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

 

 

NEW Product Alert!! Shea Moisture: JBCO Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment

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I recently purchased this from my local CVS store. It goes for about $10.99 but I got a slight discount of a dollar or two off, with my handy dandy CVS coupons. 😉 I already have and love some products from the Shea Moisture brand so I did not hesitate to purchase and try this product at all. Also it was the last one on the shelf so…had to get it. I’ve used it a few times now since purchasing it. Although it hasn’t been long enough to see major results, I can still give my first impression which I hope can help you all.

I’ll start with the consistency; it is like a science project gone bad, lol. It took me by surprised when I opened the jar. It is like a semi-solid, transparent jelly that is almost crystal-like and comes out in chunk form when trying to use it. It isn’t easy to scoop up some product for use because it’s in one compact blob so you kinda have to dig at a piece. Idk, maybe I got a bad jar? It was the last jar, as you know. Anyhow, that didn’t kill the experience for me per se. I love the smell. It is a sweet smell and very mild, not overbearing or lasting. It is faint and it fades away. When I apply the product on my edges, it instantly dissolves or melts onto my hair/scalp where applied. It looks a bit greasy like thick castor oil. It is enough to combat the frix of my baby hairs. And I appreciate the concoction of natural and beneficial ingredients. I would prefer to use this over edge control because it doesn’t flake nor cause build-up like a lot of edge controls do. My hairs lay softly and tamed.

The reason I prefer this over edge control is because this is something I would use daily. I cannot use edge control daily to harden my edges and potentially break them, cause, build-up, white cast, or flaking. I hardly use edge controls nowadays. I’ve tried so many and discarded some too. Edge control is something I would use on occasions and on special occasions for hairstyles that I want to be slicked down. My hair and edges are certainly not laid every day. My everyday hair is something I like to keep clean for as long as possible and not have to wash out and reapply daily or multiple times per week. This is just my personal preference. So, that is why my initial impression is to appreciate this product. I will consider it my clean and mild daily edge carer. 🙂 I made that up, but it is fitting to how I utilize this product. I have a lot of essential oils and butters, etc that I can create my own concoction, but I like that this is a small portable jar that I can travel with. And I am not sure that I can make anything close to this that would keep my edges tamed and soft for most of the day without running down my face. So for now I will give this product a 4-star rating since I am still in the initial stages of trying it, and I never give anything 5 stars unless… I would have to be speechless about it to give it 5 stars, lol. So, to have 4 stars is the best it can get with any product right now.

Has anyone else tried this product? Since it is fairly new, I haven’t found ample reviews or extra details about it, so let me know your thoughts!

 

xoxo

Manetabolism by The Mane Choice

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In addition to my new product: Emu Oil, I also purchased Manetabolism™ Vitamins 2-Month Supply  and the Green Tea & Carrot Deep Conditioning Mask™ from The Mane Choice: . I wanted to try a supplement that helps hair growth and I looked into a few and decided that I would go with this one. I started taking these on August 5th. I take two per day (not always at the same time, but within that day, eg: 1 in the morning and 1 by evening/night time). At first I took them whole but I have a hard time swallowing large supplements. These ones actually floated in my mouth so I would do a little distraction dance and try to swallow them down. That took forever. So I decided to open the capsule and extract the powder to dissolve it into liquid and drink it instead. Fortunately, these plastic-textured, transparent capsules come apart very easily and the powder just comes out. This method has worked better for me. The powder doesn’t have much of a bad smell or taste surprisingly so I will continue to dissolve and drink these supplements instead of popping them down my throat whole.

I will be looking for a few things while taking these: Side effects and bodily changes such as acne for example, and on the positive side, hair growth. I drink a lot of water throughout the day, as you must with these supplements. And I plan to take down my summer braids and measure my hair length this weekend so that I can track the growth and progress of my hair by the end of my two month supply. I look forward to using the Green Tea and Carrot DC Mask as well and incorporating Emu Oil into my regimen too. Sometime I fall off on taking care of my hair, especially when it is in braids, but I’m getting back on the horse and giving my hair the TLC it deserves from my neglect this summer. Anyhow, stay tuned for future updates on my journey and hair health and growth progress!

 

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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

x0x0,
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/

Something Came Up So I Had to Change my Hair

Soooooo…long story short, I took ALL of my mini twists out, officially, last night.

Yeah, I know, I know..I was adamant about keeping them in until December. I really thought I could and would, but something came up last week and I felt an urgent need to change my hair!

Well, I had an interview and I realized that I probably shouldn’t wear my Allegra wig with the curly bangs in my face. I wanted the interviewers to be able to see my whole face and take me seriously. I wanted to look professional, not playful; I wanted to be me, my natural, real self.

So I decided to take down some of my twists around the perimeter of my head. I left the twists in the middle because I didn’t want to completely flunk my Fall Protective Style Challenge! LOL! So I took down the twists around the perimeter on Thursday night or Friday morning (I don’t remember) and dampened and detangled my hair with water. Then I moisturized with a leave in cream and some Shea butter. On top of that, I put my Olive Oil Eco Styler and brushed my hair down smooth and put a hair elastic to hold it tight. Tied it down overnight.

