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5-WEEK REVIEW: Morrocco Method – Apple Cider Shampoo and Lotus Conditioner Combination for Natural (relaxer-free) Hair

On my last post I announced that I started a 5-week all-natural, raw, vegan, organic, wild-crafted hair care routine using Morrocco Method* (MM) which of course does not have sulfates, parabens, or chemicals.

For the routine I purchased the Five Shampoo Sample Pack*, which came with .05OZ bottles of all five shampoos and the Condition & Style Sample Pack* which has two .05OZ bottles of conditioners, one styling gel and a hair detox/scalp therapy.  The small bottles are big enough for just one use.

Today I am reviewing the Morocco Method Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo + Floating Lotus Conditioner combination and this was my result:

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(scroll to the bottom for step by step routine)

Morrocco Method has kindly provided me with a promo code  for my readers.  You can use promo code: LUCKY710 for 15% OFF your entire order. Only one use per customer. Expires 3/4/15.

Morocco Method Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo Review

I learned from the literature included in the package and on their website that the MM shampoos are based on the 5 elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether and each one targets a different scalp concern.

The Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo (made with raw apple cider) is MM’s most clarifying shampoo and great for removing build-up.  It represents the fire element and works to stimulate the scalp, increase blood flow, and restore the hair and scalp to a healthy pH.

I have dry hair and scalp and this shampoo was extremely moisturizing from the moment I put it on and it actually smells amazing! It is made with succulent dessert plants such as aloe vera, cactus and blood of the dragon which store water in their fleshy leaves, stems or root making them amazing humectants.  This shampoo is low foaming (don’t expect bubbles) but my hair didn’t feel dirty.   It has a great earthy/cinnamony scent which was a pleasant surprise since anytime I use apple cider to cleanse my hair it smells terrible.

Shampoo Conclusion: My hair felt clean without being stripped of its natural oils and looked moisturized. I love this shampoo and it will be in my bathroom for years to come.

Tip: you can also use the MM Apple Cider Shampoo as a facial, especially if you have acne.  It removes impurities without stripping the skin natural oils.  You can also use it as body wash.

Morocco Method Floating Lotus Conditioner Review

According to the literature, this rinse-out conditioner is great for all hair types and a great curl definer. It is made with olive oil, cactus, apple vinegar, essential oils, green tea, herbs, spices and other ingredients to stimulate, rejuvenate, revitalize and add instant moisture to the hair and scalp.  I was surprised see some of the same ingredients found on the Apple Cider Shampoo in this conditioner, such as algae and kelp (sea plants), Cactus and blood of dragon (dessert plant), and apple cider vinegar.  The texture was the same for both, a brown muddy paste.

Morrocco Method - Floating Lotus Conditioner - Natural Hair  - raw - organic - vegan - all natural conditioner

Conditioner Conclusion: Hair wasn’t super soft, like when I have coated it with chemical-filled products but it also wasn’t hard. It was definitely very shiny, manageable and easy to detangle and lived up to its claim.  My hair was hydrated and shiny and this one is definitely a keeper.

Step By Step Routine Using Morocco Method Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo + Floating Lotus Conditioner – Soft Curls

Step 1: I did a homemade Aloe Vera mask by removing the gel straight from the leaf and putting it on a blender until it became a foamy liquid.  I then applied the mask on my hair and left it on 15-20 minutes.

aloe vera - best humectant for natural hair

Step 2:
Washed my hair two times with the MM Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo.  The shampoo is highly concentrated and I mixed the content of the .05 oz bottle content with equal parts water, then applied it to my hair.  This shampoo doesn’t have sulfates so it does not foam (as I mentioned above).  I was concerned my hair would not feel clean but after the second wash it definitely did. This shampoo has beautiful earthy cinnamon smell, nothing like when I make my own apple vinegar wash at home.

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Step 3:
I rub the MM Floating Lotus Conditioner all over my hair, which I also mixed with equal parts water before applying. I left it on for approximately 20 minutes, which is how long it took me to get dressed and walk to the hair salon where I had them wash it out.

