Mud Shampoo Review

Review Morrocco Method Clay Based Shampoo for naturally clean hair Mud Shampoo Review

I’ve written before about how I use homemade shampoo, but I’ve found that many people don’t do well with this option. I recently discovered a way to use bentonite clay and some other ingredients to detox and deep clean the hair. As I explained in a previous post:

“Turns out, clay can be very beneficial for hair in the same way it can be beneficial in the rest of the body: it removes toxins to leave hair super-clean and with a lot of shiny volume.”

I was contacted by a company, Morrocco Method, that manufactures a completely natural shampoo alternative that detoxes hair and leaves it clean without buildup or tangles. I’m all for the DIY when possible, but I often get emails from readers asking where they can buy various products I post recipes for, so I decided to try their products and share my experience.

How to Shampoo With Mud

There is a little bit of a learning curve with mud-based shampoos. They don’t lather like detergent based shampoos, and some people experience a detox period while the scalp adjusts. It is also beneficial to shampoo twice with this method, as they explain:

“At first glance, the recommendation by the shampoo industry that we shampoo our hair twice each session sounds like a gimmick to sell more shampoo. However, there is value in this recommendation. A perfect shampoo is achieved in two parts. The first shampooing cleanses hair and scalp of dirt, dead cells and dust, which would otherwise be massaged back into the hair, scalp and follicle openings if only shampooed once. This clogging debris could retard new hair growth and severely damage the oil glands, upsetting the natural fall-out and reproductive cycles of your hair.

The second shampooing and massage of your clean hair and scalp stimulates the flow of blood to the scalp and opens the hair follicles, allowing the blood vessels to feed each root, bulb and hair shaft, nourishing the entire follicle and activating the sebaceous (oil) glands. This ensures the proper lubrication and distribution of your own natural oils to the entire scalp and hair shafts. A natural coating of oil is vital to the maintenance of a healthy scalp and hair. It keeps the outer layer of hair lubricated and prevents drying, which is the excessive evaporation of moisture.

  • Step One: Wet your hair, then apply a nickel-sized portion of shampoo to your scalp. Massage it lightly into your hair and scalp, and then rinse thoroughly, using warm water.
  • Step Two: After rinsing, take a quarter-size portion of the same shampoo and massage it gently into your clean hair and scalp for a second cleansing, then rinse thoroughly, finishing with a cool rinse. Towel dry hair and scalp thoroughly.”

The Verdict

Of all the store-bought “shampoos” I’ve tried, this method left my hair feeling the most clean. I didn’t experience a transition period, but I had already been using natural shampoos and even clays in my hair for a while before trying this method.  I can see how a detox period could be normal, just as the skin can take a while to adjust to oil cleansing when first starting.

I liked my homemade version too, but the Morrocco Method formula smelled a lot better (especially since I’m not a fan of the smell of vinegar, as much as I love the benefits) and is definitely easier to use while traveling and to store for longer periods of time. As only a small amount is used each time, it also seems like a cost-effective option.

All of the ingredients are great for skin too, so excess can be used on face or body and since all ingredients are not soap-based, this could be a great option for kids as well.

Have you ever used mud shampoo in your hair? How did it work for you? Share below!

Reader Comments

      • says

        Hi Sarah! The wellness mama is so busy, we thought we’d stop by and answer a few of your questions until she has a chance! We sent her: Heavenly Chi Shampoo, Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo, and Earth Essence Shampoo. We also sent the Zen Detox Hair & Scalp Therapy, Chi Instant Conditioner, and Diamond Crystal Mist Conditioner & Moisturizer Spray. I hope this helps!

  1. Hallie says

    Thank you for the review…I have been wondering about their product. I have tried the baking soda and vinegar method, also the shampoo from primal organics and none have worked on my hair. I really could not handle the ACV/baking soda because of the smell and gave up after about 6 months. Which shampoo did you try, did you use the conditioner and if not, did you feel you needed to have conditioner? Would you continue to use?

  2. Lynn Orr Correll says

    Hey! Love your blogs and waiting for your book :)
    About the Morrocco Method Shampoo, does it have perfume added? I am very, very sensitive to perfumes (chemicals) but I need a new shampoo. And if it doesn’t have perfume added, does the odor last in your hair after drying?
    Thank you.

  3. Jennifer L. says

    I use Morrocco Method shampoos/conditioner once in a while, but I really don’t like rotating between 5 different types of shampoo. First, it makes for a lot of bathroom clutter and next, since only a small amount is used, 5 bottles will last indefinitely, it seems. I used the “Blood of the Dragon Styling gel” on my daughter’s hair for her dance performance. It held her hair very well and it was soft, shiny and sweet smelling too! I am not too into hair products, but in my searches for the most natural, I keep going back to their products, even though I am on the fence about how well they work for my fine/straight hair.

  4. Kristina Curl Johnston says

    I started using Morrocco Method a little over two years ago and have been playing to come up with a DIY version that I like as well. My homemade versions are fine but not as good as the Morrocco Method so I intersperse my homemade version between my MM shampoos/conditioners to make them last longer since they are quite pricey.

    It is recommended that you use the whole set of MM shampoos and conditioners in a rotating fashion. I can attest to the fact doing this leads to a lot less fall-out. The brushing techniques recommended on their site is very good too. I started with their healthy hair starter kit. They do run weekly specials so I watch for those to buy at a lower cost. The conditioners will last a lot longer than the shampoo does.

