Best Smoothening Hair Serums Under $30 for All Hair Types

by Joyce Cheo
LIFESTYLE  |  March 31, 2019
  • You’ll be running your fingers through your hair all day.
    1 / 9 You’ll be running your fingers through your hair all day.

    Keeping hair smooth and sleek has always been an impossible task without some serious professional help in a humid climate like Singapore. One minute you’re in a room with blazing air-conditioning that dries out your hair (and skin), and the next minute you’re outdoors, exposed to the suffocating humidity and heat. The thing about high humidity is, while it minimises trans-epidermal water loss from our skin, water molecules in the air become more than happy to penetrate hair shaft. And if your hair isn’t already in the pink of health, this causes the hair shaft to swell unevenly throughout the length, so its wiry appearance ends up looking like frizzy hair.

    This also means that to keep frizz and flyaways to a minimum, you must repair and protect your tresses by replenishing them with nutrients so that less water molecules from the air enters your hair shaft in the first place. Next, you should also choose products that smooth hair cuticles: When they lie flat against one another, it becomes harder for water molecules to enter the hair shaft. Another benefit? Shine and resilience are also restored so your hair is healthy, glossy and no longer prone to damage. Here, the best smoothing serums that are suitable for all hair types, under the price of $30:

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  • John Frieda Original Serum ($19.90 for 50ml)
    2 / 9 John Frieda Original Serum ($19.90 for 50ml)

    Perfect for those whose hair is on the thicker and coarser side, this powerful serum instantly transforms your out-of-control mane to soft and silky locks. Thanks to its hydrolysed silk content, it also strengthens hair against heat styling and repels humidity so your hair remains kink-free.

    (Also read: 5 Deep Conditioning Hair Products for Luscious Locks)

    Available at Watsons

    Photo: John Frieda

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  • Sunsilk Smooth & Manageable Instant Smoothening Cream ($7.90 for 120ml)
    3 / 9 Sunsilk Smooth & Manageable Instant Smoothening Cream ($7.90 for 120ml)

    Formulated with nutrient-rich botanical oils such as almond, argan, coconut, jojoba and olive, this leave-in treatment replenishes hair with fatty acids to strengthen, smooth and protect hair cuticles. This keeps humidity out while imparting your locks with a healthy, lustrous shine.

    Available at Watsons

    Photo: Sunsilk

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  • Botanist Botanical Hair Milk – Smooth ($24 for 80ml)
    4 / 9 Botanist Botanical Hair Milk – Smooth ($24 for 80ml)

    With a milky, serum-like texture, it is easily absorbed and doesn’t leave behind any greasy or sticky residue. At the same time, it hydrates and protects hair from heat while controlling frizz to keep your locks manageable all day long.

    Available at Sephora

    Photo: Botanist

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  • Percy & Reed Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil For Fine Hair ($30 for 60ml)
    5 / 9 Percy & Reed Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil For Fine Hair ($30 for 60ml)

    Inject a new lease of life into limp and fine hair with this non-greasy oil. Not only does it build body for a bouncy finish, but it also seals hair cuticles to repel humidity and keep frizz at bay.

    (Also read: Best Volumising Hair Products for Anyone with Fine Hair)

    Available at Sephora

    Photo: Percy & Reed

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  • Hair Systems by Watsons Ultimate Hair Oil ($13.90 for 70ml)
    6 / 9 Hair Systems by Watsons Ultimate Hair Oil ($13.90 for 70ml)

    Inspired by in-salon smoothing treatment, this nourishing hair oil infuses dry hair with the extracts of eight plant oils to help repair, strengthen, smooth, hydrate and protect hair against heat and humidity.

    Available at Watsons

    Photo: Watsons

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  • Essano Argan Anti-Frizz Hair Serum ($19.95 for 50ml)
    7 / 9 Essano Argan Anti-Frizz Hair Serum ($19.95 for 50ml)

    Thanks to a powerful blend of argan, macadamia, coconut, linseed, avocado and pomegranate oils, this resuscitates dry and damaged hair by deeply restoring hair health. Instantly, hair is smoother and softer, and over time, your locks become more protected against frizz and a loss of moisture.

    Available at Watsons

    Photo: Essano

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  • Dove Advanced Hair Series Regenerative Nourishment Serum-in-Oil ($17.90)
    8 / 9 Dove Advanced Hair Series Regenerative Nourishment Serum-in-Oil ($17.90)

    Formulated to deeply repair hair that’s been damaged from frequent chemical processes and heat-styling, it harnesses the nourishing properties of sunflower and coconut seed oils to restore hair shine and its silky touch. With regular use, hair also becomes more elastic and less prone to breakage and split ends for a softer, smoother appearance.

    (Also read: 8 Beauty Habits You Need to Keep For Healthy Skin and Hair)

    Available at Guardian

    Photo: Dove

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  • Tsubaki Oil Perfection ($29.90 for 50ml)
    9 / 9 Tsubaki Oil Perfection ($29.90 for 50ml)

    If you’re also concerned with UV protection, then opt for this hair-smoothing oil. Enriched with camellia oil, it hydrates, strengthens, smoothes and protects hair against humidity, heat styling and even UV rays for silky soft and lustrous tresses.

    Available at Guardian

    Photo: Tsubaki

     

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