When they’re not able to get into the shower or bath, it can seem impossible to keep their hair and scalp clean. But washing someone’s hair in their bed doesn’t have to be difficult. If the person you’re caring for can’t get out of bed, learning how to wash their hair will provide them with comfort and help them feel better, inside and out. In this video, we’ll give you some tips that will help make the process easier and keep their bed dry at the same time.
Washing someone’s hair in their bed doesn’t have to be difficult. If the person you’re caring for can’t get out of bed, learning how to wash their hair will provide them with comfort and help them feel better, inside and out.
You might feel a little uneasy washing someone’s hair in bed because it sounds like it’ll be awkward and messy. In this video, we’ll give you some tips that will help make the process easier and keep their bed dry at the same time!
Let’s try it!
There are a few different ways to wash their hair without them leaving their bed.
Start by gathering some supplies we’ll need:
You’ll need a large bowl of water
Some bath towels and facecloths
The shampoo and conditioner that they like
If you have one, a shampoo basin like this inflatable one makes it a lot easier
A Small cup or pitcher for water, for rinsing their hair
Waterproof bed pads
And a wide-tooth comb, hairdryer, any hair styling products they use and a mirror
Start by brushing out any tangles and then help them lay flat. Remove any pillows from under their head.
You can use a shampoo basin if you have one, or you can put a waterproof pad under their head
If they’re able to hold it in place, hand them a facecloth to cover their eyes so no soap gets in them
If you’re using a waterproof pad, use as little water as possible to wet their hair. Try wringing out a damp washcloth over their hair to wet it.
With a shampoo basin, you can use a small cup or pitcher of water to wet and rinse their hair
Use a small amount of shampoo and lather it into their hair and scalp
Rinse out the shampoo until the water runs clear.
Repeat these steps with conditioner if they use it
Change the waterproof pad as often as needed if it isn’t absorbing any more water. Another option that can save you some time is to use a rinse-free shampoo cap!
These shower caps can be purchased at your local home health store, department store or you can buy them online. Most are warmed in the microwave, then you can put the cap on, massage the liquid inside into their hair and throw out the cap. There is no need to rinse!
Whichever method of washing works best for both of you, once you’re done washing finish by drying their hair well. You can use a blow dryer if they like it, but be careful not to use it on the hot setting to prevent burns.
Lastly, help style their hair. Check in to see how they’d like to style it and do that if possible. If they have long hair, Tying it back can help prevent it from getting tangled up while in bed.
Always encourage the person you’re caring for to do as much as they can for themselves. When you’re done hold a mirror for them if they would like to style their hair themselves or see what a great job you did together!
Washing someone’s hair in bed will ensure the person you’re caring for is clean, dry and feeling their best. You can take pride in knowing that you are giving them the best care possible.
For more videos on how to care for someone who is confined to bed, visit our channel.