How To Make Your Hair Smell Good All Day (21 Ways)
Discover natural ways to make your hair smell better sometimes even instantly and without shampoo
Want to learn how to make your hair smell good all day?
If you don’t have the time to wash your hair as often as you would like I have a few tips and tricks that will make your hair smell awesome.
Some of these tips are also good for those with a smelly scalp.
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Best Ways To Make Your Hair Smell Good All Day
1. Keep combs and brushes always clean
The first step is obvious but essential. Clean your hair’s combs and brushes at least once a week to prevent them from gathering dirt. It is also best to avoid sharing them.
2. Avoid cigarette smoke
This tip is a no-brainer. Smoke is bad news for your hair if you want to keep it smelling fresh all day. If you smoke or are around people who do, your hair will get that awful smokey smell.
3. Maintain your hair accessories clean
Wash any hair accessories including headbands, hairpins, handkerchiefs, hats, and rubber bands. Keep also your pillowcases clean at all times.
4. Working environment
When I was younger I used to work in a kitchen and my clothes and hair smelled of food at the end of the day.
If you are in the same situation pick something to cover your hair but first spray a fragrance of your choice inside it.
5. Heat protector
Before using hot tools apply a natural heat protector product.
This will not only keep your hair shielded from the heat but will also ensure that your hair smells good after straightening and drying it.
If you love the smell of your hair’s serum, add a few drops to the heat protector to propagate the smell all over your hair.
6. Leave-in conditioner
Probably you already use a natural leave-in conditioner but if you don’t, buy one with the long-lasting aroma of your choice.
This will prevent your hair from smelling burnt.
For a deep hair conditioning treatment that will also accentuate the smell, leave the conditioner overnight.
7. Use dry shampoo (the lazy way)
For those days when you need to wash your hair, but don’t have the time, use organic dry shampoo. It will revive your hair and give you a lovely smell.
8. Perfume or body mist
Spray your favorite perfume or hair mist on your comb before using it on your hair.
9. Use a hydrating hair fragrance
These days you can buy hair mists with a great range of aromas. I love fresh smells with citrus hints. This one from Amazon has good reviews.
10. A hair scalp scrub
To maintain your hair and scalp really clean and prevent bad smells get into the habit of using a scrub. For a quick DIY hair scrub mix sugar with olive oil or coconut oil. Apply over damp or wet hair and then shampoo as usual.
11. Use a gentle shampoo
Choose a shampoo that is formulated for your hair type and is gentle on the scalp. Avoid using harsh sulfates or alcohols, as these can strip the scalp of its natural oils and lead to dryness and irritation.
12. Use a shampoo that contains tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has antifungal properties which makes it ideal to use on hair and scalp to prevent bad odor. Buy a shampoo containing this ingredient or add a few driblets of tea tree essential oil to your bottle of shampoo.
13. Rinse hair using dry herbs
Boil dry herbs such as rosemary, lavender, or rosebuds for 5 minutes. After washing your hair with shampoo give it a rinse with floral or herbal water. It will give a nice aroma to the scalp and hair.
14. Dry your hair thoroughly
If you wash your hair before bedtime, make sure to dry it thoroughly.
Going to bed with your hair still moist is not a good idea because a damp scalp can promote fungi, which can make your hair and pillowcase smell bad.
Below can find 7 DIY remedies to keep hair smelling good.
- Is your hair curly? Make this DIY hair mask for curly hair to get more defined curls.
How To Make Your Hair Smell Good All Day With 7 Natural DIY Remedies
Please note that these recipes are only for external use. Make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients used in the recipes. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding or simply not sure, consult with your doctor.
How can I make my hair smell nice?
Learn how to make your hair smell better with homemade natural remedies.
1. Use Tomato Juice
It is said that tomato juice helps to eliminate bad odors in the hair and scalp.
Make tomato juice and apply it over the scalp and hair with a massage.
Leave for 20 minutes and rinse. Wash your hair as usual.
For best results use it twice a week.
2. Make Your Own Hair Conditioner
Here is another way you can use to make your hair smell good all day.
Place a spoon of flax seeds in a bowl and cover it with boiling water. Keep stirring until the water obtains the consistency of a gel.
