Horse Shampoo – Does Mane ‘N Tail make your hair grow faster?

What’s the deal with Horse Shampoo?

I quite literally started laughing when my friend told me she was using horse shampoo to make her hair grow faster. Shampoo designed for horses?! I knew she had to be kidding. But low and behold, a few months after our conversation, her hair was significantly longer. Weird, right?

Being a product junkie myself, I did some research.

The brand of horse shampoo everyone’s been talking about is called Mane ’n Tail (buy it here). When I first went to the Mane n’ Tail website, I was initially a bit thrown off. Upon arrival, it asked me to select whether I was using the products for “personal” or for “animal care.” I scanned over the picture of a well-groomed horse and selected the picture of a bored-looking girl with very long hair and the words “personal care” plastered across her picture. I chuckled to myself that the website even had to ask.

Mane’n Tail history

According to the Q&A portion of Mane’n Tail’s website, its products were originally developed for horses. Horse owners reported seeing “significant improvement in the health and appearance of their horses’ manes and tails.” The improvement in their animals’ hair prompted horse owners to try the shampoo out on themselves (which wouldn’t have been my first inclination, but hell, why not!?) The animal owners supposedly had the same results.

Still, I was skeptical.

After looking at the Mane’n Tail website, I did a bit more research into the success of the product from outsiders’ perspective.

Can horse shampoo really make my hair grow any faster than it already does?

The answer is no. Nothing you put on your head can increase hair growth (06/01/2011 post update: Latisse has since been clinically proven to increase hair growth for eyelashes and eyebrows). However, Mane N’ Tail does give us Long Hair Hopefuls a few good reasons to buy it.

First of all, those of us trying to grow out our hair need a shampoo that moisturizes and helps to prevent breakage. Mane N’ Tail does just that. It also comes without the sticky and unhealthy residue that many other shampoos leave behind. All Mane’n Tail leaves behind is clean, healthy hair. And best of all, it’s CHEAP.

So, I obviously had to purchase a bottle of Mane’n Tail to try on myself. Just so that I could write a fair and accurate review, I used up the entire bottle before commenting. As promised, the shampoo cleaned my hair without leaving it dry and brittle. It didn’t smell bad, and it didn’t turn my hair blue (as I’d heard a rumor it would).

However, my hair didn’t start shooting out of my head. It grew at a fairly normal rate (as far as I could tell).

Would I buy Mane N’ Tail again? Sure, why not. But mostly because it’s inexpensive, good quality shampoo. Not because of any magical growth properties it has in it.

June 2011 Update: This was one of the first blog posts I ever wrote and since I have written many that have to do with hairstyling, health, and growth. If you’re interested, please check out some of my more recent blog posts about hair:

For example:
Easy hairstyles
3 ways to banish boring hair
The safest way to wash your hair
How to grow long, healthy hair

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130 thoughts on “Horse Shampoo – Does Mane ‘N Tail make your hair grow faster?

  1. i have been a loyal mane 'n tail for 12 years. it's the only shampoo that has ever helped my scalp and hair. plus it's affordable. when i first started using the shampoo my hair was down to my lower back. a month later my hair had grown 5 inches and i had to get it cut. i absolutely love this shampoo. earlier this year i was very disappointed that i couldn't find the mane 'n tail shampoo so i switched to suave. it dried my hair out so bad i had to get it cut.

    so i recently cut my hair really short (above my ears) to get rid of all the split ends and dryness from using suave and regretted it big time. well 2 weeks ago i found mane 'n tail and was thrilled so my husband bought me some. $21 for 2 bottles of shampoo and 1 bottle of conditioner. my hair has grown 3-5 inches since i started using it again 2 weeks ago and it is now shoulder length. i plan on staying with this product because nothing has ever made me happier than this shampoo. it even works on my daughters horrible dermatitis.

    her scalp is so bad from the dermatitis and we tried 20 different shampoos. i even did the old head lice treatment trick of dog shampoo and tea tree shampoo. that had it under control for a month, but didn't help it. so 2 weeks ago i started using the mane 'n tail on my daughter and her scalp has never looked better. her doctor is thrilled we found something to help treat the dermatitis. plus it makes her hair easier to brush because she has easy tangle hair. MANE 'N TAIL ROCKS!!!!!!

