Want only good hair days from here on out? Then introducing a hair serum to your routine is the answer! Here, we get to the bottom of everything you need to know about how to use hair serum, as well as its many benefits and the best formulas for the job…
What is hair serum?
First of all, what is hair serum? It’s best to think of this lightweight styling product as a shield or armour for the hair. Acting as a type of seal, a hair serum typically contains silicones or silicone-like substances that coat the outer surface of the hair.
But what’s the difference between a hair serum and hair oil? Simply put, it’s all about the product’s ability to penetrate the hair follicles and strands. Instead of creating a glossy, shiny layer over the hair like serum, hair oils deeply penetrate into the hair shaft to nourish and condition from within.
The benefits of hair serum
Good news is, there are many benefits of hair serum! And better yet, most deliver near-instant results. Known for its ability to reduce frizz and tame flyaways, it’s essential if your mane has a mind of its own and never lies down flat. And that’s not all, hair serum can also enhance shine, smooth your tresses, detangle and shield against humidity.
In case you need any more proof that hair serum is the ultimate multitasker, it can soften your strands, protect from pollution and help with damage caused by regular heat styling, too. In-between salon appointments? Hair serum can even (temporarily) smooth split ends to make them less visible!
How to find the right hair serum
Now you know all about the benefits of hair serum, how do you find the right one? It’s important to consider your hair type when it comes to finding the hair serum that’s best suited for you. Straight or curly, thick or fine – there’s a formula for you out there!
Some serums that are loaded with silicones can weigh down finer hair and leave it looking limp. Try spritzing with a lightweight serum spray, which will work wonders at giving fine hair shine and hydration minus the heaviness. Our tip? Use sparingly and avoid applying at the roots.
And if your hair is curly or textured? Often more delicate and prone to dryness than other hair types, try using a hair serum that delivers a moisturising effect. It’ll revive, define and keep your glorious curls bouncy without weighing them down.
How to use hair serum
Luckily, when it comes to how to use hair serum – it’s easier than you might think! After shampooing and conditioning, start by pumping one to two drops of hair serum into your palm and warm it by rubbing your hands together. If your hair is long or thick, you may need more drops.
Then apply to damp hair, working the hair serum through the mid-lengths and down to the ends. Comb through to ensure an even distribution of serum, with no need to rinse it out. The result? Locks that are zero percent greasy and ready to be styled. Some serums can even be run through dry hair to finish off your look. Silky-smooth hair? Yes, please!