These Hair Perfumes Will Replace Your Dry Shampoo

At first mention, the idea of buying a fragrance strictly for the hair seems like something better suited for a high-school kid that doesn’t want to get caught hanging around people who smoke cigarettes — or maybe someone with gobs of money to throw around on superfluous but good-smelling nothings. But then, an awakening: When we don’t have time to shampoo, a little spritz of scent is all we need to replace any mounting grossness with that fresh, clean hair smell.

Because these formulations were made specifically to add shine, hydration, and UV protection, and even to cut static on strands, they’re not the same as just using whatever perfume you have on hand to do the job. And there’s one more win that should not go unmentioned: Grabbing the hair-mist version of a favorite scent prompts all the “you smell good” comments when friends go in for a hug, but at a fraction of the cost.

After testing more than a dozen formulations, we’re officially converts. See the hair scents that helped turn us from dismissers to disciples, ahead.

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On those sad, sad days in which we can’t emerge from the ocean with saltwater in our hair and coconut-scented sunscreen on our skin, there’s this hydrating hair fragrance. Its blend of vanilla, tuberose, and coconut — and a touch of quartz for shine — proves an excellent source of beach vibes, even when we’re stuck at work.

Pacifica Aromapower Hardcore Happy Texturizing Hair Perfume, $14, available at Ulta Beauty

Sometimes we fantasize about being in Valentino’s perfectly-manicured garden — and the orange blossom and juniper in this scent gets us there without an actual invite. This spray also adds serious shine to hair, thanks to the addition of camellia oil.

Diptyque Eau des Sens Hair Mist, $48, available at Diptyque

Formulated like a true eau de parfum, peach, rose, and ylang ylang are rooted with patchouli, cedar wood, and white musk in this scent. But it does quite a bit more than just smell good (and for the price, it should): The ingredients are engineered to hydrate, nix static, add shine, and even offer UV protection.

Sachajuan Protective Hair Perfume , $72, available at Barneys New York

How does a fragrance inspired by the dry stretch of desert between Los Angeles and Las Vegas translate into hair you can’t stop sniffing all day? With fresh botanicals (magnolia, Jamaican naseberry, and violet) that push through headier amber, musk and cedar. The mist also kicks up shine, thanks to a silicon and polymer coating.

Byredo Mojave Ghost Hair Perfume, $70, available at Nordstrom

Nothing transports us to a spa-like state of mind like the scent of cucumber water. This face and hair mist, made with organic cucumber, smells exactly like the real thing, but thanks to a dose of hyaluronic acid, it helps hydrate skin and strands, too.

David Mallett Fresh Eau de Concombre, $48, available at Beautyhabit

Forget the sticker shock: Thanks to the brand’s signature scent, this hair refresher had a cult following from day one. The formula was made to neutralize odor and cut static, but beyond the rather pedestrian job description, it fills our headspace with watermelon, lychee, and edelweiss flower extracts that we can’t get enough of.

Oribe Cote d’Azur Hair Refresher , $26, available at Bluemercury

Is it possible to get stressed while breathing in the scent of homemade waffle cones at an ice cream shop? Or picking out salt-water taffy on a salty-aired boardwalk? We don’t think so. This warm vanilla scent puts us right back into those places — and a carefree state of mind — before settling into a clean scent that smells like summer air.

Fekkai Fekkai Salon Professional Crème Vanillée Hair Fragrance, $15.89, available at Target

The scent in this shine spray may have been inspired by a Parisian sophisticate, according to the brand, but even an American girl will get comforting hits of gardenia with a little bit of sweet tea.

Tocca Florence Hair Fragrance, $28, available at DermStore

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