We’re going to make a bet with you. Right now, we bet your hair is drier than usual, owed to the annual havoc that winter wreaks on your strands. Between the cold weather outside and the central heating inside, your hair is fighting a losing battle on all fronts, and while conditioner and hair masks will help, it’ll take a little more to soothe the resulting frizz.
That’s where hair serum steps in: Its thirst-quenching properties can work wonders on an embattled head of hair, restoring shine, hydration, smoothness and strength all at once, and can make styling a doddle—exactly what we need on these midweek mornings. And we’re not just talking any shiny hair here. The best hair serums will leave your hair as impossibly glossy and photogenic as Meghan Markle’s, as long as you use one of these Byrdie-approved formulas.
This serum works double duty. As well as veiling hair in a glossy sheen, it coaxes loose waves into defined, bouncy curls without the crunch of a gel or mousse. Massage it through damp hair and let it air-dry or style with a diffuser. This Byrdie editor has the ultimate curly hair routine down pat.
While the smoothing effects of a serum might sound like bad news for finer hair, this lightweight potion sets aside any fears of weighing it down. Less is more, so use just a couple of drops to give good gleam to wet or dry strands.
Like a serum in sheet form, these wipes can be swiped through mid-lengths for a boost of shine and hydration. Though you don’t get the same intense nourishment as you would with a liquid formula, there’s a lot to be said for the on-the-go format and weightlessness. Pop one in your handbag on dry hair days.
You can’t talk hair serum without giving a nod to John Frieda Frizz-Ease. The OG frizz-defier leaves strands almost slippery to touch and clocks in at a very purse-friendly £4. Not bad for a cult status product that’s constantly being used backstage at fashion week.
The scent alone makes this serum a favourite. Come for the tropical island fragrance and stay for the blend of ultra-whipped egg white proteins that makes your hair feel noticeably suppler.
Gel meets serum in this softening formula, which harnesses a smattering of reflective gold flecks to up hair’s luminosity while giving your style some extra hold—it’s brilliant for coarser hair types. Work it through wet strands and style as usual.
Great for thicker hair, this supremely softening serum turns a cloud of frizzy hair into a glossier mane that’s manageable on even humid days. Just to be sure to avoid the roots, as this formula is a little on the heavier side.