10 Year Old with Oily Hair- Help!

Updated on March 12, 2011
B.C. asks from Arlington, TX
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My DD had long, long stringy hair for the longest. I got 8 inches cut off and had it layered, and it looks really cute, but it still looks stringy and oily all the time! I've been making her shower every day, but by the end of the day it's all crazy and oily. Right now she's using suave humectant shampoo and conditioner. Any suggestions? She's going through puberty and has begun getting oil, breasts and hormones galore. Help me help her.

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answers from Portland on

Stop the humectant shampoo and conditioner. Use a shampoo for oily hair and no conditioner. Also try washing it less. And when she does wash it, use cool water and gentle scrubbing. The less one handles their scalp the less oil it will eventually produce.

I had very oily hair and skin as a teen. Eventually, I found that washing my hair twice a week, sudsing it only once, worked best. It did take a few weeks for my scalp to adjust.

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answers from New York on

There are many shampoos special design for oily hair, my daughter has the same problem, she uses her head and shoulders.
Also the problem with my daughter (maybe yours too) is that she use sprays or gel and touches her hair which it doesn't help.
Also many kids doesn't know how to wash their hair, they think the do but they don't or (my daughter use to have this problem) they would wash, wash, wash but didn't rise well or use a lot of conditioning.
So I teach her how to wash her hair, buy her a good shampoo, remind her to don't touch her hair so often.

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answers from Dallas on

I would have her rinse her hair once a week with a mixture of vinegar and water or baking soda and water. Let it sit on her hair for several minutes and then shampoo as usual. This may help with the stringy hair because it will remove any buildup on her hair from conditioners or styling products. Then find a light conditioner for oily hair. I like the Pantene conditioners. I have oily hair and I use Suave clarifying shampoo with Pantene conditioner.

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answers from Los Angeles on

you can buy a surf spray, (beach spray, texturizer) that absorbs all of the oils quite well. Its also the same effect as spending the day at the beach in the salt water. I have the same problem and i swear by this stuff (i'm 25). It smells amazing as well, which doesn't hurt.

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answers from Denver on

suave is garbage... switch her over to loreal and stop washing her hair every day... shampoo and condition every other day, and rinse in between washings.... I had yucky greasy hair as a tween and my mom would only buy the cheapest stuff possible (which is loaded with waxes and makes hair look even grosser), and she didn't know enough about "oily" hair to know how to deal with it... loreal has never done me wrong... neither has pantene...

good luck! =D

oh- if you want to do a little better than pantene or loreal look for quality brands that use tea tree oil in the mix, it'll help tame the scalp without drying it out....

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answers from Philadelphia on

Sometimes the conditioner is too much for their oily hair. My 14 year old has this problem. You can also put a little bit of powder in the roots to absorb it. Hormones are no fun!

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answers from New York on

You could try a shampoo and conditioner for oily hair or a lighter conditioner or a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner. I had oily hair and skin as a teenager and still use the 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner and just use regular conditioner once or twice a week. Also sometimes changing brands helps because a new shampoo may wash out whatever was building up from the previous product.



answers from Houston on

im 41 and still have this problem the only shampoo i can use is suave sorry jamie. i have to shampoo 2x every day. i was suggested that dove is better for this but i am not out of shampoo yet. when i run out i am going to try it. pantene and loreal doesnt work with me and i have to condition every day or my hair becomes knots.i like the vinegar and water idea i am even going to try that. and if i use oily hair shampoo it gets like real fly away. good luck just keep trying diffrent shampoos till you find one that works for her. just cause pantene doesnt work for me doesnt mean it wont work for her. suave humectant is the only thing i use. my son shaves his head cause of the oil problem.



answers from Eugene on

Kids take things literally. Wash your hair. They only wash hair not head. Wash your head is a better way to say it. Make sure she isn't putting conditioner on her head and just her hair. If she is getting these backwards it won't matter what products or how often her hair will be oily. If she will let you wash her her for her and see if that helps. If she is using a product like gel or cream how is she using it?


answers from Chicago on

cut back on the conditioner and other hair products esp friz control products and make sure the conditioner is rinsed out well ... those can lead to oily hair.

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