Why Does My Hair Smell

If you don’t wash your hair properly, sweat, pollutants and hair products can build up in your hair and cause odour. In addition, various bacteria and fungi can cause your hair to smell.

Fungi That Cause Hair Odor

These fungi thrive on human hair, including: Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus aureus are the main culprits. Staphylococcus aureus is more likely to cause scalp infections and skin rashes. The bacteria live on the scalp and cause itching, scaling, crusting and matted hair. Streptococcus aureus can produce a white mouldy and off-white residue in your hair that may become an irritant for you.

Staphylococcus aureus can also cause yeast infections. Streptococcus can be found on the skin, as well as in your hair. You can avoid bacteria by rinsing your hair frequently with cold water before washing it.

Fungus spores may cause acne

Fungus is a form of bacteria. It can cause acne on your face, eyes, scalp and chest. Fungus is a growing and fungal threat that thrives on human hair. Skin cells that fall into your hair may become infected by fungi. Fungus spores can make their way into your hair and enter your scalp.

Hair on the neck or armpits is more likely to get infected. Hair grows from a crown of dead hair. The skin that grows from the scalp is often infected, particularly by fungi.

A bacterial scalp infection typically only affects the scalp and is not contagious.


Treatment can make the scalp smell better. Wash with hot water and don’t use harsh products. Try products such as conditioner, pomades, and oils such as coconut oil, sesame oil and almond oil. Do not use products that have harmful chemical ingredients, such as detergents, deodorants and chemical or fragrance chemicals.

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