Hair Care 101: Caring for a Senior’s Hair

doing grandma's hair

We all love to look our best. And part in looking our best is doing our hair routine.

Women are so particular with their hair routine. They have a lot of shampoos and other chemicals they put into their locks to keep it as fabulous as possible. Men, on the other hand, also have their own routine to keep cool with today’s trends.

As we age, this obsession for the perfect hair does not change. But do you know what does change? It is our hair.

If your mother or grandmother used to have beautiful curls, these curls may start thinning down as a result of aging. And do not get us started with the guys. Guys, we know hair thinning can leave you devastated.

So what should you do, as caregivers, in order to cater to the needs of your elderly patients? Here are some tips to do so:

  • Wash their hair at most twice a week
    Unlike what the most common myth in the society suggests, washing our hair with shampoo and conditioner does not have to be done every single day. Our scalp produces natural oils which makes our hair shiny and healthy. Wash it every day and your hair will turn dry.
    The same applies on the hair of our elderly patients. Washing it once or twice a week will do. And during that time of the week, it is advisable that you style it as a bonus point to their weekly looks.
  • Care for their hair according to their preference
    Our patients are the ones who know their bodies the most. They know which shampoo is good for them and which is the worst choice. Men know which hairstyle suits them. Only provide suggestions if situations are going out of their hand.
    Some elderly want to wash their hair while they take a bath. Others find it better to wash their locks on the sink while they are fully clothed. Do not forget to ask them which way they want to be washed. Assist them as much as possible but not to the point that you are already taking the entire job of washing their hair. See to it that you keep their independence as much as possible.
  • Try dry-shampoos

    Dry-shampoos are shampoos in powder form that absorb the natural oils which accumulate on an unwashed hair. After applying the powder, brush it out. If you want an inexpensive alternative, try using mixing the following and use it the way you apply a dry-shampoo:

    • Baking soda
    • Baby powder
    • Cornstarch
  • Encourage the elderly women to try short hair
    Most elderly women want to have their hair short. If your patient is hesitant on trying a short hair, convince her of the benefits. Tell them that it is easy to maintain, comfortable, fresh, and requires less shampoo making it more economical.
    Aside from that, this hairstyle is compatible for those older adults who have difficulty in moving around.
  • Go to a salon that specializes in elderly hair care
    Going to expert hair care professionals is a good way to relieve your senior of stress. It is also the most ideal way of pampering them. So go visit a salon. But do consider one that specializes in caring for the hair of an elderly individual.
    We at Greenacres Adult Day Care, the most considerate and caring adult day care center in Greenacres Florida, provides elder salon services to all our clients to keep them beautiful despite the wrinkles on their skin.

Greenacres Adult Day Care serves the following counties:

  • West Palm Beach
  • Wellington
  • Lakewood
  • Royal Palm Beach

If you, by any chance, are living in the mentioned places, feel free to drop by our adult day care center in Greenacres Florida to enjoy our Salon services. To discover more of our services and activities, visit our website at or call us at 941-786-6786.

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