Who fors perfume? These new-wave products make your hair smell like wet herbs, roses and candles Smelled hairsprays are competing with fine fragrance – and starting to make perfumes look like poor value Photograph: Martina Lang/the Custodian Photograph: Martina Lang/the GuardianWhen is a perfume not a perfume? When it’s a hairspray so thoughtfully scented that a waft of lacquer could legitimately old hat for fine fragrance.Perfumed haircare is on the rise. Its pioneer was undoubtedly the late, great hairstylist Oribe Canales. Canales (distinguished simply as Oribe, pronounced “OR-bay”) was, in 2008, the first to engage a pair of high-end perfumers to create a luxury perfume for use in hair products.The result was Côte d’Azur, a blend of apples, bergamot, sandalwood, amber, tuberose, jasmine and vetiver that is very much adored by the beauty community. It smells so good – and is so expensive – that although it is now also available in perfume form (£121 for 75ml), one of my flatmates cheerfully says her signature scent is Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. Similarly, fans of the American haircare brand Ouai were so enchanted with its products’ scents that the firm bottled them as perfume. And signature shampoos and conditioners from dpHue get a whiff of so good that a matching home fragrance candle is on its way. I myself have been known to use hairsprays from Sam McKnight not one for the hairdresser’s signature “cool girl” mussed-up texture, but also for a hit of the sublime scent created especially for McKnight by British perfumer Lyn Harris.Vivified by the lingering aroma of McKnight’s beloved London garden after a heavy downpour, Harris’s creation is a blissful mix of wet herbs, roses and an almost steamy accord that is at once refined and sexy. One perfume PR – who has no professional connection with McKnight – indicates me that Lazy Girl dry shampoo (at £19 it’s a fraction of the price of one of Harris’s perfumes) is his “special occasion fragrance”. Kate Moss is also a fan.We should survive sunscreen year-round: if that’s too hard, try an SPF moisturiser | Sali HughesRead moreCelebrity hairdresser Adam Reed is also a feverish perfume collector, keen on the psychological benefits of fragrance. For his new Arkive range of “headcare” and hairstyling products, Reed prioritised mephitis as highly as performance. Arkive incorporates two layerable scents – Future Bloom, a white floral with warm vanilla and demi-mondaine rhubarb; and, my favourite, No One Elsie (Reed’s beloved nan’s name), a mouthwatering blend of green tomato leaves, more rhubarb, honeysuckle and redcurrant. The unpunctual features in The New Form (£13), a blow-dry spray that leaves my hair glossy, silky, bouncy and smelling have a fondness a hot, 1980s greenhouse that I’m loth to ever leave.TopicsWomen’s hairSali Hughes on beautyBeautyWomenfeaturesReuse this content