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My hair smells bad when it’s wet: Is it moisture? Is there a solution?

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Does your hair smell bad when you get it wet? What’s more, does your hair continue to smell wet after you’ve dried it?

The same thing happened to me, and the truth was I felt awful.

I feel awfully embarrassed as if the smell of my hair was my fault.

It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve washed my hair. I have tried to change my shampoo, even every fifteen days.

I have tried all types of shampoos:

  • Citric shampoo
  • flower
  • Does not contain sulfate
  • vegan

This little problem turns into a big secret. I even cried alone in the bathroom to escape encounters with my friends and didn’t even let my best friend use my iron for fear that she would discover my secret. .

No matter what shampoo and conditioner I use , as soon as I shower, my hair smells.

Have you ever entered a closed room without any kind of ventilation for a long time? What did you smell?

Exactly a terrifying damp, stifling smell!

And that’s the smell of my hair.

 A smell that I can feel even when I use half a liter of the best French perfume. 

I was not the one who sat and cried because of the bad luck, so I decided to investigate it myself.

Do you know what I discovered?

That there are many reasons why your hair smells that wet and obviously, there’s no reason for you or me to be dirty and messy.

Therefore, if you want to find a solution to completely eliminate the wet odor on your hair, keep reading.

Because I will tell you:

  • Other possible reasons for your hair to smell wet
  • How to get rid of the bad smell on your hair
  • Other tips to prevent odors on your scalp

Why does your hair give off that wet smell

I have super thick, super thick hair. On the one hand, it’s a blessing, since I have strong hair.

But it’s also a curse. Do you know why?

Because thick hair takes a long time to dry , and I don’t like using a hairdryer because my hair is very curly.

I think that will be my problem. That’s because my hair hasn’t dried out completely, so it smells musty, just like what happens with clothes.

So I decided to attack it from that side. I bought a thermal protector and I started drying my hair with a dryer.

But unfortunately, my hair still smells bad.

So I have to continue to investigate. And I can assure you that the investigation has come to fruition.

Does your hair smell wet?

Then, take five minutes to honestly answer the following questions:

  • Is your hair greasy?
  • Does your scalp tend to feel itchy?
  • Do you have dandruff?
  • Are some areas of your scalp red?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, you have the same problem with me.

 And this problem has a name: seborrheic dermatitis

And recently I learned about it!

Now I know the stench in hair comes from this disease that attacks the scalp, but is there any solution?

How do I get rid of the damp smell on my hair

Just as there are special antibiotics to treat pneumonia or allergic remedies, seborrheic dermatitis can be treated using specific products.

It helps to remove odors from your hair, whether it’s dry or wet.

 And that solution also has a name: Neutrogena T / Gel Shampoo , whose active ingredient is coal tar, is formulated to treat dandruff, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.  

The smell of the shampoo is quite medicinal and slightly earthy, but it’s a lot better than the smell of my hair before using it. I put it on my scalp when showering and following the instructions, I let it sit for a few minutes before washing it off.

After that, I continued to use T / Gel Conditioner, whose active ingredient is salicylic acid, which also helps fight dandruff. This product is special, I apply to the midsection and the ends of my hair.

 When I get out of the bathroom, after using the two products for the first time, I feel like my hands can touch the sky.  

I can’t smell a fragrance that isn’t a conditioner. There is no musty smell nor the smell of moisture. I even asked my sister, who noticed a stench in my hair before, to smell it and she couldn’t smell anything either!

I have been using both shampoo and conditioner for just about two months.

And I keep getting the same results.

By the third month, I changed the conditioner to some of my deep moisturizing masks, but I continued to use shampoo. And thank God, my hair smells amazing.

Also, my dandruff has started to disappear; it is almost non-existent and I don’t feel itchy scalp.

 I was amazed to be able to enjoy such an accessible solution that gave me immediate results! 

Now that you know how to deal with the problem of wet hair smell in your hair, I will tell you some tips to prevent odors.

Other techniques to prevent odors in your hair

In addition to using the products I mentioned earlier, when I showered, I also discovered that there are several things you can use to prevent damp odors.

  • For example, applying a few drops of peppermint oil before drying your hair helps prevent the formation of mold spores in your hair.

Essential oils have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. After spraying your scalp and hair, you dry your hair completely, alternating the temperature of the dryer between cold and hot to better measure how dry your hair is.

  • Is your head sweaty?

This can also cause a bad smell on your hair. I recommend washing your hair more often and one last time with apple cider vinegar to let your hair soak in for at least fifteen minutes.

Apply apple cider vinegar at least once a week to your hair.

Thanks to these steps, I am able to control the terrifying wet smell in my hair.

And that means I can reconcile my hair and my life. The smile is back on my face and I’m not afraid if someone gets close to my head or hair.

If, after following this advice to combat the damp smell in your hair, you feel the problem persists, it may be time to consult a dermatologist.

Have you ever smelled a wet smell or something similar in your hair?


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