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Old 08-01-2010, 09:35 AM   #1
 
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I recently came across this question and I have no idea how to respond to it. Do any of you have some insight?
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Does anyone know of any natural hair resources (or suggestions) that are geared towards people with disabilities? I'm working more or less one-handed, and I don't want to have to pay someone to braid/twist/otherwise style my hair for me. I can't afford it.

I can put my hair in a ponytail or bun, and I can do fat twists and plaits towards the front of my head. The back? Forget about it. Small twists or plaits? Nope. BRAIDS? lolwut

I'm so frustrated right now. My hair is now longer than it is in my icon (Alice: approximately apl blown out), and I don't want to have to cut it off to accommodate my disability. :/

Help, please?
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She's already said she doesn't have anyone around her (family or friends) that are willing to help her either.
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Hi Alice,

Is sher disability permanent or temporary? I have MS and met a woman in my support group a little over a year ago whose disability far exceeds mine. Because she spends a lot of time in a wheelchair or bed and doesn't have a lot of strength to comb hair hair, she ended up doing a BC and let her hair grow out and get it cornrolled every few weeks. She doesn't want a TWA.

When I was not doing well last year (much better now) I pretty had it in two braids to get me through the days - I know her hair may be shorter than mine.

I know this doesn't help her, but I'm thinking a braid out might be good. I know the issue is getting someone to help out. If I was in her situation, I may have to bite the bullet and pay someone to help out - if that is at all possible.

I think about this too for myself... doesn't seem like an easy answer.
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:34 AM   #3
 
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Hi Alice,

Is sher disability permanent or temporary? I have MS and met a woman in my support group a little over a year ago whose disability far exceeds mine. Because she spends a lot of time in a wheelchair or bed and doesn't have a lot of strength to comb hair hair, she ended up doing a BC and let her hair grow out and get it cornrolled every few weeks. She doesn't want a TWA.

When I was not doing well last year (much better now) I pretty had it in two braids to get me through the days - I know her hair may be shorter than mine.

I know this doesn't help her, but I'm thinking a braid out might be good. I know the issue is getting someone to help out. If I was in her situation, I may have to bite the bullet and pay someone to help out - if that is at all possible.

I think about this too for myself... doesn't seem like an easy answer.
Thank you so much for your response! She didn't specify if it was temporary or permanent.
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When I was recovering from my car accident and surgeries, I had my hair braided. I was in so much pain and I couldn't lift anything heavier than a spoon for about two months...so my only option was braids. I managed to find a braider that was willing to come to my cousin's house where I was staying and braided my hair (with extensions). They style lasted for over 2 months and it allowed me to not focus on my apperance so much (I might have looked busted, broken, and bruised but dayum it my hair was on POINT).

I would suggest she find a local beauty school....I've found that a lot of them are starting to have students that can do natural hair and she might be able to go and get her hair twisted weekly for a fraction of the cost. if she is in the ATL area...I know of a beauty school that I've been too and refered several people to that I'd be happy to pass the info along.
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