As we always want to look our best, caring and styling our hair plays a big part in how we present ourselves to the world. It is always fun to experiment with hair styles but hair care for your loved one can be a challenge.
From choosing the right style to finding the right transport to get to the hairdresser, there are so many things to do and consider when caring for your loved one’s hair. For instance, perhaps the stairs leading to a salon or the procedure of having the haircut is a bit overwhelming for your loved one.
AgingCare has outlined some useful tips to make sure your loved one is comfortable and happy with their hair style and care routine:
Your loved one may show fear or frustration when you try to wash or style their hair, so it is important that you are both relaxed and prepared. Play some calming music or your loved one’s favourite tunes to help create a calming atmosphere for both of you. Make sure to stay calm as your loved one can sense anxiety.
Partial results is fine
Sometimes cramming a full hair wash, dry and style in a day can be stressful and an unrealistic goal for both you and your loved one. There are some acceptable shortcuts to caring for your loved one’s hair. Dry shampoos, hair deodorisers and no-rinse products are easy yet useful hair care options. No-rinse products in particular are helpful for seniors who can’t or won’t use products that require rinsing.
Simple is key
Hair thinning is a common result of aging but it is important for your loved one to accept that it is perfectly normal. There may be different hair styles and cuts that are easier to manage. For most women, hair thinning after menopause can be disheartening so it can take awhile for your loved one to like their new style or cut. Work with your loved one to figure out a hairstyle that works for their new hair texture and changing abilities. Be patient and work with them to find something they like and manageable in the long run.
Check room and water temperature
Your loved one may be skipping their hair wash due to the fear of the process making them uncomfortable. In particular, seniors with dementia can have difficulty communicating what is bothering them. Therefore, carefully check the room and water temperature, ensuring the water is not too cold or hot. Test water temperature with your inner arm, your foot or any other part of body besides your hands, which are more likely to become used to hot water.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If you are getting stressed over your loved one’s hair care routine, remember that there are people who can help. Local air stylists or professional caregivers can provide that extra helping hand for bathing, hair care and other grooming activities.
Caring for your loved one’s hair is not always easy but don’t forget to indulge in some kind of treat after the whole process. If your loved one is happy with their fresh new hair, get out, and show off their hairdo.
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