Last December I decided to finally try the Terressentials Pure Earth Hair Wash, especially after hearing so much about it from Minimalist Beauty readers, on the Hairlista forum, and on YouTube. So I went to the website and found that there was a local retailer that sold Terressentials products. I purchased both the Organic Left Coast Lemon Hair Wash and the Organic Lavender Garden Hair Wash as they were both recommended for dry curly hair.
I was most interested in this product because of the ingredients. I have used rhassoul clay for shampoo and had wonderful experiences with clay for hair care. I was excited to try this popular product with such clean chemical free ingredients. I hadn’t seen too many hair care products that didn’t contain synthetic ingredients, chemicals, or preservatives. Not many products stand up to my list of cosmetic ingredients to avoid and this one did.
Here are the ingredients:
Pure Earth Hair Wash–Organic Left Coast Lemon
Organic aloe vera juice°, clay minerals, organic extract° of organic linden flower°, essential oils of organic lemon°, organic sweet orange° and organic lime°, extracts of organic nettle°, organic chamomile° and organic shavegrass°, essential oils of organic bergamot°, wildcrafted bay and organic petitgrain°.
°USDA Certified Organic
Pure Earth Hair Wash–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°.
°USDA Certified Organic
It wasn’t until I purchased the hair washes that I saw that the “clay minerals” were actually bentonite clay. I hadn’t had too much experience with bentonite clay in hair care as with rhassoul clay, yet love it just as much. I have also fallen in love with using herbs in my DIY hair and skin care and always acknowledge botanical ingredients in natural products that I purchase.
Terressentials Pure Earth Hair Wash detoxes your hair of all previous chemical products or synthetic ingredients used on your hair in the past, and the company suggests a specific detox program for first time users especially those with very porous hair or excess sebum production. The detox program suggests a week of daily sometimes multiple washes so that you can remove all of the chemical gunk off your hair strands, and enjoy the amazing cleansing/conditioning results of the hair wash.
I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week, and chose not to do the detox program as the company suggested. I noticed many natural, curly, and coily hair users on YouTube express that after detoxing their hair for the complete week they were no longer interested in using the product any more. Because curly coily hair tends to be extremely dry, I wanted to have an enjoyable experience with the product therefore detoxed my hair slowly.
Even with all of the natural and DIY hair care that I use, I still experienced a detox with Terressentials Pure Earth Hair Wash. The first time I used the hair wash my hair was extremely soft and easy to detangle. By the second and third wash my hair began detoxing and was more tangled. I had to take extra time to carefully detangle my hair even though I had washed it in braids. By the fourth and fifth wash my hair felt back to normal and extra soft again.
To apply the hair wash, I diluted 3-4 tablespoons with aloe vera juice in a 7 oz. applicator bottle. I found that this was the easiest way to apply the product to my hair. Although Terressentials has been created to be your one and only hair care product with suggested use of their shea butter cream for extremely dry hair, I used catnip tea as a deep conditioner/leave-in conditioner which added more manageability and softness, and castor oil to seal in the moisture for my hair. My hair responded very well to this routine and the Organic Left Coast Lemon Hair Wash has become my absolute favorite. The scent is so refreshing and the extra oils in the Left Coast Lemon do help with providing more moisture and conditioning properties.
I am no longer a shampoo user and haven’t been for a year now. Although I am currently using a homemade botanical conditioner for conditioner washing my hair and as a leave-in, I will probably use Terressentials or a clay wash once a month or as needed. It was a relief to not make all of my hair care products every time I washed my hair. Terressentials Hair Wash is a great hair cleanser/conditioner for traveling as well.
Trying Terressentials Pure Earth Hair Wash has been an wonderful experience. My husband absolutely loves this hair wash as well. I truly admire that the Terressentials company has such an ethical approach to hair and skin care, and their Certified Organic seal doesn’t slip in any new preservatives or strange chemicals into their ingredients like other companies. Terressentials Pure Earth Hair Wash is a perfect product for those who understand that shampoo strips the hair of natural oils, that sulfates are almost impossible to completely rinse away, and are looking for a completely natural alternative to hair care and overall health. Be aware that this product will not mix well with any hair care that has any synthetic lab created ingredients.
I believe that going no ‘poo with Terressentials or any botanical cleanser is the best way to go for healthy balanced hair care.
Learn to make your own mud/herbal hair wash here!
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