Teens and Hair Problems (2)

Teenagers with hair problems
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• 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 exacerbate 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, resulting in more oil being produced.
• Drink Plenty of Water
Teenagers do not routinely drink enough water and many choose to disregard the medical recommendations to drink eight glasses of water a day. Drinking water can help prevent a lot of ailments, including greasy hair, as drinking plenty of fluids can give a dry scalp the moisture it needs, which will stop the oil glands from producing too much.
• Buy Some Magnesium Sulfide
Magnesium sulfide, otherwise known as Epsom Salt, removes toxins and excess oils from the scalp and reduces the amount of grease in the hair. It is advisable to mix 4 teaspoons of Epsom salt into half a cup of shampoo and, if used regularly, the properties in the magnesium sulfate will help to regulate oil production.
• Apply Talcum Powder onto your Hair
There are several "quick fix" solutions to controlling oily hair. Sprinkling talcum powder onto your hair and combing it through will help have immediate positive effects as the powder will absorb some of the grease.
Talcum powder
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• Use Natural Rinses
Other "quick fix" solutions include rinsing diluted lemon, vinegar, black tea, and even alcohol onto the hair while avoiding the scalp, to help "dry out" the hair. It is recommended to use 1 part of whichever natural ingredient you decide to experiment with, with 4 parts of water.
Of course, oily hair is not the only hair issue that commonly infuriates teens. Other problems such as dry hair and split ends regularly impede teenagers on their all important crusade to attract the opposite sex.
Dry hair can be drastically improved by using a good conditioner, specifically made for dry hair, while regular trims will eliminate split ends and make your hair look healthier and more attractive. But perhaps the most important piece of advice for a teenager struggling to conform to the ideal hairstyle their peers have created is to modify their diet.
Eating healthily and teenagers don't usually go hand in hand, but if you suffer from oily hair, dry hair, or just unhealthy or lackluster hair, modifying your diet so it contains plenty of protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, while limiting the amount of dairy products and sugary snacks, will dramatically improve the look of your hair.
Vitamin E is an essential vitamin in maintaining healthy, shiny locks, so by incorporating vitamin E-rich foods into your daily diet, such as brown rice and nuts, will work wonders in achieving the luscious, glossy hair you deserve.
Remember, puberty does not last forever and is just a temporary required stage on our journey through life, and your teenage hair woes will one day be a distant memory and even a fond one of your journey through adolescence.