Tips and tricks for natural body care
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Morrocco Method is named after founder Anthony Morrocco, a renowned stylist who’s had the honor of styling many notable people, like Jackie Kennedy Onassis. He realized, early in his career, that health should not be sacrificed to have beautiful hair. He spent years developing the Morrocco Method brand, a full line of holistic hair products made with natural botanicals and minerals.
While the products have a consistency that is far from what we are used to, they are designed to be effective, yet detoxifying. This is quite the opposite from the chemical-based hair products many of us are used to using. I tried a few of these raw, vegan and gluten-free products firsthand.
Aloe Vera, green tea and apple cider vinegar are the major components in this shampoo. Designed to strip product buildup from the hair and scalp, I think this is a great one to start out with. Being naturally antibacterial, it can be especially beneficial to those suffering from bumps or infection around the follicles. While the formula is cleansing and clarifying, it’s also extremely gentle.
The consistency is a little shocking at first, almost resembling clay or mud. Without toxic foaming agents, you will not experience the lathering effect you may be used to. Take a little more time to work the product into your hair; we should be massaging our scalps to increase blood flow for beautifully, healthy hair.
I also noticed that my hair was harder to comb afterwards, but it looked fuller and thicker after it dried. Basically, this shampoo only takes the slightest bit more effort and the benefits are profound, especially considering that you are not exposing yourself to harmful substances.
The Pearl Essence Crème Rinse will solve the tangle problem, but won’t leave your hair slippery silky like Pantene might. This conditioner softens strands while reducing winter static. Made with lavender and patchouli, the smell is amazing. Using it more like a mask, allowing it to soak into your scalp and hair for about 15 minutes, will reap greater benefits than quickly swirling it into your locks for 10 seconds, then rinsing. Try your best to be patient-- the longer it sits, the more time the product has to detox and balance PH levels.
Just like the shampoos and conditioners, this gel nourishes and heals while keeping your hair in place. While I haven’t tried it for heavy duty uses--like a killer Mohawk--I’ve found it very useful for polishing my look or securing a nice ponytail. Before blow drying in the winter, I rub a small amount through my wet hair; my blowouts last much longer when I do this. Aloe, White Willow Bark and kelp are the main ingredients.
The transition from phthalate-filled, synthetic formulas was a little difficult, but I needed to switch. I had become so used to chemical-laden products from Pantene and other big name companies. After a week, I was completely used to the new texture, and I noticed a profound improvement in the overall health of my hair. Less strands break off during styling; I could’ve made a wig from the hair that used to be on my floor after every shower. How I am not bald, I do not know. It always comes back to the same thing, natural products are simply better.
Karyn Wofford is a type 1 diabetic, EMT and Certified Wellness Specialist. For years she has educated herself on wellness and natural, wholesome living. Karyn’s goal is to help people be the healthiest they can be while living fun, happy lives.