Product Review: Mane Choice Manetabolism Hair Vitamins

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Hey beauts!

Happy New Year from MeeMee! The first month in 2015 is almost over and I hope we’re all settling in decently. I just want to say again how amazing you guys are, and you will be reading a lot more from me this year. You have my permission to hold me to that statement.

Now to the business of the day.

Remember when I shared my excitement about trying out the Manetabolism vitamins? I am done with all 60 capsules and I shall now share my results (or nah?) with you.


Before trying these vitamins, I had salivated at the major progress many girls claimed to have with this product on social media. I had never taken any hair/skin vitamins prior to this one. And so, as expected, I had high hopes. Maybe too high. For me, it was about the length and not even the thickness at the time. I had my hair in Marley twists during the month when I took these vitamins and so I had no idea how my hair was faring underneath. But I was really positive. After having my twists in for a little over 4 weeks, I took them out, did the usual ritual with eagerness to do that length check (not pictured here. Perhaps it was anger, but I somehow deleted that picture).

L: 2 days before R: > 30 days after

L: 2 days before R: > 30 days after


What went wrong?!!!

Well, the low hanging fruit will be the fact that I am currently treating heat damage. So right now, my hair is not very healthy. At my last wash day though, I didn’t lose as much hair as I expected so perhaps the pills reduced shedding? But my hair is a lot thinner than I remember it being. I admit that I have not always had dense hair. I also admit that I thought becoming natural will automatically equal high density hair (this deserves a post on it’s own. Can I get a show of hands from my mid – low density sisters in the house?). But this thinness that has accompanied the heat damage is not of God. Comparing the thinness from before I started the pills to after, there has been no significant change.

Lost comrades from the battle of the wash day

Lost comrades from the battle of the wash day


Any side effects

I don’t like that side effects has a bad connotation. It shouldn’t, because it’s basically any off-target effect (i.e. effect that you were not expecting or that the medication was not aimed at). Apart from noticing that my nails feel stronger, there were no noticeable side effects from taking these vitamins. I did not break out, contrary to some reports, neither did I notice any improvement in my skin condition.

Will I be buying this product again?

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Yes. But not immediately. I will like to nurse my hair back to life and have my hair be healthy and stable. When this happens, I want to give these vitamins a second chance to prove themselves to me. If I don’t notice substantial change to my hair, only then will I give up on them.

On Hair Vitamins…

Like I said earlier, before manetabolism, I was a hair vitamin virgin. I had never even thought about using them to facilitate hair growth. I am not one to pop pills and I struggle with taking regular everyday vitamins. I don’t believe that hair vitamins are magical. I would like to see the original growth rate of these girls that have shown amazing change in their hair with these vitamins. Chances are that there won’t be any substantial difference with and without vitamins. What this means is that, genetically, they have rapid hair growth while some of us, don’t. So while I think that hair vitamins can help your hair to be healthier and can do its bit to improve your keratin structure, it cannot suddenly turn you into Rapunzel (btw, if Rapunzel had a big ass afro, that “let down your hair” story would not have sufficed) if your ancestors haven’t blessed you with such growth.


What have I rambled on about in essence?

1. My hair doesn’t seem to be growing much.

2. Manetabolism’s magic didn’t work on me in the way I thought it would. Although, it did decrease my shedding.

3. I am not Rapunzel… yet.

4. Vitamins are not magical.

5. Fix my hair, Jesus!

I know Joy, one of our readers, has tried Manetabolism and was not blown away. Has any one had a different or similar experience with these or other hair vitamins? Not to overflog this issue of hair vitamins but any chance your thoughts have changed since the last time we spoke about them? Let’s talk!

We had faux snow days where I live on Monday and Tuesday so my own weekend is just coming to and end and it is my first work day of the week. I hope your week is going really well. Remember, always gauge the type of hair your Rapunzel has before you rely on her letting it down for your transportation. Ok bye!



