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Hair Serums: What Are They And How To Use Them

16 March 2018
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Hair.com. Before joining the Hair.com team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

If you’re anything like us, you probably have a 10-step hair care routine. However, chances are it’s still missing one crucial product: hair serum.

Hair serums are very similar to face serums in that they provide concentrated and targeted treatments that address many different hair concerns. Unlike hair oils, which are designed to penetrate the hair shaft, serums sit on top of the hair.

While we believe everyone should incorporate a hair serum into their hair care routine, picking the right formula for your hair is crucial. Before heading to the store, identify what hair concerns you’d like to address with serum. Are you battling frizz? Breakage? Dull, lackluster locks? Do you have thick locks? If so, you’ll want to look for a serum heavy enough to coat your plentiful locks. On the other hand, you’ll want a lightweight hair serum that won’t weigh down your locks if your hair is thin.

Once you’ve mulled over your concerns, think about what you do to your hair every day. Do you heat style it? If so, pick up a hair serum that doubles as a heat protectant. Do you wear your hair in the same ponytail every day? If so, pick up a strengthening hair serum to help protect your locks from constant pulling.

How To Use Them:

The best time to use hair serum is when your hair is damp, right after it’s been freshly washed. Apply the serum to your damp locks focusing on the mid-length and ends, the oldest and typically driest part of your hair. Give your hair a few minutes to reap the full benefits of the serum before continuing with your usual styling routine.

Hair serum can also be used on dry hair, which is a is great for anyone battling frizz, flyaways, static, and hair that looks and feel dry. If you’re suffering from any of those hair woes, simply smooth the serum over your locks until you achieve your desired look.

Because hair serums are so concentrated, it can be tempting to apply tons of product to your locks. However, less is more when it comes to hair serum. Because hair serums typically come in an oil-like formula, too much serum can cause more harm than good. Applying too much hair serum can not only make your hair look and feel greasy, but also can lead to major product buildup. Follow package instructions and apply half the recommended amount to ensure you don’t overload your hair with product.

If you accidentally pile on too much hair serum, a clarifying shampoo should help to remove any products from your hair.

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