The smell of burnt hair is quite distinct, and odds are you don’t want to walk around with your locks smelling like you overdid it with the styling tools. Using a curling iron, blow dryer or flat iron on too high of heat can scorch your hair and leave a lingering, unpleasant scent behind. Do some damage control and freshen your tresses before you leave the house.

Things You'll Need

Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to your regular shampoo. Massage the mixture into your hair and wait five minutes. Rinse it out and condition your hair as usual.

Rub a scented dryer sheet over your brush or comb. Run the brush or comb through your hair. The scent from the dryer sheet will help to mask the burnt smell in your hair until your next shampoo.

Place small pieces of the peel of a lemon, lime or orange into a spray bottle. Add enough water to cover the peels and let it sit for 20 minutes. Spritz the citrus mixture onto your hair. Blow-dry your hair with cool air if you want it dry, or just spritz and go if you don’t mind leaving your damp. The citrus scent helps to absorb the burnt smell and leaves your strands smelling fresh.

Dust your hair with store-bought dry shampoo. Rub the dry shampoo into your roots and smooth it over the strands of your hair to deodorize.


  • Avoid using perfume or hairspray to try to mask the burnt-hair smell. The chemicals in these products may actually make the odor worse in the long run.