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Hair serum is a styling product that adds shine to your locks and helps prevent frizz. Most commercial hair serums are silicon-oil based. These nonsticky oils create silky and shiny strands that don’t attract dirt. These serums, however, can be expensive to buy, as can pure silicon oil. They can also cause build-up and drying if used for an extended period of time. If you’re looking for a cheap way to create a healthy hair serum at home, you’re going to need to use other types of oil.


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Most homemade hair serum recipes use a mixture of vegetable or nut oils instead of the silicon oil found in commercial serums. This means homemade hair serum will attract much more dirt than a commercial hair serum. If you’re planning a dirt-intensive project, such as going camping, you definitely do not want to use your homemade hair serum. The oil will attract heavy amounts of dirt that will weigh down strands, causing your hair to look dull and feel brittle.


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Hair serum can be used when your hair is damp or when it’s dry. If your hair is damp, apply a few drops of the serum to your fingertips and lightly spread it across your hands. Work your hands through your hair to distribute the serum. Let your hair dry and style it as usual. If you hair is dry, follow the same steps as if your hair is damp and just skip the drying part. If you’re only concerned about split ends making your hair look dull, spread a tiny bit of serum on your hands and only apply it to the tips of your hair.

Simple Hair Serum Recipe

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The quickest hair serum recipe contains only coconut oil. Apply a few drops of the oil to your fingertips and spread it evenly across your hands. Spread the serum on your hair as needed. If you don’t care for coconut oil, you can try using almond, avocado, jojoba, grapeseed, vitamin-E, olive, castor, vegetable, peanut or canola oil.

Scented Hair Serum Recipe

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To create a homemade hair serum that helps repair hair and has a pleasant aroma, mix 1 tbsp. coconut oil, 1 tbsp. almond oil, 2 tsp. avocado oil, 1 tsp. jojoba oil and 1 tsp. grapeseed oil together in a small bottle. Add four drops of vanilla-scented oil, or your favorite scented oil, to the bottle. Place a lid on the bottle and shake well to mix. Apply serum as needed. Shake well before each use.

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A writer since 2000, Aya Pauli has covered a variety of topics including food, fashion, beauty, health, parenting, education, decor and crafts. Her award-winning recipes have been published in food magazines such as "Taste of Home," and she is also the author of a salad cookbook. Pauli's craft projects appear in major manufacturer websites, including Dow Styrofoam. She also holds a CDA in early childhood education and works as a preschool teacher in Wyoming.