Friday, 30 August 2013

Mane 'n Tail Gentle Clarifying Shampoo and Herbal Essentials Conditioner Review

 Hey Everyone!
Hope you all are well :)

Hair, hair, hair.
 If we aren't straightening it, we are curling it.
Beehive, Big Hair, Beachy Hair, Blunt Hair..Bob!
Hair...its almost every girls obsession.
So many different textures, so many different styles!
If I am honest..I find hair mind boggling.
With regard to my own hair, I'm quite the plain Jane.
I have had the same hairstyle for years, I have never dyed my hair..ever and I avoid the hair dressers like the plague.
However, in spite of this I still receive tonnes and tonnes of questions about my hair nearly on a daily basis!


What products do you use?
Is your hair real?
How long did it take to grow out?
How do you get it so soft?

The questions are endless...endless I tell you!
Even though I don't do a lot with my hair style and colour wise, I do like to take good care of it. Like skincare, I don't mind spending that bit extra on products and treatments which are known to be good for the hair.
I like to try my best to keep it in tip top condition! :)
To date, my favourite shampoo and conditioner range to use is the Alberto Balsam range. Its cheap and cheerful and its smells absolutely fantastic!
I love how soft and silky my hair feels with the use of this range, for €1.49 a bottle I have never really seen a reason to stray away from it.
The odd time I am curious about different shampoo's and conditioners and I will try out some other ranges but I always find myself going back to Alberto Balsam.

Recently I received some Mane 'n Tail Shampoo and Conditioner to use, to say I was excited was an understatement. I had heard so much about this range in college but I never knew where to pick some up, so when I received mine in the post I was extremely delighted. I couldn't wait to hop in the shower and put these bad boys to the test! I received the 'Gentle Clarifying Shampoo' and the 'Herbal Essentials Conditioner' based on my hair type.
My hair is very long, fine and can tend to be on the dry side..in particular my ends. I think this is almost every girls nightmare, dry and brittle ends..ugh!


I have been using the Mane 'n Tail Shampoo and Conditioner for almost 2 months now and over all I have to say I am quite pleased with it :)
I am just coming to the end of my shampoo and I have just under half of the bottle of conditioner left. This is extremely good going for me as my hair is so long and it takes more product to wash! I mentioned above about how my hair can be quite dry on the ends, this isn't the case with regards to the roots..unfortunately. I generally have to wash my hair everyday as the roots of my hair are quite oily. I could leave it for 2 days without washing as long as I use some dry shampoo, but to be honest for me, nothing looks and feels better than freshly washed hair. Since using this range I found that I could in fact go for 2 days without washing my hair and I could even push to a third if I used dry shampoo.
I have tried high end ranges such as 'Ojon' and 'Bedhead' but I found I had to use a lot more product to get a lather going which isn't practical for me due to the length of my hair..especially not at over €20 a bottle for some ranges!


I love the smell of this shampoo and conditioner combination. The conditioner reminds me of those little coconut mushroom sweets you used to be able to buy years ago..delish! I particularly love how the scent remains on my hair after the shower which is quite a nice plus.
When I am applying conditioner to my hair I only ever focus the product on the ends of my hair. However, after reading the back of the conditioner packaging it recommends to rub into the roots too. Anytime I have applied conditioner to the roots of my hair my hair has blow dried greasy..not what you want by any means! But I said hey, lets give it a go! I nourish the ends of my hair in the conditioner and with the excess conditioner left on my hands I massage it into the roots of my hair. I leave it there to work its magic for a couple of minutes then rinse. My hair feels like silk after the conditioner has been applied and thankfully feels the same when I have blow dried my hair. 
Aside from sleek, shiny hair I have noticed a slight difference in volume..my hair definitely has a little more lift to it.


I have no complaints with regard to this shampoo and conditioner.
The only slight problem I found is that if you leave excess conditioner at the mouth of the lid, it will harden and the conditioner will be slightly difficult to squeeze out. This is just due to the type of lid that is on the bottle, just ensure to wipe away any excess and you are good to go!

Price wise it is a bit more expensive than my go-to shampoo range, but at €6.95 it doesn't break the bank. I was over joyed to see that my local pharmacy stocks the range as I am extremely eager to get my hands on another bottle of the shampoo! I have found that the price of this range varies from shop to shop but the cheapest I have seen it retail at is €6.95 :)
So the burning question is...will I stick to this range or go back to Mr Balsam?
To be honest I would rather spend that little bit extra on this range to maintain the results I am currently getting. But if I run out I always have Alberto Balsam at hand :) I'll to-and-fro between the two!

Have you tried any shampoo's from the range?
Let me know what other formula's are worth trying :)

Thanks for tuning in guys!
Eimear x

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