There are many shampoos on the market that claim to cleanse the scalp while beautifying your hair. This includes Morrocco Method, a raw, natural shampoo that’s been on the market for over 50 years.
In this post, I’ll show you if this line of products really works. I’ll look at its claims and its ingredients, as well as potential side effects and considerations. I’ll also share before and after photos from real users, and customer reviews.
Finally, I’ll share an alternative shampoo recipe you can make at home with similar (or even better!) results.
What Is Morrocco Method?
A line of hair care products developed and sold by Morrocco Method International, Morrocco Method is an all-natural alternative to chemical-laden over-the-counter products. The main products include shampoos and conditioners.
However, they also offer hair dyes, styling products, and restoration elixirs.
The Line of Products
In over 50 years, Morrocco Method International has added numerous items to its offerings. More than just shampoos and conditioners, they also sell:
- Henna hair color
- Bath & skin care
- Restoring elixirs
- Pet products (dog and cat shampoos)
- Kids products (baby shampoos)
The brand also offers various starter kits, including the Healthy Hair Starter Collection.
Beyond hair care products, the brand also sells brushes and rubber-tipped scalp massagers.
What Are Its Claims?
According to the company, their entire line of hair care products are raw, vegan, and paleo-friendly. Additionally, they’re sulfate free, gluten free, and free of synthetic chemicals.
Let’s look more closely at the brand’s various claims.
Rejuvenate Dry, Damaged Hair
Dry, brittle hair is a common problem. It’s also typically a sign of damage, either to the hair follicles, hair strands, or both.
Damage can occur for various reasons. When hair is thin and brittle, this may be a sign of nutrient deficiency, or hair follicle miniaturization. It can also be a symptom of overstyling, or the use of heat and chemical-laden hair products.
Dryness is commonly caused by improper care, but it can also come from nutrient deficiency, dehydration, or improper conditioning.
No matter the cause, dry and damaged hair can poorly affect self esteem. It can also make it easy for thinning and hair loss to occur.
According to the brand, their product line has various ingredients that can combat dryness and breakage. These include natural conditioners and moisturizers (such as coconut oil and aloe vera).
Rebalance the Scalp
The scalp is a delicate environment. As such, it can easily be thrown out of whack.
When the scalp produces too much sebum, people believe it’s a sign of an oily scalp. It’s actually a sign of an overly dry one. However, the belief can cause many to over shampoo their scalp, which further dries and out and leads to more sebum production.
According to a variety of Morrocco Method products, the brand can help to rebalance the scalp.
For example, the Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo contains acetic acid derived from ACV. This can do many things, including increasing blood flow to the area and restoring a healthy pH level.
One thing to keep in mind is ACV can be too good at its job. This is why ACV-based shampoos should only be used 2 times per week maximum.
Another one of their products, Floating Lotus Conditioner, promises to condition and moisturize the hair and scalp.
Potential Benefits of Use
When you suffer from hair loss, one of the best things you can do for your hair is to switch to all-natural hair care products. This is because many of the ingredients added to commercial shampoos and conditioners can actually be causing further damage.
One such ingredient is SLS. It can cause itching, irritation, and redness. If you already suffer from hair loss, these symptoms can further worsen the problem.
As such, the products sold by Morrocco Method International claim to avoid such issues.
While I can’t highlight each individual ingredient used in the entire line of products, let’s look more closely at some of the more prominent ones.
Flaxseed oil is a mildly nutty oil, which is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and fiber. It has numerous health benefits, including its use as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
When used topically, such as in a shampoo or conditioner, flaxseed oil can reduce inflammation (common with hair loss). The fatty acids also make it a natural hydrator.
A commonly used moisturizer, coconut oil is used frequently for culinary and cosmetic purposes. Used in cosmetics, it acts as a natural moisturizer and hydrator.
A 2012 research study found that coconut oil penetrates the hair and scalp deeply. Once penetrated, the oil can moisturize and condition the scalp and hair strands from the inside out:
In fact, a 2003 study shows that it does so even better than sunflower and mineral oils.
