Mane Club Hair Masks for Your Best Quarantine Hair

Since the pandemic really started to hit my state hard back in March of last year, my family and I have made an effort to stay home as much as possible. That means no eating in restaurants, no going shopping for fun, and no hair cuts… It’s been thirteen months since I last had my hair trimmed, and my hair started to look damaged months ago. I try to take good care of my hair by not using any hot tools and not washing my hair every single day, but split ends are inevitable eventually. I’ve been using Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer and Mane Club One Hit Wonder which are both leave-in sprays. They help some, but not as much as a deeply conditioning hair mask. I started using a couple of Mane Club hair masks a few weeks ago, and my hair now looks better than it has in several months!

Mane Club Hair Masks

Mane Club hair masks

Mane Club currently offers six different hair masks with unique functions:

  • Babe Alert: Smoothing
  • Bad Attitude: Volumizing
  • Cha Ching: Moisturizing
  • Cry Baby: Repairing
  • Expert Procrastinator: Frizz-control
  • Wild Thang: Strengthening

Mane Club kindly offered to send me some products to try a couple of months ago and I thought the Cha Ching and Cry Baby hair masks would be most beneficial for my “quarantine hair.” Now I kind of regret not requesting the Wild Thang mask as well, but I may order it to try in the future!

All of the Mane Club hair masks come in 1.8 ounce packets which are meant to provide enough product for 2-3 uses. I only use hair masks on my hair from my ears down, so I’m able to stretch these to about six uses. That’s great since I’ve been using them in place of conditioner. Mane Club hair masks are also vegan, cruelty-free, and don’t contain sulfates, parabens, phthalates, artificial colors, gluten, or drying alcohol.

A brief review of Mane Club Cry Baby and Cha Ching hair masks

These hair masks are like “conditioner on steroids.” They are both deeply nourishing to the hair and feel buttery smooth when they wash out, making it very easy to work out any tangles.

When using the Cry Baby repairing hair mask, I noticed that my hair felt softer and stronger (more resistant to breakage). It’s not actually possible to “repair” hair, so I wasn’t surprised to see that my split ends were still visible. The Cha Ching moisturizing hair mask is my favorite of the two. With that one, my hair feels soft and looks smoother and healthier. Neither of these masks leave my hair feeling like it’s weighed down by any residual product. 

I used the Cha Ching hair mask the night before this photo was taken (I didn’t use any other products on my hair after the hair mask was rinsed out). That was a really good hair day, thanks to Mane Club!

I’m going to further discuss each of these hair masks individually, but I will be focusing primarily on ingredients since these two products are similar in texture. Also, I don’t have much more to add about how they perform, beyond the info in the previous paragraph. I hope you will find the remainder of this post interesting; I always learn new things when reviewing ingredients because they help us understand how products work!

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Mane Club Cry Baby repairing hair mask

  • Price: $3.00
  • Where to buy: ManeClubNYC.com
    • Mane Club ships internationally
  • Scent: Citrus
  • Product claims on ManeClubNYC.com:
    • Repairs
    • Reduces breakage
    • Deeply conditions

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Euterpe oleracea (acai) fruit extract, Carica papaya (papaya) fruit extract, Garcinia mangostana (mangosteen) seed oil, Hydrolyzed rice protein, Glycerin, Distearyldimonium chloride, Isopropyl palmitate, Leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylene glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl glycol, Sodium PCA, Benzyl alcohol, Potassium sorbate, Sodium benzoate, Sodium hydroxide, Hexylene glycol, Citric acid, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl benzoate, Benzyl salicylate, Hexyl cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool

I had never reviewed any conditioners or hair masks previously, so it was really interesting looking up all the ingredients in this hair mask to see what makes it work. There are 29 total ingredients in the Cry Baby hair mask. Most of those are “neutral” ingredients that support the product, but there are also several really good ingredients that are beneficial to the hair, as well as some ingredients that would be better avoided. Let’s start with those good ingredients that hair loves!:

  • Acai fruit extract
    • Potent source of antioxidants
    • Amino acids strengthen hair
    • Coats hair to add moisture, decrease frizz, and add shine
  • Papaya fruit extract
    • Natural hair conditioner
    • Makes hair softer and smoother
    • Rich in vitamin C (antioxidant)
  • Mangosteen seed oil
    • Hydrates and conditions hair
  • Hydrolyzed rice protein
    • Strengthens hair
    • Volumizes
    • Adds shine
  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Distearyldimonium chloride
    • Conditions hair
    • Anti-static
  • Sodium PCA
    • Increases hair volume and shine
    • Improves texture of damaged hair

These are all ingredients that I’m very happy to see in this hair mask! What makes these even better is that all except the Sodium PCA are in the top ten ingredients, which means they probably have reasonably high concentrations and are more likely to be effective for making hair stronger, shinier, softer, etc. I think it’s great that Mane Club put acai and papaya fruit extracts in the top five ingredients, because the antioxidants those fruits contain protect hair from UV damage and other free radicals which could weaken hair.

