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Having clean hair that is styled in a way that a person likes can help them feel good. It's also a time to check their scalp for any changes such as sores, rashes, or breakdown of the skin.
If the person you care for is able to leave home, ask if they would like to go to the salon or barber shop. It's part of many people's routine, and it can be a chance to see and meet other people. If the person can't go out but can pay for a stylist, think about asking if the stylist will come to the home.
You might want to ask the stylist or barber to show you some basic skills for cutting and styling hair. Then you can do the styling yourself if you want to.
If you can't get professional help, try to find a simple style that pleases the person and is easy to maintain.
Try to wash the person's hair as often as they want. You can use a no-rinse shampoo, a no-rinse shampoo cap, or a dry shampoo when you can't use water.
When washing a person's hair, let them do as much of the washing and combing as possible. You will need to do these tasks if they can't move well or can't lift their arms.
Start by gathering your supplies. Depending on where you will wash the person's hair, you may need:
You may be able to shampoo a person's hair when you help them take a shower. If that isn't a good option, you can wash their hair by having them sit in a chair at a sink. It is also possible to wash someone's hair in bed.
Some people may not like the feeling of water on their head or face. Try to keep water off of the person's face. And if they don't want their hair washed with water, use a dry shampoo, a no-rinse shampoo cap, or a no-rinse shampoo.
If you are washing someone's hair in a sink, you can buy a hair-washing tray at a medical supply store to help you.
You can wash the person's hair using an inflatable hair-washing basin. The water collects in the basin to keep the bed dry. If you are washing someone's hair in bed, you can place a waterproof sheet on top of the bedding to help keep it dry.
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Current as of: March 27, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Gayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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