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Haircare can be quite a cumbersome task, especially during seasonal changes. Your hair may start to become dull, frizzy, dry and face issues such as hair fall and hair thinning. Or you can even experience a sticky and smelly scalp or hair.
Does your scalp emit a weird smell? Those of you who have smelly scalps know the cons of it, don’t you? Before you blame yourself for it, remember that it is the bacteria thriving on your scalp that’s to blame.
What’s more shocking is that some women are more prone to have a smelly scalp, thanks to the constant hormonal fluctuations in their bodies. But you have nothing to be worried about because it is a common condition.
When dead skin cells accumulate, they start falling off in the form of white flakes. This makes you want to scratch your scalp, and that eventually causes irritation. An irritated scalp is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, and this gives rise to an unpleasant odour.
Apart from this, there are many reasons why your scalp and hair become smelly and sticky.
Smelly scalp is also known as seborrheic dermatitis as the sebaceous gland secretes oil. Bacteria and dead skin cells are often the main reasons behind smelly scalp. “Apart from this, smelly scalp can occur due to various reasons like sebaceous gland secreting oil, excessive sweating, under or over washing of hair with wrong products, fungal infection, hormonal imbalances and stress, psoriasis, and hair products,” says Dr Swati Mohan, senior consultant, Dermatology, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Faridabad.
Some other causes are:
Wondering if it is really helpful? Well, market shampoos are chemical-based which can wreak havoc on your scalp and hair health. So all you have to do is go the natural way. In such a situation, shikakai can be a true saviour. It will ensure your scalp stays clean and its anti-fungal properties will help you treat dandruff. In addition, it helps maintain the pH level of your scalp and keeps irritation at bay thus will improve your scalp health, removing the smell.
Here’s how you can make it: Soak shikakai pods, reetha berries, amla, curry leaves, and hibiscus flower, in a bowl of water overnight. The next day, boil all the ingredients in water and then grind the ingredients. Now, use it as a shampoo, apply it to your scalp and along the length of your hair. Massage for 3 to 4 minutes before washing it thoroughly.
Essential oils such as tea tree oil can be used to reduce the smell of the scalp because it has powerful cleansing, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that aid in eliminating the bad smell. What’s more? It can also improve blood circulation in the scalp. Hence, tea tree oil will help you get rid of dandruff and scalp infections, ensuring a healthy hair grwoth. And that means you don’t have to deal with smelly scalp anymore.
ACV is the one ingredient that can transform your hair and scalp health. The alpha-hydroxy acid in ACV stimulates the cell turnover revealing a healthy scalp. Also, the natural anti-inflammatory properties can suit the scalp irritation and eliminate scalp smell.
Aloe vera is a herbal magic for your hair woes. According to the Indian Journal of Dermatology, aloe vera is rich in vitamin A, C, E, B12 and packs a solid punch of minerals well. So the gel extracted from this plant helps in treating issues ranging from hair fall to smelly scalp. The proteolytic enzymes present in aloe vera are known to repair dead skin cells on the scalp, which can be a cause of the smell. Not just that, the gel acts as a great conditioner and can make your hair smooth and shiny.
Another very good natural home remedy is using lemon juice as it has been shown to have antimicrobial qualities, which suggests that it could reduce some smell-generating bacteria lurking on your scalp. Being acidic in nature lemon juice can help balance the pH of the scalp, reducing the scalp and hair odour. Apart from this, lemon is loaded with vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, antioxidants, flavonoids which all can help to make hair stronger by strengthening the hair follicles, combat dandruff causing fungus, and fights scalp infections.
Do not waste your time in search of a market based product for your smelly scalp. Instead, go to our kitchen and find out these remedies and apply it to your scalp to eliminate the odour. Remember if your scalp skin is sensitive or dry, we would suggest you always do a patch try before applying any of these home remedies.