What Can I Do About Dry Ends?

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Nothing rains on a good hairstyle's parade like dry ends. Whether you color or overprocess your hair, are no stranger to hot tools, get infrequent trims, or simply don't condition your hair, dry ends remain a culprit of bad hair days for many. The good news? Unless your ends are damaged beyond repair (usually due to an irreversible process), they may be salvageable, even if you think all hope is lost. Bear in mind: While it can take a lot to coax thirsty ends back into shape, your hair didn't lose all moisture overnight, so practice a lot of patience, along with some serious TLC. Keep scrolling to uncover tips for dry ends that'll carry you to your next cut.

Get Frequent Trims

Before you get too scissor happy, know that you don't necessarily have to chop off your hair to "start fresh" (we know it can be especially difficult to part ways with your locks when you've been waiting patiently for them to grow out). Instead of waiting years (or months) to cut your hair, get frequent, short trims (we're talking, half an inch to an inch, at most) every three months, while simultaneously up-keeping a healthy conditioning routine. Frequent times and regular conditioning will ensure your ends are always healthy, versus just being healthy after a cut. If visiting a hair salon that frequently just isn't in the cards for you, opt for an at-home trim, but be mindful of only trimming the dead, split ends.

Make Conditioning Part of Your Routine

Conditioner is crucial in providing necessary moisture to thirsty tresses, especially if you're used to heat styling often. It's easy enough to reason why: Your ends are the oldest parts of your hair, and as such, are already prone to dryness. Skipping conditioner can cause already dehydrated hair to become excessively dry. From rinse-out conditioners to deep conditioning ones, look for those that work in conjunction with low heat for maximum penetration.

Raincry Rebuild Bond Repair
Raincry Rebuild Bond Repair $38
Marc Anthony Maximum Moisture Hydra Lock Moisture Recharge Conditioner
Marc Anthony Maximum Moisture Hydra Lock Moisture Recharge Conditioner $8

To prevent further damage, apply a heat protectant prior to using hot tools.

Try the "Baggy Method"

Now that you've implemented a healthy conditioning routine, you're in the clear for trying the baggy method, a solution for sealing in hydration by wearing a baggy shower cap or plastic wrap after applying a moisturizing product—like a deep conditioner, mask, or natural oil—to your hair. Try bagging your ends a few nights per week to begin with, and notice if there's any improvement in your hair's moisture levels after a few weeks. Once your ends are less brittle, you can cut out the bagging altogether or simply do it less frequently.

The Best Products for Dry Ends

Ready to make dry ends a thing of the past? Below, we've rounded up the best products that'll be your new go-to.

Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask
Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask $15

Use this deep conditioning mask weekly to uncover strong, moisturized hair that's resistant to both breakage and damage.

Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Oil Treatment
Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Oil Treatment $40

Reviewers boast about this vitamin-rich formula's ability to reduce hair breakage and impart a lustrous shine.

Kenra Professional Platinum Restorative Reconstructor
Kenra Professional Platinum Restorative Reconstructor $28

This concentrated treatment of keratin amino acid technology is able to reach damaged hair cuticles to provide deep hydration and improve elasticity.

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