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The "Nair No Hair Pull" mane a success!

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  • #61
    Okay, I ate some chocolate and drank a martini and I feel much better. Still a disaster but not a horiffic one was originally though. WILL photograph and share for edification of others.
    ~Veronica
    "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
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    • #62
      bumping this SUPER old thread...

      Has anyone else tried this?

      vxf111, has enough time passed that you can "look back on this and laugh" and so you will post photos?

      Considering the nair method for my TB gelding who I have to drug and twitch to pull his mane...
      Horse&Heeler

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      • #63
        I've done it! Works well but you got to be careful. Thin amounts.

        Mine grows a thicker mane than a draft. And he's a tb. I do the "rat cut" (forget what it's called) and don't pull any more. Wet mane, flip to opposite side, brush and flatten down (mane should be wet for this) and cut straight. Flip back over and tidy up - the result is a nice length mane but takes some fiddling at first. I just can't pull his mane, he's great for it but he bleeds so I don't do it.
        AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012

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        • #64
          Originally posted by beowulf View Post
          I've done it! Works well but you got to be careful. Thin amounts.

          Mine grows a thicker mane than a draft. And he's a tb. I do the "rat cut" (forget what it's called) and don't pull any more. Wet mane, flip to opposite side, brush and flatten down (mane should be wet for this) and cut straight. Flip back over and tidy up - the result is a nice length mane but takes some fiddling at first. I just can't pull his mane, he's great for it but he bleeds so I don't do it.
          Ok, I've seen enough positive reviews on this thread that I think I might try it. vxf111 is the only poster I've seen post a negative experience.

          My guy is TB too and grows this insanely thick mane. And then won't let me pull it. I've tried thinning shears but that left bits of mane sticking straight up when I went to braid it. I'm hoping this is the magical solution to thinning a mane but it still looking decent for braiding.
          Horse&Heeler

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          • #65
            Don't know now whether I took photos and if I saved them... but it was BAD. Do not do unless you can guarantee your horse will STAY STILL. The good news is, mane grows back
            ~Veronica
            "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
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            • #66
              I'm embarrassed at how badly I failed at this one, but I will share for the sake of anyone that attempts this in the future

              I attempted this last year. I did a terrible job with how I applied it. My mare looked good for about a week, but when the hair started to grow back in, the patches were too big- resulted in lots of short tufts growing up through her normal-length mane. That was pretty much the last straw that convinced me to roach her mane.

              So, in retrospect, I'd say get the finest applicator you possibly can! I used a "slip-tip" syringe, but that didn't allow me to be precise enough with my application. You have to be very careful to spread out the Nair in tiny, evenly distributed spots without applying too much or smearing it around at all.

              I will say that I think it could work well if done correctly, but although I'm usually fairly competent with these sorts of things, I don't think I could ever do this well enough to get a good result.

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              • #67
                Yes you need to use a super fine applicator. I also do even dots smaller than the size of a dot on a domino. What I do is almost like a cross hatch section without lines. Dot 3 down diagonal 3 dot down 3.. It should look fairly straight and geometric on paper. If you do tiny dots you won't get patches.
                AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012

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                • #68
                  I have done it with success too; but very careful. What I usually did is did one session with very conservative needle nose application throughout the mane, then wait, wash, & let dry; and then go through whole process again. And maybe a 3rd try.

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                  • #69
                    My mare had an allergic reaction when I did this a few years back. She ended up with scaring and the hair grew back white for a full year. Over time she recovered some pigmentation but white streaks on a seal bay was a truly horrible look for her. I would definitely recommend a test patch and maybe even waiting to see how that hair grows back out.

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                    • #70
                      Originally posted by GraceLikeRain View Post
                      My mare had an allergic reaction when I did this a few years back. She ended up with scaring and the hair grew back white for a full year. Over time she recovered some pigmentation but white streaks on a seal bay was a truly horrible look for her. I would definitely recommend a test patch and maybe even waiting to see how that hair grows back out.
                      Also, remember there are different versions of Nair/Neet/etc. I have stupidly sensitive skin due to psoriasis, and some versions are just fine (I mean, they make the psoriasis spots a bit tender but it's a billion times better than when I nick them shaving, which I ALWAYS do, and a little cool moisturizer on those spots right after fixes them up) but others have actually made my psoriasis spots come up in little scabs. And I NEVER buy the Ultra Super Scary Strength stuff because, well, sensitive skin!

                      So definitely if you try, do a patch test, and if you have to change brands or if it has been a while since you last did it and they may have changed the formula (as they like to do occasionally - different fragrances and things) then I'd redo the patch test even though it's theoretically the same product. I'd also make sure to wash it out thoroughly - get right down to the skin even if you didn't intentionally get the product on the skin itself, in case any dripped down or seeped down while you were rinsing.

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                      • #71
                        Ok so I tried the nair thing this morning. Used the sensitive bikini area nair. Left it in for the FULL 10 minutes... And no hair came out??

                        The good news is that my typically hyper-sensitive thin skinned TB was not effected at all by the nair, but their was his hair!!

                        Has anyone tried this with full strength nair?
                        Horse&Heeler

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                        • #72
                          I might try this on an 11hh Shetland who objects violently to mane pulling..
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                          • #73
                            Has anyone tried this on a tail, in lieu of pulling it?

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                            • #74
                              I just had success with this on my 2-year-old WB's mane! Don't tell the AHS people but to prep him for his futurity I cut his wildly long mane with scissors, then used Nair bikini cream to thin it. The first time I tried, I dotted it lightly down the center of the mane and while some mane came out, it still wasn't enough to make braiding easy. The second time I went a little wild with it, smearing Nair all down the center of his mane, and thankfully he still had plenty of mane left afterwards but it was MUCH easier to braid! Awesome tip!!! Thanks, COTH!

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                              • #75
                                Originally posted by lachelle View Post
                                Ok so I tried the nair thing this morning. Used the sensitive bikini area nair. Left it in for the FULL 10 minutes... And no hair came out??

                                The good news is that my typically hyper-sensitive thin skinned TB was not effected at all by the nair, but their was his hair!!

                                Has anyone tried this with full strength nair?
                                So, since this thread got bumped, I will say I did have better luck the next few times I've tried this. I had to make sure my horse's mane was SUPER clean, and I left the nair on for more like 15 minutes. And like Libby2563 said, I had to get a little "wild" with the nair. Basically smearing that crap all over the center of his mane. And with that SOME hair comes out.

                                I think it really depends on the horse cause from what some other people had posted they put a teeny tiny little bit and it was like all their hair fell out. And I can GOB the nair on my horse's mane and nothing happens unless I leave it in for what feels like an eternity and even then it's only a few strands.

                                I've been doing it maybe once a week to thin his mane and keep it thin and I think it's definitely helping.
                                Horse&Heeler

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