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Using The Original Mane

What is Mane?

The Original Mane is a completely organic, cosmetic powdered hair product. When applied, it attaches itself to your existing hair follicles giving you the appearance of a thicker, healthier, fuller looking head of hair. Mane is not a cure for baldness! It’s simply a fantastic product that cosmetically restores hair as well as building confidence in men and women who may be critical or conscious of there current situation. As our name suggests The Original Mane is the first Mane Hair Thickening Spray and was proudly invented and manufactured in Australia in 1970. Since then, we have helped thousands of customers not only in Australia but around the world.

Is Mane safe to use?

The Original Mane uses all natural ingredients which have been tested and approved for cosmetic use therefore totally safe to use. In addition, in almost 50 years of use, The Original Mane has had no reports to suggest otherwise.

How do I use it?

Applying The Original Mane is a simple as following a few easy steps. Click the link above: “How it Works”. You can apply Mane as little or as often as you like!

I’m almost bald – can Mane help me?

Regrettably, the short answer is probably no. The Original Mane requires some hair to attach to so the more hair available the better. Having said that, we have seen some incredible results from our customers over the years so it really is worth a try.

Will Mane run if I get wet or play sports?

In most cases, The Original Mane will not run if your caught in the rain or playing sport. You can even swim with Mane confidently. The thickener will not run or wash off. However when drying your hair be careful not to rub your hair with the towel. Gentle patting should be enough to let the hair dry naturally. We always recommend using a setting spray when applying and a touch up or re application may be necessary.

How do I wash it out?

The Original Mane easily washes out with shampoo and conditioner as you would normally wash you hair. When the hair is clean and dry, The Original Mane can be reapplied again as required.

As a young woman I have thinning hair. Can Mane help me?

The Original Mane has been helping women with similar conditions for many years. Thinning hair is a common problem for both men and womenonce you use Mane you will be pleasantly surprised with the results. And it only takes a few seconds!

I’m not bald but I want thicker looking hair. Can I use Mane to help with this?

Absolutely. The Original Mane will give you a fuller, healthier looking head of hair. In fact, the more hair you have to start, the better the results. Just like using makeup or a hair styling gel, The Original Mane is the perfect product to give your hair more volume.

The colour of my Mane does not match my hair?

The Original Mane is available in 18+ colours. If you feel the colour of your Mane doesn’t fully match your hair colour you can try another colour or use a combination of different colours of Mane to get the desired outcome. If you have any problems or if you are unsure please contact us – we would be happy to assist.


Buying / Support for The Original Mane

Where can I buy your products?

The Original Mane is available right here on our website or through a selected network of Hair Clinics, Chemists and Hair Salons Australia wide. Please call if you would like further information.

Do you sell or ship Mane overseas?

Unfortunately, due to postage restrictions we are unable to send The Original Mane overseas. Many of our customers do take products with them when travelling as long as the product is safely packed into checked luggage.

My can is blocked or does not spray?

The Original Mane is a thickening product so from time to time the nozzle cap can become blocked.
Blockages may occur when the can is not shaken before being used. In this case the fibres may sink to the bottom of the can mixture and so when the can nozzle is pressed more f
ibres than propellant enter the tube causing the block. Blockages may also occur when very short, delicate, sprays are used causing Mane to “dribble out” of the nozzle.

Before using Mane you should always shake the can vigorously to mix the thickening fibres with the propellant.

- To confirm that the can is not faulty, shake the can vigorously and remove the nozzle. Place a sheet of unwanted paper or cardboard on a table and press the stem from the top of the can down onto the paper. If the can sprays it is not faulty.
- This
may mean the nozzle is blocked. Soak the nozzle in warm water removing any residue or particles and allow to dry.

If your can still does not spray, contact us and we will provide you with further support.

The colour runs out of my can but it still sprays?

Whilst every effort is made to ensure each can of The Original Mane is equal part propellant and product, occasionally you may find the colour finishes but the can still sprays. Essentially this means the can is finished however there is extra propellant remaining. Discard can as per usual.

Is it normal to shed hair when brushing?

Yes. This is quite natural and there is no reason to panic unless the hair comes off in chunks. Normal shedding is replaced by new hair.


General Information about Hair Loss and Conditions

Why do we lose our hair?
Hair has a lifespan of between 2 to 6 years. When hair eventually falls a new hair starts growing after the rest period of a few months. So it is quite normal for the hair to fall out every day. When this happens it does not mean that the hair lived and died, but rather that the hair fibre has done its programmed function and the root will get rid of it to start a new cycle. Hair Loss only becomes a problem when the new hair is not produced at the same rate as the lost hair. Because we have so many hairs on our scalp when this loss process starts we do not realise the effect of it until we start seeing the scalp.

Apart from the natural programmed shedding of hair there is also other reasons why Hair Loss can occur prematurely. One common reason is illness or disease or the treatment to cure these conditions. Then there is also accidental hair loss, which can result from physical damage to scalp through cuts, abrasions and burns. There are also scalp conditions such as infections and fungal or parasite invasion. On top of all this, of course, there is Male Pattern Baldness. There is no cure and it can strike men at almost any age without much warning.

