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Budget Beauty: 10 Best Smoothing Hair Serums under $20

Categories : Hair, Hair Tips

Fight bad hair days for less than twenty bucks! These affordable hair serums help fight frizz and keep your hair sleek and smooth all day. We even found serums for very thick and curly hair, and hair that’s damaged from sun and chemical treatments. Now you’ve got your frizz — and your beauty budget — under control.

John Frieda Original Serum

Buy now: $17.90, Watsons

This might as well be in the Best Hair Serum Hall of Fame. It’s won 14 Allure Beauty Awards — including being picked as Reader’s Choice for 12 years — and picked as Editor’s Choice by Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Vogue, and more. It smoothens out even very thick or damaged hair, by forming a thin humidity-proof shield around your strands.

While it may not be the newest or trendiest hair serum (it’s been around for nearly 30 years) you can count on it being tried, tested and truly loved.

Essano Argan Anti-Frizz Hair Serum

Buy now: now on sale at $13.96, Watsons

Give new life to dry and damaged hair! This hair serum not only makes hair more manageable and easier to style, but regular application even makes it softer and smoother. It contains argan, macadamia, coconut, linseed, avocado and pomegranate oils, all rich in nutrients that can repair and protect your hair. Beautycrew reviews gave it 4.2 stars!

Percy & Reed Smoothed, Sealed and Sensational Hair Serum

Buy now: $14, Sephora

This is one of the best budget hair oils for fine hair! Marketed as a no-oil oil, it conditions and hydrates without weighing down your hair. ” After applying the oil and blowing the hair with a dryer, my flat hair instantly had more volume which lasted probably more than 7 hours,” said Esther Chan in her Sephora review.

LÓreal Paris Elseve Extraordinary Oil Gold

Buy now: 17.90, Watsons

Beauty bloggers love this hair oil! It contains flower extracts that make your hair umptuously smooth and radiantly shiny. It comes in three variants for normal to dry hair, coloured hair, and damaged hair. You can apply it like a hair mask before shampooing, before heat styling as a heat protectant, or as a final touch on dry hair.

Dove Advanced Hair Series Regenerative Nourishment Serum-in-Oil

Buy now: $15.90, Watsons

Sunflower and coconut seed oils strengthen damaged strands to prevent hair fall, split ends and frizziness. It got 4.7 stars from TryandReview, with women praising how it didn’t feel heavy or sticky. “I don’t usually like hair oils because it can feel uncomfortable when it’s hot, but Dove serum was weightless! My hair was softer but not greasy. I really liked this and will buy again.”

Abyssinian Oil Hair Serum

Buy now: $15, Sephora

This budget hair serum is 100% safe for coloured hair, and works like a dream! Your hair feels softer and looks more shiny, and even thick or curly hair is easier to style. The secret? Abyssinian oil, which has a special fatty acid structure and high concentrations of antioxidants that are especially effective for the hair and scalp.

Mise-en-Scene Perfect Repair Serum

Buy now: Now on sale for $7.80, Althea

With 475 five star review on Althea, you know this is one of the best Korean hair serums — and the fact that it’s now less than $8 makes it even more irresistable! It contains seven different kinds of oil — argan, camelia, marula, olive, jojoba, coconut and apricot oil — for tangle-free, very manageable, frizz-free hair. You’ll see an effect after just 3 days! Reviewers say that it’s not sticky, and it even makes your hair smell really great.

Nature Republic Deep Care Hair Essence

Buy now: $12,70, Althea

Apply this Korean hair serum on wet hair. It will make it easier to remove tangles, and protects your hair as you dry and style it. Your hair will look smoother, feel softer and become stronger. “I used this just five times and I already see a difference,” says one Althea review. Grab it when you see it, because this bestselling hair serum is always sold out!

Hair Systems by Watsons Ultimate Hair Oil

Buy now: $7.42, Watsons

It may not be as glam as other hair brands, but Watsons’ Hair Systems has some pretty awesome products — including this hair oil. While less than $8, it contains eight plant oil extracts that hydrate, repair and protect your strands. Apply a generous amount on your scalp and strands, for a deep-nourishing hair mask, or just rub a small amount on your palm and smoothe over your hair to fight frizz.

Sunsilk Smooth & Manageable Instant Smoothening Cream

Buy now: $7.90, Watsons and leading supermarkets

For such a small price, you get a powerhouse of botanical oils: almond, argan, coconut, jojoba and olive oil. These go deep into your hair cuticles to strengthen and repair it (perfect for chemically treated hair). Your hair also looks instantly smoother and more shiny.

Hask Argan Oil Repairing SHINE® Oil

Buy now: $4.90, Watsons

At just less than $5, how can you complain about the price? But even if it’s one of the cheapest hair serums in Singapore, it still packs a lot of nturients. The argan oil — sometimes call the miracle oil — will make your hair soft and silky again. It’s free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, alcohol and other chemicals that can damage your hair.