  2. Just read your reply about mane and tail. I was thinking about buying that recently. But I was Also wondering if you had any other secrets to make your hair grow faster? Or do you do anything to damage your hair? Like straightening it, or anything. Because I frequently straighten my hair, but I havent straightened it in 2 months and I see no difference. So, do you do anything besides using this shampoo and conditioner? Ex: pills or things to put in the hair?

  3. I'm trying to grow my hair out, and a lot of people have suggested using mane n' tail on my hair to help it grow out. I can't wait to see how it works for me.

  4. there is not a hait product that makes your hair grow faster. However Main n Tail is a great product because it has wheat protiens and keratin protiens in it. It makes your hair stronger and helps keep the natural moisture. You also need to use a moisturising shampoo with it because protiens are good for your hair but they will also make your hair feel hard. The key too growing your hair is getting it healthy. Also, sont put a lot of heat in your hair

  5. honestly some of these posters what liars you grew 5" in a fortnight/month BULLSHIT! the product does work as it has protein which stops the ends snapping, this gives the illusion that your hair is growing quick. but to lie and miss inform people, get a life!

  6. I have been using Mane N Tail for almost 3 months and my hair has grown about 2 inches. I am happy that it makes my hair look healthy as well. It is also affordable too!

    I am a very happy customer!

  7. Hey, I just got the mane n' tale shampoo and conditioner the other day. Obviously, I'm not expecting THAT much from it, all hair types are different. My hair grows about average speed, half an inch a month, so I am hoping that Mane n' tale will help make my hair healthier to make it's growing process a bit quicker, I am trying to get rid of my mohawk. So far, from the days I have used it, my hair has never been shinier and smoother. I recommend not using heat, this slows the growing process by drying out hair(such as blow driers, flat irons/straighteners, curlers, wavers, crimpers). You should let your hair be natural until you get it the length you want it. also refrain from sprays, too. Me having mohawk, I use lots of hairspray, this slows the growing rate down quite a bit. try to use wide tooth combs and brushes, not the bristle kind(those pull out your hair). :3 Thank you! -Hannah H., 14years old, Ashtabula County, Ohio-

  8. My best friend who has very long hair now has been using mane n tail and she recommended it to me. I'm so excited to try it and get it because my hair grows slow. I hope it works for me!(:

  9. I just bought mane n tail last friday…

    I buy it because my hair grows very slow..I did some research about this product and finally found out that this is great.i cant wait some results about this horse shampoo..I hope it will work for me,by the way i have curly type hair and its just above my shoulders..i cant wait my hair to be long.tnx that i find this shampoo..

    im a filipina,15

  10. My hair was close to half way down my back but I recently cut my hair a little below my shoulders because my ends were real bad. Ive been wanting my hair to grow to my butt since I was little but my hair growth is somewhat slow. So I looked for shampoos that make you hair grow and I found Mane-N-Tail and read all the reviews. Most of them look good and I plan on trying it. By this summer (beginning of July) I plan on my hair being down my back or longer. Hopefully this shampoo will do wonders to my hair, because I have a fetish for long hair. If your hair grows slow but you use Mane-N-Tail, let me know how fast and how long it grew. I would love to know!

  11. Mane ‘n Tail works well for people because it is actually is a human salon product that was repackaged for horses! So of course it works well on people, but it actually dries a horse’s coat out because it is not pH-balanced for horses.

