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4 Ways to Remove Campfire Smell From Your Hair (Without Washing It)

4 Ways to Remove Campfire Smell From Your Hair

Bonfires are a tried and true tradition any time of the year. Friends gathering to hang out  or maybe you're camping for the weekend. One thing not to look forward to, though, is that lingering campfire smell in your hair. So, what's a fan of second-day hair to do with smoky strands? Check out these secret tips that are the key to "fresh-ta-def" tresses.

1. Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo and second-day hair "go together like a horse and carriage". One of the main reasons is to leave our strands smelling shower-fresh. Since dry shampoo acts as a deodorizer, it definitely applies in this situation. We love Joico's Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo and Paul Mitchell's Dry Wash. Not only do they leave your mane smelling lovely, they also give limp locks a big lift.

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2. Citrus & Water

If you have an orange, lemon, or lime handy - this is an interesting technique. Zest the peel and add to a spritz bottle full of water. Let the bottle sit for about 15-20 minutes to allow the water to absorb the peel's scent. Once the mixture has settled, spritz onto your hair, concentrating on stinky strands. Then blow dry your hair on a cool setting. The citrus works to absorb the smell and will leave behind a fresh, tasty scent.


3. Baking Soda

Baking soda has infinite uses. Mainly as a deodorizer for your fridge, freezer, closets, etc. But did you ever think to concoct a deodorizing hair mist out of it? Simply mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda into 1 cup of water. (You may need to double depending on how much hair you have.) Once it absorbs, either spritz onto hair with a spray bottle or pour over your strands to eliminate "bonfired" tresses.


4. Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets are an especially great secret weapon when it comes to certain hair gripes. One of them being a deodorizer. Rub a dryer sheet onto your comb or brush before brushing hair. Not only will its scent penetrate your strands and block the odor, but it will also tame menacing second-day hair flyaways.


What Not To Do:

Dousing your hair with hairspray, perfume, body spray, etc. may temporarily mask the scent, but not for long and the mixture of scents may be worse than what you started with. Not to mention, spritzing your hair with something that isn't intended for it is a no-no. If you're going to spray anything into your hair as a deodorizer, make sure it's one of the four tips we've provided.


How to Prevent Smoky Strands:

While it may seem that a smoky fire will leave no strand of hair or article of clothing unscathed, there are a few preventative steps you can take to decrease the harsh stench.

1. Love the bun. Hair pulled back tight will absorb less odors than hair left down.

2. Hats & Hoodies. Wearing hats, scarves or hoodies goes a step further in preventative odor maintenance.

Not only will these tricks leave your strands smelling fresh after a camping trip, but they can also be a saving grace from other stinky scenarios. Keep these ideas in your back pocket after late nights at a smoky bar, dinner at your favorite Mexican restaurant, or a hardcore cooking session - and you'll have the freshest strands on the block.

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