How to Get the Most Out of Your Hair Serum

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Hair serums are a miracle product in many women’s hair care regimen. They can provide smooth, beautiful hair, add shine, give heat protection, and humidity protection. Serums can be used with flat irons, blow dryers, and even on air dried hair.

Today, Lionesse would like to take a few minutes out to teach you about the ways you can get the maximum benefit out of your hair serum. Read on below to see what methods work best, and learn how you can make the most of this hair necessity.

Stylist applying hair serum on a woman's hair.

What is a Hair Serum?
Hair serums are silicone-based hair products that provide shine, heat protection, frizz control, moisture balance, and protection from the elements to your hair. They are generally a thick liquid type of product, almost comparable to syrup, and are exceptionally useful and helpful when styling your hair.

Apply to Dry Hair for Frizz Control
If you notice your style is looking a bit rough around the edges, take that edge off with some of your favorite frizz controlling hair serum. Hair serums generally provide optimum frizz control and protection, and can even tame down already frizzy hair. Smooth a bit from the middle of your strands downwards – remember, only use a small amount of product, which will go a long way – and comb through with your fingers. If you apply too much, there’s a fix for that – simply blast some heat from your blow dryer onto your strands using a brush, and you can be sure your style will look fab in no time.

Woman with a beautiful hairstyle.

Apply To Damp Hair for Shine
If you want to attain the maximum shine benefit from hair serums, be sure to apply it to damp hair after you’ve washed your hair to get great shine and manageability.

Other Tips for Using Hair Serum
Here are some other super beneficial tips for getting the most out of your hair serum:

  • Always apply the serum to your fingertips, never directly to the hair. Then, rub your fingers together to apply throughout the hair.
  • Never apply serum from the bottle or from your hands directly to the scalp. This will weigh your hair down and could cause irritation. Be sure to begin using the product from at least 3-4 inches away from the scalp, and work downwards. The ends of the hair and middle shaft of the hair will benefit from the use of the product far more than the scalp or top of the hair will.
  • You always want to apply serum to clean, fresh hair, whether or not it’s damp or dry makes no difference. By applying serum products to dirty hair, it will only cause your hair to look greasy and could even cause dandruff. Avoid this by always applying to clean hair.
  • Be sure to use a good quality serum, even if it means you need to splurge a bit. The best serums do tend to cost more.
  • You may need to try a few different hair serums before you actually find one that works well for you. If you feel as though you aren’t getting your desired outcome from the serum you are presently using, be sure to give another brand a try.
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121 comments

  • Teresa Miller

    August 15, 2015 at 2:57 am

    I just learned something new today! Thanks! I use hair serums to tame my fizzies and when I use my flat iron, but never knew that if I applied to my damp hair that it would help add shine to it! Thanks for the tip!

  • Willette Mitchell

    August 15, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Thanks for the advice!!

  • hanh nguyen

    August 15, 2015 at 8:16 am

    This is great information to know how to put serum in your hair.

  • Nena Sinclair

    August 15, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I’ll have to give this a try, my hair is always frizzy when it’s humid out!

  • Rachel

    August 15, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Any product recommendations? I’ve never found a serum that doesn’t weigh down my fine hair and make it look greasy.

  • Dana Matthews

    August 15, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I’ve never tried serums before. My hair is so frizzy at times…after reading this, it might just be my answer!

  • Hannah D.

    August 16, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    I have used serums before on my wavy hair. I felt like it weighed down the waves. Are there any serums for wavy/curly hair? Or is there another product to make wavy/curly hair shine?

  • SHARON MARTIN

    August 17, 2015 at 2:31 am

    LOVE THE HAIR SERUM,, BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT I NEED TO BRING BACK THE FULLNESS IN MY HAIR, AFTER GETTING OVER 40 YEARS OLD.

  • Lynz

    August 17, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    I have to use serum for my frizz, otherwise its not pretty!

  • seem

    August 18, 2015 at 11:39 am

    these tips are very helpful

  • lindsey

    August 18, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    I did not know to apply serum to damp hair for shine! Thanks for the tip!

  • melissa k

    August 20, 2015 at 2:09 am

    Great info on how to use it on dry hair vs. wet hair.

  • Meghan Berdelle

    August 20, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    This is good to know, I’ve been doing it wrong!

  • Joanne Schultz

    August 20, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    I’ve never tried hair serum because my hair is so thin and fine I figured the weight of the serum would outweigh the benefits. I might have to try it sometime!

  • Emily Benzing

    August 20, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve never used hair serum before, but this article made me want to try!

  • Nicole Huckins

    August 20, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    I love applying serum to wet hair. Silky, shiny hair is my favorite.

  • Angelica

    August 20, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Great article and tips. I haven’t gotten into using hair serums very much, it’s hard to find ones that aren’t too heavy for my baby fine hair.

