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How do you wash your hair after surgery?

How do you wash your hair after surgery?

Postby meganamy » Sun Jul 13, 2008 2:39 pm

I've read a few places that for about 5 to 8 weeks after surgery you're not supposed to lift anything heavy or raise your arms above your head.

I have very thick afro-like hair, so taking care of my hair is a gigantic pain. I always have to use a strong hair conditioner and after I wash my hair, I spend quite a while combing all the tangles out. About half of the time, I also invest another hour of time to straighten my hair with a ceramic straightening iron. If I don't do that, I have to tie it back in tight pigtails so that the roots will air dry straight. The upside of my hair is that it doesn't get oily so I only wash it about once a week.

Will my husband have to learn how to help me? How do you all shampoo and deal with your hair without lifting your arms above your heads for the weeks after surgery?
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Postby binds31 » Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:14 pm

yups thats why i got my hair cut short coz my hair thin and gets knotty got cut short so i can have one of them plastic shink shower heads will get my dad to wash it every 2nd day and give it quick brush every morning usually have pony tail style lol couldent imagine how anoying id get if id have to have some one else in house havn to put up
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Postby Luckysowner » Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:23 pm

I was able to do it just fine
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Postby Taylah » Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:47 pm

Hey,
I was a bit worried about that too! I wash my hair every 2nd day and feel disgusting if I go 3 days w/o washing!!
Luckily I was able to wash my hair on schedule on the 2nd post-op day!! I just bowed my head a bit and hunched and was able to reach my head keeping my upper arms and elbows at or below shoulder height, it was much easier than I thought!! I'm nearly 4wks post-op now and still using a similar technique!! I also managed to straighten my hair and clip it up 2days post-op by kinda stooping my head down, haha its kinda hard to explain!!
My advice to you would be to maybe book in w/ your hairdresser for your 1st wash post-op and then attempt it yourself at the 2week mark. I say this b/c if it takes you like an hour to comb out and straighten etc you would probably get quite tired and swollen.
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Postby Luckysowner » Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:58 pm

Taylah wrote:Hey,
I was a bit worried about that too! I wash my hair every 2nd day and feel disgusting if I go 3 days w/o washing!!
Luckily I was able to wash my hair on schedule on the 2nd post-op day!! I just bowed my head a bit and hunched and was able to reach my head keeping my upper arms and elbows at or below shoulder height, it was much easier than I thought!! I'm nearly 4wks post-op now and still using a similar technique!! I also managed to straighten my hair and clip it up 2days post-op by kinda stooping my head down, haha its kinda hard to explain!!
My advice to you would be to maybe book in w/ your hairdresser for your 1st wash post-op and then attempt it yourself at the 2week mark. I say this b/c if it takes you like an hour to comb out and straighten etc you would probably get quite tired and swollen.
Goodluck HTH
Taylah :D


I agree with Taylah. Go to your hair dresser and have them do the first time. Then hopefuly the next time you will beable to do it yourself
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Postby firefighterswife » Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:46 pm

I have to wash my hair and condition it everyday so I had my husband help me for the first week. after that, I was fine to do it on my own. I tried to keep my elbows as close to my body as possible and just bring my head to my hands instead of my hands to my head. Good luck!
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Postby BunnyBarb » Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:57 pm

Be kind to yourself and treat yourself to trips to the hairdresser!!!!!!!!!! And, get your nails done while you are there....oh yeah and get a facial...and may as well get a pedicure. You are going to be soooo happy so celebrate!
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Postby nikbis01 » Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:00 pm

My mom washed the back of my hair, and I washed the front / bending over the tub. I've heard that this is why its better to have a detachable shower head ;-) so maybe that might be worth the money. I'm sure mom could have washed my hair over my kitchen sink too. By the 5th day I was able to wash it myself, bending over slightly in the shower. How's that for a visual LOL - good luck, its worth any amount of routine-variations!! :D
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Postby Jessicai360 » Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:11 pm

The very first time I showered I almost passed out. Not to scare you but I was just sensitive at looking at my sutures...i thought my boobs were gonna fall! haha....You get used to that. To be honest...i had my boyfriend was my hair. We changed the shower head to a detachable head and I was fine. I was able to lift my arms up the same week of my surgery. I guess it depends on the person.
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Postby sholori » Mon Jul 14, 2008 6:08 am

I just washed mine leaning over the kitchen sink.
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Postby KSuzieW » Mon Jul 14, 2008 12:55 pm

I had my hair done at the hairdressers day before surgery and then post op (day 3) washed my hair over the bath, carefully so as not to pull anything and that was ok. If I had the choice, I'd have had someone help me :-)
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Postby sharfree » Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:38 pm

I put my hands over my head the first day when I was in recovery. Its what I am comfortable with. No one ever said anything to me about keeping them down and to my sides. My PS was concerned because we had to move the week after surgery but I didn't lift anything. I washed my hair on post-op day 3 , I had also gotten my hair cut shorter so it would be easier but I had no problems in the shower.
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Postby kelly1752 » Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:11 am

I washed mine just like normal. My PS never said anything about limitations with my arms. Just not to life anything over like 5 lbs. So showering wasn't a problem. It actually felt really good to wash all that gunk off my IBT's and get the marker off my body. EW. So good luck to you.
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Postby BunnyBarb » Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:04 am

I had big poofy bandages for the first few days and was told to sponge bathe and not get them wet. I didn't feel like going to the hairdresser, so I laid on a lounge chair in the backyard and DH used containers of warm water to shampoo my hair. I was able to take a full shower 4 days after surgery and wash my hair by bending over. My PS told me not to have my arms straight out or over my shoulders for 3 weeks. Follow your PS and your body's direction and you'll be fine.
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Re: How do you wash your hair after surgery?

Postby awayfading » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:59 pm

I have dry shampoo to wash my hair after surgery. Faciano has no powder and wouldn't get in touch with your wound and any infection, also it is very clean without harmful chemical.
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