Manetabolism by The Mane Choice UPDATE!

Hello everyone!

It has been about 4 months since my last blog post! I didn’t intend to be MIA this long but life transitions have been happening. Now that I’ve managed to find some time, please forgive my neglect. I am back and I have lots to share. 🙂

In this post, I will tell you all about my two month trial of Manetabolism hair growth supplements.

I ordered two bottles of Manetabolism about a few months ago. There are 60 capsules per bottle as a 30 day supply, so you take two at a time. However, it took a little over two months for me to finish them because I took them only on the weekdays and skipped weekends. I skipped weekends for two reasons: first, I was cautious and wanted to avoid any reactions or side effects and secondly, I would leave the bottle in my office drawer. I found that it was better to leave the bottle at work so to remember taking them at the same time each day.

The pills were large for me to swallow at first so I would pull apart the capsule and dissolve the powder in a liquid. It didn’t have horrid taste or strong smell in my opinion, but dissolving it was a lot of work. So eventually I practiced taking the pills whole. At first I had trouble because the pill would float in the roof of my mouth. The plastic-like shell casing makes it very buoyant and hard to get down.

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Pill size

 

Now that I’ve mastered getting the pills down, I’ll tell you about the wonders it worked!

I had zero negative side effects taking these, which I am very happy about. I’ve read about some folks getting acne and some other sorts of things but all of that missed me. P.S: I drink lots of water throughout the day, which one should, especially when taking supplements.

And let me tell you… MY HAIR GREW FAST!!! I mean, I noticed a difference in my hair length at the end of two months. I went from collar bone length to two inches more. It is said that hair grows about a half an inch per month. My hair gained two inches in two months and two weeks. However, unfortunately I had to cut the length of growth at my ends. My ends were as dry as hay and needed to go. So after two months of growth, I was back to the length I had started at. I was pretty sad about not retaining length, but I was glad that I retained hair health. I would prefer healthy hair over long, damaged hair. Either way, after noticing the growth I had in the short amount of time, I am sold!!! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on more of these supplements.

So on Black Friday, I purchased a year’s worth for a steal price of 40% off. I was worried about shipping because I had had a package stolen recently from my doorstep. However, I was pleasantly surprised that I missed the delivery and had to pick it up at my local post office with a signature and address confirmation! Registered mail, oh boy I felt special. 🙂 I certainly appreciate the extra security for this large batch order.

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12-Month Supply

 

I recently received it in the mail and just started my first bottle yesterday. I’ve been meaning to do a length check and recheck any time I start something new, but I just put my hair in crochet braids just last weekend on December 7th so I don’t want to take it out..sorry guys. Next time. 😦

Anyhow, to sum it up about Manetabolism, these hair supplements do work, and they work very well.

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Ingredients

The founder, Courtney Adeleye, is a researcher of hair anatomy and studied the science of hair growth. She is a degree holder in the scientific field and passionate about healthy hair growth, she developed this concoction. As you guys know, I do my research as well. And after researching various hair growth necessities, I found her supplement the most suitable to try over others. I believe this was the best decision for me and as a result, I don’t plan to even TRY another brand. I’m an avid customer and I recommend these supplements to all.

 

xoxo

Sarahdee

 

 

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Natural Hair Product Haul!!! Plus Hair Straightening Systems talk

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So today I went to Target looking for Shea Moisture’s straightening kit and lo and behold, there was a SALE!!! My two natural hair favorite products, Shea Moisture, and Kinky Curly, were having a sale at Target. I got hair products and my favorite body washes.

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This product below was something I stumbled upon online, while researching another Shea Moisture Product I purchased last weekend, the JBCO Strengthen, Grow and Restore Edge Treatment. I read a few reviews and saw a couple YouTube videos of natural trying it. There were mixed reviews. Some said it made their hair straight like a perm and didn’t revert, others said it loosened their curl pattern and elongated their curls, others said the effects didn’t last too long because their hair frizzed up in heat and reverted back after getting wet. Since there are no consistent outcomes that I’ve come across yet, I will continue to observe before I put this in my hair and regret it.

The reason I purchased it in the first place is because it seemed a lot milder than other hair manageability systems. Also, a lot of the natural ingredients and compounds I recognize, so that helped ease concerns for me. To be on the safe side, I would try the conditioner from the line first (included in the kit, but I purchased the regular size separately) because it seems like the conditioner does good work on its own combating frizz and defining curls, from the reviews I’ve read about it.

 

My take on this new boom of Natural Hair Straightening and Manageability systems:

It seems as though a lot of brands are creating these systems. At first I was critical of them when they first emerged because I felt as though it was defeating the purpose of being natural. I thought of these systems as a milder form of a perm or texturizer without the harsh chemicals–a perm in sheep’s clothing. I was skeptical about these systems and disappointed in natural hair companies for creating these systems to again, alter our natural texture slightly, to be more manageable. Eventually, I cam around and warmed up to researching it. I realize that some people may actually WANT that help with their hair, and there’s nothing wrong with that. At that time, I didn’t. I wanted to appreciate my natural hair for what it was and learn to care for it as it. Today, I still don’t want the help of a straightening system, but I feel differently about purchasing anyway. What I want, it to explore and try something, in hope that it WILL revert back at some point. And if it doesn’t I’m okay with big chopping again, wearing protective styles, growing it out, etc. I purchased this product as not to run from managing my natural hair but to take a further step in styling it.

