Hydrating Serum: What to Use and How to Use It

The new way to quench your hair with moisture.

When you think of a hair serum, it’s very rare that you’ll associate it as a product used for adding moisture to your hair. Usually serums are the products we reach for to add shine to our hair or even used as a heat protectant, but did you know that you can also use a hair serum for hydration? Yes, but not just any serum but a hydrating serum. You have to use a serum that is formulated to add moisture to your hair. Ahead we’re explaining why you should be using a serum that hydrates your hair, the best hair serum to try and other ways you can benefit from using it. Even if you aren’t too fond of serums, this may just change your mind.

Hydrating Serum for Dry Hair: What You Need to Know

hydrating serum: long brown hair
Looking for a product to help with hydration? Try using a hydrating serum after washing your hair.

1. Who should be using a hydrating serum?

Anyone that deals with dry hair at any point should consider adding a hydrating serum into their hair care routine, especially if your routine doesn’t include the use of a leave-in conditioner. Typically, your hydrating serum can replace your leave-in conditioner. Why? Just like a leave-in conditioner a hydrating serum is applied at the last step of our wash and care routine and it’s meant to be left in your hair.

2. What’s the best hair serum for dry hair?

There are many hydrating serums on the market that you can try on your hair. Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate Serum is a good place to start. This serum is a water-based rebuilding serum for normal to dry hair and it works by treating each strand with moisture. The formula is contains caviar-shaped beads that contains a conditioning oil and provides a protective barrier on hair for improved control and manageability. After washing your hair, apply a few pumps of the serum into your hair to lock in moisture.

3. Other ways to use a hydrating serum:

If your hair becomes dry in-between washes, you can reapply your hydrating serum at night or before styling your hair. Since this is a serum that hydrates (it contains water) we don’t recommend using before styling your hair with a heat styling tool like a flat iron or curling iron. Allow your hair to dry first. If using on thick, curly hair textures, you can use at night and follow up with an oil if you’d like

4. Best times to use a hydrating hair serum?

Short answer: Whenever your hair feels dry. Otherwise, you can use it weekly or bi-weekly after rinsing out your conditioner. You can use also it to re-moisturize your hair in warm, dry climates, or during the colder months.

5. Do you need a leave-in conditioner and a hydrating serum?

This is totally up to you. If you’re using a leave-in conditioner that detangles your hair, it’s probably best to use both. In this case, each of your products are serving a different purpose. If you’re leave in conditioner is used for hydrating your hair, you can definitely opt for one over the other.

Looking for more info on serums? Check out how to use shine serum on your hair.