June 15, 2009,
A.M. asks from Vicksburg, MS on June 12, 2009
9 Year Old Daughter's Hair Smells like Mold
My daughter spent the night over a friends house 2 days ago and got in their hot tub. When I picked her up, I immediately noticed the stench coming from her hair. We washed it twice that day and once every day after. I've tried different shampoos and conditioners. I've even washed her hair myself (thinking she wasn't getting all of her scalp). I don't know what else to do. Any suggestions?
I haven't noticed any bumps on her scalp, everything seems to look normal. Thanks for any advice:)
So What Happened?™
It took a few times washing her hair with a vinegar rinse to get the smell completely gone. I really appreciate all of the advice. Thanks to everyone:)
C.T. answers from Fayetteville on June 13, 2009
Try baking soda-the easiest way is to make a paste of baking soda and her shampoo. I would also try vinegar-if you try them together you can do science experiments in the bathtub-ha ha. Good luck!
N.M. answers from Texarkana on June 13, 2009
try baking soda and I would be checking the rest of her body cause if the hot has mold and I really don't understand that but anyway that could cause problems else where on her body and I sure wouldn't let her go over there again I think I might even call the person that owns the hot tub to let her know about the smell in your daughters hair good luck
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A.S. answers from Dothan on June 14, 2009
I would definitely try the vinegar rinse.
L.R. answers from Little Rock on June 15, 2009
I've had the same thing happen to my hair if I don't dry it all the way. I have really thick hair. After you shampoo it, use a generous amouth of Witch Hazel. Rinse it and dry. Do that a couple of times as a part of your regular shampoo regime. That should take care of the smell and keep her scalp free of anything that may have been in the hot tub. Good luck.
D.R. answers from Huntsville on June 13, 2009
She probably won't like it, but try a vinegar rinse. I do this periodically myself to remove residues from conditioners, products etc. Anyway, i read about it years ago and it's supposed to strip the hair and scalp clean of any residue on it. She may smell a bit like a pickle for a day, but most of it washes out with the first wash. But, it just might work! Best of luck!
Have a lovely day and god bless!!
K.C. answers from New Orleans on June 15, 2009
I would also go with tea tree oil. You can buy shampoo with it already added, or buy the oil itself and add it to your fave shampoo (I think adding is the best option, and I know the oil is available at my Wal*Mart). Helps with oily scalp too. Also...I saw someone say don't let her go to bed with wet hair...I agree...blow dry that stuff!
K.L. answers from Oklahoma City on June 13, 2009
YOu might try TeeTree oil shampoo. I got out skunk smell with it so I know it works. You can get it at a beauty supply store.
V.M. answers from Fayetteville on June 14, 2009
I know this may sound odd but have you tried making a solution of water and baking soda about 1 tbs per cup to rinse her hair with, and I would also try a bit of tea tree oil in her shampoo, a few drops of that added to your shampoo and or cream rinse may take care of the odor and also helps the scalp. Bblessed always in all things
J.S. answers from Gadsden on June 13, 2009
Try using vinegar for a rinse.