As far as hair products go, you probably think you have all the bases covered, right? You shampoo and condition, use a mousse or cream post-shower, and spray on a generous helping of dry shampoo every few days. What else is there?
It turns out that many of us aren’t utilizing a key player in the hair product game—hair serum. And this could be why you’re not 100% satisfied with your hair (yet). You use serums on your face to deliver the most potent concentration of ingredients to your skin, so why skimp on your hair? No matter what your hair type, we assure you that it can benefit from a serum.
What is hair serum?
A hair serum is a silicone-based styling product that can make your hair shiny, smooth out any frizz, and protect it against environmental factors like humidity. “I will always use a hair serum,” says hairstylist Matthew Collins, who has worked with the likes of Kristen Stewart, Camila Mendes, and Cindy Crawford. He explains that no matter if he’s working with hair that’s thick or thin, a hair serum is a must. “The density will only change how much I use to start. For thick hair, I love one to two pumps on wet hair, and for thin hair, half a pump to one pump. My favorite is Mythic Oil by L’Oreal Pro. It adds shine and smoothness, but does not weigh hair down. Once dried, I use a teardrop size and emulsify in my hands, and go over the ends for separation and definition.”
So whether you’re looking to add shine to dry hair, or protect color from fading, or even infuse some anti-aging properties into your hair, there’s a serum for you.
Below are some of our favorite hair serums on the market.
1 Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Infinite Color Hold Dual-Use Serum
This anti-aging hair serum contains ingredients such as vitamin C, which helps maintain strand strength, and caviar extract, which helps fortify hair fiber to protect against loss.
2 DevaCurl Buildup Buster Micellar Water Cleansing Serum
Micellar water can do for your scalp what it does for your skin, so reach for this next time you need a deep clean.
3 Dove Advanced Hair Series Supreme Crème Serum Quench Absolute
Did winter leave you with dry strands? This is the fix.
4Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum
A great serum to use post-shower and pre-blowdry.
5L’Oréal Professionel Mythic Oil Huile Originale
Hey, if it’s good enough for the A-listers that Matthew Collins works with, it’s good enough for us.
6Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Working Serum
When you want to add some shine to your hair, but you don’t want to feel what you’ve added all day long.
7Klorane SOS Serum With Peony
Worried that your scalp is too sensitive for a serum? This is a great place to start.
8 Kiehl’s Silk Groom Serum
A blend of natural oils smooth out any unwanted frizz.
9Kerastase Resistance Serum for Severely Damaged Hair
Working with severely damaged hair? We’ve got the solution.
10John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects Serum
Applied to wet hair, this serum actually works to repel frizz once hair is dry.
11OGX Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum
Introducing your split ends savior.
12IGK Crybaby Anti-Frizz Smoothing Serum
Made with coconut oil and prickly pear cactus extract, but tbh we’d buy this based on the packaging alone.
13 SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Hair Serum
A must-have for hair that’s been chemically processed or overly heat-styled.
14 TRESemme Keratin Smooth Shine Serum
An affordable serum formulated with keratin for silky smooth hair.
15 Vernon Francois Lightweight Styling Serum
So lightweight you’ll forget there’s anything in your hair.
16Revlon Uniq One All in One Hair Treatment
From protecting from heat to adding body to banishing frizz, this serum does it all.