Why does my scalp smell

Why does my scalp smell is a question that we will answer in this blog. Your scalp can be smellier than you might think. If you can identify why your scalp smells, you can find a way to reduce or eliminate unpleasant smells.

In this blog you will read about the possible causes of your smelly scalp or bad scalp condition and also about remedies that can help against these conditions.


Neofollics scalp therapy line

View our Scalp Therapy Line 

Causes of a smelly scalp

When you suffer from a smelly scalp, you can feel yourself uncomfortable in daily situations. If you smell it, than the person next and across to you will smell it as well. A smelly scalp can be caused by seborrheic dermatitis or another eczema.

Seborrheic dermatitis develops by an overgrowth of a natural yeast that lives on our bodies. This causes dry, yellowish, scaly patches on the scalp and it could be causing it to smell. This skin disease is most common between the ages of 30 and 60 and can go away with a good treatment. If you want to read more about seborrheic dermatitis then please consult to this article.

Conditions of the scalp by a yeast

Dandruff is a condition in which the scalp flakes. You can combat against dandruff with an effective shampoo, such as this exfoliating shampoo. If you want to read more about dandruff, you can read our full dandruff guide.

Folliculitis means inflammation of hair follicles. It is also known as hair root inflammation. The inflammation can appear on every part of the body where hair grows. This skin disorder is common on both women and men at all ages. Folliculitis can be treated with an shampoo that has several benefits for the scalp. If you want to read more about folliculitis take a look at this page.

Excessive sweating

If you sport often but, do not take the post-workout shower than your scalp might chance your behaviour. The build-up of sweat can mix with a bacteria on your scalp, which can result into an unpleasant smell. Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, can also make it worse.

Hormonal changes

Hormonal changes affect not only the scalp but also the hair condition. For example, many women notice hair loss around the menopause. Hormonal changes leads to producing excess amounts of androgen, that could result in an overproduction of oil from your skin’s glands on the scalp.


Pollution is bad for your lungs and other parts of your body. It can also give you headaches or nausea. These particles can cling to your hair and scalp and make it smell bad.


When you suffer from scalp psoriasis, you may have fine scales covering the scalp or you may have series of thick, crusty plaques. If you skip washing the affected area it might lead to the development of a smell as oil and skin cells build up. If you want to learn more about psoriasis you can read this article.

Hair products

You need to be aware that when you use a shampoo it is important that your washing method works. Because even sweetly scenting products can cause a build-up of oils on your scalp if they’re not washed out. The smell will then be worse.

Remedies for a smelly scalp

You might think that the best way to treat your smelly scalp is very clear. It will be washing your scalp with a sweet scenting shampoo. But that is not entirely true. It is quite difficult to do anything about a smelly scalp, especially if it is caused by a fungus. Hence, you will have to tackle the fungus first before the stench will disappear.

If dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis or another eczema cause the smell. Than Neofollics provides the perfect solution for your problem. In cooperation with dermatologists and recommended by the Dutch hair foundation, special products have been developed with effective ingredients that counteract these hair conditions.

This is the healthy scalp treatment of Neofollics. It consists of two products: an exfoliating shampoo and a nourishing mask. These products are effective on their own, but strengthen each other and provide the best treatment on the market for these conditions.

In addition to working against these types of eczema, it also helps against symptoms of psoriasis, lichen planopilarus and folliculitis. This greatly increases the likelihood that your smelly scalp will disappear.

Woman applying Nourishing mask

You should use the products as following:

First apply a sufficient amount of the Exfoliating shampoo to the scalp. Than you should massage it gently into your wet hair, leave it on for 2/3 minutes and than rinse. After washing the hair, apply a generous amount of the Nourishing Mask to the scalp. The last step is than to leave the mask on and do not rinse it.
For best results, use the products 3 to 4 times a week.


A smelly scalp can appear if you suffer from a yeast on the scalp. The best way to treat it is to combat against it, with Neofollics their healthy scalp treatment. A treatment that combats against several scalp conditions that can cause your smelly scalp.

Receive Personalised Hair Advice

Would you like to know which treatment is best for your hair situation? Receive Personalized Hair Advice now by filling in our online tool in 2 minutes.

We help you to start a treatment with only the best, proven effective products, in combination with personalised advice.

Personalised Hair Advice