  • Brenda King

    August 20, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Love the tip about applying the serum on your hands rather than directly on your hair and applying the serum to damp hair.

  • Dixie

    August 20, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    I have never used a hair serum before! I have really dry, thick, and frizzy hair so will be giving this a go. I hope this helps tame my mane 😉

  • Marilyn Holt

    August 21, 2015 at 12:58 am

    Sometimes I am confused of what products to use. I color my hair and it can be dry and frizzy. I will be trying some hair serum to see what kind of results I get and hopefully now I will have better control over my unruly mane.

  • Samantha

    August 21, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Serum is a must for me living in Florida with the humidity, it tames those hairs that want to look crazy. Thanks for the tips, especially about not applying to the scalp, I’ve done that and it really does make my hair look oily….I’ll try the tips.

  • Louanne Baelde

    August 21, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I never tried a hair serum before, but now I certainly will for sure! I am in my later fifties and my hair gets dull and dry looking.

  • Jamie Johnson

    August 21, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I have been using Biosilk for YEARS now, and it always works great! For added shine, I use my hairdryer to heat it up in the palm of my hand, and then I apply it to my ends only. I have blonde processed hair and anything more would look greasy or weigh it down. I didn’t know that hair serums are not to be used on the scalp, however. See, you really do learn something every day, if you know where to look!

  • jeanL

    August 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    looks like a great product I have never used it but I would try it

  • Ashley Chen

    August 22, 2015 at 12:38 am

    Thanks for the tips! I usually never think of using hair serum

  • latanya

    August 22, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Thanks for helping me to better understand what serums are and how to use them.

  • Misti

    August 22, 2015 at 4:50 am

    I like to use this serum for frizz control

  • Carol Blevins

    August 22, 2015 at 4:57 am

    I never really knew what I could do with hair serum until I read information. Thanks.

  • Lisa English

    August 22, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    great pointers. The first time I used serum on my hair was a huge disaster.
    Wish I had these tips then :o)

  • Carolyn Massey

    August 22, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I have never used a hair serum but need to. Hair is gray now and frizzy. I use a blow dryer and is getting damaged. Hair is thinning and I’m sure a serum would help. Thanks for sharing.

  • Steph D.

    August 22, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    I am still searching for a great serum but I do use Argan oil when I wear my hair curly and that works wonders! 🙂 Gives me shine and frizz control.

  • Jenn L.

    August 23, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    This was actually really helpful – I stopped using my hair serum because I thought it wasn’t working – it looks like I wasn’t applying it properly. I’ll give it another shot!

  • Kira

    August 24, 2015 at 2:51 am

    Good tips, I ALWAYS have the frizz problem!

  • Britt

    August 25, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Nice tips !

  • Denisa Ivascu

    August 25, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Nice tips! I’m still searching for the perfect hair serum. 🙂

  • Liberty

    August 26, 2015 at 4:24 am

    I have tried different serums however, they did not work well. Nothing like trying another one.

  • Katherine Chartrand

    August 26, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Will definitely being buying the Lioness products for my hair. I like what they do. Thanks for the video

  • Tamara

    August 27, 2015 at 7:51 am

    I love the lionesses serum. It leaves your hair smooth and shiny, not greasy like most cheaper products!

  • Cynthia Knisely

    August 28, 2015 at 4:10 am

    I didn’t know if I applied hair serum to wet hair that it would get rid of the friz and give my hair shine.

  • Sana HS

    August 28, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Thank you for the great tips! 🙂
    I didn’t knew fixing a heavy serum application was that simple! I used to wash my hair all over again when I applied too much serum, and waist a very ^precious time especially in the mornings!

  • Carol Nine

    August 28, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I’ve always wanted to use a serum when I have frizz but didn’t like it when I got too much on my hair. Thanks for that tip about using the blow dryer when that happens. Now I can try serum again.

  • Kate S

    August 28, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    What would you say is the best serum for dry ends?

  • Selena Meadows

    August 29, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Thanks for telling us the simple remedy of applying heat in the case that the hair serum has been over applied.

  • Fany Ayanomori

    August 29, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Thank you for this hair serum tips!!

  • lourdes de jesus

    August 29, 2015 at 8:34 am

    The hair serum seems like a very beneficial product that women should add to their “must have” list. It protect and beautifies as well and since you only need to use a pea size (or even smaller- if there is such a thing?) then it’s a good buy for long term use. I will tell my friends to use it to protect their hair from damage and to also transform an okay hair to a stunning look.

  • Reem Arabi

    August 29, 2015 at 9:27 am

    This is great information!!!

  • Simona Dotsika

    August 29, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I would really like to try this serum!

  • sanam hana

    August 29, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    i always use good qaulity serum for my dry and frizzy hairs.

