Brushing Hair for the Elderly

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When brushing hair for the elderly, you're always going to want to carefully implement a few important techniques. Learn about brushing hair for the elderly with help from a professional hair stylist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Claire Coleman; I'm a Hairstylist, and I'm going to show you how to brush hair for the elderly. Now, you want to make sure that you're going to be very careful. A lot of elderly people have a lot of health issues and you know, having to brush their hair can be a little bit difficult for them to do themselves or might even be painful for them to do later in their life. So, you want to just make sure that you're really very careful. I like to use a wide tooth, wide bristled brush, just something really simple and you just want to make sure that you have wide bristles, it's going to easily go through the hair and it's not going to irritate their scalp. And you also want to start by brushing from the ends to the roots, depending on how long their hair is. And you want to just be really careful, you can even hold the hair and just brush from the roots, I mean the ends to the roots here and just work your way up. And the wide bristles are going to make sure that you're not really pulling too hard or causing any snares. And it's really important to, you know, if you want to put your hands in next to their scalp, then you can kind of hold the hair and create a barrier so that you're not going to be pulling too hard. And you really don't want to be raking the scalp with the brush as well. So, you just want to be very gentle and just be very cautious. And ask them, if, "Does it hurt?". "Does it feel okay?" Just check in with them and make sure that everything is going smoothly for them and that they look their best. Here we go, nice and brushed up. My name is Claire Coleman, I'm a Hairstylist and I just showed you how to brush hair for the elderly.

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