Mane 'n Tail products have been around for a while. Yes, the brand with the logo of the running horses was originally designed for horses, but it eventually branched out to keep people's "manes" and pony"tails" in good shape, too. Their new Herbal Gro system offers an all-around hair care line that works for natural or chemically treated locks.
Great hair care starts with clean tresses. Mane 'n Tail's Herbal Gro shampoo is a gentle cleanser designed to moisturize hair without lifting too many of its natural oils. This is a thick and creamy shampoo that does a good job cleaning without leaving hair feeling stripped.
Herbal Gro Conditioner
Natural herbs and an infusion of ultra-moisturizing olive oil combine in this conditioner, which works in conjunction with the shampoo. As tested, this conditioner worked okay for me, but it's a long way from being a favorite. It does what it's supposed to do as far as making the hair slippery enough to comb through easily, but it wasn't as rich as I prefer my conditioners to be.
A good daily moisturizer is a must. Proper moisture prevents split ends
, dryness and damage. Mane 'n Tail's Creme Therapy is a good-quality, affordable daily styling aid that won't weigh hair down. Plus, it works on various textures, so it's great for adding a bit of sheen to natural tresses, as well as relaxed or thermally straightened hair.
Herbal Gro Spray Therapy
Use this spray after cleansing and conditioning as a heat protectant
, or just for additional moisture. Like other products in the Herbal Gro line, this contains olive oil -- along with strengthening keratin -- so your hair gets the benefits of natural moisturizing. It's for use on wet or damp hair, but I also used it on dry hair as a daily detangler, and it works just as well for that.
A post-shampoo detangling session is a must for black hair. It's always a good idea to detangle while hair is saturated with conditioner. You may find yourself in need of daily detangling as well, and if you wear your hair natural, you know that combing through dry black hair isn't the best way to care for it. Fortunately, you can still detangle dry hair if you take some precautions, such as wetting it first. This is where a product designed specifically for detangling can help.
The Mane 'n Tail Detangler is for use on damp or dry hair, so use it immediately after washing or daily as needed. It sprays on and is non-greasy while offering the "slip" you need to gently work through knots and tangles.
Braid Sheen Spray
Braids are a popular low-maintenance style for many. They allow you to get ready in record time, since all you need to do is smooth them over with your hands (if that) and go. However, braid extensions, and your underlying hair, still need moisture and regular care. A daily spritz with a braid sheen spray, such as the one offered by Mane 'n Tail, is a perfect lightweight moisturizer. Your hair gets the moisture it needs without being weighed down.
Apply this spray to natural braids, extensions and weaves, paying special attention to your scalp.
Find Mane 'n Tail
You can find Mane 'n Tail at a large number of retailers and beauty supply stores. You can also check out their website to see what's new.
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