Tips on Removing Smoke Odor From Hair

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Cigarette smoke lingers. (Image: 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

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Fabric softener sheets. (Image: 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.

Lemon Juice

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Lemon juice. (Image: 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

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Hair products. (Image: 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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