Hey hair lovers,
I have finally gotten around to posting here. Please, bear with me and my bad habit of not posting regularly. Better late than never,eh?
Today, I introduce to you something that has been in existence since time immemorial. My mother always swears by it because when I was way younger I was hairless. She always says it is the reason why I have this fast growing and awesome hair.
I always thought she was exaggerating (she actually was.I have cut my hair plenty times since when she used it for me) and so I assigned no importance to it. That is until I saw the miracle it performed.
My younger sister’s hair has always been the definition of ‘rat chop’. My mom got her some manshanu and within months, her edges as well as her entire head was full of hair! The hair had weight and was actually long.
I also watched as the oil helped a lady grow all her hair back after all her hair fell off as a result of chemotherapy treatments. I decided not to carry last and so I joined the movement.
Manshanu means ‘Cow butter’ in fulani language. It is a type of clarified butter and is also called ‘Ghee’ by the abroad people. It is simply milk fat that has been separated from the milk of cows.
Manshanu is excellent for hair growth as well as for the skin. It is also used to cook and people say the meals taste nice. I haven’t tried using it for my skin nor eaten it yet though.
I am sure that everyone envies the awesomeness of the hair of Fulani women; we have now discovered their trade secret. Apart from the Fulani women, other African countries know the potency of this product and use it well.
I recently found out that manshanu has more uses than the oil. It is also an awesome deep conditioner in its solid state and it can be used to prepoo in both states! It has a weird smell which you eventually get used to.
I always knew about the oil so when I buy it, I turn the fat to oil and use to rub on my hair on it’s own or I mix with shea butter and apply. The process of turning into oil has an off smell which can be very annoying.
I also have manshanu in my spray bottle and I use it to massage my scalp; this helps a lot in managing my extremely dry scalp.
When using it as a deep conditioner, simply apply it lightly to your hair and cover with a processing cap. I prefer using a processing cap instead of a shower cap so that I can dispose it without guilt(shower caps are expensive! You know I am an alaroro, right) as the cap can be really oily when you take it off.
Don’t forget that you have to be patient and consistent to get the result you want; especially for hair growth.
If you have used manshanu, please, let’s read your review too. Kindly drop a comment.
NOTE: When using manshanu to prepoo or deep condition, use it in moderate amounts because washing it out can be a chore and a little goes a long way. It is also very oily so you might not need to add any other oils to it.
If you are using it in it’s oily state, then you can mix it. Also, because the smell can be off when it becomes stale, I advice it to be used in its oily state (I usually remove all the milk so even when it congeals, it doesn’t smell bad), except if you want to use it as a deep conditioner. It should always be refrigerated when it is still in its solid state.
P.S- The best part of this gist is that I have done all the hard work of sourcing for this awesome stuff! If you want to get the oil or the raw manshanu for shingeli money, you can simply click on the word above and you’d be redirected to the shop or simply drop a comment. Thank you.
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