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All About Terressentials | You Asked, I Answered!

Hey Guys!

I first introduced Terressentials back on October 11, 2010; and wow, it’s been over a year now! I remember at the time, I was in love with a store-bought brand, and was about to add a bunch of them to giveaway baskets. But when I took a second glance at the ingredients, I saw an ingredient that I had previously missed: parabens! I had just read a book on the importance of organic food and products at the time and so my emotions to seeing the parabens were extremely heightened, and I literally SNaPpED, lol! I returned all of my unused bottles and headed over to Whole Foods to find a new staple product. After rummaging through countless products with ingredients that I couldn’t pronounce or understand without doing extensive research first, I gave up and decided to look elsewhere.

I wanted to try something that I knew would be 100% Organic, so I did a search online using the words “USDA Certified Organic Shampoo” and up popped a bunch of organic pet shampoos, organic body products, and shampoos claiming to be organic. There was only one company at that time that sold hair cleansers with a visible USDA Certified Organic Seal, and that company was Terressentials.

I was a little uncertain about the brown, muddy wash that claimed to “clean” my hair, but I was so tired from searching through stores, that I decided I would just go-ahead and try something new. When I tried it, I was in SHOCK, utter shock! Up until then, it was a looong, arduous process to separate, de-tangle, cleanse, and re-condition my hair, a process that sometimes took 3 to 4 hours! (... and that was when my hair was about half as long as it is now!) This one product managed to do all of the above in 1 hour! I was soo happy and so excited to have found this product, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you guys, my Youtube family!

So anyway, I finally got around to sharing my exciting news of this “miracle product” (and yea, you can tell in the video how excited I was, LOL…hard to watch sometimes…) And I am so happy to see how easy it has made all of your lives as well, when it comes to hair care.

So I promised on my Facebook and Twitter that I was going to answer your most frequently asked questions pertaining to the Terressentials Hair Wash, so here goes! I just want to add that I am in no way affiliated or profiting off of the referral and sales of Terressentials, (I know some of you have wondered…) I introduced the product purely from my own purchasing, testing, and admiration, and maintain to this day that it’s a great product, as many of you already know! So anyway… on to the questions!

Where do you purchase it from? ~ Precious

They’re headquartered in Maryland, where their flagship stores are and are also available in various small shops around the USA. You can click here to view the full list of stores to see if there is one near you. If there isn’t a store near you, you  can purchase it online from, which is what I do!

Posing with my favorite Lavender Wash when I visited the Flagship store in Maryland! The owners were so nice!

I’ve heard a lot about ‘Detoxing’ the hair in order for the product to give true results. What is the process of ‘Detoxing’ and how do you know if your hair is fully detoxed? ~Ysheena

Most shampoos and conditioners that aren’t natural, contain chemicals such as parabens, plastics, and silicones. These chemicals coat the hair shaft in order to make it look shiny, and feel smooth, especially hair products that “claim” to “fix” dry, damaged, and color treated hair. The products don’t really fix your dry and damaged hair, it just coats it with the plastics and silicones to make it look like it’s been revitalized and repaired. These chemicals latch on to your hair, even after one wash.

Terressentials Hair Wash is made with natural clay, no fillers, no plastics, no silicones… It’s a mild cleanser, which is awesome because it’s gentle on your hair! But in order to clean your hair and actually do its job, it needs to remove those synthetic chemicals from the hair first, which act like an artificial barrier. That’s why the website recommends the detox. It’s a week-long process to remove the chemicals from the hair once and for all.

I did not do the detox at all. I didn’t think it was necessary and I didn’t want to waste my product. If you already use natural hair products, you do not need to do the detox. Your hair doesn’t contain any synthetic chemicals, so there is nothing to remove. Actually, if you do the detox and you have no synthetic chemicals to remove, you could risk drying out your hair...

If you do use synthetic products and partake in the detox, there won’t be any sign or signal that you have achieved “Detoxation” lol… you can just assume after 7 days that your hair is good to go.

Do you think it is worth buying organic hair wash at $10.75 for 8 oz. ? ~ Camille

How often do you wash your hair with the Terressentials and how long does the 8 oz. bottle last? ~ Tracie

I wash my hair once a month with the Terressentials Hair Wash. I don’t buy the 8 oz. bottle due to shipping costs. When I purchase it online, I try to buy at least two of the 16 oz. bottles in order to make the shipping worth it.

One 16 oz. bottle can last me 4 months! So with one shipment of two 16 oz. bottles, I only have to pay for shipping about once every 7 to 8 months; I think that’s worth it!

