The Definitive Guide For The Best Serum For Hair Straightening
When hair is straightened it can look so sleek and stylish, however, if you straighten your hair frequently it can easily become damaged and frizzy. Using a serum when can leave hair looking shiny and smooth – just like the women on the hair adverts!
Trust me on this, I’m a hairstylist and I wouldn’t dare straighten my hair without first applying a serum. There are many brands and types of serums out there and this can make buying one confusing.
Do not worry though! Here is a list to sum up the 10 best ones on the market, after using these your hair will be hydrated and there won’t be any frizz in sight.
You may have read the title and thought ‘hair growth’? I want to protect my hair whilst straightening it! However, once you start frequently straightening your hair or applying heat it can become damaged and the growth rate slows down. Using a serum that promotes growth can have great effects on the overall appearance of your hair.
The Biotin Hair Growth Serum is perfect to apply before you style your hair. The serum contains biotin, D Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Pisum Sativum Pea Sprout Extract, and other active ingredients and nutrients. These ingredients basically provide a follicle boosting effect, which assists the growth of natural hair. After regular use, your hair will look fuller and healthier.
Just massage in and make sure you cover the ends of your hair to apply it and let the serum absorb before styling with straighteners for the best results. Some even leave it overnight for extra soft hair. My favorite part of this serum is the soothing peppermint scent – it makes my hair smell great! This product is great for those who have been using heat on their hair for a while or those whose hair is thinning.
If you have naturally curly or wavy hair, straightening it can be a tough task. Plus, once you finally get it straight it won’t stay like that for long – trust me I’ve seen it so many times. There are so many online recipes that will try to teach you how to keep your curly hair straight, but from my experience, a specific straightening serum that’s designed for your hair type will do the trick. I always keep some around the salon, it’s always useful and clients love it.
My favorite serum to straighten curls is the L’ANZA Healing Smooth Straightening Balm. This serum effectively straightens the hair and stops any unwanted frizz, whilst also adding a natural shine. The balm is lightweight and greaseless, so no need to worry about any residue stuck in your locks. An extra benefit for this product is that it keeps the hair color rich and vibrant for longer – extra important if you’re a fan of hair dye!
It’s easy to use, all you need to do is apply it to damp hair and then blow-dry it before you style it with straighteners. If you own a round or flat brush, this can also be used to reach ‘maximum smoothness’. The serum provides thermal protection up to 482-degrees Fahrenheit – perfect for straighteners.
I get a lot of clients these days searching for cruelty-free, or vegan, hair products. This is great to see, people are becoming so much more conscious of what they consume and also use on their hair. Natural hair care sales are through the roof too! If you’re after a cruelty-free hair straightening serum I would recommend R+Co High Dive Moisture Plus Shine Creme. This serum moisturizes hair and reduces frizz.
The formula for this product is free from parabens, sulfates, petroleum, mineral oil, cruelty, and even gluten! If you know your hair is weaker or your scalp gets irritated, make sure you check this product out, as it is great for those with sensitive skin. Key ingredients are sodium PCA, sunflower seed extract, vitamin E, and provitamin B5. It’s very natural and safe to use.
The serum is great for smooth-textured looks, it tends to favor moisture over hold – but if you’re after a product to use with straightened hair this should be fine! Use this product if you have medium to coarse or unruly hair. The product is even fragranced, leaving your hair not only looking good but also smelling good.
Hair can be damaged easily, whether it is overdyed, bleached, or heat damaged, sometimes it needs some self-care. Do not fret if you find your hair is dried out and frazzled though! There are numerous great products out there to save your mane. I often get clients who have overdone it with bleach or dye, to help their hair get back to health and I do use serums when styling for them. One I swear by is Herstyler Hair Repair Serum. The name says it best; this one is great for repairing!
With this serum a little goes a long way, you don’t need to use lots of products, which is great because the bottle lasts a long time! The serum hydrates and repairs hair with the ingredients argan oil, vitamin E, and aloe vera. The argan oil rejuvenates dry and damaged hair, the vitamin E repairs damage to the hair follicles and the aloe vera leaves hair smooth and shiny. A perfect trio of hair care ingredients. This serum is great for daily usage as it is lightweight and non-greasy.
If you want your hair to be soft to the touch, this serum is 100% worth checking out. It leaves hair glossy, even after being straightened or styled. Make sure to use it before you heat it, as it will add a layer of protection.
Like many things, hair can change with the seasons. If you find that in the cooler, dryer months your hair seems more brittle or frizzy you might want to try an anti-frizz straightening serum, my pick is Vitamins Keratin Protein Hair Serum. This serum is great for de-frizzing; it’s a lifesaver for myself and many of my friends during the colder months. No one wants to arrive at the party with hairs flying in every direction!
The serum recreated the ‘salon soft’ feel with Moroccan argan oil. This makes the hair appear fuller and thicker, yet also silky sleek and smooth. It forms a protective shield around the hair, which is anti-breakage and also protective against types of heat – great for pre-straightening. This also includes sun damage, which many forget happens after long periods in the sun! If you’re prone to frizz, it can hydrate your hair and make it look shiny – taming the pesky flyaways.