    If I develop a better mud-based DIY shampoo recipe than my current, I will definitely share it. I am not sure I’ll ever be able to cut out the MM Diamond Crystal Mist leaven conditioner though! It is so wonderful on my fine, curly hair.

  5. haeliann says

    Just put in my order at Morocco Method. I’ve been looking for a shampoo/conditioner like this for a while – I just needed a reliable review :) Thanks!

  6. Rachel says

    How long does the detox adjustment period usually take, Katie? I’ve been using either your mud recipe or your coconut milk recipe for several weeks, but it never feels like I can get any of it rinsed out. I’m getting tired of having gunky hair wound up in a clip on top of my head, because it is too grimy to style it any other way. Occasionally I use baking soda, but that only clarifies my scalp and doesn’t do much for the length of my hair. And it is difficult to get it around the sides of my scalp, also, so the top of my head always feels closer to clean than anywhere else.

    • kua says

      Detox normally takes a month to two months unfortunately. its especially hard if you’ve been consuming chemicals or using chemicals on hair! Especially if you heat damaged and your hair is really porous… it sucks. It has to slowly come out over time. To help, you could try doing a hair mask with clay. after a few hours and then rinse it might help speed it up.

    • says

      For MM shampoos the detox depends on how chemical your scalp and hair are. It sounds like if you were to go with our products you wouldn’t experience much detox (since you’re currently using chemical free clay shampoo) and you’ll find that they are much easier to wash out than pure clays. In fact, we have lots of tips for spreading the shampoo across your scalp! Check out our Facebook for more questions. Thanks!

  7. Susan Billy says

    I tried t o use the discount code I could not get it to work for me any help would be greatly appreciated thanks. Susan b

  8. Lori Appleman says

    I bought their sampler of five and was not impressed. I had lots of breakage – forget trying to use the rubber massager that they sent with the kit. My hair looks like a greasy mess with some and massive fly-aways with the others. I had such high hopes as I’m allergic to darn near everything.

  9. Andrea says

    I am excited to try these products. I have been wanting to try a more natural approach to coloring my hair. I only color my hair three times per year but now that I’ve hit 41 the grays are coming on more and I don’t want to increase my coloring frequency at the salon. So happy to find something to try that is safe and natural and that I can do more often and hopefully I will like as much or more than salon color so I can stop it all together! Thanks for the coupon code too…it worked great!

  10. Kristina Curl Johnston says

    I love the MM shampoos. I have been using them for over 2 years now and am able to grow my hair long for the first time in many years (fine but curly – and now, enough to keep it from being stringy). I do use the shampoos & conditioners in a rotating fashion as recommended. It’s not cheap but I have to say that they have worked for me.

    I have tried most of your shampoo recipes and, sadly, none have worked very well for me. I am have been playing with my own recipes but haven’t come up with anything that rivals MM myself either. Still working though..

  11. Theo says

    I’ve tried the Morrocco Method Apple Cider Vinegar and I am very disappointed. It does not work for me at all. It sort of washes the hair at my scalp, but everything else down to my ends is sticky and looks filthy. While I am sure that this can sometimes be attributed to my hair adjusting to the new natural way of cleaning it, I have to mention that in my case this is unlikely – I have been washing my hair using only egg yolk for more than 6 months. I just wanted to add to the review and say that the MM shampoos do not work.

    • Polina says

      Your comment doesnt help much. You can not speak for every hair and skin type that are out there just by your experience. It would be helpful to know what type of hair and scalp you have. Is your hair thick/thin/fine/curly/wavy/straight short/medium/long, and is your scalp oily/dry/normal? Hope to hear back.

  12. Zoe says

    Has anybody used the curl power? It says it is suitable for any hair type so thought it would be ok for my fine hair but I put it on for the first time today and it would not wash out I washed it ten times! And I still look like I’ve been bathed in grease I even resorted to normal shampoo in the hope it would strip it out but no joy. Any ideas how I can get it out without damaging my hair? My hair is already damaged after using bicarbonate of soda when my Morrocco method shampoo ran out after waiting 4 weeks for my order to arrive (not from Morrocco method website but a uk stockists) Therefore any kind methods anybody knows about would be great. On the plus side all the other products by Morrocco method I’ve tried I’ve loved :-)

  13. Heidi says

    Hi Wellness Mama,

    It seems like I remember you mentioned in one of your comments that you had used the Morrocco Method Henna Blonde on your hair one time and it seemed like you said it didn’t change the color noticeably but I wondered if you thought it noticeably increased the volume of your hair? Also did it make your hair dry or strawlike at all? Like you, I also have an oily, fine hair type, though maybe not as thick as yours. I would like to give it more volume if possible but I had read of the henna making some peoples hair dry and strawlike and was worried about trying the henna as my hair is in great condition now and I don’t want to ruin that. Thanks so much for your help.

  14. Krystal says

    Is this shampoo septic safe? We live in an OLD house that still has a septic tank and i know the shampoo is all natural, but im questioning the breakdown of the clay in our septic tank. Over time is there a possibility of it not decomposing? Our landlord has a small tank for a 4 person family. Any advice would be welcomed! Thanks!!

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