View Full Version : Smelly hair, Smelly hair! What are they feeding you?!

October 31st, 2013, 06:39 PM
Silly title but an actual issue I`ve started experiencing. I guess, first, HI EVERYONE! I`m Desiree and I`m new here. First time poster, long time lurker with not even an avatar yet. Sad.

So I have a pretty consistent hair routine. I like to shampoo and condition my hair about three times a week. I usually air dry my hair unless I`m in a rush and it is freezing out. I do ACV rinses and today I actually did a BS clarify and ACV rinse for good measure. So here is my issue: The last week I have noticed a FUNK coming from my wet hair. Right after I wash it smells like a wet dog who just got a perm who is running with a dirty dish towel. It smells strange. I thought MAYBE it was the water so I did a test of mixing(separately) my shampoo with the shower water in a bowl and then the conditioner. No funk. Okay. I thought maybe it was my towels, so I washed them and got any funk out of them. Nope. My hair still smells funny when wet and I`m a tad distressed about it because I`ve never had this happen before. I will mention that I had a thought maybe it was due to something internal like hormones as I do have PCOS and battle with bouts of hormonal madness from time to time despite being on the dreaded pill. So I come to everyone here for some help. Help, help, help! Have you ever experienced something similar? Any suggestions? General thoughts about my smelly wet hair? (eww). I came across this article:
which suggests even a fungal infection? I have a cat as well that I share living space with but have for about ten years and have never had anything like this happen so I`m not sure it is anything like that. Maybe? Oh my. So...help please. Thank you!!!:confused:

October 31st, 2013, 06:48 PM
I was going to suggest a fungal infection!

Do you have any kind of flakes, build up or itchies, even if only slight?

October 31st, 2013, 06:48 PM
sorry..I have nothing to offer...other than...I LOVE Friends. eep!

Hope you can find a solution for your issues. :)

October 31st, 2013, 06:49 PM
I have no suggestions, but just wanted to express my love for Phoebe. :)

October 31st, 2013, 07:22 PM

I DO have dandruff on and off and I`ve noticed some itching lately but nothing that I haven't experienced before... Ahhhhhhhhh

I was going to suggest a fungal infection!

Do you have any kind of flakes, build up or itchies, even if only slight?

October 31st, 2013, 07:24 PM
Is it possible that your water is super mineral rich? That can leave some smell behind. We are on a well and while the water is filtered it still has some scent to it. I have an aversion to my own natural sebum smell so I have been known to dilute a nice essential oil in water with acv and mist my hair between washing when I am really working on a new level of stretching washes. I don't know if that would help you at all.

November 2nd, 2013, 05:30 AM

I DO have dandruff on and off and I`ve noticed some itching lately but nothing that I haven't experienced before... Ahhhhhhhhh

There you go! That could do it. Flakes and itching are common, but not normal. Sometimes a yeast infection can not even be noticeable. My hair line was affected by fungus and my skin looked and felt completely normal, but under my doctors UV lamp you could see it was yeast. There are different types of fungi.

Anyhow you can use something like Nizoral shampoo, or another potent brand with the same ingredient. Or if you prefer anti fungal cream (monistat and the like). Slightly diluted it can be applied to the scalp.

November 2nd, 2013, 06:42 AM
O.K. Now I'm worried. My scalp is more often than not flaky and I get build up and itching. Water is extremely hard where I live and I often get sweaty from exercising. Could build up, itching and flakiness be considered normal in my situation? :confused:

November 2nd, 2013, 06:58 AM
If you have dandruff you could try to scritch your scalp to loosen the flakes use an anti dandruff shampoo and Monistat. I found those things helped mine. Monistat is an antifoungal.

November 2nd, 2013, 08:05 AM
I also suggest you use Monistat or Daktarin. My scalp was itchy and flaky for years, with occasional "funk" and even pimples. I used diluted Daktarin two times a week for about a month and it cured my scalp completely. And after a while hair starts growing like crazy which isn't bad either ;)

November 2nd, 2013, 08:46 AM
Just to add another angle, it could be something you're eating. Or not eating enough of. Has your diet changed, or did you eat something new for the first time? It could take a little time to get it out of your body. (For instance, when I eat a certain delicious cereal, I vaguely smell of maple syrup for 3 or so days.) How much water are you drinking daily? Up it. Seriously, so many things can get flushed out of ones system with a higher water intake, and it'll help your hair grow as well. If you don't have clean tap water available, go to the store and pick up a gallon of it, and keep it on you to drink throughout the day. I find that if I have it on me, I drink it more readily.

I hope your scalp feels better soon!