Natural remedies for smelly hair and scalp

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Never in the history of mankind has anyone found odors funny; be it body, scalp , mouth or hair. Odors, when the bearer takes cognizance of it, can cause serious esteem issues for bearer. If you notice a weird or disconcerting smell wafting from your hair or scalp few days of washing your hair, it could be influenced by a couple of factors that will be discussed in this article.
Smelly hair or scalp is common among people who work out or sweat a lot.
In this article, we will be answering the following questions:
• Why the scalp smells
• Causes of smelly hair and scalp
• Natural remedies for oily hair and scalp

Why your scalp smells
There are a lot of factors that can contribute to smelly scalp. One of the major factor is oily scalp. And it is a lot easier for a person with oily skin to have oily scalp. This does not mean that every scalp that produces too much oil smells bad. But more often than not, they give off a kind of sour smell.
The odor that emanates from an oily scalp is mostly as a result of bacteria buildup. It is true that, our scalp, whether oily or not, has bacteria always present in it. But when there is excess oil on the scalp, it provides a suitable feeding and breeding ground for these bacteria to thrive on and multiply. This is what causes the scalp to smell.
There are other factors that contribute to smelly scalp, you will find out as you read on
Causes of smelly hair and scalp
We have already established oily scalp as one of the major reasons for smelly scalp. There are factors that can make your scalp extra oily, and also contribute to the odor. Factors like:
• Not washing your hair for some days or poor hygiene
• Hormonal changes
• Medical conditions like seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, dandruff, or allergic contact dermatitis
• Excessive sweating
• Pollution
Now that you know why your hair starts smelling few days after you wash it, let’s look at some natural ways you can control your oily scalp, hence inhibiting smelly hair and scalp.
Natural Remedies for Oily hair and Scalp
Essential Oils

• Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has a pleasant aroma. Its aroma and antimicrobial properties can help fight the microbes that cause the smell. This leaves your hair smelling fresh.

What you need

6 drops of tea tree oil
1-2 tablespoons of jojoba or sweet almond oil

What You Have To Do

Mix tea tree oil with jojoba or sweet almond oil in the specified quantities.
Apply the blend to your scalp and a little to your hair.
Leave it on for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off.
You can do this 1-2 times daily

Baking Soda

The antibacterial nature of baking soda can help in getting rid of the odor-causing bacteria on your scalp

What you need

1 tablespoon of baking soda
½ cup of water

What You Have To Do

• Add a tablespoon of baking soda to half a cup of water and mix well.
• Rinse your hair as usual with a mild cleanser.
• After washing your hair, give it a final rinse with the baking soda solution.
• Rinse thoroughly with water
• You can do this once a week.

Apple Cider Vinegar

The antibacterial nature of apple cider vinegar can help combat the bacteria thriving on your scalp

What you need

½ cup of apple cider vinegar
2 cups of water

What You Have To Do

• Mix half a cup of apple cider vinegar with two cups of water.
• Wash your hair with a mild cleanser and use the above mixture for a final rinse.
• Rinse your hair thoroughly with water after this.
• You can do this 1-2 times a week.

Garlic Oil

The antibacterial and antifungal activities of the sulfur compounds in garlic can fight the bacteria that are causing your scalp to smell bad.

What you need

4-5 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons of coconut oil

What You Have To Do

• Crush the garlic cloves.
• Heat the crushed cloves with two tablespoons of coconut oil for a few minutes.
• Strain the mixture to extract all the oil out of it.
• Apply the mixture to your scalp and a little to your hair.
• Leave it on for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off with a mild cleanser and water.
• You may do this 1-2 times a week for best results.

Avoid Using Conditioner On The Scalp

Conditioners are only meant for your hair and not your scalp. Applying conditioner to the scalp can make it even more oily, giving a chance for the odor-causing bacteria on your scalp to multiply.
In addition to these remedies, you can also follow the tips mentioned below to prevent your scalp and hair from smelling bad.

Lemon Juice

The bactericidal effects of lemon may help combat the bacteria that are causing your hair to smell bad. Lemon can also combat dandruff, one of the many causes of a smelly scalp.

What you need

2 teaspoons of lemon juice
1-2 cups of warm water

What You Have To Do

• Mix two teaspoons of lemon juice with one to two cups of warm water.
• Wash your hair with a mild cleanser.
• Give your hair and scalp a final rinse with the lemon and water mixture.
• Leave it on for a few minutes.
• Rinse your hair thoroughly with plain water.
• Repeat the process twice a week.

Tomato Juice

Tomato pulp exhibits antibacterial properties that can help in getting rid of the odor-causing bacteria on your scalp

What you need

1 medium-sized tomato

What You Have To Do

• Squeeze out the pulp from a medium-sized tomato.
• Apply the pulp directly to the scalp.
• Leave it on for 20-30 minutes before rinsing it off with plain water.
• You can do this 1 to 2 times a week
How To Prevent Smelly Scalp And Hair
• Wash your hair regularly.
• Treat the root cause of the odor, like dandruff (if any).
• If you sweat a lot, wear light clothing.
• Use a mild fragrant shampoo.
• Avoid the temptation to scratch your scalp as it increases the secretion of oil.
• Avoid touching your hair constantly.
• If you spend a lot of time outdoors, wear a scarf or hat to protect your hair from environmental pollution.
All these remedies can help combat a smelly scalp.

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