Best Bet: Split-End Repair Creme

In the homestretch of summer, chlorine-soaked, sun-fried locks can start looking less than lustrous. (At a certain point, that "tousled beach waves" look you're going for just turns to tangles.) Pantene's new split end repair creme is a between-trims fix for limp hair that's been battered by weather or overzealous heat styling. The lightweight creme reinforces hair fibers and binds together split ends, leaving hair looking less stringy. Work it through wet hair before blow-drying or smooth a dab over dried-out ends after styling; either way, the balm boosts moisture without leaving strands feeling sticky.

Pantene Pro-V Split-End Repair Creme, $5.99 at Duane Reade.