Although most of us always wish for good hair days with a silky, smooth, glistening finish as shown in various hair care advertisements on TV, owing to our fast-paced lifestyle, and environmental pollution, we encounter numerous hair woes on a daily basis. If there is something most women swear by to get envy-worthy silky-soft hair, is by the application of hair serum right after a hair wash. Also Read: Hair Spa: The 3-Step DIY Therapy To Rejuvenate Your Tresses Right At Home
So, What Exactly Is A Hair Serum, You Ask?
For the unversed, a store-bought hair serum is a silicone-based hair-care product that coats the hair shafts with a protective covering. Unlike hair oils, the hair serum does not penetrate the hair cuticles or cause changes to the hair structure, rather enhances the curliness and smoothness of the hair shafts. Presence of silicone in these serums not only strengthens and smoothens the hair but also minimizes hair damage and reduces hair loss. Certain ingredients like dimenthicone and polysiloxane used in these hair enhancing emollients also prevent hair damage due to heating, styling, colouring and even environmental pollution. Also Read: DIY Homemade Shampoos: 3 Cool Hair Wash Recipes For Gorgeous And Lustrous Mane
Benefits Of Using A Hair Serum
- Makes hair healthy and soft
- Detangles unruly hair
- Low pH holds the hair fibers together
- Protects the hair from damage due to sun, chemicals, heat and pollution
- Moisturises damaged and dry hair
- Adds a perfect sheen to the mane
Homemade Hair Serum
If you want to go the natural way free of any unwanted chemicals, you can make your very own hair serum depending upon the specific needs of your hair. Be it oily, dry, wavy, straight or sleek, all you need to have is a base oil and some action-specific essential oils and you are all set to whip up a perfect batch of homemade hair serum ready for use.
So, what are you waiting for, bid adieu to unruly, dry hair with these cost-effective, easy to make hair serums right at the comfort of your home.
DIY Hair Serum Recipes
Jojoba And Coconut Oil Serum For Oily/ Straight Hair
10 drops of peppermint essential oil
10 drops of jojoba oil
2-3 tbsp argan oil
100 ml almond oil
Mix all the oils together and keep it in a dark-coloured glass bottle.
Take a dollop of serum on your palm.
Apply evenly on wet or damp hair from root to tips.
Use a comb to brush the hair in downwards motions.
Blow-dry the hair.
How It Works:
Almond oil being lightweight and non-transferable not only keeps the hair light and bouncy but also promotes hair growth. The presence of essential oils prevents excessive secretion while nourishing the hair follicles and preventing bacterial accumulation. Use it after every hair washes to get perfectly smooth and silky hair sans any stickiness.
Aloe vera Gel And Jasmine Oil For Frizzy/ Dry Hair
12 tbsp aloe vera gel
2 vitamin E capsules
15 drops of Jasmine essential oil
50 ml coconut oil
Scrape out fresh aloe vera from leaves.
Mix all the ingredients in a double boiler.
When everything liquifies, pour the serum in a dark coloured bottle.
Apply on towel-dry hair and smoothen it out with a hairbrush.
Dry the hair using a blow dryer.
How It Works:
Aloe vera gel is known for its astonishing hydrating and moisturising properties. Both vitamin E oil and jasmine essential oil are extremely nourishing and will make your dry, brittle hair lustrous and voluminous in no time, whilst exuding an invigorating aroma to the tresses. The addition of coconut oil as the base ingredient helps in locking the moisture in the hair shafts.
Avocado And Rosemary Oil For Brittle/ Damaged Hair
3 tbsp avocado oil
2 tbsp castor oil
10 drops rosemary oil
50 ml coconut oil
Blend everything together to get a smooth tincture.
Store in a dark coloured glass container.
Take a small amount and massage thoroughly through damp hair from root to tips.
Use a comb to untangle hair and brush down to get a smooth finish.
Blow-dry or normally dry the hair.
How It Works:
Enriched with oleic acids and monosaturated fats, both avocado oil and castor oil penetrate deep into the hair shafts to strengthen hair, prevent breakage, and calm frizziness, whereas rosemary oil restores moisture and nourishes hair follicles. Use it regularly on chemically treated or damaged hair for getting smooth, soft and healthy tame.