Telling stories and roasting marshmallows around the campfire is an enjoyable way to spend an evening, but the after-effects are not usually as pleasant. The smoke from the campfire can penetrate your hair. When the hair absorbs the odor, it will take on a smoky or musty scent. Fortunately, there are a few ways to help remove the smell of campfire smoke from your hair.

Things You'll Need

Dissolve 2 tbsp. of baking soda in 1 cup of water. Pour over hair. The baking soda will help neutralize the smoky odor.

Shampoo hair thoroughly. Try using a scented shampoo to help offset the smoke smell. Prepare an apple cider vinegar rinse by mixing 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of water. Pour over hair and allow the rinse to penetrate for five minutes. Follow with a moisturizing conditioner to prevent strands from drying out.

Sprinkle a dry shampoo into hair if you do not have time for a regular shampoo. Apply to roots. Comb through hair and towel out. In a pinch, scented baby powder can be substituted for the dry shampoo.

Sit in the sun for at least 15 minutes. Just as sun helps to give laundry a clean scent, the sun will neutralize the odors in your hair.

Spritz your hair with a smoke-odor remover product, such as Banish.


  • Be sure the smoke odor remover product you choose specifies on the label that it is safe for personal use.