  12. Hi I just got this stuff and my hair is super short. I just want to know how long will it really take to get my hair long so I can stop wearing hats all of the time when I go out please help me. Thanks

  13. My mother washed my hair with this when I was a child and it made my hair super long. Everyone used to ask my mother what she was used in my hair to make it so healthy and long. In my teen years I got experimental and there has been damage to it due to heat, coloring, etc. So now that I'm trying to grow it out again, I'm going to start using Mane n Tail again. I hope I get the same results I did when I was a kid :)

  14. Actually, the Mane 'n Tail "human" edition and horse edition are the same exact thing.

    It works just as well on horses as human.

    The PH balance issue for horses is not true.

    Go to any farm or vet supply store, and you can buy the exact same shampoo with the same ingredients and formula that the "human version" contains.

  15. I can say that liked it but the price isn’t worth it. It's not excellent. I changed over to the very recommended Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil which deeply conditions, smoothes and stimulates hair growth. My clients (I’m a hairstylist) are also using it and have already noticed a significant growth spurt and less hair loss. As for my own hair, I've also noticed that it's stronger, shinier and a lot less frizzy. As the Pro Naturals also serves as a heat protectant, I'm especially happy with it as I blow dry my hair regularly.

  16. My hair takes a long time to grow. But I heard that if you put prenatal vitamins in shampoo and I use mane and tail it grows faster. My hair is up to my back now to use to take forever to pass my shoulders.

  17. I have African American hair so I have to make sure my shampoo doesn’t have any sulfates, Mane N' Tail does so it's a no-no. I got a good one based on argan oil and the difference is noticeable, fuller hair, less hair loss and no more frizz :) Really loving this shampoo! I got it online at and I’m planning on getting the conditioner and moroccan argan oil too.

  18. I use mane and tail shampoo and conditioner i love it i started back using it about 2 months ago and no lie my hair has grown a good 2 inches since i started back using it and my hair grows slow i have never had a shampoo or conditioner that makes my hair look and feel as great as this stuff does i have used a numerous of products on my hair but nothing works as well as this stuff. I used to use use morrocan argon oil religously but it would hold up in my hair but mane and tail is a miracle worker . I would recomend this product to anyone.

  19. Well I was recommended mane and tail, well I bought the shampoo and conditioner. It broke my hair off. I think it was the shampoo, which has sulfate in it. Learned my lesson. But it did make my hair clean. I have African American hair. I would not recommend if you have African American hair.

  20. A shampoo that helps hair grow faster will have ingredients like biotin and amino acids in it. Mane n Tail does not, so although it's a good shampoo to clean the scalp, it doesn't actually help hair grow faster.

  21. There is no quick fix for fast hair growth. Your hair grows in cycles. The best way to make get longer hair is to keep it healthy. You can do this by washing your hair to keep the follicle clean and clog free and to keep your scalp moisturize. Also take care of split ends. It’s not that your hair isn’t growing fast enough. It might just be that the rate of breakage is faster than the rate of hair growth. So, controlling breakage should be the priority.

  22. I have used Mane N' Tail for 2 yrs and i cut my hair once every month cause the length is all the way to my bottom. I only trimmed the split ends to keep the original length. I stop using Mane N' Tail because i couldn't find it and the pet store was out of stock and i started to used head and shoulder last 2 month and wow…. it made my hair super dry and so many split ends and i started to have dandruff.(eww) So last week i went shopping and saw they restock and bought 10 bottles of Mane N' Tail so 2 each shampoo and conditioner. Haha But sadly i have to cut my hair now it's the hair length is half of my back. D; So Mane N' Tail actually made my hair grow faster and it the TRUTH! I'll update on the progress since i started using it again.

  23. uhh this is my first time using mane and tail i noticed the first time washing my hair with it my hair started to fall out a bit. I am still confused about the amount of time you have to leave this product in for. It said leave it in for 1-2 mins and rinse out, im kind of confused

  24. My mom just bought Mane n' Tails Shampoo and Conditioner for 6 dollars and got the Conditioner Free since at Sally's they were having a sell on it.But I learned about it from my friend at school. Since I have my hair natural at the moment so I could grow it out.(My hair is almost touching my shoulders) I rinsed out the conditioner from my hair and reapplied it but in a smaller amount. After my hair had air dried it felt so much softer. I think I will stick to Mane n' Tails!

