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I was first introduced to Mane ‘n Tail products while in college in the middle of nowhere in Indiana. There were limited options for places to shop, including Meijer’s, the local Dollarsmart (still not sure if it’s Dollars Mart or Dollar Smart), and Big R, a tractor and feed store. And let’s face it; sometimes a girls just got to shop for shampoo at a place she can also check out the selection of baby chicks.
Mane ‘n Tail Products are located in the horse section of any decent farm supply store and has been recently growing in popularity in the actual human-hair sections of normal stores. It is touted as a miracle hair growth product and I couldn’t deny the appeal that I could also wash a horse with it… if I owned a horse, that is.
I bought the large 32 oz bottles of shampoo and conditioner. They barely fit in the shower caddy I owned in college, but it ended up being quite a good purchase. Those two bottles lasted me a half year washing a few times per week!
Mane ‘n Tail (M&T) shampoo and conditioner have a nice light smell which is more pleasant than expected out of a shampoo made for horses. The texture consistency is basically the only difference you will notice compared to big brand name products. The shampoo comes out almost mucous-like and the conditioner feels remarkably like mayonnaise. However, after the wash my hair felt sleek, shiny, and clean… until the next day.
My feelings on these two products are mixed, so I’ll split the review up from here forward.
Mane ‘n Tail Shampoo
Shampoo for horses should probably only be used on horses unless you have thick hair and are always in need of a clarifying, stripping shampoo. This shampoo is not safe on colored hair because of it’s stripping and drying effects. My hair does feel VERY clean after using the shampoo, but it also feels very dry unless I use a super-powerful conditioner. As I said, I used this product throughout most of my time at college. It did not bother my hair that much, but I did have to overcompensate by hydrating my hair constantly. A good shampoo doesn’t always require conditioner, but allows some of the good, natural oils of your hair to remain in place.
Mane ‘n Tail Conditioner
Horse conditioner is another story though! M&T Conditioner is a luxurious elixir that transforms even the driest most brittle hair into sleek, shiny and strengthened. It does a great job encouraging volume and not leaving hair too greasy. Because M&T Conditioner contains protein and vitamins, hair becomes more elastic and strengthened. If you have greasy or thin hair, this might not be the best conditioner for you.
You will only need to use this once or twice a week. I love using this conditioner with other shampoos like Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine, which are just as inexpensive but not as harsh as the M&T shampoo. I’ve been considering using M&T conditioner if I try out “co-washing” or conditioner-only washing for a month or so.
Disclaimer: I personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely.