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Manketti hair is your new hair and skin hero

Manketti hair is your new hair and skin hero

Coconut oil has dominated the health and beauty conversation in recent years but a new hero ingredient has emerged - manketti oil.

While it’s a new name to the beauty scene, Manketti oil has been used in Africa for centuries and is considered one of the richest, most hydrating ingredients nature has to offer. The oil is sourced from the egg-shaped manketti nut (also known as mongongo fruit, mongongo nut or nongongo) a velvety fruit that grows on mongongo trees in northern Namibia. The manketti nut has been traced back to communities which existed thousands of years ago and is still a staple diet among the San Bushmen of northern Botswana and Namibia. The oil has inbuilt sun protection, strong antioxidants, and minerals which strengthen the hair and scalp.

Manketti is loaded with vitamin E (around 563mg per 100g of shelled nuts), polyunsaturated fatty acids and a plethora of nutrients including calcium, magnesium, protein, zinc and copper.

Charlotte Mensah, two-time Afro hairdresser of the year and owner of London salon Hair Lounge recently launched her first product range around the oil after being struck by its beauty benefits.

The Charlotte Mensah Manketti hair care collection comprises of a Manketti Oil Shampoo, Manketti Oil Conditioner and Manketti Hair Oil, all of which when used in combination, help make hair easier to manage when styling, and are both hydrating and deep conditioning.

The oil conditioner can be used as a leave-in conditioner, while the oil acts as a barrier to help prevent moisture from escaping from the hair for longer. Manketti oil is perfect for thick, curly, Afro, dry or damaged hair types, and hair styles ranging from weaves to natural, relaxed to braided styles as it moisturises without leaving hair limp.

How to use it

A little goes a long way with application. Squeeze a small amount in your palms, emulsify with water and then apply. If your hair is damaged due to over exposure to the sun or from swimming in chlorinated water, Manketti oil promises to help to repair the hair by topping up lost moisture.

For extra hydration if braiding or styling hair, try mixing a small amount with a mug full of water in a spray bottle. It can also be used as a pre-shampoo treatment too.


If your hair is dry or damaged the pure Manketti Hair Oil from Charlotte’s range, used in small amounts is perfect for those areas that need more attention. Rub a few drops into the palms of your hands then gently work into your freshly washed and styled hair. If your hair is severely parched use it as an overnight treatment before washing your hair the next day. Repeat the deep conditioning on a weekly basis, and you should see your hair return to a stronger, healthier state.

Curl tamer

The oil is also a quick way to add definition and shape to curls particularly in hot and humid temperatures. Use 2-3 drops of the Manketti Oil, and apply it to the ends of your hair for defined and hydrated curls.

Other uses

The versatile, moisture-boosting oil can be used for dry skin, cuticles and lips. Dab a tiny drop of the Manketti oil around cuticles before going to bed or use on lips instead of a lip balm. Manketti seed oil can also be bought from health food stores.

The emergence of this multi-tasking all rounder means coconut oil may no longer have it all its own way!

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