“Mega-Tek” sounds like the newest sci-fi movie, doesn’t it? But it’s actually the name of a much-buzzed-about, protein-based, cell-regenerating product that girls with textured hair are raving about.
Like the popular Mane ‘n’ Tail product of years gone by, Mega-Tek is marketed for the equine market, to improve hoof strength and tail length. “Accelerates hair regrowth on bare spots caused by equipment and blanket rubs, skin conditions or injuries. Makes hair stronger reducing breakage,” the EQyss (Mega-Tek’s maker) website says.
But curly girls have discovered that the product works great for humans, too. Apparently the product was originally designed for humans, as a hair cell regenerator for hair damaged by perm, chemicals or heat. But for whatever reason, EQyss chose to market it for pets and horses, (We tried to get an interview with the company, but they declined.)
My hair broke off in patches over the summer from some other product that I used. I heard about Mega-Tek on another hair blog and bought that and Jamaican Black Castor oil. I mix the two until it is runny and apply it to my scalp. I haven't had headaches and I can honestly say that not only have my patches filled in and grown back, but my hair is thicker and stronger and even the bald area by my sideburn, (from the pulling from getting it braided), has grown in. I am grateful for this product and highly recommend it.
I bought a bottle a long time ago and it didn't have dimethicone. My hair was much thicker and grew much faster, but it saved my edges!! They filled up so much I could slick my hair back without shame. No side effects. I dilute it with castor oil and apply every second day. I first spray with water or aloe juice, apply a thin layer of Megateck and apply a moisturizer on top. I also deed condition with steam with a very moisturizing treatment. The trick is to be consistent and to moisturize. Love it!
I tried the other product that this company make (Ovation Cell Therapy didn't know about MergaTek) —- same ingredients. I used it for like a month straight….didn't see any real differance in my hair until 2 months later. My hair was thicker and much longer than it would have been normally. My hair doesn't grow fast at all. BUT I had to get my braids redone in 6 weeks instead of 3 months. So….I think this product may actually work for me. I never had any side effects with this product either.
@ KrisNatural: (RANDOM FACT) I have used Monistat on my scalp. Not for growth, but for dandruff. I WORKED TOO! But I don't use it regularly, I just experimented with it during the first few months of my transition. Once I switched up my products my drandruff problems became far & few between.
When I first went natural I heard about MT and did some research on the forums. Between this and things like using Monistat on your hair for growth, its tempting when you're considering an alleged growth aid that claims to give you inches and inches of new growth- most importantly if growth is a goal for you.
For me it gets the wheels turning every time and sometimes I entertain the thought of trying it out. But in the end, I won't, I 'm sure. As a physique competitor and group fitness instructor, it makes about as much sense to me as a bodybuilder using steroids to achieve muscle mass for cosmetic reasons. Just as optimal health and fitness is the objective of diet and proper exercise, with a sexy physique as an added bonus, the point of my hair practices is to achieve maximum health and strength with long, shiny hair as the icing on the cake. Why use something that MIGHT give you as sexy physique or dramatically longer hair if you may have to trade in your healthy body or hair for illness, injury, or pain?
Yall pray for me now..lol I just did a crazy thing, I purchased online the BOGO from Curltopia.com for the Miss Jessies products in the 16oz Baby Buttercreme for $58.00 and got the same in the freebie as well. I will kick myself if this product doesn't work, but if it doesn't please be sure that I will be giving this away lol….
Also, I've never used Megatek products before, but have heard of them. Now I have used the Mane & Tail conditioner, and liked that it's really nice and thick, and the smell is ok.
I used Mane and Tail for a little while back in the day but don't recall any significant change in my hair but I probably wasn't using it regularly. This product sounds intriguing but I'm on the fence about trying it. ~KF519
I used this stuff over the summer. Sure it's expensive, but I mixed it with other things, and I still have half a bottle left.
It worked for me!
I saw Mega Tek on Amazon for like $30 bucks & I kept thinking to myself, what if I'm allergic?… or it doesn't even work?
So… I went to Sally's & bought Aphogee 2 Step Protein Reconstructor ($7 for 4 oz bottle). It took me about 8 weeks (or 2 applications) to use it all on my shoulder length hair… very cost effective. I also purchased a 16 oz bottle of Mane n Tail Deep Moisturizing Conditioner for about $5. I wash my hair once a week & use about 2 ounces of conditioner per session, so this bottle will last me at least 2 months.
