This is why you should never spray perfume in your hair


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If there's one thing that's true about hair, it's that it's great at holding on to scent.

But although we all like our hair to smell great, you should never spray regular perfume directly on your hair.

This is because perfume contains alcohol, which is incredibly drying for hair and can leave it brittle, haystack-like and more likely to suffer breakage.

Hair mists on the other hand are still perfumed, but with a much lower concentration of alcohol, so you can spritz away to your heart's content. Plus they last ages, due to your hair's ability to trap the smell, so no need for top-ups throughout the day.

With this in mind, we've picked some of our favourite hair mists from the perfumery world we're obsessed with (and you will be too).

Balmain Hair Silk Perfume, Lookfantastic

A designer favourite, the dreamy scent of pine, peach blossom, woods and raspberry is enriched with argain oil and silk protein to treat your hair while you wear it. Win-win.

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Byredo La Tulipe Hair Perfume, Space NK

Tulips are actually scentless, so this gorgeous floral scent is founder Ben Gorham's imagination of what it would smell like. It's the perfect balance of sweet florals without being too sickly, combining freesia, rhubarb and blonde woods.

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Maison Francois Kirkdijan Baccarat Rouge 540 Hair Mist, Selfridges

Baccarat Rouge 540 is a delicious combination of cedar, saffron and amber gris, combining for a rich, slightly fruity overall scent – so you can imagine our delight when it was turned into a scented hair mist. It's the perfect fragrance to wear all year-round.

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Coco Madameoiselle Fresh Hair Mist, House of Fraser

Recently revealed as the most popular perfume of 2018 so far, it's only fair that we give a shout out to Chanel's fresh hair scent. A timeless classic, this is the perfect buy if Coco Madameoiselle is already your signature scent.

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Apologies in advance for starting your new hair perfume addiction.

Here's to great hair (mist) days for everyone.

Lucy Abbersteen
Beauty Contributor

Lucy is a freelance beauty editor and contributor at Marie Claire, and has written for titles including Glamour, Refinery29, Popsugar, woman&home and more. She was previously Marie Claire’s junior beauty editor. During her career, she’s covered everything from backstage beauty at fashion week to interviews with famous faces like Drag Race royalty and Little Mix. As for her beauty ethos, she’s a big advocate for not having to spend a fortune on beauty products to get good results, and when she’s not got beauty on the brain you’ll find her reading or hanging out with dogs.