The formula is non-oily, alcohol-free, and water-based for a boost in hydration. This is ever so important in dry months, even I find my hair loses some of its shine in winter and I am constantly taking care of it! This product gives me that extra help needed to stay looking sleek all year round.
Who doesn’t want hair with long-lasting shine? For me, one of the best feelings is having my hair professionally done, and knowing it looks great. Little do most know you can easily replicate this sleek feeling just by using a serum before you straighten your hair! My personal pick to get long-lasting shine is the Lionesse Vitamin E Hair Serum; it works a treat for all hair types.
Not only does it give long-lasting shine, but also this serum eliminates frizz altogether. The hydrating vitamins in the hair serum replenish moisture and cut down on dryness – taming any unruly hair. The serum also works to strengthen hair and improve texture. It reduces porosity and leaves hair feeling thicker, fuller, and stronger. The vitamin E and aloe vera stimulate hair and scalp circulation to also accelerate growth!
This serum is especially helpful if you are a fan of straightening your hair often, it has heat protection properties and coats the hair. This is ideal to combat heat damage, as moisture is built up with use! Apply before and after styling for ultimate results. Your hair will be looking salon shiny in no time.
We all know Garnier as a household name for great beauty products, but did you know about their hair care serum? Their anti-frizz serum is great for dry and unmanageable hair; it gets to work to create a sleek look with no flyaways! They’ve spent over 100 years pioneering haircare and have a whole list of ‘breakthrough formulas’. Salons love this brand; it’s trusted and very reliable to tame unruly hair.
The recipe contains argan oil to cleanse and repair your locks, nourishment is key here! The serum gives you up to three days of sleek hair and can control frizz in 97% humidity. Pair it with shampoo and conditioner for an even longer effect. This serum is best applied on damp or dry hair for best results, when paired with a flat iron a perfect straightened look is achieved. Also, one pump does plenty so the product lasts for a long time!
Garnier is always inspired by nature, so if your hair needs some love opt for this formula. The shine will last for days and keep your hair straight and manageable, perfect for wintertime when this isn’t always easy.
If your hair type is thick or coarse, sometimes you may need a specialized product. When at the salon I often see women that use the wrong types of products for their hair – it’s an easy mistake to make. People may wonder why their hair is so dull or frizzy, and usually, it’s because they’re using the wrong shampoos or serums! This can be fixed though; once you swap to an appropriate product you’ll see a dramatic change.
I often use the John Frieda Frizz Ease for those who complain of frizzy hair, it works best on thicker hair so this is also a go-to for me. The serum contains bamboo extract and is a great way to recreate a salon look at home. If your hair is damaged from heat or dye, this product is also a good option as it can help moisturize and heal the hair follicles.
Apply a single pump of the serum to wet hair (after a wash) to lock in the moisture. Avoid putting serum on your roots; however, make sure you distribute it evenly everywhere else. This will have your locks tamed in no time – it feels like you’ve been to the salon!
Most people’s hairstyling routine involves some heat at some point, whether that be through hair dryers or flat iron, it can be essential to creating a style. If you often use heat, consider using Brazilian Blowout Thermal Straightening Balm. This product is heat-activated, so will work well with styling techniques to protect your hair whilst also taming frizz.
The thermal formula helps to straighten waves and curls while protecting from heat and also humidity. The formula contains an exclusive Brazilian Super-Nutrient Complex, which reconstructs and strengthens damaged hair while creating a protective protein layer to seal the cuticle. This results in a radiant shine and dead straight hair. This product is not heavy and it doesn’t make your hair oily, so for those who are prone to greasy hair, it can be a gift from above.
Another benefit is that it makes the flat iron process quicker; as it reacts with the heat it’ll naturally straighten your hair faster! I’ve used this on clients before and it’s always amazed me how quickly the hair reacts whilst I’m blow-drying. I often only need to touch the hair up with the flat iron, rather than doing the full head of hair.
There’s nothing like finishing a client’s hair and feeling how smooth and soft it is. That feeling of having a professional cut and blow-dry is like no other. If this is the effect you’re after, I have great news for you. The product best for achieving this salon finish is Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum. This serum leaves hair sleek and smooth after blow-drying, allowing you to feel fabulous all day.
To use, all you have to do is apply one pump onto clean, damp hair! Blow-dry or straighten for the best effect. The serum speeds up drying time (which is always a bonus) and leaves you with frizz-free hair. The serum also resists humidity – so if you live in a humid area this is another one to check out. The formula is paraben-free, gluten-free, and even vegan for those who are after a cruelty-free product.
This product leaves you silky and frizz-free in any weather. The serum seals hair strands to add shine and the award-winning formula perfects the hair. Paul Mitchell is a brand that continuously creates salon-quality products and is a favorite within the industry.
Hair serums can be a lifesaver when it comes to frequent heat usage or anti-frizz and straightening solutions. They can even help heal damaged hair. You need to remember everyone’s hair is different, so what a friend recommends might not be best for you. Look into what each brand provides and what your hair needs to find the best formula for you! Try and test a few different products and see which you prefer, after all, you never know what works until you try it. Have you tried any hair straightening serums? Let us know what you thought in the comments!