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by Sonsoles Gonzalez
December 31, 2020
No doubt you’ve heard rave reviews about hair and scalp serums — they have revolutionized the hair care industry with their protective, smoothing, and nourishing capabilities. Yet you can’t help but wonder if all of the hype is too good to be true. Surely, there must be a downside.
Any substance applied to your hair or scalp has the potential for side effects because everyone’s body chemistry reacts differently to the variety of ingredients. If you have sensitive skin, fragile hair, or use a product contrary to its instructions, hair serum could end up causing more harm than good.
What are the side effects of hair serum? Let’s explore the different serum types and examine their potential downsides.
Not all products labeled as “hair serums” are the same. This is a term used interchangeably for a variety of liquid hair care solutions — some of which are applied to your strands while others focus on your scalp. Hair serum could refer to:
When we apply serum to our hair or massage it into our skin, we hope for smoother, shinier, thicker hair. Unfortunately, adverse side effects can happen, manifesting undesirable results.
A side effect, or adverse reaction, is an unintended consequence that an individual experiences after using a hair product. Though side effects can technically be positive, we use the term in this article to refer to negative results that you want to avoid.
Most side effects are rare; however, it is crucial to understand the potential downsides of any substance you plan to use on your hair or scalp. Equipped with this knowledge, you can make better choices on safeguarding your hair and scalp from injury.
Silicone is a plastic known as a polymer, widely used in cosmetics and hair care products.
Silicone-based hair serum coats and protects your hair from environmental damage. Yet, it is only beneficial when applied directly to your hair shaft; therefore, contact with your scalp should be avoided.
Silicone-based hair serum side effects can include:
If silicone builds up on your strands, you may need to occasionally take additional steps to remove the excess residue. Clarifying shampoos can accomplish this task, but if used too often, they might cause damage that includes:
When applied correctly, the side effects of silicone-based serums are primarily limited to your hair. Scalp serums, on the other hand, can affect the health of your skin.
Most scalp serum side effects relate to an allergy that triggers a reaction to one or more of its ingredients.
Sensitivities and allergic reactions affect everyone differently, and they can be difficult to predict. When choosing a scalp serum, select one with high-quality ingredients to minimize the likelihood of experiencing a negative reaction.
Potential scalp serum side effects include:
In rare cases, scalp serums that promote hair growth with minoxidil can cause more severe health issues. If too much of this synthetic drug is absorbed into your body, it could result in:
Before using any new product, try it out on an inconspicuous patch of your hair or skin to see how your body chemistry responds to that particular formula.
If you experience side effects, your response will depend on the severity of your symptoms. If you experience a critical allergic reaction or other health issues, discontinue use and immediately seek medical help.
If the serum seems to be helping, and the side effects are not too severe, you may overlook the minor inflammation or temporary itching. However, if the negative side effects are more than you can handle, consider switching to a hair serum specifically formulated for the underlying biology of your aging hair.
Better Not Younger’s Superpower Fortifying Hair and Scalp Serum was developed with ingredients chosen for their effectiveness and backed by considerable scientific research.
These ingredients were formulated into a high-quality serum that effectively addresses the varying causes and underlying biology of your aging hair. They include:
All of our hair care products, including Superpower Fortifying Hair and Scalp Serum, are vegan, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and cruelty-free.
Please stop by the Better Not Younger Shop page and click on each of our hair care solutions to review a full list of ingredients.