Many men and women suffer from smelly hair. Odor in the hair and scalp usually results from dandruff, sweat and other infections. No matter how many times a week they wash their hair, it starts smelling within hours. If this is the case with you; you may be suffering from what is known as ‘smelly hair syndrome’. Smelly hair syndrome is an embarrassing condition which can be very difficult for those going to work or school. Also, people who suffer smelly hair know that it isn’t as simple as washing their hair multiple times a week. So let us study some remedies to get rid of scalp odor.
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1. Get rid of underlying infections
The common causes of smelly hair and malodorous scalps are infections of either the bacterial or fungal kind. So identify the issue first. If you have dandruff, you may be suffering from fungus or yeast infection. Seek help of a dermatologist to get rid of these. You can use a zinc pyrithione shampoo which is known to give long lasting protection from scalp fungus and prevent scalp smells within a day of washing. For bacterial infection you can use diluted tea tree oil mixed with coconut oil for a head massage. Wash this off after an hour (or you can leave it on overnight and wash off the next morning).
An accumulation of toxins in the body can also lead to smelly scalp, dandruff and hair loss. To detoxify, go on a multi-day juice fast. During this period, you may consume fresh green juices only. Avoid all kinds of processed food. Drink plenty of water. You can also drink herbal teas. A 2 day cleanse will restart sluggish metabolism and also assist in declogging the colon. You need to have a bowel movement daily. If you are constipated, you must increase the fiber in your diet.
3. Make your body alkaline
People with ph imbalance are also likely to suffer from smelly scalp and hair loss. An acidic system increases inflammation in the body which manifests in several different forms like acne, bloating, hair loss, dandruff etc. So make the body more alkaline by consuming fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid processed foods, sugary items and red meat. Eat more whole grains.
4. Treat underlying hormonal issues
Many a times, women with hormonal imbalance may suffer from scalp odor and smelly hair despite washing it many times. So rule out any thyroid issues. Seek help of an endocrinologist if needed. Here are some Remedies to Balance Hormones Naturally.
5. Apple cider vinegar
Use apple cider vinegar all over the hair and scalp to get rid of smelly hair without washing. Vinegar can absorb all kinds of odors –worry not, the smell of vinegar will also disappear within a few minutes. Simply use a clean cotton wool soaked in raw apple cider vinegar all over the scalp. Let it air dry. You may also drink diluted apple cider vinegar everyday (mix it with some honey or orange juice). This helps fight inflammation, balances ph and reduces body and scalp odors.
6. Baking soda
Another neat trick to get rid of smelly hair due to sweat without washing is to sprinkle some baking soda in the hair. Liberally use the soda all over the scalp and rub it vigorously. Shake off the excess. Run a comb to remove leftover soda. Your hair will smell clean and fresh.
7. Dry shampoo
There are many products like dry shampoos available in the market to prevent smelly hair on the days you do not wash the hair. Sprinkle the dry shampoo all over the hair and scalp to reduce sweaty smells.
Use a solution made by dissolving borax in water as a final rinse after shampooing. Use this remedy particularly for fighting smelly scalp fungus. Allow the borax rinse to stay in the hair- do not towel dry the hair. Repeat this weekly to treat tinea/ringworm and dandruff on scalp.
9. Use SLS free shampoos
SLS or sodium laureth sulfate is a surfactant that causes build up on the scalp. Overuse of these products can lead to smelly hair and scalp. So opt for SLS free, organic shampoos.
10. Use natural fibers pillowcases
Avoid synthetic sheets and pillow cases. Go for natural fibers like silk or cotton. These are gentler on the hair and prevent sweaty scalp at night.
11. Yogurt hair mask
Whip up some plain yogurt and apply it all over the hair and scalp to get rid of smelly scalp and malodorous hair. Wash off with warm water after an hour. Use a mild shampoo. This remedy also treats dandruff.
12. Lime juice
Mix lime or lemon juice with equal quantity of water. Using clean cotton wool, apply it all over the hair and scalp. Massage it in. Leave it on for an hour. Wash off with warm water. Do not use shampoo. This remedy will also give you shinier, softer hair.
13. Hot oil massages
For getting rid of smelly scalp, massage some warm coconut/olive oil mixed with a few drops of lavender or rosemary essential oil. Cover with a hot towel and leave it on for a few hours. Repeat this treatment once a week.
Take turmeric capsules or drink warm turmeric milk at bedtime every day. This remedy will fight inflammation and infections in the body to help you get rid of smelly hair and scalp.
Do not let smelly hair and scalp ruin your life. Use these 14 remedies to not only reduce odor but also get healthier, shinier hair.