With all the abuse your hair can take from brushing, styling, coloring, and highlighting, it can get frizzy and dull looking. A hair serum can help get the frizz under control and bring back the shine. Serums can also make it easier to comb and style your hair, which will reduce dreaded breakage. And they can protect your hair from styling-product buildup and from the sun’s rays. Here’s more about this go-to hair styling product.
How to use hair serum. You apply hair styling serum after shampooing. Take a few drops of hair serum, rub them between the palms of your hands, and then smooth the serum over, across, and through your wet hair. You can find serums in spray form if you prefer their easy application. A dollop about the size of a dime should be enough, although people with curly hair may need a bit more and those with straight hair might be able to get by with a bit less. Be careful to distribute the hair serum evenly, starting near the ends and working up to just below the roots. You should avoid spreading serum on your scalp and the roots of your hair, particularly if your scalp tends to be oily.
Drying and styling. Once you’ve applied the serum, you can let your hair dry naturally, or blow-dry and style as you normally do. Hair serums can help protect your hair if you use heat-styling tools like blow-dryers, curling irons, or straightening irons.
How hair serum works. The hair serum coats your hair’s strands, offering a layer of protection against the elements and smoothing over any tendencies toward frizz. Hair serums with UV protection are good choices, since they protect your hair from sun damage.
The price of beauty. There are lots of hair serums available in drugstores and beauty-supply stores, priced from $6 to $30. If you’re not sure what to buy, talk to your stylist. He or she might be able to recommend a product suitable for your hair type and condition.
At the salon. For a professional alternative, ask your stylist about hair glossing. This salon treatment gives your hair a clear, protective coating that can add shine and smooth frizz for four to eight weeks.
Fine-hair alternatives. If your hair is very fine, you may find that hair serum weighs it down. A light leave-in conditioner might be a better choice for your locks.
Glosses and glazes, polishes and pomades. Other products on the market can offer benefits similar to those of hair serums. Glosses, glazes, polishes, and pomades coat and protect the hair, leaving it smooth and shiny. If you have color-treated hair, there are glosses designed to enhance your color between sessions. Otherwise, you can choose a clear, color-free gloss for shine.
You don’t have to put up with dull, frizzy, flyaway hair. Tame it with a hair serum and flaunt your silky, shiny tresses.