  25. I Bearly started using "Mane N' Tale" Shampoofor aboout 3 weeks._I have short hair (over my shoulders), i used to damadge it (straiten) about 4 times a day because i have curly frizzy poofy hair._I died it about 22 times and bleached it twice. (and i'm only 14)_I stopped damadging it so much because iwant my hair to grow and i was looking like crazy everywhere for a shampoo that can fix up my hair._I was using some shampoo named 'Vanart' trust me that thing made my hair worse it was make it so dry and nasty !_I found this shampoo "Mane N' Tail" and ibought it for 5 bucks ._ionly bought the shampoo cause their wasnt any more conditioner and it works amazing i've only used it for about 3 weeks after my shower i put my hair up in a bun (real tight)and my hair looks great it has officialy grown about an 3/4 of an inch even tho i've only been using the shampoo with no conditioner!'(

  26. Mane-n-tail shampoo and conditioners were made to help horse hair grow faster for horse shows and it worked so they started using it in humans. I would know because I'm an equine expert.

  27. I’ve heard a lot about using horse shampoo to make your hair grow. I am african america, so hopefully this product works for me.

  28. I love long hair and I miss the days (like, ages 4- 10) when it reached down almost past my butt. I cut it up to my ears when I was about 11 and donated it, and I was happy at first, considering that it was so thick and I knew that there was enough hair their to make another little girl happy, but then I started to actually miss the half hour it took me to brush the knots out every night. I missed the feeling of warmth that you get in the winter when your hair rests on your back. SO I started using this shampoo and conditioner again, and I just can't wait that long for my hair to be long again. It grows fairly fast naturally, too, so hopefully the shampoo and conditioner won't take as long as it normally would…

  29. To miss Janet this is' t a lie I have been using this product for about 2o years and my hair grew 4 inches in 3 months and my hair used to grow maybe 1 inch in a year. I used to hate to get my hair trimmed cause it would not grow. This stuff is great. We have horses and the Colts chew the moms tail off real short and this stuff is amazing on horses so you can imagine how it would work faster on people cause there is stuff in there for a horse 100 times stronger for them so it's much stronger for us.

  30. Tip girls I keep reading that the shampoo makes your hair grow , but you rinse it out. The conditioner is what really works and fast because I putt it all in my hair and sleep in it. ALSO on the weekends I' l put it in and put it in a pony tail and go to the lake or what ever and I may leave it in all weekend the sun activities the product. When we put it on the horse tails and mane their standing out in the sun all day that is one of the things that makes this stuff work.

  31. Hi I need to know if the product can help black women with risiding hair line,caused by tractional aloepatiare. some times by pulling when they plate their hair.

  32. Hey ladies out there that have/using this product. I used to straighten my hair so much that my hair started thining and dryed out. It got to the point where I took all my heat products and threw it in a bag and gave it to my friend at school. So now I don't have a heat product in the house. I just got a hair cut a couple of days ago and my friend has been telling me about this product. I'm not looking to get fast long hair results! I just want my old hair back…THICKER! But, yes I would like my hair to grow and look thicker and healthier. So my questions are; Is it worth it? & Does it work for people whos hair is currently in my condition?

  33. Ok, for all you ladies out there. This product is a MUST! Just after ONE USE I already felt the difference in my hair. Oh! and when your hair dries it's so soft and smells good:) So in a brief description this shampoo is supposed to make your har healthier, thicker, longer etc. I definetly reccomend this product no matter what the reason is;)winkwink;) Some locations where you can get it is: Walmart, Shoppers etc. Or even online ( If you have any questions leave me a reply and I will leave a reply back.

  34. this is my first time to use mane n tail shampoo and i want to know if it's ok to use a blower or an iron after i using a mane tale shampoo and conditionare ?

  35. this is my first time to use the mane and tail shampoo and conditonare and and i want to know if it's ok to use a blower or iron while i'm using the mane tail shampoo?

