By Rinny of MissRiot.com
Recently, I decided to straighten my hair for graduation with a blow-out after about 1.5 years of not using any heat and almost 3 years of not straightening it. Ironically, 1.5 years ago was also the last time I had a trim. I know it might seem really awful but I usually wear my hair in protective styles and religiously deep condition and seal my ends.
After the blow-out, my hair looked perfectly healthy. I kept my hair moisturized with light oils to prevent it from being weighed down from product build-up. A few weeks later, I noticed my ends were doing something weird I’d never seen before…FEATHERING. I panicked and headed to the nearest store to try out any product that utilized the new PEC technology to mend split ends. First I tried, TRESemme’ Split Remedy leave-in conditioning treatment which “reduces up to 80% of split ends after 3 uses.”($8.99 at CVS) I figured I could apply this stuff; roller set my hair and be out for the evening. Boy, was I wrong. I didn’t see much difference outside of the fact that it made my hair revert. (At this point I’m still clinging on to a 4‑week old blow-out)
I decided to try another product, Nexxus Pro-Mend Split End Binding Targeted leave-in Treatment Crème ($10.99 at Target) This product promised, “Repairs up to 92% of split ends.” I applied the product and proceeded to do a bantu knot-out. The next day, my hair just looked confused. Sure, it felt soft and moisturized but a 92% split end miracle-worker? Maybe 75%. These products could potentially help in the long-run if you “use their entire product line” as suggested but don’t expect overnight miracles.
I think part of my problem is my hair just wanted to revert back to its natural state and much of the frizz I mistook for split ends could have very well been a curl coup. However, I think I’m way overdue for a trim.
Ladies, have you tried split end repair products? What has your experience been?