How to get rid of hair dye smell (without ruining the color)


ammonia odor

  • The first thing you should know is that, even if your hair smells bad after coloring it, you should wait at least 72 hours to wash it.
  • While you wait, you can still wash your hair, but using a dry shampoo. It doesn’t need water to work and it is very easy to use. In this article, I´ll tell you the right way to use it so you don’t damage your hair color.


  • Once the 72 hours have passed, you can wash your hair. But, you must pay attention here. I’ll give you a very easy recipe with lemon and shampoo to completely say goodbye to the bad smell.
  • Finally, I’ll tell you how to avoid your hair from smelling bad next time you color it.


It is very common for your hair to smell bad after you color it. It is quite uncomfortable, penetrating, and nauseating odor. It comes from the chemicals present in permanent dyes, such as ammonia and hydrogen peroxide, among others.


Currently, manufacturers have found different formulas to reduce bad smells in dyes.  In fact, many products are already included in the conditioner kit for rinsing, and they smell very well.  But even so, some specific brands or formulas still leave a lingering unpleasant smell.


Now, let’s say you’ve dyed your hair, you have an unbearable smell, and you want to tear your hair out. What can you do?


First of all, as you probably know, you should wait at least 72 hours to wash your hair. Otherwise, you won’t let the dye finish settling on your hair.

However, there are several things you can do to reduce your hair’s odor during the 72-hour wait. Here are a few:

  • Dry Shampoo: What it is and how it helps you to get rid of the smell from your hair
  • Wash: How to wash your hair after 72 hours
  • Apply this tip next time you color your hair and you will forget about the bad smells


  Okay, let’s start by clarifying that you need to take this slowly because it’s not easy at all. 

Ammonia odor is very invasive and difficult to remove except by multiple washings. It is also true that each hair is different and reacts differently to dye. It means that, in some people, it may leave a stronger smell than in others.



An alternative solution is to use semi-permanent dyes, but in certain cases, they do not effectively offer hair coverage.

If you’ve tried them and know you have no choice but to use permanent dyes, this article is for you.


Dry Shampoo: What It Is and How It Helps Eliminate Dye Smell

before bleaching hair

The truth is ammonia smell is very difficult to eliminate, but there are several products you can use to disguise that unwanted fragrance.

For example, dry shampoo, which has varieties for all hair types. You just have to find the right one for you.



Dry shampooing helps you to get rid of the bad dye smell from your hair and, since you have to wait 72 hours to wash your hair, it is very useful to absorb the oil from the scalp and achieve a clean hair effect for longer.

It also leaves a very pleasant fragrance, neutralizing that smell you need to cover.


  Try to always buy the best quality dry shampoos, as bad products may dry your hair too much. One of the most popular is Batiste.  

So, how do you apply dry shampoo?



It’s a piece of cake. Most of them are in the form of spray for a more practical application:

  1. Separate your hair in sections.
  2. Apply spray to the roots of each strand of hair.
  3. Spread it in the same way all over your head.
  4. Brush your hair so that no residue is visible…

And that’s it, you’ll be as good as new!


Washing: How to wash your hair after 72 hours

to balance the hair ph

If it’s been 72 hours and you still haven’t torn your hair out because you can’t stand the smell, let me tell you, you rock! Here’s an easy recipe to say goodbye to that smell forever.



It doesn’t include vinegar if that’s what you’re worried about.  There are thousands of homemade balsams that include vinegar, which is illogical since you’d be covering up one unpleasant smell with a much worse one. 

That’s why I prefer to stand in your shoes and offer you solutions with pleasant aromas. This secret is so simple that it will surprise you because you only have to open your fridge and you will find it there: lemon


Here’s what to do:

  1. Take a lemon
  2. Squeeze it out
  3. Strain the juice
  4. Mix it with your usual shampoo
  5. Wash your hair as usual
  6. Leave it on for two minutes before rinsing


You’re probably wondering, why lemon juice? It is because the acid of this citrus fruit, besides sweeping away all kinds of odors, balances pH, and leaves a very fresh aroma. It also helps keep your hair shiny and soft for longer.

It’s important that you treat lemon with respect and that you don’t apply it in any other way than this, since, otherwise, you could wash your color out if you don’t do it properly.



If you want to avoid the bad smell, do this next time you color your hair

If you are a cautious woman and you looked for this information before the inevitable happened, I want to tell you that I have the answer for you here.

When you go to buy your dye, you will notice that many brands include oils or delicate aromas that significantly reduce the smell of ammonia. For example, Olia line, by Garnier.

However, don’t forget to buy a separate ampoule. Make sure that its fragrance is exquisite and concentrated.


Now, take note and follow these steps precisely:

  1. Work the dye on your hair according to the instructions on the box and leave it on for the indicated time. Not an extra minute, not a minute less.
  2.  Rinse with plenty of water until you see that no traces of dye remain. 
  3. Apply shampoo, massage, and rinse. Repeat.
  4. Towel dry without rubbing, but only to remove some moisture from the hair.
  5. Prepare the ampoule and apply it, gather your hair up and cover it with a shower cap; this will make both the nutrients and the fragrance penetrate deeply.
  6. Generally, you should leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse. To be sure, read the instructions on the ampoule.


That’s it! Apart from having a spectacular color, it will look extremely shiny and with an exquisite aroma.

This secret will go with you until the end of your days. Don’t forget to recommend it to your friends, you will save them from the horrible smell of hair dyes!

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