Farnam’s Vetrolin Detangler made it into our brush box because we are constantly on the lookout for a detangler that will not dry out our horse’s hair. Sadly, we’re not sure this exists yet (though we loved the Ponytail Show Pony shine probably the best of all so far).
It says first thing on the bottle that it includes silicone to help remove tangles fast. This is the most commonly used additive used in detanglers because it does detangle which is great, but it dries out the hair. The product claims to leave the hair shiny, knot free, conditioned and increases the volume and manageability.
We agree that it does detangle well and it does give the hair quite a bit of volume and shine, but we disagree with the conditioning aspect. We have found that without a conditioner first, this actually damages hair in the long run (so after a couple of weeks of allowing it to build up and damage the tail, we used a striping shampoo and a heavy conditioner to get the tail back into healthier shape). We always use this with a conditioner first. It does make the hair more manageable if used regularly and knots are not allowed to build up. It is not heavy, despite the fact that it is a thicker texture than other detanglers and it’s not as greasy/oily feeling as some.
We have used this product on wet and dry hair…and the results are most obvious when the hair is dry (as you can see in the photos). This formula is a little thicker than your average detangler so it is easy to use a lot of it and it doesn’t go on quite as uniformly as others we have used. It has a fresh, herbal…almost minty scent to it that is nice…but almost a bit medicinal (not our favorite). It does come in a bigger bottle than most other detanglers and it quite a bit more economical than our favorites. There’s always a trade off.
We recommend Vetrolin Detangler as it works well, it’s just not our favorite product for the job (though this is our second bottle of this we’re on now). If price point and value is most important for you, this product is one you will want to try.