Having dry and brittle hair can often lead to split ends. But what leads to dry and brittle hair? In a word, everything. Okay, maybe not everything, but our hair has a lot thrown at it every day and the results can be easily seen by taking a quick look at the ends of your strands. A fresh cut is the easiest way to get rid of damaged hair tips, but what if you also have dry and brittle hair? You may not be ready to shave it all off and you don’t have to.
Hair can lose moisture easily and end up looking dehydrated with split ends. Using too many products, or using heat from hairdryers, straighteners and curling irons can cause damage to your hair. Giving your hair a break from styling, whether it’s using products or letting your hair air dry, is a great way to give it a rest. But what about those of us who don’t have hair that naturally dries in a fashionable or work-appropriate style?
Regular haircuts are a great way to combat split ends, with hairdressers able to snip away damage and leave our hair looking refreshed and healthy. Well, the bottom part at least. There’s still the issue of dry and brittle hair on top.
Being kind to your hair when treating it also helps fight against dry and brittle strands. Brushing your hair before shampooing it is a great way to get out the tangles before your hair gets wet, which can cause breakage. Using a detangler brush specifically for wet hair after your shower can also cut down on breakage that leads to split ends.
As with most hair issues, there is a wide range of products to help combat the issue. But didn’t we say earlier that hair products can cause dry and brittle hair? They can, but with the right ones, they can also treat them. Here are the best products to help you get rid of split ends.
1. Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 Repairing Treatment
Condition your hair with an at-home product that will help it look shiny and healthy. The Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 Repairing Treatment works by restoring hair’s natural pH, repairing hair and protecting it against future damage from heat and environmental effects. Customers can use the leave-in treatment one to three times per week depending on their hair’s level of damage.
Pros: The vegan Olaplex is approved for use on all hair types and is free from sulfates, parabens, phthalates, phosphate and is made in a cruelty-free process.
Cons: The Olaplex must be left in wet hair for 10 minutes and then rinsed before users shampoo and condition their hair.
2. OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil
Heal hair with OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil, the affordable leave-in conditioner that repairs damaged hair. Using argan oil to hydrate your strands and eliminate brittle and split ends, the deep healing oil helps to reduce the effects of heat and chemicals. Hair is left stronger and shinier. The oil also protects hair from future damage by creating a barrier against heat and UV.
Pros: OGX oil also works as a great detangler.
Cons: Those with fine or thin hair may find themselves with a greasy appearance.
3. Vitamins Keratin Hair Mask Deep Conditioner
An effective but gentle recovery product for split ends and dry hair, the Vitamins Keratin Hair Mask Deep Conditioner is like a spa day for your mane. Perfect for people with fine and thin hair, the mask blends Keratine, Moroccan argan oil and vitamin E to combat brittle hair and split ends without adding weight. Restoring hair to its natural shine, the mask adds moisture back to the scalp, leaving hair looking and feeling soft and healthy. The alcohol-free mask also helps to reduce frizz.
Pros: The mask is great for color and heat-treated hair.
Cons: The mask has a strong scent.
4. Pantene Gold Series Split Ends Treatment
Thick, curly hair is no match for the Pantene Gold Series Split Ends Treatment. The pack of three leave-in oil treatments is designed for thick, coily or curly hair that is damaged from heat, hair products and environmental factors. Moisture is restored to the hair thanks to the argan oil infused treatment that is free from sulfates, parabens and dyes. The Pantene oil is massaged into hair to help strengthen strands and protect against future breakage.
Pros: Customers can vary the time they leave the oil in their hair before rinsing depending on the thickness of their hair and the level of damage.
Cons: The oil is scented and may bother some users with sensitivities to fragrances.
5. Hairgenics Pronexa Hair Bonder
Designed for all levels of damage, the Hairgenics Pronexa Hair Bonder is a leave-in conditioner treatment that helps restore hair to its full health. Suitable for all hair types, Hairgenics is paraben-free, sulfate-free and phthalate-free. The Hairgenics conditioner should be left on for a least 15 minutes before being rinsed or overnight for more intense damage and rinsed in the morning.
Pros: Ideal for users with chemically treated hair, Hairgenics helps to bring back moisture and strength while also protecting hair against future damage by using vitamin B5, argan, vitamin E, green tea, vitamin A and aloe vera.
Cons: Hairgenics isn’t alcohol-free.
6. Marrakesh Endz Lotion
Combat dry, split ends with Marrakesh Endz Lotion, which can easily be applied to wet or dry hair to treat and protect against further hair damage. Marrakesh can help repair even the most damaged hair that’s been burned and over-treated, while also making naturally frizzy hair look luscious and healthy. If you use heating products on your hair every day, Marrakesh will keep your locks looking hydrated. The lotion has a strong but pleasant smell, something to note if you’re looking for a fragrance-free product.
Pros: Marrakesh Endz Lotion is designed for all hair types.
Cons: The lotions’ hydrating nature means it may add unwanted waves and curls back to straightened hair.