As amazing as the summer sun is, it’s not always the kindest to our hair. The sun, time in the pool, and a little humid heat can turn your locks into a dry, frizzy mess. Luckily, you can tame that mane and nourish your hair with this Smooth & Shine Hair Serum. It starts with the incredibly moisturizing and nourishing Argan Carrier Oil. Argan is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which helps soften your hair and restore shine. Jojoba, the other half of this serum, also helps hydrate your hair without weighing it down. The nourishing goodness doesn’t stop there. The combination of Sandalwood (which is fantastic for moisturizing dry hair), Copaiba, and Rose adds extra nourishment while smelling fresh and floral.
There are a couple of different ways to use this serum. Add a few drops to your palm, rub your hands together and work the serum through the lowest 2/3 of your hair when it’s wet or dry. And then style your hair as usual. You can also use it as an overnight hair mask when you know you’re going to shampoo the next morning. Add a generous amount to your palm and work through your hair until it’s thoroughly coated (but not so much that you’ll stain your pillowcase). Then put your hair up in a bun or braid, let sit overnight and wash out the next morning. Enjoy beautifully smooth and soft summer hair!
Smooth & Shine Hair Serum
What you’ll need:
- 1 Tbsp Argan Carrier Oil
- 1 Tbsp Jojoba Carrier Oil
- 8 drops Sandalwood Australian
- 5 drops Copaiba Oleoresin
- 3 drops Rose Absolute
What you’ll do:
Combine essential oils with the carrier oils. Add a few drops to your hand, rub your hands together, and work through the ends of your hair.
44 thoughts on “Smooth & Shine Hair Serum DIY”
I have Atlas Cedarwood will that work on place of the Sandalwood? Thank you
Cedarwood is a great substitute!
Might you have a more budget friendly recipe?
Absolutely! If you swap the Sandalwood for Cedarwood and the Rose for Lavender, you’ll have a serum that is just as good but easier on the wallet.
Great recipe, maybe PT can sell lotion pump glass bottles. Those bottles are hard to find!!
Thank you for this quick and easy recipe. I made it and my hair loves it, lol. Definitely great for fly aways and frizzy dead ends
I made this into a spray. I use a wooden comb and spritzed a spray on the comb and then ran the comb through my hair. Didn’t weigh my hair down but made it shine and smell really nice.
What is a good substitute for the copaiba?
This really is a personal choice, and without trying something different, we can’t guarantee it would work the same. Here is some information that might help you make a choice. 🙂
This sounds so interesting! I have lots of frizzy hair now as it has been humid out for days. I will have to try this out. Thank you!
Would it be possible to put this in a spray bottle? It sounds absolutely lovely and I can’t wait to try it!
When I first made it, I put it in a spray bottle. It does spray, but not in the fine mist that would make it good for application directly on your hair. But it does make it easy to spray in your hand and then apply with your fingers.
What would be the measurements if I wanted to make up a 30 ml bottle of this? I’m guessing half and half on the jojoba and argan oils..but how many drops of each essential oil?
This recipe actually makes 30 mL (or one ounce), so you shouldn’t have to change anything!
Will this help get rid of the grey hair? Is there an oil that I can put on that will help decrease grey?
We wish! This serum will help smooth and nourish your hair, but won’t affect the grays.
All I can use is fractioned coconut oil, I’m allergic to anything with vitamin E in it so I’ll have to use the coconut only. I have all the oils but hate the smell of rose so I will also substitute it. Do you think this would work??
You can definitely substitute Rose with something else (Lavender is a great option). And Fractionated Coconut Oil will work well for this serum.
I’m going to try this for sure! I make a similar hair serum with lavender and rosemary, but I absolutely LOVE copaiba! I live in a humid climate and my already naturally curly hair just goes wild! If this works as well as I think it will I’ll make some up for my father and brother as well!
Tried it but I had to leave out the Copaiba since I didn’t own any. This is definitely a serum to put in wet WET hair… not it’s been a little air dried but still damp. It left my hair looking a little shiny/wet appearing even after dried and I could feel product in my hair. I will definitely try again bc I know it was user error. I also lightened the scent by doing 3 drops of Sandalwood and 2 drops of Rose and it still smells lovely.
Thanks for the recipe! I can’t wait to try it again.
made it and love it….thanks!!!!
Will this affect permed hair in any way? I’d love to try it, but don’t want it to have an effect on these curls I paid to put in.
Hi Carol, we didn’t test it on permed hair, so we can’t say for sure. But I don’t believe will affect permed hair in a negative way. Maybe call your hairstylist to confirm just to be on the safe side.
This sounds like a fantastic blend! I’ve been adding a few drops in my conditioner and it works well!
Do you leave this hair serum on your hair or do you wash off after a little while?
If you’re using just a couple drops, there’s no need to wash it off as it will just help add extra moisture to your hair between shampoos.
I will try this for sure! Thanks for your advise! So hoping it will help with my dry hair.
I’ve been waiting for something similar to this, but more so as a Hair Perfume!
I just got one from a company called DefineMe and it makes your hair smell good and adds shine and luster to my hair.
PT – we need some Hair Perfume!
Can’t wait to try this – thanks!
Could we use another combo of oils for this serum? PT, do you have a different suggestion for those of us who can’t stand the smell of rose?
Of course! You can absolutely play around with different oils. Lavender is always a good option, and it’s great for the hair. Pink Grapefruit is another great option. Or you can substitute for a different floral to create a well-balanced aroma.
Any substitute for Argan oil? I can’t use almond bc of allergies. I have grape seed, fractionated and regular coconut oil, sunflower oil, vitamin E oil, caster oil, EVOO, avocado oil, and the jojoba. I just can not buy another oil at this point on top of EO oils I buy on the regular. My husband might leave me!
Well we wouldn’t want that! Grapeseed is a great choice as it’s a lightweight oil that won’t weigh down your hair.
Quick question – recipe above calls for Copaiba Balsam, but the oil when clicked through links to Copaiba Oleoresin. Did I miss something?
Nope, you didn’t miss anything, they’re both the same thing. I’ll update the recipe so it’s less confusing.
This sounds really amazing. I don’t have Sandalwood though, what would be a good substitution?
Sandalwood really is amazing for your hair, so you might consider adding it to your collection. But you can also use Cedarwood instead.
Is there a good substitute for Rose? That one isn’t in my budget right now.
Lavender is a great substitute (although any floral would do the trick).
Can I use almond and hemp oil in place of these oils?
Yes, you can. The end product might be a little different, so we recommend testing it out first to make sure it won’t weigh your hair down.
This sounds wonderful! My hair is wavy and trends to have lots of flyaways. Thank you
I do something similar, but mix it with the PT aloe gel to get a little more coverage. It’s great for curly hair!!
This time of year I get the crazy, unruly curls. I can not wait to try this serum. Thanks for posting!