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How to Get Rid of Fried Food Smell in Your Hair

Updated April 17, 2017

Chefs, food servers and restaurant workers are familiar with the fried food smell that is retained on hair after working a shift. Regardless of whether a hat or hairnet is worn, fried food aromas permeate nearly everything around you, including clothing and hair. Because nobody wants to smell like fried food, there are several things you can do to get rid of fried food smells in your hair.

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  1. Apply a hair product specifically created for washing hair without using water. Look for this dry shampoo or hair powder primarily at beauty supply stores with the following key ingredients: aluminium starch octenylsuccinate, an absorbing ingredient; magnesium carbonate, an absorbing and bulking ingredient; silica, a lightweight absorbing powder; and VP/VA copolymer, an adhesive ingredient. Rub the product throughout the hair to act as a hair refresher.

  2. Create an herbal blend to spray onto hair and get rid of strong fried food odours. Place the following in a small spray bottle to create an herbal spray that leave your hair smelling fresh: 90 drops lime, 50 drops peppermint, 10 drops eucalyptus. Dilute in 4 fluid oz. of water and spray to refresh hair. Shop at an herbal shop or vitamin store for natural oils.

  3. Sprinkle baby powder very lightly throughout your hair (do this outdoors, if possible). Stroke your hands through hair while shaking your head to move the powder through the hair while keeping it from staying put in the hair.

  4. Shower and shampoo hair two times in succession to get rid of fried food smells in your hair. Use a citrus-based shampoo such as orange or lemon-zest scented shampoos for best results.

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Things You'll Need

  • Dry shampoo
  • Essential oils (peppermint, eucalyptus and lime oil)
  • Spray bottle
  • Baby powder
  • Citrus-scented shampoo and conditioner

About the Author

Karen Nehama is a former chef and restaurant manager, currently serving as editor of a food review and recipe website. With expertise as a youth adviser, she is also a consultant for a teen advice column.

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