I took my scarf down the morning I left and rocked my little ponytail through the airport. And of course, I put it back on when I was on the plane. I want to make sure my edges remained laid until after my interview. lol. Anyhow, Saturday night, I spritzed a little water on my hair to soften up the Eco styler gel and brushed the outside so that it can be straighter. Then I tied it down overnight. On Sunday, my preparations had paid off and my hair was LAID!!! I put some old Marley hair that I used this past summer for my Havana twists, around my little pony to give it some volume. And I put some edge control on my edges. I tied my scarf around my edges until the very last minute before leaving for the interview. Here were the results:

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Here’s me after my interview:

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I was super excited that day and so glad I made the decision to wear my hair that way! I don’t think I would’ve been comfortable in my wig for an interview. I feel more confident when I wear my natural hair because I give my genuine self. No shame! I love my hair! 🙂

Fall | Winter Protective Style Challenge

This past weekend, I took out my sister loc extensions. Yes.. I survived a whole month!! *pats self on the back* Proud moment. =D Since my hair is currently in mini twists, which under my loc extension, I am going to challenge myself to leave them in until the end of this year! Yes!! That’s right!!! I know, I know, you think my twists will turn to dreads and knots and I’ll have to big chop again. Haha! I understand any concerns and this challenge will require attention and care for me to maintain these twists to prevent them from dreading. I personally do not believe that between now and December I will have dreads, so I am not worried, AT ALL. 🙂

Sister Locs – The Take Down

So this weekend, I washed the twists that were under the locs with my Kinky Curly Come Clean no-sulfate poo and conditioned it with Garnier Fructis  Triple Nutrition Fortifying Conditioner. Taking out my loc extensions before “wash day” was a pretty quick job once I figured out the best way to uninstall them. At first, I would cut the ends and try to unravel them, but as I pulled on the strand it would tighten around my hair and I’d have to cut or loosen it by pulling at it. Then I found the fastest and easiest way soon after where I just pulled down the coil from the root and the Marley hair gathered and slipped off in a perfect coil. Since my hair was still very moisturized from Shea butter, the coils which were already sort of loose from long wear and manipulating styles just slipped off like butter. This removal technique was super easy and super fast. I am not sure if it will work again, but I would sure hope so!

Anyhow, before washing my hair, I wanted to pre-condition and also deep condition. Those two things did not happen. Unfortunately, I only washed and conditioned my hair as if it were a regular wash day. Such a lazy natural I am, sometimes. I suggest that after wearing a protective style for a month or more, one should pre-condition and especially deep condition their natural tresses to restore moisture and strength and combat dryness and fragility.

After washing, I air-dried my hair and while it was damp I did the LOC method to seal in water moisture. So here’s what I did: I don’t always use the LOC method in order, sometimes it’s LOC, LCO or even just LC. I still like the method as a guide and simple reminder of what you need to do to retain moisture in your hair. So I used three leave-in creams first [after Liquid which is water in this case]: Shea Moisture Balancing Conditioner, Curl Junkie’s Smoothing Lotion, and Eden Body Works’ Coconut Shea Leave-in. I squeezed out about a quarter-size of each, mixed them together in the palm of my hand, and applied all over my twists. Then I used coconut oil to seal in the moisture. Here are the results:

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The next day, I realized that I had buildup of hair shed, dirt, and other elements near the root of my twists where the beginning of the loc extensions and my hair that was exposed met. I thought I had washed out everything when I washed my hair the first time, but apparently that was not the case. So as much as I didn’t want to, I had to untwisted and finger comb/detangle each twist and retwist them. This process took a long, long time—6 hours. <—-There went my Saturday night. -_- For this process, I sprayed my hair in sections as I went along with water. [It is better to detangle damp hair as opposed to dry hair to prevent breakage]. I also sprayed Lavish Curls Moisturizer from the Curl line at Target. That stuff gives my hair slip, so it was easier to remove the gunk with the combo of that and water. Then, I used raw Shea butter on each twist before retwisting it. This ensured that each twist was totally quenched.

In the end, this process was absolutely worth it and necessary to do so that I avoid any potential for my hair to dread!

Disaster waiting to happen!

Disaster waiting to happen!

Now I know for sure that dreads wont happen. And if I put loc extension back in before December is over, I will be sure to do this again!

Fall – Winter Protective Style Challenge

Now that the weather is getting colder, I am sending my hair into hibernation until next year, hopefully. Knowing that I have HIH [hand in hair syndrome] (lol) this is absolutely going to be a challenge. However, after changing up my hair so much and trying different styles for the past few months in the Spring an Summer time, I am feeling lazy and a little burned out from all the changes. So I am deciding to give it a rest for these two seasons and pick back up when my birthday comes around. Also, these mini twists are very small and it took time to put them in, and it will take time to take them out. I don’t want to have to take them out and then spend more time on trying to tame the beastly afro I will have let loose. That is another reason why I want to maintain these twists. Oh! and my biggest reason of all, is LENGTH RETENTION! I’ve hit a point in my natural hair journey where I feel like my hair growth has stunted or slowed down. More than likely, I’ve probably suffered a bit of breakage from high manipulation and also my eating habits are not the best so I am sure that contributed as well. Going from high manipulation to low or none is one of the best ways to retain length and prevent breakage [when done carefully and in a healthy way]. A combination of things, including drinking lots of water water, eating healthy and cutting out  or reducing the intake of not-so-healthy things can also help with the strength of ones’ hair to reduce breakage. So I will make a more conscientious effort to take extra care of my hair for length retention throughout this fall and winter. Once, I make these things good habits, then they will become a normal part of my routine.

As far as styling goes, I plan to maintain these mini twists underneath my handmade wigs. I have two curly wigs that I made last week for the fall and winter. So I will wear one for a month (starting next weekend) and the other for a month. Then for January, I plan to make another wig for the new year. But I digress, January is pretty far away and my hair plans can change LOL so that plan isn’t quite solidified yet. Anyhow, this has been one long update,  so thank you for taking the time to read it.

Please make sure to check out some NEW pictures added to my Hair Creations pages: Braids, Protective Styles, and Handmade Wigs!!! I’ve done a lot this past week so ENJOY!!! 🙂