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Manetabolism Hair Vitamin Review: Decreased My Shedding, but Messed up My Skin!

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Elle natural hair Grow Out Challengeby Elle of Quest for the Perfect Curl (pictured above)

Hey everyone! I hope your summer is going well and you’re staying cool in the heat. Personally, Izzy (my hair) is loving the warmer weather and the humidity, even if it’s making her huge. And this year, I decided to have a little fun with my hair and take part in a good ol’ fashioned grow out challenge! While my hair is already fairly long, I still want more hair (ya know, to block people out of pictures even more) and thought that a break from the harsh winter weather would be the perfect time to refocus on my hair health, growth and retention.

At the beginning of June, I started a grow out challenge with my readers at QFTPC, and we’ve been having such a grand time that I wanted to share it with you all and invite you to join as well. Well, I’m not sure if I have totally had a grand time…but I’ll get to that nitty gritty in the update. My starting point was 20.5 inches and in addition to my hair vitamins, my goals were to concentrate on my nutrition, keeping my ends moisturized, detangling on a regular basis, and working out at least 4x a week. So how did my first month go?

Well…it was great, and not so great. When I measured my hair at the beginning of July, I got approximately 21.5 inches, which is great, right? That’s an inch of growth in a month! However…it was not without sacrifice. Shortly after I began my challenge, I switched my vitamin to Manetabolism. I was intrigued by the ingredients and amount of biotin in the product. I had never taken that much biotin before, but I have been taking biotin for years (even before I stopped relaxing and knew jack about hair) and never had any issues with it.

For about two weeks, I seemed to be okay, but then…I noticed a blemish, then another…then another. Now, I am not immune to the occasional breakout due to stress or a night of too much fun (they say that toxins in the liver can cause forehead breakouts), but this was odd and spreading beyond my usual trouble area. I use a Clarisonic and am adamant about taking care of my skin (I am the moisturizing lotion shero, I attack any sign of ash in my presence!), so I suspected this had something to do with my vitamin. I initially increased my water intake, but that didn’t seem to help, so I did a little research online and read that a B Complex vitamin can help balance the effect of the high dose of biotin. Enter — my Super B Complex vitamin that I ran out to buy immediately. I also started splitting up my dosage of Manetabolism so I wasn’t overloading my body with all of the biotin at once. Oh, and MORE water. I was so full from water — I would already have consumed at least 32oz before noon, which for me, is a feat. I was also using a toner mix with aloe vera juice and tea tree oil (and rubbing alcohol for spot treatments as needed) to help ward off a really bad breakout, which seemed to help, but I was getting tired of looking in the mirror every 30 minutes to see if my skin was freaking out.

After another week passed, I was torn. I would think my skin was getting better, then worse, then better again. However, the straw that broke the camel’s back was when a friend (I’m paraphrasing this part to be civil, haha) even suggested that I stop taking the pill because it was “ruining” my skin. I thought, “OMG, PEOPLE CAN NOTICE THIS?!” Nope. No way. No how. So my bottle and a half of Manetabolism is now sitting quietly in my cupboard and I have gone back to a regular multivitamin that I’ve taken before (Alive! Once Daily Women’s Ultra Potency). My skin is still smoothing out, but I’m confident that I will be able to get it back to normal (and thankful that I didn’t keep taking it, because I read more than a few biotin horror stories while I was researching).

It really stinks too, because otherwise, I was having great success. My shedding decreased by about 75% — when I would comb my hair previously, I was surprised I still had any hair left, and it decreased to a small handful when combing and barely any hair came out when I did a quick finger comb in the shower. My nails also grew a significant amount for a month (I cut my nails before I started my challenge) and I seemed to have more energy throughout the day when I took Manetabolism in the morning. It may not have been the pill, but who knows? Oh, and I also LOVED that the pills were caps rather than giant horse pills that can potentially make you nauseous if taken without food.

You can check out more updates and info from my first month in my one month update here:

So what about you? Are you taking on any growth challenges this summer? 

If you’d like to participate in the challenge with me (we’re going until September), hashtag #qftpcGO when you update. I love reading and seeing the updates! xoxo

P.S. I’d like to send a special thanks to my readers who gave me additional suggestions on how to balance biotin. I want to try the pills again based on your input, but right now I’m just too scared. But I really appreciate your help. 🙂

About Elle: Elle is the owner and editor of Quest for the Perfect Curl, a collaborative YouTube channel and blog dedicated to promoting healthy hair through research and the sharing of information. A former product junkie, Elle promotes the importance of product ingredients, knowing your hair properties, and your climate when choosing what products to use on your natural hair. She also frequently explores healthy hair care practices and methods to achieve the “perfect curl,” which to her is big, healthy hair.

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Pseudonym
Pseudonym
6 years ago

What did you use to mark the spot so that you were sure that you were measuring the growth of the same stands of hair? and what was your monthly growth rate before the vitamins?

Cygnet
Cygnet
6 years ago

When I first started taking biotin at 1000 micrograms, I also took 50 mg of zinc. I had no problems. I upped my biotin to 5000 mcg and kept the zinc. Still no problems. Now I’m up to 10,000 mcg, and I ran out of zinc. While I had it, I had no problems. I need to get some more zinc. For some, it may be necessary to build biotin up in the system. To be sure it’s the biotin as opposed to something else in the pills, you (and anyone else who is considering it) may want to take it… Read more »

LovelyTee
LovelyTee
6 years ago
Reply to  Cygnet

that’s alot of biotin for the most part your body won’t absorb or need that much which actually is what causes the breakouts. Your body has to get rid of the excess drinking water helps you urinate it out but if you don’t drink enough it tries to get out through your skin and pores thus resulting in breakouts.

