Maintaining clean and freshly styled hair can boost your senior loved one’s energy level, mood, and outlook on life. However, washing, cutting, and styling hair in the senior years can be a challenge for aging adults. They may need assistance or simple methods to keep their hair well maintained. Here are some tips on how to properly care for hair in the senior years.
1. Use the Right Products
It is always best to go with simplicity and safety when purchasing conditioners, shampoos, dyes, and other hair care products for your senior loved one. Choose products that don’t burn or irritate the skin and scalp. Leave-in conditioners eliminate the need for an additional rinse. Detangling spray is easier for many aging adults to apply compared to traditional conditioner. If styling is your loved one’s main priority, use products that wash out easily and do not cause buildup.
If you are concerned about your loved one’s safety and comfort while performing grooming routines, consider hiring a professional caregiver. Lincoln in-home care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.
2. Eat Hair-Healthy Foods
The foods your loved one eats can affect his or her hair. For instance, if your loved one wants to maintain healthy, growing hair, he or she should eat more salmon, eggs, spinach, tangerines, and other hair-healthy foods that contain iron, vitamin E and C, omega-3 fatty acids, and B12. These nutrients reduce hair loss and promote healthy hair for aging adults. Eating these foods can also help your loved one maintain good mental, physical, and emotional health.
3. Test the Water Temperature
Washing the hair keeps it clean and protects seniors against infections and other health issues. Always test the temperature of the water before washing your loved one’s hair. Test how cold or warm the water feels on parts of your body, aside from your hands. The hands are more resilient to temperatures than other parts of the body such as the area between the elbows. When you test the water at unusual locations of the body, you may gain a better sense of how the water feels for your loved one.
Some aging adults may need assistance with bathing, grooming, and managing other daily tasks, and professional caregivers can assist them. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Lincoln Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks.
4. Use Dry Shampoo
If your loved one has impaired vision, use a shampoo that does not irritate the eyes. Baby shampoo is a good option, but dry shampoo is the ideal choice. This is a powdery product that absorbs all the oils in hair without the need of using water. There is absolutely no wetness involved with dry shampoo. Another dry option would be to use baking soda to clean your loved one’s hair.
5. Skip a Day Between Washes
Although it’s important to maintain a regular hygiene routine, skipping a day or two between washes makes caring for the hair easier for seniors. The buildup of the oils may make your loved one’s hair appear thicker, and the buildup can also moisturize the scalp. If your loved one is easily irritated, skip a day between washing his or her hair.
6. Keep the Hair Freshly Cut
Seniors have other day-to-day commitments such as bathing, getting dressed, cooking, running errands, and doing chores around the home, which may leave little time for grooming. However, caring for their hair doesn’t have to become an overwhelming challenge each day. By keeping your loved one’s hair freshly cut, you can make it easier to care for.
If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Lincoln seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers. For high-quality senior care services or a free in-home consultation, call us at (402) 817-1976 today.