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Old 04-16-2005, 07:42 PM   #1
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hair smell

For the past couple of months each day that I don't wash my hair, I smell this sour smell. And I know it has to be my hair. I don't understand why it's doing this all of a sudden. I used to wash my hair every other day and it was just fine, still smelled great. So now I've been washing it everyday which I know isn't good because it's drying it out. Has anyone ever had this problem? I don't like washing my hair every single day, what should I do? Thanks

 
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Old 04-16-2005, 11:39 PM   #2
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Re: hair smell

Do you blow dry your hair or let it air dry?

 
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Old 04-17-2005, 12:36 AM   #3
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Re: hair smell

Are you sure it's your hair and not your scalp that has the smell?

 
Old 04-17-2005, 06:37 AM   #4
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I air dry it/towel dry it for a few hours and then blowdry it.

I never thought about it being my scalp, I'm really not sure.

 
Old 04-17-2005, 02:55 PM   #5
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Not sure where you live, but your hair may be souring before it is dry. My friend had long thick blond hair and lived in the Miami area, she would wash it in the morning and let it air dry and by the time she got to work due to the heat and humidity her hair would have already soured and smelled awful! Might try not let it air dry as long.

 
Old 04-17-2005, 02:56 PM   #6
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Are you getting a build up of product thats causing the smell? Have you ever tried washing your hair with baking soda? (I mean maybe either adding it to shampoo or rubbing it on after you've washed and rinsed. Not only does it get rid of build up but will neutralize smell too.

 
Old 04-17-2005, 04:52 PM   #7
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Re: hair smell

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Not sure where you live, but your hair may be souring before it is dry. My friend had long thick blond hair and lived in the Miami area, she would wash it in the morning and let it air dry and by the time she got to work due to the heat and humidity her hair would have already soured and smelled awful! Might try not let it air dry as long.
Yeah, I live in Southeast Texas and it's really humid here. That might be the problem. I guess I should start drying it as soon as I get out of the shower and see if that changes anything. Thanks

 
Old 04-17-2005, 04:54 PM   #8
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Are you getting a build up of product thats causing the smell? Have you ever tried washing your hair with baking soda? (I mean maybe either adding it to shampoo or rubbing it on after you've washed and rinsed. Not only does it get rid of build up but will neutralize smell too.
That might also be the problem. It's been a while since I've had a good build up cleaning. Thanks for the tip, I'm gonna give that a try

 
Old 04-20-2005, 09:29 PM   #9
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Re: hair smell

Oh My God!!! For the last few months, I have experienced the very same problem. I thought about posting it here, but was embarrassed about it, so I never did. Thank God that I am not the only one here. See, my problem is, if I wash my hair and stay inside, it never smells. However, as soon as I walk outside in the scorching sun (I live in Florida btw), it starts to smell sooo awful. I have dandruff, so I use Nizoral 2%. I don't know if this is the culprit. So what I did was putting on some leave-in conditioner with fragrance to mask the smell. Well, not only it doesn't mask it, it makes me have these awful fits of sneezing...strong fragrances make me sneeze... I don't know why this is happening all of a sudden, and it makes me think twice everytime I want to hug a friend or some other people. I am afraid that they can tell that I have stinky hair. I will try the baking soda, or even have to tell my dermatologist this...Any new suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Have a great week, everyone,
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Old 04-20-2005, 11:14 PM   #10
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Re: hair smell

I have been a Cosmotologist for fourty years and from my beginnings in the beauty business I can tell you that baking soda has helped many with problems such as this. A good paste of baking soda was once the prescribed treatment to strip chlorine from the hair. Now we have other pre mixed products for this. Baking soda will not only make your scalp feel good, it will remove all residue from the scalp. It's a bit messy, but worth it. Cider vinegar is another home remedy that helps liven up hair.

 
Old 04-23-2005, 04:28 PM   #11
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Re: hair smell

Apple cider vinegar will help restore the natural acid mantle to your hair and scalp. Using it as a final rinse, and when your hair dries, you cannot smell it.

Also, if you happen to sweat a lot, your scalp can start to smell by the next day after shampooing.

 
Old 04-23-2005, 05:07 PM   #12
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Re: hair smell

Hello everyone,
thank you very much for your replies. I just went to walgreens and got myself some baking soda. However, I don't know what to do with it. Mix it with shampoo or do it afterwards?? Is there a certain amount I should use so that it won't dry my hair out? I just pour them on my head or what is the right way?
Thanks... and have a great weekend
Anita

 
Old 04-25-2005, 03:39 PM   #13
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Re: hair smell

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Hello everyone,
thank you very much for your replies. I just went to walgreens and got myself some baking soda. However, I don't know what to do with it. Mix it with shampoo or do it afterwards?? Is there a certain amount I should use so that it won't dry my hair out? I just pour them on my head or what is the right way?
Thanks... and have a great weekend
Anita
I just pour some shampoo in my hand, and dump a couple of tbsp of the soda in it, and then wash my hair. I follow up with a wash of just plain shampoo. This might make your hair feel a bit rough or tangled, if so be sure and use conditioner afterwards.

 
Old 04-25-2005, 06:11 PM   #14
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Re: hair smell

Is it possible that it is your towel(s). Dry they might smell fine, but wet is a different story if they went sour at one point. Also, at times when my sinus' are "off" things smell weird to me. Has anyone noticed the smell, or just you?

 
Old 04-27-2005, 12:33 PM   #15
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Re: hair smell

Oh yeah, definitely it's not just me who noticed the smell. It's so embarassing... I dunno. I have used the baking soda twice, and it still smells though. I don't know if I have to use the baking soda every time I wash for a few weeks and then stop. I guess I should keep using it until the smell is completely gone. I just hope it's not going to make my hair any drier than it already is....
Does anyone in here know if dermatologists can help you with this??? I have an apppointment with my derm this Friday, and want to bring it up, but I am a bit embarrassed about it hehe....If there's nothing that he can do about it, then there's no point of bringing it up...
Anyways, have a great week everyone.
Anita

 
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