When I went in for a trim last week, my hairdresser was furious with me. Circumstances had conspired to keep me away from the salon for eight weeks instead of my usual five weeks, and the delay wreaked havoc on my hair. Instead of losing just 1″ of hair, I ended up losing 2.5″. Not awesome. Desperate to repair the leftover damage and prevent any more, I started searching for an intensive split end treatment.
I tried deep conditioners, leave-in treatments and shampoo primers, but while they prevented new split ends from forming, they did nothing for the existing split ends. What could be done about my ragged looking ends except another drastic hair trim?
After searching the Internet for an hour, I found Nexxus Pro-Mend Split End Binding Treatment (Walgreen’s, $15). It is also available at the Chinatown Bed Bath and Beyond.
This is an overnight treatment, which kind of freaked me out. The last thing I wanted was to wind up with a pillow covered in conditioner. This meant that I had to wear a shower cap to bed. Suddenly, I was my 79-year-old Nana. But I hoped that wearing an uncomfortable shower cap would be worth it if the product worked.
The first time that I used the product, it was obvious that it had worked. The ends looked smoother and shinier than before. However, this effect wore off after a couple of days.
Also, I noticed that after using the treatment, my hair is a bit flat. I have very fine strands, so even though the product promises not to leave any residue, there’s clearly a flattening effect happening.
The product does leave your ends looking noticeably better than they did before, but the effect is only temporary. If you’re comfortable sleeping in a shower cap a couple of nights per week to maintain the effect, then it’s certainly worth it but I’m a fairly light sleeper so it’s not great for me. And I wasn’t thrilled with the flattening effect. But that being said, if you had hair of a normal thickness, I don’t think that would be much of a problem.
So what do I intend to do about my split ends? I’m teleporting back to the 1980s and investing in a few containers of V05 hair oil.