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A review of Lyonsleaf Mane Tamer, a silicone free hair wax and conditioner

Lyonsleaf Mane Tamer was kindly gifted to The Happy Sage by Lyonsleaf. This article contains affiliate links - full disclosure here.

a jar of Lyonleaf Mane Tamer photographed on a stone wall in a country garden

One of the natural skincare companies that I love just happens to be local to me, and if you haven't heard of them yet then I suggest you check them out!


Lyonsleaf are a natural skincare company based in the Mendip Hills in Somerset. They make 100% natural skincare products and have won an array of awards for many of them. Their products are perfect for even the most sensitive of skins and as all their products are water free, they don't contain any preservatives which can be a major source of irritation and dryness for those with delicate skin.

There are many ingredients to avoid if you have sensitive skin and by changing your skincare and make-up to natural and organic products, you can avoid reactions such as redness, irritation, itching, burning, puffiness and dermatitis.

I also use silicone free hair products because silicone damages the hair, so was excited to receive a natural hair care product, Lyonsleaf Mane Tamer, to try out. This product has won a Gold Award in the Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards 2021 and a Silver Award in the FreeFrom Skin Care Awards 2021 so I was keen to give it a go!

Lyonsleaf Mane Tamer hair conditioning wax

The product comes in a 55ml amber glass jar with an aluminium lid. The product is rich and concentrated and you will need to adjust the amount used depending on the type, length and condition of your hair. I have short, fairly fine hair and I only need a miniscule amount on the ends of my fingers for an application.

The wax itself is cream in colour and smells very faintly floral, which is no doubt the geranium essential oil it contains.

It's really easy to get out of the jar, literally just wipe a finger tip over the top of the balm and then rub the fingers tips together to melt the product properly.

Lyonsleaf Mane Tamer - ingredients

As you would expect from Lyonsleaf, the ingredient list is good and most importantly, there is no silicone in it.


prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond oil) • butyrospermum parkii (shea butter)** • prunus armeniaca (apricot oil) • cera alba (beeswax)** • tocopherol (natural vitamin e) • calendula officinalis (calendula flower extract) • rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary essential oil)** • pelargonium graveolens (geranium essential oil) ** organic

The essential oils naturally contain: citral, citronellol, geraniol, limonene, linalool

Lyonsleaf Mane Tamer - what the ingredients do

  • Sweet Almond Oil - a beautifully moisturising oil to help dryness and split ends

  • Shea Butter - an excellent moisturiser for hair, giving shine and helping prevent brittleness

  • Apricot Oil - a wonderful natural hair conditioner and great for dry, itchy scalps too

  • Beeswax - helps seal in moisture and tames flyaway hairs and is easy to wash out of the hair

  • Vitamin e - a superb moisturiser and great as a scalp conditioner

  • Calendula extract - helps regenerate hair follicles and dry scalps

  • Essential Oils - palmarosa for hair follicle health and rosemary for stimulating the scalp and encouraging hair growth and helping dandruff.

How to use Lyonsleaf Mane Tamer

You can use Lyonsleaf Mane Tamer in a variety of different ways:

Curly, Frizzy or Unruly Hair

Mane Tamer is great for curly, frizzy and unruly hair. Simply apply a small amount (you can always add more) to the palms of your hands and rub them together to melt the product, then rub your hands together as if you were putting on hand cream. Run your fingers through your hair from the scalp or mid lengths downwards to create texture and definition as well as shine and conditioning.

Natural Dreadlock Wax

Mane Tamer can also be used as a dreadlock wax to help condition hair and smooth flyaway ends. This natural wax allows the dreads to move naturally without making them stiff.

Natural Treatment for Dry Hair & Scalp

If you have a dry or itchy scalp then melt a small amount of balm in the hands and apply to the scalp, massaging in gently until the scalp is covered. There is no need to put it all over the hair unless your hair is particularly dry. Wrap your hair in a towel and leave for about 30 - 60 minutes (or overnight) and then wash out thoroughly, using a sulphate and silicone free shampoo.

Protecting the hair from salt and chlorine

Mane Tamer can be used as a protective balm if you apply if to your hair before swimming in salt water or chlorinated swimming pools. Simply apply a light coating to the hair (apply as for Curly, Frizzy or Unruly hair) and wash out thoroughly afterwards.

Use sulphate and silicone free hair care products to keep your hair in good condition. Sulphates are harsh foaming agents used in shampoos and other hair care products and can cause many problems such as dry and itchy scalps as well as stripping the hair of natural oils.

Silicones are in nearly every main stream hair care product from shampoos and conditioners to styling products and hair sprays. Silicone may give an immediate shine to hair but it is only temporary. In reality it is sealing the hair in a waterproof casing which will build up with prolonged use of silicone containing products and will dry the hair out even more, making to fragile, brittle and prone to breakage.

You can also use Lyonsleaf Mane Tamer as a great nail conditioner. Just tap a tiny bit of balm on to each nail at bedtime and rub in to the nail and surrounding area.

Natural Beard Balm

Mane Tamer has also won a Green Parent Gold Award 2021 in the Beard Balm category, so a true multi tasking product!

Lyonsleaf Mane Tamer review

My first attempt was a bit of a disaster as I managed to ignore my own advice on how much to apply and ended up with flat hair! I do have short fine hair and I just applied far too much product. I decided to make the most of the situation and that evening massaged some more Mane Tamer into my scalp and left it in overnight. When I washed it out in the morning my hair was beautifully conditioned and my scalp felt soft.

After the results of my initial over application, I have taken to using it as a conditioning hair mask, just from the mid lengths to the roots, and leaving it on for an hour or overnight before washing it out and am pleased with the results. You don't need to apply much balm either to get a good conditioning effect.

My hair is only dry right on the ends and can be a bit flyaway now and again so the next time I tested Mane Tamer I just pinched the ends of my hair with the product which I had melted on the ends of my fingers. This way it did just what I wanted it to, gave some definition to my hair and condition to the ends without making the rest of my hair lank and heavy.

Mane Tamer is extremely economical to use as a hair finishing product and I would like to make a suggestion to Lyonsleaf to see it in a smaller, say 15ml pot, that would be good to travel with or pop in your bag. It would also make a good sample size. UPDATE: They now do a small 3ml sample pot of Lyonsleaf Mane Tamer for £1.99 which is great for travelling!

Most of the reviews for this product come from people with very curly or afro hair or those with dreadlocks. This product will be a godsend if you have this type of hair however I'd also love to see a second version of this product with way less shea butter in and much more beeswax. This would give a natural conditioning wax but with a lot more body and texture for short hair like mine! Lightening up on the shea butter would mean it wouldn't weight fine hair down so much.

Overall I found it a great product with a variety of uses (hair, nails, beards) and I love the fact it is a natural product and silicone free. I'll still use this as a conditioning product for my hair on the mid lengths down, but it's too heavy for me to use as a styling product.

A 55ml jar of Lyonsleaf Mane Tamer costs £12.99 and a 3ml tester pot £1.99.

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