Hi Whitney! After you’ve done your initial detox, how often should you use the mud wash thereafter? ~ Rasheda

Hey Rasheda! Just to reiterate, the detox is not a requirement, just a suggestion for those who use a lot of synthetic products. I personally don’t think it’s necessary for someone already using natural products. But on the regular, you can use this product as often as you like! It’s really up to your discretion! At one point, I remember using it every single day for about a week and a half! It worked out fine, but my hair did get a little dry, so you might want to keep it to a maximum of 4 times a week if you must wash your hair often. Otherwise, you can really use it however you feel!

Personally, I use it once a month. My hair likes the oils, it’s convenient because I don’t have to spend time washing, and I save a LOT of money!

Have you tried the bentonite clay for cleansing your hair? In reading the reviews it seems like the clay is a little more drying to the hair than the Terressentials? ~ Dawn

I haven’t yet tried pure bentonite clay. Before I first purchased the Terressentials Hair Wash, I knew faintly of the different types of clay and mineral treatments, but never gave them a try because I heard what you mix it with determines whether it is moisturizing or drying to the hair, and didn’t want to be bothered.

For now, I enjoy Terressentials because I know it’ll always be perfectly mixed for me. But I do want to mix my own treatments eventually, because well… I like mixing things… lol, but just haven’t had the time yet.

If you want to mix your own, definitely try and get that ratio of ingredients perfect to avoid any drying of the hair.

I just purchased the lemon and I want to have a clearer understanding on the method of application and the length of detox. ~ Carolyn

You can apply the mud wash the same exact way you apply your shampoo! It’s essentially your shampoo and conditioner in one, so just slap it on however you want!

You can literally apply it however you please, and however you apply your normal shampoos. Here’s a video on how I apply it:

Will the Terressentials work on color-rinsed hair? Or will it strip the color? ~ Kimberly

The mud wash doesn’t strip the color of your hair, however, if there is any damage caused by the rinsing treatment, it will be exposed due to the fact that there aren’t any fillers or silicones to coat the hair. 

I noticed in one of your videos you commented that Lemon didn't work for you - What results did you see with Lemon/why didn't it work? How can I recognize if I am not getting good results? ~ Jaycee

Yea, my favorite is the Lavender! When I bought Terressentials for the first time, before introducing the product, I purchased Lavender and Lemon, because the website said they were the best for our hair type. I instantly fell in love with the lavender, but my feelings for the lemon were less than exciting. My hair felt extremely dry and straw-like. I will mention that I had been using the Terressentials non-stop for about a week and a half at that point, and I was over a friend's house, using their water when I first tried it, so those two factors definitely could have added to my poor results.

However, since then, many individuals have had great results trying the lemon hair wash, so give it a try! I stick with lavender though just because it works well for me!

Did it make a big difference in your hair quality? What were your concerns before you started using it? ~ Brittney

After using it, my hair feels softer and more moisturized! My only concern before I started using it was if my hair was going to be clean.. and it was!

Do you use conditioner afterwards? My hair is super dry. Will it moisturize my hair that much where I don’t need to use conditioner? ~ Hermione

No need for conditioner afterwards! Conditioner is necessary when you’re cleaning your hair with shampoo, because the shampoo, like a detergent, strips the oils out of your hair.

Conditioner was created to return moisture back into your hair after it’s been striped. The Terressentials Mud Wash isn’t a shampoo. It’s an extremely moisturizing and gentle emulsifying cleanser. It gently lifts the dirt out of your hair, leaving your natural oils, so no conditioner is necessary. The hair already feels supple and moist when it’s rinsed out.

Usually when I’m out of the shower, I'll style my hair by re-combing it out and applying shea butter to help seal in that moisture… and that’s all I need!

I was wondering can you use it on children's hair? ~ Tiffany

Yup! It’s extremely gentle and can be used on people of any age! Of course, making sure they aren't allergic to any of the ingredients!

I have a 9 year old that I am transitioning and I wanted to know if the Terressentials would be good for her? She still has a lot of relaxer in her hair. ~ Deborah

Well, again, the age doesn’t matter, but the state of the hair does. So if your hair isn’t 100% natural, meaning it’s been chemically altered, treated, or colored, you might not want to use the product because it will show all the damage in your hair. There aren’t any chemicals to coat the hair, to make it look healthy and shiny, so once the mud wash cleanses your hair, what you see is what you get.

I don’t recommend this product to anyone who’s undergone any type of chemical treatment. I don’t think you will like the results. As soon as the hair is “un-altered” and “un-treated”, however, go for it!

So is the Terressentials the only shampoo you use or do you use other organic shampoo when you are doing a quick wash? ~ Sharon

Currently, Terressentials in the only hair cleanser I use. Because I found my staple hair cleanser, I really don’t need to look elsewhere! But if I find something that looks interesting, I might try it out of sheer curiosity, not necessity.

