Have you ever noticed someone’s hair fragrance during your morning commute and thought, “How can I make my hair smell like that?” While you may already have a few fragrance hacks up your sleeve and a perfectly organized perfume collection, chances are you’ve overlooked your mane in the past. Want to learn how to make your hair smell good? Below, we’re sharing eight hair care tips—including using a hair perfume—for a great-smelling mane.
1. WASH YOUR HAIR REGULARLY
Our most obvious tip, of course, is to wash your hair regularly. Natural oils, particularly if you have oily hair, can build up and result in a not-so-great scent. In addition to your hair’s natural oils, pollution and dirt can also build up on your strands. The solution? A consistent shampoo and conditioner regimen! Give the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Conditioner, which instantly purify oily roots and hydrate dry lengths for hair that looks beautifully fresh and clean from root to tip, a try.
2. USE A HAIR PERFUME
In case you weren’t aware, there are specific fragrances formulated for your strands! We’re talking about hair perfume. This hair product is actually meant to give your locks a desirable fragrance without weighing down or damaging your hair. Spritz a bit onto your hair brush before combing it through your mane.
3. SWITCH TO SCENTED HAIR PRODUCTS
If you don’t have a hair perfume or fragrance on hand, stock your beauty cabinet with scented hair products. From your shampoo and conditioner to a hair mousse, so many hair products come paired with an enticing scent. If you’re in the market for a hair detangler, try the L’Oréal Kids Burst of Sweet Pear Tangle Tamper for All Hair Types, which has a nostalgia-inducing pear scent.
Editor’s note: Quick interruption, if you opt to use a hair perfume, it’s usually a good idea use unscented hair products, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Hairspray Extra Strong Hold Unscented, when styling your mane to avoid any conflicting fragrances. So, make sure to pick either tip two or three to follow—not both.
4. PROTECT YOUR STRANDS FROM STRONG SCENTS
Do you work around food all day? Or cross paths with cigarette smoke? Strong scents from your environment can follow you home if you don’t protect your strands. You can do so by wearing a hair scarf or head wrap! Here’s How to Wear a Head Wrap or Hair Scarf to give you a few hairstyle ideas.
5. WASH YOUR PILLOWCASE
Remember when we talked about the buildup of oils on your hair? Well, the same goes for your pillowcase! Think about it: You go to sleep each night and in turn transfer oils from your mane to your pillowcase—it’s bound to add up over time! If you’re consistently sleeping on said dirty pillowcase, good smelling hair may not be a reality. So, be sure to keep it clean!
6. AND YOUR HAIR ACCESSORIES
Your hair accessories need cleaning, too. This means headbands, head wraps, hair scarves, and hats—especially if they’re being worn to the gym!
7. KEEP YOUR BRUSHES CLEAN
Yet another item to keep clean is your hair brush or comb. You use your brush each day to untangle knots and keep your hair looking its best, and in the process, distribute your hair’s oils throughout your mane. Some of those oils (and dirt and pollution) are bound to build up on your brush over time, so be sure to remove hair from between the bristles and clean it (some soap and water will do the trick) every now and then!
8. REACH FOR DRY SHAMPOO
Dry shampoo can be used to help soak up oils that could lead to an unwanted fragrance. Try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo, which is infused with three refined clays to instantly refresh hair between shampoos for clean-feeling, lightweight hair with no visible residue.