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

 

 

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

Crochet Micro Senegalese Twists

New Hair for the New Year!!!

Here goes my December post.. 🙂

I’ve been MIA all month-long since I haven’t had anything to post about and I’ve also been busy and focused on other things. Anyhow, this December post is happening right now, in the last hour of the last day of this month. Which means that in less than 60 minutes, it will be January 1st, 2014!!!

Currently, I am working on my January protective style: Crochet Micro Senegalese Twists. I know, I know…that’s a mouthful to say. I don’t even know if that is an official styles, but that’s the best way to describe what I’ve got going on here.

Below is my braid pattern:

Braid Pattern

Braid Pattern

I haven’t decided whether to sew the end (in the middle) down or not. Also, I would suggest doing the braids in the middle smaller and in an s-pattern rather than chunky braids. Also, to reduce even more tension, you can add synthetic hair to your braid pattern just as you would do a sew in. The only negative thing about that is the bulk it would add to the front when doing these twists. If you used marley hair or a thick/curly hair, it wouldn’t be as noticeable.

I used three packs of Xpressions hair (so far), and I cut them in half. I MIGHT have to purchase a fourth pack (tomorrow I ‘ll know for sure). I also used a bobby pin instead of a crochet needle. I’ve tried using the crochet needle (with closing-latch hook) this past April and it did not work out for me. I started off fine but with snagging my hair often in the needle. It was frustrating to use the crochet needle and I didn’t have the patience so I took out what I started and did some micro braids with the hair. After that, I told myself I wouldn’t try crochet braids again. So this is my first successful attempt at crochet braids, using a bobby pin and my tool of choice instead. It’s just easier for me.

So what changed my mind?

I wanted to install Senegalese twists for January, but I was concerned about the tension and pulling on my edges. I wanted to avoid or lessen breakage at all costs. So I figured crocheting these twists on would ease the tension. So I went on YouTube to see if anyone had done crochet braids with Senegalese twists, and I found a couple of women who did! So there, I put two and two together: crochet braiding and Senegalese twists. I also stumbled upon an alternative to the crochet method and heard about the bobby pin method. I didn’t search for any videos on it being done, I just envisioned it in my mind and knew how it should be done.

Below is the process:

Installing Crochet Senegalese Twists

Installing Crochet Micro Senegalese Twists

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I find it faster to crochet an entire row (only in the front) at a time before twisting

  1. Take a small amount of hair and *stretch* it so that the ends are not blunt (this will help the ends from unraveling)
    *by stretching I mean pulling some strands in the opposite direction to make the ends uneven*
  2. Take the hair by the middle and slide it in the opening of the bobby pin all the way to the end
  3. Use one hand to hold the strands tightly (close to the middle where it bends) and with the bobby pin in other hand, take and push the closed end underneath your braid and pull through with the hair
  4. Remove the bobby pin from the hair and pull one of the strands through so that they are even on both sides
  5. *Twist the strands together
    *I used a spray bottle with water and spray the synthetic hair to give slip and twist faster..it helps my hands not use so much energy which made all of this pain-free! 🙂

I plan to finish up (hopefully) tomorrow and will have picture and finalize the information on how many packs of hair and how long it took some time later on.

UPDATES 1/1/14:

  • Step-by-step explanation above^^^plus detail edits
  • It will take more than three packs of Xpressions hair (for this length and thickness), but not an entire four packs
  • Still not finished, but good enough at least to go to work tomorrow 🙂
  • More pictures coming soon, stay tuned!!
The upper-middle is unfinished

The upper-middle is unfinished

P.S: I am really considering making videos on YouTube in the future to add another dimension to share with you all. I’m thinking hair and beauty. Let me know what you think! 🙂

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!