15 Best Hair Perfumes in 2022

Gerard Ortiz
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From hair serums and oils to dry shampoos and treatment masks, the haircare aisles are looking a bit crowded nowadays. But all of these products serve distinct purposes for helping you achieve your best hair ever. And while many of these items offer their own unique scent, the primary goal often lies elsewhere. Enter: hair perfumes—an essential for keeping hair smelling lovely while maintaining optimal hair health.

“Hair perfumes are made for the hair and to make hair smell better, whether after a workout, a night out, or just because someone might want fresher smelling strands,” says Manabu Unno, Stylist at Salon Yoshiko at Bergdorf Goodman. “They are meant to leave a refreshing, lasting scent without damaging hair.”

Although most beauty aficionados are keen on smelling great, one might wonder why a standard perfume wouldn’t cut it for hair too. Fair enough. While both products boast a beautiful scent, there are key differences between perfumes formulated for the body and for the hair. It basically comes down to the amount of ethyl alcohol and water in the product. “Hair perfumes will only contain traces of alcohol to not dry out hair,” explains Rashuna Durham, amika Lead Pro Educator and stylist. “Hair perfumes for the most part are quite lightweight and do not weigh hair down like regular perfume or hair oil.”

There are so many beautifully scented and well formulated hair perfumes on the market, and it can be a fun experience to choose one that pairs well with scents you already wear on your body. Blending hair perfume with body perfume will help create your own unique, signature scent that will have others asking “what are you wearing?” all day long. So, keep reading to find your perfect hair perfume, and start spritzing.

How we chose the best hair perfumes

We consulted stylists Unno and Durham, as well as experts from the Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI), which tests countless products to ensure a fair and accurate representation of each item, and sifted through tons of online reviews to find the best hair perfumes available.

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Baccarat Rouge 540 Scented Hair Mist

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

  • Unique, sophisticated fragrance
  • Long-lasting scent
  • Alcohol free

This hair perfume from luxury perfumer Maison Francis Kurkdjian was awarded editor’s choice by the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab experts for its sophisticated blend of amber, floral, and woody scents. It offers the same aroma as the brand’s standard perfume of the same name with a formula better suited for the hair (and a reduced price tag).

Fragrance notes: Jasmine, saffron, cedarwood, ambergris | Key Ingredients: Hydrogenated Castor Oil | Size: 2.4 fl. oz.


Care Between Washes Hair Perfume Go Active

  • Fresh scent
  • Affordable
  • Great for post-workout hair
  • Not as luxe as other options

If you’re looking to dip your toes into the world of hair perfume without committing to a pricey bottle, try this affordable option from Dove. While this hair perfume is formulated for active lifestyles to get rid of sweat-related odor, it’s a great addition for all hair types and lifestyles with a clean, fresh scent that allows a bit more room between washes. One Amazon reviewer describes the product as having a “nice, clean scent that is light and not overly fragranced.”

Fragrance notes: White tea, jasmine | Key Ingredients: Glycerin, castor oil | Size: 1.7 fl. oz.


Protective Hair Perfume

  • Provides UV and color protection
  • Adds softness and shine
  • Bold, vibrant scent

For a uniquely scented hair perfume that doubles as a nourishing treatment for dry hair, this product is the way to go. This hair perfume has a bold, balanced scent profile with notes of fruit, floral, and musk. It also contains glycerin and keratin to nourish hair and provide smoothness and shine. One Amazon reviewer writes: “The best stuff ever!!! It’s perfect for dry hair, but if you don’t have dry hair, all you need is a little. I LOVE this product.”

Fragrance notes: Green apple, peach, rose, cedar, white musk | Key Ingredients: Glycerin, castor oil | Size: 1.7 fl. oz.


Honey Infused Hair Perfume

  • Hydrating and nourishing formula
  • Adds shine
  • Made with cruelty-free and sustainably sourced honey
  • Not for those who prefer a sweeter, floral scent

This luxurious, hydrating, and shine-enhancing hair perfume was awarded editor’s choice by the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab experts for its well-rounded formula. “It smells like honey and fresh flowers, and also helps my strands look shiny and smooth, all while not weighing down my hair,” GH Beauty Assistant Katie Berohn says. This sweetly scented elixir works overtime as it nourishes hair with honey, containing “a blend of minerals, vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants.”

