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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.

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.

Tip

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

Warning

Be careful not to use smoke odor remover too frequently, as the alcohol in the product can be drying.

About the Author

Gail Logan

Gail Logan is a magazine editor and freelance writer based in Atlanta, AL. She received her B.A. in Journalism from Patrick Henry College. For the past four years, she has written home design, travel and food features for national magazines, including "Coastal Living," "Texas Home and Living," "Log Home Design," and "Country's Best Log Homes." When not writing, she mentors inner-city children.