Shampoo provides a refreshing aroma in the shower. But even the most potent don’t linger all day. Similarly, a liberal coating of a scented dry shampoo won’t produce a long-lasting fragrance. It’s tempting to add a squirt of perfume to hair, but the high concentration of alcohol in most formulas can dry out tresses. And no one wants to sacrifice hydrated, healthy hair for scent, no matter how intoxicating. The solution? Hair perfume.
Not to be confused with hairsprays or texturizers, hair perfumes produce a refreshing scent but contain a lower concentration of alcohol — or sometimes none at all. Hair mists can actually improve the texture and appearance of hair. Many are formulated with oils that nourish locks, fight frizz, keep color looking fresh and add subtle shine. Perfume brands are capitalizing on our love of layering fragrance by producing hair mists to complement the usual body lotions and shower gels. There are also numerous options for those looking to switch things up and try something new. Plus, several hair care brands are offering up their own mists.
See below for some of the best hair perfumes to try now.
Jo Malone London
English Pear & Freesia Hair Mist, $50 at Nordstrom
Thanks to its mix of King William pear, freesia and patchouli, this hair mist is the only scent you need. The fruity fragrance is definitely worth the purchase alone. But the fact that the mist also has argan oil and provitamin B to nourish, soften and add shine makes it a vital part of any hair care routine.
Honey Infused Hair Perfume, $83 at Sephora
This delicate hair perfume boasts Mirsalehi honey to help your hair maintain its natural moisture balance. It also delivers instant shine. The formula’s delightful honey scent only adds to its appeal.
Mojave Ghost Hair Perfume, $78 at Net-a-Porter
Don’t sacrifice moisture for the sake of a hair fragrance. Byredo’s hair perfume imparts a warming woody scent without drying strands. In fact, the formula actually conditions and adds shine without leaving behind a telltale residue.
Acqua di Parma
Rosa Nobile Hair Mist, $60 at Nordstrom
Acqua di Parma’s floral hair mist features a bouquet of rose, peony, violet and lily of the valley. It’s grounded by a base of musk, Virginian cedarwood and ambergris. The scent is enhanced by your hair’s natural movement. Plus, the mist leaves your strands shiny and soft.
J’adore Hair Mist, $59 at Sephora
The cult favorite J’adore fragrance is available in body wash, lotion, soap and a divine oil. Plus, there’s this hair mist. It maintains the classic scent of the perfume with notes of ylang ylang, Damascus rose, Grasse jasmine and Indian jasmine sambac. Apply the hair mist to tresses in the morning and enjoy the scent all day long.
Carnal Flower Hair Mist, $215 at Frédéric Malle
Fragrance fans swoon over Frédéric Malle’s splurge-worthy perfumes, but the hair mists deserve equal admiration. The French-made hair mist has been specifically designed with more perfume so the tuberose scent can stand up to balmy summer evenings. It does just that without being overpowering.
Protective Hair Perfume, $76 at Net-a-Porter
Make every day a good hair day with this protective hair perfume. It’s equal parts hair mist and hair product because it reduces static, adds shine, protects against UV rays, moisturizes and keeps hair smelling fresh.
Cleopatra Hair Fragrance, $34 at Sephora
Cleopatra may not have used this hair fragrance, but she was the, er, queen of beauty rituals. With notes of cucumber and grapefruit, this hair perfume will make the wearer feel like a strong, confident #queen. In addition to the inviting scent, it has a blend of hydrating oils for moisture and shine.
Chance Eau Tendre Hair Mist, $55 at Chanel
There are multiple ways we can get our Chanel Chance fix, including this hair perfume. The fruity-floral notes are similar to those in a shampoo, but they last a lot longer. And we don’t see many shampoo bottles that look this chic.
Angel Perfuming Hair Mist, $40 at Mugler
Angel was the first perfume by Thierry Mugler and it introduced us to oriental gourmand fragrances. Use this hair mist to complement the iconic perfume. The notes of honey, red berries, vanilla, caramel, bergamot and chocolate(!) are meant to evoke pleasant childhood memories.
Island Vanilla Hair & Body Mist, $12 at Ulta Beauty
Get #vacationvibes at home with Pacifica’s Island Vanilla Hair & Body Mist. Spritz the mist from head to toe and be transported to a tropical destination. The formula is vegan and alcohol-free so it won’t dry out tresses.