It's time to put some shine back in your hair
We’re pretty used to putting it on our face, so when it comes to picking out a hair serum, you might feel a bit stumped.
You already know the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair type, own the best hair oil and may have even mastered the art of air drying to preserve the condition of your locks. So what’s a hair serum going to do?
While hair oils deeply penetrate and treat the hair’s follicle, serums sit on the surface of the hair for added shine or definition.
And when you consider how much money we spend on our hair in our lifetime, it’s really important that you find the right one. Read on to find the best one for your hair type.
Hair serum for growth
Stronger hair means longer hair, so packing it with strengthening proteins is the way to go. Charles Worthington’s new collection is all about exactly that, so if you’re trying to grow out your locks, this is the buy for you. The protein serum-slash-cream is a leave in formula that fortifies the hair over time, without weighing down your locks.
Hair serum for curls
A light gel serum with no sulphates or silicone, Boucleme’s offering defines your curls without leaving them feeling crunchy or heavy. It’s a well-known go-to formula for curly girls everywhere; simply apply to wet hair or use it if you refresh your curls with water the next day.
Anti frizz hair serum
The original and one of the best, Frizz Ease is something of a celebrity in the hair world. A cult classic serum, it smoothes, heat protects, hydrates and tames your hair while also offering protection from humid weather – and it’s still an absolute bargain.
Aussie is one of those iconic high street brands that’s been around for years, loved by so many because the products are effective and affordable. The Dual Personality serum locks in moisture and amps up the shine with Jojoba Seed Oil straight out of Australia. It’s also a great hair serum for coloured hair, leaving your locks super glossy.
Hair serum for dry hair
Cult Swedish hair brand Sachajuan bring you a serum that’s jam-packed with all the good stuff; essential minerals and algae make up their ‘Ocean Silk Technology’ that’s the key to the shiny and soft hair of your dreams. It’ll seal split ends, enrich your hair with light-reflecting properties for that hair advert shine, and protect it from environmental damage and future breakages. Winner.
Hair serum for split ends
Some hair serums, like Aveda’s Damage Remedy, are specially formulated to smooth down and fix split ends. Nangai Oil, extracted from specific nuts hailed from a tropical island, coats and seals the split ends for instantly visible repair. Even better? The little bottle works to help prevent new split ends from forming too.
Read on for a few more of Team Marie Claire‘s favourite formulas in the hair department.
Described as 'skincare for hair', this cream is soaked up by thirsty hair shafts leaving it smooth, soft and frizz-free. It's packed with nourishing ingredients like monoi oil, aloe vera and sugar beet, as well as a UV filter to protect your hair.
When it comes to hair repair, this serum containing silk amino acids is the secret to sealing split ends and preventing future breaks in the hair follicle. Made with coconut and whipped egg white proteins, its ingredients list may sound more like a meringue recipe than a hair product, but trust us when we say it works wonders.
A good hair day in a bottle; if you struggle with that layer of frizz at the end of blow drying your hair, this serum is your new best friend. The finishing touch to your hair, it contains active ingredients to calm frizzy hair and is fast absorbing so won't hold you up in the mornings. Great for thicker, coarser hair that needs smoothing out a bit.
Technically, this one is for your scalp, but we all know how dandruff can wreak havoc with your hair routine. Full of reviving ingredients from peppermint to meadowsweet extract, it'll soothe your scalp, banish dandruff and stop hair loss in its tracks.