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 and wonder why you need a serum for your hair. You already know the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair type, own the best hair oil and you’ve even mastered the art of air drying to preserve the condition of your locks. What’s a hair serum going to do?
While a hair oil will penetrate your hair and moisturise it, hair serums work wonders on giving the surface your locks that healthy, shiny appearance, as well as calming down the frizz factor and repairing any breakages. So when you consider how much money we spend on our hair in our lifetime, it’s really important that you find the right one.
A good hair serum can also protect your locks from the effects of the environment, from sun damage to pollutants. Take Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, for example. Sun exposure can damage your hair’s quality and colour, as well as drying it out, but this water-resistant formula provides hair with a protective UV barrier that lasts for up to 16 hours. Not bad, eh?
If it’s dull or lacklustre hair that’s your problem, you want a serum that’s optimised for giving your hair hella shine. Swedish-born brand Sachajuan’s Shine Serum is just that, sealing split ends with a non-greasy formula that’s packed with essential minerals and algae. Thanks to its light reflecting properties, it’ll cause levels of shine you only thought possible on shampoo adverts – until now that is.
Hair serum for dry hair
Hair serums are a particularly good investment if you’ve hair that’s prone to dryness or frizz; a good one will smooth out your hair while giving it that healthy shine all the beauty bloggers show off on Instagram.
Find your new favourite hair product with our round up of five of the best hair serums money can buy, whatever your hair type or budget. Like you really need an excuse to spend more money on your hair…
Best for: Hair that's prone to breakage
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.
Best for: Sun protection
Sun cream is one of the first things we reach for on the beach, but we often completely forget about sun protection for our hair – but the sun can wreak havoc on split ends and the colour of your hair. Enter Aveda's Protective Hair Veil. As well as protecting your locks from sun damage and UV, this formula is water resistant and lasts for up to 16 hours. If you pack one thing in your holiday beauty bag this summer...
Best for: frizz smoothing
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.
Best for: An itchy scalp and thinning hair
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.
Best for: super shine
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 hair of your dreams. It'll seal split ends, enrich your hair with light-reflecting properties and protect it from environmental damage and future breakages. Winner.
Shop now: Sachajuan Shine Serum £22 from Fabled