Teenagers and Hair Problems
Advice for Teenagers and their Hair Niggles
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.
Why Does My Hair Drip with Grease When My Best Friend’s doesn’t?
It may seem cruelly unfair when you are 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.