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

  1. Thanks so much for this article! I was hoping to buy some of this Mane’n Tail shampoo and conditioner, (for my hair, not a horses!) and after reading this, I now am convinced that I should but this stuff! Sure, it may not make my hair grow like Rapunzle’s, but if it helps keep my hair healthy, than healthy hair should grow faster, right? Thanks again! :)

  2. I plan to buy mane n tail shampoo..cause lot of people recommend this thingy that this shampoo truly grow thier hair…even shiny and strong…
    I HOPE THIS REALLY WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. my name is Jamie wood and I USED TO BLEAH MY HAIR A LOT until a farm friend of mine told me mane n tail is safe for human use you can mane n tail shampoo and conditioner by thr gallon at TSC or your local CO-OP store also it comes with a handy pump dispenser when you buy it in bulk the unit price is a bit higher but if you comparre it to price of those tiny bottles your getting a steal_

  4. I used Mane & Tail years ago and my hair grew so fast, my hair was down to my butt. Than I stopped because I started working in a hair salon and I started using gold well shampoo. My hair has been dry and damaged ever since. I recently bought mane&tail again and now my hair is back to becoming healthy and full

  5. I use Mane and Tale Conditioner and have for about 20 years. I have very fine and thin hair and this product makes my hair appear thicker. It prevents it from being fly-away also. I never wash my hair without using it afterwards. I tried the shampoo and it actually caused the hair to thin so I stopped using it, but the condioner I can not do without!!!!!

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