How to Remove Burnt Smell from Hair

How to Remove Burnt Smell from Hair

Hair dryers and straighteners are essential to comb and shape many women's hair, but if used in excess or incorrectly they can really damage hair. Capillary damage caused by heat not only makes hair dry and weak but it can also leave a strong burnt hair smell that can prove difficult to remove.

For more about how to get rid of burnt smell from hair, keep reading here at oneHOWTO.

Steps to follow:

If at the end of styling your hair you notice it smells burnt, its a clear sign that you are damaging your hair and not providing the appropriate care that it needs. Healthy and strong hair will always smell clean, especially if recently wash and hydrated with a conditioner or mask. The ideal way to avoid this burnt smell in hair is by preventing it. Fortunately, you can prevent burnt hair smell by taking a few, very simple measures:

  • Avoid using your hairdryer and straightener daily. In the event that you wish to straighten your hair, we recommend rather doing this with a hairdryer than with straighteners.
  • Apply a heat protector on wet hair before drying or ironing.
  • Control the temperature of your iron, avoid contact at more than 180 or 190º.
  • Do not straighten your hair when wet. Always make sure your hair is well dried before applying any type of heat.
  • Applying a nourishing mask once or twice a week for extra moisture. You can also opt for some natural treatments, such as those mentioned in this article home remedies for damaged hair.

If you’re wondering how to get rid of burnt hair smell, these tips are essential to prevent your hair from both looking and smelling burnt and brittle. But what can be done if your hair already smells burnt?

A quick and effective way of how to get burnt smell out of hair quickly is by using commercial perfumed oils which are sold especially for this purpose. If your hair smells burnt even after washing, these such hair perfume oils will prevent your hair from drying out by adding moisture, but not looking too greasy.

For more, we recommend reading our article where we discuss how to make my hair smell good without washing it.


If you don’t have any hair perfume oil and are looking for another way to get rid of the smell of burnt hair altogether, we recommend that (in addition to using your normal shampoo) you opt for some natural neutralizing products.

Two of the most popular oils which can help get rid of burnt smell in hair is almond oil or coconut oil. Apply a few drops from middle to end and leave to rest for 15 minutes after washing your hair with shampoo. Then, wash out with water and wash your hair as you would normally.

For more, read our article where we list the best natural oils for dry hair.


Baking soda is also great in absorbing bad smells. Add a small spoonful of bicarbonate into your shampoo bottle, shake and wash your hair.

Additionally, baking soda is also great at eliminating other impurities in your hair, leaving it squeaky clean.


One of the best natural remedies to get rid of the smell of burnt hair and repair any damaged caused is aloe vera. Prepare a capillary mask mixing the pulp of an aloe vera leaf with 5 spoonfuls of olive oil, cover wet hair with the mixture and leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse off well with water.

Read how to use aloe vera for hair here.


For a perfect finish, apply some dry shampoo once your hair is dry to reduce the smell completely. You can learn how to apply dry shampoo correctly here.


To reduce the smell of burnt hair that arises when you straighten or curl your hair, make sure that your hair is completely dry before using a hot appliance on it. Just a small amount of humidity will cause smoke and cause a smokey smell in your hair.

In addition, you can also take a look at our article on how to care for burnt hair to make sure your hair goes back to its usual state.

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