Not much can be done about getting sick or being treated as a result. Cancer treatments usually result in Hair Loss or Baldness through the mechanism of body’s defence system attacking indiscriminately to rid cancer cells, in which process causing collateral damage. Radiation therapy in some cases also can result in Hair Loss.

The receding hairline and hair loss at the crown of men are caused by the hair follicles at the hairline and on the top of the head programmed to cease growing. Male-pattern baldness is permanent. Women experience hair loss as they age but less than men and the loss is usually spread diffusely over the scalp. Estrogen hormones are known to help hair loss. Because women have more estrogen in their bodies than men they seem to be somewhat protected from genetic programming of hair loss. As estrogen levels start decreasing after menopause hair loss starts being a problem in women and is permanent.

How many hairs does an average scalp have and how fast do they grow?
On an average scalp approximately 125,000 hairs are found which grow at a rate of an inch (2.6cm.) every 6 weeks.

Why do we have different colour hair? Why do we turn gray?

The colour of the hair is hereditary and decided upon by pigment. The exception is gray hair which is the result of ageing process and change in pigment cells. However there is no definite age to determine this process.

Why do men lose their hair and not women?
Contrary to this belief women lose hair as much as men. However the difference is in the way the loss of hair occurs. Women lose their hair all over; so it is not apparent until they get to a certain age and the scalp starts showing through almost all over. Men on the other hand lose their hair in a pattern and in the well known areas. This is determined genetically and is programmed from birth into the hair roots that produce the hair. For that reason men rarely lose their hair above the neck and ears, and that is why the transplant surgeons use hair from this area, knowing that they will not fall out in the future.

Why do some never lose their hair?
This is genetically determined. As to the reason why some are chosen; no one really knows. All explanations are mere speculations.

Is there any lotion or drug that will vitalise hair?
One reality of hair is that it is “dead”. Hair, once it leaves the scalp is dead tissue. There is nothing that can bring life into dead tissue. The best that can be expected from external chemicals or lotions may be likened to shoe polish restoring the lustre of dead leather. The health of the hair is within the scalp so is directly related to the general health of the individual and to a degree to the condition of the scalp.

Some drugs can pump more blood to the scalp and encourage some growth. The problem with these is that they have to be taken regularly. The other concern should be the side effects, both short and long term. The sad fact is that the hair that grows usually is hardly worth having, as it is very fine and fragile.

Does washing hair too often harm it?
No. If your hair and scalp is healthy it can only do good by keeping dead skin and foreign materials off the scalp and even help dandruff. Washing once every two days is a good measure. But washing every day is quite common. More importantly do not leave hair soaking wet for long, especially after swimming in swimming pools.

Does drying hair with a hair dryer do any harm?

Having your settings on your hair dryer too hot can scorch the hair. Be gentle with your hair, remembering that it is dead and the damage you do is permanent until new hair grows. Leaving hair to dry naturally or in the sun can cause more damage to the hair.

Does wearing a wig harm the scalp or hair?
Not likely, if it is worn for short periods. Avoid wigs that are glued to the scalp. They would definitely do some harm in the way of irritation, lack of breathing of the scalp, excessive sweating and holding dead scaly skin entrapped on the scalp.

How safe are hair transplants?
Hair transplants are much safer than they used to be a decade ago. However most transplant patients use hair thickening sprays to make their hair look full as transplanted hair is rather sparse and noticeable as such.

The cost can be very considerable for a hair transplant, considering the tens of thousands of hair that are required to give the full head of hair. Most men after spending many thousands of dollars still end up looking bald.

Is there anything one can do to promote hair growth?
Yes. There are number of things that can be done to promote a healthier scalp resulting in more hair growth, but this will not stop or reverse hair loss. By looking after your intake of vitamins and minerals and taking care of your scalp one can retard the balding or thinning process. Protein is necessary for healthy hair growth as keratin which makes up the hair is essentially made up of protein; so diets that avoid protein should not be practiced.

In general a healthy, balanced diet with moderate exercise, avoiding direct sunlight on the scalp, excessive sweat, dirt, chemicals and dandruff should help. One must also not start taking excessive protein in the hope of getting more hair as excess protein in the body can have severe health consequences as a result.

What about perms, curls, straightening, etc?
Any kind of forcing of hair in sharp angles repeatedly will cause the hair shaft to break eventually. Curling irons, hair straightening, in fact any fashionable moulding of hair is a risky exercise that could cause hair to thin out. We are all born with a certain wave that is determined from the growth direction of the hair from the roots. Going against this form will put strain on hair shafts.

Can colouring hair do damage?
It can, but not necessarily. If harsh chemicals are employed, such as peroxides, frequently, then the damage will show itself one day. It is less likely to get hair damage from colouring, using off the shelf D.I.Y. products then in the salon where much stronger chemicals are used for longer lasting result. Some pre-packed hair colours may even be good for hair, coating the shafts and protecting it from the U.V. of the sun and other elements. When using any harsh chemicals it is important to avoid contact with the scalp to prevent irritation, which can result in real damage.

