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11 Repairing Products Your Split Ends Need Right Now

With a salon visit still a few weeks away, these will keep your hair healthier, longer.

By: Isabella Sarlija

Now that we’ve been sheltering in place for over two months, we can’t pretend that we aren’t looking at our split ends at least twice daily. So what can we do about them? Although the best thing is to snip them, our stylists would prefer if we kept our self-trims to a minimum (fewer mistakes for them to fix later on, you know?). However, we still have plenty of options to repair and nourish our hair until the world opens back up. Refrain from using heated styling tools as much as possible, as those will exacerbate damaged ends. Also, since your hair is extremely fragile and susceptible to breakage while wet, avoid rubbing it with a towel (use a hair turban or soft t-shirt instead) or brushing with anything that is not a wide-tooth comb. Finally, use products that will help to seal split cuticles back to the hair shaft while adding plenty of hydration to prevent the damage in the first place. Check out 11 of our favorite split-end products below.

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Virtue Labs The Perfect Ending Split End Serum, $40

Alpha keratin 60ku is infused into all of Virtue Labs’ products, which is a keratin protein extracted from real human hair that strengthens and protects strands. This serum does an exceptional job at helping to seal ends until your next trim.

Sachajuan Intensive Hair Oil, $53

This nourishing oil checks off all the boxes on our list. It deeply hydrates without ever making them look too slick, and works to protect ends from breakage. Worth mentioning is its luxurious scent that transports us to the spa of our dreams with a single pump of product.

Oribe Split End Seal, $48

There is something satisfying about the word “seal” in relation to our split ends. Now, the name is not merely a result of good marketing; this product works. Carob tree extract creates an amino-acid matrix that pulls frayed cuticles back to the shaft, helping to seal the hair and repair breakage. Olive oil and jojoba oil both work to provide the hair with shine.

Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil, $28

There’s a good chance you’ll find this product on the shelves of every beauty guru. Here’s why: This bonding oil is filled with bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate, a fancy-sounding compound that works to rebind the chemical bonds that naturally hold hair together. Mixed with beta-carotene, vitamins D, C, and E, essential fatty acids, and polyphenols, this oil is the perfect cocktail for all of your hair’s issues.

Rita Hazan Triple Threat Split End Remedy, $30

People with color-treated hair, listen up! This hydrating serum works on all hair types to restore its softness while repairing it over time. Polymers and oligopeptides work to repair breakage, while rice proteins help keep your color vibrant.

Crown Affair The Oil, $40

Admittedly, the packaging of this hair oil is what hooked us—but the ingredients are what made us stay. Tsubaki seed works to hydrate the hair and seal cuticles, while meadowfoam seed oil protects from heat damage. Crown Affair has developed Neoclean, a proprietary blend of esters and polymers, to carry beneficial ingredients right to the deepest points of the hair shaft. This means you are most certainly getting the biggest bang for your buck.

Davines’ OI Oil, $45

If you are a part of the crowd with thicker or curlier hair, this oil is the one for you. OI Oil contains roucou oil, which is filled with beta-carotene and antioxidants. These ingredients protect hair from damage and environmental stressors while leaving it shiny and soft until your next wash.

Christophe Robin Daily Leave-In Hair Cream with Sandalwood, $43

Lotion for your hair? Yes, please. With glycerin and apricot kernel oil being two of the top ingredients, this hair cream works to hydrate deep between hair cuticles and nourish it with a slew of vitamins. With a dollop of this product, hair is less frizzy and split ends are repaired.

Philip Kingsley Bond Builder Split End Remedy, $49

We love skin care from dermatologists, so how about hair care from trichologists? Granrepair power-bond technology works to bind lifted cuticles to hair. Ingredients like green tea and castor oil work to invigorate hair and retain its health. Want more? This product is filled with antioxidants, which help to protect hair from the damaging effects of free radicals.

Kérastase Resistance Serum for Severely Damaged Hair, $37

If you love serums for your face, this is about to become your new best friend. It’s packed with SP94, a gluco-peptide with a mission to strengthen hair fibers and help them be more resilient in the presence of damage. It also doubles as a heat-protectant for when you must give yourself a blowout.

MoroccanOil Mending Infusion, $28

Argan oil has been in the hydration game for a while, and rightfully so. It is one of the most nourishing oils out there, while never leaving hair too greasy. Apply this product to the ends of your hair for that just-left-the-salon freshness.

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