It is surprising, that when it comes to any hair care routine, we most time don’t go beyond the three steps where we only cleanse, condition, and moisturize. Or sometimes spend more time and luxe haircare products taking care of our wigs instead of our real hair. Another common habit is spending lots of money on luxe skincare products to care for our skin but then our hair is crying for help.
The truth is that our hair needs the same attention as our skin and wigs do. Natural hair is to be nourished, and it does not stop at 3 steps haircare routine, if only you can go an extra step, adding hair serums to combat all the hair woes we suffer in the summer season, hair woes like Frizz, Greasy Roots, Colour Fade, Sweaty Bangs, Dryness, Sun Damage, Breakage and Split Ends, e.t.c.
Serums are very common in the skincare category, but it’s also becoming very popular in the haircare space too. Hair serums are very different from hair oil, they’re a liquid-based treatment usually formulated using silicones to provide a protective layer over the hair fiber. Hair serums come in different types, there are some that are formulated to add hydration to your hair, some assist in smoothing frizz – this smooth layer then reflects the light, which is how serum gives your hair a shiny, not greasy finish, some come as a heat protecting treatment, some also help in maintaining colored hair, there are some with a recipe that tackles itchiness and flakiness, even some help in defining curls e.t.c.
Hair serums are lightweight and with the benefit of hair oils. Hair serums can be used as a pre-styling treatment, and as a finishing touch to any styled hair. They can be used on dry or wet hair depending on what you’re using them for.
Moreso, what makes a great hair serum is in the formulation, a great hair serum must be lightweight, non-greasy, contains hydrators like hyaluronic acid, natural oils like jojoba oil, argan oil e.t.c., antioxidants like Vit C, Vit E e.t.c.
Just like skincare serum, hair serums are also formulated with active ingredients that penetrate through the deeper layers of your hair follicles.
When it comes to application, rub a small amount through the palm of your hands and use your fingers to gently apply to your strands from the tip of the hair to the midriff shaft using a pressing motion to achieve a smoother hair texture.
It’s advisable not to over-apply your hair serums as they can weigh down your hair, they are heavier than hair oil. Only apply when needed, avoid the root of your hair, and warm it up in the palm of your hands before application.