Why do I have smelly hair?
If you’re like me, you might find yourself wondering why your hair smells so bad. You wash it regularly and yet it still smells like something crawled in there and died. Or did it crawl out of your nose? That’s what my mom used to tell me when I was a kid—that boogers can get stuck in our hair, but that’s not the case here. What causes smelly hair then?
Everyone has smelly hair sometimes. It’s natural to have some oils on your scalp, and they can have a funky scent. This is especially true if you don’t wash your hair for a few days. If you’re noticing a funky smell even after you wash your hair, though, there are a few potential causes.
Everyone has smelly hair sometimes. It’s natural for your scalp to have some natural oils, and these can have a funky scent. This is especially true if you don’t wash your hair for a few days. If you’re noticing a funky smell even after you wash your hair, though, there are a few potential causes:
- Dead skin cells or dirt clogging the pores in your scalp
- A fungal infection (called tinea versicolor) that causes the skin under your armpits or between your toes to turn white or light brown
If you have dandruff, your scalp is covered in white flakes, and your hair smells bad even after washing. It’s caused by an overgrowth of a fungus called malassezia on the scalp. Some people are more prone to it than others, but it’s fairly common—about 30 percent of the population has dandruff at any point in time.
It’s important to note that dandruff isn’t dangerous; it just can be annoying if it gets too severe and makes your head smell bad. Fortunately, there are treatments available that can help control or eliminate dandruff symptoms like flaky skin and greasy scales from forming on the scalp.
There are many causes of bad hair smells, including styling products that build up on the scalp. A buildup of styling products can cause your hair to smell bad after washing and leave residue on both your scalp and hair. While some people may believe that their shampoo and conditioner are responsible for this unpleasant odor, it’s more likely due to overuse of styling products like gel or pomade. These types of products often contain harsh chemicals that can irritate skin as well as cause an unpleasant smell in your hair if left on too long—which is why it’s important to give yourself plenty of time between applying these styling aids and going out into public!
If you have chlorine in your water, it can dry out and damage your hair. If you swim often, shower immediately after swimming to wash out all of the chlorine before it dries in your hair. This will also help keep you from getting sick as well!
Chlorine also corrodes metal pipes and fixtures that deliver water to our homes, so if this applies to where you live it’s probably best not to drink tap water at home either (although many people still do). But if that’s not an option for you, then try using an activated charcoal filter for distilled or reverse osmosis filtered drinking water instead of tap water. The reason why this is important is because other common chemicals found in household plumbing may react with chlorine such as copper pipes which can produce toxic byproducts called organochlorines; these chemicals are known carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) like vinyl chloride monomer (VCM).
Oily hair is a common problem, and it’s often caused by genetics and hormones. But even if you have oily hair by nature, there are some things that can make your locks look greasy even after you shampoo and condition them.
- Dietary factors: Your diet can play a role in how oily your hair gets. Heavy consumption of fried food, animal fat or dairy products may cause an increase in oil production on the scalp.
- Stress: Stress stimulates oil production as well as increases sweat gland activity that dehydrates the body, leading to even more oil production on the scalp. You’ll also notice increased shedding around this time due to hormonal changes during stress or pregnancy (which causes up to 300 percent increase in sebum).
- Genetics: If your family members have oily scalps, chances are good yours will too! As mentioned above, hormonal changes can contribute significantly here too—just think about all those zits during puberty!
Not washing your pillowcase and towels often enough.
You can also improve the smell in your bedroom by making sure you wash your pillowcase and towels regularly.
Studies have shown that the buildup of bacteria on towels and pillowcases can lead to unpleasant odors, even if they’re clean.
This means that if you’re washing your clothes only once a week, it’s important to pay particular attention to your bedding because it doesn’t get cleaned as often as other items in your laundry load.
If you have sensitive skin or allergies, make sure that any detergent you use is hypoallergenic so that it doesn’t irritate or inflame these issues.
A bad reaction to hair products.
- A bad reaction to hair products.
Some people have reactions to hair products, which can result in skin irritation or an unpleasant smell. If you’ve had a reaction to one product, try another brand and see if it works better. You may also want to experiment with different types of ingredients or scents that don’t cause problems for you personally.
It’s possible that someone who had a negative experience with one type of product will have no problems with others; however, it’s also possible that their body could react negatively again when exposed again unless the ingredients have been changed significantly since their first use of the product (or even changed completely).
Infection or inflammation in the scalp.
If your hair smells bad even after washing, you might have an infection or inflammation in the scalp. Folliculitis is a common skin condition that causes tiny red bumps on your skin. These bumps can be itchy and painful, and they may also smell like burning rubber. Another type of bacterial infection called bacterial vaginosis can cause an unpleasant odor in your hair as well, because the bacteria that cause these conditions produce a foul-smelling secretion as they grow.
Medical conditions like folliculitis and bacterial vaginosis can also cause an unpleasant smell in your hair. This is because the bacteria that cause these conditions produce a foul-smelling secretion as they grow.
- Medical conditions like folliculitis and bacterial vaginosis can also cause an unpleasant smell in your hair. This is because the bacteria that cause these conditions produce a foul-smelling secretion as they grow.
- If you have poor hygiene, it’s more likely that your hair will start to smell bad than if you keep yourself clean and tidy.
- A build-up of grease, dirt and oil on your scalp can cause dandruff – which will produce flakes in your hair that are visible when brushed or washed away from the scalp by water (or shampoo).
There are many causes for smelly hair, but most of them are easily remedied by changing routines or using different products.
There are many causes for smelly hair, but most of them are easily remedied by changing routines or using different products. The first thing to do when your hair smells bad is to identify the cause. You can ask your doctor if you suspect an underlying medical condition, or consult with a dermatologist in case the smell is caused by an allergic reaction or psoriasis. If neither of those apply, look at what you’re doing to your hair before washing it and consider changing up your routine.
If you have dandruff, try using a clarifying shampoo every other week instead of every week and use a conditioner that won’t weigh down your strands (like this one). And if you have oily roots but dry ends, try cutting back on how often you wash your hair so it has time to get clean without feeling like straw in between washes (this might mean going up to twice as long between shampoos).
The solution to your smelly hair can be as simple as washing it more often. If you tend to wash your hair once every week, try washing it twice a week. If you wash it every three days, try washing it twice a week instead. Alternatively, if you have oily skin or sweat a lot (particularly in the scalp area), consider using an antiperspirant or deodorant to reduce sweating in the scalp area and allow pores there to breathe more easily.
Additionally, check with your doctor if you’re experiencing any other symptoms like discomfort during mastication or headaches that could indicate an underlying health issue such as psoriasis or eczema; this will help them determine whether there are any underlying causes for your smelly hair that need treatment before treating just the smell itself.