Want salon-worthy tresses? All it may take is a dollop of serum.
We all want luscious, healthy, shiny and smooth hair, but don’t know how to achieve that look. mainly used to combat frizz, serums have become a staple in the arsenal of must-have hair products to accomplish that salon look and feel. To get a better understanding of serums (also referred to as “oils”), we sat with Marsha Nadalin Salon and Spa (www.marshanadalinsalonandspa.com) owner and lead hair stylist Marsha Nadalin.
Aside from a list of dos and don’ts, Nadalin stresses two things: one, “a little goes a long way.” A single pump, maybe even two, is really all you need. And two, “know your hair type.” Nadalin says, “You will not apply serums the same way on a girl with thick, curly hair as you would for someone with thin or dry hair.”
IF YOU ARE A “FLY AWAY” GIRL, and we don’t mean a jetsetter, try Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s oil ($38). It is very easy to apply and smooth those little rascals to get rid of the Alfalfa look. Most users say the product is lightweight, but Nadalin says, “The weight of the serum is not as pertinent as the usage.” For thick or curly hair, apply the serum to damp hair after a fresh wash and even one extra pump after your hair completely dries. For thin and straight hair, use after you have completely dried and styled your hair.
CRAVING SOME CURLS? Use TIGI’s Catwalk Curlesque Defining Serum ($21) as a finishing product after you’ve curled and styled your hair. This product adds shine to your luscious locks, but will not weigh them down. Nadalin says, “All serums help to close the hair cuticle and lock in moisture, preventing dry or frizzy hair.” So with ingredients like cucumber fruit water and seaweed extracts, this product not only softens your hair but also helps hold your waves or ringlets.
IF YOU COLOR YOUR HAIR, serums are your newest BFF. Products like Kerastase Touche Finale ($35) contain ingredients that help block UVA and UVB rays, preventing your color from fading. Even the brand’s newest serum, Cristal Sculpt ($42), helps enhance our natural hair color, for those of us who don’t color process our locks. It contains aloe vera, which promotes a natural shine and glow but also other ingredients that combat sun damage and protect hair fibers.
BRITTLE HAIR GOT YOU BUMMED? Paul Brown’s Hapuna Argan Oil ($24) formulated with the line’s Hawaiian Protein Flora Complex helps to strengthen hair. The natural serum contains argan oil which has Vitamin E and fatty acids to penetrate and treat split ends. Macadamia nut, coconut and kukui nut oil are added into the mixture to make this serum to condition, add moisture and luster, as well as adding body and texture to your hair.
LOOKING FOR A SERUM THAT WILL HELP REPAIR YOUR HAIR? Get your hands on Moroccanoil which can be used on all hair types. The oil, available in regular and light weight ($50), is “formulated to penetrate deep into the hair follicles to deliver nutrients and seal your hair cuticle preventing from other damage,” said Nadalin. Her top tip: “be a mixologist.” She suggests adding a small drop of the serum with your usual style products like gel or curling cream to loosen other products that can make your hair too thick, stiff or sticky.
“IT’S A 10” MIRACLE STYLING SERUM ($29.75) is simply that, a miracle in a bottle. For those of us that are constantly on the go and need a low-maintenance hair regimen, this serum is calling your mane. Want soft waves but don’t have time to curl it? Put the serum into your hair and then into a bun as you get ready for work. By the time you get to the office, your hair will have a natural and subtle wave to it.