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Want to Make Perfume Last Longer? Spray It on Your Hairbrush Before Brushing

Use this beauty hack for upcoming holiday parties.


Applying perfume is a balancing act: you want to put on enough for the scent to hold, but you don’t want to overdo it. You could spray some on your wrists, or spritz the fragrance into the air and walk through it to create a “fragrance force field” around your body. Both of these methods work. However, there’s another beauty trick that guarantees your perfume’s aroma stays put all day: Spray perfume onto a hairbrush (not onto your hair directly) before brushing. Here’s how it works.

Why You Should Not Spray Perfume On Your Hair

Your favorite perfume is gentle when sprayed onto skin, but it’s not ideal for direct application to hair. This is because most perfumes contain an alcohol called ethanol, which helps dilute the fragrance and carry the scent. However, products containing ethanol dry out hair because of their low carbon atom content. Constant use of ethanol-rich products can also cause your hair cuticle to coarsen — leading to brittleness and frizz. The simple solution to infusing your hair with a perfume’s lavender or vanilla notes without causing damage? Apply the fragrance onto your hairbrush, and brush it through your locks.

How To Properly Apply Fragrance On a Hairbrush

Susan Yara from the Mixed Makeup YouTube Channel demonstrates. First, she sprays a hairbrush with her perfume a couple of times. She then waves the brush in the air for a few seconds to allow the alcohol to evaporate. Next, she runs the brush through her hair until the scent is fully and evenly distributed. These three simple steps lock in the fragrance. You’ll never need a mini perfume in your purse — for reapplication — again!

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Yara also notes that you can use a product like I Smell Great’s Hair Fragrance (Buy from, $24), which is formulated to gently condition and shine hair — so, it’s safe to spray directly onto strands. Watch her video below to see this beauty hack in action and learn a few other tricks to making your perfume last.

Whether you’re getting ready for a holiday office party or spending quality time with loved ones, this perfume hack will make you smell great without overwhelming those around you. You’re sure to get lots of compliments on your go-to scent!

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