Body odor is never a good sign. It’s your body’s way of telling you that something funky is already going on. If you’ve been experiencing persistent foul order, which does not go away despite your best efforts then maybe it has little to do with your level of personal hygiene but with something else entirely.
Among the vast spectrum of body parts that could possibly smell bad, the most neglected is a smelly scalp. Mostly because people think that it’s a mere hair problem. Smelly Hair Syndrome (SHS) is actually a misnomer. This condition does not go away just by vigorously washing your hair out with shampoo. To eliminate the effects – in this case, embarrassingly foul smelling hair – it is important to first determine the cause. A smelly scalp results from an increase in bacterial invasion in the area due excessive oil production of the scalp’s oil glands. Some bacteria are naturally found populating the scalp but in a healthy and harmless number. The increase in natural oil production causes them to thrive and multiply at an alarming rate. In short, Smelly Hair Syndrome is a bacterial infection.
What causes this overproduction of oil by scalp oil glands? When a person undergoes hormonal changes typically brought about by stress or puberty, this may cause the oil glands to produce more oil. Bad smelling scalps can also be seen in people with coarse hair types. This is because coarse hair tends to retain more bacteria. Some experts also say that pungent foods, like onion and garlic-rich dishes contribute to the foul odor. Washing your hair twice daily would help avoid this problem. Also, as strange as this may sound, do not over-comb your hair. Frequent brushing actually releases the scalps natural oils.
Home remedies to get rid of smelly scalp
But if you are already suffering from a foul smelling head and would like to save yourself from further embarrassment at social functions, then there a number of ways to get rid of smelly scalp bacteria and arrest the persistent infection. We’ve personally looked through all the possible ways to get rid of smelly scalp odor and found the simplest at-home remedy to cure it.
We recommend that you ‘juice it’. This method makes use of a variety of juices that you can obtain from average every day ingredients lying around the kitchen. There are four juices in this category that are guaranteed to get rid of smelly scalp odor: Tomato Juice, Lemon Juice, Orange Juice and Onion Juice. All of these juices have natural anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. We’ll break them down for you one by one.
Tomatoes decrease bacterial load by balancing out the pH level of the scalp. A less acidic environment does not permit bacteria to thrive. It also cleanses hair of the foul smell. To make tomato hair rinse, juice as many tomatoes as needed to cleanse your hair. The longer your hair is the more tomatoes you’ll need. Massage the tomato juice into your hair and let sit for about 20 to 30 minutes. Afterwards, rinse your hair with water and mild shampoo. Repeat two times a week. Be careful though, tomatoes tend to lighten the color of hair.
Lemons are the prime skin care all-stars. They have many good qualities that make them perfect for at home skin and hair care remedies. For one thing, lemons do not only smell good but also act as cleansers that can remove dandruff and infecting agents. There are two ways to use lemon to get rid of smelly scalp bacteria. The first is done by juicing two lemons and combining this juice with a cup of water. Spray the liquid on clean hair. Let the lemon juice sit for a few minutes then rinse it out with water. Do not use shampoo. Repeat two times a week. If you have a fungal infection, combine the juice of one lemon with plain yogurt (one cup). Massage this into hair and let sit for 30 minutes. Rinse with water. Repeat this weekly. Lemons, much like tomatoes, also lighten the hair if applied frequently.
Oranges are natural deodorants especially the peeling. Orange juice also has the unique ability to decrease overproduction of oils as well as cleanse away dandruff. There are a number of orange juice recipes to get rid of smelly scalp odor but the simplest and quickest way is to juice oranges and apply to clean hair.
We’ve mentioned that eating onion-rich foods causes foul scalp odor however liberally applying it on your scalp neutralizes it. That’s because onions are natural antiseptics. They also possess anti-fungal properties. Depending on the length of your hair, juice as many onions in a juicer and apply the liquid to your scalp. Let it sit for thirty minutes than rinse with water and shampoo. Careful though because they may sting your eyes.
The juice method of curing Smelly Hair Syndrome is a simple yet effective way of nipping the source of foul odor right at the bud. Many other users have already benefited from this method. For people who get easily shy about their personal hygiene, this is the method for you. It is important to note however that persistent and severe cases will not be resolved by simple juice rinses and they should be brought to a dermatologist immediately.
A smelly scalp due to bacterial infection can happen to almost anyone with excessively oily and coarse hair. It’s nothing to worry about because organic fruit juices can be used target the bacteria that causes the bad smell. A lot of people have already shared their stories on how the Juice It Method has rid them of their embarrassing smelly hair conundrum. And we personally recommend it. The results really speak for themselves. Natural fruit and vegetable juices are pleasant alternatives to expensive medicines. They do the job equally well and are easy to acquire since most people already have them in their homes. For more information on how well it works or if you have similar experiences with the method – Do you love it or hate it? Can or can’t do without it? – then please drop by our comments section to share your thoughts.