Happy last week in/of February! I’m always excited when a month comes to an end (I promise it’s not because of my salary lol)
More about Man Shanu
Pronounced may-SHA-nu, is cow butter which is separated from the cow milk once it is boiled and settled. For more information read NappilyNigerianGirl’s review here.
Why man shanu? – Asides my quest to try new things (which sums it all up), I felt the urge to try it given the benefits of it.
What it looks like – Fresh man shanu looks just like Blueband butter in terms of colour, creamy-yellowish with that buttery consistency too.
Where to find – If you reside here in Abuja, man shanu can be found at Wuse market. Once you enter the market, ask around for fura de nunu sellers, the women sit under a tree at the centre of the market. You can choose who you want to buy your man shanu from.
Price – The price is very flexible, a small bowl of man shanu goes for N1000, however I purchased N500 worth and that was a (measuring) spoon & half. I didn’t want to buy much just in case my hair detests it.
Consistency – It has a light consistency, think buttery.
Smell – Just like yoghurt, no difference and I like the smell. If you’re not a fan of yoghurt smell, ensure your conditioner smells good enough to overpower the smell. If you purchase spoilt man shanu from the appearance you’d know it is spoilt, then the smell.
How to use – Man shanu can be used as a detangler, conditioner or DC, I decided to use mine as a DC because my hair needed the TLC. Also, I used it as it is, I did not add any oils or whatsoever because man shanu is synonymous to solidified oil in butter form.
How to preserve – Store in a refrigerator till next use. It melts easily once it’s out of the refrigerator.
Worth noting –
– I left the man shanu in my hair for a little over 30 minutes and placed a nylon bag over my hair.
– I was too excited/heavy handed with the man shanu, a little does go a long way unless you want to battle with rinsing it out of your hair like I did.
– Man shanu is very oily so it is advised not to mix it with other oils. At first I conditioned my hair with Natur Vital Sage Conditioner to get the man shanu out of my hair. I applied two hands full of this conditioner but no way, this butter was still in my hair after two washes. I panicked a bit then grabbed my VO5 extra body volumizing conditioner to get the rest out, I still had residue but I was already tired by this time.
Results – Coilssssss! Asides the extra oil I couldn’t get out of my hair
due to laziness, my coils popped guys (well most )! My hair felt soft as well. All the pictures are here, just scroll down.
Will I buy again? Hell yes. It is an inexpensive-easy-to-find conditioner/DC/detangler. I’d just ensure I’m not heavy handed next time.
Quick length check.
So yes I finally did a length check just to see if I reached my hair goal for the year, well my hair is 5¾ when stretched but it may be 6 inches when I straighten it. I’m happy, yes! I did an ACV rinse then moisturized my hair with Olive Oil Hair Moisturizing Lotion, Groganics Grotivator Hair Moisturizing Lotion and whipped shea butter. I still have man shanu residue in my hair though, this thing is very buttery-oily not-wanting-to-leave-my-hair-alone lol.
Sidebar – The first two moisturizers have petrolatum (forth ingredient) infused in them.
I booked a Wednesday afternoon appointment at Lumo Naturals to blow-out, straighten and trim my hair.
Here are pictures of the current state of my mane, tomorrow I’m doing a tell-all about my hair and maybe a little about me as well, stay tuned.
Have you tried man shanu? Will you try it after this review?