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Glisten in the heat: Miracle hair serum

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Healing serums for every hair type

When heat and humidity of summer wreak havoc on your hair, turn to a hair serum to tame that mane. No matter what your hair type, there’s a fabulous hair serum that’s just right for you. You’re on your way to smooth, shiny tresses!

woman with shiny summer hair

“There are many different types of hair serums,” says Jennifer Loprete, master colorist and creative director of a large, upscale salon in Central New Jersey. “Some are designed to provide moisture while others are made to build strength in the hair shaft.”

Loprete explains that serums can prevent damage, rehabilitate damaged hair and restore shine. Since there are so many types of hair serums on the market, Loprete recommends consulting your stylist to find the perfect product for your hair type.

Blonde

Keratin Complex Blondeshell Masque Debrass & Brighten Deep Keratin Treatment is a nourishing deep conditioner that is safe for natural and color-treated shades of blonde. This masque contains almond oil to smooth and condition locks while enhancing the appearance of highlights and protecting from free radical sun damage.

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Ginger

Stephanie Vendetti, co-founder of How To Be A Redhead, knows the toll warm weather can take on red hair. “The summer heat can leave your hair looking dull and frizzy,” says Vendetti, who recommends 10 Miracle Styling Serum and Redken Glass 01 Smoothing complex. “Both serums leave our hair looking shiny and healthy! They work as an anti-frizz and can be worked through your hair while damp or dry!”  

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Curly

Kinky-Curly’s Perfectly Polished is a pure and natural blend of luxurious oils to lubricate, protect and add a healthy shine to your hair. Use it for hot oil treatments, pre-shampoo treatments and as a finishing aid on dry hair to soften and provide shine.

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Straightened

Brazilian Blowout’s heat-resistant Acai Protective Thermal Straightening Balm is packed with health-boosting ingredients, such as camu camu, annatto seed and acai berry. The heat-activated formula straightens waves and curls, tames frizzies and protects hair from heat and environmental stresses.

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Damaged

Sun and styling won’t stand a chance against glō•essentials Reparative Keratin Leave-In Treatment. This formula contains keratin amino acids and hydrolyzed keratin that penetrates deep into the hair to repair and build strength while detangling and de-frizzing.

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Frizzy

Fresh from the land down under, O&M’s Frizzy Logic combats humidity, fights frizz and tames out-of-control curls. The unique blend of native Australian ingredients -- cold-pressed certified organic Argan oil and macadamia oil -- calms and smooths hair, protects it from humidity and adds shine for a silky lustrous texture.

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Dull

Kim Vo’s Perfect Polish tames frizzies and creates incredible shine! The dry serum provides a high gloss shine without residue, speeds drying time and protects tresses against sun and pollution. Perfect Polish contains ME-10 to preserve color and bioflavonoids in blue lotus to rejuvenate strands.

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Tangled

Tough tangles? Twisted Sista Different Strokes Hair Serum features a blend of silicones that instantly eliminates frizz, locks in moisture and blocks humidity to transform dull, dry, frizzy hair into smooth, supple, manageable hair.

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Split ends

John Masters Organics Dry Hair Nourishment and Defrizzer helps to repair hair damaged from too much time in the sun or at the pool. The powerful blend of organic plant and essential oils is ideal for use on split ends.

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On-the-go

Renowned Miami hair stylist Vaso Spirou recommends this secret tonic: Dilute an ampule of Alfaparf Illuminating Essential Oil in a spray bottle of water and spritz your hair before going out in the sun. The result is protected, shiny hair.

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