Product Type: Boots hair care products
Newest Review: ... noticed about this serum was that it is a lot thicker than others I have used. This usually results in heavy, greasy results so I was a li... more
Little by little
Boots Essentials Hair Serum
Member Name: xmum2threex
Boots Essentials Hair Serum
Advantages: Works well to style hair
Disadvantages: I can't use it after styling
This serum is from the boots own range of products, and as I have had positive experiences before I thought I would give it a try. It was very inexpensive at £2 for a 60ml bottle which lasts me a good few months even with regular use. My hair is very frizzy, and often very difficult to control. I will try anything which makes my hair easier to style and so I had high hopes for this serum. I usually pay at least three times this for a similar size bottle so I was worried what the quality would be like. The serum comes in a pump style bottle so it is very easy to dispense. It has a simple push down system and a fair amount of product comes out of the top each time so that it is not messy to apply, but still provides enough for my hair with very little effort. The first thing that I noticed about this serum was that it is a lot thicker than others I have used. This usually results in heavy, greasy results so I was a little worried to see what the outcome would be.
**In use and results**
I have long hair but only try to apply small amounts to the roots, and the ends of my hair. These are the two main problem areas so I find usually a little help in these areas leaves my hair looking nice. As the serum is so thick I found it difficult to apply to my hair evenly. It does transfer on to the hair easily but I find I really have to brush through it to even it all out a little. It does feel a little heavy on my hair at first but once my hair begins to dry under the heat this seems to disappear. My hair feels softer, and I can notice a small difference in the ability to style my hair. There is a fine line between a nice shine to my hair and it just looking greasy. As the serum is thick I find it difficult to balance between the two.
My problem is I have lots of fly away ends so like to apply a little of the serum after I have finished styling. When I add even the smallest amount it sits strange in my hair. It does brush out a little better, but there is still a film over my hair. It is not incredibly noticeable from a glance, but while up close and running my hand through my hair I can feel the stickiness. This for me is what lets it down so I tend to just use it before I style rather than after. I now only use this while drying and straightening my hair and it does provide good results. It adds a healthy shine without making it look like my hair needs washed. It feels a lot softer without any kind of residue. Also I find that it does help with my frizzy hair a little. Through the day on occasions my hair would usually begin to puff out this does hold it back a little. Towards the end of the day it does seem to have less of an effect, but there is still a notable difference.
I just found this to be a little heavy for my hair. I like to apply a little before styling and after which resulted in my hair looking slightly greasy. If I used it just before styling my hair it did provide better results, taming the frizz a little but nothing overly impressive. It does not cost a fortune so it is worth buying to see if it suits your hair type as it may work differently depending on how much you apply. I like to apply a little before and after styling my hair which I felt is where the serum let me down. It sits on the hair rather heavy making it look tired and like it needs a wash. This is not something I would overly recommend, but it is a cheap alternative and I will finish the bottle I have at some point.
Summary: An ok serum for the price