Maxi skirts are worn all year round but they’re most popular during the summer months alongside its counterpart the maxi dress. However, in today’s post let’s focus on the skirt. Whenever the maxi skirt is mentioned it’s always followed by the trend ‘boho’. Now there’s nothing wrong with putting the bohemian look in the same style category as the maxi skirt, but that’s not the only look the maxi skirt can be styled with. Unless you’re heavily into the 70’s, hippie, flower power, fringed waistcoats, suede jackets and cowboy boots look, you should really keep the word ‘boho’ out of your style vocabulary when styling a maxi skirt.
Maxi skirts have forever been a staple in my wardrobe for as long as I can remember. In actual fact, I bought this stripy number especially to wear as a dress and then later on decided to wear it the right way. As a dress, this look works particularly well too with a belt in the middle or with a lovely suit jacket on top.
When styling this stripey maxi skirt, my focus was to make it elegant and stylish. I have always loved playing with ‘shape’ so if it’s a maxi skirt, then it has to be super maxi for my small frame. So I’m normally a size 6 but I bought this skirt in a size 16. I wanted the volume of the skirt to be exaggerated. This was teamed with a white ballooned sleeved shirt, Chloe shoes and Chanel bag. In order to keep you in proportion, make sure the top is shaped to accentuate the waist and it’s worn with heels.
Today’s post is all about my favourite new hair product. If you’ve been following the blog then you would notice that I don’t do many posts on beauty. The main reason behind that is I’m very fussy about the products I use on my hair and skin. I tend to stick to the very basic, so up until now, my daily hair regime had been a Coconut and Shea butter mix, water, and black Castor oil until I discovered Manketti oil. Now when I first heard of this oil, I thought ‘here we go a new ‘super oil’ but aaaaaah is it new?
What is Manketti oil?
While it may be ‘new’ to the hair community when compared to Coconut oil or Argan oil in terms of its use in modern hair products, It’s an ancient oil that has been used for generations in other parts of the world.
“Manketti oil has been used in Africa for centuries and is one of the richest, most hydrating ingredients that nature has to offer,” says two-time Afro hairdresser of the year Charlotte Mensah. “It’s sourced from Manketti nuts (also known as mongongo fruit, mongongo nut or nongongo) which are egg-shaped, velvety fruits that grow on mongongo trees in northern Namibia. They are a staple diet in some areas, most notably among the San Bushmen of northern Botswana and Namibia. Archaeological evidence has shown that they have been consumed by the San communities for over 7,000 years.” And it’s no wonder that they’ve stood the test of time thanks to their cocktail of health-boosting ingredients. “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.” This is all good but is it better than coconut oil? As a devout believer in coconut oil, I was still not convinced until I tried it for myself.
Could it be better than Coconut oil?
I found it was like an upgrade to Coconut oil, it offered many of the same multi- tasking benefits, and some added extra to make it stand out as a 'super oil' in it's own right. Coconut oil is very high in saturated fatty acids and when applied to hair it can drip all over your shoulders and is super runny which can leave the hair limp, however Manketti oil is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, and this act as a barrier to help prevent moisture from escaping from the hair for longer. It hydrated my hair and to my surprise without the greasy finish. When it comes to application I found a little goes a long way, It's also versatile in the types of hair it can be used on. It especially works wonders on dry damaged hair and comes as a collection comprising of the Manketti Oil Shampoo, £22, Manketti Oil Conditioner, £22 and then the Manketti Hair Oil, £42.
Manketti Oil Conditioner £22
“The conditioner is also light enough to wear as a leave-in conditioner,” says Charlotte. “Simply squeeze a small amount in your palms, emulsify with water and then apply. If your hair is damaged due to the cold weather, over exposure to the sun or from swimming in chlorinated water, this is an ideal remedy as it will slowly help to repair the hair by replenishing lost moisture.” It also works great for twist-outs when emulsified (just by mixing a 50p size amount with a glass of water) in a spray bottle to provide a helping hand in terms of hydration and can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment too when used with steam. In addition to all of this the range has a delicious distinctive, elegant aroma of chilli and coconut milk which I absolutely love, love, love.
The Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil Collection
Manketti Oil Shampoo, £22,
Truly a magnificent range and one I’m very very proud of as Charlotte Mensah is a very good friend of mine and I remember when she had the idea of creating her own range and the journey it took. (6 years in the making.) Visit her site and get your bottle and check out the amazing contribution she’s made to the hair industry so far.
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