One of the biggest reasons I returned to being natural is to learn to love my ORIGINAL-self, and I think I’ve accomplished that. I am comfortable in my skin and with my natural hair. I am comfortable in public even with a bad natural hair day. I am currently rocking two strand twists pinned up at work. I feel very physically unattractive currently but it does not knock my confidence. I would look in the mirror and laugh at myself with myself, that’s how okay I am with being this way. I still love me. So with that being said, I didn’t buy this product to run from managing my hair as is; I bought it for fun, to explore and try versatile styles. What matters most to me, is that my hair is healthy. No longer am I on a journey to natural hair. I have arrived. I have arrived to my destination–that emotional feeling within that exudes self-confidence. I have arrived to where I needed to be, as a black woman in this twisted society that strongly influences the definition of beauty. I have arrived and I am at peace. I accept myself as beautiful, no outside validation needed. 😉

 

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What is Beauty?

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My definition of beauty:

A genuine smile that emits an overflow of carefree joy, humility and confidence from within. She will naturally radiate a glow from a genuine smile and that is simply beautiful to me.

ATTENTION:

I’ve come across social media pages that have the words, “beauties, gorgeous females, etc.” in their titles or page descriptions. I’ve realized the the images posted on these pages have commonalities in appearances. For example, long hair, curly hair, straight hair, or simply pit, easy-to-manage hair. [NOTE: My interest to exclaim this comes from my observation of lack of natural hair “beauties,” 4b/4c hair type, to be specific.] These pictures I would consider to be attractive and having sex appeal, but that is not to say that these women are not beautiful by any means. My belief is just that beauty lies far deeper than skin, than the surface level of looks and appearances. It is something to be search for and found. It is an energy to be felt. It is not found instantly in the blink of the eye like attraction and appeal.

The words beauty and beautiful are being wrongly interchanged with gorgeous, sexy, and attractive, in my opinion. We need to look deeper for real beauty, stare a bit longer, probe our thoughts and decide the meaning of beauty for ourselves. It is beyond a pretty face and easy-to-manage hair. Nonetheless, all women have beauty to be found within and brought out. We are Go’s precious creations, a jewel and gift to man. And I am sharing my opinion and feelings in hopes for the future, that good looks and sex appeal not be glorifies as beauty, impose on beauty, interchanged with beauty nor overshadow or redefine beauty. That is all.

 

xoxo
Sarahdee

Long Hair, Who Cares?!

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Recently, I was on vacation and for the latter half of my stay I put my hair in large havana twists. It looked so natural that people–black people, surprisingly, could not tell that it wasn’t my hair. I was stopped many times and asked if this was my real hair, or how long did it take to grow? I was complimented and admired with, your hair is so beautiful, I love your hair. I had never gotten so many compliments on a hairstyle before. Moreover, every single person, with the exception of one, were men! Can you believe that??! Black men, asking me, a black woman, if this is my real hair! I didn’t know how to feel about this.. Happy? Amused? Offended?

After a while, I studied the situation and actually felt some kinda way, which I cannot describe in one word. I was not angry at the men who asked if this was my real hair per se, but I became conscious of the ideation of long hair seeming to be more admirable than short hair. It was as if being natural was no longer the problem of being excluded in worldly beauty, but now having shorter, natural, is what is specifically overlooked.

I began to feel as though we, as black people, did not entire break the chains of mental slavery. And I am not saying it is our fault. I believe that we had a breakthrough but it needs to go a step further. Yes, we’ve come far with the return of natural tresses, but many of us are still seeking length for beauty. We need to evaluate our reasons for desiring long hair. Some of us may feel inadequate or substandard having not attained long hair length goals. We protective style to cover up our “ugly phase” aka short hair and take hair pills to promote growth for long lengths. Now, if you are doing certain things for hair health, carry on, I support that!

However, from studying the encounters from my trip, I’ve concluded that there is still this ideation in society, that long hair is more attractive. This social construction of beauty was lurking in my subconscious for a long time and I hadn’t realized it until I was probed by these men. It had been whispering to me ever since I became natural, and long hair was my desire. Once I did the big chop, all I wanted was length, and then health was close for a second focus. Basically, I made length more important than health which really didn’t work out because heathy hair is actually what causes length (reduced breakage, etc). Point is, I desired long hair, all my life. But don’t get my wrong, I felt beautiful with my short natural hair as well. The problem was I saw it as a phase and I wasn’t content with staying in that phase. It was meant to be a passing and not a permanancy.

