Locker room essential: hair perfume

8 scents that make sense on the go

A new trend in the fragrance world provides a light way to feel fresh with minimal effort: hair perfumes. These mists, designed by fragrance houses rather than hair care companies, are less intensely-scented than your average perfume, but when sprayed on dry hair, last longer. They’re ideal to apply post-workout if you’re skipping shampoo but still want to smell clean and refreshed. Below, 8 scents to stash in your gym bag.

dior j’adore eau lumiere hair mist

This cheerful but not over-the-top mist opens with sweet and bright orange blossom balanced by rose and vanilla. Cotton nectar and jasmine essential oil help mend split ends while giving a lightweight sheen. Spray a few pumps of this romantic, floral scent onto dry hair post-workout.
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frederic de malle portrait of a lady hair mist

A mix of raspberry, Turkish rose, and frankincense, this fragrance becomes incredibly wearable in hair mist form. Despite the traditional notes, the overall result has a calming effect after morning workouts when you’re in a rush to the office.
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gucci bloom hair mist

This heady mix of florals including jasmine and tuberose smells both playful and sultry at the same time. An infusion of the hard-to-find Rangoon creeper flower adds a powdery-fresh finish, making this a scent well-suited to everyday wear.
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tom ford black orchid hair mist

Black Orchid has a cult following for its dark, almost gothic vibe, with hints of leather, tobacco, and dark chocolate juxtaposed with notes of orchid and patchouli. Try applying it after a coating of leave-in conditioner on wet strands, along with an extra spritz or two on top for a sensual scent that’s still daytime-appropriate.
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mugler alien hair mist

This warm floral fragrance also has a surprising woodsy finish. Bonus points for the display-worthy bottle, designed to be evocative of amethyst, one of the most widely-used healing crystals.
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diptyque eau des sens hair mist

This spicy fragrance is light enough for summer, yet appropriate for colder seasons, too. Before applying, rinse hair with cold water at the end of a shower to help the hair mist absorb, as the chilly temperatures help to strengthen strands’ capillary fibers.
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yves saint laurent black opium dry oil body and hair

A multitasking formula diluted with silicone and a bit of alcohol for a never-greasy yet hydrating finish, this oil works for both hair and body. Compound that with a scent that’s a mix of adrenaline-boosting coffee, sensual vanilla, and sweet white florals, and you’ve got one amazing post-workout beauty product.
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narciso rodriguez for her hair mist

It’s safe to apply on towel-dried strands, but this amber floral fragrance spray works best when misted on dry hair to help coat the cuticle for instant sheen, making it a perfect fit for time-crunched mornings.
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