Fragrance notes: Honey, floral | Key Ingredients: Mirsalehi honey | Size: 1.7 fl. Oz., 3.4 fl. Oz.


Côte d’Azur Hair Refresher

  • Refreshes hair
  • Reduces static
  • Protects from UV damage
  • Scent may not be universally enjoyed

This hair perfume has a uniquely balanced scent profile characterized by citrus and warmth. One Good Housekeeping tester says it makes hair smell like she just got a blowout at a fancy French hair salon. Spritz throughout your hair as desired for the great scent as well as UV protection and static reduction.

Fragrance notes: Bergamot, white butterfly jasmine, sandalwood | Key Ingredients: watermelon, lychee, edelweiss flower extracts | Size: 2.0 fl. Oz.


001 Hair Fragrance

  • Safe for color-treated and chemical-treated hair
  • Cruelty free
  • Long-lasting scent
  • Scent may be too strong for some

This product is “the essence of amika, bottled,” according to the brand. The hair fragrance contains the signature amika scent of warm vanilla, fresh citrus and spicy sweet clover that is found in all the brand’s products and offers a great way to maintain freshness between washes. “It has an intoxicating, clean scent and it doesn’t leave any residue, oils, or build-up on the follicles,” Durham says.

Fragrance notes: warm vanilla, fresh citrus, spicy sweet clover | Key Ingredients: sea buckthorn | Size: 1.0 fl. Oz.


Island Vanilla Hair Perfume and Body Mist

  • Formulated for hair and body
  • Alcohol free
  • Vegan, cruelty-free, and recycled packaging
  • Scent may not be long-lasting on everyone

If you’re looking for a more naturally formulated hair fragrance, try this rich vanilla mist formulated for both hair and body. It contains no alcohol, instead harnessing the power of essential oils to provide a lovely scent without sacrificing hair health. “I have moderately sensitive skin, to where all typical perfumed body splashes cause a reaction within a few days of even indirect wear,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “This lovely little line however gives ZERO irritation.”

Fragrance notes: Sultry vanilla and honey-jasmine | Key Ingredients: Essential oils | Size: 6.0 fl. Oz.


Stella Hair Fragrance

  • Perfect fruity-floral fragrance
  • Not overpowering
  • Paraben free
  • Some reviewers say the scent is not long lasting

If you enjoy a classic fruity-floral scent, look no further than Tocca’s hair fragrance, adapted from their well-loved perfume. This bright, freshly scented hair fragrance promises to induce a luxurious smell without weighing down the hair or making strands feel sticky. “Clean and citrusy notes, such as bitter orange, are energizing but not overpowering, and I love how they combine with the lily scent that comes through,” says GH Beauty Lab senior chemist Sabina Wizemann.

Fragrance notes: Italian blood orange, freesia, spicy lily | Key Ingredients: Panthenol | Size: 1.7 fl. Oz.


Good Girl Hair Mist

  • Warm, and sweet scent
  • Long lasting
  • Decorative bottle

Scent your strands in the classic Good Girl fragrance with this expertly formulated hair mist. This hair mist leaves hair beautifully scented with light and dark notes. “The scent is absolutely beautiful and very long lasting,” one Ulta reviewer writes. “If you love CH Good Girl, you will definitely appreciate the hair mist! Highly recommend.”

Fragrance notes: Sambac jasmine, velvet almond, tonka bean, coffee bean | Key Ingredients: Glycerin, aloe barbadensis leaf juice | Size: 1.0 fl. Oz.


