Last week we has a really long discussion on hair loss, I hope you all had a chance to read it. Today, from a comment made afew weeks ago, we’ll chat about smelly hair so grab a seat and let’s get started.
Smelly hair, as the name suggests, is characterized by an unpleasant odour emanating from the hair and scalp. It can affect people of any age and is not related to poor hygiene.
Oily hair is more prone to this condition because it picks up environmental pollutants and strong smells more readily but having oily hair doesn’t necessarily mean a smelly scalp.
The odour is caused by bacteria which is harmless and present whether you have oily hair or not, but excess oil gives bacteria the food they need to thrive and proliferate causing the smell.
Having a smelly scalp doesn’t mean that you are not taking good care of your hair. On the contrary, many hygiene conscious and clean people develop a smelly scalp because of yeast.
The first way to get rid of your smelly scalp is using a shampoo that contains sulfur,salicylic acid, zinc or tar. Sulfur is a very powerful antifungal and antibacterial chemical that will get rid of the yeast colonies in your scalp.
Avoid applying conditioners on the roots of your hairs as most conditioners contain oils that are simply going to be feeding the yeast and bacteria which is going to increase the smell. Apply the conditioner on your ends only starting at about an inch from your scalp.
The use of garlic to get rid of bad smells may seem a bit ironic but the truth is that bacteria and fungi hate garlic. You can rub garlic juice on your scalp and then wash it off after some time or you can use garlic oil as a pre-poo.
Lavender and Tea tree essential oils are an effective solution to getting rid of your smelly scalp as they are very powerful antifungal and antiseptic oils. Dilute afew drops of oil in water and apply it on your scalp. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and then shampoo your hair. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo (ten drops for every 100ml of shampo) then wash your hair as usual.
If you’re on contraception and notice a change in your hair smell it’s probably because of the hormonal changes. My advice would be to take 1 or 2 tablespoons a day of ground flaxseeds, that should help.
Baking soda is one of the most widely used home remedies for smelly hair because it helps neutralize foul odours and reduces oiliness. Mix one part baking soda in three parts water, rinse your hair with water and apply the baking soda paste on your hair. Leave it on for about five minutes and then rinse it out. Do this weekly.
Apple cider vinegar works as a natural hair clarifier and removes product buildup that can contribute to smelly and oily hair. It also helps restore your hair’s normal pH, adds shine and prevents frizzing. Add a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to one cup of water and mix in a drop or two of an essential oil such as lavender or tea tree. Apply the solution throughout your hair and let it sit for a few minutes then rinse it out with cold water. You can use the apple cider vinegar mix after using the baking soda remedy.
Neem oil can be used to treat scalp infections and consequently smelly hair due to its antiseptic properties. You can add it to your shampoo like tea tree or you can apply a few drops on your scalp, massage, and leave it on overnight then shampoo your hair the next morning. You can also boil a handful of neem leaves in water, cool and strain the solution and use it as a hair rinse once a week.
Ensure your hair is completely dry before styling it into ponytails, buns and such. Also avoid hats, head scarfs and caps to reduce sweating. Invest in Sallah Oils products. We enrich our natural oils and butters with essential oils and herbs to keep your hair and scalp healthy.
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That’s it for this week.
Have a fabulous day and remember YOUR HAIR IS YOUR BEST ACCESSORY!