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A Short Hair Care Checklist for Older Adults

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Hair is an important part of a person’s identity, irrespective of age. In addition to turning gray, age can also affect the texture and volume of hair. By adapting to these changes and modifying their hair care regimen, seniors can maintain healthy hair.

Purchase the Right Products

As hair loses pigment, it can take on a dingy, yellow tone. This is caused by water and pollutants in the air that collect on the hair. A deep-cleaning shampoo with a slight blue or violet pigment can return hair to a beautiful gray or silver. It is best to avoid shampoos with harsh chemicals that can strip the hair of its natural oils. If you have to help your loved one shampoo his or her hair, opt for a baby shampoo that is less likely to sting if it gets into the eyes.

Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional home care. Folsom, California, Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Choose the Right Style

Short, medium, or long, the right hairstyle is the one that makes your loved one feel confident. However, short styles may be easier to manage for a senior who has difficulty holding a hair dryer or brush. Regardless of the length, the most important factors include a good cut and regular maintenance.

Consider Various Colors

Gray hair is trendy, so your loved one should let the gray shine through if that is his or her preference. If your loved one would like to tone down the gray, subtle highlights or lowlights may be a better option than an all over color. If your loved one does choose a full color, be prepared for touch ups every six to eight weeks. It is also a good idea to avoid jet black and other overly dramatic colors that can appear too harsh.

Manage Thinning Hair

Thinning hair can be a major concern for both older men and women. Volumizing shampoos and root lifting sprays can give the appearance of more hair. Longer hairstyles can emphasize the thinning, so women may want to consider shorter cuts with layering and texturing to add volume. Men with balding heads should consider trimming their hair to the back and sides to create a symmetrical area of scalp. This provides a polished image while de-emphasizing the thinning hair. For men with extremely thin hair, shaving the scalp entirely is an option.

Consider hiring a professional caregiver if your elderly loved one needs assistance with grooming hair or managing other daily activities. 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. Folsom seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.

Protect the Hair and Scalp

Just like the skin, hair can be damaged by the sun. Encourage your loved one to wear a hat or scarf when outside. Hair sunscreens are also available to protect the hair from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. An occasional deep-conditioning treatment can restore moisture to dry or brittle hair. It is also a good idea to give hair a break from blow drying and styling products every couple of weeks. Men who are bald should wear hats or apply sunscreen to their scalp whenever they go outdoors.

Aging in place can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving live-in care. Folsom, CA, Home Care Assistance are leaders in the elderly in-home care industry for good reason. We tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual needs, our caregivers continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise, and we also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. Call one our professional Care Managers at 916.226.3737 and create a customized care plan for your elderly loved one.