My hair has been driving me INSANE lately. The underlayer of it always frizzes out and even when I go and get the ends chopped off my split ends still keep coming back! Pleaseeeee recommend me some awesome hair products that will help my hair! Also, I'm ready to get a new haircut so I don't want my split ends to ruin my hairstyle. Thanks so much!
Re: Product Help!
In regards to split ends, take a look at this thread here where I covered some products that help to temporarily "mend/bond" split ends and how they work, along conditioning and nourishing ingredients to look for in products to help with dryness, damage, or stressed hair:
In regards to the frizz, a great like to start with is Living Proof's No Frizz line, rather than use heavy silicones and waxes which can form water-impervious layers over hair and make frizz worse, it relies on polyfluroesters and polymers to smooth and tame strands. Often time frizz combating products use silicones as they help to smooth the hair shaft down, add shine and luster, and form a barrier against humidity, but too much ends up drying the hair as it will lock out actual moisture that hair needs. Often time this can be solved with weekly use of a clarifying shampoo, which will remove residual build up from styling products.
You can opt for either a spray or serum based thermal protector for normal hair. Sprays will be lighter, but if you find strands feeling too dry (even when your heat tools aren't cranked up), change to a serum as the weight will impart more moisture to your locks.
Chi's Iron Guard 44 along with Alterna's Bamboo Anto-Breakage Thermal spray are great as light weight starters:
For a serum, try Redken's Heat Glide or Living Proof's Satin Serum (the polymers act as a thermal protectant and this formula also helps to smooth/tame frizz).
Depending on the length of your hair, start with a dime sized amount of product and distribute it through hair, or a few drops per section divided during the use of flat ironing or curling. You don't want to go overboard with serums and coat hair to where strands get heavy or greasy.
Another key note is working with styling tools that have adjustable temperature gauges. On average, flat irons that don't have adjustable options can heat up anywhere from 380-400+ degrees, which is often too high for hair types unless hair is extremely coarse, curly, or thick. Play with the lower settings and the time frames it takes to straighten hair with proper protective products. Normally temperatures in the high 200s and even low 300s is good enough to straighten most hair types.
Now, as for a hair cut, depending on the style you get cut and the technique used by your stylist can also play into split ends or damaged ends. If you get your hair razored or thinned out, be sure the specialist is well versed in the technique and uses sharp shears. Dull shears or someone not well practiced can go against the grain of the hair and end up leaving edges too raw or jagged, causing splaying, splitting, and ends being brittle and weak. If your hair tends to frizz at the bottom layers, be sure to disclose that to the stylist, avoid getting blunt cuts that are all one length, this packs lots of weight at the bottom (think of a straw broom, the ends are all the same length, it's dense) and avoid layers that go straight across, once again, this allows hair to become too dense and will frizz/splay up. Try to get the back of your hair cut into a "u" or soft "v" shape, to where it tapers on your back. This will eliminate many dead ends, weight, and still allow you to keep length, but remove excess.
Re: Product Help!
What products are you currently using? Do you use any styling tools like hot rollers, flat irons, blow dryers, or curling wands/irons on your hair? Do you use a thermal protector?
What's your hair type and texture?
Give us some more info and we can better assist with info that would be better tailored for you!