Review: Mane ‘n Tail

We get lots of stuff to review here at DailyXY headquarters: books, underwear, the occasional rack of ribs. No, really, that happened once. We also get a whole lot of emails from PR people asking us to take a look at their product. Sometimes it’s what you’d expect from a men’s magazine mailbag (car stuff, workout routines), other times it’s wildly off the mark (speaking of, will the manufacture of a certain popular infant stroller stop contacting us?). The bottom line is, though, we only write about stuff we actually use and actually like.

So, with that in mind, here’s the oddest thing to hit the DailyXY product pile (recently, anyway): Mane ‘n Tail. We have both the two-in one anti-dandruff shampoo + conditioner ($5) and the original conditioner ($4). In case I need to condition my hair after I condition my hair, I guess.

As you might expect from the name, never mind the imagery on the bottles, Mane ‘n Tail has something to do with horses. This is what: it’s shampoo (and other hair stuff) that’s equally good for people and horses. That’s right, it’s hybrid people-horse shampoo.

Why do we have this at the DailyXY office? No idea. Nobody on the team has horses, what with our downtown Toronto location. However, my curiosity piqued, I decided to review this item with the help of Rhumba, my parent’s shih tzu, who is not even remotely a horse.

Rhumba 1

[Pictured: Rhumba, not even remotely a horse.]

He likes to bark at horses, though. He’s also nearly blind, so he sometimes barks at hay bales, thinking that they’re horses. We suppose. He may think that the hay bales are cows. Or he just doesn’t like hay. It’s tough to know with him; he gets confused by butterflies.

Anyway, since Mane ‘n Tail’s website says their shampoo is good for use on dogs, I proceeded by luring Rhumba to the laundry room with a treat, putting him in the sink filled with lukewarm water, and gently scrubbing him with the shampoo. Based on my observations, he did not like it.

Rhumba 2

[Pictured: Rhumba, not liking it.]

Then again, Rhumba never likes shampoo. Based on my own use of Mane ‘n Tail, despite the fact that I don’t really have a mane and definitely lack a tail, I’d say that it basically works as advertised: it’s gentle, it reduces dandruff, and makes for a squeaky clean scalp. I have no idea if it works on horses, but it worked pretty well on Rhumba, and even though he hated it and got mad that I gave him an unnecessary bath, I won him back over with a treat from the butcher shop.

Rhumba 3

[Pictured: Rhumba, with a treat from the butcher shop.]

So, until next time, that’s the DailyXY mailbag.

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