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Hair Serums 101

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Taking care of your hair is important, but it isn’t always the easiest thing. Pooja Salvi & Khevna Pandit tell you everything there is to know about hair serums

Pollution, sedentary lifestyles, exposure to harsh sun rays, improper haircare and heavy chemicals leave your hair little breathing room. And, while there are plenty of elements that can ruin your hair, taking care of it gets tricky especially when you can’t devote a lot of time to it. Enter hair serums — the easiest way to tackle the several hair problems you face all at once. Read on as we tell you everything there is to know about them.

What are hair serums?
Hair serums are haircare solutions made from silicon and amino acids. Unlike regular hair oils, hair serums do not penetrate your hair follicles. Instead, they only coat the surface of your hair, protecting it from getting tangled and imparting shine and lustre to your mane. Apart from this, serums also protect your hair from the damage that is done by overexposure to the sun and harmful, chemical-based hair styling products. Primarily used for frizzy and dry hair, hair serums protect hair that is weak or that has undergone harsh chemical treatments.

How to use serums
Most people use hair serums as a preventive measure against dry and damaged hair and to protect it from dust and humidity. Regardless of why you want to use them, here are a few things you should remember when you’re using them.

  • Make sure you don’t rub the serum into your scalp — comb it lightly through your hair using a comb or your fingers.
  • If you think the hair serum is making your hair unusually dry, switch brands. It is possible that the product type does not suit your hair type. Sometimes the brand may also help.
  • Match your other hair products. Your shampoo, conditioner and hair serum should go well together in order for them to work in your favour. If one doesn’t match the other, it could adversely affect the condition of your hair.
  • Do not apply hair serums when your hair is dripping wet. Only apply them when your hair is damp or once you’ve towel-dried it.
  • Remember not to overuse hair serums. It’s important to wash your hair between applications or it can lead to greasy or damaged hair.

Different types of hair serums for different hair
Not everyone’s hair texture is the same, which is why you may not be able to use the same hair serum that your favourite celebrity endorses. Using a type that suits your hair best to help you to tame it and leave it smelling nice! With the wide variety of hair serums available in the market, it is difficult to know which one is best suited for your hair texture. To ease your confusion, we’ve picked out a few that could be helpful for your hair type.

Streax Hair Shine
Rs 190 for 100 ml
If your hair is dry and frizzy, this hair serum is perfect for you. It has a frizz-free formula that locks the smoothness into the hair cuticles. Its natural moisture and deep conditioning effect enhanced with walnut oil helps to improve smoothness. The result? Your hair will remain shiny, nourished and manageable throughout the day.

Habibs Aesthetics Hair Serum
Rs 180 for 50 ml
For dandruff and premature greying, this hair serum works wonders! Habibs Aesthetics Hair Serum is formulated with exotic natural flora to combat dandruff and greying. It not only helps to comb your hair without breaking, but it can also be used to protect against heat damage. Its non-greasy and non-toxic formula makes it a great hair rejuvenating treatment.

Garnier Fructis Strengthening Serum
Rs 220 for 100 ml
If your hair gets tangled a lot, this hair serum will solve the issue. It also keeps your hair soft and prevents damage and hair loss when detangling. The fruit vitamins and lemon peel extract make your hair stronger. As an added benefit, you are even promised four times fewer split ends.

Wella Professional Sp Balance Scalp energy serum
Rs 4,025 for 100 ml
This hair serum stops the thinning of your hair by making it stronger. Infused with an amalgamation of important nutrients, it nourishes your hair from the roots and increases its elasticity. It also soothes a sensitive scalp and is ideal for controlling hair loss.

Hair for Sure:
Hair Tonic Hair Re-growth Treatment

Rs 696 for 150 ml
Hair For Sure has clinically proven properties for hair re-growth. It uses a comprehensive four-step performance formula to treat follicular dysfunction effectively, stop hair loss and allow hair re-growth.

If you don’t trust chemical products, you can even make a hair serum at home! Here’s how.
Mix 50ml castor oil and 10 drops of lavender essential oil in a small glass jar. This batch will last you a long time (close to six months). However, if you have long and/ or thick hair, you might have to double up the contents so that you won’t have to keep making the serum. Shake the bottle well before application and do not apply a lot or you hair will go flat in no time!

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