When I was invited down to London to learn a little bit about Mane ‘n Tail, it was a brand I’d never heard of! Little did I know that they are a cult classic brand, first born a whopping forty-five years ago. The Katzev family created the products for their much-loved horses in New Jersey, with the aim to help the hair on their show horses’. The award-winning protein rich formulation gained fans throughout the equestrian society, but not just for the work the products were doing on their horses’ hair. People noticed that the formula was doing wonders on their hands and they quickly realised that it would work wonders on humans too!
Mane ‘n Tail expanded and built on their legendary heritage, to create the brand that is known and loved today. The range not only includes multiple shampoos and conditioners, but it also includes leave-in treatments, styling products and a hand and nail treatment. The brand was brought to the UK as it was renowned for its quality and performance. People loved the way that you could choose the products depending on your hair texture – creating an experience that is completely unique to you!
The range of shampoo and conditioners is huge – there really is something for everyone! I’ve been testing the Mane ‘n Tail Colour Protect Shampoo* and Conditoner* (£6.99 each here), which as the name suggests, has been created for people with colour treated hair. The original shampoo and condition is beautiful, but it’s not recommended for coloured hair, so it’s worth bearing this in mind before you hit the shops. I love that shampoo and conditioner arrive in huge bottles, which I know are going to last me ages! The texture of the shampoo and conditioner are both quite light, leaving the hair feeling soft and smooth. You know sometimes when you use a shampoo, your hair feels clean, but it doesn’t feel soft? The Mane ‘n Tail line leave your hair soft straight away and it’s blessed with a lovely fruity/floral scent, which lingers on the hair for hours.
If you don’t have coloured hair, you have four other shampoo/conditioner combinations to choose from. There’s the Original Mane ‘n Tail Shampoo and Conditioner, which is great for dry, damaged or neglected hair. There’s the Mane ‘n Tail Gentle Clarifying Shampoo and Replenishing Conditioner, which is gentle enough for colour and chemically treated hair, once or week or every day. Next there’s the Mane ‘n Tail Deep Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner, which is ideal for taming curly hair or reducing frizzy hair. Finally there is the Mane ‘n Tail Essentials Shampoo and Conditioner, which is safe for relaxed and permed hair, ideal for ethnic, Asian and Latin roots.
On top of the shampoo and conditioner combinations, there is also the Mane ‘n Tail Hair Strengthener* (£12 here), which is perfect for chemically and heat damaged hair. You simply spritz this into damp hair and it uses a combination of proteins and natural oils to nourish and condition the hair. The leave-in treatment can be used every day, or it can be used once a week, to increase the strength of your hair.
The final thing I’ve been testing is the Mane ‘n Tail Hoofmaker* (£8 here). I actually tested this at the event and I was amazed at the way it performed! It’s a cult classic which keeps your “hooves, hands and everything in between” soft and supple. You simply apply to this to the hands and the protein enriched cream soaks in and conditions the skin. It’s become a staple in my bedtime routine!
When the Mane ‘n Tail first came to the UK they used to be quite hard to get your hands on! Nowadays the brand is stocked at Boots, Fenwick, Harvey Nichols, Liberty and Urban Outfitters. Prices start at £5.99 and I really recommend checking out the brand, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!