Picture this: You get out of the shower and for once, your hair dries completely frizz-free and smooth! Running your fingers through your hair no longer feels like running your fingers through strands of hay. Instead, you feel like the star of one of those hair commercials with picture-perfect hair.
Sadly, the reality for most of us is quite different, especially for those of us with an unruly, dry, and frizzy mess on our heads!
Should hair serums be applied to wet or dry hair?
Most products do mention their preferred time of use, however, if not specified, the best time to apply serums to your hair is on wash days when it’s damp after a shower or completely dry. Make sure you’re not towel-drying your hair and then applying serums to it. Instead, use a cotton cloth (like a t-shirt) wrapped around your head to dry your hair halfway through before applying the serum. Using a cotton cloth will prevent your hair from frizzing up more than it has to. Apply the serum by rubbing the recommended amount in your hands and running your fingers through your hair. If your hair is curly, scrunch the product into your hair rather than running your fingers through it.
Are there any side effects to using hair serums?
Side effects in serums might be caused by excessive use or the presence of an allergen in the product. It might lead to excessive dryness, itching, burning, excessive hair fall, etc which is why it’s very important to read the ingredients of a product before buying. Excessive usage of serums can also lead to excessive dryness so best limit your use to alternate days or wash days when your hair is very dry and brittle.
However, with the help of hair serums, the dream of ultimately getting soft and hydrated hair is not far-fetched. Serums basically give some life to your hair by hydrating it, nourishing it, and smoothing it down in the process.
Top 7 Serums for Dry Hair
Whether your hair is curly or straight, fine or thick, hair serums take care of those flyaways, dry ends, and often act as a heat protectant as well. Above all, they most definitely make running your fingers through your hair a much more satisfying process!
So without further ado, here’s our list of the best hair serums for dry hair.
#1 Kerastase nutritive oleo-relax serum
If you’ve got an unruly mess of dry curls that need some immediate love and attention, then this serum is the one for you! It’s a lightweight oil serum that uses a mixture of Shea butter, virgin coconut oil, and fruit oil to deeply moisturize your hair and provide it with the protection it needs to stay healthy. Not only does it get rid of the frizz in your curls but also does so without leaving behind a residue or feeling heavy or greasy in your curls.
You’ll be sure to get good, long use out of this product since a little bit of the product goes a long way. It also doubles as a heat protectant to scrunch into your hair before styling! So if you’re constantly used to whipping out a curling wand to perfect your curls, try giving this serum a try before you do! Whether you’ve just gotten out of the shower, or have woken up with a dry curly mess that needs a quick fix, this serum will have your back!
#2 Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Serum
This serum ensures that you’ll have soft, silky, and frizz-free hair even when you’re living on a budget! It uses a paraben-free and silicone-free formula with an active fruit protein to individually coat each strand with the product and prevent it from frizzing up in humidity. Additionally, the Moroccan Argan oil in its formula smooths and hydrates your hair regardless of whether it’s curly or straight, (while smelling absolutely divine- might I add!).
Applied to damp or dry hair, this product is quite lightweight and works its magic without weighing your hair down. However, if the product ends up looking too greasy in your hair after application, simply give it a few minutes to soak in your hair, and voila! You’re good to go for the day!
#3 John Frieda Extra Strength Serum
Let’s be honest, nothing dries up our hair quite as bleach does! This serum is perfect for those of you with bleached hair that needs a little hydration and nutrition boost (however, you can use it for natural hair too). It comes with a blend of silk proteins, bamboo extracts, seaweed extract, and its famous frizz-fighting ingredients which leave your hair feeling silky and soft.
The serum is applied to wet hair and works by locking the moisture in your hair while keeping those frizzy flyaways at bay! Do make sure you’re only applying this to the mids and ends of your hair though because applying the serum to your roots will result in a greasy look.
Similar to other serums, it doubles as a heat protector as well. All the curly-haired queens will be glad to know that this serum will help retain your wave/curl pattern while keeping it hydrated and frizz-free, especially in humid conditions.
#4 Global Keratin hair serum
This hair serum claims to transform your locks from dry and dull to silky and shiny. It makes use of an anti-aging protein blend to provide each strand of your hair with extra nourishment and protection. Since dryness in your hair is caused by dehydration, the serum uses Argan oil and natural silicones to seal each strand and prevent dehydration (while also battling frizz).
This lightweight formula works especially great on fine hair without weighing it down (which can be a common problem with thin/ fine hair). It even repairs past damage and dryness in your hair. It does have a very earthy smell which can be quite a hit or miss with people.
#5 Phyto 7 Botanical Hydrating Day Cream
This serum is made of a plant-based formula that makes use of 7 different kinds of plant extracts including sage, willow, soybean, and rosemary. In addition, it also lacks a scent and is silicone-free, sulfate-free, gluten-free, and talc-free. Using the serum enhances the shine of your hair while moisturizing those dry ends.
It won’t necessarily be a complete fix for your damaged hair but it does prevent possible split ends in your hair. Many users have come forward claiming that they had been too close to shaving their heads only to have their hair rescued by this product. Moreover, the product gives great value for your money as you only need a pea-sized amount of the product for all your hair.
#6 Matrix Biolage 6 in 1 smooth Proof Deep Smoothing serum
If you tend to use a lot of heat in your hair a lot or have a lot of frizz flying around, then this serum is your go-to fix for everything. It smooths and hydrates your dry and frizzy hair with polymers, grapeseed oil, and avocado oil. The smoothness is sealed in your hair without weighing it down. However, the product itself does feel more like heavy oil than a light mousse so you’ll definitely need to wash your hands after use.
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