Whenever it’s time for me to straighten my naturally curly hair, I always opt for a straightening serum. For me, it’s more about using a product that doesn’t revert my hair back to its naturally curly state after blow-drying. Plus, the shine factor that a serum provides without the weighed down feeling can’t be matched (in my opinion).
Over the years I’ve experimented with many straightening serums. I’ve even gone as far as trying natural oils that have a serum-like consistency like Argan oil. However, a true straightening serum is different than oil, as it acts as a barrier from heat—similar to a heat protectant—to ensure that your hair stays protected, smooth and super shiny.
What I like most about serums (unlike most hair oils) is that they don’t weigh down your hair. The light-weight consistency can actually leave you with a weightless finish — but this does depend on how much you apply on your hair. A little goes a very long way with this stuff. Another thing to love is that serums can also prevent frizz. There’s nothing like straightening your hair and having it last for only an hour. When applying the serum, focus more on the areas you tend to see the most frizz. Check out our post for even more tips and product suggestions for a straightening serum.
Straightening Serum: What to Use and How to Use It
1. How to Use a Hair Straightening Serum?
There are many ways to use a straightening serum on your hair. However, one rule we suggest you don’t break is: Don’t apply too much. A few drops really goes a long way. You can also opt for applying it to your hair as you style. To do this, section off your hair, apply your serum, then blow-dry or flat iron and continue this process with the rest of your hair.
Serums can also be applied after styling your hair to add some shine. If you’re using it as an aid for straightening your hair, it’s best to apply before heat styling.
2. Products You Can Use as a Straightening Serum:
If you don’t have a hair serum for straightening your hair on hand, don’t fret. You can also use other oils or hair serums as a straightening serum. Below are two of our favorites to use:
Nexxus New York Salon Care Oil Infinite Hair Oil: This oil is a great alternative and actually has a serum-like consistency. It leaves you with soft, manageable and frizz-free hair.
Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Hair Serum: This serum can be used on wet or dry hair. Apply it to your wet hair before drying with a blow-dryer or apply it before using a flat iron. The keratin-infused formula seals the hair cuticle to make it smooth, frizz-free and shiny.
TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum: Like the products mentioned above, this serum also provides hair with a grease-free finish. What stands out most about it, is the ability to make your hair shiny. Use this serum whenever you’re trying to get a salon-like blowout or straight style at home.