I was recently at a picnic with a large group of friends at Bird Park. As it usually happens with me and my lady friends, we took advantage of our significant others going off to run around and play-wrestle in the grass, as if they were Bret "The Hitman" Hart trying to take down Razor Ramon at Royal Rumble '93, to have some hardcore girl talk. We gabbed about our boyfriends' dumb habits (like wrestling each other in public despite being too old to do so) and personal grooming habits. Just like those commercials aimed to get the hip-young-woman market to drop cash on something stupid, like tampons that sync to your iPod, my friends lamented their problem and a knowledgeable friend, played by me, came to the rescue with a super-duper awesome product that would fix it. The problem: split ends.
I'd never had much success finding an affordable way to manage my witch pubes (which is how I affectionately refer to my split ends) after I started growing my hair out and couldn't afford regular $65 haircuts. After almost a year of only getting $5 bang trims and putting my witch pubes in a bun, I decided it was time to tackle the split ends.
I called my best friend Shannon, a former hair stylist who now lives in Seattle, and asked her what I should do. She said it was really all about replacing my conditioner with a hair masque. I passed this info to my friends at the picnic. I'm not one to blow-dry every time I get out of the shower; it's tedious work and I'd rather be eating a Denver omelet instead of fixing my hair. So if some product can make it dry nicely, great! More time for omelets. But if you are one to blow dry, your hair will feel and shine like Hugh Hefner's silk pajamas afterward. And after a couple washes, your split ends will be pretty much gone.
Shannon recommended super-fancy hair masques, like Pureology NanoWorks Luxury Hair Masque and Kerastase Reflection Chroma Reflect, which will both run you upwards of $40. Yikes! If you can drop that sort of cash on hair product, then sure. Why not? But if you're like me and not only refuse to spend that much on hair care, but also can't because you need to eat, there are some cheaper options that work great. My favorites are Neutrogena's Triple Moisture Depp Recovery Mask and L'Oreal's EverStrong Deep Replenishing Masque. L'Oreal also has EverPure for color treated hair and EverSleek for frizz control. I tried TRESemme's Rejuvenating Mud Mask also, but wasn't so into it. It didn't give me that heavy moisturized feeling I like. All of these go for under $10.
So if you're in the same hair boat, do what Michael Jackson did to his kids and put a mask on it.