Is a £7 Mane'n'Tail shampoo for HORSES all you need for perfect hair? From Moroccan oils to high-tech serums, Brazilian blow dries to GHD hair straighteners, I shudder to think how much money I have spent on trying to tame my wild mane over the years. Left to its own devices, my hair is wild, bushy and as coarse as a Brillo Pad. Only with handfuls of Kerastase anti- frizz shampoo (a snip at £13 a bottle) and lashings of super-moisturising conditioner (which comes in a gold tub and costs almost £20 a pop) does it go some way towards behaving itself. Then comes the array of argan oils, heat-protecting sprays and serums - each costing between £7 and £20 - to try to finish the job. Scroll down for video Rave reviews: Marianne with the Mane'n'Tail products which promise shiny, glossy hair pre bonded hairNot impressed: Marianne after using her usual products, left, and after using Mane'n'Tail It's no wonder I'm always going over my overdraft limit - I need a big win at the horses to pay for my hair. Which is why I was so excited when I heard about the latest bargain that's now the number one bestselling hair product on Amazon. At just £7.50 for the shampoo and the conditioner, it's said to be loved by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Aniston. So, what is this wonder product? Horse shampoo. Yes, you read correctly: actual horse shampoo. Mane'n'Tail was originally created for show ponies to keep their manes and tails shiny and glossy. The results were so good that, soon, the horses' owners started to use the products on their own hair - and then word spread. According to the makers, their shampoo and conditioner 'have been a best-kept secret for beauty aficionados everywhere'.
The shampoo is 'fortified with moisturisers and emollients to help leave hair soft and ultra-clean', while the conditioner 'helps nourish and aid healthy hair growth, leaving hair looking lustrous and silky'. Mixed reviews: The two products cost £7.50 but it seems you'll either love them or hate them Together, 'these micro-enriched protein formulas help to prevent hair breakage and repair split ends, achieving the goal of longer, stronger, fuller hair . . . the results are unbelievable!' Blimey. Can this really be true? I quickly get online to Amazon to order it and find out for myself. The next day, it arrives. The packaging is not exactly a glamorous addition to my bathroom - the big, white, plastic bottles have a picture of, well, a horse on them, which looks as though it's running into a yellow sunset. If John Wayne were to buy beauty products from Amazon, it would be this duo. Still, I'm hopeful. Given that horses' hair is dry, frizzy and three times thicker than human hair, I figure this stuff has got to be able to whip even my mop into shape. The shampoo is reassuringly thick and creamy, but it doesn't smell like normal shampoo. I try to put my finger on what it is like and can come up with only one thing: carpet cleaner. remy hair extensionsNo horsing around: Mane'n'Tail left Marianne's hair dry and tangled Marianne will stick to her old shampoo, left, as the horse shampoo made her feel 'like an old nag'. Her hair is much frizzier, right, after using Mane'n'Tail The shampoo lathers well but, after rinsing, my hair feels much drier than it usually does. I apply lashings of the equally-thick conditioner, which looks creamy, but feels quite watery compared with my usual conditioner. My hair soaks it all up but, again, after rinsing, it feels dry and brittle. Things take a turn for the worse when I put my mop under the hairdryer - my hair feels like straw and looks as frazzled as if I'd put my hands into an electric socket. It's become so knotted and tangled at the ends, I even struggle to get my brush through it. I haven't experienced anything like this since I was a child. So much for show pony - I feel more like an old nag. I can't understand the rave reviews. I did more hunting in the Amazon reader comments and found that, underneath the dozens of five-star reviews, there were a few like me, who found their hair became dry and matted after use. This seems to be the Marmite of hair products - you either love it or hate it. One user said it took a while for her hair to get used to the products, so I persisted for a week. After two further washes, my hair did adjust slightly. It didn't feel quite so dry, and it did feel like it cleaned my scalp well. The tangles, however, remained. So, there'll be no more horsing around for me. I will return to my usual, reassuringly expensive hair products - and maybe have a flutter on the gee-gees to help pay for them.
