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Mane ‘N Tail Conditioner Review

By January 27th, 202143 Comments

Mane 'N Tail Conditioner Review

Product Description: The Original Mane ‘n Tail Conditioner is an exclusive highly concentrated formula with unique actions that helps to maintain and achieve a longer, healthier looking mane and tail.

• Nourishes and conditions hair and skin to aid healthy hair growth leaving a lustrous, silky look
• Conditions and strengthens, preventing breakage of hair
• Moisturizes to help eliminate itching and scaling caused by common external irritants
• Protects against damage from sun and wind
• Keeps hair tangle free, soft and manageable for grooming and braiding.

Ingredients:Water , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine Lactate , Distearyldimonium Chloride , Stearyl Alcohol , Emulsifying Wax NF , Cetyl Alcohol , Coconut Oil , Glycerin , Sodium Chloride , Vegetable Oil , Fragrance , Hydrolyzed Protein , Lanolin , Phenoxyethanol , Methylparaben , Propylparaben , FD&C Yellow #5

My Experience: Right…so I was at Sally’s picking up some gloves to do a henna treatment, when my PJ got the best of me. After dropping the gloves in my basket, I scanned the aisles for a new conditioner to try. Nearly every one I picked up had cones, protein, mineral oil or all three–atrocious. I was truly frustrated. I finally happened upon Mane ‘N Tail on the bottom shelf in the back corner of the store. I’ve heard of it before, and have even seen the bottle, but never picked it up. After reading the ingredients, I took the plunge, and used it to detangle that evening prior to applying henna.
It has a pleasant, clean fragrance, and went on very smooth. It’s consistency and color is similar to Generic Value Paul Mitchell the Detangler (Sally’s), and at first glance, appeared very promising! I let it sit while I showered, and quickly came to the realization that it was a BUST! I couldn’t get my fingers through my hair–it felt even more tangled, and incredibly hard. I rinsed it out, and loaded up with my faithful Herbal Essence 🙂 The M&T was lacking my favorite detangling agent Behentrimonium Methosulfate and contained a bit of protein…I should’ve known better!

Bottom Line: Never again. I returned that mess yeterday and bought some lip gloss 🙂


  • angel says:

    I only use Mane n Tail once a month when I feel my hair needs a little more protein. I guess its ideal for someone who may want something similar to a protein treatment but not as strong as Aphogee. I like it because it seems to strengthen my hair. The conditioner is only meant to be left on the hair maybe 3-5 minutes. After rinsing out the conditioner, I usually follow up with my favorite conditioner that is protein free (Aussie Moist), which is very moisturizing. I mix it in a bowl with a little olive oil and aloe vera juice and apply it to my hair as a deep conditioner. I keep it on under plastic cap for 30-45 minutes and my hair feels fantastic afterwards. My only advice is to use more moisture rich products as opposed to the protein ones for a couple of days because the Mane n Tail gives enough protein to strengthen the hair.

  • Melissa Locks says:

    When I first tried mane n tail, my hair was very dry. it looked fried and felt very dry. I have never had shiny hair and i have tried so many different products to get it to do so. I have tried many different oils and hair masks. I started using Shielo's Hydrate Shampoo and Shielo Hydrate Conditioner about 6 months ago. I immediantly noticed that it left my hair feeling nicer than any other shampoo and conditioner have.

    About 2 months into using Shielo's Hydrate products, I noticed a huge change in my hair. My hair is very very shiny and it looks beautiful. i have never had shiny hair before so im amazed that it looks this good. it is so soft and it feels so healthy. I have noticed my hair getting longer too. I absolutely this product and recommend it to all my friends.

  • C says:

    I would like to see a review done of the Shampoo I mentioned.. So far, it seems no one has wrote the differences between the Original and the Deep Conditioning formulas. May be that would be a better formula for you. It smells alright and didn't leave my hair hard or rough at all…..

  • C says:

    I noticed a lot of people are complaining about the original formula. I am using the Deep Conditioning Shampoo and Olive Oil Mane n Tail Coniditioner. I love it so far.. For some background, I am half-Jamaican, half-German and have tight, soft curls.

  • Anonymous says:

    I used it today my first time and let's just say, my hair is soooo hard! Well it was while I was washing it, oh my gosh. I thought all my hair was about to dissapear. And then I used the conditioner, that made it softer but my mom said i should mix the mane n' tail with another shampoo n conditioner. That might help! Im gonna keep using it to see how it might help my hair!

