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My New Favorite Shampoo

Many people talk of the benefits of coconut oil for hair & body. There’s even a pretty cool pin that you can buy to celebrate your love for the wonder oil. I, myself, have been a big fan for a while now but my love for coconut oil has recently been cemented in one of my latest discoveries.

Not only do I love coconut oil but I also have pretty sensitive skin. My scalp is even worse. I try a lot of products and keep in mind how both my hair and scalp react to different ingredients and formulations. Needless to say, finding a shampoo that works well for both has always been a bit of a challenge.

Then I stumbled upon Shea Moisture’s 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Shampoo. It’s a gem.

For those of you who seek healthy, organic products, I have a feeling that you will feel as strongly about this shampoo as I do. It has all the things that you need, without the things that you don’t. It gives you a great amount of slip to help detangle dense, afro-textured hair like mine and frees itself of perfumes and scents that only serve to make you smell “good”. I find that those products are often scalp irritants, which is why this shampoo is the business.

It’s creamy and luxurious and soothing at the same time. It smells faintly of coconut and it just feels naturally created.  I think it is, by far, one of the best products I’ve ever tried from Shea Moisture and if you search through the reviews of this site, you know how many things I’ve tried (and mostly loved).  This is a holy grail product, bar none.

The only reservation I have about this product is one built on circumstance, it’s hard to find in store. None of my local stores carry it, which means that I have to order it online or hunt around the city to find it. It’s a new product, and arguably less popular, than the others. But, as more people try it I presume they will end up with the same conclusion as I have, it’s one of the best shampoos out there.

Give it a shot!

A Look at Grooming for the Simple Man

If you’ve looked through the product review section here on MANE MAN then you know that there are a LOT of grooming products out there. It seems that I’ve made it my personal mission to try just about everything. This means that when something new comes across my desk I want to share my experience with all of you!

I recently had the opportunity to try out Simple Man products. These products are described as “salon quality male grooming products”.

For my trials with the products I spent some time with two varieties of shampoo, conditioner and body wash; one formulated with tea tree oil and the other with lavender oil. I personally liked both scents but found it best to keep both body washes away from my face or eyes as the scents/oils can be irritating.

That being said, the products work pretty well. Overall, I think that the body washes were actually my favorite of the bunch, keeping in mind that I am pretty finicky about what I use on my hair. The products are solid, there’s no doubt about that, but for someone with hair as dense and thick (and long?) as mine is as the moment, I needed more oil and slip to these formulations.

I particularly enjoyed the shampoo formulated with tea tree oil as it is so good for your scalp. The gentle tingle of tea tree oil is one I’m familiar with and I like to revisit as often as I can. I generally find the scent nice as well as it seems distinctly fresh and masculine in my opinion.

It should be noted that the products that I have actually used the most thus far are: lavender oil body wash, tea tree oil conditioner and teal tree oil body wash.  These are the products that I found myself going back to again and again without so much of a thought. The body washes aren’t drying and leave a nice, lingering scent for both the lavender and tea tree oil varieties.

Here is what’s cool about Simple Man….you can purchase a set of their respective body care lines for $35.00. With that you get a 16 oz. body wash, conditioner and shampoo with the scent of your choice. That’s not a bad deal, is it? And for those of you who live in houses with a couple of gents in the home, these are good quality buys for a reasonable price. As always, you get what you pay for and when you opt for better products that include actual oils (and not just synthetic ones) you get better results like moisturized and nourished skin and hair.

If you’re looking to keep it simple, give Simple Man a try.  You can view more about Simple Man at simplemanbrand.com.


Disclosure: Product for review was provided courtesy of Simple Man.

My Updated Regimen (Winter 2014)

Any time the weather changes, it’s important to re-evaluate your hair care and skin care needs.  Since the winter is now firmly upon us, I’ve made some slight suggestions to my regular regimen that I usually use during the spring and summer months.