For the full recipe check out this flaxseed gel recipe.
- Strain and add one spoon of cornstarch.
- Remove until it is totally dissolved. You might need to use a blender.
- In a separate bowl mix 5 drops of jasmine essential oil with 5 drops of jojoba oil.
- Add the oils to the flaxseed gel and mix well.
Use it as a conditioner, after you wash your hair, or as a hair mask before you wash your hair.
If used as a conditioner, leave it on for 5 minutes while you shower.
When used as a hair mask, allow it to sit on your hair for 20 or 30 minutes.
Cover your hair with a shower cap or foil paper to induce heat.
This conditioner will make your hair smell good after a shower.
3. Use Rose Water For Hair
If you love the smell of roses on your hair, why not make your own rose water spray to eliminate hair odor?
It is very simple to make.
You will need:
- a handful of fresh or dried rose petals
- distilled water
- 3 drops of lavender oil or rose oil (or both)
- sprayer mist bottle
How to make it:
- Place the rose petals in a pan and cover them with water.
- Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let it cool.
- Add the essential oil.
- Strain and pour the water into the spray bottle.
- Store in the fridge for a few days. It is best to use your judgment here. If starts to smell bad is time to throw it away and make a fresh one.
For a more detailed explanation with images check out how to make rose water at home.
4. Intensive DIY Hair Mask
To make your hair smell good all day make this intensive and nutritive hair mask.
- half avocado
- half banana
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, or jojoba oil
- 7 drops of lavender oil
How to make it and use it:
- blend all the ingredients except the essential oil
- throw in 7 drops of lavender essential oil and mix well
- apply all over the hair massaging the scalp and the ends
- cover your hair with a shower cap
- wrap the hair with cling film (over the shower cap)
- leave from 20 minutes to one hour
- wash your hair as usual
Love hair masks? Check out this homemade bentonite clay mask to detoxify your hair.
Check this list of essential oils you can add to your hair mask for a great scent:
They are most effective when they work in tandem with certain hair categories. Generally speaking, lavender, carrot seed and rosemary are beneficial for all hair types. If hair is dry, chamomile, rosewood and palmarosa serve as moisturizing agents. Oily hair is balanced by lemongrass, patchouli, sage, cypress and cedar-wood, while geranium, spearmint, tea tree and juniper soothe the scalp and treat the itching and flaking associated with dandruff – Source
5. Use Lemon Juice On Your Hair
Lemons have a really nice and fresh smell.
You can massage your hair and scalp with the juice of one lemon after washing it or add it to your last rinse.
Make sure you do it at night, to avoid interference with the sun. Lemon juice is also effective to add shine and reduce oil and dandruff.
6. Use Baking Soda To Cleanse The Scalp
Baking soda is often used to neutralize bad smells on the scalp. If your scalp tends to have a bad odor due to excess sweat or oil try applying baking soda.
Just make a paste with baking soda and water. Use a ratio of 1/3. For instance, you could mix one spoon of baking soda with 3 spoons of water.
Apply over wet hair. Massage the scalp for 5 minutes and rinse with plenty of water.
Other natural ingredients that will eliminate the bad smell of hair are honey, cinnamon, and apple cider vinegar.
If your hair is falling and you want to make it stronger check this DIY hair growth serum recipe.
7. DIY Dry Shampoo
This homemade dry shampoo will give your hair a really nice smell.
You will need:
- 1 teaspoon of talcum powder
- 3 drops of aloe vera
- chamomile-extract (3 drops)
- lemon extract (3 drops)
How to make it and use it:
Mix all the ingredients to get the consistency of powder. With the head upside down, apply little by little to the roots and the ends of your hair.
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Last Words About How To Make Your Hair Smell Good
Who doesn’t want healthy hair that smells gorgeous all day?
There is a lot you can do to keep your hair smelling fresh and nice all day.
Of course, the best thing you can do is to wash it regularly, especially if you have oily hair.
But I’m sure you already know that.
Make sure to follow these tips and remember to carry a fragrance of your choice with you just in case you need to refresh your hair instantly.
How do you make your hair smell good? Any tips?