The 8 Best Shampoos That Help Mend Split Ends

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When dealing with dry, brittle hair, it can feel almost impossible to tackle split ends. Once they appear, split ends can be stubborn and difficult to get rid of. That being said, using the proper products, specifically shampoo, with the right ingredients can be the differentiating factor in helping mend split ends. When lathering your hair with shampoo, the last thing you want to do is strip your hair of its natural oils with a harsh product. On the contrary, one of the healthiest things you can do for your hair is using a nourishing shampoo that increases strength and flexibility and decreases breakage.

The causes of split ends and breakage vary. Hot tools, damaging products, and of course coloring your hair can all lead to issues. Another less-obvious factor comes in the form of environmental conditions, including the weather. If you suffer from split ends, we're here to help.

Here’s a list of the best hair cleansers with both new and tried-and-true ingredients and technology to improve the health of your hair and scalp, put an end to split ends, and leave hair looking shiny, youthful, and fully restored.

Mon Shampoing Gentle Shampoo with Keratin

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Mon Shampoing’s Gentle Keratin Shampoo is a nourishing cleanser designed to be combined with one of the brand’s essential and vegetable oil boosters, making it customizable for everyone’s specific needs.

For split ends, consider adding the Dry & Curly Hair Booster or the Delicate Hair Booster. Not only are all of its boosters formulated to target all kinds of specific hair concerns, but because they're made with essential oils like lemon, lemongrass, and sweet almond, whichever booster you choose to add to the shampoo will turn your entire shower into a heavenly smelling, spa-like aromatherapy experience that helps to leave your hair soft and silky.

Seven Kente Bond Shampoo

Seven Haircare Kente Bond Shampoo

Kente Bond Shampoo from Seven Haircare is formulated with pro-vitamin B5 and a mix of amino acids that work together to help you say goodbye to split ends by repairing, softening, and providing intense hydration to hair. This shampoo helps to hydrate split ends, dryness, and frizz.

Philip Kingsley Re-Moisturizing Hydrating Shampoo

Philip Kingsley Re-Moisturizing Hydrating Shampoo

Designed for coarse hair, this shampoo takes hair from dry and frizzy to soft, shiny, and manageable. It contains hydrolyzed elastin in the formula to strengthen hair, resulting in less breakage and fewer split ends. Plus, it helps make coarse hair much easier to style. Wins all around.

Pai Shau Replenishing Hair Cleanser

Pai Shau Replenishing Hair Cleanser

When we're dealing with split ends, we’re often dealing with hair that looks dull and lifeless too due to lack of hydration. Pai Shau’s Replenishing Hair Cleanser utilizes amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and its signature tea complex to help restore the overall appearance of hair, making it more youthful and minimizing the look of split ends.

Virtue Smooth Shampoo

Virtue Smooth Shampoo

Safe to use on color-treated hair, this ultra-smoothing shampoo from Virtue utilizes patented technology known as Alpha Keratin 60ku, which mimics the keratin in your hair, skin, and nails.

Eva NYC Clean It Up Shampoo

eva nyc clean it up shampoo

Let’s face it: When hair starts to look brittle and dry with a lot of split ends, it’s time for a cleanup. Strengthen, hydrate, and repair damaged hair with Eva NYC’s Clean It Up Shampoo. Made with argan oil, which helps to feed vitamins and nutrients into hair, it also contains Keravis, a patented ingredient that works to strengthen hair from within, making it less prone to breakage by dramatically improving its strength and flexibility.

Christophe Robin Regenerating Shampoo with Prickly Pear Oil

Christophe Robin Regenerating Shampoo With Prickly Pear Oil

This creamy (and decadent-smelling) shampoo from Christophe Robin contains prickly pear oil, a natural ingredient known for its powerful reparative and regenerative abilities. Perfect for any hair type, this shampoo smooths and hydrates while restoring radiance and shine and, of course, combating and repairing split ends.

Davines Nounou Shampoo

Davines Nounou Shampoo

This rich shampoo from Davines is great for anyone with extremely damaged and processed hair. This formula will leave it soft and hydrated thanks to fiaschetto tomato, which contains vitamin C and antioxidants that can help restore and invigorate hair back to health.

What to Look For

Oils

If your hair is stripped of it's natural oils, you may experience split ends. Seek products with oils that can strengthen and repair the hair such as argan oil, which helps to feed vitamins and nutrients into hair. "With its high content of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamin E, the benefits of argan oil naturally help to increase hair's elasticity and consistently restore shine to dull, lifeless hair," says celebrity hair stylist Kevin Hughes. Prickly pear oil is another strong option, as it's a natural ingredient known for its powerful reparative and regenerative abilities.

Vitamins

Vitamins are a second key player in the journey to fixing damaged split ends. They can help repair, soften, restore, and strengthen the hair. Vitamin E, for example, has been shown to increase blood supply to the scalp, increases moisture to skin and helps those with dry, flaky scalps, and reduces cell damage according to BosleyMD Certified trichologist Gretchen Friese and board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Sperling.

Hydrators

Keeping your hair hydrated is an important step in preventing or mending split ends. To avoid, seek shampoos and products with hydrating properties and ingredients, such as the amino acids found in Kente Bond Shampoo or the hydrolyzed elastin in Philip Kingsley's shampoo shared above.

FAQ
  • What causes split ends?

    Split ends can be caused by multiple factors, but often occur when hair is dry and dehydrated. This issue typically stems from hot tool use and products with harmful ingredients.

  • Do split ends stop hair growth?

    Yes and no. They do not stop hair growth at the root. However, they cause breakage at the hair ends and as a result, the hair will often not appear to grow in length.

  • Does drinking water impact hair growth?

    Unsurprisingly, drinking water impacts hair growth positively. Minerals such as zinc, iron, and calcium that are essential in maintaining hair health are all found in water. Add it to the *CVS receipt level* long list of reasons that water is key.

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