How It Works
There are two primary types of surfactant cleansers. The first, destroy molecules' surface tension, releasing dirt and grime particles and flushing them away. They're effective but can be harsh. The second, encapsulate the soiled molecules and float them away. While more costly, this second process is much gentler, less drying, and the only one we use.
MANE & TAIL CONDITIONING
Conditioning helps keep your horse's mane and tail healthy and strong so the hair can grow long without breaking. Hair resists breakage when the keratin (protein cells) of the cortex (or core) can stretch when stresses by the elements or grooming. Strong keratin protein bonds with adequate moisture are imperative to hair elasticity. Our Quic Condition 1™ and Quic Condition 2™ mane and tail conditioners moisturize the hair shaft's cortex, strengthening its structure and increasing its luster.
COLOR INTENSIFYING VS. COLOR ENHANCING
Exhibitor Lab's state-of-the-art Color Intensifying Shampoos - Quic Silver™, Quic Color™ and Quic Black™ - work much differently than color enhancing shampoos, which dye the coat a single color and require you to visually color match the shampoo's shade to the horse. Our shampoos intensify the beautifully varied shades naturally occurring within the coat. Using optics technology, we channel and selectively focus the many varied light responses reflecting from your horse's coat. The result: It's as if you focused a spotlight on your horse.
- Normal chestnut hair shaft. Note color variations along shaft.
- Enhanced with color matched orange dye "enhancing shampoo". Note flatness, lack of color variation, and increased darkness.
- Intensified with Quic Color™. Note increased natural color, hue variation along shaft, & brightness.
|There are two choices for polishing: oil or silicone. Oils give a high shine but attract dirt. Silicones add great shine, repel dirt and detangle, though they tend to have a bad reputation among horse people. It stems from early silicone formulas that were poorly suited for grooming people or animals. They literally encased the hair shaft, depriving it of needed moisture. So it was common for hair to become overly dry and brittle. The silicones were also insoluble, even in soapy water, making them difficult to remove. Today's organically modified hybrid silicones resolve each issue, greatly improving the overall performance of skin and hair products.
We use these hybrid ingredients in our Quic Sheen™ coat polish, Quic Condition 1™ and Quic Condition 2™ for manes and tails because they produce a beautiful sheen with a natural feel, repel dust, help retain skin and coat moisture, and are not too slippery under a saddle or riding bareback.
| ||Quic Sheen Moisturizing Polish: Exterior is smooth and shiny, but it remains air and water permeable.|
Other Heavy Silicone Product: Glossy coating impermeable to air and water, and the resulting extreme dryness of cortex.
The sun produces two types of damaging UV rays: UVA and UVB. UVA is known to cause skin cancer, but has little or no effect on hair. UVB doesn't promote cancer, but it does bleach hair color and causes hair-cuticle damage. This damage creates moisture loss in the hair, affecting both its strength and sheen.
Unfortunately, animals are subject to cancer caused by UVA rays. While hair protects a majority of a horse, sensitive areas such as the muzzle, ears, around the eyes, genitals and under the tail are frequently vulnerable. For daily use, human sunscreens protect these areas. Yet when showing, Quic Shade™ is ideal because it provides needed highlighting and UVA protection. The eight-day protection of Quic Shade™ also inhibits UVB rays, so horses can pasture between shows and maintain their rich color.