The teen years are full of excitement and changes to your body. It is important to stay on top of your hygiene. One area in particular to pay attention to is the hair.
Why is hair so important? It is a part of what people see when they get their first images of us. For teens, having the right hair style can make or break the look you”re going for.
Because of the hormonal changes during puberty and teenage years, taking care of hair can be a beast of a problem. One day your hair is shiny and laying just the right way, and the next it is unmanageable.
These problems can be compounded if you have just discovered that you have oily hair. It is almost like learning that your hair is on fire. No matter what you do, it”s ruined. But, there is hope.
The hair produces oil called sebum. It is this oil that covers and protects the hair. The hair is made up of three layers. The outer layer is called the cuticle. Comprised of tightly overlapping scales, it protects the underlying two layers, holding moisture in. This promotes shine and bounce.
Too much oil can overly coat the hair and clog the pores. This is often what happens to the skin in teens when acne is forming. Clogged pores can lead to unhealthy hair and increased oil in the face, leading to acne breakouts.
On the other hand, you can have hair that is too dry. This leaves spaces between the scales, allowing moisture to escape. Hair becomes brittle and prone to breakage. Without moisture it is no longer shiny and healthy.
Dealing with Teen Oily Hair
It is not uncommon for teens to discover that they have oily hair. The rush of hormones can increase oil production leaving hair stringy, flat and full of odor. Dealing with your hair is a very individual thing. In order for your hair to look beautiful you may have to take different measures than someone who has dry or even combination hair.
* Wash your hair each day — Removing excess oil can keep your hair healthy. Use an appropriate shampoo that is designed for those who have too much oil in their hair to begin with.
* Wash your hair twice a day if you are active — Sweating can introduce more oil into your hair. You may need to wash it more than once. If you do, use a milder shampoo so that you don”t strip too much oil from your hair and damage it by making it too dry.
* Avoid using too much heat on your hair — Even oily hair can be damaged from styling elements like blow dryers and curling irons. Before you style your hair, dry hair completely. Wet hair is weaker and more easily damaged.
Being a teen and dealing with your hair is not always a happy experience. If you have oily hair, these tips can help you manage it better.