Whether you have a standing appointment every other month with your stylist or simply wait until your hair is in a state of split-end emergency, the general consensus among hair pros is that you should get a trim every six to eight weeks for the health of your strands. (Psst, in the interim you can also try this easy-to-use, top-rated hair-cutting comb at home.) While it may sound counterintuitive, especially if you're aiming to grow your hair out, this can actually help you reach your Rapunzel-esque goals, as routine cuts prevent the hair cuticle from splitting at the end, giving you longer, healthier locks.
If your salon is closed due to COVID-19, your stylist tends to book out weeks in advance, or you have a super hectic schedule — whatever the reason, really — it can often prove difficult to get into the salon for a cut. And if you're only in need of a light trim of annoying split ends, it's even harder to justify the hassle and cost. Luckily, Amazon customers have discovered L'Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream Leave In (Buy It, $6, amazon.com), a holy grail, drugstore cream that helps reduce breakage and magically seals split ends. (Related: How to Cut Your Hair at Home When an Appointment Isn't In the Cards)
This leave-in treatment is infused with fine castor oil, which has antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it an ideal ingredient for treating dry skin on the scalp (goodbye, dandruff!). It's ingredients offer up fatty acids that deeply nourish and moisturize your strands without weighing them down, and helps stimulate circulation to improve hair growth. The formula also features vitamins B3 and B5, which help smooth dry ends, increase growth, and make hair appear healthier and thicker.
What's more, unlike other drugstore products, the L'Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths cream is free of harmful, drying sulfates, parabens, and dyes, so you can feel good about slathering it on your tresses. It should be said that it is not made without fragrance — it boasts sweet notes of pomegranate, caramel orchid, and milk sorbet — but many reviewers say that the leave-in smells amazing, going as far as to call it "heavenly." As an added bonus, the cream offers hair heat protection up to 450 degrees, making it a no-brainer product before using hot tools.
With more than 4,000 five-star ratings, shoppers love this leave-in treatment for all types of hair. They say it leaves fine hair silky and not oily, it's a savior for damaged, bleached hair, and it's even moisturizing enough for natural, curly styles, too. Plus, customers swear it works especially well for correcting breakage and split ends — to the extent that after using it, it looks and feels like they "just got it cut."
"Your split ends are gone after the first use," said a reviewer. "Nothing is oily. After my second use (only wash my hair about once every 3-4 days), I went to get a mani with my [hair] stylist, and even she wanted to know what I was using on my hair. It looks that healthy!! Trust me, my hair is processed and seriously coarse. It is now soft and easily styled. Awesome stuff!"
"I have 4C hair, and I was also losing a lot of hair when I combed out my afro, wrote another. "I used a lot of expensive conditioners to combat this with very minimal results. Initially, and for many months, despite Amazon always recommending this to me, I didn't want to buy this because I thought it was for Caucasian women who typically do not like heavy moisturizers and have straight hair prone to oiliness. My hair responds as a rule to heavy moisturizers and heavy creams.... This is not a heavy cream, but whatever they put in it (fairy tears, perhaps), is so good to my hair, so moisturizing, gives that "slip" and even hours later still smells good and is soft to the touch."
If you're a hair-care brand snob or simply don't believe that a product with a $6 price tag is going to get you results that match those of a higher-end, leave-in treatment, don't knock it until you try it. One shopper, who admit they usually turn their nose up at drugstore beauty products, says this is the "only thing" that makes their damaged hair look incredible. (Related: The Skin-Care Products Derms Would Buy If They Had $30 to Spend At the Drugstore)
Want to see if it's worth the hype? Add the L'Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream Leave In to your shopping cart now — what does your hair have to lose?