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Head odor or hair odor - distinguishing features

Head odor and hair odor are lively discussed in many beauty and hair forums. Women in particular often report that their hair loses the scent of the shampoo too quickly and soon afterwards begins to smell unpleasant or even stink. Often the smell is described as musty, sebum or greasy. As a consequence, there is usually a counterproductive intensification of the use of hair care products with a high perfume content.

But where does the smell arise at all, where does it settle and where can you start with a specific problem solution? From our point of view, one must first differentiate between head odor and hair odor for a further assessment!

  • Hair odor:Hair like to take Ambient odors such as cigarette smoke or frying fat. This is especially true for long and full hair. In such cases, however, it would be wrong to speak of a “head odor”, because this is clearly a “hair odor” caused by external circumstances.
  • Head odor: Only an odor of the hair that is independent of external circumstances and that arises on the scalp, lingers there and is further distributed from there, can be referred to as head odor. The scent of the scalp is also distributed through combing, brushing or wearing a head covering into the hair, which then passes the scent on into the surrounding air. The reason for this is the immense total surface and "airiness" of the head hair, which practically acts like an "atomizer" or "frond". This is also the reason why head odor is often mistakenly perceived or classified as hair odor.


Development of head odor

Head odor is caused by bacterial decomposition of sweat and sebum on the scalp. Like all hairy areas of skin on the body, the scalp is tight with iteccrine andapocrine Sweat glands occupied. Since theapocrine Glands appendages of theHair follicles are, i.e. one of these glands is coupled to each individual hair root, there are extremely many of these glands in the area of ​​the scalp hair.
While theeccrine Sweat glands secrete the usual sweat, they giveapocrine a greasy, cloudy, sebum-like substance to the hair roots, from where it reaches the surface of the skin via the hair shafts. Both theekkrine Sweat as well as thatapocrine Secretions are broken down by the germs on the scalp (local bacterial flora). If the evaporation of sweat is hindered by thick, greasy, tied or covered hair, the bacteria multiply unchecked.

The permanent accumulation of fats and sebum in layers can also further promote this condition and the odor emanating from the scalp. And when sweat hits such fat / sebum plates, it results from decomposed Sweat components, fats and sebum create a particularly unpleasant head odor.


Head odor despite hair washing?

The human scalp is particularly greasyHorny layer (Stratum corneum) protected. Sebum glands (holocrine Glands) on the hair roots permanently supply the sensitive skinGlycerides and fat-like substances. These have the task of keeping the scalp supple and, thanks to their ability to spread evenly, spread well over it. Theekkrine Sweat also promotes the spread because it is just like theapocrine Secretions mixed with the sebum and diluted it.

Since sebum consists of almost 100% fat, it is unfortunately not water-soluble. For this reason, hair odor can persist and spread despite regular hair washing. It is also known that the head odor can be transferred to textiles close to the head such as hats, caps or pillows, and back again, via the greasy sebum. A chain of these circumstances resultsa perfect breeding ground for bacteria and is so responsible for the head odor. If this breeding ground of fats, sebum and skin debris meets a general oneUndersupply of the scalp with nutrients and oxygen, the hair papilla (i.e. the place where the hair originated) can no longer reproduce healthy hair; the hair becomes detached from the papilla, withered and dies. An over-acidic scalp can also lead to persistent head odor due to reduced blood flow, resulting in a reduced oxygen supply.


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Important: Excessive hair care can increase the smell (or its return) if the natural protective layer of the skin is destroyed by too frequent washing and the body drastically increases sebum production as a reaction! It is therefore important first of all to loosen and remove the odor-binding fats and the sebum layer and to regulate their production to a healthy level over the long term.

organicum shampoo should therefore initially be used daily and later only with breaks.
Try to wash your hair only every other day and then only with warm water.
Your scalp and hair will thank you for it!


Reinforcing factors

The strength of the head or hair odor depends crucially on the activity of the sweat glands. In addition to physical or purely physical causes (e.g. thermoregulation, poor hygiene at high temperatures), particularly affectpsychological factors the odor formation. Not only thatekkrine Sweating increases under psychological stress. The sympathetic nervous system also controls the function of theapocrine Glands. Negative factors such as stress, fear, shame or depression can significantly increase head odor.

What you can do against head odor ...

To prevent hair odor, you should follow these basic hair care rules:

  • careful and regular hair care
  • Avoid excessive and frequent hair washing
  • only use high quality shampoos (recommendation organicum)
  • Limit use of hairspray and gels
  • Comb, brush, open and shake hair several times a day to allow air to circulate
  • do without hats of any kind
  • sweaty scalp:litter Use antiperspirants (recommendation AHC sensitive)
  • Have your scalp assessed by a dermatologist

Please also read our article aboutSweating on the scalp.

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