Finally, My Review! : African Hair Accel Hair Vitamins

I finished one month’s supply of African Hair Accel Hair Vitamins last week, on Monday morning.


As I stated in this past post here, the vitamins were sent over to me by African Hair Accel to try, but you can trust me to give you my honest, unbiased opinion. 🙂 And there are progress photos too.



  1. TYPO! As soon as I got this bottle, the first thing I noticed was “Essental Vitamins For Hair Growth”. Where did the “I” go? Was it on vacation? I kid, but if I was seeing this for the first time at a pharmacy or something, in the midst of other options, I wouldn’t be willing to put my trust in this one. I didn’t have an A in WAEC English but I’m just particular about things like this.
  2. The smell. Not druggy, but not exactly odourless. It smelled slightly yeasty at first and I hoped I wouldn’t be burping that later. I got used to it it, and that was all. No I didn’t burp that, no problems there.


Here they are, as follows:
Vitamin A (as renyl palmitate), Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid and rose hips), Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol w/beta-cyclodextrin), Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl acetate), Vitamin B1 (as thiamine monohydrate), Riboavin (vitamin B2), Niacin (as Niacinamide), Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl), Folic acid, Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin), Biotin (as d-biotin), Pantothenic acid (as d-calcium pantothenate), Calcium (as dicalcium phosphate and calcium carbonate), Iron (as ferrous fumerate), Phosphorus (as dicalcium phosphate), Iodine (as potassium iodide), Magnesium (as magnesium oxide), Zinc (as zinc oxide), Selenium (as L-selenomethionine), Manganese (as manganese sulfate)
Hair blend: Choline bitartrate, Betaine hydrochloride, Citrus bioavonoids (from Citrus spp., fruit), Inositol, PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid), RNA (ribonucleic acid), Rutin (from Dimophandra mollis, fruit)
Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid, croscamellose sodium, silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, water base coating, talc, carnauba wax


90 caplets for 30 days, meaning 3 a day. Morning, Afternoon and Evening. Vitamins like other meds of course, are to be taken with food.


So, these hair vitamins promise strength (less shedding & breakage) and 200% growth. The experts say hair grows about ½ an inch a month on average, so I assumed this to be true for me, looking forward to being Rapunzel, one inch longer after 30 days of religious pill popping.


My hair is super kinky tightly coiled 4C hair. I had no issues with strength and softness, my hair was pretty healthy when I started this trial so it’s the growth I was really looking to see.

Taking the After shots was a bit of a clumsy affair, but here you have it guys, before-after shots as promised.


Front: Before 8 inches- After 8 and a half inches 


the back- After 9 inches, Before 8 inches

3 strand twist out

the middle- Before 7 inches, After 8 inches

I grew one inch in the back and in the middle ^__^  and ½ inch in the front. Not at all surprising because my front hair doesn’t grow as fast as the rest of my hair. Very good news because my hair has been kinda stagnant lately. The month before the trial, I did not even get my half inch!

I didn’t notice any side effects. My skin did not act up, and I didn’t grow a moustache lol! Yay!

I apologise for the quality of the photos, and I only just realised that because of the difference in the lighting, I took the before photos from the left side, and the after photos from the right. But I assure you, my hair is equal on both sides.

Any slight difference in colour you may notice is as a result of the henna treatment I did the day before this length check.


This costs $22 for one month supply, and $10 international shipping. At present, there are discounts on the website for 2 months supply and up.

I checked out other Hair Vitamins and they all seem to be in the 20-something dollar category. So I’d say African Hair Accel is well priced.


You see, there’s growth, but the fact is hair grows. This could help me grow faster but considering the pros- growth and the cons- the fact that I don’t like taking meds + though I think the pricing is fine, I’ll now be paying for something monthly where I was previously free of that- makes me ask this question: am I really this impatient? I don’t think so. $32 (shipping included) for an extra half inch? Naw.

