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How can a 16-year-old manage oily hair and hair fall?

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Published At April 20, 2024
Reviewed AtApril 20, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My 16-year-old daughter has issues with oily hair, not just normal oily hair. It has been going on for over a year, and the hair is coming out as well. What can we do?

Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

I suggest the following guidelines:

1. Shower once a day: When you shower and wash your hair more than once a day it strips oils from your hair. To keep hair fresh and bouncy looking, shower in the morning. Apply shampoo, lather, and let the suds sit for a few minutes to penetrate the oil. Rinse thoroughly.

2. Remove buildup monthly: Use a clarifying shampoo once a month to remove any extra buildup of oil and hair-care products. Many clarifying shampoos contain sodium lauryl sulfates that strip oil from both the scalp and the hair shaft.

3. Shrink pores: For extremely oily hair, try astringents and natural acids that help slow the production of sebum. Some natural remedies recommended by hair-care experts to battle oil include rinsing hair with beer, lemon juice, or vinegar to de-slick hair. Astringents should be applied after you have finished shampooing and rinsing.

4. Condition hair with caution: Conditioners and detangling products can make your hair look greasy when applying conditioning products. Start at the ends where the hair is the driest.

5. Blow-dry with cool air: After washing your hair, thoroughly and gently towel it dry. Heat and hot air also encourage glands to produce more sebum, so style as best you can with bursts of cool air.

6. Try dry shampoo: Dry shampoo comes in spray or powder form, and hair is coming out or falling out.

I will explain everything about hair loss in a point-wise manner:

1. 100 to 150 hair fall every day is very normal. So, you should consider hair fall if the number of hairs is more than this.

2. Generalized hair fall in females is mostly due to stress, poor sleep, poor nutrition, and excessive blood loss due to menstruation

3. Stress alopecia is also common in which females keep their hair very tight in a certain manner, which creates tension in the root and causes hair fall.

4. Straightening and other procedures also cause weakness in the root.

5. Other conditions like fever, typhoid, malaria, thyroid, etc, also cause hair fall (less common).

Treatment methods:

1. Have good sleep and food, including green vegetables and fruits.

2. Take iron and multivitamins for at least three months.

3. Check your blood hemoglobin. If it is less, iron and folic acid supplements should be started.

I hope this helps you.

Revert in case of queries.

Regards.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Gaurang Gupta
Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Dermatology

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