How To Get Cigarette Smoke Smell Out Of Hair Without Washing It?

If you work or live in a place where other people are free to smoke, or if you smoke yourself, chances are your hair smells like cigarette smoke. Even a few minutes in the smoker’s area in a restaurant is enough to leave traces of cigarette smoke odor on your hair. Here are a few tips on how to remove cigarette smoke odor from your hair without having to wash it out.

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Baking Soda

One good way to remove smoke smell from hair without washing it would be to use a small amount of baking soda and rubbing it all over the hair. Baking soda is effective in absorbing any odor and is a great quick fix if you need to get out of the house fast.

Just make sure to shake the baking soda out of your hair before you go out, or else you’ll have telltale white powder all over your shoulders. You can also try baby powder which basically does the same thing. The scented powder can remove a bit of the odor and mask the remaining cigarette smell.


L’oreal Studio Senses Hair Refresher Spray

Another way is by spraying the hair. If you have long hair, you need to put the hair in a bun. Spray a gentle scent onto the hair and cover with a shower cap. Let the scent soak in for a few minutes before removing the cap. This will leave the scent on your hair to mask the smell of cigarette smoke. One good hair spray to remove the smoke smell is L’oreal Studio Senses Hair Refreshener Spray.

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The L’oreal Studio Senses Hair Refreshener Spray “the Cool Scent” is designed to neutralize trapped odors such as cigarette smells. It comes with a Cool Scent fragrance which gives you a fresh, out-the-shower smell.

This is perfect if your hair was exposed to all kinds of smoke and odors during the day and you cannot get a shower right away. This hair refreshener spray is the perfect companion especially since this is formulated to be gentle on your hair, unlike other products that dry it out and leave it brittle.

At $10.99 it is also cheaper compared to other products and can be found in most drugstores. If you are a smoker or if you are exposed to smoke all day, this spray is a great solution for keeping your hair smelling clean and fresh.




Febreze is also another good option for removing odors from the hair. However, some users have found that Febreze might dry the hair out, so it is best to use this product sparingly.



If you have no products at home, try airing your hair by wearing it down and letting the air go through your hair on your way to work or school. In most case, air can get most of the smell out so that it is no longer that noticeable.

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