Hair serum – which one should I use for my hair type?

We usually put it on our face, so when it comes to choosing a hair serum, you might feel a bit confused.

You already know the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair type, own the best hair oil, and maybe even master the art of air-drying to preserve the condition of your locks. So what is a hair serum going to do?

While hair oils deeply penetrate and treat the hair 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 over our lifetime, it really matters that you find the right one. Read on to find the best one for your hair type.

What are the benefits of hair serum?

“The serum adds shine and seals the ends of your hair, which are more vulnerable,” explains Zoë Irwin, ghd ambassador in the UK. “It acts as a protector so when you run your hands through your hair it slides more and works well if you use a hot tool.

“My trick is to put a tiny bit of hair serum with a hold product when I prep the hair, like layering it with a heat protectant spray. Blow dry it straight out and it gives a really conditioned blow-dry. You don’t always have to use serums as a finishing product – they can be the secret to a really shiny blow-dry.

Which is better, oil or serum?

It depends on what you want from your product, as they both have different uses. Very generally, serum is more of a styling product while oil is nourishing. “Oil is more fluid, while hair serum is good if you want to keep in shape,” confirms Zoë. “If you used tongs or waved to keep the movement, serum is good for keeping that polish but adds movement, while oil tends to make the hair heavy and heavier.

She adds, “I would use oil sparingly as it can make hair look greasy.”

Hair serum for growth

Charles Worthington Grow Strong Protein Treatment, £5.99, Boots

Charles Worthington Grow Strong Protein Treatment hair serum

Stronger hair means longer hair, so it makes sense to use a strengthening protein treatment once in a while. Charles Worthington’s Grow Strong line is all about strengthening every strand of your hair, so if you’re trying to grow out your strands and don’t want to break the budget, this is a good place to start. Protein Serum-Slash-Cream is a leave-in formula that helps fortify your hair over time, without weighing your strands down. Use a pea-sized amount on freshly washed, damp hair.

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Anti-frizz hair serum

John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength 6 Effect Serum, £6.92, Feelunique

hair serum

We’re all frizz-friendly, but sometimes you want to create a smoother style, and Frizz Ease is a long-time celebrity in the hair care world. It smoothes, heat shields and hydrates your hair while protecting it from humidity – and it’s still an absolute godsend to this day.

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Hair serum for curls

Imbue Curl Energizing Hydrating Serum, £7.99, Lookfantastic

best hair serum for imbue curls

This miracle serum from new hair care brand Imbue. It really works to give definition to all types of curls, from looser curls to tight bends and coils (types 3A-4C). In terms of ingredients, it’s also “curly girl compliant” if you follow the curly girl method.

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Hair serum for split ends

Aveda Damage Remedy Split End Repair, £24.90, Feelunique

hair serum for split ends Aveda

Some hair serums, like Aveda’s Damage Remedy, are specially formulated to smooth and repair split ends. Nangai Oil helps coat and seal split ends to make them less noticeable. Even better? The formula also helps prevent the formation of new split ends. genius.

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Melissa R. Brumfield