  36. does it help grow hair back u have lost,i used to have long thick hair with all the stress ive gotten a lot thinner especially on top my daughter says it would but want to make sure before trying it out?

  37. I have used Mane N' Tail for several years, i like the squeaky clean feeling it leaves after rinsing. I also recommend Mane N Tail Hoofmaker hand and nail therapy for strong healthy nails, it really seems to help them grow a little faster, probably because they are healthier and strong yet not dry and brittle.

  38. Maine n tail made my hair grow fast!!! It really does work … My hair never grows long …. It’s the longest I have ever had it …. It really works!!!!

  39. You’re so awesome! I don’t think I’ve truly read through something like this before. So nice to discover someone with a few genuine thoughts on this subject matter. Seriously.. many thanks for starting this up. This web site is one thing that’s
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  40. I been trying to grow my hair out and thicken it a bit. I'am a 35 year old male who's trying to keep what I got as long as I can. I was talking to some co workers and they told me to use Mane-n-Tail so I found it in the pet section of Wal-Mart. I bought just the conditioner just to try it. I been using it along with some tips (no hats heat sprays not washing your hair everyday) for about 2 weeks now and my hair has been growing wild every morning I get up it's like I have longer stronger hair and it's not dry. People have been using farm medications for years with great outcomes most have been put on pharmacy shelves like that green liquid for pain first used on horses for sore legs and bag balm better than any anti bac creams first used on cows utters from over milking the list goes on. I am a believer of mane-n-tail.

  41. It's true that Mane n Tail can make you hair grow faster. It doesn't just make it grow faster but it will also make your hair healthier. This is the only horse hair shampoo that I know that can be used by human.

  42. I just used the Main n' tail today and I have very short hair . I use to straighten my hair every single day for school but lately I have been pulling it up. I really hope this product works for my hair(:

  43. I’ve been growing my hair out for a good while and im planning to cut it off in about a year and donating it. Im trying to get it as long as I can before then. I was thinking about buying mane n tail shampoo and conditioner but I have also heard that it is better to use shampoos that dont have sulfate in them. So which route do you think I should take. The mane n tail route or the sulfate free shampoo route?

  44. Um well actually putting certain stuff on your scalp can help with hair growth. Because some products or at home remedys stemulate the folicules and make your hair grow faster than usual. So this is not entirely true

  45. It doesn't make ur hair longer. Oonly genetics can. Having split ends and a lot of breakage keeps ur hair from reaching a good legnth and gives the illusion that ur hair isn't growing. Finding the right shampoo such as mane n tail fixes split ends and breakage which in turn shows u improved length. Fact

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  52. I had heard the rumors about mane and tail as well and I decided to try I dyed my hair prior to starting mane and tail,(I only use the conditioner because I have very curly and thick hair) just enough to see any significant growth. In two weeks I started to see my roots (not too noticeable). And by a month I could most definitely see my roots. Although I didn’t see any crazy growth in length I did notice less breakage and less split ends as well as less shedding which all helps in having the appearance of longer hair

  53. I used Groveda Hair Growth Serum. My hair grows faster than I ever would've imagine. The first month I used it I got 1 1/2 inches of growth. It has a lovely smell and leaves my hair shiny too.

  54. I'm mixed with black and white my hair recently broke off and I cut it it's still breaking off and I was wondering to get it back to its kinky curly course would mane n take work and keep my hair strong

  55. How many times a week do you wash your hair? I’ve been waahing mine twice a week. Sometimes once but yea I wash my body everyday. Lil

  56. I read many review online about Mane N' Tail and I decided to use it. My hair did grow but it was rough and thin. I had to get rid of all the hair that grew because it look absolutely horrendous. I just don't think it is worth to spend your money on this, and I am fully aware of the fact that the results might be different for some people.

  57. Will mane and tail work on Perm I have perm I try so many different shampoo/ conditioner it will not grow fast I want to have healthy long hair and where can I get mane tails shampoo/ condition cannot find it no where at the store

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