Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses what gives hair a burnt smell with ScarySymptoms.com
Smelling burnt hair after blow drying or using hot tools isn’t something you should ignore. Even using the right heat protectants and blow dryer attachments might not be enough. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently talked to ScarySymptoms.com about what causes hair to smell burnt. Read on to learn what you can do to treat this issue.
Burnt hair is a condition that relates to a burning smell in hair, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.
Smelling burnt hair, even when you’re not styling it, usually means enough damage has been done to actually burn the hair.
“This is generally due to over-processing of hair, combined with too much heat on the same hair,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains. “Once hair has been damaged by either heat or chemicals, it becomes thinner and open to further damage. Once this damage occurs, it is easier for a ‘burnt smell’ to set in and be retained.”
Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares how to repair and protect damaged hair.
If you smell burnt hair, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says the first thing you need to do is give your hair a break.
“There are many things to avoid if hair has a burnt smell, but the most important of these to avoid is being too close to a curling iron or wand,” he says. “If and when hair needs to be dried, it is important to avoid too high of a heat on the drier and always hold the drier away from the hair.”
Keep in mind healthy hair that’s never been chemically treated burns at around 451 degrees Fahrenheit, but this temperature can be even lower depending on the hair’s health and how it responds to heat. To give you some perspective on how much damage hot tools can do, most flat irons can heat all the way up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests treating damaged hair with nourishing shampoos and oils.
“Certain oils and nourishing shampoos will offer benefits to regain the natural smell of hair, but in the worst case scenario it will simply be months until the damaged hair has the chance to grow out (usually, hair grows about an inch per month),” he says. “During this growth time, it is essential to avoid trauma and heat/chemicals.”
To nourish and repair dry or damaged hair, try the René Furterer KARITÉ line. These formulas contain shea butter and oil, which are both rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins. The KARITÉ line helps lock in moisture, provide in-depth nutrition and restructure hair.
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