BUT on the flip side, me trying to join #FitFam and all, I’m thinking I should have Vitamin supplements in my life. If I decide to make this a habit, I might as well choose Vitamins with more goodies for my hair. So to tell you the truth, I’m undecided.

If you’re interested in getting this, I’d say from my experience, by all means go ahead! You can get yours over at the official website They also offer a 30-day money back guarantee. Fair enough? I think so!

What I like about the website is, Debit cards (Mastercard and Visa) are welcome! In this part of the world, we are Debit card people, not a credit card culture, so ordering things from the USA makes us get on one long thing or another!


Abeg oh. Before you take this or any other dietary supplement, you are strongly advised to consult your doctor if:
1. You have a history of peptic ulcers or any condition associated
2. You have a known medical condition including heartburn
3. You are a pregnant or nursing mother
4. You are a child under 18!

What do you think, people? Yay or Nay? Holler if you’ve tried these vitamins too, or any other brands. I’d like to know how far!

Till next post,




Side note: it feels a little strange to be here blogging about hair, in the light of everything that’s been going on in the country lately, most particularly, the very disturbing kidnap of the Chibok school girls by terrorist group Boko Haram. Over 200 girls were kidnapped from their school on April 15. From here, I don’t feel capable of changing anything, and it sucks. But if any of this is news to you, please google “Bring Back Our Girls”, or for starters, read this article. Wherever you are, please read about it, talk about it, tweet about it, keep the girls in your prayers. If you’re in Nigeria, I’m urging you to be a part of the electoral process in 2015. It’s the least we can do.

Hair Vitamins: Yay or Nay?

Hey ladies!

Hair Vitamins are one hot topic in the Black Hair Community right now, natural and relaxed. You’ve probably heard of Hairfinity? African Hair Accel? Biotin? Manetabolism? No? Okay.

Many of us want that Rapunzel hair, and most of us wanters want it fast! Hair Vitamins promise to take you to healthier and longer hair, quicker.

How Hair Vitamins Work

No need to get too Science-y, here’s what I understand:

Food is body fuel, and different parts of the body need different nutrients to function; Vitamin A for bright eyes, Iron and Folic Acid contribute to the blood… Your hair benefits from Vitamin A and Iron and Folic Acid too, but here’s the thing. Hair isn’t an essential organ. Nutrients get grabbed by the other parts, before the hair gets its share. So if you aren’t eating well enough, the little you eat may not get to your hair.

Hair Vitamin tablets are thus a concentrated selection of vitamins that are believed to be beneficial to hair, packaged in doses for daily consumption. They’re just like any other multivitamins, but these are chosen/formulated specially for the benefit of your hair.

What Are They Really Promising?

Marketing gimmicks aside, these supplements aren’t claiming to have Chemical X or any magic at all.

Hair grows, no doubt. Depending on several factors (genetics, how healthy your lifestyle is, diet, etc), some people grow hair faster than others. Still, it is said that on average, we can expect our hair to grow half an inch every month. Hair Vitamins promise to strengthen your hair and to give it a boost, help it grow faster than it usually would.

Okay AB, Why Are We Talking About This?

Curiosity got this cat. Very recently, I received one month’s supply of Hair Vitamins from African Hair Accel, to try out.


I will do a length check before I start taking the pills, and I’m also going to put my hair away in a protective style for the one month I’ll be taking them, to eliminate the chances of breakage from combing or any manipulation.

There isn’t a lot of information available about these things on the internet (probably because they are “just” Vitamins), not as many reviews as I’d like. My Acne situation is already very testy, I hope it isn’t aggravated (popular side-effect of Biotin) Also, I’m naturally very hairy so I hope the vitamins will concern themselves with ONLY the hair on my head! ( ._.)

Expect a review soon (honest and unbiased as usual), the pictures will speak for themselves.

But till then, what do you think about Hair Vitamins right now? Are you taking any? Please take the poll below- and you could also share a little (or a lot) more in the comments!