With starring roles in Suicide Squad, Wolf of Wall Street and The Legend of Tarzan, Margot Robbie has Hollywood well and truly under her spell. And now a new generation of up-and-coming Australian soap stars are trying to emulate the success of the ex-Neighbours actress. Olympia Valance, Mavournee Hazel and Lilly Van Der Meer - all of whom are causing a stir on Neighbours, are trying to follow in their role model's footsteps. Scroll down for video Role model: Neighbours star Olympia Valance (left) is trying to emulate the success of Margot Robbie (right) Lilly, who plays Xanthe Canning on the show, has even been touted as the new Margot thanks, in part, to her upbringing in the same Gold Coast neighbourhood. perruques cheveux naturelsThe 16-year-old has previously told the Courier Mail how she has been spurred on by the blonde beauty's success. 'I love watching all her films, and it's so encouraging to see how well she has done,' she said. Rising star: Lilly Van Der Meer (pictured) has also expressed an interest in moving to LA Sister act: Olympia (left), whose is blessed with the same incredible looks as her older sister Holly Candy (nee Valance), is also making waves on the popular soap
'I love where I am right now. Neighbours is so amazing and I always wanted to be a part of a show like this.' Olympia, whose is blessed with the same incredible looks as her older sister Holly Candy (nee Valance), is also making waves on the popular soap. The brunette beauty has already been scouted by the same Hollywood agents that look after Chris and Liam Hemsworth. She has not ruled out a move to Tinseltown and all eyes will be on the 23-year-old when her contract runs out early next year. Making waves: Olympia has already been scouted by the same Hollywood agents that look after Chris and Liam Hemsworth Popular: With starring roles in Suicide Squad (pictured), Wolf of Wall Street and The Legend of Tarzan, Margot Robbie has Hollywood well and truly under her spell perruques cheveuxOlympia, who plays Paige Smith on the show, has previously told Sydney Morning Herald how she would 'love' to try something different and star in a movie. 'LA might be down the line,' she said. Mavournee has also spoken about how she strives to match Margot's work ethic on the Neighbours set. She told news.com.au: 'Margot's work ethic (on Neighbours) was impeccable. She always arrived on set knowing her lines. 'Being where Margot has been I'm trying to replicate that.' Talent: Mavournee Hazel has also spoken about how she strives to match Margot's work ethic on the Neighbours set
She's been enjoying a picturesque holiday in Italy with her family. And Beyonce looked stylish as she was spotted in Lipari, Sicily with husband Jay Z and their adorable daughter Blue Ivy on Friday. Rocking a black one-piece swimsuit, the 34-year-old superstar enjoyed the sights and sounds of the beautiful island with her nearest and dearest. Scroll down for video Fun in the sun! Beyonce looked stylish as she was spotted in Lipari, Sicily with husband Jay Z and their adorable daughter Blue Ivy Showing off her sizzling hot body, her strapless monokini accentuated her ample cleavage and featured a patterned string planel across her midriff with pretty gold beading. Adding a splash of colour, she donned a chunky turquoise statement necklace and accessorised with hoop earrings. Covering her face with a large sunhat, she looked every inch the stylish star. Sizzling! Rocking a black one-piece swimsuit, the 34-year-old superstar enjoyed the sights and sounds of the beautiful island Effortless glamour: Covering her pretty face with metallic shades, she wore her trademark golden tresses in beach curls lace front wigsYummy mummy: Showing off her sizzling hot body, her strapless monokini accentuated her ample cleavage and featured a patterned string planel across her midriff with pretty gold beading And covering her pretty face with metallic shades, she wore her trademark golden tresses in beach curls. Adding a cover-up to her ensemble, she rocked a semi-sheer dark blue kaftan. Opting for casual footwear, the Run The World hitmaker wore low black sandals. La Dolce Vita! Adding a splash of colour, she donned a chunky turquoise statement necklace and accessorised with hoop earrings Mini-me: Little Blue Ivy was also in tow, looking cute in a burgundy summer dress Adorable: Wearing her hair in cute bows, the four-year-old tot donned pretty designer sandals with metallic wings Family affair: 46-year-old music mogul Jay looked casual in a white T-shirt and shorts, as they explored the island with a group of friends Precious cargo: Doting dad Jay and a pal helped Blue Ivy onto a boat I got you babe: Jay then turned his attentions to his stunning wife, making sure she got onto the boat safely Little Blue Ivy was also in tow, looking cute in a burgundy summer dress.
Wearing her hair in cute bows, she donned pretty designer sandals with metallic wings. The four-year-old tot held on to dad Jay Z's hand as they boarded a boat. VIP treatment: Bey held out her hand as she negotiated the jump from the shore Leggy: The music superstar showed off her long legs as she climbed aboard cosplay wigsMini me: Beyonce kept close to her daughter all day, holding her hand in the sunshine Group outing: Beyonce and Jay have been joined by some friends in Italy The 46-year-old music mogul looked casual in a white T-shirt and shorts, as they explored the island with a group of friends. The pop star and her family were enjoying some down time after wrapping up the European leg of her Formation World Tour. Beyoncé's tour heads back to the US next month, as she continues to promote her latest album Lemonade. The need for speed: Beyonce later showed off her action girl side as she hit a jet ski VIP on board! The star got some pointers before whizzing off Giving her a run for her money: Jay also hopped on a jet ski for a ride across the waves