Best Serums for Your Hair Needs

Shiny strands coming your way thanks to serum.

Looking to score shiny, smooth hair? We can totally feel you, and thankfully those #hairgoals can be achieved with hair serum. Some of the best serums are those that can help to keep our hair healthy and hydrated as well as tame that annoying frizz. Since we all have very different hair needs and issues, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite hair serums to help treat your specific hair type. Read on to learn more about how you can get some seriously smooth locks:

Best Hair Serums for Your Hair

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A serum is a must-have for all hair types. Photo credit:

1. Strong and Smooth Hair

For strong, smooth hair look no further than TRESemmé Keratin Infusing Smoothing Serum. Infused with keratin, this serum works to tam any frizz while also making your hair smooth and shiny. Use it post-blowout or whenever those stubborn flyaways get you down.

2. Super Shiny Straight Hair

If pin straight, shiny hair is what you’re after Bed Head by TIGI Control Freak Serum is for you. Don’t be swayed by the name, this serum won’t feel like a super stiff gel. Instead it controls all of your frizz (to make it totally disappear) while helping your hair to chill out any waves. The result is perfectly straight shiny hair with no frizz.

3. Smooth and Hydrated Hair

If you’re planning on spending a lot of time outside (romantic sleigh ride, maybe?) prep your hair to stand up to the elements with S Factor by TIGI Silky Smooth Serum. This serum will give you a big moisture boost while sealing your strands against the winter weather. You’ll also get frizz-free hair that can stand up to the wind and cold while still keeping a shiny finish.

4. Split-End Sealed Hair

Winter can be especially hard on hair that’s prone to breakage and damage. If you know that your hair likes to split and break, look into Suave Split End Rescue Hair Serum. This serum is a dream for damaged hair. It not can help to prevent split ends, it also helps to repair any visible damage to your hair that you may have. It works so well because it uses the PEC Complex to give you soft, healthy-looking hair.

5. Quench Dry Hair

If your hair is already dry, come winter you’ll need to up the ante on moisture. Dry hair is prone to more damage because it can break instead of bending. If your hair is on the dry side, try a creamy serum like Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum. Use this serum to quench your naturally thirsty hair. Because it was designed with dry hair in mind, you can use this serum on both wet and dry hair. Just make sure to use a little less product on your dry hair so that it doesn’t weigh down your hair.

Hair Serums For Curly Hair

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Use a lightweight serum to hydrate your curls.

1. Crème Serum

While moisture is definitely crucial to maintaining curly hair, oversaturating your curls in too much moisture can leave them looking lifeless and flat. To avoid any dreaded curl weigh-down, use a creamy yet non-greasy product like Dove Absolute Curls Supreme Crème Serum on wet or dry hair. This product gives curls a boost of hydration and manages to penetrate your curls pretty quickly.

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A crunch-free serum keeps your curls soft and defined.

2. Crunch-Free Serum

Some hair care products can give your curls a dry and crunchy feeling, so to keep your curls soft and defined at all times, use a gel serum like Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Curl Defining Gel Serum before you style your hair. Fusing together a strong-hold gel and a hydrating serum, this serum is safe to use on tight or loose curls. Use after washing and before styling for best results.

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Use an anti-frizz serum to keep flyaways and frizz at bay.

3. Anti-Frizz Serum

Frizz and humidity are known aggressors to curly hair, so you’ll naturally want to up your frizz defenses, especially during the summer months when hot and humid days leave your curls in a poufy mess. While sulfate-free wash and care products can be a crucial part of curl management, using frizz-protecting oils and serums for curly hair are another important element to any curl care regimen. For a serum that will keep frizz and flyaways at bay, use a lightweight oil like TRESemmé Botanique Damage Recovery Oil Elixir on either wet or dry hair to keep your curls glossy and healthy.

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Invest in a good serum that can keep breakage to a minimum.

4. Anti-Breakage Serum

Heat styling and chemically processing your hair can leave it vulnerable to damage and breakage, so having the right serum on hand can work wonders before heat styling. You’ll definitely want to apply this product on before you proceed to style, so before you grab that straightener or blowdryer, apply a quarter-size amount of Suave Professionals Biotin Infusion Anti-Breakage Serum onto damp hair. Your product should act as a good defense against scorching temps as you style.

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A good curl serum should help keep your ends soft and healthy. Photo credit: Dvora

5. Split-End Serum

Split ends are another result of frequent styling tools, so if you find that your ends are feeling extra dry and lifeless, it’s time to invest in serums for curly hair that can also keep your ends healthy-looking. While it’s still important for curly girls to get a regular trim every so few weeks, adding a split-end serum can be extra helpful when caring for curly hair. For a good product that is suitable for everyday use, Suave Professionals Split End Rescue Serum can give your frazzled strands the extra care they deserve.

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