Many people encounter this problem. Some will observe the symptom towards the end of their day while others will notice it earlier, some even as early as up to 4 hours after a good hair wash. This can be caused by a number of things but it can be hard to pick out an actual cause.
Stinky Scalp Causes
The scalp produces oil or sebum. Its purpose is to protect and coat hair, keeping it from getting dry. Unfortunately, the sebum and the general scalp environment can make it prone to developing odors.
Here are some of the possible causes of Scalp Odor.
- Fungal Infection. Conditions like Dandruff are brought on by a fungal infection. The same thing may be causing the scalp to smell.
- Bacteria on the Skin. Bacteria present on the scalp break down amino acids and in that process create acids that have a distinctive and unpleasant odor.
- Work Environment. Working in a very hot environment can increase the rate with which the scalp sweats.
- Stress. Some people experience increased sweating when they are stressed and this can lead to an ideal breeding ground for bacteria in the scalp.
- Poor Hygiene. Not washing the hair right and not washing frequently enough lead to a build-up of deal skin cells and bacteria that may cause the bad odor.
- Head Wear. Caps and helmets need to be cleaned regularly as they can harbor microorganisms that can make the scalp smelly.
- Hair Care Products. Oily hair products can also increase the bad scalp odor. The same thing can happen with shampoo and conditioner residue.
Stinky Scalp Remedy
- Wash hair everyday and especially right after doing sports or exercise.
- Wash hair with a drying shampoo. Skip the conditioners as the added moisture may be what’s causing the smell.
- Rinse hair well. When it feels like the hair has been rinsed enough, rinse it again for good measure. Shampoo with a light shampoo, if necessary.
- Weakly diluted apple cider vinegar rinse. This can help get rid of bacteria on the scalp.
- Use an antifungal or anti-microbial shampoo, like the ones used for dandruff.
- Switch hair care products. Heavily oiled and deep condition products may be what could be causing the smell.
It may also be a good idea to consider using commercially available scalp deodorizers. When the scalp starts to smell during the day, it may be a good idea to keep the hair tied to contain the smell in the meanwhile.