Today, I still struggle with my hair at its short/medium length. I struggle with natural protective styling and finding the time to care for my hair. But now being fully aware of the feelings that lurked in my subconscious for a long time, I plan to be more conscientious and loving to my hair. I plan to work on my self-esteem and self-acceptance. Having confidence as a natural is one thing, but one should decipher whether that is true confidence or wall of delusion and denial around societal standards deeply ingrained in your reasons for your hair goals..

#foodforthought

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Sarahdee

Single Strand Knots – Problems of a Natural Girl with Kinks and Curls

Single strand knots are in the top 10 of the most annoying things about natural hair. I could go in depth on this topic, but I’ll keep it light. Here are just a few to-the-point mentions regarding this natural hair problem.

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Problems:

  • Interferes with length retention and hair health
  • Can lead to breakage and split ends
  • Causes difficulty with combing and detangling

How it can happen:

Dry hair – If your hair is dry, it is prone to knotting easily when combed.
Wash-n-go – When your hair shrinks to dry, it curls up into its curl pattern and can coil onto itself easily creating knots and tangles.

Prevention Methods worth trying:

  1. Oil Rinsing – After shampooing or cowashing, lightly to moderately saturate your hair with oil and conditioner. Then rinse.
  2. Oil Daily – If you spritz your hair with water or AVG daily, add some oil to the mix to aid in detangling and add lots of slip
  3. Wash-n-Stretch – instead of wash-n-go, try separating, detangling, and twisting your hair to dry. It will prevent the hair from curling and coiling on itself.
  4. Stretch, Seal and Protect Ends – Stretched ends are much less likely to curl up on themselves. Sealing them with an oil and/or butter helps smooth down the frizzies and flyaways. Twisting up and tucking away or other protective styles help prevent your ends from knotting on themselves also

One of the simple benefits of using oil for the prevention of single strand knots is the slippage it gives to melt tangles-to-be away and calm frizzy ends.

In my opinion,
Sarah Dee
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References and Related Articles:

How To Prevent Single Strand Knots By Hollis
http://hollistics.com/2012/10/11/how-to-prevent-single-strand-knots/

Ask CurlyNikki: How Do I Get Rid of Single Strand Knots By Nikki Walton of CurlyNikki
http://www.essence.com/2013/02/28/ask-curlynikki-how-do-i-get-rid-single-strand-knots/

Natural Hair Moment

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It’s Springtime and my hair has bloomed and come out to play! No more winter-wearing-warm-hat-wiging! Low manipulation and length retention was been a priority and goal for the past few months, now I must get into a routine of styling my own hair once again. Now, since I have attained a new, longer length, I have more styling versatility. I will have to get use to maintenance again since it has been a while, but nonetheless, I am excited and ready to have fun with my tresses!! =D

My Hair Routine – Seasonal Cycle

I’ve created a seasonal pattern with my hairstyles. Since I started wearing wigs, I found it to be easy and low maintenance.

{End of Fall- All of Winter – Beginning of Spring}

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Living on the East coast with harsh winter weather, I prefer to wear my wigs as my hat and helmet to my own natural hair. Natural hair, in my opinion, is not made to endure such brutal cold temperatures. The wigs protect my hair strands from the cold and dry air and also keep my head warm. Also, I don’t have to protective style my own hair with twist outs, etc. which often require water. Twist-out preparations can also be time consuming and messy; in the winter time, I can do without those two factors. Low maintenance, quick styling wigs are a win win situation in my book.

I like to begin wig wearing at the end of Fall because that is when the crisp cold winds begin to pick up. Sometimes I will opt for a protective style involving twists or braids, or even my natural hair in flat twists. But by the end of the fall season, I cease all twist outs and afros. Then all Winter long I continue to wear my wigs. And the beginning of Spring, I continue to wear my wigs and plan upcoming styles for my hair when it gets warmer. My routine is not at all rigid, sometimes I take off my wigs for an occasion where I need to style my natural hair into a bun or updo which lasts for as long as a week before I put my wig back on.

Also, when it comes to the lengthy wearing of a wig, I make sure to wash my hair and scalp once every week and a half to two weeks. It is important to have a clean scalp because buildup will block your scalp from properly breathing and promoting growth. An unclean scalp can probably lead to bacteria scalp infections, mold, hair fall out and some other nasty stuff. (don’t quote me, do your research) So, I make sure that my scalp is cleansed often because a healthy scalp helps grow healthy hair.

 

{Mid Spring – All of Summer – Beginning of Fall}

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This is my favorite time, when it’s warm, because I can finally wear my hair out! The air is moist and temperature is warmer. My hair and scalp love both of those things. I can take my time to style my natural hair and this is the time where I bring out the twist outs and afro. This is when I most excited about the new growth acquired from the protective styling, low maintenance seasons. This is when I can wet my hair whenever and as often as I want. This is when I am obsessed with my hair! =D

So there goes… My Hair Routine for the seasons. I am sure a lot of naturals have something similar going on in their routines as well. And if you didn’t know what to do for the seasons, well I hope I helped you gained some routine inspiration from above!

 

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Sarahdee