Caring for your loved one’s hair can be challenging. They may react negatively either due to their fear or medical conditions. When caring for your loved one’s hair, one tip is to always be patient. Here are some hair care tips for your loved ones.
Keep It Simple and Realistic
As your loved ones age, their overall health may decline which might lead to their hair thinning. While most women experience hair thinning after menopause, some may be due to their medical conditions. You should keep your loved one’s hair simple by finding a haircut that works well with their new hair texture. It may be difficult to get them to agree to the idea of a new hairstyle so you should be patient and work with them to find a style that they’ll like.
Detach from Other’s Expectations
When caring for your loved one’s hair, it’s easy to get swayed by other people’s opinions. Some may have expected it to turn out nicer while others may completely hate it. However, you should remember that your loved one’s opinion matters the most. If your loved ones do not appreciate you curling their hair, respect it as they may take more time to get used to their new hair.
Water and Room Temperature Are Important
If you’re caring for someone with dementia, you would notice that they move from liking their hair washing time to refusing it when you try to do it. Let it go if you have a day like that now and again. If they refuse regularly, it’s most likely because they’re afraid of the process or something about it makes them uncomfortable. Dementia patients may find it difficult to express what is hurting them.
Always check the room and water temperatures to make sure they aren’t too cold or too hot. This may seem obvious, but your loved ones may be more temperature-sensitive than you are. Use your inner arm or foot to test the water.
Use the Right Products
When it comes to hair care products, simplicity and safety should be your top priorities. Baby shampoo is a wonderful choice because it won’t burn their eyes if it gets in them. A detangling spray or leave-in conditioner is also more convenient to use than a standard conditioner because it eliminates the need for an additional rinse. If you still want to style their hair, go for softer products that wash out readily and don’t build up.
Set a Calm Mood
If your loved one reacts with fear or uncertainty when you try to clean or style her hair, wait until both of you are as relaxed as possible. Looking at old images or listening to old music on CDs can be beneficial. Playing music that your loved one likes can also assist to prolong the relaxing impact. Our loved ones can sense our tension and aggravation, so try to behave as though it’s no huge problem whether you finish it or not.
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