Hair serums are a styling aid that treats frizz, manages curl and adds shine. The main causes of frizz are due to rough and open cuticles of the hair shaft. The open, rough cuticles of the hair lets moisture into the hair shaft causing it to swell and create frizz. When a hair serum is applied, it coats and smoothes the hair cuticles sealing the cuticles flat. Additionally hair serums protect the hair from heat generated styling tools such as flat irons and hair dryers and can add much needed shine to dull hair.
Most commercial hair serums contain amino acids, cermaides, (Ceramides are lipids (oil) that naturally occur in the strands and acts as a binder to keep the cuticle layer in place), and a silicone derived emollient. These products coat the hair, much like a plastic wrap, and while they protect from heat generated styling aids and can tame frizzy hair, they are somewhat heavy and can weigh down the hair. Additionally, continued use of these products cause buildup and leaves the hair week and brittle.
Natural hair serum recipes are easy to make, eco-friendly and inexpensive. They can be scented to your liking and with the recipes below you could try all three and see which one works best for you.
Beneficial Hair Serum Oils
Apply a small amount of one of these oils: Coconut, Emu oil, or Jojoba. For a nice scented serum add a fragrence oil such as lavender, vanilla or jasmine for example.
Jojoba oil - is similar to the skins natural sebrum. Jojoba oil has so many uses that it is really worth the investment. It can be used as a makeup remover, a lip conditioner, a cuticle softener and even added into your moisturizer for a deep hydrating treatment.
This oil is especially useful for coarse or thick hair as the oil is thick by nature. Additionally, this oil has small enough molecules that it penetrates the hair shaft thus adding much needed nutrients.
This oil is gaining popularity and for good reason. It is the best oil for hair loss and prevents drying. This oil is especially good for African American hair. Emu oil has outstanding preformance in alleviating the dryness caused by relaxers and perms.
Whether you purchase a hair serum or decide to make your own, serums can boost moisture to the hair shaft, protect the hair and add shine.
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