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The 6 Best Silicone-Free Shine and Smooth Serums for Natural Hair

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silicone-free serums for natural hair

Admittedly, I never used to care too much for finishing products for my natural hair. When I rocked my flat ironed hair before transitioning, I ALWAYS had serums and sprays on deck and they were all full of silicones too. However, I didn’t really see a purpose in using them for my wash and go or braid outs.

That was until I tried a few.

Now, I’m hooked on that final step of my regimen (once my hair is dry). Finishing serums have elevated shine, tamed frizz, improved smoothness, and in some cases helped prevent split ends. I’m sure some of you are thinking, why not just use _____(insert oil here)? And absolutely, you can. I just personally find that serums function better as a finishing product, are more lightweight and pack a bit more punch than most oils can do alone.

The best thing about these serums now? They’re ALL silicone, mineral oil  and petroleum-free. Not that I’m against silicones, I find them beneficial, particularly as a heat protectant when I choose to flat iron or blow out my hair. However, for my naturally unaltered hair, all those silicone-based products just sit on top and condition or mask damaged and problem areas. These serums, on the other hand, are full of ingredients that actually help heal and revitalize the hair, amongst numerous other benefits. They’re lightweight and perfect for all textures (including fine hair and transitioners). Check them out:

1. Deepthi Organics — Organic Verdana Leave-In Conditioning Serum

Organic argan, jojoba, pracaxi, coconut and other oils are combined in this lightweight mixture to help seal cuticles, enhance elasticity and shine and smooth hair. This all-natural, nutrient packed serum works well on straight, kinky, coily and curly hair types to help fight free-radicals and environmental damage to hair.

2. Kinky Curly — Perfectly Polished

 

Blended with apricot, argan, abyssinian and wheat germ oil, this lightweight polishing serum promotes high shine and helps undo environmental damage to the hair. Ceramides within the wheat germ oil also penetrate to help bond damaged or highly porous hair.

3. Curls — Blissful Lengths Oil Elixir

 

Formulated with soybean, coconut, kuikui, sweet almond and other oils, this little bottle is raved about by naturals all around. It provides shiny, lightweight, smoothness for all hair types; while helping to improve elasticity and reduce frizz and friction in the hair.

4. Taliah Waajid Hydrating Curl Shine

Featuring avocado, coconut and olive oil, this lightweight spray gives hair a healthy dose of omegas, which are vital to the health, elasticity and bonding of the hair cuticles. If you prefer spray serums that can better evenly coat the hair, this one is for you!

5. Rapunzel The Future Of Hair — Hair Silk

A nutritious blend of olive, castor, sweet almond, safflower and wheat germ, this silky serum is versatile enough to be used on any texture of hair (even straight). Packed with omegas and ceramides, this nutrient rich blend helps improve elasticity, ward off breakage and provides the hair with ceramides essential to helping repair damaged hair and correct porosity issues.

6. Jojoba Oil

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If you’re not feeling the fancy serums, or don’t need yet another product stuffed into your already overcrowded stash, jojoba oil is the perfect standalone oil that can double up as a finishing serum. It is incredibly light and a little goes a long way. The molecular composition of jojoba is incredibly similar to the sebum our scalp naturally produces, making it an oil that responds well to virtually all hair types.

Do you use serums in your natural hair regimen? Share your favorite products or DIY blends below!

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About Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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Kinky-Curly Knot Today is my staple leave-in; so, I tried the KCPP. It was great when I used heat for a roller-set, but far too thick for my wash & go. I wanted it to be a staple, but I don’t really like the added pineapple scent or the price point. Nubian Heritage makes a nice serum. The entire Honey & Black seed line smells so good. This serum is thick, but not too thick. It has castor oil which I love for my hairline. You can’t find it on the ground, but NH is planning to re-launch the hair… Read more »

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Thanks for the list. I’ve been trying to get some jojoba oil recently, does anyone know where I can find good quality jojoba oil online? Also, I didn’t know that Soybean oil could be used on hair( from Curls Blissful lengths oil elixir ). I saw some soybean oil in my local grocery store.… I’ll do some research and maybe try it out.

Redseouls
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Redseouls

I get my jojoba oil from Trader Joe’s

Jacky
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Jacky

Thanks Redseouls!

Jacky
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Jacky

Ok, I’m back. I researched on the benefits of soybean oil for hair and it turns out that soybean oil strengthens and conditions hair… Who knew? It also turned out that it’s great for the skin, body and overall health too as it moisturizes skin, heals skin of ailments like wrinkles and acne( with long term use ), has anti-aging effects on the skin, provides the body with omega 6 fatty acids( which is also good for hair growth ) and a host of other vitamins and minerals, keeps Alzheimer’s disease at bay, wards off/prevents cancer, etc. I feel like… Read more »

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But citrishines serum is amazing. And I used on my edges after some breakage…and I could see a difference in my ends and watch it.gain length. It’s also not all natural and probably not silicone free..but it was awesome…

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Rashonda

Thanks! I have tried some of these products but they leave my hair feeling oily. I use another silicone-free product called Nutress Hair leave-in enhancer. Its works great! It keeps my hair soft and manageable. You ladies should try it as well. 🙂

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NapturallyKia

Anyone know of a fragrance free/unscented heat protectant?

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