13 Best Hair Perfumes of 2022 for Healthy Hair that Smells Great

Let’s cut to the chase: are hair fragrances necessary? Absolutely not. Are they a fun and often cheaper alternative to regular perfume? Absolutely. If you’re on the hunt for a fragrance and looking to expand your collection, gift one of the best hair scents on the market and maybe you’ll ditch your standard eau de parfum for good.

How does hair scent compare to regular perfume, you ask? Although they are not a monolith, there are a few traits to look out for when reading and deciphering the enigmatic descriptions of the scents. “Perfumes or hair mists usually contain moisturizing properties like hyaluronic acid and other natural ingredients that cover odor, have UV protection, and give your hair the texture and shine it needs” , writes Mia Santiago, a hairstylist based in New York and Columbus. Keep an eye out for hair-loving ingredients to fight frizz and dryness, plus keep your hair smelling flawless.

The hair scents are also more likely to be alcohol-free than their standard counterparts, earning them a big A-plus from Santiago. She notes that due to the alcohol content, a regular perfume “would be very dry on your hair and could break it.”

And just because you’re adding new beauty products to your arsenal doesn’t necessarily mean you’re entering totally uncharted olfactory waters. Some of the biggest names in perfume like Byredo, Diptychand Francis Kurkdjian House create scented hair versions of many of their beloved signature scents. Hair versions tend to be more subtle and fade faster than regular fragrances, but they are also generally way cheaper, which looks like fair trade.

Keep scrolling to see our picks for the best hair scents and we bet you’ll have a new signature scent by the time you’re done.

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Sarah C. Figueiredo