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Hair Serum: What It Is And Why You Need It In Your Life

21 June 2019
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Curious about hair serums but feel product paralysis strike when you start browsing? Not sure how they differ from other styling products? Unsure which serum is right for you? We know that the seemingly never-ending amount of hair products on shelves can make it confusing to figure out what a hair serum does, let alone determine which one is best for your hair type. Don’t even stress, we know what’s best and we’ve even brought the only guide you’ll need on hair serum. Keep calm and read on so you can figure out what’s causing all the hype!

First And Foremost: What Is Hair Serum?

Let’s get it straight: hair serums are a styling tool. That means they should be used after your shampoo and conditioner, during the styling phase of your routine - a non-negotiable step! The fantastic four helps smooth the hair, boost shine, protect against humidity, and combat frizz. The pros suggest applying a pea-sized amount of serum (depending on the length and thickness of your hair) whilst your hair is still damp, just before blow-drying. Wait - there’s more! Serum is also often used on dry hair to tame flyaways and give the hair a glossy finish. I think you’ve just struck (hair) oil!

Just How Do Hair Serums Do It?

We often wonder how there’s so many benefits packed into such a tiny bottle. To get the science sussed out: hair serums are liquid-based and often have a texture reminiscent of an oil, but are much more lightweight. They’re typically formulated with silicones which coat the hair shaft to lock in moisture and keep frizz at bay. Simply put - they are the only thing standing between you and lustrous locks. Luckily for us, there are a range of hair serums on the market… all of which target a host of different concerns ranging from split ends to minimising the appearance of damage, to protecting from external aggressors (like humidity, UV rays, and pollution). Something for everyone, we’re feeling it.

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Hair Oil vs. Hair Serum: What’s The Difference?

There’s a common misconception (amongst basically all of us) that hair oil and hair serum are the same thing - wrong! So aside from the fact that hair serums have a lighter consistency than hair oils, what is the difference? The main difference between the two is quite simple: hair oils are not meant to be used as a styling tool, rather they are considered a treatment meant to nourish and moisturise the hair. Unlike a hair serum that coats the outermost layer of the hair fibre, hair oils work by penetrating the hair shaft to condition the very core of the hair. They help replenish the natural oils in your hair (especially great if your hair is dry or damaged from styling waves on your cute balayage). Going back to hair serums - they primarily help reduce the appearance of these symptoms once they’ve already manifested, whilst helping to make your mane more manageable.

Tame Your Glorious Mane: Hair Serum To Fight The Frizz

If you have frizz then you’ve certainly incorporated some kind of hair serum into your routine. If you’ve invested too much money on products claiming to tame flyaways and unruly frizz, it’s time your frizz met its match. Kick frizz for good with pro-favourite Kérastase Soin Lissant Disciplinant Oléo-Relax smoothing serum for dry and rebellious hair. The lightweight formula makes your hair feel like it’s on cloud 9 whilst delivering tried-and-tested smoothness. Bye frizz, see ya never.    

Hair Serum For Poker Straight Hair

Wanna take your coarse or curly to the land of straightening? The pros have answered your hairs prayers with the L’Oréal Professionnel Liss Control Plus smoothing serumWith game-changing results up to 24 hours, it helps protect the hair so you can switch up your style damage-free!

So what are you waiting for? Time to add a hair serum into your routine and reap the benefits!

Interested buying or finding more about hair serums? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a hair expert near you.

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