Like a Virgin: Hair Serum that Resuscitates Dry and Damaged Hair

Eunice Lucero | 29 April 2016

Get those locks looking shiny and new.

Hair serum is one of the mainstays of most women’s beauty arsenals. Acting as both a styling and finishing product, it has become as vital as deep conditioner is in our hair care routines, protecting our hair from frizz while also giving strands that telltale, coveted slip. For those with dry, damaged hair, hair serum has become an integral part of their styling routine.

For those with dry and damaged hair, it can help detangle, smoothen and provide much-needed shine. And if you’re ever in doubt about its benefits, just try styling your hair without it—frizz, cowlicks and unruliness is just the beginning! Read on to learn more about how a hair serum can revive the most hopeless of hair:

What Goes Into a Hair Serum?

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Use serum to help get rid of halo frizz and smoothen out your ponytails. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Hair serum is a silicone-based product that works to coat the hair strand, giving it a smoother, shinier, healthier look and feel. It can also help protect hair from damage from heat styling, UV exposure and pollution. Some use hair serum as a detangler after hair washing, or even as a thermal protectant.

Of all the buzzworthy benefits of hair serum, preventing hair against frizz is probably one of the most remarkable. Women who suffer from dry hair, fine waves or have strands that have been subjected to their fair share of chemical processing appreciate the smoothening and frizz-fighting benefits of a good hair serum. The silicones in the product seal down a ragged hair cuticle and keep water from penetrating the shaft, making it smoother and more light-reflective.

The Best Serum for Dry and Damaged Hair

Though it may seem like the most logical step, those with dry, processed or porous hair should guard against a heavy hand when applying serums. This is a classic case of too much of a good thing being bad—silicones, when applied too liberally, can actually weigh hair down and worse, leave strands looking and feeling greasy.

Trust your tactile instincts. If a serum feels sticky and too tacky to the touch, there’s a chance it has overly-emollient (read: super moisturizing) ingredients that might be too much for your hair type. Only explore these variants if your dry hair is on the thicker side; otherwise, it might leave hair feeling heavy with product build-up, doing more harm than good.

The good news: Latest innovations in hair care and styling products now include the use of certain oils that, surprise, actually give an optimal level of moisture to dry hair. Hair serums that have formulations that include certain botanical or vitamin blends, such as Suave Professionals Biotin Infusion Anti-Breakage Serum, have been known to give hair an intense—but still touchable—level of nourishment, which is what most dry, damaged hair needs.

Different Hair Serums for Different Kinds of Dry Hair

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A good hair serum should leave your locks looking shiny, not greasy. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Fine, Thin or Frizzy Hair

Lightweight oils like Moroccan and Argan oil (we like Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil), can provide strands with vital nourishment without sacrificing volume and bounce. For best results, rub a dime-sized amount of hair serum between palms and slather onto the hair lengths, working from the top down and avoiding the root area. Finish off with a gentle blasting of the blowdryer or a quick pass of a flat iron to seal in the shine. A serum/oil hybrid, such as the clever formulation in Dove Regenerative Nourishment Serum-in-Oil, give a one-two punch: the lightweight yet intense potency of an oil, but with the friendly spreadability of a serum.

Wavy, Curly or Coarse Hair

Thicker serums that offer more control and have richer cocktails, like those that include coconut and other deep nourishing oils such as Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Oil Treatment, can be your best bet. They can improve the hair’s condition and impart more softness, but also be mindful of not piling on too much product. Less is more: Use every other day or as needed, as a tool to reinvigorate your ringlets or to shield locks against humidity. Curly-haired types might benefit from a fast-absorbing creamy consistency, such as that in Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum.

Which serum are you willing to try?