How to Dispel Cooking Odors From Your Hair
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If you have ever cooked a fragrant meal and then wondered why your hair smells like food, you are not alone. It turns out that hair is incredibly absorbent when it comes to scents, making it easy for cooking odors to linger. 

Dispelling Cooking Odors 

Whether it is the aroma of a smoky bonfire, a bakery visit, or a hearty meal, these scents can stick to your hair throughout the day, especially if your hair has high porosity. The problem comes when your hair smells of food, and you can't seem to freshen it up, even after a wash. Here are some tricks you can do to dispel cooking odors from your hair effectively.

Lemon Mask or Mist

Lemon is a great natural solution for removing kitchen smells from your hair. After washing your hair with shampoo, you can apply a cup of lemon juice evenly throughout your hair, let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse with warm water. Alternatively, mix one part lemon juice with five parts water in a clean atomizer and spray your hair to neutralize the smell. This can be done quickly without rinsing or before washing your hair for better results.

Salt-Flour Dry Solution

Salt and flour can effectively remove kitchen smells from your hair. To use this method, mix a heaped spoonful of salt with a small glass of cornmeal. Combine the ingredients and pour the mixture into a dusting can with small holes at the top. Spray the mixture over the root zone of your hair, and comb it through as usual. This quick solution can help neutralize odors effectively.

Dry Shampoo

When your hair absorbs kitchen smells, grab some dry shampoo to freshen it up. Dry shampoo not only neutralizes odors but also absorbs excess oil from the scalp, extending the time between washes. Simply spray the dry shampoo onto your roots, and massage it into your hair. You can also make your own natural dry shampoo by mixing essential oils with cornstarch or arrowroot powder and applying it with a clean makeup brush.

Dryer Sheets

To freshen up kitchen-smelling hair, grab a dryer sheet. These sheets, known for their odor-neutralizing properties, can work wonders on your hair. Simply rub a dryer sheet directly over your hair or run it over your hairbrush before brushing. This ensures that the fresh scent is evenly distributed throughout your hair. If your clothes have also absorbed cooking odors, you can use dryer sheets in the dryer or hang them near a ventilated area overnight to remove the smell.