Step 4:
They rinsed the conditioner with a lot of water and then got magnetic rollers* (rolos) done, a smaller size than usual to get more volume.  I normally put a leave-in conditioner on my wet hair before the rollers, however I skipped this step since the MM kit didn’t include one and I want to make sure the results are accurate.

magnetic rollers, rolos, salon dominicano, dominican hair salon, nyc

Step 5:
Went under a professional hard hat bonnet hair dryer* for 40 minutes until my hair was completely dry. I have one similar to this one* at home.

Step 6:
My stylist removed a just few rollers at a time, blow dried just the root to straighten it and then wrapped it up in “achoitas” secured with a bobby pin as pictured below.  She repeated this step until my whole head was done.

dominican hair style - anchoitas

Step 7:
Loosen them up and below is the result.  I then did a head shake and by the time I got home the curls loosened up.

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MM Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo + Floating Lotus Conditioner Conclusion:
I AM SOLD! This combination was amazing and I feel so good feeding my hair good stuff instead of all those harsh chemicals.  I feel like my hair is happy and so well behaved and I’ve noticed have manageable it has become ever since I started using natural hair products in general.  This week it is the prettiest I’ve seen it since I went natural.

So what do you think?  If you want to see what happens during this 5-week try out, you can check my instagram on Sundays for a sneak peak and then come back to the blog on Thursday for the full details.  Each week I will be rotating shampoos and posting results of my shampoo/conditioner combination.

I am so looking forward to the next one tomorrow! (I was a bit delayed on this post).

Xo, Leslie

P.S. In case you missed it up top Morrocco Method has kindly provided me with a promo code  for my readers.  You can use promo code: LUCKY710 for 15% OFF your entire order. Only one use per customer. Expires 3/4/15.***

 

*Please note that I was not compensated for this review and did not receive a free product.  As an MM  and Amazon affiliate, I earn a small commission if you decide to purchase products using my affiliate links throughout this post.  Purchasing through my links is highly appreciated if you found this review useful. My reviews are ALWAYS truthful and I will never misrepresent, mislead or provide deceptive information about any product or service. I choose my affiliate programs based on my own personal use or interest in the product.  Be mindful that my results may be different than yours.


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7 Stunning New Year’s Eve Dresses + 20% off promo code

This post contains affiliate links and I will get a tiny compensation if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. Below is my hand-picked curation of outfits that I would 100% wear.  Look for a 20% off promo code below.

New Years’s Eve is quickly approaching and as I prepare for the festivities the first thing on my mind is what will I wear?

I tend to  buy outfits for NYE and other events that end up sitting in my closet and I never ever wear them again.  This year I will be taking a different approach and go for a dress I normally wouldn’t allow myself to splurge on.  I will be renting a stunning designer dress from Rent The Runway for a fraction of its cost.

As I browsed through the Rent The Runway dress selection, I thought to share with you some of the gorgeous dresses I found along with 20% off on your order of $50 with promo code: HAPPY2015.  The code can be used when you shop between 12/10-12/21, choose a rental start date between 12/26-12/31.

And here are my dress/outfit picks for New Year’s Eve Celebration:

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Be the Belle of the Ball:  Badgley Mischka Windswept Skirt – $75.00
Gold Dust Top – $65.00

3

So Bright. So Right: Slate & Willow Aileen Dress – $50.00

5

Foxy Freak of Nature: BCBG MAX AZRIA Nothing To Hide Gown – $60.00

7

Booty-Boom Glam: Nicole Miller Noir Lace Cocktail Dress – $35.00

2ShowStoppa: Herve Leger Tribal Bandage Dress – $200.00

4

GlitterBomb of Glory: TIBI Confetti Sequins Dress – $40.00

6

So Sassy:  Robert Rodriguez Collection Cap Sleeve Swirl Mini – $50.00

 


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Cyber Monday DEALS!      

Cyber Monday is starting in a couple of hours and with all the amazing deals going around this is definitely the best time to stretch your holiday dollars shopping.

I love Cyber Mondays because I get to browse sales from  different stores, use web only discounts and do price comparisons to get the best deal.  But what I love the most about it is being able to shop from the comfort of my home and reading other bloggers’ recommendations and reviews.