How often do you wash, co wash and condition? ~ Jacquie

I wash my hair once a month! There’s no co-washing since I don’t use conditioner. In between my once-per-month washing, I’ll deep condition using either my Mayo Deep Conditioner or my Greek Yogurt Deep Conditioner, depending on what I have in my refrigerator. Or I’ll just rinse with water!

Woo! That was a doozy! If you have any additional questions that I did not answer, please leave them in the comments below! If there are a lot of additional questions, I might do a Part 2.

I really hope this helps to give you a better idea of how I use the hair wash and what it’s all about. Of course, if you want to learn more, you can check out the Terressentials Fact Page! Talk to you all later!

XoXo Whit

Reader Comments (68)

My hair is currently suffering high porosity, and I want to bring some protein into it. Do you think that Terressentials will help in some way, if I also use protein deep conditioners and seal moisture in with shea butter?

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

Thanks for this article and your review of Terressentials. I started with the lemon and got the same poor results but switched to the Lavender and now I'm in love! The only other cleanser I use is the Ayurvedic Shampoo Bar by Natural By Design Cosmetics and that's to wash henna out of my hair. Terressentials is an amazing product!

November 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAyo

Okay. You mention how it cleans the hair. How about the scalp? Especially if you suffer from dry scalp or dandruff. How do you clean your scalp from the shea butter, dirt, and all?

November 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Hey Whitney,

I just ordered some product from Terresentials and am excited to try it out! I do hope I have the same raving results that so many have spoken about. Thanks for all your answers and your recommendations.

November 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamdown

After washing with Terressentials, can I use eco styler gel to define my curls and Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothie?

November 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMNH

I'm on the terressential website right now!! Gotta get this product. Thank you for answering so many of our questions and being someone we can trust to come and watch and receive honest information. :-)

November 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuperCurlyGurl

Do you find that the mud wash has thickened up your hair or that massaging it in has made your hair fuller?

November 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

Hi there! Thank you so much for this. I am wondering if you have ever done a video on shedded hair, and how you handle it? I wonder often if I have too much shed hair.

November 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

what exactly is your hair care routine? i want to know everything from A-Z... lol i jus dont get what order to do things =(

November 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDahbic2002

Hi Whit,
I did buy the Terressentials-
Lavendar wash and I have only used it once :( (but I did like it) then I switched back to Shea Moisture (I do like it too). Tell me if you think their products are Organic and will I need to do the full detox when I start back using Terressential-Lavendar?
Thanks in Advance

November 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSanTre'sa Pennamon

I have been following your videos for months now and I've been going back and forth on whether I should purchase the mud wash. I finally decided to buy it and I do not regret the decision at all! My package arrived in the mail yesterday and I just washed my hair - it feels so soft! I can't stop touching it :)

November 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

Hi Whitney,
Thanks for the responding to the many questions regarding terresentials. I have a question I hope you can answer. I would like to wash my hair once a month as well, but can't; because I have dry scalp. No matter what I do to moisturize my hair/scalp, my scalp gets flaky and itchy within a week. I was wondering, does terresentials moisturize the scalp; where I would not have to wash my hair so often. Thanks!

November 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlisa

Hi Whitney,
Thank you...Your posting was very helpful. I purchased the Lavendar Terressentials Mud Wash in April 2011. Unfortunately, I have not used it. I've been trying to use up what I have. Right now, I have twists in my hair and plan to take them out in December and begin the mud wash. Does the mud wash have an expiration date? I couldn't find one on my bottle. Do you suggest that I buy a new bottle?

November 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDevonee

Hi Whitney,

I would like to share a story for people with dry scalp. I too suffer from "dry scalp" and after doing some research I have found that it's actually the scalp overproducing oils which then create a hard layer that look like scabs (eew). It's called Seborrheic dermatitis and it sucks. My sister got an anti-fungal shampoo from the doctor that contained ketoconazole and it has been the only thing that has worked for me. She ran out a long time ago and since then my head has been hopeless.

What's frustrating is that I remember a time when I didn't have it. My little sister had dandruff as a child and we would tease her for it. Karma. She has the most beautiful head of hair in the family.

Once, I put tea tree oil all over my scalp because I thought it would help the dryness. Almost my whole scalp created thick layers of crust. I thought I was allergic to tea tree oil but really it's the myth that we learned as kids being broken. We don't need to oil our scalps as it creates it own oils.

But even after all of this I can't solve this pesky problem. Even after only using natural products, and straight after washing, my scalp is unbelievable.

And yet, I remember when I had micro braids this summer my scalp hardly bothered me at all. I didn't wash my hair at all for 2 months straight until it got a little itchy. Then after the wash the itchiness got worse and worse.

