Typically, I would know better than to purchase a product that guarantees to minimize the appearance of split ends. The most straightforward way to get rid of damaged hair is to cut it off. However, Neutrogena Triple Moisture Split End Balm is not guaranteeing to eliminate the problem of split ends. The claim of this product is that through a “durable ionic bond” the split ends will be brought together to conceal any damage and to prevent future damage from occurring. As a chemist, I am always left unsatisfied with these lofty claims. I’m also not fooled by the “patent-pending technology” bit; if the formula were worth patent protection, it would have likely been taken care of prior to hitting the shelves. Rather than pester Neutrogena as to why they decided to write such a stupid label for a seemingly interesting product, I decided that at $6.99, it would not be a huge loss to just give it a try.
The consistency of the product is very strange. It is almost like a gel, giving weight to my theory that it is merely a glue for split ends. I took a nickel sized amount of product, and worked it through my hair from the ends to the roots. This method of application ensures that most of the product is applied to the ends of the hair. I combed through the product prior to blow-drying, and had to wash my hands afterwards. The product is obnoxiously sticky on the hands, but it does not feel that way in the hair. It made my hair feel much more slippery than usual.
I then proceeded to blow-dry my hair as I normally would. I did not notice a difference in the least. If anything, my hair looked more frazzled than usual, likely since I was not using my trust Chi Straight Guard in conjunction with the product. However, upon ironing with my Babyliss Pro, I was shocked. My split ends did appear to be sealed. They were much less noticeable than ever. However, it was a particularly humid day when I tried this product, and after my ten-minute bike ride to school, my hair looked worse than ever.
The next time I tried this product, I used it with Chi Straight Guard. I applied the split end balm as a base, and only applied the product to the ends of my hair. The combination was fantastic, and I have since incorporated Neutrogena Triple Moisture Split End Balm into my daily routine when I am too lazy to obtain a trim. I have no comment as to whether or not it has prevented any future damage, as I did not notice an overall change in my hair texture. It is merely serves as a temporary fix for split ends, though a very nice fix. I especially like to use this product when I am wearing dark colored (especially) black clothing. Darker colored clothing makes my split ends stand out much more, and this product nearly eliminates the issue. Overall, I would recommend the product. If you do not like to use it for split ends, it can also be used as a light weight gel to take care of any flyaway strands in up-dos.