A few days ago I was kanoodling with a “good friend” who commented that my hair smelled nice. I blushingly told him that I hadn’t noticed to which he quipped, “Says the person who has a blog about hair.” Oops.
Well, truth be told, I hadn’t noticed. As much as I obsess about haircare, hair fragrance is usually the last thing I think about. I think that’s a shame because scent is something that leaves a lasting impression. It’s silly, but as he commented on the fragrance of my hair, one of the first things that came to my mind was, “Wow, what would have happened if I had used a hair dressing without a pleasant scent? Would he have wanted to cuddle so close then?”
I worry a lot, I know. I’m. working on it
After all, fragrance isn’t everything when it comes to hair care. I can think of a million things that are good for hair that don’t come with a particularly good fragrance. As my hair tends to be very picky with products that work for it, I’ll use anything that works. Every once in awhile though it’s nice to find something good for my hair that smells good too. Without further ado, here are some things that work great with my hair that come with a fantastic fragrance.
Suave Conditioners: Usually come with fantastic scents. The first suave conditioner I tried was Juicy Green Apple and it smelled juicy. Suave conditioners come in a variety of scents and are great for co-washing. Not too heavy and not too light. My favorite new scent is the latest Rosemary Mint Suave conditioner.
VO5 Conditioners: Also come in many delicious scents and are also ridiculously inexpensive. Excellent for cowashing and light enough to leave in as a hair dressing (at least for me). My favorite scent from this line are Free Me Freesia and Blushing Apple. (Yes, I do have a thing for apple scents.)
Herbal Essences Conditioners: Inexpensive, very conditioning, and extremely good detanglers. As for the scents, I love all of them. My favorite conditioner of this line is Hello Hydration, though I think that particular fragrance is a bit overpowering. I prefer the scent of Long Term Relationship (raspberry scented) but Hello Hydration (coconut scented) is more moisturizing.
Silk Elements: Sally’s brand. Truth be told, I love the scents I’ve tried so far, but I love their Olive Oil Megasilk deep conditioner the best. Very moisturizing, though the “slip” leaves something to be desired.
Procclaim 7 Oil with Olive Oil: A nice light hair oil that smells divine. Get the one with the olive oil though. The regular one smells kinda gross and is way way too heavy. I tried to get over it, honest. Use it for different things (since the oil is advertised for six other uses other than hair). But it just wasn’t working. I returned it a few days later.
ORS Carrot Oil: A cream hair dressing I use on my ends. Who knew carrot oil could smell so divine?
In contrast, here are some things that work great on my hair but smell….not as awesome.
Shea Butter: A lot of people say it has kind of an “earthy nutty” scent. What ever it is, I don’t really like it. Doesn’t mean I’m about to quit it. The scent does make me use it a little more lightly though.
Cocoa Butter: Smells just like shea butter to me, though more people seem to complain more about the smell of this particular butter.
Olive Oil: A magical skin and hair moisturizing oil, imho, but it smells like olives. Oh well. Still great for hair and skin alike.
Avocado Oil: Same problem with the olive oil, though I’m not sure what it smells like. Not that pleasant.
Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition: Good for a deep condition, but I dunno. Doesn’t smell so great on it’s own. I’m used to Garnier Fructis products smelling like fresh apples (yay!) but the bottle I got didn’t smell anything like that. Still a great conditioner, though.
Nexus Humectress: A great salon brand deep conditioner. Very creamy and moisturizing. Smells too much like medicine for my tastes though.
Any of the above mentioned non-sweet smelling products could be fixed by mixing in a few of the better smelling products or mixing in a naturally sweet smelling oil (like lavender or peppermint) to the mix. Generally I use anything that works properly for my hair, but in the future I’ll try to watch out for less than flattering scents. Gotta be prepared for those random snuggles, right?