Sometimes it seems like hair serum is the be all and end all of the hairstyling worlds. Want smooth hair post a shower? Apply a serum. Wondering how to protect your hair before heat styling? Go for a serum! Want glossy locks all day long? The serum is the answer! With every hairstyling suggestion leading right back to it, it’s important to know how to use hair serum correctly without goofing up. That’s why we’ve got a few do’s and don’ts for you to follow the next time you apply it.

What is a hair serum and how does it actually work to help your hair?
You’ve no doubt heard the endless list of benefits that come with the best hair serum, but do you actually know what it does and how it works? Different from hair oils that work by infusing into the hair follicles and scalp to repair any damage and revive the strands, hair serum is a silicon based liquid that forms a protective layer over your hair strands. This coating not only acts as a barrier against heat, dirt and other pollutants but also helps tame hair and reduce frizziness. Light also reflects off this serum layer giving your hair a subtle sheen that you only get after a trip to the salon. Hair serum contains amino acids that work wonders for your hair. They reduce the incidence of hair breakage by providing nourishment and moisture to each strand and also repair follicles and cracks in the hair shafts that are at the roots of the hair. The liquid nature of the serum further provides great lubrication for the hair, smoothing it out and making it much easier to manage.

How do you know whether you should use a serum?
You can tell whether you need a serum just by glancing at your hair—it’s as simple as that. If you feel that it has been missing that bounce lately, or find that it’s been looking very dull, give your hair the equivalent of a hair spa treatment by applying a hair serum. Other signs that you should be giving your hair a bit of revitalization juice are if you’re regularly applying heat to your hair or if you’re constantly playing tug of war with your brush. If you’re just way ahead of the game and are already using serum, why not anticipate when you’ll need it the most—stock up on some if you’re going on a tropical summer vacation or know that your hair will make you look mildly electrocuted this monsoon season, not quite unlike Monica from Friends!

Preparation before serum application
Alert! Do not ignore! This is extremely important to ensure that you’re pushing your serum to work as hard as it can for your hair. Make sure that you wash your hair before you apply serum, not after. The whole point of adding this product to your hair is as a protectant against the harmful substances in the environment. Applying this to unwashed hair that contains the dirt and pollutants that you’re trying to avoid is completely useless. Another factor to consider is the shampoo and conditioner that you use. Try to select a range of products that include a serum as well, so that everything that you use on your hair works well together. Ensure that you don’t have products with ingredients that are counterproductive to each other.


Do – Find the right one for you

how to Apply Hair Serum

Wondering how to apply hair serum? Here’s how you can get started. Select hair serum based on your hair type and concern. If you want to get rid of frizz, opt for the TIGI Control Freak serum. It also works as the best serum for dry hair. Its lightweight formula resists humidity and fights frizz so that the hair stays smooth and sleek. If you want shiny hair, choose the Toni & Guy Shine Gloss Serum. It instantly adds shine and tames flyaways to make your hair look polished and glossy.


Don’t – Apply it on your scalp

Don’t – Apply it on your scalp

Hair serum is strictly meant for the lengths of your hair and serves no purpose for the scalp. If applied to it, it will cause undue blockage and build-up. Therefore the next time you use hair serum, apply it from the mid-lengths of your hair until the ends to benefit your tresses.


Do – Heat protect with it

Do – Heat Protectant

If you’re in need of a heat protectant, serum is your answer because it serves as a shield to protect hair from heat damage. The TIGI Control Freak Serum is the perfect choice to apply before heat styling as it also works as a thermal protectant to safeguard hair from high temperatures. So if you’re someone who uses hair as a way to express creativity, hair serum is the ultimate product to use to make sure that your hair is always prepped and ready for even the most adventurous and out-there styles.

Don't - Over apply

A little goes a long way when it comes to hair serum. Over applying serum can transform that natural shine into full on grease. So, use a coin-sized amount and massage it into the lengths of your hair. A single pump of serum will suffice for mid-length hair while long hair may require a bit more.

There are different types of hair serums that carry out different functions. For instance, there are hair serums for dry hair and hair serums for hair growth. This is why it is so important to read the directions at the back of the pack and follow them to the T to learn about exactly how the serum is meant to be used before you apply it.


Do - Apply on a clean scalp

Do - Apply on a clean scalp

If you skipped a hair wash because serum seemed like an easy way out, stop right there. When hair is greasy and dirty, an added film of hair serum only adds to the hair's oiliness, weighs it down and traps dirt within. Instead, like we mentioned before, apply serum on wet hair or clean dry locks for best results. Also, remember, when the hair is excessively dry, it absorbs serum quickly and may need a second round. So, if you find your hair dry by the middle of the day, re-apply a single pump to give your hair a shiny boost.


Don’t - Overdo on fine hair

Don’t - Overdo on fine hair

Take precaution when applying serum on fine hair. If too much of it is applied, it makes the hair excessively greasy and limp. Just a single pump applied over the lengths is enough to make your hair appear thicker and fresher if you have thin hair.

Post application hair care
You have finished putting the serum into your hair—now what? Because we’re here to guide you all the way, these are a few tips to make sure you get the most out of your serum.

  1. Make sure to brush your hair gently to remove any knots or tangles in the hair.
  2. Blow dry hair to ensure that any dirt or dust particles find it harder to stick to the hair and scalp.
  3. Straighten and style with the comfort that your hair follicles are strengthened enough to withstand any damage that may be otherwise caused by using heat on your hair.


Should I apply hair serum to oily hair?

Your scalp needs hydration and since hair serum boosts the moisture in your scalp, it is recommended to treat oily hair with a serum too. You can use non-greasy and light oils like an argan oil hair serum for your hair.  

Does hair serum fight frizz?

Yes, hair serum helps hydrate and smoothen out rough hair cuticles which reduces frizz and give your smoother and silkier mane. You can use a specific frizz-fighting hair serum that targets the fuzzy and unkempt hair.

Should I apply hair serum daily?

Treat your hair with a hair serum every time you wash your hair instead of using it daily. It helps protect your hair from environmental aggressors and provides moisture. Since your hair is brittle and dry after wash, it is recommended to use it on wash days.