Have you ever wondered why your hair starts smelling bad after few days of wash? There could be plenty of reasons for the same and poor hygiene is just one of them. Excess oil production from the scalp, applying conditioner on scalp, overexposure to chemicals, excessive sweating, fungal infection, bacterial infection and even hormonal imbalance could trigger smelly hair. However, you do not have to be embarrassed about this condition as there are plenty of home remedies to get rid of smelly hair.
Here Are Few Of Them
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
It normalizes the pH level of your hair and prevents building up of products from environment or chemicals that may account for smelly hair. Take a cup of water and add to it half tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and use this mixture to rinse your hair. Leave it on for one minute and wash off. If you wish, you can also add essential oils like lavender or rose for added fragrance.
2.Tea Tree Oil
It is highly effective against microbial infections on the scalp which lead to foul smell of the hair. It reduces dandruff and leaves a plesant smell on hair. Add few drops of it in some water and use this mixture to massage your scalp before shampooing your hair.
3. Lavender Oil
It reduces scalp itching and inflammation due to presence of strong antiseptic and antifungal properties. Just apply up to 10 drops of lavender oil on your hair after shampooing. This will leave a pleasant smell on your hair.
4. Baking Soda
One of the best natural shampoos out there, baking soda minimizes oil secretion from sebaceous glands on your scalp and neutralizes the fetid smell. Dampen your hair and apply some baking soda water paste (mixed in 1:3 ratio) on your hair. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse off. Do it every week to keep your hair away from foul smell.
5. Lemon Juice
With excellent astringent properties, lemon juice makes for a great remedy for removing smell from hair as it reduces risk of bacterial infections and minimizes dandruff. It not only leaves your hair smelling fresh but also adds shine to it. Just apply fresh lemon juice on your hair after washing your hair with regular shampoo.
Tomatoes naturally balance the pH level because of its acidic nature and are excellent natural cleansers. Thus tomatoes keep foul smell out of your hair. Extract enough tomato juice and massage it on your hair. Leave it on for half an hour and wash off with mild shampoo. Repeat this process at least two times every week.
7. Aloe vera
Along with treating several hair problems like dry hair, aloe vera also prevents dandruff and the hair smell caused by it. Shampoo your hair and then apply aloe vera gel from root to tip of your hair. Let it remain for 15 minutes and then rinse off.
8. Onion Juice
Its top notch antifungal and antiseptic properties grant it high medicinal values and removing smell from hair is one of them. It keeps infection of the scalp at bay and eradicates stickiness. Extract juice from onions and apply to your hair. Leave it on for half an hour and then wash off with regular shampoo.
Juice extracted from garlic contains amazing antifungal as well as antiseptic properties that kill bacteria that buildup materials on your scalp. Sulfur in garlic kills the smell by killing off the yeast that produce it.
One of the best natural shampoos, vodka not only gets your hair rid of bad smell by removing buildup but also enhances hair growth. Just spray some diluted vodka on your hair after regular shampooing. You do not have to rinse it off.
11. Margosa oil
It has antiseptic properties that attack at the root of bad smell coming from your hair. It is highly effective against scalp infections. Massage your hair with margosa oil and wash off with regular shampoo the next day.
12. Olive oil
Its amazing soothing properties relieve itching due to buildup and thus prevent foul smell from your hair. Besides, olive oil deeply conditions your hair. Just pour few drops of it on your hands and rub onto your hair after regular wash.
13. Orange peels
It removes excessive oil produced by your scalp and keeps dandruff at bay which is a prime reason of smelly hair. Besides, the fruity scent of orange peels makes your hair smell nicer everyday. Peel out two oranges and put the peels inside a jar dipped in little apple cider vinegar for a fortnight. Strain the peels from the mixture and store the liquid in your fridge for regular spray over your hair.
14. Honey and Cinnamon
For the simple reason that both these ingredients contain antifungal as well as antibacterial properties, these can be used to make a natural anti-foul smell hair mask. Add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder into a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for at least 30 minutes and then add one teaspoon honey. Let the mixture cool down and then apply it on both your hair as well as scalp. Leave the mask on for few hours and then rinse off with regular water followed by regular shampoo.