Hairstyles play a big role in creating a person’s image and shaping an opinion about him. Even with great styling, a bad smelling hair may discourage attention. We’ll look at why hair smells bad and how to fix it.
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Reasons why the scalp can give off an unpleasant odour
There are a number of factors that contribute to odour:
- Seborrhea. This condition is caused by an excessive secretion of sebum. The base of the sebum secretion is fatty acids that release an unpleasant odour when combined with oxygen.
- Kidney and gastrointestinal diseases. Accumulated iron should normally be eliminated in the urine and faeces. If the excretory systems are not functioning properly, toxins are eliminated via the sweat and sebaceous glands. This is why the scalp and hair smell bad.
- Diseases of fungal and bacterial nature. Micro-organisms that develop on the human body in excessive numbers give off a foul-smelling odour. Often the person smells like mice.
- Improper care. Many people think that their scalp and hair need to be washed as often as possible to keep it in good condition. But this is far from the case. Washing frequently, especially with hot water and the use of unsuitable products will also increase shampoo production. But infrequent shampooing also tends to cause shampoo build-up and stench.
- Hormonal imbalances. Hormonal imbalances can cause sebaceous glands to behave badly, resulting in unpleasant smelly particles.
- Lifestyle. Much depends on professional occupation or hobbies. If you work with a pungent smelly smell, cut up fish or sit around a campfire, your locks will also change their scent.
- Actions on curls. When blow-drying constantly, using irons or curling irons, or performing perms, hair can be characterised by a slight burning smell. It’s particularly common with those with weak, fine or damaged locks.
Why does your scalp smell like grease?
All of the reasons listed above can lead to an unpleasant greasy odour on the scalp.
TIP! It is worth noting that the unpleasant symptom can be caused by a single factor or by a whole set of disorders of the body as a whole.
Why does it stink, even after washing?
There may also be several causes:
- The porosity of your locks. The higher it is, the more the hair actively absorbs odours.
- Poor living conditions, bad habits, bad hair hygiene and bad hair habits can all contribute to hair stink. Unhealthy habits, consumption of spicy, oily or salty food and living in an environmentally sensitive neighbourhood.
- Scabies (Phavus). A fungal disease, the main symptom of which is a distinct mousy odour. In its advanced stage the scalp becomes covered in a keratinous pattern and alopecia occurs.
- Internal diseases and hormonal imbalance.
How to get rid of bad hair odour
The first thing to do is to find out what is causing the bad smell. If it is an illness, self-treatment should never be undertaken as it can only worsen the health situation.
Have you ever had bad smelling hair before?
For the right hair and scalp care, you’ll need to talk to a trichologist or hairdresser. A professional will determine your hair and skin type and select the right products.
If it’s not a medical condition, aromatherapy can help. A couple of drops of essential oil should be added to your shampoo every time you wash your hair.
IMPORTANT: And, of course, don’t forget to take good care of your head and hair.
Folk remedies for bad hair or scalp odour
To give your skin and tresses a pleasant, light scent, we recommend the following steps:
- Rinse your skin and hair with water and lemon juice and freshly brewed coffee (not strong).
- Use masks based on mustard powder. The easiest way to use mustard powder is to dilute it in water and then rinse your tresses with the mixture. Such a mask will not only cope with the bad smell, but will also stimulate hair growth.
- Coconut oil masks. You can simply apply the oil to your hair, avoiding the root zone.
- Wood ash can fight the smell of smoke. The ash that is left in the fire is crushed and spread all over the length of the hair. The ash has an absorbent effect. Citrus oil can also help with the smell of firewood. It is applied to wet hair and washed out after a few minutes.
It’s worth noting that hair actively absorbs odours and it’s not possible to completely block this ability. It can, however, be reduced by using special care products that completely envelop the hair and prevent odours from being absorbed.
Certain salon treatments, such as lamination or keratin straightening,also reduce the absorption capacity of hair.
Maintaining body hygiene is important, as is eating a proper diet and drinking enough clean water. The use of styling products and hairstyling appliances (blow dryers, curling irons, curling irons) should be minimised.
Unpleasant hair and scalp odour is a real problem for any girl and can make you feel uncomfortable and insecure. The tips listed below will help you cope with the problem and improve the condition of your hair in general.