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You're Secretly Damaging Your Hair Every Time You Spray It With Perfume

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When it comes to spritzing perfume, it's easy to go overboard — but the one area to avoid when spraying perfume is the hair. If you're frustrated by dry hair and are not sure what's causing it, the culprit could be your favorite scent. While it's natural to want hair to smell just as good as everything else, the alcohol in perfume can dry out tresses, leaving locks parched and brittle. Fortunately, there are still a few ways to have your hair smell great without drying it out.

If you've fallen in love with a fragrance and are determined that your hair join the perfume party, what you can do is spray the perfume on your hair brush. Then, run the brush through your locks and let the bristles leave behind a light layer of scent. Another option is to spritz your perfume in the air in front of you and walk through the mist. This way the scent will lightly coat your hair rather than saturate it.

For those who want hair that smells good — especially on those days when you just can't be bothered to wash your hair (no judgment here!) — your secret weapon should be dry shampoo. Whether you prefer powdered dry shampoos or the canned version, these sweet-smelling oil absorbers come in a variety of scents.

Did you know hair perfumes exist? These mists are different than body perfumes because they're actually OK to spray right on your locks. You can even address a variety of hair concerns by researching the best hair mist for dry hair or thinning hair. Plus, there are hair mists for every type of hair: curly, straight, oily, etc. And with summer in full swing, you can even buy hair mists with UV protection ($16.11, Amazon).

Dry, not-so-great-smelling hair in the summer may make you want to just tie it up in a ponytail and call it a day. But the trick to looking put together and having wonderful-smelling hair is so simple. And if you can treat your hair and make it stronger, smoother, and softer at the same time, that's what we call a win-win all around.

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