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Move over avocado, coconut and jojoba. There’s a hot super hair ingredient hitting UK shores: Manketti Oil. Such are the softening, hydrating and detangling benefits of this mega emollient, that two-time Afro Hairdresser of the Year Charlotte Mensah has selected it to be the hero ingredient in her début hair collection which launches this spring. The three-strong product range, comprising Manketti Oil Shampoo (250ml, RRP £22), Manketti Oil Conditioner (250ml, RRP £22) and Manketti Oil (100ml, RRP £42), has been carefully created to deliver moisture to all curly hair types, but without the weight. Sourced from Manketti Nuts which grow on mongongo trees in northern Namibia, Manketti is loaded with Vitamin E (around 563mg per 100g of shelled nuts) and a plethora of nutrients including calcium, magnesium, protein, zinc and copper. Unlike coconut oil that is higher in saturated fatty acids or monosaturated jojoba oil, Manketti is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which act as a barrier to help prevent moisture from escaping from the hair for longer. Pouring 30 years of expertise into the line, Charlotte Mensah’s Manketti Oil is a high-end range like no other. Running her successful Portobello Road salon for over 13 years and tending to the tresses of celebrities including Janelle Monae and Eve helped Charlotte identify the need for premium products to keep hair moisturised without the heavy, oily finish found with existing ranges. Having discovered that Manketti Oil, which has been used in Africa for centuries, is one of the richest, most hydrating ingredients that nature has to offer, Charlotte knew it had to be a key feature. Now, after six years of research, development and testing at the most prestigious formulation houses and amongst her clients, with Charlotte involved at every stage, the collection is poised to deliver moisture, softness, definition and shine to Afro, mixed-race and all curl hair types, whilst still allowing weightless movement. Suitable for weaves, natural, relaxed, braided and colour-treated hair, exclusively available from this website.
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