The best products for split ends that will keep your hair soft and smooth

Are your split ends causing you to want to pull your hair out both figuratively and literally? The sad-looking separated strands are a sight nobody wants to see, but many of us have had the hair-raising experience at least once in our lives.What are split ends? The cuticle (outermost layer of the hair) becomes damaged and becomes vulnerable to cracks, and splits. Some causes of split ends are heat, chemicals, overwashing, and overbrushing. What can you do aside from avoiding the mirror? Repair your hair with one of these top picks for split ends.

Best leave-in lotion: Living Proof Restore Instant Repair Lotion


Leave in Living Proof Restore Instant Repair Lotion and let the conditioning treatment work its magic on unsightly split ends. Each bottle is full of corrective silk proteins which protect, repair, and smooth split ends, leaving you with soft and silky hair. According to Urban Bush Babes, "(Silk proteins) form a protective barrier on strands, improves hair elasticity, resilience, and increases shine." Living Proof Restore Instant Repair Lotion is paraben- and silicone-free and is great for any hair type and texture. Try it and you'll be living proof that split ends can be squashed.

Cost: $30.00 for a 4-oz. Bottle

Best serum: Grow Gorgeous End Split Ends


Do not let straggly split ends stop you from feeling gorgeous. With Grow Gorgeous End Split Ends, an exotic blend of Amazonian oils work to lubricate and lock in moisture, repairing weak hair and making it nourished and healthy. As palm and açai oils seep into every strand, you'll see a noticeable difference immediately and less breakage in the future. According to Nutree Professional Cosmetics, "Açai oil gives hair the necessary nutrients, moisturizes, restores split ends, and protects against harmful UV rays, thermal devices for hair styling, and high humidity." A few drops of Grow Gorgeous End Split Ends are all you need to say see ya to split ends and hello to an even more gorgeous you.

Cost: $24.00 for a 4-oz. Bottle

Best mist: Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Split End Mender Strengthening Mist


Mist your way to magnificently moisturized hair with Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Split End Mender Strengthening Mist. Lightweight and freshly scented, this mist is conditioning, restorative, and strengthening. Shea butter is beneficial for beautiful and healthy hair according to Natural Living Ideas. "When shea butter is applied on the hair, it prevents the hair from drying out and becoming brittle. It seals in the moisture by coating each strand of hair in a thin, non-greasy layer of fat." Gluten-, paraffin-, and sulfate-free, Cantu is a mender and split end-ender.

Cost: $5.90 for an 8-oz. Bottle

Best shampoo: Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo


Repair as you lather up and see a remarkable difference shower after shower when you wash your hair with Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo. Natural oils and quinoa protein help to strengthen hair, restoring it back to the soft and smooth hair of your youth. According to Ingredients to Die For, "Quinoa protein offers a unique combination of molecular weight amino acids offering enhanced penetration for hair nourishment along with film-forming activity for greater repair, hydration, and shine." Not only will you see an improvement in the appearance of split ends, but your hair will smell amazing thanks to Aveda's blend of organic bergamot, mandarin, ylang ylang, and flower essences. Gentle yet effective, Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo brings spa-like pampering to damage control.

Cost: $30.00 for an 8.5-oz. Bottle

Best salve: Pureology Strength Cure Split End Salve Treatment


Salvage your hair with the power of salve. Pureology Strength Cure Split End Salve Treatment is nourishing and fortifying, and repairs split ends as it prevents new ones from forming. Each hair fiber is drenched in Pureology's blend of split end-fixers, leaving you with nothing but healthy bounce and shine. Ceramide, which is key to Pureology's 100% vegan formula, is "essential to healthy hair and growth," according to Naturally Curly. "Utilizing products with ceramides in them will help restore proper balance within the hair and minimize damage." Smooth hair will emerge, stronger strands will replace brittle and broken ones, and the cure to your split end woes will be found in every bottle of Pureology Strength Cure Split End Salve Treatment. Purely perfect!

Cost: $10.00 for a 0.5-oz. Bottle

Finally, your hair can have the happy ending it deserves.