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 Terressentials.com, which is what I do!
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!