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How To Get Campfire Smell Out of Hair
Hey, just because it’s the obvious solution doesn’t make it unimportant. If you don’t want to experiment with different solutions, washing your hair is an almost guaranteed way to get the job done. It will work even better if you use a shampoo with a strong, clean fragrance (fragrance-free shampoos may also work, but they are not a guarantee).
Rinse it (without shampoo)
You don’t want to get suds’ed up? Don’t be concerned. Sometimes all you have to do is thoroughly rinse with water – we recommend adding some conditioner to boot, as it can add a fresh scent and balance out any negative effects from the rinse (water is bad for your hair, y’all).
Wipe it with a clean, damp towel
This isn’t quite as effective as washing or rinsing, but a damp towel can sometimes suffice. If you’re determined not to saturate your hair with water, a towel may be the best option. This method works best on clothes that have recently been washed with a strong-smelling laundry detergent. You may end up smelling like laundry detergent, but that’s better than smoking, right?
Wash your hands and run them through your hair (and repeat)
This is only a temporary solution, and it does not always work. Even so, there’s a good chance it’ll get you by if you really, really stink of campfire. This is a last-minute, gas station sink fix; if you have a better option, you should probably try it first.
If none of those solutions work for you (for example, you’re adamant about sticking to your hair-washing schedule or you just got an expensive blow out), here are some less obvious options:
Hop in the shower (but keep your hair dry)
Okay, this is still kind of obvious, but the stinkiness could be coming from your skin, not just your hair. While it won’t get rid of your campfire hair, it will help to reduce the smell of smoke in general. You’ll be best served by a shower gel with a strong, clean scent.
Change your clothes
This works for the same reasons as described above, with the exception that you don’t have to get wet. It’s not as effective because your skin will still smell smokey, but it’s still worth a shot.
Grab the corn starch
Pick up some corn starch (or baby powder) with a fluffy makeup brush and place it on a small plate. Apply the corn starch liberally throughout your hair and leave it on for at least an hour before brushing it out.
Blast with cold air
One of the most effective ways to get rid of a stinky odor is to circulate air. Grab your hairdryer and blast your hair from the scalp to the ends with cold air.
Spend some time outside
If you don’t have a hairdryer, this is the next best thing. Get outside and let your hair air out. If it’s a particularly windy day, it’ll work even better.
Apply dryer sheets
If you’ve only got a few minutes to clean yourself up but you’re near a grocery store/your laundry room, this trick is for you. Quickly run some dryer sheets over your tresses for some deodorizing magic.
Has all else failed? Are you at your wit’s end in trying to remove the smoke-smell? Here are our last-resort tips.
Cover it up (literally)
Cold weather doesn’t just mean it’s time for campfires; it also means it’s time for snuggly beanies. Pull your hair back into a braid or ponytail and tuck it beneath a clean hat (bonus points if you washed it beforehand using a strongly scented detergent). Fair warning: you’ll probably want to wash the hat again afterward because it may have absorbed the smell of the campfire.
Wear a fragrance that compliments the smell of smoke
This may sound strange, but bear with us. If the smell of a campfire isn’t too overpowering, why not use it to your advantage? To wow everyone you come into contact with, pair it with a woodsy or even beachy fragrance. You can also go for the smokey-sweet route, pairing it with something vanilla or even cinnamon-y. Let’s play around and see what happens.
Finally, here are some bonus tips for preventing smelly hair from your next bonfire:
Pull your hair into a bun
Hot tip: reducing the amount of hair that is directly exposed to smoke will make your hair smell less smokey afterward. Pull your hair back into a tight bun to reduce your exposure.
Bring a hoodie
… and, if possible, make it a little oversized. When you’re around the campfire, you’ll want your hair to be completely covered — zip it up!