Being a teenager can be a difficult and daunting time. As girls and boys slowly depart from their simple and stress-free childhood years, they are suddenly faced with the complicated issue of puberty, which for
many, can obstruct and hamper their journey into adult life. Teenager’s hair can often be adversely affected by puberty, and for some teenagers, their hair can play havoc and cause them endless amounts of anxiety
during these delicate years, when peer pressure and the strain to look like their friends is paramount. Fortunately help is at hand and below are some tips for teenagers to help them overcome some of the hair
problems they are often faced with.
Like oily skin scattered with spots, greasy hair is one of the biggest hair banes of teenager’s lives. Whilst some adolescents sail through their teenage years without a spot in sight and with shiny, vibrant and
attractive hair, plenty are forced to spend hours desperately trying to disguise their grease-loused locks.
Why Does My Hair Drip with Grease When My Best Friend’s doesn’t?
It may seem cruelly unfair when your 15 years old, that your hair limps lankly over your face, weighted down with grease, when most of your friend’s hair bounces with life and vitality. Teenagers are particularly
prone to having oily hair because of rapid changes in hormones. Although whilst all teenagers experience alterations in hormones with the onset of puberty, not all of them are plagued by oily hair. This is because
each individual body deals with hormone imbalances differently and some teenagers may experience no or very few undesirable repercussions of puberty, whilst others may be beleaguered by many of the deplorably ‘obvious’ signs of puberty.
Genetics can also contribute to whether or not we develop greasy hair in our teenage years. Often girls, whose mothers experienced bouts of greasiness, particularly whilst
menstruating, complain of the same condition. The texture of our hair can also affect the amount of oil our hair produces. Boys and girls with a thicker head of hair are less likely to be beset with oily
hair as teenagers with fine hair. This is because fine hair contains less substance to soak up the natural oils.
How to Care for Oily Hair
• Use a PH Balanced Shampoo
Teenagers who have oily hair probably wash it very frequently in order to restrain the amount of grease in the hair. Whilst it is recommended that oily hair is washed daily, it is of vital importance, that you
use a professional shampoo, which is alkaline-based and PH balanced and specifically designed for oily hair. An organic shampoo is also advantageous in the battle against grease, as they consist of natural
ingredients that will help reduce the production of oil in the hair.
• Rinse your Hair Well
It may sound obvious, but if you suffer from oily hair make sure that you rinse the shampoo out thoroughly with warm or lukewarm water. Shampoo which is left on the scalp causes the scalp to dry out, which may
sound like a preferable option to grease, but will actually make the situation worse.
One common misconception about oily hair is that it is produced by an oily scalp. In reality, greasy hair is caused by a dry
scalp which requires the oil glands to produce more oil. In order to combat the scalp from drying out, be sure to refrain from massaging the shampoo into the scalp and try to concentrate on the hair itself. Also
using a shampoo which contains tree tea oil will help to alleviate a dry scalp, the primary cause of oily hair.
• Use a Hot Oil Treatment on the Scalp
It may sound like the last thing needed to control oily hair, but by massaging a hot oil treatment into just the scalp will provide help to moisten the scalp and provide for some of those missing essential
natural oils and therefore relinquish the reliance on the oil glands.
• Refrain from Using Conditioner
If you are trying to control your oily hair, using conditioner after shampooing will only act as a deterrent. Conditioner is designed to put moisture back into hair and as oily hair has an excessive amount of
moisture, putting a conditioner on will only augment the problem. If you feel your hair does need conditioner, apply some only to the ends of the hair, which tend to be much drier than the roots and the first
half of the hair.
• Refrain from Combing or Touching your Hair Frequently
Frequent brushing or constant ‘touching’ of the hair will stimulate the oil glands in the scalp which will result in more oil being produced.