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 £18), Manketti Oil Conditioner (250ml, RRP £18) and Manketti Oil (100ml, RRP £36), 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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If you struggle to keep your curls in tip top condition at home, a new series of 'Master Your Curls' workshops by Afro Hairdresser of the Year 2014 & 2013 Charlotte Mensah will be the answer to your prayers! The first two masterclasses, which will take place on Monday 27th July and Monday 24th August from 7-9pm at Hair Lounge, 347 Portobello Road, W10 5SA So whether you're rocking tight afro coils, or a mum desperately trying to manage your child's mixed-race spirals, or considering embracing textured tresses and going natural, this workshop will arm you with the advice you need to master your curls and show your hair who's boss! Tickets are £25 in advance (redeemable against services booked on the night) and spaces are very limited. To secure your space, call 020 8969 9444.