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I Tried the Indian Tradition of Hair Oiling Thanks to Fable & Mane

Fable & Mane promises to take you on a hair journey, of the story-book variety. With packaging reminiscent of a time when the unbelievable seemed real, and application instructions that are as methodical as a ritual, Fable & Mane offers us a reminder to care for, and believe in, our own hair power.

About Fable & Mane

Fable & Mane is rooted in the founders’ Indian heritage and personal experiences. “During a time of stress, Nikita [Mehta] was reminded of the power of the Indian tradition of hair oiling,” explains her brother and co-founder Akash Mehta. To combat hair that had seemed to dull over the years, she decided to try her grandmother’s method, which involved oil and a long, meditative scalp and hair massage. Akash recalls that while the hair oil was being applied, their grandmother would tell Indian fables with the country’s animals playing the roles of protagonists. It was a “haircare experience unlike any other stemming from true childhood memories,” he explains.

The hair oil relies on potent plant ingredients including dashmool, which is a combination of 10 herbs that help calm the nervous system; ashwagandha, another calming agent; turmeric, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties; and coconut, which provides hydration and moisture. The line is cruelty-free, silicone-free, vegan, and suitable for all hair types. This therapeutic combination is supposed to nourish and repair the hair.  

My Fable & Mane Hair Oil Experience

Out of all the products (there is also a shampoo, conditioner, and mask) I was most intrigued by the hair oil and the concept of taking time to massage it into the scalp. It is a pre-wash treatment, meaning it should be left on for at least five minutes, or as long as overnight for best results.

The hair oil has a distinct floral fragrance. It comes in a smaller bottle, but a little goes a long way even if the hair is thicker. The directions are to rub drops of the oil, which comes into a tincture, in between hands first, but I also apply the drops directly to the top of my head and onto my scalp. It is a relaxing process to rub the oil into my hair roots and through my mane as the instructions state.

This would definitely be a good oil for anyone with thinner hair who doesn’t want their locks to look greasy because it is noticeably lighter than many of the oils I’m used to. It’s also a different way to use oil, as it’s recommended as a prewash instead of a leave-in. Because of this I also assume it’s more potent.

The oil isn’t necessarily meant to hydrate but to strengthen and repair the hair over time. After I wash out the oil I do feel like my hair is stronger. It takes my hairbrush abuse easier than usual, though next time I may concentrate the droplets towards the ends, where hair tends to break, than at the scalp. The scent tends to linger even post-wash, which is something to be mindful of if you’re sensitive. Overall, I love the origin myth behind Fable & Mane, and judging by the founders’ hair, it’s a definite piece of the hair-strengthening puzzle.

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