So I am going to start this post about Mane 'n Tail by avoiding anything obvious. I will not mention Father Ted or Christy Moore's Ride On (I don't know why that springs to mind) and because I know the moment you read the name of the product (Mane 'n Tail) those images and songs will be dancing around your brain anyway. Instead I will tell you my simple dream ... well it would be simple if I won the lottery... and it's this.. I want to get my hair done by Chris McMillan creator of Jennifer Aniston's hair (well apart from Jennifer herself). That's right I am a huge Jennifer Aniston hair fan, I even had a "Rachel" although it only really looked like a "Rachel" the day I got it cut the rest of the time it looked a like a layered helmet (in a totally hot way of course). I love her hair colour and have spent years trying to recreate it with my hairdresser. It's the perfect beachy hair and that's what I should be like if it wasn't for the fact that I live in Ireland where you would need a rain hat to survive on the beach.
For many years Jennifer Aniston has been a fan of the brand Mane 'n Tail (as well as many other great haired celebrities such as Kim Kardashian) so I obviously have wanted to try it. As the name suggests the product was initially created to be used on horses but they discovered that it can be used with great effect on celebrities (after all its best to test on celebrities before it's tested on real humans). Mane 'n Tail has finally made it to Ireland and I was delighted to try it out.
Mane 'n Tail have a range of shampoos and conditioners (Original, Colour Protect, Herbal Grow, Anti Dandruff and Deep Moisturising) that are now available at your local chemist at an exceptional price of €6.96 for a massive 335ml. I tried out the Deep Moisturising Shampoo* which treats dry and damaged hair (it can also be used on hair extensions so I expect it's what Kim Kardashian uses). I want to start by saying that I have a lot of hair and I mean a lot, my hairdresser has been seen weeping quietly when she is doing my highlights. My hair is also highlighted so can be a bit dry, usually after I wash my hair it resembles hair that has been removed from a hairbrush, all gathered and knotty. When I first used the shampoo it was like I had used another brand's shampoo and conditioner - my hair felt better already. When I followed on with the conditioner my hair was soft and sleek and as if it had already been combed out. For me this is magical because it cuts down on the time I need to comb out my hair.
The shampoo and conditioner are both a light blue colour. I love that the bottles have not been jazzed up , they are the same simple bottles with a horse on the front - some people will hate it - but I love that they have stayed true, celebrity following or not. The products can also be used on animals (of course) which is great because if you have bought dog shampoo you will know it's quite expensive for a small bottle (I only wish my dog was still with us he would have felt so soft and fluffy with the help of Mane 'n Tail - except he did like to roll in the dirt after a wash).
Part of the Mane 'n Tail Range is the Detangler* and this has become a Holy Grail hair product for me, I like to liberally spray the product on my hair and then wrap it back in the towel for a couple of minutes (I use this time to apply my body lotion). I can then brush through my hair so easily. As I have mentioned when I use Mane 'n Tail Shampoo and Conditioner* they automatically make it easier to comb through my hair so I tested out the detangler a number of ways and with different products and it works a dream. Even if I just use shampoo (no conditioner) the detangler works brilliantly. This has replaced Orifluido oil in my hair routine - which I had been using for about 2 years.
If you're like me and have a number of shampoos or conditioners on the go (I like to stock up when there are special offers) and don't need a shampoo or conditioner at the moment I highly recommend giving the detangler a go. Don't forget after you apply to give it a moment to do its thing. It slides through my hair even if I don't condition.
I am really impressed by the range and if you see somebody floating around Dublin with suspiciously looking Jennifer Aniston hair it's probably me.