  • Anonymous says:

    I Used it years a go and just start back using it but it is really good for dry scalp and again everybody hair is different.have a bless day

  • Anonymous says:

    Ive been using m&t for about a week now i have fine curly hair which has recently lossed its curls do to me having freestyle braids for 2 weeks before i washed my hair with m&t my hair was straight dry and had little curls after using the product my hair became softer and easier to detangle it also kept it well moisturized. The only problem i had with m&t was i like to condition my hair everyday in the shower but after my hair drys it didnt stay moisturized as long so then i started deep conditioning my hair everyday and it left my hair moisturized and had a beautiful scent to it but i am noticing my hair has gotten dirty in 4 day instead of 7 im fine with washing my hair every 4 days an will continue to use the product 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi. Mane and tail also has it's own individual detangle. It is use for detangling only, but its more liquidish then creamy. Mane and tail has been in my house for years. My dad introduce it to the house. I don't use it often, but Im thinking about trying it today 🙂
    Have a BLESSED and WONDERFUL Weekend!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I've used Mane and Tail on my natural hair now for well over 20 years. I still love it! My sister can't use it because we have different hair textures. I'm more curly than she. It makes her hair really hard and dry. But, it makes my curls springy and very defined.

  • Anonymous says:

    I use mane and tail it works great on my hair its shiney a full of body i love it.

  • Anonymous says:

    It means Product Junkie

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi 🙂 What does "PJ" mean? I keep seeing it on various websites/forums in reference to shopping…

  • Taerynsmom says:

    I love mane n tail!! I use the m&t herbal gro shamp n cond. It leaves my hair feeling thicker and full of body and my hair has been growing rapidly. I wash my hair every 2 weeks and I can see a diffrence in legnth everytime

  • Bryan says:

    I'm a guy, and I have thick, super-wavy, red/blonde hair. My neighbor gave me some M&T Shampoo and conditioner to try, because he was too scared to. He said it was supposed to make my hair thicker. Now I regret it! More like frizzier! I usually wash my hair once a week with a small amount of Garnier Fructis Fortifying shampoo, and use no conditioner. My hair looks great like that and holds perfect curly waves… The worst part of my experience with the M&T was that it gave me an itchy dry scalp and dandruff! For the first time in over a year. I will never use again. Stripped my hair

  • Anonymous says:

    I've used m&t for about 2 weeks now and have not been disappointed.

  • Annabel says:

    I have the M&T detangler… not sure if my mind plays tricks on me but it feels like it tangles my hair!! My hair does nothing for my hair. It does not have any slip nor does it feel soft. I'm thinking about adding olive oil and diluting it with a bit of water, to my bottle to see if that might help!

  • Anonymous says:

    This is not a regular, moisturizing conditioner. It is a protein conditioner. A lot of people are using it wrong. Don't use it everyday and when you do mix it with regular conditioner at the SAME TIME. That way it will not harden the hair. Rinse it out if you use a lot. I love Mane n Tail but I had those same issues until I learned to use it correctly.

  • Anonymous says:

    I think it really has to also do with if your hair is protein sensitive. If it is then your hair mostlikely wont like this product. Everyones hair is different and i was hopefully looking for a recommendation for this product however, the truth of the matter is, il just have to try this out for myself:)
    hopefully it has that "growing effect" everyone is raving about!

  • Unknown says:

    Well, I'm just a Caucasian brunette, and Mane n Tail works great for me! I love it. I suppose it's just the type of hair you have. For thick, curly hair, I suggest the Garnier line.

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  • Anonymous says:

    i use mane n' tail to co-wash all the time, and my hair is really soft, with lots of curl definition and shine. my hair type is like 4b/4c… or whatever the most tightly coiled type is, lol. maybe it doesn't work on the lower curl patterns (2a-3c)

  • Anonymous says:

    i LOVE mane n tail. Best conditioner and leave in that I've ever tried.

  • Anonymous says:

    My hair loves the mane n tail conditioner and is so soft after each use. This goes to show how product can react differently and depends solely on your hair type and what can be a mess for one can be a blessing for someone else.

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow. This goes to show you that just because someone else does or does not use something shouldn't always determine our chose to try something. I used Mane n Tail before and had no problem with it,but then I stopped using what I was familiar with and what worked for me and I tried Herbal Essence because everyone on youtube and fotki was raving about it and it didn't work out well for me. It contains benzol alcohol. For my hair anything with benzol alcohol dries my hair out. My hair was fine but I had to try Aussie Moist and Herbal essence like almost everyone was raving about and right after them both my hair started acting up and being overly dry like it used to be. The Aussie Moist made my scalp itch too. I want to find the perfect conditioner but for now I'm just going to go back a get a conditioner that I know works for me. Probably the Mane and Tail.