My conclusions:

The less washing the better. Whitney washes once a month and her hair is fabulous. This is the same for my sister. She goes forever without washing and her hair loves this. I read that the scalp also doesn't like really hot water.

What I'm going to do in the meantime is get a prescription shampoo containing ketoconazole from the doctor. I think we need some form of sanity to relieve the desperation and exasperation of this pesky problem. When using this medicated shampoo, my scalp was relieved immediately and for at least a couple weeks after.

Once the fungus, which wikipedia says could possibly be yeast overgrowth, is gone. Maybe it would be in our best interest to switch to a shampoo like the one Whitney mentions. It is likely our hair is being stripped of all oils which is causing this fungus to take over our heads. I would love another natural solution besides going to the doctor but I haven't found anything after searching endlessly. But then again, doctors are there for a reason, right?

This was long winded but I feel the pain of people with itchy scalps. Let's figure this out!

November 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

This is off topic but with winter coming up I'd like to wear a hat. How do you keep your hair looking good after you take the hat off? My thought is I'll wear the hat to work and take it off when I get there but I don't want my hair to be a hot mess. Any suggestions?

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEbony

Hi Whitney,

I must say that I absolutely love your videos. You are truly an inspiration. I've been natural for 19 months now and I would really like to take better care of my hair this winter. (Last winter was a COMPLETE set back; lots of dry, brittle and breaking hair) I'm considering the Terressentials Organic wash. My question is: You mentioned how the mud was will expose any damage that has been done to the hair. I've been using natural products; or so I think... (Shea Moisture line), will the Terressentials organic wash help with getting my hair on the right track, and what should I do if the shampoo does expose any damage? Sorry that was two questions. lol. :-)

November 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Hello, I discovered your YouTube channel recently and just saw your video about this product. I was wondering if you know much about using it on locs. I've locked my hair for just a little over 1.5 years now and my hair type is I believe what people would call 4b? (Whichever has the most coils!) Thanks in advance.

November 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSavvy Beautiful

Hi Whitney! I love your videos and blog; You are creative, quirky, fun and very informative! In addition to everyone else asking from your experience, I'd like to know do you continue to use hot oil treatments with a heat cap on your hair? Keep up the excellent work! Thank you :)

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I've used it for a while now on my hair and for my oldest daughter. The Lemon has worked fine for us and I love the smell!! I use a lot so I order the 16oz. I also like to let it sit for a while and then rinse it out. Our hair melts and the detangling, O M G!! Love this product. Even if something else comes along I think I’m hooked!

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I wish it was easier to get! :(

November 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRochelle

My issue is the same as Kristina's.
However I do not have a prescription shampoo....I don't want to go back to anything else but my scalp is producing waaaaay too much oil :( I have been using baking soda mixed with a little acv and lime juice....I know kinda strong, But the excess oil traps the mud wash in my hair causing it to look ashy at the roots. I had tried to use diluted acv but the build up just laughed at my pitiful attempt to remove it. Any suggestions would be helpful. The other products I use on my hair: Shea/mango butter mix(it has no oils in it). Sometimes instead of the Shea/mango I may use evoo. If I need extra moisture during the week I use Kinky Curly Knot today. For a DC(not every wash) I use honey and bananas and for a spritz I have plain ole water and if my hair's pH is off I use my water&aloe vera juice mix.

November 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRaeShouna

Hi witney im transitioning but Im so tempted to cut off the perm because I hate dealing with two different hair textures, i continuously spritz water in my hair and wear a shower cap around the house to keep moisture in because my hair drys out quickly, do u think wearing kinky twist as a protective styling is ok? or wet n wavy? Also me wearing my shower cap all day long then switching to a satin bonnet when i sleep is ok?

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMissy

Hey Whitney,

I've not too long ago discovered your youtube channel, and i really love your hair styles and tips.
I saw you put up something on detoxing your hair, and i was wondering if i would need it or not. I Live in Holland and the water hair is very bad, so i wash my hair once a month and i use baby shampoo or sometimes head and shoulders. I'm originally from the Caribbean. Back home i washed my hair with the gel from a flat cactus that grows there or sometimes aloe, cause back then the shampoo use to mess up my hair and scalp so my mom suggested the aloe and cactus. Now i forgot my question, OH YEH, um so from that short history do you think i should detox my hair

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjane

I'm interested in your monthly routine.... i.e Week 1 - Wash, twist/twist-out; Week 2, deep condition, twist/twist-out, etc. Also, does your shea mixture leave much build-up on your hair in-between washes or does the rinsing between washing help with that?

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterteresa

Hey Whitney!!!

I love your hair! I have question. Does Terressentials ever have a sale??? Free shipping??? Anything???

Let me know

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFinerwoman07

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