As a blogger I also get emails about upcoming sales and below are some really great picks I curated to help you get started with your shopping:

(all links will take you the promotion page and some will not require a promo code)

Beauty

Nars – Give & Take Event! Exclusive 20% Off – Give in. Take more. Shop It. Ends December 2nd

Julep50% off Holiday Gifts at Julep.com Promo Code: CYBERWOW

Bliss – Cyber Monday Offer: 40% off Bliss Pro Sizes + 20% off Almost Everything Else + Free $150 Beauty Bag + 4 Free Travel-Size Treats + Free Shipping.  Promo Code: BLISSFRIDAY

Cargo Cosmetics – Test your luck and get a discount coupon here

Lalicious – 30% Off Entire Site Coupon Code – BF30

Jewelry

BaubleBar – Get 20% Off with Code CYBER20 or Play BaubleBar’s Insta Steal Game for a chance at 20%, 25%, 30% or $100 Off!

Clothing/Shoes

Rent the Runway  – Find Holiday Dress and save $40 – promo code

Lulu’s – Enjoy $10 off + Free Shipping on orders over $100 – Use promo code ‘Freeship10‘ at checkout.

Puma – Buy more, save more with free shipping! Save 20% on $75-$99.99 – Save 30% on $100-$149.99 – Save 40% on $150+ Valid 12/1 -12/3

Toms – 25% off select TOMS styles with code CHEER at TOMS.com!

Contacts/Glasses

1800AnyLens.com Contacts – 22% OFF Entire Purchase plus Free Shipping Over $50. Use code CYBER22 from 12/1 – 12/7

Home

Coooking.com 10% off your order at Cooking.com. Promo Code: COOKSAV

Kids

Melissa & Doug  – Save $10 Off Any Order Over $100 At MelissaAndDoug.com.  Free Personalization and free Shipping, No Minimum.

Also guys, I have a special announcement.  I have launched a brand spanking new holiday shop featuring top of the line perfumes at up to %35 off.

Click on the widget below to browse through the yummy hand picked scents:



Enjoy!

Leslie


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TOMS Surprise Sale! – Campus Classics up to 50% OFF

TOMS is having a rare sale and you can now rock your team’s colors  during football season (or any day) with their Women’s and Men’s Campus Classics.  You can get your pair for only $24!  scroll down for additional 5% off.

TOMS Surprise Sale - Campus Classics up to 50 perfect OFF - promo code - promotion

If you are not familiar with TOMS, you’ll feel good to know that for every pair of shoes purchased they will donate a new pair to a child in need through their One for One Mission.

You can find these universities on the TOMS sale website:

Auburn University
Clemson University
East Carolina University
Florida State University
Georgia Tech
Louisiana State University
Penn State University
Southern Methodist
Syracuse University
Texas A&M
Texas Christian University
Texas Tech
UC Berkeley
UCLA
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of Wisconsin
University of Alabama
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Kentucky
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Missouri
University of Nebraska
University of Oklahoma
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee
University of Texas
University of Virginia
West Virginia University

Save an additional 5% with code SURPRISEGIFT at tomssurprisesale.com! Valid 10/10-10/17.

Enjoy!

Xo, Lucky

 


Disclaimer: I am a TOMS  affiliate and have included affiliate links on this post. This means that if you like my recommendations and you click on the product links I will earn a tiny commission (about 3%) if you decide to buy them.  I am committed to only posting things I would purchase myself.  


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Megu – Three Course Dinner For Two: $75

The Zagat rated Megu, one of NYC’s hottest restaurant is running these amazing deals on Gilt City  Perfect for a date night, girls night out or to impress out-of-town friends visiting.

Deal 1:  3-Course Dinner for 2: $75 (valued at $130 – 42% off)

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Deal 2: Sushi Omakase for Two: $144 (valued at $240 – 40% off)

Megu- Omakase - gilt city deal - yelp review

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Deal 3: 7-Course Dinner for Two: $144 (valued at $240 – 40% off)

Megu-7 course meal -gilt city deal

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A few Yelpers and IGers post about Megu’s decor, food, etc :

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Megu- atmosphere - yelp review - gilt city deal

Enjoy!

Xo, Lucky

 

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