Let’s dive in … WHAT IS A HAIR SERUM?
Traditionally a hair serum is a nutrient-rich protective formula that forms a heat protective shield around hair, protecting your hair from heat styling tools by creating glide, building shine, and concealing split ends.
Choose serums that nourish and repair
There are of course good ones and bad ones out there, natural or chemical, so picking one that nourishes, repairs, and improves hair health is all important.
The chemical serums will just cover hair in a synthetic oil called silicone (look out for Dymethicone/Cyclomethicone and avoid it at all costs), giving hair an unnatural shine and over-softening your hair, making it flat and very quickly becoming greasy.
Don’t choose serums that just cover up
Whilst these synthetic serums give the appearance of shine and softness, they are merely a cover-up, no goodness can be absorbed into your hair with this chemical barrier on it, and over time hair will become starved of actual hydration, leading to damage and breakage.
Natural serums containing active botanicals like Swell’s Ultimate Volume range, pack your hair full of goodness, giving superior protection and replacing lost hydration and elasticity.
Natural shine is always more pleasing to the eye than highly reflective synthetic shine, natural shine allows your fabulous and expensive salon hair colour to shine like a star.
What is the difference between hair serum and a hair growth serum?
Increasingly, as more serum products hit the market, it causes you more confusion as to what the difference is with serums and which one is right for you?
In short there are two types of hair serum:
- One is for protection against heat styling, this is applied to the mid lengths and ends of your hair.
- The other type is for improving hair growth, to be applied to the scalp/ root area. For some people it could be beneficial to use both types, but never ones that contain silicone (Dymethicone, Cyclomethicone)!
Why should you use a hair serum?
You should use a hair serum for heat protection and glide if you use heat styling tools on your hair, be it a hairdryer, tongs, irons, or wand.
Overuse of these tools will quickly lead to your hair becoming increasingly brittle and damaged if heat protection is not applied, and your hair can break off, we’ve all seen the videos!
Natural hair serum that is nutrient-rich (not the cheap chemical cover-up versions) will add moisture and strength to all hair types, improving overall health and reducing breakage, which is super important if you are growing your beloved locks.
Serum is all about PREVENTION NOT CURE.
Does hair serum repair hair?
Natural nutrient-rich serums will repair hair and keep split ends at bay, helping to keep hair healthy with longer, fuller, and thicker ends. But sadly the cheap synthetic serums will not repair hair, because they do not have any beneficial ingredients in them.
What is the best hair serum on the market?
The best serum on the market will be natural, weightless, and packed full of powerful active botanicals that genuinely protect and repair hair whilst bringing renewed life to your locks. Swell’s Ultimate Volume Protect and Renew serum is a must-have.
What are the benefits of natural hair serums?
- Heat protection
- Split end prevention and concealing
- Added glide to combat tangles
Which ingredients in hair serum should I look for?
- Abyssinian oil for heat protection
- Hydrolyzed Quinoa Protein for intense hydration, strength and repair
- Oat Beta-Glucan fills porosities in the cuticle layer, gloss and elasticity
- Burdock for shine and glide
- Kernel Oil for moisture, reduces breakage, and prevents split ends
Which products complement Swell’s Protect and Renew Serum for the best results?
Using any products containing silicone will undo the good work, switch to brands that use nature’s powerful active botanicals in their formulas.
Swell’s silicone-free Ultimate Volume Shampoo and Conditioner are ideal to use alongside their silicone-free Ultimate Volume Protect and Renew Serum as part of our Cleanse, Nourish, Grow, and Protect principal.
Which serum is best for improved hair growth?
For hair growth products, the word serum can be confusing as we mostly think of serum as heat protection for mid-lengths and ends. But we must think of a serum purely as a title for a cleverly curated formula that is full of beneficial ingredients that serve a specific purpose, in this case, hair growth!
At Swell, our growth product Ultimate Volume Root Complex not only focuses on nature’s finest ingredients that work deep into the dermal layer to improve hair growth and reduce shedding but also doubles up as a volumiser, bringing immediate volume and density to hair from day 1.
Does hair growth serum work?
Yes, studies have shown that using some natural hair growth brands, which contain powerful active botanicals, can improve hair growth and thickness at the root level, whilst reducing hair shedding.
In conclusion, the essence of a hair serum goes beyond mere aesthetics. It’s about choosing a formula that not only enhances the appearance of your hair but also contributes to its long-term health and vitality.
Avoid the quick fixes offered by synthetic serums laden with silicones, which only disguise underlying issues. Instead, invest in natural serums enriched with active botanicals that promise to infuse your hair with essential nutrients, restore hydration, and maintain its natural elasticity.
Remember, true beauty stems from health, and with the right serum, your hair’s natural vibrancy and colour will not just shine; it will radiate with life.
Make the wise choice for your hair—it deserves the best.