suggest, as I have used a shampoo with decyl glucoside in the past and not had a reaction.