Hair Smell

Miss K
on Jan 24, 2010 @ 09:20 pm

I am running into a new issue with my hair: I straighten my naturally very curly hair most of the time. I recently switched to a new more powerful straightener, my old one was not getting hot enough anymore. Since the switch a few months ago, I notice that my hair smells really burnt. I don't use the highest heat, nor do I do it every day. I always put protective serum on before working with it and don't let the iron stay in one spot for more than 1-2 seconds.

It's really starting to become unpleasant. The smell doesn't go away when I wash it or when I leave it in its natural state.

Any advice on fixing this issue?

Thank you!

5 Replies

Ali de Bold
Return it on Jan 25, 2010 @ 03:19 pm

Can you return the straightener? That should not be happening. Either the straightener is defective and it's over heating or you are keeping it on your hair too long. I would return it.

Switch your shampoo on Jan 25, 2010 @ 04:18 pm

Have you tried switching your shampoo? We got a sneak peak at Aveeno's new shampoo line last week that aims to repair damaged hair, it might be worth checking out. Read about it here:


New styling product on Jan 26, 2010 @ 01:09 pm

It might be the product burning and melting onto your hair. I have had this issue too and I find that it's the product that is on your hair before using the straightener that effects the smell. As well, if you are like me and have dry hair and skip a few days between washing, straightening when there is natural oils on your hair can make a pretty bad stink too. I would maybe get a good clarifying shampoo, give your hair a good wash and start over with a new protective product. Good luck!

I agree on Jan 26, 2010 @ 02:53 pm

I would return it. It could be the product melting into your hair so try switching product to see if that makes a difference but if not, I would return the straightener....

Miss K
Update on Jan 28, 2010 @ 03:33 pm

lysterina you hit the nail on the head!
I started doing my hair yesterday and realized the protective serum I've been using had expired over 6 months ago...OOPS!
I opted for a different heat protector this time and the smell is gone.

Funny that used alone (with no heat) the serum still does a great job of adding shine and smoothing out flyaways.

Problem solved - hopefully.

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