GTT: How to Fix Burnt Hair Smell

How to Fix Burnt Hair Smell…  You’re probably reading this title and thinking, just wash your hair. 

If so, you clearly haven’t experienced this problem. 

Because, if you had, you’d know that your hair stank is at it’s worst when it’s wet. 

I best describe the smell as, “A wet dog on fire.”  That is the most accurate description of the smell I’ve been having whenever I shower.




Who wouldn’t want this smell following them around all day, every day? 

I tried everything in the books to get rid of this stank nastiness on my head. 

Finally, I took to Instagram Stories and asked the real experts, you guys. 

I tried a bunch of hacks and found a few that actually worked. 

Watch my video below to see what did the trick and got my hair back to normal.



stinky hair hacks


Baking soda

I never would’ve thought to put baking soda on my hair. 

It just would never occur to me to use the substance that I use to remove bad fridge odors and I add to all my baked goods. 

I created a paste with a little water then applied to damp my hair before shampooing. 

After one use, I noticed that the odor was a little better. 

After the second use, the odor was almost completely gone.  I was shocked. 

I plan to do this about once a month or so to get a good deep clean.


Turned the heat down

My hair is naturally stick straight and doesn’t hold curl very well. 

When styling, I use the hottest setting because I’ve learned that is how my hair best styles. 

In exchange, I’ve earned a delightful burnt odor.  I use this curling wand (which I love) usually at 450º.  While trying all different hacks, I also turned my heat down to 350º which also seems to have made a big difference in the smell.


Switched up my hair products

I rotate between hair products and brands all the time. 

I’m constantly testing out new things to see what works for y’all, so I can give you some solid feedback. 

Many of you suggested different hair products, but a few I noticed were repeated a ton, so I ran out to Ulta and picked them up. 

I linked all of the new products I’m currently using below because this hair cocktail seems to have made a big difference in my hair odor.


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  1. Beth
    December 12, 2019 / 8:13 PM

    Eeeek love this hack! True story, when I was in high school I was on a softball team and the coaches thought some girls were smoking cigarettes in the locker rooms. They decided the way to solve the mystery was to β€œsmell hair”, I was pulled aside for my hair smelling burnt. 😩😩😩😩 I’ve straitened my hair since before hot irons (we used a regular iron back then) and the burned hair smell always followed. So this is GREAT! πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Also never been a smoker. Boooo on my coaches!

    • January 6, 2020 / 8:42 AM

      No way!!! Have you tried the baking soda hack yet??

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