How To Get Cigarette Smoke Out of Dry Hair

If you’ve spent the day in a room full of smokers, you’ll leave with your hair smelling dank and smelling like an ashtray. When cigarette smoke gets on your hair, it can quite tricky to get the smell out. If the scent lingers in your hair, you risk transferring the smell to other places you go and leaving it on any other surface your hair touches, such as your pillow, the bed, sofa or your car.

The best way to get the smell out is to wash your hair thoroughly. However, if this is not possible because of time constraints or because you don’t have access to a shower, you can try some of these tricks below to get you hair smelling fresher.

Here’s how to get cigarette smoke out of dry hair.

  • Mask the smell with another scent. Bring out your body spray and squirt a few spritzes on your hair. Use a light scent so the perfume doesn’t overpower your hair. A light body cologne should do the trick. Try the spray colognes from Bath and Body Works or Victoria’s Secret. However, keep in mind that alcohol based scents may dry out your hair, but you may need to compromise in the interim if you want to get that funky ashtray smell out of your locks. If you have it with you, you can also use Febreze spray or Renuzit on your hair.
  • Use Herbal Essences Refreshing Spray. This product works great in removing odors on your hair when you don’t have the time to shampoo. This is readily available at drugstores and the beauty section of Target and other major chains. A bottle costs about $4.
  • Use a dryer sheet. Bounce dryer sheets aren’t just for your clothes. These nifty sheets can also help remove the smell of cigarette smoke on your hair. Get a couple of dryer sheets and pass it through your hair strands. This will also keep your hair from getting flyaways since dryer sheets eliminate static electricity.
  • Use some dry shampoo. You read right. There are now dry shampoos available commercially that you can use to shampoo your hair without having to rinse with water. Actually, these products have been around since the 1970s but are slowly reemerging the market because of the convenience. Some products worth trying are Frederic Fekkai’s Wash and Wear Spray Shampoo, Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray, Klorane Shampoo Dry, TIGI Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo and Algemarin Shampoo Dry Powder Spray.
  • Air out your hair. As soon as you get out of the smoke filled place, give your hair a toss to air it out. If possible, you can spritz a bit of water on the hair to help the smell evaporate off your hair strands. After you have let the wind blow your hair to remove the scent, tie your hair up and wear a cap or cover your head with a scarf.

These are all temporary measure you can take to remove the smell of cigarette smoke on your hair. As soon as you get home or when you have access to a shower, it’s still best to wash your hair with a nice scented shampoo. Be sure to condition your hair properly. While your hair is damp, avoid exposing yourself to more cigarette smoke and other unpleasant odors. Otherwise, your hair will act like a sponge and absorb everything again.


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