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How To Give Hair Care

What is it?

Hair care may include combing, brushing, or shampooing someone's hair. Ask your caregiver for information about how to shampoo the hair of a person in bed.

Why should a person get hair care?

Following are some reasons for giving hair care:

  • Personal satisfaction: When a person is ill, combing or brushing the hair may help him feel and look better.
  • Increase blood flow: Brushing the hair may increase blood flow to the scalp. This can help prevent skin breakdown.
  • Removal of dirt and oil: Combing and brushing helps remove oil and dirt from the hair and scalp.
  • Healthy hair: Brushing also helps move the natural oils around in the scalp to make the hair look healthy and shiny.

When and how should hair care be given?

A person's hair can be combed or brushed several times a day. Following are some steps to help you comb or brush a person's hair.

  • Help the person to a comfortable sitting position if the person is able to sit up.
  • Place a pillow behind the person's head. Cover the pillow behind the person's head with a towel.
  • If the hair is short, comb and brush 1 side at a time.
  • If the hair is long, do 1 section of hair at a time.

What if there are mats and tangles?

When a person's head rubs against the pillow or bed, mats and tangles can form on the hair. Following are some tips to help avoid them.

  • Use a cream rinse after shampooing.
  • If the person's hair is long, try to braid it loosely or tie it back.
  • Part the person's hair in small sections.
  • If needed, use a little hair oil on the section to loosen the tangles.
  • Use a comb with wide teeth to separate the hair.
  • Comb the ends first and move toward the scalp as you remove the tangles.

Call the person's caregiver if:

There are sores or redness on the scalp.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. To help with this plan, you may learn about caring for your hair or the hair of another person. You can then discuss choices with caregivers. Work with them to decide what choices may be best for you, or the person you are caring for. You always have the right to refuse and make your own decisions.The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.