Candace
Candace
6 years ago

I’ve been taking Manetabolism for the past 5 weeks. I won’t measure again until the end of my 2nd month (though I do think I am seeing growth in my hair- I’ve definitely seen a change in my nails). I haven’t seen a change in my skin at all. I’ve taken various other high-biotin hair vitamins and have not had any issues with my skin. I do not drink an excessive amount of water either. I honestly think I don’t have those issues because I’m on birth control (IUD now, but didn’t break out on the pill either). Of course… Read more »

Faye
6 years ago
Reply to  Candace

It’s probably that or hormones are balanced or not balanced? because of the pill that your face didn’t break out. Our bodies are amazing…. I am actually starting a challenge next month with these pills and haven’t had any biotin sensitivity so I am excited though bummed that this happened to Elle!

shaniqwa
shaniqwa
6 years ago

If i did a growth challenge i would just eat healthy, drink a lot of water, exercise for now because too many horror stories. Just relax it will grow 🙂

Sonja
6 years ago

I had the same reaction to Hairfinity and Manetabolism. The biotin is just to high I’m assuming. With Hairfinity I didn’t realize it was the vitamins and my skin got so bad I didn’t recognize myself in the mirror. I even went to a dermatologist. With Manetabolism (I can’t even believe I attempted to take hair vitamins again, smh) I did recognized the signs early enough to stop before it got bad again.

SummerBaby
SummerBaby
6 years ago

I can’t take any vitamin with over 25mcg of biotin. It wrecks havoc on my skin no matter how much water or other adjustments I tried. It’s just not for me.

Angela W
Angela W
6 years ago

Within 3 days after I began taking The Mane Choice “Manetabolism”, my hair started shedding like crazy. Needless to say, I stopped taking them.

Faye
6 years ago

I have also taken Hairfinity without issue. I guess I am just biotin tolerant. Not everyone is so be careful and know thyself!

Jennifer
Jennifer
6 years ago

I also had a bit of trouble with the Manetabolism vitamins. My best friend and I decided to do a 1 month growth challenge where she used Hairfinity and I used Manetabolism to see which was better. I don’t know if my breakouts could be attributed to this vitamin but I have to say that this was the only thing that changed about my diet. I drank lots of water and was even eating healthier, but my breakouts didn’t seem to cease. Fast forward about a month later, I am still having trouble with my skin as well as trying… Read more »

Tynae
Tynae
6 years ago

I am currently taking Manetabolism and I have to say I am having great results. I did notice the side of my cheek would break out every now and then (I have been taking the pills for 2 months now, just started bottle # 3.) I solely believe my cheek break out is from the way I style my hair. When I protective style pulling my hair away from my face the break out clears right up with time and cleansing my face with black soap and tee tree oil soap from Trader Joe’s. I do drink plenty water thru… Read more »

Jamie
Jamie
6 years ago

I use B5 or Panothenic Acid to prevent breakouts with biotin. It works miracles, I know that everyone’s bodies are different buty sister and I have always taken B5 with biotin and have never had a breakout. Try it and see if it works. Be blessed!

rucafox
rucafox
6 years ago

Hi I’m doing a grow out challenge 🙂 I’m going as natural as possible no more bleaching yes I was bleaching started taking a hair skin and nails vitamin putting creme on my ends thought it was ironic since I did start this undertaking last week that i found this page today white girls don’t really typically think about growing their hair as an issue really but man my hair hasn’t really gotten any length in over a year. my boyfriend says sure it has cause my roots keep coming out but you know what it’s still not past my… Read more »

Anne
6 years ago

Hi all

I have been taken biotin for years at 5000 mcg with no problem ever. Started taken Manetabolism due to a new hair stylist that went crazy and cut 7 inches off.
For the first time I got blackheads and major breakout it’s not Biotin it’s something else she is not listing in as a supplement .

Nina
Nina
6 years ago

I purchased 2 bottles, as I am an esthetician and thought I would know how to retard skin issues as they come. Well, I actually noticed a ton of extra shedding of my hair than I’ve ever experienced and I have been natural for over 11years. I’ve always had fast growing solid strong nails, so I couldn’t measure anything there. But I have noticed growth; length wise! I would open the capsules and pour the content into my blender with my smoothie ingredients. But when I started taking the capsules straight, my face looks horrible!!..Cystic acne! I’ve NEVER had an… Read more »

chelsea
chelsea
6 years ago

i have been taking the manetabolism vitamins for about a week. i dont drink much water and i have not had any problems.i think it varies from person to person.

Mimi
6 years ago

i use to take the manechoice vitamins too, I bought a 6 month supply. I stopped seeing results 2 1/2 months in and my hair was shedding so much that I thought I was gonna go bald smh. I drink tons of water on daily, and kept my hair in protective style so I couldn’t understand why this was happening. So I just stopped taking them. A couple of months later I switched to the It Works Hair Skin and Nails vitamins and they have done wonder for my hair, skin and nails. I’ve been taking them for 6 months… Read more »

jasmine
jasmine
5 years ago

I’ve been using it for a few days and I’ve already noticed hair growth but it’s all over my face not my head

tameeka
tameeka
5 years ago

It broke me out as well. Badly. the good thing about it was I had more energy and I did see a decreased amount of shedding. But now that I have stopped completely it seems my hair sheds more than before. ..

Tabatha
Tabatha
5 years ago

I used the pills and I didn’t breakout, but it didn’t do anything different, so I stopped taking them.

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