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Hair · September 20, 2022

Maria Nila for Better Hair: A 3-Step Routine

We talk a lot about wellness for our skin and bodies, but there’s a whole world of wellness to be considered when it comes to our hair. Example: Sulfates and parabens are common hair-care ingredients that, sure, might add superficial shine and enhance product shelf-life, but actually do long-term damage to your hair and scalp. This leads to flakes, itchiness, breakage, and stress-out hair. We’re here to tell you: There is a better way.

On that note, allow us to introduce Maria Nila. Without any harmful ingredients, this professional-grade, animal-safe line can repair heat-damaged, limp, flaky hair and bring back the bounce, shine, and volume that even strangers will remark on. Here’s a Maria Nila 3-step clean routine we’re a little obsessed with.

Step 1: Maria Nila Head & Hair Heal Shampoo, $36

This moisturizing shampoo packs amazing scalp benefits to fight flakes, excess oil, and dryness. Plus, it contains ingredients to stimulate hair growth all while soothing your scalp with calming aloe vera extract. 


  • Piroctone olamine and aloe vera extract treat and prevent dandruff 
  • Vitamin E and apigenin stimulate hair follicles to boost hair growth
  • Oleanolic acid prevents hair loss
  • Color Guard complex preserves color by protecting hair from harmful rays and free radicals
  • 100% vegan and animal friendly

Birchbox staff hot take: “I noticed a difference right away. My hair was less oily and even during the summer months when I was washing more frequently (due to sweat), it didn’t dry out my scalp or hair.” 

Step 2: Maria Nila Head & Hair Heal Conditioner, $36

This soothing and moisturizing conditioner treats dandruff and other scalp problems and is specially formulated to work with the Heal Shampoo. Packed with the same superhero ingredients as the shampoo, it leaves hair soft but not weighed down. 


  • Anti-inflammatory formula 
  • Contains piroctone olamine and aloe vera extract to treat and prevent dandruff
  • Allergen-free
  • Color safe
  • Smells amazing with light floral scents of jasmine and linden blossom
  • 100% vegan and animal friendly

Birchbox staff hot take: “Pairs perfectly with Heal Shampoo. One of my favorite activities to combat Sunday Scaries is a long soak in the bath and a deep condition courtesy of Maria Nila.”

Step 3: Maria Nila Dry Shampoo, $32.50

This dry shampoo does more than just absorb excess oil between washes: It boosts volume, enhances shine, and revives your style—all without a chalky residue. Use it to add texture to braids, refresh after a workout, or to add just a liiiiittle bit of lift at the roots to get an extra day (or two) out of your style.


  • Powder spray formula
  • Doubles as a styling product for lift, hold, and texture
  • Light fruity pear scent
  • Color Guard complex preserves color by protecting hair from harmful rays and free radicals
  • 100% vegan and animal friendly

Birchbox staff hot take: “I’ve been on a dry shampoo journey and can say with confidence that this formula passes the dark-hair, anti-ashy test that so many don’t live up to.”

Ready to try this 3-step system for shinier, healthier, more luxurious hair? Head to the Birchbox Shop to start your hair wellness journey. Take it from your beauty BFFs, this is a perfect place to begin.

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Jac Wray

While a self-described social butterfly, I find empowerment in my independence. Taking myself on a spur of the moment solo vacation, dinner dates to new restaurants or parts of the city where my company is solely the characters in the book I bring, visiting the local bar and getting to know the bartenders over a glass of wine… or 3. I find that intimate moments with myself leave me feeling brave, confident, and empowered to take on the world without depending on anything else as a buffer. It also gives me time to reflect, plan, journal and explore new places at my own pace.