Do you want to be the finest filly in the paddock this party season? Does a long, lush mane sadly elude you thanks to colouring, bleaching and heat styling? Let me introduce you to Mane ‘n Tail, the “horse to human” crossover range which was developed after equestrian enthusiasts used their horses’ shampoo on themselves, and loved it! Jennifer Aniston apparently uses the range and her hair condition speaks for itself.
I was kindly sent some items to review: Mane ‘n Tail Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner (€8.95 for a large 355 mL Bottle) Herbal Grow Olive Oil Complex Spray Therapy (€12.95 for 178 mL) and Shine On Maximum High Gloss Finish (€10.85 for 120 mL). See my results below!
A little background on my hair
I recently bleached the bejaysus out of my naturally dark brown locks, to lift the pigment so that I could apply red over it. The bleaching had its usual effects, turning my hair into a mop of knotty, dry, flyaway frizz which no amount of conditioner can tame. My hair is also rather thin, so the usual oil-type treatments tend to leave me with greasy rats tails. Attractive. I honestly didn’t think I could find a middle ground between parched and saturated until I met this range.
How the Mane ‘n Tail products fit into my routine
The shampoo and conditioner are gentle, cleansing effectively without drying. My hair is much less straw-like following washing, but still not quite as sleek as I’d like, so I proceed to apply Herbal Grow Spray Therapy to towel dried hair. This when combed through either with fingers or a wide toothed comb gets rid of any knottiness and seals bushy dry ends. After blow-drying my hair is notably smoother and well conditioned. The pièce de résistance is a fine mist of the Shine On Maximum High Gloss Finish spray which helps tame the last of the flyaways and really does add maximum shine. See the picture above if you don’t believe me!
The finishing sprays are rather silicone heavy, so if your hair doesn’t tolerate ‘cones, be aware. However my hair, which goes lank with the slightest dab of finishing product, absolutely loved these. Silicone is not the devil, in fact it’s one of the most effective ingredients to seal the hair’s cuticle. See a great post by Emma over on beaut.ie about the silicone controversy for more info.
So to sum up, I award the Mane n’ Tail collection zero faults and a red rosette for treating damaged hair. And having a fickle, high maintenance mop that says a lot. You can find Mane n’ Tail in McCabe’s Pharmacy and chemists nationwide priced from €6.95 to €12.95. Read more about the brand on manentail.ie.
Have you ever tried any products from the brand? Will you be galloping in to your local chemist? Let me know in the comments!