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Best Hair Serums in India

Is your hair frizzy, rough, and unmanageable? If it is, then your hair is telling you that just shampooing and conditioning is not enough for your hair. It’s time to get it some extra protection by using hair serums. These relatively unknown, unadvertised products that most people do not know much about are the manna for getting beautiful, lustrous hair and we are going to list the best hair serums in India at the moment!

To give a basic idea, hair serums are silicon-based creams that are applied to hair strands to make them smooth and shiny. How do they do this? Well, the silicon in the cream wraps around the hair to protect it from dust, grime, pollution and UV rays in the atmosphere, giving it an instant gloss.

The silicon also reflects light, thereby providing a shine to hair. Some hair serums are hair nourishers. They penetrate hair strands and give them that extra boost of minerals that help them look beautiful. But most hair serums form a protective layer that does not allow any dirt to stick to the hair, and so, hair looks clean and good always.

If this sounds interesting, let’s understand a little more about hair serums.

How to choose the serum that is best for your hair?

There are serums with different properties and ingredients, made specifically for different types of hair.

  • If you have extremely dry hair, choose a serum that is enriched with essential oils like castor, rosemary, or argan oils. Vitamin E oil is also good here. Some serums can be applied overnight on dry hair that condition and moisturize them by the morning. Just be sure that the overnight serums are cream-based and not oil-based, as they can otherwise make your hair look flat, instead of bouncy.
  • If you have recurring split ends, it is absolutely essential to use a serum which is keratin enriched. Keratin helps in rebuilding the natural fabric of hair and keeps hair healthy.
  • Does your day involve getting out in the sun and pollution daily? Then you need a serum with oils like jojoba or lavender. These oils are incredibly light and absorb into the strands quickly. They also hydrate against the heat and give your hair a protective sheen.

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  • For those with curly hair, it can be quite confusing to choose which serum to apply. The hair being naturally thick and strong, you will need to manage the frizziness in case of dry hair, and also add bounce to an oily mane. Pick serums with the required properties that will best suit you. Hydrating oils like jojoba, argan, coconut, almond, and Moroccan oils are good for dry hair. Rosemary, lavender, lemon oils work well with oily hair. Serums can also help curly hair remain smooth, silky, and untangled. 
  • For chemically treated, colored, straightened, and processed hair, choose a serum with hydrating and nourishing properties like coconut, jojoba, and tea tree oil. It is best to ask your stylist for the right product as treated hair requires special care.

Best hair serums in India

1. Streax Hair Serum

Pros
  • Made for all types of hair, but works best with dry and frizzy hair.
  • Streaks hair serum comes in a 100ml bottle
  • It is enriched with walnut oil to protect from grime and pollution
  • Contains Vitamin E to prevent split ends and breakage in dry hair
  • It can be used on shampooed as well as dry hair for styling and overnight application on extremely dry hair
  • Use it before hair straightening to protect against the heat
Cons
  • Can make thin hair greasy
  • Needs to be reapplied every day for the best results. Silkiness does not stay on for many days

2. L’Oreal Paris Smooth Intense Serum

Pros
  • Comes in a 100ml bottle and is suitable for dry hair
  • Contains Argan oil and silk protein for intense nourishment and moisturizing benefits
  • Effects last for 48 hours
  • Comes in a cream base and gives smooth, soft and detangled hair
  • Use before straightening and styling for excellent results. Hair looks beautiful and shiny and stays that way
Cons
  • Not very suitable to be used in humid or sultry weather. Hair becomes greasy when used in such places
  • Has a feminine smell which may not be suitable for men

3. Streax Pro Hair Serum Vita Gloss

Pros
  • Can be used with all hair types
  • Comes in a slightly liquid form which enables easy application and feels light on the hair
  • Enriched with Vitamin E and a special frizz-free formula from Streaks
Cons
  • Essentially meant to be applied on damp hair only. Does not work on unwashed hair
  • It does not work as well on curly and unruly hair. It is best for naturally soft and straight hair

4. Biotique Bio Mountain Ebony Vitalizing Serum

Pros
  • This serum is made with natural extracts of Mountain Ebony tree which serves as an astringent and has anti-bacterial properties
  • Also contains extracts of neem, mulethi, pudina, pipali, Himalayan water and more
  • It should be applied to the scalp to promote hair growth
  • Very useful for use on dry and flaky scalp and frizzy hair.
  • It can be left on the scalp and used every day. Regular application on the scalp prevents hair fall and allows growing hair to be nourished and moisturized from the roots.
Cons
  • It creates buildup when used on hair directly, so hair needs to be washed often.
  • The product is not made for direct application on hair. Rather, it should be applied to the scalp
  • The scent is very strong
  • Once you stop using this serum or switch to other brands, it can cause hair fall and damage to the scalp

