Strategies on Helping Your Loved One Who Struggles with Grooming
Let the stylist or barber know the person has dementia when you book the appointment, to allow for extra time.
Don’t try to maintain an elaborate women’s hairstyle. Ask the stylist to “accidentally” cut it extra-short, so you can go longer between trimmings.
Exception: If a woman has a long tradition of a weekly salon visit, she may get pleasure in continuing. But don’t keep it up for her out of loyalty once she no longer seems interested.
Ask the stylist to shampoo hair first. A professional cleaning and conditioning will feel good and reinforce your efforts.
Skip hair products (spray, gel, pomade, dye). Fewer steps make it easier.
For shaving, get the razor and lotion ready and give prompts at each step. Some men avoid shaving because they can’t remember how.
Use an electric razor—it’s less likely to nick.
Quit shaving and let a man grow a beard.
Acknowledge efforts: “Your hair looks so nice today.”