Aloe Vera Leaf Juice
Known for its healing properties, aloe vera is commonly used to treat burns, general irritations, and small cuts and abrasions. When used topically, it can also help with dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.
Both of these conditions can cause clogged pores, which may lead to a more serious condition known as folliculitis. This can lead to hair loss, but it may also worsen any thinning you’re currently experiencing.
A centuries-old ingredient that’s only recently come into the spotlight, green tea is full of antioxidants and vitamins (including A, E, and C).
Antioxidants are molecules that essentially sacrifice themselves in order to stop free radicals – molecules with an unpaired electron – from breaking down essential tissues and organs.
Antioxidants and, as a result, green tea play a crucial role in hair loss prevention. By destroying free radicals, green tea can stop signs of aging (including wrinkles, graying hair, and balding) and bring balance to the scalp.
As we’ll discuss later in this article, oxygen delivery to the follicle is critical to scalp and hair health. Tocotrienols – a member of the Vitamin E family – help to increase the oxygen carrying ability of red blood cells.
Its main role in cosmetics, including hair products, is as a conditioning agent. It also absorbs UV rays, and it protects against signs of aging by fighting free radicals.
Sunflower Seed Oil
Similar to flaxseed and coconut oils, sunflower is commonly used in both foods and health/beauty products. It’s used to hydrate and repair damaged skin, as well as provides rich nutrients and vitamins.
Rosemary Leaf Oil
Rosemary oil is said to have various healing properties, including antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. However, these properties may also extend to its beneficial role in hair health.
When applied topically, rosemary oil has been shown to induce hair growth in mice. Of course, this doesn’t directly translate to beneficial use in humans. But its other proven properties can still be a beneficial addition to any hair care routine.
How to Use
Unlike chemical-laden shampoos, Morrocco Method shampoos are concentrated. As such, they must be diluted for easiest application.
According to the website, it’s best to dilute the shampoos in a 1:1 concentration. Shake the product vigorously to distribute the water and ensure an even constitution.
The website also recommends washing your hair twice per session. The first wash removes excess dust, dead skin, and oils. The second wash penetrates the scalp.
For best results, Morrocco Method International recommends massaging your scalp longer for the second shampoo. This increase blood flow, which is beneficial for your scalp and hair health.
Before and After
One of the greatest indicators of a product’s success is the results experienced by real customers. One way to show this is with the use of before and afters.
Keep in mind, results may vary and the above images are not a guarantee.
What Customers Have to Say
The reviews seem to be split when it comes to many of Morrocco Method’s products.
One of the main complaints of users is the condition in which the products have left their hair. While many complained of something known as the “detox period” (more on that below), others have even complained of hair thinning and loss.
Unfortunately, many reviews also make mention of the poor customer service offered by the company.
That’s not to say that there aren’t customers who aren’t happy with their results. For example, many users have claimed the products have strengthened their hair and improved present damage.
Others have also said it’s made their hair appear thicker and shinier, as well as having an overall healthier feel and appearance.
With such a wide variety of products, keep in mind that results will vary greatly. This means you’ll need to do your own research before deciding if the product is right for you.
Side Effects and Considerations
While all of the brand’s products contain natural ingredients, it’s still possible to experience adverse effects. This is commonly related to unknown allergies.
The symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
- Pain at site of contact
A more serious allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis, is also possible. This occurs when a combination of allergic reaction symptoms are experienced. If not treated, anaphylaxis can be life threatening. In addition to the above, the most common symptoms include:
- Swelling of the mouth, tongue, lips, and/or throat
- Chest tightness
- Loss of consciousness
- A feeling of “impending doom”
If you experience any of the above symptoms, stop product use immediately. If you experience symptoms of anaphylaxis, seek emergency medical attention.
The “Detox” Period
When moving to a more natural shampoo, it’s common to experience a “detox”. Essentially, your scalp becomes accustomed to the use of synthetic chemicals, such as SLS.
When you stop using over-the-counter shampoos that contain such chemicals, you’ll go through a “detox” period. What does this include?
