Beauty Editors Agree: These Are the Best Serums for Hair Money Can Buy

Updated 10/06/19

Haircare has come a long way in recent years, and in addition to an ever-expanding repertoire of technology, there's also been an influx of new products—shimmering, prettily packaged elixirs with a sometimes disappointing track record of making (and then breaking) promises when it comes to the health, wealth, and happiness of our strands. While hair serums aren't new to the game, they've continued to evolve—transforming into multitasking perfectors that are not so different from the precious formulas we apply to our complexions post-cleanse. Which begs the question: What are the best serums for hair?

We've tried our fair share of hair serums over the years, and in conjunction with some of our tried-and-true favorites, we've added some new, best-of-the-best additions as of late. Here are the 13 best serums for hair our editors use (and drain) again and again.

Keep scrolling to see which hair serums made our list.

Leonor Greyl Paris 'Serum De Soie Sublimateur' Nourishing Hair Serum
Leonor Greyl Paris Sérum de Soie Sublimateur Nourishing Hair Serum $46
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We've yet to meet a French beauty product we don't love, and this silkening hair serum is no exception. While it works wonders on all hair types (banishing frizz, detangling, and so forth), it's especially great for those with thin hair, thanks to its rejuvenating yet weightless consistency.

OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum
OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum $9
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Suffice to say, anything with the word coconut in it seems to get a gilded stamp of approval within the beauty market. Though we're partial to the oil in its purest form, we can't deny our love of this coconut-milk infused serum from OGX. Not only is it a bargain, but it also prevents breakages and is great for every hair texture. 

Kevin Murphy Young Again
Kevin Murphy Young Again $37
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According to folklore (otherwise known as label claims), this do-it-all serum is essentially a bottled offering from the fountain of youth itself. Normally, we'd raise an eyebrow at this sentiment, but in this case, we won't, since it actually works. Infused with antioxidant-rich immortelle, this editor favorite boosts strands with nutrition, elasticity, and shine.

Oribe Gel Serum
Oribe Gel Serum $63
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Nothing short of majestic (it's infused with gold flecks, after all), this hybrid hair serum is great for those who love to multitask when it comes to their hair aesthetic. One part gel, one part serum, it offers hold, shine, heat protection, and a dreamy scent of bergamot, jasmine, and sandalwood.

Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil
Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil $69
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The ultimate multitasker, this light-as-air formula from Shu Uemura infuses strands with hydration, shine, and protection—never added weight or grease. The secret ingredient is the fast-absorbing camellia oil.

Sachajuan Shine Serum
Sachajuan Shine Serum $30
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Expertly formulated with ocean silk technology (in other words, we're pretty sure it comes from mermaids), this shine-inducing hair serum repairs damage, heals split ends, and even revives post-summer dullness. Adaptable and lightweight, it never weighs down strands and is great for every hair type—from curly to straight.

Phyto Phytodensia Plumping Serum
Phyto Phytodensia Plumping Serum $40
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This new serum from Phyto is one of the best for irritated scalps and fine, limp strands. Enriched with vitamins, starved strands will love this serum. Over time, it helps transform, plump, and nourish hair to a shiny and youthful appearance. One tip? Don't use it every day. For best results, massage it into your dry or damp scalp up to three times a week.

Davines Minu Hair Serum
Davines Minu Hair Serum $26
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Capers from Salina, Italy, protect hair while nourishing vitamin E lends unparalleled shine and softness. If you have color-treated hair, this serum is a worthy investment. Plus, the orange blossom scent is incredibly swoon-worthy.

Iles Formula Haute Performance Finishing Serum
Iles Formula Haute Performance Finishing Serum $46
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Created to remedy the dry, damaged, "tortured" strands of celebrities, this serum's impeccable formulation comes as no surprise. For the brand's trademark "spun-silk" finish, it incorporates hair-boosting ingredients like tucuma seed butter, keratin amino acids, hydrolyzed silk, and rich oils including macadamia and argan.

John Master's Organics Deep Scalp Purifying Serum, 2 Ounce
John Masters Organics Deep Scalp Purifying Serum $24
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Cold weather, sun exposure, and hair hygiene can do a number on scalp health. This organic healing tonic from John Masters offers some much-needed relief, thanks to a sweet, detoxifying mint medley (peppermint, spearmint, and wintergreen), plus meadowsweet extract, and vitamin B. Circulation will improve and scaly buildup will be banished.

Bumble and Bumble Save the Day Daytime Protective Repair Fluid
Bumble and Bumble Save the Day Daytime Protective Repair Fluid $45
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Small but mighty, this hair-saving tonic boasts everything we look for in a serum: UV-protection, hydration, shine, and repair. With antioxidants and lush camellia oil, this formula leaves every texture of hair softer and stronger—from curly to wavy to super-thin.

Living Proof Satin Hair Serum
Living Proof Satin Hair Serum $29
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Not only does this silkening serum promise ultra-soft shine, but it also cuts drying time in half and improves overall manageability. Plus, the brand's exclusive Sera-Smooth Complex nixes frizz for a sleek style with plenty of staying power. [Ed. Note: This product is currently out of stock.]

Beautiful Life Unicorn's Mane Smoothing Serum
Beautiful Life Unicorn's Mane Smoothing Serum $16
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Honestly, this one had us at unicorn. For those wishing to channel their inner mystical beast sans glitter or hair dye, now you can. Mane-boosting ingredients like argan oil, Indian gooseberry, and pomegranate extract help tame flyaways, hydrate, and bestow manageability and shine to all hair types.

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