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Hair Care Tips: When Using Both Hands is a Challenge

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September 2015

Hair Do's

Washing long hair and putting hair in a ponytail can be a challenging when you have difficulty using two hands. Try these tricks to make it easier or to gradually improve your skills:

Increase Difficulty:

  • Use smaller, tighter bands
  • Use your first finger to pull the hair band over instead of your thumb

Decrease Difficulty:

  • Use larger hair bands
  • Do a part of the task, such as tightening the ponytail or brushing it

Suggested Strategies:

  • Putting hair up: the hair tie starts on affected hand/wrist, use your thumb to pull it over hair
  • To tighten ponytail grab with 2 hands and spread ponytail out, comb front to get loose pieces
  • Washing hair: Use 2 fogless mirrors hung on opposite ends of the shower to make sure hair is thoroughly soaped up/rinsed out
  • Flex head/bend forward to reach both sides of head when washing it
  • Drying hair: hold it out with affected hand, dryer in dominant

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