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post #1 of 5 Old 07-16-2019, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Homemade Tail Detangler

I've heard of people making their own tail detangler. One recipe called for Baby oil, human hair conditioner and apple cider vinegar. What would be the purpose of the vinegar? Has anyone here tried something like this and be willing to share your experience? TIA :)
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-16-2019, 11:04 PM
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My daughter's horse's tailwas tangled for a year, it was like a baseball bat! She said she was just going to cut it off, but I told her no I would work on it when he was here for some hoof rehab. I used my salon conditioner, Biolage Matrix, mixed it with water and smothered the tail in it. I carefully picked it apart and it turned out beautiful.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-17-2019, 09:15 AM
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You can use baby oil on its own (doesnít need to be washed out) or human hair conditioner on its own (does need to be washed out).
I canít see any need to mix them
Vinegar is supposed to leave your hair shiny

I use the Eqyss sprays, the donít work out any more expensive than household products and no silicone

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-17-2019, 09:51 AM
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Vinegar cuts grease. It also imparts shine. I think whomever came up with the mix is just throwing things at a problem and praying for a solution. They overlook what each products purpose is. You don't want to mix.

Hard to find ingredients for the EQyss but this is what is listed:

Cyclomethicone (and) Dimethiconol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Green 6/CI 61565, Fragrance.

The first two are forms of silicone. The first is volatile and dissipates. The second is non water soluble and forms a lasting protective barrier. Both provide that "slip" needed for detangling. Together they leave a soft, silky feel. These are newer silicone products that don't cause the extent of drying and breakage with repeated use but saying they are not silicone is just playing with words. They work. They work well but if overused I suspect you'd have the same issues over time.

Sadly many of the products that have come along that claim to be silicone free are either ignorant of where their ingredients come from or choose to ignore the original form. One can find things to object about in any product that works so it comes down to how much time do you have and what you are willing to spend. I find cream rinse conditioner that has been added to warm water and then placed in a bucket to soak the tail works well when then worked in and allowed to sit some more before working through then rinsing. I like the Garnier Fructis Color Shield, works well and I don't see the fade I usually do. All of these products build up over time so plan on shampooing with something to strip them if used frequently or just used when needed. If you keep up with it once you detangle initially then there are other natural products (not that natural is always safe or best) that can be used to help keep tangle free if that is what you are looking for..
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-17-2019, 10:08 AM
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Two different friends...different approaches.

Friend one has access to milking goats and uses goat milk...cut 50/50 with water.
Sprays into the mane or tail till soaked if hair is matted...
Lets sit in/on for a while then takes a stool and lots of time and methodically starts to separate and work the knots, snarls and rats nest out...
She finds the spray mixture nourishes the hair strands and that keeps them from retangling...
Oh...keep refrigerated any excess or you do have sour, curdled milk...yuck.

Second friend swears by beer, any kind of beer.
She does rescues and what I've seen she saved most others would of cut off.
She soaks the hair...with beer

Lets sit in/on for a while then takes a stool and lots of time and methodically starts to separate and work the knots, snarls and rats nest out..
She also has another can of beer for adding to or sipping as the job continues on...

In the end, seen both of these work.
Not exactly homemade but products many have access to.
Once the initial work is completed, just grooming and care given is needed...as needed.
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