Hair Smell Good

Although there are many other things that are more important in life, at the end of the day we still treasure our physical appearance to some extent. And even if you’re not into makeup or fashion, chances are that you still want your hair to look and smell good. There are some lucky people out there whose hair just seems to be naturally amazing at all times, but for those of us that are less fortunate in that department, having funny smelling hair can be a true nightmare. Luckily, there are a few trustworthy ways to fix this issue.

Firstly, if you have hair that smells funny, try to figure out the root cause of the smell. For instance, do you work in a kitchen? Do you smoke or live with a smoker? In some cases, it can be possible to get rid of the smell by quitting smoking. If you work in an environment that causes bad odor, you should wear a hair net and ensure you wash the hair after each shift.

These environmental factors can alter the way your hair smells, but there are also medical reasons for which you hair might smell bad. No matter the reason for your unpleasant hair smell, there is a fix or cure for it. Here are five ways to make sure that your hair always smells good.

1.     Always Maintain Good Scalp Hygiene

If you want to maintain sweet smelling hair, good hygiene is an important aspect of this. Unpleasant odors in your hair are generally caused by a buildup of sebum and dry skin. The fastest and most effective way to solve your scalp hygiene problem is to wash your hair regularly with a good shampoo.

This is why choosing the right products for your hair type can have great results. Natural products are also a great alternative. Chemicals tend to suffocate your hair follicles, which will in turn lead to a nasty smell. Some hair types, such as curly or wavy hair, are more high-maintenance than other when it comes to hygiene, but with the right products your hair is sure to look and smell great. Find the best natural alternative, or at least try to focus on those with more natural ingredients.

What is more, good hygiene extends beyond just cleaning your hair. Ensure that any head coverings you wear are also clean. Besides that, ensure your beddings, and your house and office spacein general, are clean. Any surface on which you lay your head on could be the perfect place for bacteria to grow. As they are transferred to your hair, they will cause a horrible smell.

2.     Use a Lemon Rinse…

A good and effective natural remedy for oil accumulating on your scalp and making it smell bad is a lemon juice rinse. Lemon juice has many benefits for the skin due to its astringent properties that shrink and tighten pores. By applying this DIY remedy to the skin on your scalp, your pores will produce less oil, and thus your hair will look and smell better. 

To reap the full benefits of this simple treatment, just squeeze a few lemons and spread the juice all over your hair. You can also make some lemon juice without water and soak your hair in it for ten minutes. Ensure that you condition the hair since lemons can have a drying effect on the hair. If you have light hair, keep in mind that lemons could lighten it further.

3.     …Or a Rose Water Rinse

As previously mentioned, natural ingredients are the best choice to keep your hair smelling great. Another great and ‘green’ remedy for getting rid of bad odor is rose water, and this can be just one of its many uses. Rose water makes a great rinse on its own, but you can also mix it with some honey for that extra boost of good smell. Simply rinse your hair with some rose water to keep it smelling great.

You can also spritz your hairbrush with the rose water and use it to brush through your hair. This can be especially useful if you are in a hurry and simply do not have the time for a full soak. The best part about this remedy is that you can make it at home. Simply mix some witch hazel, rose water, distilled water, and a few drops of essential oils. Then spray this mixture occasionally into your hair to acquire the best results.

4.     Keep Your Stress Levels in Check

Although this is unknown to many of us, stress and anxiety can actually influenceyour body’s odor for the worst. Simply put, the sweat and oils your body produces due to stress have a more unpleasant smell than normal. This means that your hair can be affected too, especially if you tend to sweat profusely around your face and hairline.

Thus, if you suspect that your stress is the cause for your smelly hair, you first need to determine what is causing it. Is it a momentary situation that will soon pass or is a more widespread problem affecting your life negatively? If the answer is the latter, we strongly recommend that you seek out a professional opinion. Keeping your body in overall good health should be a priority at all times.

5.     Get Checked for Skin Conditions

And speaking of maintaining your health, if your hair smells bad, you might want to consider the possibility of having a skin disease. Just like any other part of your body, your head is prone to skin conditions. According to recent research, more and more people are affected by what is popularly dubbed as SHS, or Smelly Hair Syndrome. In reality, this is an umbrella term for multiple medical conditions of varying degrees of severity that can lead to bad smelling hair and even hair loss. 

The most common medical conditions that can lead to the development of SHS are:

·         Eczema

·         Psoriasis

·         Ringworms

·         And seborrheic dermatitis.

The latter is the most common culprit behind bad scalp and hair odors, and it is caused by an excess of sebum that piles up and starts propagating an unpleasant smell. However, this as well as the other medical conditions behind SHS are serious issues that need the attention of a specialized doctor.

Thus, if you notice any excessive sebum, itching or dryness on your scalp, go see your dermatologist as soon as possible. He or she will guide you through the recovery process and your hair will be healthy again in no time.


All in all, natural ingredients are your best friend when it comes to making your hair smell good. However, unpleasant scalp odor can be caused by some more serious conditions that a rose water or lemon juice cannot possibly fix. If that is the case, your best choice is to seek medical attention and remediate the problem with the help of your doctor. Whatever your situation may be, make sure to always decide what’s best for you and your health. 

Author Bio:Mike Jones is a Boston-based blogger. You can find more of his work on Sound Body Life and on Twitter
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