4 Best Shine Serums and How to Use Them

Here's how to bring some shine to your look! 

Like a good skin care regimen filled with nourishing facial oils and skin-perfecting serums, the right hair care products can definitely help you address a multitude of hair woes. So if you feel like your locks are dry and brittle, using some shine serum can help give them the glossy and healthy appearance you’ve been longing for. But while there are literally tons of serums to choose from, it’s always best to find a shine serum product that’s lightweight and easily absorbed into the hair, enabling it to become smooth and frizz-free. Read on to check out how to score shiny hair by using a hair serum.

Shine Serum: How to Use This Must-Have Essential 

how to use shine serum on wavy hair
Enhance your curls and waves with some shine serum.

1. Use serum on damp hair.

Best used on clean, damp hair, a shine serum can definitely make your hair glossy. However, how you apply your serum is especially important, as you don’t want to apply your product too heavily onto the roots. Too much product can lead to build-up and excess greasiness, which can be problematic for oily hair types. If you have curly hair, you can also rely on a serum to help give moisture and definition to your ringlets. Gently work a serum, such as Dove Absolute Curls Supreme Creme Serum, onto your damp curls. This lightweight formula works to nourish hair, while making it shiny and manageable. 


Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum

2. Use hair shine serum before and after styling.

If you like the look of sleek, straight locks, be sure to use a serum that can keep your style smooth and free of frizz. Again, you’ll want to apply your shine serum onto damp and clean hair before you proceed to heat-style so your hair doesn’t go limp. It’s also equally important to let your serum be completely absorbed into the hair before you use blowdryers or straightening irons. Wet-styling can damage hair, leaving it fried and brittle. For better styling habits, use a serum, like Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Hair Serum, letting it dry before you style your hair.


Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Hair Serum

shine serum to create sleek styles
A good shine serum can give your hair some essential moisture.

3. Use shine serum to enhance your hairstyles.

Serum can also be used to give your hairstyles a boost by making them glossy, smooth and free of any frizz (yes, even halo frizz, or the fuzz you get around your hairline). This is ideal for sleek hairstyles or the wet look trend, where have a shiny base while hair remains smoothened down. As with all sleek styles, be sure to use serum sparingly, increasing your dosage as needed.

4. Use shine serum to moisturize your hair.

If you have long and dehydrated strands, using a shine serum can help keep your hair shiny and full of moisture. But no matter your length, the way you apply your product is still important. Even if your hair is short or long, apply only as needed. We love the gleam provided by S Factor by TIGI Silky Smooth Serum.



5. Use shine serum as needed.

As we noted: a little goes a long way with shine serum. Using too much will make your hair look and feel greasy. And with some hair types, you might not need it to use it everyday. In some instances, it can also help revive your hair midday. Pick up a serum rich in nourishing proteins, like Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate Serum , and use on damp hair, keeping your product mostly on your shaft and ends.


Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate Serum

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