Stop Spraying Perfume On Your Head — There Are Hair Fragrances for That

These hair perfumes provide just the right scent intensity without the drying alcohol of regular perfume.
Publish date:
June 22, 2016
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I distinctly recall spraying actual perfume into my hair as a middle school and high school student. And by "spraying perfume into my hair," I actually mean dousing myself with an unreasonable amount of product. Honestly, I don't know what I was thinking, but I'm sincerely sorry to everyone who had to endure the fumes emanating from my adolescent head.

To be fair, I think at some point or another many of us were guilty of wearing too much fragrance in those awkward developmental years. However, the problem with spraying straight-up perfume directly on your hair is that a) the scent is often too strong, b) the high alcohol content dries out your hair, and c) it can actually increase oil production and attract more dirt, which only makes a bad situation worse.

All that said, I clearly wasn't that far off base, as hair fragrances have totally become a thing. They're just made for, ya know, your actual hair.

For example, TOCCA just released a collection of hair fragrances that smell identical to their corresponding EDPs. They're sold exclusively at Anthropologie for $36 each and are available in Florence, Cleopatra, Colette, Liliana and Stella.

I'm pretty much obsessed with everything that TOCCA touches, and Cleopatra is one of my favorite fragrances they make. Obviously I had to own this.

I haven't smelled the other TOCCA hair fragrances (yet), but I can tell you that Cleopatra smells exactly the same as the actual perfume. Instead of containing the drying ingredients standard in an EDP, however, it contains a blend of moisturizing oils.

For those of you who like really sweet fragrances, Viktor & Rolf BonBon Perfumed Hair Mist is a good option. This one will run you $50, and it comes in the most adorable, bow-shaped misted glass vessel.

Personally, I can't wear super-sugary fragrances as my primary scent, but I've been having fun layering this one with warmer, muskier perfumes and lotions. The scent itself is equal parts juicy citrus, sweet floral, and gooey caramel.

Finally, I want to make sure you're aware of Fekkai Hair Fragrance Mists, which come in four different scents: Rose Fraiche, Creme Vanillee, Citron et Menthe, and L'Air de St. Barths.

This one is their L'Air de St. Barths scent, which smells like freshly sliced, sun-warmed melon sitting in a high-end salon. Out of all three hair fragrances that I'm reviewing here, this one smells the most like a hair product, so it's super-easy to wear with any perfume you want to spritz on your pulse points. Also, I love that it's under $20.

In general, hair perfumes are ideal for in-between hair-washing to restore shine and moisture, and to make your hair smell nice. Since I get a little oily on the top between washes, I spritzed it onto my ends and the lower half of my hair and then apply a dry conditioner near the roots. The hardest part about this super-effective method of prolonging your blowout is resisting the urge to tell people how long it's been since you actually washed your hair.

  • Have you tried hair perfume before?
  • Would you try any of these?
  • And can someone else confirm that I'm not the only person who over-applied fragrance in grade school?