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Why a hair serum is the answer to shiny, healthy locks

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

Charles Worthington Grow Strong Protein Treatment, £8.99, Boots

hair serum for growth Charles Worthington

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.

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Hair serum for curls

Boucleme Curl Defining Gel, £15, Fabled

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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.

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Anti frizz hair serum

John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects Serum, £5, Amazon

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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.

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Shine serum

Aussie Dual Personality Styling Serum, £4.99, Boots

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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.

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Hair serum for dry hair

Sachajuan Shine Serum, £22, Fabled

hair serum for dry hair Sachajuan

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.

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Hair serum for split ends

Aveda Damage Remedy Split End Repair, £21.25, Fabled

hair serum for split ends Aveda

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.

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Read on for a few more of Team Marie Claire‘s favourite formulas in the hair department.

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