Spotlight: Mane Choice Manetabolism Hair Vitamins

Hey beauts!

Are we all in the holiday spirit yet? If you’re reading this then I know you have entered into our big fat giveaway here.

So a while ago, AB talked about hair vitamins and her experience with African Hair Accel.

With so much excitement and gratefulness, I received a month’s supply of the Mane Choice Manetabolism Healthy Hair Vitamin.

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What is it and what does it do?

Manetabolism is a dietary supplement that “aids in promoting healthy hair, nails and skin by supplying nourishment to the body’s cells and by directly targeting hair follicles, nail beds and skin layers.In addition, it also boosts energy levels and helps to strengthen the immune system.” The major selling and advertisement point for this product is its effects on the hair as evidenced by its name and its USP (which reads ‘Longer. Thicker. Healther’). I have seen lots and lots and LOTS of pictures heralding the good name of manetabolism that I am so tempted to ignore any doubt that this product will cause a drastic change to my hair. I shall try my best to remain grounded.

What’s in it?

Vitamin A (as Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol), Vitamin E (as d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate), Vitamin K, Niacin, Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin), Biotin, Zinc (as Zinc Sulfate), Proprietary Blend*.

*The proprietary blend comprises: MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), Shark Cartilage, FucoMax Fucoidan, Horsetail  (Equisetum arvense) (Whole Herb), Inositol, Grape seed (Vitis vinifera), Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) (Leaf), L-Lysine, L-Alanine, L-Arginine HCl, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Cysteine, L-Glutamic acid, L-Glycine, L-Histidine HCl, L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine, L-Methionine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Proline, L-Serine, Taurine, L-Threonine, L-Tyrosine, L-Valine.

Other Ingredients: Cellulose and Magnesium Stearate.

Pretty impressive, eh?

Impressions

I have been taking these for a couple of weeks now. The packaging and branding is quite exquisite; understated, yet calling. I have a bias against pills and capsules, and I find these ones particularly large :(. However, this hasn’t stopped me from swallowing them.

I have yet to notice any side effects or changes in my body. I shaved off body hair recently and it doesn’t seem to be growing at an alarmingly fast rate.

Cost wise, these babies retail between $24.99 and $ 239.88 depending on how many bottles you buy in one transaction. You can find them on amazon and the mane choice website.

I currently have my hair in braids and I am trying to do heat damage control so I don’t know how these will affect progress with this product. I will see you with good news (yes, I’m being positive) in a couple of weeks.

Have you tried these vitamins or any other hair vitamins that you are impressed with? What do you think about hair vitamins in general? I’ll love to read from you.

Have a brilliant weekend!

– Mee Mee

<3.

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.

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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.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

  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.

INGREDIENTS

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

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE

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.

REVIEW

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.

STATE OF MY HAIR

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.

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

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the back- After 9 inches, Before 8 inches

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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.

COST?

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.

WILL I BE PURCHASING?

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 www.africanhairaccel.com 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!

ONE LAST THING

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,

Love,

AB

Xx

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.