How to Get Rid of Burnt Hair Smell

Updated July 05, 2018

Perms are great for changing up your look and trying something new with your hair. Hair straighteners are also good for this. Both have one down side to them: They leave your hair with a burnt hair smell. This smell is often quite strong. So strong in fact, that it is quickly noticed by others around you. Not only does this smell bother you, but it is embarrassing. You don't need to put up with it. There are some things you can do to get rid of it.

Spray a squirt of perfume in each of your palms. Rub your hands together for one minute and then clap them together. Run your hands through your hair. Make sure you run your hands through to the tips of your hair. This will mask any burnt hair smell and leave your hair smelling great.

Use a heat protection mist before using a curling iron or a hair straightener. This will protect your hair from the heat and keep it from getting that burnt smell in the first place. This won't help if you are getting a perm, but it will help whenever you use a hot iron on your hair.

Buy Biosilk Serum (see Resources). It contains amino acids that protect your hair. It also has a pleasant scent and will overpower any smells from a perm or straightener. This product can be used daily.

Give yourself a hair conditioning treatment once a week. Unconditioned hair is more susceptible to getting that burnt hair smell. If your hair is healthy, it will smell healthy. The best way to keep your hair healthy is to condition it once a week. Wet your hair and add your favourite conditioner. Be generous with it, and then put on a shower cap. Time out 20 minutes and then rinse away.

Fill an empty spray bottle one quarter full with vinegar. Fill it the rest of the way with warm water. Shake to mix the two together and then spray a fine mist over your hair. Vinegar is known for its ability to get rid of strong odours. It will work the same way on your hair.


Make sure you keep your hair straightener clean. A dirty hair straightener can leave bad smells in your hair. If a perfume is too strong for you, or gives you a headache, you can use a body spray instead.

Things You'll Need

  • Perfume
  • Heat protection mist
  • Biosilk Serum
  • Conditioner
  • Shower cap
  • Vinegar
  • Spray bottle
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