  • Anonymous says:

    I was interested in this product when people were talking about it, so I tried finding it at a local store but they ran out, then i forgot about it. A year later I was walking through walmart to buy some things than I went to the pet isle and found the mane n tail items. I decided on a whim to by it….and was I glad. I tried it that night and loved it. I have extremely thick hair and it made it softer than it normally was, and it was more tameable. For the shampoo I used more than the recomended amout due to the volume of my hair. It took a few seconds for it to lather like other shampoos. for the conditioner I used put it in for a few minutes then washed it out, after the shower I put in a little amount as a leave-in. I read other reveiw…My only advice it depends on the hair type, enviroment and the weather

  • Anonymous says:

    I disagree. I've used many products and this one is my all time favorite. It makes my hair shiny and gives my curls a beautiful texture without a leave-in conditioner.

  • Anonymous says:

    I use the product on my hair and my daughters hair and it leaves our hair really soft and manageable. I guess it depends on the person's hair. I like it and will continue to use it on my hair and my baby girls.

  • Trumpess says:

    Hi Curly Nikki!

    I absolutely love your hair!! I have used M&T and sometimes it works great, but this recent bottle I purchased does absolutely nothing to detangle my hair. The 1st bottle I purchased was from and the 2nd from a local beauty supply store. Anyway, I will not be re-purchasing because of the inconsistencies. Anyway, I also did a little research into the ingredient you talked about (b/c I'm a degreed chemist). Behentrimonium methosulfate is not a component of the Hello Hydration product line. See MSDS': AND However, the Hydralicious Reconditioning conditioner has a derivative of the behentrimonium (chloride) ingredient. See link: So actually the Hydralicious Reconditioning Conditioner will do a better job of detangling. But if the Hello Hydration works for you, keep using. Just wanted to add my expertise. I hope this helps!

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow!! I had an awesome experience with Mane N Tail, it's one of the few products that worked on my relaxed & natural hair… but, hey everybody's hair is different. I just stopped using it b/c of the price… it's not always on sale. I think Suave works just as well, so I buy it instead.

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  • Unknown says:

    M&T was used back in the day…must've been some holy grail thing or something. Anyways, it does not detangle well. I twisted a friends hair last week and she said she detangles, but each section of her hair that I twisted had balls of hair coming out. She had thick hair, so it's not like she had excessive breakage, it's just that the M&T wasn't doing the job she thought it was. She co-washed with my Suave Humectant and raved about the difference she could already feel in her hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    I remember M&T! I haven't used it since I was relaxed and I was pulled in with it back then though b/c of the hype about it making hair grow. ~KF519

  • Anonymous says:

    The name of this product is not an accident. This product started out in the horse grooming industry. Once the groomers saw how shiny it made the horse's coat they began using it on their own hair. I used it twenty years ago when the bottle had a disclaimer that read "for animal use". You could occasionally find it in Asian beauty stores, but never in main stream stores like Sally's. They've repackaged their product and now market it to the beauty industry and the animal care industry. I didn't like the product twenty years ago. It sounds like their is no reason to try it now!

  • Alicia says:

    I used this years ago and it left my hair matted, tangled, and coated with a white film.

  • KyaDiva says:

    It works for me as a leave-in/styling agent for a wash and go. I use about a nickel sized amount, work it through, seal with some oil and go. It doesn't work as a regular conditioner for me.

  • Maria says:

    LOL I would've bought the lipstick too
    I don't like this conditioner anymore either

  • M says:

    Lol my sister loves this conditioner because some friend of hers told her it would make her hair grow…. right. I used that mess and not only did it make my hair feel hard and weird, but certain products seem to be getting caught up in my coils and leave an ugly white coating on my hair… ICK! Never again… lol.

  • Anonymous says:

    I used to use this when I had a texturizer, before I discovered the beauty of a product with 'slip'. I made the mistake of trying it again recently – now it's sitting under the sink, looking sadly at me whenever I open the cabinet…

  • Nicole says:

    I used it when I was a permy and I thought my hair was growing, but it really dried my hair out.

  • LoveLaughLiveLife says:

    Nikki I had the same results with this conditioner…now it sits with the others on my shelf!

  • A. says:

    Yeah – I've only ever used it as a pre-poo or a DC with an egg and plenty of oils.

    I always do a moisture treatment after I DC too.. so I avoid the hard and tangled feeling you experienced.

    Now I know not to use it by itself.

  • Anonymous says:

    LMAO! I hear some naturals scream about this product and how great it is, but in reality it gives my hair a coated but sofyt feeling. I didn't like the unnatural way my hair felt. I threw it away!

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this update. I peeped this @ Sally's last week, but I didn't let the PJ in me come out, but I did think about it, lol.

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