5. L’Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Serum

Pros
  • This serum fights against five signs of damaged hair: Hair fall, rough hair, dry hair, split ends and dull hair
  • Contains Ceramide-cement technology which wraps around hair to protect it and nourish it against further damage
  • Conditions and detangles hair
  • Rub a few drops on the length of your hair after washing your hair and leave on. Effects last for 2-3 days
  • It comes in an 80 ml bottle
Cons
  • It has a heavy and thick texture so even small application might make thin hair a little greasy
  • It is a completely chemical product without any natural organic ingredients
  • Expensive for the quantity of serum provided

6. Pantene Open Hair Miracle 

Pros
  • Apply it from roots to tips and then wash it off. It works as oil to nourish scalp and hair
  • It works as a leave-in conditioner after washing your hair. Rub it into the length of your hair to get a soft, shiny mane
  • It is also ideal for dry hair. Just apply a tiny amount to calm frizz before heading out
  • It is formulated using fermented rice water and Pantene’s special pro-vitamin formula
  • It works as a replacement for oil, is also a serum, a heat protectant, and a conditioner.
Cons
  • It contains many chemicals that are harmful in the long run

7. The Body Shop Grapeseed Hair Serum

Pros
  • Specially made for taming frizzy and unruly hair
  • Contains grapeseed extract and sesame seed oil
  • Makes hair soft and manageable and helps in detangling knotted locks
  • It feels extremely light on the application and having natural products. It does not cause any buildup on hair
  • Has a very pleasant scent
Cons
  • It has a watery consistency but makes hair greasy if too much is applied

8. MATRIX Biolage 6 In 1 Smooth Proof Deep Smoothing Serum

Pros
  • It contains avocado, grapeseed oil, and moisturizing silicon to smoothen frizz
  • Very useful in detangling knotted hair after a shampoo
  • Gives instantly soft and shiny hair
  • It is very lightweight when applied and does not weigh down hair, or make it look oily
Cons
  • It can be used for short periods when you style your hair as the shine wears off quickly within hours
  • It has temporary smoothening effects and needs to be applied daily for consistent results

9. Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser

Pros
  • Contains photo-keratins that help in preventing and moisturizing split ends and damaged hair
  • It also contains plant-based protein extracts, fruit concentrates and cupuacu butter that helps strengthen and rejuvenate hair
Cons
  • Has a very strong smell
  • Does not repair split ends that are already there

10. Khadi Herbal Hair Serum

Pros
  • Khadi hair serum contains all-natural ingredients without any parabens and does not cause any side effects to hair. However, it does contain polymers to smoothen hair
  • It contains moisturizing oils such as coconut, wheat germ, almond, grapeseed, and lemon
  • It is meant for all types of hair
  • It works well with chemically treated hair and smoothens out frizz and unruly hair
  • It is very good for treating split ends
  • It treats damaged, brittle and fine hair well and gives a wonderful shine once applied
Cons
  • The serum is a little sticky and makes hair look oily
  • Hair serum should be applied after you have shampooed your hair. Your hair should be towel dried but wet for the serum to fix on the hair. Just make sure its not dripping wet. Apply it before blow-drying or styling. The serum also protects hair from the heat of the hairdryer this way. However, some serums can be applied on dry hair, to be used when you are styling your hair.
  • Take a little blob of the serum (pea-sized) and rub it in between your palm. Then work from the end tips of your hair upwards till the midsection. If you need more, then repeat with more serum and only apply to the hair strands. The serum is not a scalp product, so it should not be rubbed on to the scalp in any case unless otherwise specified. The silicon can form a layer over the scalp, leading to blocked pores and accumulation of oil on the head. For medium-sized hair, 1-2 drops, and for longer, thicker hair, 3-4 drops of serum should be enough.
  • Many serums come in a slightly thick form, so rubbing in between your palm before application really helps in melting it and ensuring even application.
  • Do not wipe your hair after applying the serum again. You could blow dry it or wait for it to air dry. You could comb it in the style you choose, and your hair will stay that way even after drying. This is the special property of serum, as it listens to you and your comb. When you apply oil, and then wash your hair, the oil still enters your hair cuticles and changes the composition of hair strands. Thus your hair twists and turns in any way it chooses after drying unless you blow dry it specifically. But serum keeps your hair the way you want it, as it coats your hair and does not change its nature.
  • Most well-known brands manufacture the three-step formula in hair care. That is, the shampoo, conditioner, and hair serum are formulated in a way that complements each other. So go for the complete package rather than having different products from different brands.
  • Hair serums have a limited time frame. If you are outdoors in areas that see heavy dust and pollution, serum application can only protect you for so long. Regular washes and applications are necessary to keep your hair looking good. Hair can be washed twice or thrice a week, depending on its condition.

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