Almost half of the ingredients in this product are those “neutral” ingredients that I mentioned before. These ingredients perform a variety of functions like enhancing the product’s texture and adjusting its pH. The majority, however, are preservatives. There are more preservatives in this hair mask than what I’m used to seeing in other products, but that might just be because of the product’s packaging. The Mane Club hair masks are not resealable and therefore are always exposed to the air once opened, so it makes sense that the ingredients would need a little extra help to remain stable. None of the preservatives or other formula-supporting ingredients are unsafe.

I was disappointed to see that the Cry Baby hair mask contains six fragrance ingredients. Thankfully, they are the last six on the ingredient list so they should all be included in very low concentrations. This is not a product that is intended to be left on for more than five minutes, so the risk is low, but some people with very sensitive skin may experience irritation from these fragrance ingredients. 

I wish Mane Club hadn’t included so many fragrance ingredients in this formula, but the scent is actually pretty mild for a hair product. I actually really enjoy the citrus scent too!

Mane Club Cha Ching moisturizing hair mask

  • Price: $3.00
  • Where to buy: ManeClubNYC.com
    • Mane Club ships internationally
  • Scent: Cherry
  • Product claims on ManeClubNYC.com:
    • Moisturizes
    • Softens
    • Deeply conditions

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetrimonium chloride, Prunus domestica (plum) fruit extract, Punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit extract, Vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, Hydrolyzed rice protein, Glycerin, Distearyldimonium chloride, Lactobacillus ferment, Wine extract, Isopropyl palmitate, Resveratrol, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylene glycol, Sodium hydroxide, Chlorphenesin, Sodium PCA, Benzyl alcohol, Sodium benzoate, Potassium sorbate, Citric acid, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene

If this ingredient list looks familiar, that’s because there is a lot of overlap between the ingredients in the Cry Baby and Cha Ching hair masks. The Cha Ching hair mask does have a slightly shorter list of ingredients, but surprisingly it has even more hair-loving ingredients than the Cry Baby hair mask! I’m going to jump right in with those good ingredients first and then I’ll briefly discuss the “neutral” and “naughty” ingredients.

  • Plum fruit extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Moisturizing
  • Pomegranate fruit extract
    • Deeply conditions
    • Smooths frizzy hair
  • Grapeseed oil
    • Contains antioxidants
    • Strengthens hair
    • Adds moisture and shine
  • Hydrolyzed rice protein
    • Strengthens hair
    • Volumizes
    • Adds shine
  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Distearyldimonium chloride
    • Conditions hair
    • Anti-static
  • Lactobacillus ferment
    • Relieves itchy scalp (if applied to the scalp)
    • Also acts as a preservative
  • Wine extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Rejuvenates damaged hair
    • Strengthens hair
  • Resveratrol
    • Potent antioxidant
    • May reduce hair loss and increase hair growth (if applied to the scalp)
  • Sodium PCA
    • Increases hair volume and shine
    • Improves texture of damaged hair

I am so impressed by these ingredients! They work together to make hair look and feel more healthy. Once again, most of them are in the top ten ingredients for optimal performance. 

Since there are so many great beneficial ingredients in this formula, there aren’t as many “neutral” ingredients. However, the ones that are used are very similar to the ones in the Cry Baby mask; they are mostly preservatives, but there are also some other ingredients that support the formula by improving the texture, adjusting pH, etc.

The Cha Ching hair mask contains four fragrance ingredients (these are the only “naughty” ingredients), which is still a lot, but at least that’s not as many as the Cry Baby hair mask! The fragrance ingredients are once again found at the very bottom of the list, so that’s also good news. Just like I mentioned before, it is possible that some people with very sensitive skin may experience irritation from these fragrance ingredients. However, it is important to remember that this hair mask won’t be in contact with the skin for very long, so the risk of irritation is low for most people. 

This hair mask smells good and the scent isn’t overpowering, but I really don’t pick up on any cherry which seems odd since it’s supposed to be cherry-scented. That doesn’t bother me at all, but I thought it was worth mentioning for those that might be more interested in the scents than I am. 

Final thoughts on Mane Club Cry Baby and Cha Ching hair masks

A lot of the hair masks I’ve tried through the years just feel like heavy-duty conditioners with no extra benefits, so I didn’t have very high expectations of these Mane Club hair masks. But then I started using them and I’ve been quite impressed with the improvements I’ve seen in my hair. 

While I prefer the Cha Ching moisturizing hair mask, I think both of these masks are great options. It really comes down to which benefits your hair needs most. I would recommend these to anyone, but especially those like me that have gone a little too long without a haircut! There of course is no substitute for a healthy hair trim, but a good hair mask goes a long way in making hair look and feel more healthy.

To give hair an extra boost of moisture and shine, these masks can be used alongside the Mane Club One Hit Wonder spray that I also enjoy. Your hair will thank you if you use any of these products!

Have you ever tried Mane Club’s hair masks? Which masks have made the biggest difference in your hair? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Lauren

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2 thoughts on “Mane Club Hair Masks for Your Best Quarantine Hair

  1. Hi Lauren, after reading your great review I knew I had to try some of these hair masks. I just placed an order for 7 hair masks and the dry shampoo. I see shiny, healthy hair in my future!

    Thanks, Tammy

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