How to Choose a Hair Serum Based on Your Hair Concerns

Thought it was hard to find a skincare routine? Hair care can be even more of a maze. Not all volumizing shampoos really work for those with limp hair, and not all hair masks are going to bring your curls back to life. One of the easiest products to discover and invest in are post-wash serums designed to take care of your lengths, and of course there’s a perfect one for every concern. Two celebrity hairstylists help us understand everything there is to know about choosing the right hair serum for your hair type and using it correctly.

What is a hair serum?

Delhi-based hairstylist Rod Anker describes a hair serum as “usually an oil-based product that softens and soothes the hair cuticle. As a lubricant, it helps prevent cuticle damage during styling. Like shampoos, conditioners, and masks, serums are also designed to address different hair concerns, while some can address multiple needs at once, others target specific uses. “It is used to coat the hair and protect it from heat damage, add shine, lock in moisture and prevent frizz, among other uses,” adds New York hairstylist Yianni Tsapatori.

Why do you need a hair serum?

Hair serums have protective and restorative properties that make them a must in your hair routine. Anker uses a hair serum before styling the hair for its dual purpose: “As a heat protectant and to reduce frizz and add lubrication – the cuticle closure prevents frizz, seals in moisture and adds heat protection. It’s best to apply a pump or two (depending on the length and thickness of your hair) to your locks when your hair is damp or dry – avoid your scalp – to get the most out of the product. “Always avoid the root, as it will make your hair greasy and could eventually cause hair loss,” says Tsapatori. “Use a few drops and rub them in your palms for a few seconds before applying. A tip is to start by applying to the tips first then the back of your neck before applying it to your mid-lengths and on top of your hair.The reason for this is that when we start out we have a lot of product in our hands and we can apply a lot of it on top which will make the hair very oily.It is extremely important that you only use the amount you need for a protective film, don’t treat it like a hair oil treatment.”A serum shouldn’t weigh your hair down,” says Anker.

How to choose a hair serum for your hair problems

For dry, thick and frizzy hair

A silicone-based hair serum is the best bet for dry, thick, and frizzy hair because it acts as a thick sealant and is known to act as occlusives that block water evaporation and keep hair hydrated. If you use this ingredient, it is best to ignore it in the rest of your hair care products.

For dull hair

Oils like argan and almond can instantly add shine and smooth hair that lacks luster. Vitamin E capsules can also be used as a serum to boost hair vitality and make it healthier and more nourished.

For fine and frizzy hair

If you have fine, limp hair that’s prone to frizz, it’s especially important to consider your serum ingredients. “Look for a lighter silicone like cyclomethicone, which is a water-soluble ingredient,” suggests Tsapatori. “You don’t want to weigh hair down, but keep it hydrated and healthy.” Some hair serums contain hydrolyzed protein, which can help counteract the static charge that causes frizz and flyaways, making them a good choice if you want to skip silicones entirely.

For colored hair

Color-treated hair is processed and requires an intense dose of hydration, regardless of the safety or lack of chemicals of the hair color used. Opt for cream-based formulas (if you have thick hair) or choose a blend of nourishing oils formulated for colored hair to maintain its health and keep your color vibrant longer.

For curly hair

If you have curly hair, you want to moisturize your mane while keeping your curls fresh and intact. Intensely nourishing formulas that were created for curls are your best bet. The key is to choose a lightweight hair serum that has a moisturizing formula, which will help reduce breakage while maintaining your curls’ natural bounce.

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Melissa R. Brumfield