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Why do I wash my hair but my hair still smells?

Clean hair should not have an unpleasant odor, however, some causes can still cause hair or scalp to smell even if you have good personal hygiene.

What we eat affects a lot health. If you eat too many foods that have a strong smell like garlic, onions or eat a lot of meat, your skin can be affected, along with the smelly scalp and hair. Livestrong quoted dermatologist Kemunto Mokaya in Houston (USA).

Even if you wash your hair regularly, your hair can still smell for a number of reasons unrelated to personal hygiene


Factors environmental pollution Like car exhaust, chemicals can also stay on the hair and scalp, causing unpleasant odors. Perspiration remains on the scalp, hair is also the agent that creates odors. This smell will continue to linger until you wash your hair.

Some skin problems like seborrheic dermatitis and disease scalp psoriasis These are diseases that make the scalp and hair smell bad. The reason is that sebum and dead skin cells attract bacteria, fungi and produce odors.

The way for a person to check for himself whether his scalp and hair smell is very simple. You just need to use your fingers to rub your scalp and hair, then check with your sense of smell.

How to remove odor from hair

Fortunately, some simple home remedies can help eliminate odors as well as inflammation and sebum buildup caused by seborrheic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis.

The preferred products to use are anti-dandruff shampoos. In addition, people can apply other ways with apple cider vinegar. Mix a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water. After shampooing, rinse your hair with this mixture. Apple cider vinegar will help neutralize odors in the hair as well as fight harmful bacteria, making hair smoother. If apple cider vinegar is not available, use lemon instead.

Another way is to rub baking soda or coconut oil on your scalp and leave it for a few minutes and then wash it off. If these methods still don’t work, and your skin and hair continue to smell bad, see a dermatologist.

In the case of a fungal scalp or other skin disease, your doctor may prescribe antifungal medication, according to the health page Livestrong (America).

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