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Mane Method Repair Hair Mask

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The Mane Method Repair Hair Mask aims to deliver intense moisture to severely damaged hair. This product is an interesting combination of two botanical oils formulated to address hair damage due to hair bleaching, excessive brushing, combing, or harsh weather conditions. Hair is a protein fiber that absorbs a significant level of moisture from the surroundings. The hair’s water uptake greatly depends upon the hair health and the surrounding humidity level. Chemical treatments oxidize the hair fiber’s amino acids and make it more hydrophilic, causing frizzy hair and difficulty in daily hairstyling and manageability. Therefore, it is very important to recover the hair’s moisture level, boost its hydrophobicity, and ease of styling. The Mane Method Repair Hair Mask addresses these concerns and delivers superb results. I will post my results at a later time.

Let’s review its formulation, ingredient listing, and how it performs.

Ingredient listing: Batana oil (Elaeis Oleifera), Castor oil (Ricinus Communis), Vanilla Sweet Orange essential oil.

Salient Features of the Formulation

Batana Oil (Elaeis Oleifera Kernel Oil) is the main ingredient of the formulation extracted from the nuts of the American Palm tree. This tree is native to Central and South America, particularly Honduras, where Batana oil has been used for hair care for a long time. The chemical composition of Batana Oil is one of few among plant-sourced oils and butter. It has high levels of monosaturated fatty acids, e.g., Oleic acid. Its chemical composition’s salient feature is the relatively high content of myristic acid (C14 – fatty acid, 20-30%). Its myristic acid level is high among all other plant-sourced oils, which may be responsible for its superior sensorial and film formation property against the hair shaft. This oil has been called “Miracle Oil” by the native South American community because of its excellent hair results. The oil leaves hair smooth, silky, and shiny, as well as nourishes the scalp.

Castor oil is another one of nature’s gifts because of its unique chemistry. Its amber-colored oil is extracted from nuts that comprise almost 90% of Ricinoleic acid and small amounts of Oleic and Linoleic acids, which suggests that oil composition contains only unsaturated vegan fat. This also helps the penetration of oil droplets into the hair fiber to nourish it from inside. Ricinoleic acid interacts with the hair protein’s ionic sites via the hydroxyl group at its fatty carbon chain. Thus, its unique chemical composition enhances its affinity with the hair fiber, which leads to high-quality shiny hair without frizz.

Who Should Use It?

I would recommend using Batana oil for those whose hair is chemically damaged, bleached or highlighted hair, high porosity hair, or if you want to control frizz.

How Often Should I Use the Mask?

In case you have severely damaged, broken, and or frizzy hair, I recommend applying it at least once a week in the beginning. Once the hair health has improved, you can use it once every two weeks. I strongly encourage using it after bleaching your hair or using any hair chemicals.

How Should You Apply the Product?

Wash your hair as usual to remove any product build-up, then remove excess water. Take a small amount of the mask and emulsify it with your palms, applying gently from roots to tips on dry hair (before or on wash day is best). Massage it slowly using your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to ensure even application. Leave it for up to 30 minutes, depending upon your hair’s condition, and wash it off using a mild-conditioning shampoo. Follow up with a conditioner or deep conditioner (optional). Repeat according to your hair’s requirements.

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