Does Minoxidil or Finustride really grow hair?
Yes and no. It depends on what one means by grow and hair; and more importantly, the degree and quality of this growth. Minoxidil is a peripheral vascular smooth muscle vasodilator that is claimed to stimulate hair for the sufferers of pattern baldness. The action of minoxidil treatment hair loss is not totally understood, and thought to be the result of potassium channels by the active metabolite, minoxidil sulphate, acting on hair follicles.

Minoxidil is approved by FDA for the treatment of hair loss. This should not be taken in the context of a baldness cure. Hair growth — if there is any — will stop if the application is discontinued, and most likely the grown hair will fall out. It generally requires topical application twice a day to be effective. There are side effects and the cost is considerable; so it is advised that it should be well studied before commitment to treatment.

Is it normal to shed hair every time one brushes?

Yes. This is quite natural and there is no reason to panic unless the hair comes off in chunks. Normal shedding is replaced by new hair.

Is massaging the scalp good for it?
Yes and no. If hair is repeatedly bent during massage it will break and cause premature hair loss; however done in gentle fashion, massage can promote circulation in the scalp resulting in more blood feeding the hair roots.


A little bit about Alopecia

What is Alopecia?

Alopecia is simply a medical term that describes hair loss, or baldness, as well as the hair loss disease Alopecia areata, which affects male and female, young or old. Androgenic Alopecia or pattern baldness is the most common condition that mostly affects adult male of all ages.

The Types of Alopecia

There are several types of Hair Loss or Baldness (Alopecia) in men and women which are listed below:

Pattern baldness (Androgenetic Alopecia)
: Accounts for over 90% of all pattern hair loss in both men and women. It is the progressive and gradual loss of hair in certain areas of the scalp. Affects men from early twenties and in some cases earlier, but generally 40′s are the worst period. After menopause Women can also be affected. The hair follicles in certain areas are thought to be affected by the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). These areas are commonly in the front and the top of the scalp. The rest of the hair follicles on the sides do not seem to get affected at all. Pattern baldness is hereditary, can be inherited from either parent and is due to atrophy (A decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse) of hair follicles.

Patchy baldness (Alopecia areata):
This condition presents itself as patchy areas of the scalp clearly defined. Can happen in both sexes. Large chunks can come off while brushing. The cause is believed to be nervous stress and mostly following infectious diseases such as pneumonia, influenza, typhoid. It can also follow operations and childbirth. Hair will, in most cases grow back, usually in white colour first, regaining its natural colour gradually. Cortisone injections or pills can help to treat the condition, although new patches continue to occur. Minoxidil (5% Solution) is also used for treatment with some degree of success. Many Creams or ointments are available, but these should be looked at with a lot of scepticism.

Seborrheic Alopecia: Resulting in excessive dandruff and scales and excessive hair loss while brushing. Dandruff is not the cause of this disorder and is associated with excessive consumption of oily foods and vitamins primarily vitamin A.

Senile baldness (involutional Alopecia): This is the normal loss of hair around the crown and temples, both in men and women, as the age starts advancing. Men tend to suffer more often from this condition than women.

Toxic baldness: This condition is due to certain toxic substances, chemicals and drugs taken into the system. Certain treatments for cancer or liver diseases – chemotherapy or radiation therapy, steroids – and oral contraceptives are main culprits. Industrial chemicals such as neoprene are known to cause this condition also.

Trichotillomania (Traction Alopecia): Caused from abuse by pulling or twisting of the hair resulting breaking of the hair shaft. Children are most affected because of their habit of playing with their hair. Certain hair dressing practices such as hair curling or straightening can also cause this condition.

Telogen Effluvium: Caused by certain events in life that alter the hair growth and simultaneously force follicles start resting phase. This can result in a moult or major hair loss that can be quite traumatic. The condition can follow certain life-events such as stress, severe illnesses, some medications, surgery, childbirth, poor nutrition, discontinuation of contraceptives, haemorrhages. The condition may reverse in time leaving less dense hair in most cases.

Treatment of Alopecia
Roughly two percent of the entire population suffers from Alopecia areata half of which resolve within the first year. Around ten percent become totally bald, and another one percent end up losing all their body hair as well, inclusive of eyelashes and eyebrows. The latter is referred to as Alopecia Universalis. Treatment of Alopecia areata is practised through many ways which include injections of triamcinolone acetate, Topical steroids, minoxidil, Finustride and Anthralin. In severe cases treatment such as topical immunotherapy, or phototherapy may be employed. There are literally thousands of products out on the market that subtly claim that they will grow hair. These range from shampoos to ointments to vitamins to herbal concoctions. But logically and practically thinking, if there was a product out there that grew hair in majority of the cases, everyone soon would hear about it. Only two products (Minoxidil and Finestride) are approved by FDA in USA, that are considered to help grow hair and as such they can advertise that they do