Smelly hair, as the name suggests, is characterized by an unpleasant odor emanating from the hair and scalp. It can be caused by a condition called smelly hair syndrome. It can haunt 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. Also, factors like stress and hormonal imbalance can contribute to this embarrassing problem. Scalp psoriasis and infections, particularly fungal infections, are also causes.
Unpleasant smell emanating from your tresses may put you in an awkward situation. Before this obnoxious odor of your hair becomes the reason of your embarrassment, take some measures to avoid it. Smelly hair syndrome is the main cause of this stinky condition. People with oily scalp mostly face this problem. Overactive sebaceous glands on the scalp, poor personal hygiene, excessive sweating, more exposure to chemicals and environmental pollution, hormonal imbalance, bacterial and fungal infections are some factors that contribute to reeking hair. Both men as well as women can have this problem. Wash your hair regularly. Change your pillow cover, towel and hair brush frequently. Eat a balanced diet. Drink plenty of water. Use a shampoo that contains salicylic acid and sulfur.
Spray your body perfume on combs to give fragrance to your locks. Minimize consumption of foods like garlic and onion, as they have pungent smells. Do not tie your locks until they get completely dry. Don’t use conditioner in your roots. Don’t over brush your hair because it pulls out the oil from the scalp. Equal quantity of Hibiscus flower, fresh amla (gooseberry) and leaves of holy basil (tulasi) are taken and mixed with 4 times of gingelly oil (Sesame oil) and 8 times of coconut water and regular application of coconut oil, 20 minutes before bath, with gentle scalp massage benefits you.