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How To Get Weed Smell Out Of Hair

weed smelling hair

Best Steps for Preventing and Removing Weed and The Stale Cigarette Smell From Your Hair

You enjoy weed and you are not ashamed that you smoke. However, it is nobody’s business that you enjoy cannabis but your own. So, how can you hide the lingering smell of cannabis from your hair?

There are three ways to do this, which are:

● Prevention-Not having your hair smell like cannabis (or minimizing the strong smell) in the first place is the best route for you to take.

● Cleaning Your Hair

● Hiding The Unpleasant Smell-You can do this by either masking the overall weed smell or applying deodorant or other substances to your hair. (I.E. Dry Shampoo)


These methods also will work to you eliminate cigarette smoke.


Preventing smoke smell in your hair in the first place, or drastically minimizing the smell should be your first priority. Luckily it isn’t that hard to prevent the unpleasant smell of weed from stinking up your hair. Some of these methods may even entirely eliminate the problem and other of these hacks will make it easier to fix. Here are the methods for preventing overwhelming cannabis and tobacco smoke.

  • Personal Air Filter– With a personal air filter you smoke into an activated charcoal filter, which minimizes the smoke and smell. They works well and depending upon how much you smoke they are not that expensive. I wrote on the two most popular ones-the Smoke Buddy and Sploof previously. Click the link for more info on these two types.
  • Sploof– A sploof is a DIY filter that when done properly is said to reduce the distinctive pot smoke odor, and also smoke. It is easy to make as all you do is make a cylinder-shaped object and at the end of the object, you place a filter that reduces the smoke. One common filter that is used is a fabric softener, dryer sheet.
  • Air Out-If possible smoke in a well-ventilated area that allows the smoke to freely leave. Even better, stop smoking indoors. This means no “HotBoxing”, which is smoking in an enclosed space that does not allow cannabis smoke to escape.
  • Vape Pen or Edibles– Vaping, and especially edibles will all reduce the chance of cannabis smoke.


Get Rid of Smell by Washing

First of all, it should go without saying that if you are worried about smelly hair, you should regularly wash your hair. Depending on how much you smoke and your exposure to weed smoke, regular shampoo should be all that you need. However, if you find that the weed smell is especially stubborn, you may be forced to use more drastic measures. Some of which are the following DIY solutions: Apple Cider Vinegar hair rinse, and Baking soda Shampoo.

Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo

Apple cider vinegar is said to have numerous benefits that range from improving your digestion to lowering cholesterol. I do not know about the validity of any of the benefits of apple cider vinegar. I do know though that it also works for cleaning and removing obnoxious, unwanted odors from your hair. You can either buy a shampoo, which is quite expensive)

WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Hair Conditioner Set Increase Gloss, Hydration, Shine, Reduce Itchy Scalp, Dandruff & Frizz, No Parabens or Sulfates, All Hair Types, 2 x 16.9 Fl Oz 500mL

Alternatively, you can make your own rinse by following the directions on the simple recipe.


1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

6 Tbsp. Dark Beer

2 Cups of Distilled water

Mix them up apply it, and afterward, the pot smell in your hair will be neutralized, and also weed smoke residue will be removed. The only problem with this solution is that you may notice a strong vinegar smell. So, do this the night, just before bed. Also, when you are going to a job interview, smelling like vinegar is preferable to smelling like weed.


Baking Soda Shampoo

This DIY shampoo is used for dog odor control. However, it also works well on humans also. It makes sense that it would work well on humans because dogs have a lot of hair and also our fur babies tend to roll in some stinky stuff. It is meant for people who have very oily hair. So, if you have dry hair you should use caution when applying this hair rinse. All you have to do is follow the recipe and mix them together, and add it to your hair.

1 Tbsp of Baking Soda

1.5 Cups of Warm water


Get Rid of Smell by Not Washing Your Hair

This is not the best alternative. However, you will not always be able to take a shower and rinse the smell out. So, you need to know how to best neutralize unpleasant smoke odors. The following methods range from masking the smell to applying product to your hair.

Air Freshener

Febreze Air Freshener and Odor Spray, Linen & Sky Scent, 8.8 Oz, 6 Pack


An air freshener will not eliminate the cannabis smell from your hair. It will though potentially hide the smell. Some of the most popular odor control sprays are Febreeze and Ozium. Febreeze is of the most common and well-known air-fresheners available. If comes in a spray bottle and all you do is simply spray it and most smells should be eliminated. It is not the best solution. But, it can mask most smells when time is of the essence.



Ozium 8 Oz. Air Sanitizer & Odor Eliminator for Homes, Cars, Offices and More, Original Scent - 3 Pack

Ozium, is another popular air freshener. Ozium is an aerosol and is used for odor control and also helps eliminate odor-causing bacteria, and is designed to control bad odors in areas, like public buildings, schools, and even hospitals. As a bonus, according to the makers, Ozium’s active ingredients will work for up to three to four hours.

Dryer Sheet-Rubbing an unused dryer sheet will greatly reduce either weed or cigarette smoke.



Satya Sai Baba Nag Champa Agarbatti Incense Sticks Box 250gms Hand Rolled Agarbatti Fine Quality Incense Sticks for Purification, Relaxation, Positivity, Yoga, Meditation


Incense has been used for ages to counteract all smells, and the smell of weed is no exception. In college, we always knew someone was smoking when we could smell incense from a room. So, you may not want to use this trick if you are trying to hide your smoking from a family member or roommate.

One of the most popular odor-masking incense is Nag Champa. Nag Champa started becoming popular in the ’60s and ’70s in the US and it was commonly burned at Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan concerts.  It is a mixture of various herbs, sandalwood, gums, resins, and essential oils that are taken from different flowers. It is especially valued as its distinctive smell lasts long after it has stopped burning.

Scented Candle

A scented candle’s pleasant smell will help you eliminate the weed smoke smell, and it is also less suspicious than incense.

Chesapeake Bay Candle Scented Candle, Balance + Harmony (Water Lily Pear), Medium


Essential Oils

Gya Labs Patchouli Essential Oil for Stress Relief, Relaxation and Sleep - Topical Use for Acne and Dry Skin - Reduce Dandruff and Hair Loss - 100 Pure Therapeutic Grade for Aromatherapy - 10ml

Patchouli Oil is one of the more popular and time-tested essential oils that can be used for odor control. This is oil is made from the flower of the patchouli plant and is known for having a pleasant scent that lasts a long time. Patchouli oil is also said to work as an anti-depressant. All you have to do is apply some behind your ears before you start smoking.

Final Thoughts

If you smoke pot, your hair does not have to smell like a bong. The first thing you need to do is to prevent it from happening or lessen the smell. This is simple to do as you just have to remember to not “hot box”, or switch to vaping and/or edibles. Also, if it does happen wash your hair regularaly, and if you still have that weed smell in your hair try more drastic measures like an apple cider vinegar hair rinse or a baking soda shampoo.



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