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How to Get Cigarette Smell Out of Hair Without Washing

Whether you’ve done the deed yourself, or you’ve been somewhere that’s embraced it, at some point or another you’ve most likely surrounded yourself with someone smoking cigarettes. While it may not seem like a big deal in the moment, if you’re headed somewhere after or have to be up first thing the next day, how to get cigarette smell out of hair without washing is going to be of prime concern.

It’s been decades, and we have yet to stop this stench in its tracks—hence why we’ve turned to the experts. Luckily, we’ve uncovered that there are a few ways to tackle the seemingly impossible task. Keep reading for suggestions from the pros!

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Dryer Sheets

“It’s totally possible to get the smell of cigarette smoke out of your hair without shampooing! Years ago when I was a bartender and smoking indoors was still a thing, I’d wake up in the morning and my hair would feel clean but smell like an ashtray. I didn’t want to go through the effort of washing and styling my hair again, so here was my hack: dryer sheets! You can rubber band the dryer sheet to your blow dryer and blow (on low air flow and cool temperature setting) through your locks or rub the sheets on your ends to neutralize any smokey smell.  That’s it!  It really works like magic.”

Gia Wendt, Hairstylist at Chicago’s SPACE by Alex Brown

“Most of us have these laying around, and would never think to run them through our hair. But, this will help to absorb some of the smoky smell and mask any trace of the night before.”

Candice MotleyCovet & Mane Director of Education; Owner of North Carolina’s Garnish Hair Studio

Dry Shampoo (Done Right!)

Instead of just spraying your hair at the top near the scalp, I recommend flipping your head over and doing a thorough spray near the roots all over. Then, work through the mid-shafts and ends to help with any powder residue. She might not be perfect, but will definitely get you by in a pinch.


Hair Perfume (With a Hint of the Hair Dryer)

Tocca makes one of my favorite hair perfumes, and it does such a great job of masking the scent until you can properly shampoo again. I would spray hair perfume on then hit your hair with a cold shot from the dryer. And if all else fails, don’t disregard a cute scarf, hat or top knot where your hair isn’t free-flowing.


Now that you know how to get cigarette smell out of your hair, HERE‘s how to get campfire smell out, too!

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