• 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.”