Three girls with different hairstyles

Washing Hair

There are different methods for getting the shampoo from the bottle.

  • Shampoo/conditioner/shower gel dispensers are easy to use with one hand. These can be mounted to the wall using silicone adhesive.
  • If you can’t supinate your hand (turn palm up), use a thick shampoo and put it on the back of your hand, then scoop it off with your unaffected hand and put on your hair
  • A pump bottle may be helpful

Distributing shampoo and washing/rinsing hair on affected side of head

  • A shower chair may help so she doesn’t have to worry about balance
  • For younger children, reminders to wash both sides may help – front, top, back, left side, right side
  • Try placing a plastic mirror with suction cups on the shower wall so he can see if he’s got shampoo on all parts of his head
  • A hand held shower head may be helpful for rinsing
  • How to Shampoo with One Hand

Use plenty of conditioner and detangling sprays. Use picks to comb the hair since they are easier to handle with one hand and have wider, stronger teeth.

Pony Tails and Buns

Girls with Hemiplegia and learn to put hair into pony tails and buns.

First of all, you need hair that’s long enough to pull into a pony tail. My daughter uses her affected forearm to help gather her hair in the back and let it rest there. She has the pony tail holder around her wrist, then just pulls it off the wrist and around her hair for the first wrap. She uses her pointer finger to help tighten it and hold it secure while her non-affected hand continues to make the final wraps. She will often need to adjust how high or low she wants it by using her affected forearm again in the back to hold it where she wants. – Jackie

Blow Drying Hair

Stands that hold a hairdryer while in use, freeing up one hand, are available.

Straightening Hair