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Tips on Removing Smoke Odor From Hair

author image Tammy Dray
Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.
Tips on Removing Smoke Odor From Hair
Cigarette smoke lingers. Photo Credit lowk/iStock/Getty Images


If you’re a smoker, you’re probably used to the smell sticking to your clothes, hair and even furniture. But if you don’t smoke, the odor that lingers after a visit to a nightclub or pub is probably not your idea of a good night out. While washing your hair might seem the logical option, the process doesn’t always work and residues of smoke odor can still remain. Sometimes, you might not have a chance to wash your hair right away. In either case, a few products can help you get rid of the smell.

Fabric Softener Sheets

Tips on Removing Smoke Odor From Hair
Fabric softener sheets. Photo Credit Katrina Brown/Hemera/Getty Images

A number of products found around the home can be used to get rid of smoke odor from hair. A simple trick is to use a fabric softener sheet to rub your hair. Not only will this reduce the smell from smoke, but it will also eliminate static. If you don’t have dryer sheets, put some softener or air freshener on a piece of cloth and then rub it on your hair quickly from top to bottom, avoiding the roots.

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Lemon Juice

Tips on Removing Smoke Odor From Hair
Lemon juice. Photo Credit Marek Walica/iStock/Getty Images

If you have light hair, you can use lemon juice to neutralize the smell. Lemon juice can also highlight your hair, especially if you head out into the sun, so either avoid the sun or shampoo your hair immediately if you plan on going out.

Hair Products

Tips on Removing Smoke Odor From Hair
Hair products. Photo Credit my_beloved/iStock/Getty Images

A number of hair products can be used to either eliminate or mask the smoke odor. Dry, no-rinse shampoos can be applied directly on dry hair and then combed through. They will clean your hair, eliminate any ash present and get rid of the odor all at once. Try mousse or spraying your hair with a mix of water and hair conditioner. You might need to towel dry and reapply a couple of times to completely erase the smell.

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