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Ways to Remove Lingering Odors From Your Hair

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Verna Meachum

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This post came as a request from one of my followers. There are many solutions, opinions and methods for everything pertaining to hair so these are just some of the things I’ve found that you can use to help get rid of or diminish bad odors from your hair. Hope this helps!

Smoke and Your Hair

Smoker or non-smoker, you might have experienced the cigarette smell getting into your furniture, clothes and even your hair. And, you would have noticed the smell creeps up your hair in no time. Smoke can also creep into your hair from a camp fire you hung around or even from a BBQ night.

So, what do you do when the smoke odor lingers through your hair? The practical solution would be to wash it away as that seems the most logical way to keep your locks clean and fresh but you may have time limitations or difficult hair that needs special care and attention each time.

Now, there are plenty of products available at shops or your local drug store to keep your hair smelling good and one of them is @bouncecurl hair and body perfume. With subtle notes of pineapple and coconut, made from a blend of essential oils, it’s a perfect solution for this type of situation. What I like about this product is that it comes as a roll on, which makes it a neat and clean way to use fragrance. There’s nothing worse than seeing a splash of your favorite bottle of perfume coating the inside of your purse. Also, it’s easy to tote and take with you wherever you go. No more surprise spills again. Use it on your body and hair and you’ll be left smelling like piña colada

DIY Solutions

Citrus sprays are another solution that can be made at home using orange, lemon or lime mixed with a dash of water.  You could also use essential oils such as patchouli, lemongrass, lavender, rosemary, tangerine etc. and mix it with water. Diluted rose water or your favorite perfume can also come in handy when required. Essential oils are volatile (they evaporate) and make a nice perfume blend. Aroma oils can eliminate bad odors and replace them with fresh new ones.

Note: always perform a patch test on a small area of your skin before you start bathing yourself in it, especially if you haven’t used it before.

• Dry, no-rinse shampoos can be applied to hair like a spray, massaged and left in your hair for the day. But, you should use it sparingly to avoid dry hair.

• To avoid unpleasant odors from seeping into your hair, you could use beanies, hats and hoodies or even make a messy bun. And if you still find yourself struggling you could use some fresh air as it’s sometimes found to be effective in aerating your hair.

Do you have any special tricks for removing unpleasant odors from your hair without having to rewash it?

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  1. Bea says:

    <3 my IG @bberlango , thanks!! <3

  2. Shereen says:

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  3. Navill says:

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  4. Brunettewithbounce says:

    I so needed this today!!! Thanks V

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  6. Rebecca Korab says:

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  7. Marnae says:

    Love this article. I have to try DIY citrus spray. I look forward to reading more of your post. I found the blog through the giveaway, my ig handle is differentlyme

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    Hey lovely just signed up on here! U know a lot about hair and can’t wait to See more of u! My IG = @xtalithachelsea and btw thanks for sharing this post 😘🤗

  9. Carisa Sanchez says:

    I never thought about this! As a cigar smoker (sometimes) I never thought about the smell left in my hair. My clothes smell (even though I smoke light cigars in ventilated areas) but I never tried to smell my hair. I love how convenient the tip with essential oils is. @its_me_carisa thanks

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  11. Valerie says:

    Verna, first off thanks for this post and some great suggestions to a nasty problem. There are plan es I have refused to patronize because my hair absorbs the odors, yuck. One question that’s been lurking in my brain, are oils hard on the hair? Water and oil don’t mix. I know that only a small amount of oil is necessary, but just wondering. Thanks for all your work and your integrity with sharing it. Valerie
    IG @phariszunino

  12. Sandi Brubacher says:

    Helpful article!

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  13. Ananya says:

    Hey! I love your blog, thanks for helping us all out. Ananya_anny is my IG handle.

  14. Fatima says:

    I really love your blogs!
    IG: @_fatimameush

  15. Angelica Williams says:

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  16. Natasha says:

    IG Handle: prettycurls_04


  17. Andreea Fugaru says:

    Instagram is : Reeaa

  18. Lorena says:

    Instagram Lorena_reybe
    I work in a kitchen and I hate the smell of food on my hair, and I’ve noticed that sometimes if I add essential oils the odors just mix together making it worse 🙁

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  20. danielle says:

    i so love this blog. ive always wanted to know if anyone has invented hair "deodorizer" that would make your hair smell better from second hand smoke or even from flat ironing your hair. this so so cool. im going to try it.

    Instagram: danielle_monique16

  21. Jacqueline says:

    Thanks for the tips! @jem_t_griffin on IG

  22. Laura Arango Carmona says:

    This is useful! My ig account is @arangocarmonalaura

  23. Danielle Idea says:

    Ig handle: @dani.idea

    Grabe! I learned so much!! My hair usually easily smells like cigarettes (for example) even if i only pass by an area where people are smoking… Odors easily stick to my hair and im so annoyed :/ thanks for this!

  24. Glenda says:

    IG Handle @mrs.g_lady

    This is awesome! One of my curl friends had just complained about her hair smelling funny and it was just day 2 hair. So glad I read this helpful post and will definitely share with her. Thank you!!!

  25. Mitch FJ says:

    I’ve never really thought about lingering odors and my hair. This certainly was an eye opener.
    IG: bluebrainnails

  26. Anna C says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I hate smells on my hair. I carry my bounce curl perfume everywhere. But would love to try the citrus spray❤️

  27. Eri says:

    Ig handle: @rare.rubi

    I’m loving this website!!!

  28. Divya says:

    Great post!
    Ig handle: divya_shan

  29. Samaria says:

    Thank you 😀

    Email: es.jay.vee

  30. Myranda Alvarado says:

    Thank you for always sharing your wisdom about hair!!

    IG: myrandan

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