The 15 Best Hair Perfumes That Deserve a Spot on Your Vanity

Trust me, you’ll smell amazing.

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Hear me out: Hair perfume is the most valued player in my routine. I’m the queen of day two dirty hair and despise the crunchy grit that comes along with dry shampoo. But a little spray of one of the best hair perfumes on the marker gets me smelling (and feeling) fresh in five seconds flat. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love my body fragrances just the same—but they’re reserved for my wrists and neck. Unlike the traditional formulas, hair mists are made with a lower alcohol content, so they don’t irritate my scalp or dry out my strands. I’ll either spray the mist directly onto my hair, or coat my brush in the scent before styling. Regardless of the method, the end result is the same: delicious-smelling hair.  

Given that a hair perfume has been my secret weapon for faking freshly washed hair for years, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’ve accumulated quite the extensive collection. From my all-time favorite, the Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 Hair Mist, to my newest obsession, the Balmain Hair Perfume, and all the citrus, fruity, and floral scents in between, I’m sharing the best hair perfumes of all time, for your shopping pleasure, ahead. 

Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and shares the breakdown on the latest and greatest trends in the beauty space. She's studied up on every ingredient you'll find on INCI list and is constantly in search of the world's glowiest makeup products. Prior to joining the team, she worked as Us Weekly’s Beauty and Style Editor, where she stayed on the pulse of pop culture and broke down celebrity beauty routines, hair transformations, and red carpet looks. Her words have also appeared on Popsugar,,,, and Philadelphia Wedding. Samantha also serves as a board member for the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). She first joined the organization in 2018, when she worked as an editorial intern at Food Network Magazine and Pioneer Woman Magazine. Samantha has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. While at GWU, she was a founding member of the school’s HerCampus chapter and served as its President for four years. When she’s not deep in the beauty closet or swatching eyeshadows, you can find her obsessing over Real Housewives and all things Bravo. Keep up with her on Instagram @samholender.