Smelly Hair: Overview

A Smelly Hair may be a very embarrassing situation for any individual especially when one has to work in an office environment and has to interact with many people day in and day out. Smelly Hair is mainly seen in people who have oily skin. The sebaceous glands on the scalp of such people become overactive and this coupled with poor hair care, exposure to certain chemicals, environmental pollution, sweating, and other bacterial and fungal infections may lead to the individual having Smelly Hair.

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Smelly Hair is not a condition to be embarrassed about. You should speak to a hair care specialist to about various causes of Smelly Hair and what may be the cause of your Smelly Hair. The hair care professional will formulate an action plan to get rid of Smelly Hair, although this can also be done at home with some simple home remedies. This article gives an overview of various causes for Smelly Hair and simple home remedies to get rid of it.

What Causes Smelly Hair?

What Causes Smelly Hair?

Some of the potential causes of Smelly Hair are:

Poor Hygiene: This is one of the most common causes for an individual to have Smelly Hair. Poor hygiene allows build up of dirt, dust, and other microbial organism to accumulate in the hair causing Smelly Hair. There are people who do not wash their hair regularly due to various causes which may range from cosmetic to aesthetic reasons. Some people have hairstyles with which one cannot wash the hair regularly. This is yet another reason for the individual to have a poor hygiene resulting in Smelly Hair. There are certain hairstyles, which people have which trap more dirt and dust and tend to cause Smelly Hair.

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Environmental Factors: Our environment especially the climate and the weather conditions also play a role in an individual having Smelly Hair. The air pollution in the area where an individual stays, the climatic conditions, the quality of the water supplied there, and the amount of sun exposure that the individual goes through on a daily basis all contribute to an individual having Smelly Hair. All these factors can be negated with the individual taking good care of one’s hair and wearing appropriate caps, hats, or scarf when outside in the sun and avoid having Smelly Hair.

Hair Products: Use of hair care products also plays an important role in an individual having Smelly Hair. These days there are am array of products available both online and in the market, which claims to specialize in taking care of the hair while in realty they may not also could lead to Smelly Hair. These are usually hair sprays, gels, and the like. Using these gels and sprays makes it easier for dust and dirt to get trapped in the hair, thus causing Smelly Hair. Also using hair dye to color the hair is yet another cause for an individual to have Smelly Hair.

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Skin Conditions: There are various skin conditions, which may contribute to an individual having Smelly Hair. These conditions are

Dandruff or skin dryness alone do not cause Smelly Hair, but due to these conditions the individual persistently scratches the scalp and is not able to wash the hair as regularly as one should results in Smelly Hair. Persistent scratching of the scalp due to head lice or dirt in the scalp may result in abrasions in the scalp, which along with the dirt and other irritants present in the scalp and hair may result in bacterial infections, which is the main offender in causing Smelly Hair.

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Smelly Hair

Below mentioned are some simple home remedies to get rid of Smelly Hair.

Lemon Juice: This is quite an effective home remedy to get rid of Smelly Hair. Lemon Juice is not only good for the hair, but is also good for the skin. It will cause the hair to smell fresh and good. It also increases the shine of the hair and helps in fighting dandruff. All you need to do is squeeze two lemons and mix its juice in water and dilute it. Once you have washed your hair, apply this mixture in the scalp and hairs. Leave it for a few minutes and then wash the hair and scalp. Do this for least twice a week and you will be able to get rid of Smelly Hair.

In case if a fungal infection is the cause of Smelly Hair, you can mix lemon juice with a cup of yogurt and apply it to the hair. Leave it for about half-an- hour and then wash the hair, doing this once a week is enough to get rid of Smelly Hair due to fungal infection. It should be noted here that prolonged use of lemon juice on the hair will lighten up the hair with time.

Baking Soda: This is yet another effective and common home remedy to get rid of Smelly Hair. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda in three cups of water to make a paste of it. Now, wet the hair thoroughly and put the paste of baking soda and water on it. Let it stay there for about 10 minutes and then wash the hair. Do this for one week and you will get rid of Smelly Hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar: This is a home remedy for many ailments and can be effective in getting rid of smelly hair as well. Apple Cider Vinegar clears the hair off of any dirt or dust and clears any pollutant that may be causing Smelly Hair. All you need to do is mix half a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar with two cups of water, then put about three drops of lavender oil in it. Spray this throughout your hair and allow it to be there for a few minutes and then wash the hair. Do this about once a week and you will get rid of Smelly Hair.

Tea Tree Oil: This again is used in the treatment of various ailments and can be useful home remedy in getting rid of dandruff as well. Take some tea tree oil and mix it with water and apply it on the scalp. Leave the oil there for about half-an-hour and then wash the hair with a shampoo. You can do this once a week to get rid of Smelly Hair.

Tomato Juice: This is also an effective home remedy to get rid of Smelly Hair. All you need to do is put some fresh tomato juice on the hair and leave it for about 20 minutes and then wash the hair. It will not only give a fresh glow to the hair, but will also get rid of Smelly Hair. Do this about twice a week for best results.

Lavender Oil: Lavender oil along with baking soda and Apple cider vinegar is quite useful in getting rid of Smelly Hair, but it can also be used solely for this purpose. All you need to do is after shampooing the hair you need to apply about 10 drops of this oil on the scalp. It should be noted here that the shampoo used should not have any sulfur compounds as one of its ingredients. This is quite an effective home remedy to get rid of Smelly Hair.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: December 4, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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