Healthy teen hair

Outside elements, such as sunlight, as well as air conditioning, swimming, unhealthy eating and hormones can have a negative impact on hair. Take your teen to a professional stylist. Ask for advice on the best methods of caring for and maintaining their hair type. Healthy hair is after all a confidence booster.

General hair care advice

Trims/cuts

• Trim every 6 – 8 weeks to remove dead ends and keep the hair’s shape.
• Thick, heavy hair can cause headaches and receding hairlines.

Washing hair

• Use adult shampoos and conditioners as teen hair is stronger.
• Preferably use professional salon products with a pH of 4.5 – 5.5. Higher pH levels cause oily roots and dry hair.
• Try not to wash hair every day as it dries it out.
• Choose a shampoo and conditioner from the same brand and line for optimal hair treatment.
• Conditioner should not be applied to the scalp as it makes it oily. Apply conditioner mid length and on the hair roots.
• Use a good detangler shower brush and detangler product to avoid dry, frizzy hair and knots.
• Immediately wash hair after swimming as pool chemicals can cause hair breakage, dryness and coarseness.

Drying hair

• Air dry is best.
• Towel dry with a soft towel by patting (not rubbing) gently on the hair.
• Use a thermal protector (spray or cream) on the hair before drying it with a hair drier. Place on mid length and ends.
• Use a low/medium heat on a hair drier and do not use too close to the scalp.

Brushing hair

• Use a paddle brush with a soft cushion.
• Use detangling brushes.

Tying up hair

• Use softer elastics bands or material scrunchies to tie hair and avoid breakages. Rubber bands snap hair.
• Don’t tie tight pony tails as they pull hair. Loose buns and pony tails are best.
• Soft plaits are kinder to hair and help with frizziness. They can be used when sleeping.
• Look for flexible material hair bands without sharp teeth. Hard plastic can cause headaches.

Hair treatments

• Try to avoid perming, highlighting, colouring or Brazilian treatments for as long as possible or at least until 18 years of age. These treatments contain harsh chemicals that can damage hair.
• If hair treatments are used, apply a professional salon masque bi- monthly, to deep condition hair. This helps restore damaged hair.

Thanks to Shafia Cassiem Haffejee, a professional stylist, for her input in this checklist.


Wendy Roux

Wendy Roux

Wendy Roux is a mother of a teen and a 12 year old. She has worked in teaching, the corporate environs and publishing. She is also the author of Checklist Parenting, aimed at parents of young school going children. The handbook offers parenting checklists, covering a range of topics, in a well laid out, easy to read format

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