In case you're unclear, that's $12 worth of protein-boosting products every 2 months, or 20 cents per day. These products work beautifully (or else I wouldn't endorse them). I'm not knocking MegaTek, but I've been fooled into buying Holy Grail/ expensive hair products before, only to find that their efficacy is marginal. I am a CERTIFIED product junkie, so my cabinets are stuffed to the gills with all kinds of potions & tonics, but I just can't see spending $30 on a 12 oz bottle of conditioner :/
But to each his own…
I would be reluctant to try this all in the name of growth and length. It reminds me of the articles about the Brazilian Keratin Treatments that cause head aches and eye irritations because of the formaldehyde. With my luck I would probably have some serious allergic reaction. 🙂
Argh, if my hair wasn't protein sensitive I'd so use it. I'm curious are there any ladies who are protein sensitive that use it, and how?
i had a whole personal debate on my blog about whether or not to use it. I am looking less for length and more for thickness. I was worried about tales of too much protein, but I am supplementing it with increased amounts of deep conditioning
This was a product I was interested in till I read this article. I believe all businesses are most concerned with their bottom-line. There are more people than horses in the US so there must be some damn good reason why they are not selling to humans after they spent all their money on researching and creating the product. I am sure that they probably have more specific (ie biological and scary) reasons besides the general headaches. Especially since they are refusing to comment. If they market to horses they can have both the human and horse market. But if they market to humans the FDA and sue-happy lawyers will be on them in a NY minute.
I vote no and pray there wont be any future television ads "have you or any of your loved ones taken Mega-tek…."
Also wanted to mention that I was not afraid to try MT nor was it an attempt to jump on the bandwagon. When I was younger, my mother used the original Mane n' Tail conditioner(yes, the one marketed for horse's manes) on my hair and it worked wonderfully. However, some of the ingredients were changed when the company started catering more towards humans, so I was interested in this product because I thought it would be more like the original Mane n' Tail.For me, it is.
What's most interesting about the article is that they quote me from the boards. I was using MT with my braids and it was definitely beneficial. It makes your hair feel stronger but not brittle. I had no adverse reactions with the products and it definitely enhanced my growth (compared to when I had braids previously and did not use this product). However, I have changed my use since I have stopped getting extension braids. Now, I add MT to my deep conditioner mix. It still is just as beneficial.
@Anon 10:00pm: Yes, some people would. That's how serious long hair is to them.
As for me, it's just. not. that. serious.
I used this product for 3 weeks mixing it with castor and coconut oil. Weeks 1-2 no problem by week the end of week 3 I did notice headaches as my research had stated would happen. I also experienced an inch of new growth and stronger hair specifically in the spot that was shorter than my other hair areas. What looked liked "scab hair" initially turned into healthier hair. I still use it when I think my hair needs a heavy dose of protein. I don't use other products containing protein when I do though. From all the research I found others experienced protein overload when using other products with protein. It works for me though and as an added bonus smells great! –CatCurls
I won't put horse shampoo on my skin for nothing in this world! I don't care if that could help me reach toe length! C'mon people…
Would u eat dog food if they claimed it'd make your hair grow?!
I used this product a while back. For me the side effects it was causing were:severe headaches. I eventually stopped using it and the headaches also stopped as well. I know the saying "the pain of acheiving beauty" So not worth the pain I was experiencing. 🙁
I love horses, but I will not be using a product which was designed for them. There are enough products for humans for me to find something new to experiment with. No thanks! lol
I've read about this product numerous of times and I've read that it was original used for horses and since there was so much rave about it growing the horses mane fast, stronger, and thicker that humans jump on the bandwagon. Then the changed it up and said that human can use it but with ease and caution.
I've also heard that lots of users had major headaches and scalp irritation. I've considered using it but I'm going to let the bandwagon pass me by.
i've read great reviews about this product but i was kind of iffy so i did more research on it and i'm still on the fence b/c i read that the long term usage side effects could be harmful. I also know someone who was using it and would get the worst headaches soooo idk
ooooh, that sounds marvelous! I want to try some for sure. My hair loves protein so this should be great 😀 super curly and longer at that? bring it!