For many, the scalp will begin to produce excess sebum. This happens when the sebaceous glands react to the change in product. Your scalp and hair will appear greasier, and you may also experience itching and general irritation.
This isn’t a long-term effect for the majority of users, though. It commonly clears up within a few weeks.
Can It Be Used to Treat Hair Loss?
There are many products on the market that claim to treat thinning and hair loss. Morrocco Method isn’t one of them. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be a viable option for treatment.
The Role of DHT in Hair Loss
The most common cause of hair loss is Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA), which occurs in both men and women. It’s believed to be triggered by a sensitivity to DHT, an androgen hormone.
DHT is produced by the natural interaction between testosterone (the male sex hormone) and 5AR (an enzyme).
When DHT attaches to sensitive follicles, it causes a process known as hair miniaturization. Essentially, the inflammation and irritation caused by the sensitivity make it difficult for healthy hair to grow within the follicles.
The hairs will begin to thin and, eventually, not grow at all.
If left untreated, this leads to permanent hair loss.
The removal of DHT from the scalp is one of the more important steps. Using Morrocco Method products won’t directly remove DHT from the scalp, but some of its ingredients may make it possible for healthy hair to grow.
The Role of Blood Circulation in Hair Growth
To understand how blood circulation can affect hair growth, it’s first important to understand the anatomy of the hair follicle.
The follicle is composed of four main structures: the dermal papilla, the hair matrix, the root sheath, and the bulge.
The dermal papilla is found at the base of the follicle, and it contains connective tissue and the capillary loop. This is where blood is delivered to the follicle, and it’s the part we’ll focus on later.
The hair matrix is a layer of basal cells, which rapidly divide to form the hair. These are found at the base of the follicle, just above the dermal papilla.
Next is the root sheath, which consists of both an outer and inner component. It’s made up of cells from the hair matrix, but it doesn’t extend the entire length of the strand.
Finally is the bulge. It’s connected to the base of the outer root sheath near the dermal papilla. The bulge connects with the arrector pili, the muscle that is responsible for goosebumps.
Now, let’s get back to the dermal papilla. As hair miniaturization takes place, the follicle narrows. The dermal papilla is slowly cut off from the rest of the follicle, and this reduces blood flow.
As this happens, less oxygen and nutrients can make their way to the follicle. This also means waste (including DHT) cannot be carried away.
The reduction is blood flow is an obvious side effect of miniaturization. It’s also a problem that can further contribute to hair loss, and it can prevent any future hair growth if not treated.
By increasing blood flow to the scalp – including with some of the ingredients included in Morrocco Method’s products – you can help to bring your scalp back into balance. This will naturally create a healthy environment for hair growth.
My Alternative Homemade Shampoos
While the ingredients in the majority of Morrocco Method’s products are those that I’d use myself, it isn’t a brand I would necessarily recommend. Why? Because you can get the same results (if not better) by making your own shampoo at home.
By making your own shampoo, you can create a personalized blend that meets your needs. It’s also much cheaper.
There are plenty of homemade shampoos I’ve made and used over the years. You can add just about any ingredient – including essential oils, carrier oils, and herbs. Though, the easiest shampoo by far is one with just three ingredients.
Apple Cider Vinegar + Baking Soda Shampoo
- Apple cider vinegar (1 TBSP)
- Baking soda (1 TSP)
- Water (6-8 OZ)
Combine the ACV and baking soda in a glass. Add enough water to fill the rest of the glass, and stir until the baking soda has completely reacted and dissolved.
Bring the mixture into the shower, and pour over wet hair. Massage the mixture into your scalp, and then leave on for 30-60 seconds. Rinse thoroughly.
Apple cider vinegar is one of the best natural ways to cleanse the scalp, as it effortlessly removes dirt, hair products, sebum, and DHT. When used regularly, it can also regulate sebum production.
As excess sebum can cause dandruff, this means ACV can be used to treat dandruff and related conditions.
While Morrocco Method products aren’t something that I would personally use, they do have a lot of beneficial ingredients and may be right for you. However, the alternative recipe above is just as good, and I recommend you try it before giving any other products a try.