What it is: A Hair Wash/Cleanser
Prize: 8 oz is $10.75 and 16 oz is $20.50
Ingredients for Organic Lavender Garden:
Organic aloe vera juice°, clay minerals, organic extract° of organic linden flower°, essential oils of organic true lavender° and organic sweet orange°, extracts of organic nettle°, organic chamomile° and organic shavegrass°, essential oils of organic rose geranium°, organic ylang ylang° and organic clove bud°.
According to the company, you will not find any of these in the product
Ammonium lauryl sulfate, behenamidopropyl dimethylamine lactate, butyl paraben, cetyl alcohol, cocamide MEA, cocamidopropyl betaine, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, hydrolyzed protein, lauramide DEA, methyl glucose dioleate, myristamine oxide, octyl methoxycinnamate, olefin sulfonate, polysorbate 20/60, sodium cocosulfate, sodium hydroxymethyl glycinate, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, sodium myristoyl sarcosinate, soyamidopropalkonium, stearalkonium chloride, TEA (triethanolamine) lauryl sulfate...
The Company proclaims:
"Our Hair Wash is a pure, totally natural, clay-based product blended with soothing organic herbals and beautiful, stimulating organic essential oils. It contains no synthetic petrochemicals, synthetic protein or petrochemical polymer plastics, oleochemical surfactants/detergents, or oleochemical emulsifying wax emollients ("vegetable wax," cetyl alcohol, stearates, fatty acids, etc.) to leave a residue on the hair or scalp. As the Hair Wash contains no soaps or foaming agents, there will be no lather at all. The unique mud comes from extensive mountain deposits in Africa and has been used sustainably by humans for centuries to cleanse the hair and body, and is used by top spas and environmentally-conscious individuals worldwide. The clay cleans in a very different manner from conventional shampoo detergents and soaps, forming a colloidal suspension that pulls the excess oils and pollutants from your hair. The Hair Wash works well in either hard or soft water. It can be used by women, men and children over two. (Note: For children between two and five years of age we recommend only Fragrance-freeHair Wash, with adult supervision as the Hair Wash formulas containing essential oils may be too stimulating for children under five. For children over six months and under two, we recommend our Baby Wash or our Fragrance-free Gentle Gel followed with a second rinse of a dilute organic vinegar and water rinse - see number five below.) When the Hair Wash carries the excess oils and impurities from your hair down the drain, no chemical detergents, preservatives, foam boosters, synthetic fragrances, or other pollutants go with it to foul our drinking water." Read more HERE
How to use Terressentials Pure Earth Wash/ "DETOX PROTOCOL"
To start, wet your hair, massage 1-2 tablespoons of "mud" into the hair and scalp for two to four minutes then rinse well. If your hair is longer than chin length, you may need to use more to coat the hair. Try rubbing the mud and hair between the palms of the hands for even coating.
- Day 1: Three washes, as outlined above (one after the other, leaving the mud on the hair for several minutes before rinsing after the third wash). This is all in the same bath/shower - it's not necessary to take three separate showers!
Day 2: Three washes
Day 3: Two washes
Day 4: Two washes
Days 5-7+: One wash
Repeat this entire "detox protocol", days one through seven above, one to two times or as required, to remove synthetic polymer coating agents from the hair.
Okay, I am in LOOOOOVE. This stuff is the bomb.com. Look at my hair in the picture below.
If I washed my hair loose with regular shampoo, I would loose half of my hair. It is not the case with this mud wash. First of all, I knew my hair would love this because it is aloe vera juice based. My hair loooves aloe vera juice. I love how it smells because well, I love lavender, it smells just like that. When I first applied this, it felt weird as there was no lather. It felt like I was applying henna to my hair. However, after I rinsed it off, my hair and scalp were clean, my hair was so soft and detangled, it felt like I had just done a deep moisturizing treatment. Hello!!!!!!. Two products in one here, a cleanser and a conditioner, at least in my opinion.
I also love the fact that it can be used on children (the one with no fragrance), so I shall be buying one for my little missy. And guess what? It is henna-friendly. I am not surprised as Henna is a plant based dye that is all natural.
Now, the company does not encourage using other products.
"Do not use any other shampoos, conditioners or styling products as they are not compatible with the mud cleanser and will add plastics back to your hair, taking you right back where you started."
At first, I was kind of skeptical about that, but it makes sense. Even some of the products that are claimed to be all natural have some hydrolyzed synthetic protein. While these add a coat to the hair to make damaged hair appear undamaged, they are plastic polymers and add residue to the hair. I am saying if those ingredients work for you, please keep doing what works for your tresses. For someone like me with fine hair, I have to watch what I place on my hair. I have watched my hair get easily weighed down and easily broken from seen and unseen residue.
So, have I tossed all my conditioners? Not yet. But I am currently not using any conditioner to see how detoxified my hair could become and to see if I could do without the commercial conditioners. Hey, there is no harm in trying. So far, I am loving this mud wash and how it makes my hair feels. My hair looks and feels like it has more body, probably because, the residue that is weighing my hair (down down down) is being removed.
In case you are interested, I do not use any leave-in either. Once my hair is washed with the mud, I seal the moisture/water into my hair with my shea butter mix and that's it. If you are wondering why I use shea butter that may seem so heavy for fine hair, it is because shea butter stretches my hair, thereby reducing tangles, knots and breakage. I am not heavy-handed using the shea butter either.
I have only styled my hair in WnG since I started using this mud. The only butter I will be using in my hair is my shea butter mix and the only gels I will be using are home-made flax seed and aloe vera. My hair spritz is made up of water and aloe vera juice.
How about protein treatment, you may ask?. I am taking my hair care to a new and deeper level. I am taking care of the inside by way of eating healthier and drinking plenty of water. I eat a lot of protein so my protein treatment is being taken care of from within. My henna treatments are strengthening as well. so I am covered in that department.
Can you tell this mud wash is a keeper?. I am planning to purchase the 16 oz bottle since I have made a decision to keep using it.