Gypsy Water Hair Perfume

  • Light, inoffensive fragrance
  • A little goes a long way
  • Lightweight formula

Unno recommends this hair perfume for a well-rounded fragrance that doesn’t feel overpowering. As an added bonus, the nourishing formula makes for hair that looks as beautiful as it smells. “This hair perfume is gorgeous and is infused with ambrette, a plant that has a musky, amber scent, and is floral and woody,” says Unno. “It is really lightweight and you need very little to get the most out of the scent.”

Fragrance notes: Bergamot, lemon, amber | Key Ingredients: Essential oils | Size: 2.5 fl. Oz.


Black Opium Hair Mist

  • Nearly identical scent to the standard Black Opium perfume
  • Long lasting
  • Nourishes hair with argan oil

Yves Saint Laurent has bottled its classic Black Opium fragrance in a formula perfect for scenting your strands. The hair mist is formulated with argan oil to provide softness and shine as well as provide long lasting fragrance. One Nordstrom reviewer writes: “Beautiful bottle, the smell is amazing, and the product feels fantastic on my hair!”

Fragrance notes: White florals, black coffee, vanilla | Key Ingredients: Argan oil | Size: 1.0 fl. Oz.


Kerasilk Control Beautifying Hair Perfume

  • Reduces static
  • Provides smoothness and shine
  • Fresh, warm scent

This hair perfume from Goldwell offers odor protection, static prevention, and leaves hair feeling silky. Add a few spritzes for a warm, clean scent that lasts all day. “A few spritzes of this and my hair was fresh smelling, as if I’d just washed it,” writes one Amazon reviewer.

Fragrance notes: Lemon, vanilla, sandalwood | Key Ingredients: Keratin, lightweight silk | Size: 1.7 fl. Oz.


  • Light, airy fragrance
  • Long lasting
  • Nourishes hair
  • May not be suitable for those who prefer a bold scent

Another one of Unno’s favorites, this hair mist by Kayali offers a unique warm floral scent. This airy, almost translucent scent is surprisingly long lasting. “It smells amazing and not overpowering, with notes of tuberose,” Unno explains. “It is made with aloe vera, panthenol, camelia oil, and castor oil, all of which are great for hair.”

Fragrance notes: Tuberose, pear, sandalwood | Key Ingredients: aloe vera, panthenol, camellia oil, castor oil | Size: 2.5 fl. Oz.

Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Hair Mist Spray

  • Cult-Favorite fragrance
  • Long lasting
  • Decorative bottle

Vibrant notes of citrus and rose that characterize the classic Coco Mademoiselle fragrance come together once again the luxury brand’s hair mist adaptation. “It’s a nice little touch of luxury to your day,” one Sephora buyer writes. “I don’t feel like it weighs my hair down, and it lasts a good amount of time.” It’s a refined and sophisticated hair fragrance, with a bottle to match.

Fragrance notes: Orange, patchouli, turkish rose | Key Ingredients: Castor oil | Size: 1.0 fl. Oz.

Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist

  • Paraben and sulfate-free
  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Long lasting

This sunny scent is both bold and bright with warm, spicy, and sweet notes throughout. It is also light and airy, making it an easily layerable fragrance that agrees with other scents instead of competing. “I absolutely love this scent,” one Sephora reviewer writes. “It’s summer in a bottle.”

Fragrance notes: Salted caramel, pistachio, vanilla | Key Ingredients: Castor oil | Size: 1.0 fl. Oz.

What to look for in a hair perfume

✔️ Avoid drying alcohols. “Many perfumes are made with harsh alcohols, including ethyl alcohol, and heavy synthetic fragrances,” Unno explains. “These can be very harsh and drying on hair.” But, not all alcohols are harmful for the hair.

✔️ Choose nourishing alcohols. Unno adds that while you’ll want to steer clear from ethyl and isopropyl alcohols, “fatty alcohols including cetearyl, stearyl, and cetyl alcohols, which come from plants, add hystration and lubrication to the hair shaft.”

✔️ Look for oils. The best, most nourishing hair perfumes will have formulas that include natural oils. “Some hair perfumes can contain ingredients such as essential oils, carrier oils, which have conditioning and anti-pollution ingredients that help hair stay healthy and shiny,” says Durham.

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