My daughter’s hair smells even after washing: 5 possible reasons and solutions

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  • Several reasons can make your daughter’s hair smell even after washing it: from bad washing habits to the products she uses.
  • It can also be due to scalp problems or other health issues. Even eating habits influence hormones and hair.
  • The good news is that you can learn what to do in each case! Smelly hair (or smelly scalp) has a solution

 

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I guess you got here because, being a mom, you’ve tried everything from home treatments to high-quality products for your daughter, but her hair still smells.

Do you wonder what’s going on and don’t know what else to do?

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You don’t have to worry!

Here are some possible causes for your daughter’s smelly hair. We’ll see what you can do in each situation.

 

5 possible reasons why your daughter’s hair smells after bathing

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  1. Sleeping with wet hair
  2. Bad hygiene habits
  3. Scalp problems
  4. Poor quality or inadequate products
  5. Food and hormones

 

I’ll explain each of these reasons in detail and tell you what you can do to improve the smell of your daughter’s hair.

 

1- If your daughter sleeps with wet hair…

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There’s nothing nicer than a bath before going to bed, right? However, wet hair and friction with the pillow do not get along well. Even less so if your daughter tends to tie it up.

Hair that’s been wet for hours without proper ventilation is a breeding ground for bacteria.  It’s not a myth that hair that’s left wet for many hours is weakened. 

If your daughter does it very often, it could be the cause of her smelly hair.

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So, what’s the solution for your daughter?

Tell her to wear a bathing cap when she showers at night to prevent her hair from getting wet.

If she has to wash it at night, make sure she dries it with a blow dryer to sleep with her hair dry.

 

2- If your daughter has bad hygiene habits…

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You may tell me you buy your daughter great products, but that’s no guarantee. It often happens that we don’t clean properly. And that’s essential for hair and scalp hygiene. Being a stylist, I see many women who don’t know how to wash their hair the right way.

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 A poor wash can cause a smelly scalp.  The same can happen with an excess of wash because it stimulates the sebaceous gland. That excess of oiliness also causes a smelly scalp.

 

If your daughter plays sports, sweats, and then doesn’t rinse her hair well when she bathes,  the sweat could mix with the chemicals in the washing products, creating a “cocktail” . It often leads to smelly hair. Have you thought about it?

This way, you’d have smelly hair even if you’d washed it.

 

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So… How do we wash our hair properly?

Here are the steps for you and your daughter to wash your hair properly in the shower:

  • Step 1: Wet your hair thoroughly.
  • Step 2: Drain the excess water.
  • Step 3: Hollow out the palm of your hand and place the shampoo in that space. That’s the right size for all hair. It may not look like much, but believe me, it’s not.
  • Step 4: With the other hand, distribute some shampoo on each side of your head, on the top of your head, on the nape of your neck, and on your forehead. This way, you’ll cover all the areas where you need to distribute the product.
  • Step 5: Carry out a light massage without rubbing or abruptly rubbing. That alone is enough for the correct washing.
  • Step 6: Rinse very well with abundant water.
  • Step 7: Repeat all the previous steps.

 

3- If your daughter has scalp problems…

Some conditions such as psoriasis, seborrhea, dandruff, or simple scalp irritations can cause smelly hair.

What do I do if my daughter suffers from any of these scalp disorders?

 

 The first thing I advise you is to go to the dermatologist to rule out the presence of any kind of germ or microorganism in the cortex. 

In the meantime, if there’s dandruff, you can wash her hair with a specific shampoo to treat it. The process is just as I described earlier. In the case of an excess of oiliness, try a shampoo with sulfur or one that is specific for oiliness.

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Another tip is to wash your hair only three times a week. This way, you’ll avoid stimulating the gland. At first, it’ll be difficult but, over time, the sebaceous gland starts to normalize. Washing your hair every day only produces more oiliness. Try to escape from this vicious circle.

 

4- If your daughter uses poor quality or inappropriate products…

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You must know that a bad quality shampoo won’t wash the hair. Using a shampoo that’s not right for your or your daughter’s hair type can cause scalp disorders.

 

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 For example, if she has oily hair and you use a shampoo for dry hair, you’re adding moisture where dryness is needed. 

Each hair must use the right products to avoid alterations that can produce unpleasant smells.

 

How do I find the right product for my daughter’s hair?

The first thing you need to do is identify the hair type. Then, select recommended products for that type.

 

  There are specific products for each hair type. It’s just a matter of reading the product label carefully when you go to buy them.  

Many people have the bad habit of buying the cheapest products or those on sale. This isn’t a good practice because, most of the time, those products don’t suit the needs of our hair, or your daughter’s in this case.

 

Evaluate your daughter’s hair type, whether it’s greasy, dry, colored, etc., and choose washing products based on that.

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5- If your daughter’s diet affects her hormones…

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It’s not just stress that can wreak havoc on the body. Eating habits are also key. What we eat influences our bodies, nails, and hair.

It is always advisable to have a rich and healthy diet, avoiding junk food.

 

 On the other hand, during teenage years, hormones produce important changes in the body and can also alter the sebaceous gland. It may cause smelly hair. 

 

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What can I do about my daughter’s nutrition and hormones?

The main thing is to maintain a varied and healthy diet, avoiding excess junk food.

You can also visit the dermatologist for more detailed advice.

 

Conclusion

Today we shared a lot of information about hair health and especially about your teenager’s hair.

Now you know that smelly hair doesn’t always come from a health problem.

Many times, it’s just a matter of changing some habits. From the way you wash your hair to the way you eat to achieve a balance and prevent your hair from smelling even after you wash it!

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