  • alfapasa

    August 29, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    thanks, i really love all kinds of serums. what are the other products in this hair care line?

  • Alina Nicoleta

    August 29, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    I love this because I used to apply my products wrong all the time..

  • Jelena

    August 30, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Really cool
    i’ll use hair serum

  • lisa mckennon

    August 30, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I really need to try this , my hair is so thick and frizzy . Thank you for the helpful tips on how your not suppose to apply the serum , I would have totally started at my scalp.

  • Irina G.

    August 31, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Thank you for the useful tips!

  • adriana

    August 31, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Great tip, i have really dry frizzy hair.

  • Patsy

    September 1, 2015 at 3:04 am

    I’ve always been frightened of trying a serum,this article go’s a long way towards
    alleviating most of my concerns.Thanks!

  • Onyinye

    September 1, 2015 at 4:14 am

    Wow, never tried a hair serum before. I would really like to try it because my hair can be very dry sometimes. 🙂

  • Melonie Morales

    September 1, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Having naturally frizzy hair, I’ve long since learned the benefits of hair serum. its truly the only sure protected from the summer humidity. Thanks for the helpful tips to get the most out of it. Hair Serum is great but not cheap so its good to know the best way to get the most out of it.

  • Fitri

    September 2, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Thank you for this. I finally learn something new on applying my hair care serum. 🙂

  • Ifti

    September 2, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Great article! very helpful tips.

  • Saajida Ebrahim

    September 2, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Very informative. Definitely worth the read!

  • Brenda Tsukamoto

    September 2, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Great advice!

  • Kaitlyn Barkley

    September 3, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Thanks for these tips. I’ll be sure to try some out.

  • Katy

    September 3, 2015 at 6:18 am

    I love using a hair serum on wet hair before styling. I really like the shine and manageability it gives me. Thanks so much for the tip about applying too much on dry hair! I never knew heat could blast away the “too oily” look! Genius!

  • jenyl

    September 3, 2015 at 7:59 am

    i want to try this for my hair to look beautiful.

  • maria cristina

    September 3, 2015 at 9:37 am

    thx for information…….product definitely worth trying

  • Nik W

    September 3, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Thks for great tips and information

  • Nadejda Ilieva

    September 3, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Thank you for the tips. I should definitely try them.

  • Jhoseline Weffer

    September 3, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Wow! I only use hair serum to control the frizz on my hair, but I don’t always do it because my hair is very oily and if I use too much it kind of seems like it’s dirty when I’ve just washed it and dryed it!

  • Bo Simms

    September 4, 2015 at 2:07 am

    I have not tried hair serum before but thanks to your article, I will be definitely trying it, and know to add it to clean hair, either wet or dry.

  • BC.S

    September 6, 2015 at 3:33 am

    I wasn’t even aware I was applying it wrong all this time

  • Sandra Watts

    September 6, 2015 at 3:35 am

    I would love to try that Hair Serum. It might be the solution I am looking for.

  • Rosanne Morrison

    September 6, 2015 at 4:00 am

    I’ve been using it but didn’t know to go from the middle down to the end of the strand.

  • Karen Nadeau

    September 6, 2015 at 11:03 am

    My hair is really thin and dry. I think something like this would help.

  • Suzanne G

    September 6, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I have never tried a serum and thanks for heads up that you should start a few inches from your scalp.

  • Alicia B

    September 7, 2015 at 1:45 am

    Wow! Awesome tips! I did not know a lot of that information about hair serums.

  • Marta B.

    September 7, 2015 at 6:35 am

    I have never tried hair serums, but I know all tips for using it in future )) Thanks

  • Sakshi B

    September 7, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Hair serum! Well noted! I will start using same! 🙂

  • Bailey Dexter

    September 7, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I have never used hair serum before, thanks for the post! I will be picking up some over the weekend!

  • Yassiris

    September 8, 2015 at 2:25 am

    I would love to try this!!!!!

  • Ana Moreira

    September 8, 2015 at 9:25 am

    This is great information

  • Mary María

    September 8, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Perfect for the end of summer, my hair now is a mess. Thanks!!

  • Allyson Bossie

    September 8, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    I had no idea that applying to dirty hair could cause dandruff. I co-wash and only about once a week, but I have been using serum on my tips every few days. I will stop this for sure because I want a healthy scalp

  • Adriana Ladeus

    September 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    thanks so much for the points and help the first time I use serum was a real disaster haha

  • Maritza

    September 8, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I have used a hair serum for a very long time. It’s the only thing that will tame my frizzy hair.

  • Oksana V.

    September 8, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Thank you for great review and helpful tips 🙂

  • Carmela Capano

    September 9, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Love the advice! Thanks for the information

  • Tsvety

    September 9, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Thanks for the tips! I have used serums before and really helps.

