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Old 05-26-2007, 10:49 AM   #1
 
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So does any one have any experience with trying to do their hair with only one good hand? My left one is now in a splint for who knows how long and I have no idea how to go about doing anything with my hair without soaking my bad arm. Suggestions? Amusing experiences to make me feel better?
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Old 05-26-2007, 11:08 AM   #2
 
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Oh my! I don't know what I would do... I guess to me the easiest would by try to wash it in the sink upside down. Then you could have everything you need right next to you. Maybe have an assistant to help you dry or put the gel in your hand?

I think that's what I would do so at least you can have your products right there and then maybe kind of lay the towel out to plop or wrap your hair in it to dry. Good luck! I hope you figure something out quick.
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Old 05-26-2007, 02:42 PM   #3
 
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A family friend offered to let me use his sink w/the sprayer so maybe my mom can help me with that so I can lean backward rather than forward or she can at least keep me from falling over (got a good whack to the head as part of the injury package ). I'm thinking plopping may be the way to go too. Or maybe I can comb it out semi-straight.
You take so many things for granted until you can't do 'em. I tried to just put it up yesterday and that was a disaster! LOL I probably looked pretty funny trying to do it too.

Evertime I think I've come up with a good solution, I realize I'd need my left hand for support/balance. Dangit!

I do have a removable showerhead but I haven't figured out how to make that work for me in this situation.
I usually wet my hair almost daily so I'd like to figure out something I can do on my own since I don't know how long I'll have this thing on my arm.
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I do! I do!

When I was teenager I became quadriplegic and after years of physical therapy when all has been said and done, my left hand is little to no help in hair styling (though generally I'm fine otherwise).

So, expert advice!!!

1) I do almost everything with my head flipped upside down. Creates easier access for the functioning hand/arm.

2) Headbands! so easy to use.

3) Long scarves: It takes practice but if after your hair drys, you flip your head over, hang the scarf/rope/shoe lace/whateva over the back of your neck, use the one hand to loop the ends as if you were starting to tie your shoes, put one end in your mouth, pull the other end so that eventually the scarf contracts around the crown of your head creating a pony tail, use a spider clip to secure at the top or bottom.

4) When i broke my good arm I could still take full on showers and keep the cast dry by tying a plastic bag over it. If your splint isn't too big, maybe you can put a plastic glove over it... Like the ones people use to wash dishes.

5) Also I used to run a comb through my hair while shampoo or conditioner was in just to make sure everything got cleaned.

Hope that will give you some ideas on how to do it one handed. Good luck
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Crap! It just occurred to me... I can't figure out how to squeeze the darned products into my right hand!
*falls over*
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Crap! It just occurred to me... I can't figure out how to squeeze the darned products into my right hand!
*falls over*
Hehehe seriously it's all about learning to use your mouth. I realize that sounds really funny.
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Old 05-26-2007, 03:05 PM   #7
 
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Man, if I could only use one hand, it would be more of a strain for my SO than it would be for me . He would have to drive to my house every morning to help me out with my hair! Poor guy.
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Thanks for those suggestions! My splint comes up almost to my elbow. maybe I can use the trashbag idea. How would I secure it?

I think my mom has some scarves lik that so I'll hafta give it a try. Gotta fogure something interesting out for second/third/etc day hair.
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meriellyn,

I had a cast from left mid-forearm down to the knuckles for 2 months. The only fingers not in the cast were the thumb, index & middle.

I used the bags newspapers come in. I learned after a while that tape & rubber bands weren't necessary to keep water out of the bag & off the cast. I wore enough bags in case one or some had holes & tucked them tightly into the forearm part of the cast, creating a nice seal.

Shampooing & conditioning with just my right hand quickly made that hand cramped & tired, but I learned to let it dangle to rest & get the blood back into it before continuing.

For a long time I went without any styling product until Laurabeth gave me an idea. I placed the tube or bottle on the edge of the sink & used my forearm or elbow on the bottle to squeeze the product into my right hand that was underneath the spout.

I just wasn't coordinated enough to get the hang of using one hand to distribute styling product in my hair though. It always ended up more in one place & hardly any in other places.
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Well, my first attempt seemed semi-successful. I used my sample of Jessicuri GLS. Had a hard time getting it evenly distriduted so even though I don't usually 'poo the length, I combed it through. Then I used TooShea and combed that through. The little pot made it easier. Maybe I should put some other products into containers like that. Used Aloeba as a leave-in because I could get the sample bottle in my mouth Then I raked in some CCSS (got that out with my knees... don't ask), flipped and put it in my turbie twist. Didn't plop, just twisted it up.

I had planned to take a bath and hold it out of the tub but I found a bag that would fit. I debated tuck vs. tape and finally went with the tape just to be safe.

Hair is still really wet but I think it might actually look ok. At least I'm all clean and conditioned. I'll worry about looking cute after the black eye goes away. :P
Maybe then I'll try gel and plopping.
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Sounds like you're getting a pretty good routine going. It'll get easier as you do it more and of course start to recover.

I hope you get all better with a quickness!
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Old 05-26-2007, 04:41 PM   #12
 
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That's how I first started wearing my hair curly. I broke my elbow and had my arm in a sling so I couldn't hold the brush and the hair dryer at the same time.
You get used to the one armed thing after a while. You just have to apply one side at a time or say top, then back etc. You can sort of rub your hand like your scratching your palms and get the product distributed if it's not real thin.
I still do all my drying with one hand, I'm just so used to it now.

I bet your hair turned out great! Good luck and quick healing!
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