Hair perfumes are a godsend when you can't muster enough energy to wash your hair. One or two spritzes can freshen up smelly and sweaty locks after an intense workout, or cover up the stench of cigarette smoke odor that lingers after a dive bar crawl.
But just like traditional perfumes, it's possible to overdo it with fragrances made especially for hair.
According to New York City-based stylist and salon owner Roman Kusayev, it's best to spray hair perfume onto a brush, rather than spritzing directly onto your hair. Or you can apply it to your hands and run through locks to achieve a mesmerizing aroma with every hair flip. It's totally fine to use hair fragrances on wet hair, he says, though Kusayev prefers to work in the product while air-drying. Using the product on soaked hair fresh out of the shower should be avoided.
"Hair fragrance in general lasts longer than regular perfume and they are designed to nourish and moisturize your hair without weighing it down," said Kusayev. "Less is more! The scent should not take over."
Using hair perfume prior to heat-styling may alter the scent. Should you need to blow-dry or straighten your strands, Kusayev recommends applying thermal-protection products first, then using fragrances for hair as a finishing product.
Now that you know how exactly to use hair perfume, shop our editors' picks below.
Clockwise (from left to right): Byredo Bal d'Afrique Hair Perfume, Shu Uemura Nourishing Fragrance, Sachajuan Protective Hair Perfume, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Hair Mist, Philosophy Amazing Grace Perfumed Hair & Body Oil Spray, Clean Original Fragranced Hair Shine Mist, Kerastase Parfum Chronologiste Oil, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Hair Mist, Fekkai L'Air de St. Barths Hair Fragrance Mist, Dior Miss Dior Hair Mist.