There you have it! That’s my Winter 2014 regiment (so far).  I’m sure as the season continues to change some of these products will get placed on the shelf while I try out newer products.

How have you changed your regimen for the winter? How do you maintain healthy, moisturized hair when the weather is so dry and cold?

Product Review: Mitch Double Hitter 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner

Double Hitter, Mitch by Paul Mitchell
Double Hitter, Mitch by Paul Mitchell

Mitch by Paul Mitchell is a high performance hair care brand designed to give consumers products that really deliver. Months ago I received a full sized bottle of the Double Hitter shampoo/conditioner combo in my Bespoke Post box and I found the results pretty surprising.

If you’ve been reading MANE MAN for some time now, then you probably realize how out of love I am with shampoo. I have a dry scalp and ridiculously dense, highly textured hair so shampooing is second only to the inevitable shaving difficulties that guys go through. However, I was pleasantly surprised by Double Hitter as it has a lot of “slip” which helps make shampoo day a lot easier.

The product also opts for arguably less damaging surfactants (see: cleaning agents) and does not include SLS which irritates my scalp to high hell. It manages to cleanse well while sliding through my strands and helping in the detangling. As another bonus, Double Hitter doesn’t have any heavy fragrances which often causes scalp irritation. Not to mention that it comes in a stylish and modern squeezeable tube that’s easy to use in the shower.

Overall, Double Hitter by Paul Mitchell is likely a great shampoo for a variety of hair types given its moisturizing properties. It’s well worth a try, in my humble opinion, and in all actuality should probably be renamed “Heavy Hitter” cause it really works. I look forward to what else the Mitch line of products has to offer.

Product Review: Ouidad Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Oil

Ouidad Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Oil

Too often shampoos leave my hair and scalp dry as can be and sometimes they don’t even do a good job at cleansing!  Well, I’ve all but almost used an entire bottle of Ouidad Nourishing Cleansing Oil and I’m finally ready to share my thoughts with you.  Read on for the full review!

Brand & Packaging: Aside from some unnecessary gold swirls, I think that Ouidad’s Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Oil is a fairly non-gendered package design. The white and gold color scheme, in my mind, supports the brand’s elevated appeal to serious hair care enthusiasts versus your everyday, over-the-counter shampoo buyer. The point being, the package itself shouldn’t cause you to worry about losing cool points, although it does read as “expensive” so it’s a quick way to show someone you really care about taking care of that mane of yours.

Consistency & Ease of Use: In my opinion, the cleansing oil has a thick, viscous consistency that makes it easy to use. It’s gold/amber in color which makes it unique from other shampoos. But, one of my favorite attributes is that the oil also has a great slippery feeling that makes distribution a breeze even for thick and dense strands. I mean, you have seen first-hand how dense my fro is, so those with similar hair types may also find that the oil spreads fairly well. That tells you those oils are hard at work.

Smell: The cleansing oil has a nice, clean scent that’s unisex and not overpowering. In fact, I think that generally as a brand, Ouidad makes products that are pretty neutral in that regard. The smell definitely conjures up memories of hair salons so you may want to steer clear of anything that smells remotely like that might bother you. That being said, it’s not overpowering and generally a pleasant smell but by no means is it worth writing home about.

Overall Impression: Since discovering the Ouidad Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Oil this summer, it has quickly become a staple for my twice weekly washes due to its mild formula. I advise any curly guy to give the oil a trial run due to its moisturizing properties. Its sulfate free formula is great for the needs of curly and kinky hair due to their difficulty maintaining moisture. It’s also great for those with dryer-than-the-Sahara scalps as it doesn’t strip away all of your scalps natural oils, leaving you feeling both clean AND balanced. Ouidad Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Oil is available online and in Ouidad salons across the country.

