What is the difference between hair serum and hair oil? They are not intended for the same use

Hair products make all the difference in styling. They can protect your hair from heat, add volume, shine, texture, or make your hairstyles last longer, but not all products are created equal. Choosing a hair product isn’t a one-stop shop, and each is good for different things. If you are not sure what is the difference between hair serum and hair oil, then it’s definitely time to learn what they do. They may look similar, but they are not intended for the same use.

You obviously know that hairspray, heat protectants, and texturizers are all different, but hair oil and hair serum are a bit problematic. They have a similar texture and can often be the same color, so you might think they’re interchangeable, but they’re not. So let me break it down for you.

Hair serums are a styling tool. They can add shine, protect against humidity (making them amazing against frizz) and smooth your hair. You want to apply serums to wet hair before styling and only use one to two drops.

Hair oils, on the other hand, are not intended to aid in styling. This is a conditioning/nourishing treatment that improves the health of your hair by sinking into the strands (not sitting on top and coating the outside, like a serum). Oils will lubricate your hair and add fatty acids to replace lipids in your hair, which will help prevent split ends and breakage. You can apply hair oil when wet, if your hair is dry or even use the oil as a hair mask.

Now that you know what they do, buy these hair serums and oils to condition and style your hair.

1. coconut oil

Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $9, Amazon

Literally, what doesn’t coconut oil solve?

2. Jojoba oil

Leven Rose Organic Jojoba Oil, $14, Amazon

Jojoba oil could do wonders on your skin, but it’s also good for your hair.

3. Argan Oil

VoilaVe Organics Argan Oil, $15, Amazon

If you have colored hair, try light Argan Oil instead of Moroccan oil, which can make your locks brassy.

4. Anti-frizz serum

Garnier Fructis Sleek And Shine Anti-Frizz Serum, $9, Amazon

You are one pump away smooth and shiny hair.

5. Anti-Breakage Serum

Coconut Milk Serum, $8, Amazon

Instead of using pure coconut oil, use it in a serum for a better look.

6. Super Slimming Serum

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum, $27, Amazon

Not only will it smooth your hair, but it reduce drying time.

seven. Frizz-ease

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Extra Strength Serum 6 Effects, $8, Amazon

This serum is extra strong, you will be protected from humidity.

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Melissa R. Brumfield