The weather is gradually getting warmer, in spring and summer it is easier to suffer from sweating and oily problems, accompanied by an unpleasant smell of hair. In addition to producing sweat and sebum, following 7 basic life habits cause hair to smell, including natural air drying, pressure, shampooing techniques, etc. You can see if you missed these land mines!
1. Dry naturally after washing
Bacteria growing on scalp can cause bad scalp odor. After washing your hair, do not leave them wet for a long time. Pat gently with a towel so as not to damage cuticles, and blow-dry as soon as possible. However, using a hair dryer for a long time will also damage hair strands. After drying to about 90%, they can be left to air dry.
2. Falling asleep with wet hair
In addition, if you sleep with wet hair, moisture of scalp increases, which makes it easier for bacteria to grow, which not only cause bad smell, but can also lead to dandruff. So be sure to dry your hair before going to bed.
Life stress can also cause an unpleasant odor on scalp, stress causes abnormal sebum secretion and produces a large amount of active oxygen. Reactive oxygen species combine with lipids in body and produce "lipid peroxides" that cause odor. Try to avoid building up stress at normal times and find ways to release it appropriately.
4. Eating habits
One of lifestyle habits that can cause bad scalp odor is unhealthy diet. Scalp odor is more likely to occur if your diet is focused on fats and animal proteins, such as meats and fried foods. This can be improved by trying to include vitamin and mineral-rich vegetables and fish in your diet.
5. Excessive cleaning
The scalp is oiliest part of human body, so when shampooing, it should be washed thoroughly. However, if you use too strong shampoo or wash your hair too often to remove excess oil from your scalp, this will encourage skin to produce too much oil and cause bacteria to grow. It is recommended to wash your hair at night, as it takes 4 to 8 hours for oil to re-form after rinsing. When oil production is insufficient, exposure to UV rays can damage hair and scalp. How to wash your hair. Before washing your hair, use a comb to remove dust. If your hair is prone to dryness, you can apply a little conditioner to ends of your hair first. Lather shampoo with palm of your hand, then apply to scalp and massage gently with your fingertips to rinse. Hair and scalp should be washed separately.
If you're not exercising, your sweat glands may become inactive, making it harder for you to sweat. If you don't sweat, function of sweat glands deteriorates and gives off a peculiar odor, so try to maintain a certain amount of exercise to increase your body's metabolic rate.
7. Lack of sleep
Growth hormones produced during sleep help stimulate hair growth cycle and keep scalp healthy. Especially 3-4 hours after falling asleep, this is called golden time, which can not only promote growth, but also help body eliminate old waste. Even busy people should try to sleep around 4 hours.