Product Review: Clear Men Scalp Therapy 2in1 Scalp Comfort

Clear 2in1 Scalp ComfortClear hair care has grown in popularity since its launch in 2012 and the folks over at Clear were kind enough to hook me up with their 2in1 Scalp Comfort Daily Shampoo & Conditioner for review.  Read on for my surprising review on this novel, yet traditional, daily shampoo and conditioner.

For those of you familiar with MANE MAN, you know that I personally really love mostly natural or organic products.  Because of that, I was a bit skeptical that I would find the 2in1 scalp comfort helpful at all.  It turns out, it was better than I expected.

Much to my surprise, the 2in1 scalp comfort has a lot of what most natural-haired curlies look for…SLIP.  Slip is that feeling when shampoo or conditioner easily glides through your hair, and this product has a surprising amount of it.  Because it’s a 2in1, I began my detangling process while shampooing which definitely cut back on some of my time spent in the shower.  The active ingredient Pyrithione Zinc (1%), helps ease dry scalp and theoretically also helps with psoriasis, but I haven’t been using it long enough to find any discernible difference over time.  I will say that it does help with scalp itchiness, which trust me, is no easy feat for my often dry scalp.

Overall, it seems that Clear Men’s 2in1 Scalp Comfort is definitely a step above a good amount of drug store shampoos.  It’s readily available which makes for easy access.  For me, the ingredients list is not what I usually look for and at the moment, I’m not sure that I would make it a regular staple of mine. But, I’m admittedly pretty picky.  My advice?  Give it a shot yourself and let’s compare notes in the comments section below.

Here is a list of the product’s ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Dimethiconol, Fragrance (Parfum), Carbomer, Dimethicone, Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, DMDM Hydantoin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Stearic Acid, Citric Acid, Tallow Acid or Palmitic Acid, Zinc Sulfate, TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Sodium Isethionate, Poloxamer 407, Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Tocopheryl Acetate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, PPG-9, PEG-9M, Panthenol, Lysine HCl, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Methylisothiazo

Product Review: Dr. Miracle’s Tingling Shampoo & Conditioner

Souce: TheBeautypot.com
Dr. Miracle's 2 in 1 Tingling Shampoo & Conditioner

I was running out of my favorite shampoo (Kinky Curly Come Clean) and needed to re-up so I decided to switch it up when I headed in to Ricky’s.  I walked in with no agenda and ended up buying Dr. Miracle’s 2 in 1 Tingling Shampoo & Conditioner.  I just used it last night so I wanted to share a quick review with you all in case you wanted to check it out.

Packaging:  The packaging on this product is as no frills as you’re gonna get.  Dr. Miracle’s products come in a simple brown box (seemingly recycled material perhaps?).  The whole line is pretty unassuming and I actually found it tucked away on the bottom shelf at Ricky’s. The bottle itself is nothing to write about and its pretty consistent with the outside packaging.

Consistency: This product is marketed as a shampoo/conditioner and when it comes to consistency it definitely falls in between those consistencies. It’s a thick, viscous product with an amber type color.

Smell: The smell isn’t for the faint of heart.  Menthol is the third ingredient listed and the product certainly reeks of it.  I personally enjoyed it, but I know that for some the smell might be too overwhelming.

Price: I think the product generally retails for over $7 but I got it on sell for $6.29 (for 6 ounces).  Not bad. Even without the discount the product is cheaper than my go to shampoo so I thought it couldn’t hurt.

Overall Impression:  I only used this product once but so far it turned out to be a decent buy.  I have a seriously dry scalp and enjoyed the tingly feeling while I shampooed with this.  I do feel it conditioned my hair but there was no way I could detangle my hair with just this product in so if you have thick, kinky hair like mine you’ll have to follow-up with a good conditioner with a lot of slip.  That being said, during application it felt like my hair a was being conditioned and it seemed to soften up my hair a bit.  Only time will tell if this will eventually be worth a repurchase. Since I only wash with shampoo once a week, I’m sure this shampoo will be sticking around for a while.