This breakthrough serum reconstructs severely damaged, brittle hair by rebuilding and reinforcing the hair fiber. Perfect for fine and thick hair, the leave-in treatment treats and seals ends while offering thermo-heat protection.
Kérastase Résistance Sérum Thérapiste, $43 at Kérastase
Nexxus’ revolutionary leave-in styler is infused with flax seed oil and a unique complex of polymers that fuse broken hair fibers back together again.
Nexxus New York Salon Care Promend Split End Binding Leave In Crème, $8.99 at Target
The ultimate heat damage solution: Apply to wet or dry hair to eliminate frizz and seal broken ends.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Serum, $8.99 at Target
In PHYTO’s new luxe anti-breakage potion, sapote butter renders parched tresses softer and more manageable, baobab oil restores hair’s hydrolipidic film and strength and botanical keratin mimics hair’s natural keratin to repair and prevent split ends.
PHYTO Phytokératine Extrême Exceptional Cream, $40 at Beautyhabit
Klorane’s mango-scented ultra reparative hair treatment nourishes and mends splayed tips, rendering them supple and soft.
Klorane Leave-In Cream with Mango Butter, $16 at Sephora
Rich in serine and glutamic acid, which are amino acids found in keratin, this anti-breakage formula nourishes and repairs your strands.
Davines Melu Conditioner, $29 at Davines
Improper use of heat styling appliances and color treatments can damage the sulfur bonds that hold hair proteins together. This deep-penetrating hair mask contains keratin actives, which aid in restoring these proteins and fortify weak and damaged hair, resulting in smoother and stronger tresses.
Dove Intensive Repair Deep Treatment Mask, $5.24 at Drugstore.com
A powerful hair complex that restores lost lipids to hair, mending it from the inside, while repairing surface damage for optimal smoothness and a boost of shine in just a minute.
Goldwell Dualsenses Rich Repair 60 Second Treatment, $16 at Drugstore.com
Fortified with xylose (a heat and color protectant) and coconut oil, this leave-in conditioning spray boasts numerous beneficial uses, including detangling, nourishing and mending fractured strands.
Mizani 25 Miracle Milk, $14.25 at ShopSalon
This pleasant-smelling sulfate and silicone free cream employs camelina oil, soy protein extracts and wheat micro proteins to retexturize and penetrate the cuticle, filling in the cracks and rebuilding hair’s core structure.
René Furterer ABSOLUE KÉRATINE Sublime Renewal Leave-In Cream, $40 at René Furterer
An oil-free, silicone-free lotion that transforms frayed, damaged ends so they’re silkier and healthier-looking.
Living Proof Restore Instant Repair, $29 at Ulta
Original & Mineral
Formulated with keratin, macadamia oil and Gold of Pleasure oil, Original & Mineral’s Project Sukuroi revives even the most damaged hair so that it’s glossy and super smooth.
Original & Mineral Project Sukuroi Gold Smoothing Balm, $40 at Net-a-Porter
This über affordable restorative hair treatment is enhanced with ultra rich omega oils to remedy dull, damaged hair and split ends.
Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Omega Repair & Moisture Supreme Hair Treatment, $6.97 at Walmart
Keratin and argan oil help rejuvenate hair to minimize split ends and tame flyaways.
Infusium 23 Repair + Renew Leave-In Treatment, $8.99 at Infusium 23
The omega-rich macadamia and argan oil blend hydrates, deep conditions and rehabilitates damaged, brittle tresses into luminous, supple strands.
Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Masque, $36 at Ulta
Many of us had it, but few of us maintained it. We’re talking about gorgeous, glossy, healthy hair — the province of supermodels, goddesses and naturally beautiful, low-maintenance bohemian types. But because of rough handling, high heat from blowdryers and hot tools, harsh chemical processes and desiccating styling products, many of us high-maintenance gals ruined our mane glory. Daily external stress factors, such as those already cited, eroded the protective outer layer of the hair, exposing the internal structure of the hair cuticle. When that happened, strands became fragile, dehydrated and damaged, making them susceptible to split ends.
To help us recapture our former hair splendor and keep split ends to a minimum, Butterfly Studio Salon stylist Taylor Brock offers these preventative and easy tips on how to keep our strands luscious and in great condition.
Detangle Hair Before Washing
“Wet hair is more elastic and breaks from much less stress than when it’s dry,” says Brock. He recommends detangling hair before it’s wet with a natural bristle brush or a rubber wide-tooth comb. Start slowly from the ends, working your way up gently to the roots. And if you must detangle your hair while wet, do so with conditioner in your hair. The conditioner will allow the brush or comb to glide more easily through any snags or snarls.
Be Mindful of Your Diet
Your health affects your hair. A low-fat, low-protein diet will result in weak, dull locks. “Protein is key for hair repair,” says Brock. “It strengthens hair.” Incorporate good fats, like olive oil and avocado, lean protein, fruit, vegetables and iron-rich foods for a strong, healthy mane.
Treat Your Hair with TLC
The more you rough-handle your hair, the more chances for breakage and splits. Opt for low-maintenance styles that require little manipulation. Also, use only covered nylon elastics to tie your hair into a ponytail. They don’t get tangled or pull out strands like uncovered rubber ones.
Use a Heat Protectant Spray
When used too often and improperly, heat tools can burn hair, causing splits and frazzled ends. To keep damage to a minimum, monitor the temperature and always use a heat-protecting product. Brock likes using a leave-in like any of the Thermiques by Kérastase after towel drying. He then uses a reconstructive serum like Kérastase Fibre Architecte on dry hair before curling or flat ironing to get hair smoother and softer.
Try a Keratin Treatment
Brock recommends considering a safe keratin smoothing treatment, such as Cezanne Perfect Finish, for long-lasting results. This quick fix is a perfect means for taming the frizzies and the flyaways. Because hair requires less manipulation, it reduces stress on your tresses and minimizes any further damage.
Dust Hair Periodically
If you don’t snip off the damaged ends, eventually the splits will travel up the hair shaft causing much more damage — resulting in you getting a bigger chop later on. Dusting is the process where you lightly trim away the splits while still retaining hair length. Take a small section of your hair, twist it into two strands and with a sharp pair of professional hair scissors, clip away the frays that stick out. Repeat the process until you’ve completed your whole head. And voilà, now you are truly split end free and you haven’t lost any hair length.
Seal Splits with a Repairing Treatment
Though the only way to permanently rid your hair of damaged ends is to trim them away, split end repair treatments can (temporarily) fuse the frayed ends back together again so they’re less noticeable. “A favorite is Oribe Split End Seal. It’s clinically proven and the name says it all. Application couldn’t be easier; just add one to two pumps into your routine on wet or dry hair to help mend and strengthen fragile ends,” enthuses Brock. “Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil or for thicker, coarser textures, Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue Oil-In-Cream are always go-tos for hair health. They’re great for repairing and ‘hiding’ split ends.” For naturalists, Brock suggests using a small amount of organic coconut oil as an alternative reparative treatment.
Click through the slideshow above for 15 additional potions, creams and treatments that’ll help manage and mend those damaged strays and return your mane to its former glory.