Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I am so over airdrying (and Mane & Tail product review)

Alrighty....as part of my winter hair care routine I decided to give air drying another chance. Well I'm here to tell you that I failed miserably. Not because the airdrying process itself was bad, but because there were certain obstacles that I just could not overcome. Over the course of my air drying journey, I was able to defeat the dryness and brittleness that once plagued my airdryed hair. I even felt hopeful once I found my beloved shea oil which kicked up my airdrying results to the next level. But alas, I was not willing to combat the most stubborn of my airdrying enemies- tangles!

Because of my deep seated fear of combing wet hair, I would constantly end up with a mass of stubborn tangles once my hair dried. Add to that the fact that I was nearly three months post my last relaxer. I had an inch or more of curly new growth that basically wrapped itself around other hairs when shed. Not to mention that fact that I was minimizing most of my combing action in an effort to avoid excessive breakage. Long story short, I found myself unknowingly creating dread locks while avoiding excessive manipulation.

Finally, while strolling down the aisle of my local Sally's beauty, I decided to ask for help. You see, I am the do it yourself kinda girl who normally avoids special aids and tools to get the job done. Under a normal frame of mind, I would have easily blocked out an hour or so to undergo the painstaking task of detangling my knots. But this time I was desperate. Before leaving the store , I asked one of the African American female employees for a recommendation on a good detangler. After thinking for a few moments, she used a lifeline and asked her AA female counterpart. I could hear their brains working as they desperately were searching for the answer. Finally, a Hispanic male, who overhead the conversation from the stock room, came to the rescue with his Mane and Tail recommendation.

"Of course! Mane and Tail," I thought to myself, they make pretty good quality products so I had no problem giving it a go.
I used this product on dry hair which had not received a thurough detangling in weeks! You could just imagine the pain I went through. The pain wasn't so much physical as it was mental. I kept thinking, about how much hair I would lose during the process. At any moment, I could have easily given up, whipped out the scissors and commenced to proceed with the big chop.

In all my frustration, a glimmer of hope came in the form of the Mane and Tail. That stuff loosened my shed hairs like nobody's business. I was extremely pleased to say the least. This product definitely receives my recommendation. What I appreciate most about this product is that I was able to get the job done with little casualties (breakage) to my hair. For those of you seeking a detangling aid (and I believe that we all should have one) Mane and Tail is for you.

(Muchas gracias Sally's guy!)

  1. I was just in the beauty supply this weekend. i have a thick head of luscious hair, with minimal breakage, but I still purchased a few products from the Apogee line.

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  2. Excuse me, but you give hair care advice and you allowed your own hair turn into dreads? I thought everyone knew you cant let new growth air dry without detangling and moisturizing. Props to you however for even admitting that. I guess we all live and learn.

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  3. Nice review, I'll remember this next time someone asks me about detanglers.

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  4. @ Anon-You are absolutely right. I should have known better but I somehow thought I would be able to handle the tangle. Guess I was wrong. Lesson learned.

    @ Gigi-Girl enjoy that wonderful thick head of hair. If your hair is not in need to special protien treatments then keep doing what you are doing. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. I just completed a looooong stretch and ended up relaxing earlier than planned due to the tangles (breakage). Thanx 4 the review, I'll have to try that Mane & Tail next time.

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  6. Nice...I always wanted to try this...I have their conditioner & shampoo. Did you spray on the detangler on wet hair after DC? Does it feel like buildup after? Weigh your hair down? Can I blowdry my hair afterwards as normal?

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  7. @ Juana4ev- I first used the product on dry hair and it worked like a dream. Like you, I too was concerned with build up when I used it on freshly relaxed hair just a short time later. What I tried to do was mix some of it with my leave in in order to dilute its potency. What I found was that the diluted version worked fine is moderately tangled areas but I had to use it straight I used it straight when I got to some difficult to work with tangles.
    I rollerset my hair afterwards and the finished product was still silky light and bouncy. I use the product more as a spot treatment than an all over remedy and the results were great.

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  8. I can so relate to this. The amount of breakage i had this year between stretching and failing to detangle/moisturize properly is ridiculous. T guess part of it goes back to the battle of trial and error to find the right products/combo. And hair stylists seem to think dealing with your roots with a fine-toothed comb is the answer. <_<

    if i do get around to buying it, hopefully i'll have similar success with the M&T. thanks for the review.

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