  • Hanadia

    September 9, 2015 at 4:54 am

    This is all very good information because I sometimes buy hair serum

  • Katie

    September 9, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I have a few diff hair serums and I do notice they all do something a Lil different… I didn’t know you shouldn’t apply to not fresh clean hair. I usually just use mine on the ends of my hair

  • Karin S

    September 9, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Thanks for the tips! my hair is always frizzy during the summer so they’ll definitely come in handy

  • Melinda Forsberg

    September 9, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I love hair serums and I use them everyday! But jet so much I didn’t know about them! Thanks for the tips! 😀 Excellent post!

  • ranadurham

    September 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    i have never tried a hair serum looks like i been missing out. i def need to try it out to get these amaing results

  • Caity Strickland

    September 9, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I used the serum once and I did like it alot! Thanks for the tips!

  • Kelynnma

    September 9, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    thanks for the tips, I will try to use serum again, I had issues with it making my hair look greasy.

  • Linda Torres

    September 10, 2015 at 4:53 am

    I haven’t tried any type of hair serums I’ve only used hair spray or heat protectant spray. I might just have to give it a try 🙂

  • stacey trim

    September 10, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Thank you. I dealt with the frizz all my life and need a new product for my hair

  • Juliet Mateo

    September 10, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I’ve been growing my hair for quite some time now, so will totally try this serum to protect the ends of my hair 🙂

  • Rachel Austin

    September 10, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    I love hair serums! I have very thick hair so I always use it to add shine and tame any unruly hairs!

  • Ashley thomas

    September 10, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    This I good to know! I dont like when my hair feels all greasy or has the greasy look and some products are like no matter what

  • Heather Crowe

    September 11, 2015 at 12:09 am

    I’m still searching for the perfect hair serum for my frizzy wig! These tips are super.

  • Richard Hicks

    September 11, 2015 at 5:42 am

    I probably should be using hair serum as I have frizzy hair

  • valery

    September 11, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    good tips and nice products

  • Adella Gonzalez

    September 11, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    I learned several great tips for using my serum. I have several bottles and now I can really enjoy using them.

  • Tamela robb

    September 11, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    I use the herstyler hair serum everyday and it keeps my hair so shiny and smooth

  • kelli

    September 12, 2015 at 1:13 am

    when i was younger and before my mom would let me buy a flat iron, i would always get the serums, but never knew how to use it! this is great information to know and i realize i was just doing it wrong.

  • Jennifer H.

    September 12, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Thanks for the advice on Apply to Dry Hair for Frizz Control

  • indigo williamson

    September 12, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I love this product so useful !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kazuko Smith

    September 12, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    I love the tip. I usually try and work the serum in my hair. I’ve made the mistake by applying it to the scalp. I know what to do now., Thanks!

  • Molly

    September 13, 2015 at 1:04 am

    I love the serum! I have such long and dry hair!

  • Tara Woods

    September 13, 2015 at 1:08 am

    I’m always looking for a really good hair serum. I have frizzy and thin hair and most products are too heavy. These are some great tips. I never use serum when my hair is dry but i’m going to give it a try.

  • John H.

    September 13, 2015 at 1:25 am

    I didn’t know that hair serums are silicone-based hair products that provide shine, heat protection, frizz control, moisture balance, and protection from the elements to your hair.

  • Amanda Sakovitz

    September 13, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I always apply serum to my hair once its dried. It works for me.

  • Banesh

    September 13, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    I’ve seen hair serums but I never glance at it twice because I never thought that I would need it. An amazing post! I never realized how important ti was.

  • Cindy Peterson

    September 13, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I have several times applied too much serum to my hair and today I learned I can blast it with a hair dryer to fix. Thanks for the tip.

  • Lynda Thomas

    September 13, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Thank you so much for these tips! I just got a hair serum for shine, but I was so nervous to try it! Now I’m confident that I know what I’m doing!

  • Preston Chapman

    September 13, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Would like to try this on my dry frizzy hair.

  • Aaliyah O

    September 13, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I had no idea that you could use hair serums with damp hair. I honestly thought that it wouldn’t work right or distribute correctly.

  • Angela P

    September 13, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Nice information, My hair is super frizz and it gets worse after blow dry

  • Karen Drake

    September 13, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I have some Alberto VO5 product that comes in a spray bottle that is close to being a serum, it works very well for me and controls my frizzy ends. Thank you for the information on how to best use the serums.

  • tina reynolds

    September 14, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Great advce that I needed I have very fine and frizzy hair

  • Laurie Nykaza

    September 14, 2015 at 2:01 am

    I have different serum and didnt know how to use them and over did it and my hair looked awful so now I will follow your directs cant wait to try it out thanks so much!

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