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    Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    My mother has a power chair. She has us remove the head rest, and slightly tilts the chair (it has tilt in space and power recline). She goes to SuperCuts and they just push their salon chair out of the way for her and she backs up to the sink. She just gets a wash and cut, not a dye job, but it should work the same way.

    At home she has a shampoo "cape" we can use at the sink, or we fully recline her chair and drape with plastic, and wash her hair in the roll-in shower area (if she justs wants a shampoo and not a full shower).

    this is about what we do for my friend with Ms, she played a trick, and when I went to visit, she had dyed her her same color as mine. dark brown, and she has always been blond or light.
    Her cargiver does the coloring, and they do theirs together at one of her bathtime. it isnt like having the solon dyes though, but they save money. I was thinking of letting mine go.

    I need to do mine, I noticed it isnt just a patch of grey anymore.


      When I do my touch ups I'll just pivot in my chair and throw a rolled up towel between my lower back and the tire in order to lean my shoulders back on the bench part of my shower bench, with my hair free to rinse. I don't know if that makes sense. At the salon, depending on the height of the bowl, I'll either scoot forward in my seat which will allow me to slouch/lean back more, or I'll just pivot with my legs over the wheel like I do at home.
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        Tilt/recline power chair that I use outside.


          Most of the salons I go to the sink is about the same highth of my wc so I can just lay my head back and let them wash it and most of the time I let them cut my hair while I'm in my wc.
          Most of the time I wash my hair before I go so they don't have to wash it.

          If I have someone with me they help me get in the salon chair if they can lower the chair.
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            I'm T-10. When I get my hair done I stay in my chair and just scooch down and hang my head back over the wash tub. I cross my legs so they don't spread out while I'm scooched down for the wash part. When they cut my hair I stay in my chair and they just move their chair out of the way. I have stayed in my chair during pedicures also and just put my feet in from the side (on an end chair). Lately I've been transferring in to the chair for pedicures though. We had a new day spa open in my neighborhood and the chair is very easy to transfer too.
            DFW TEXAS- T-10 since March 20th, 1994


              Do salons have to have an easy transfer type chair if it is attached to the sink under the ADA? I much prefer staying in my chair and leaning forward into the sink.
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              Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.


                When I was younger I transferred to the salon chair. About 5 years ago I started doing the lean forward with my face in the sink. Last year I came across the Comfort-Cape & decided to give it a try. So far I am really happy with it. It's a little different (not harder) for my hairdresser since my head is higher, but she is fine with it.
                I back up to the sink, hook the strap around my neck and lean my head back a little. It's not uncomfortable at all, I don't get wet and my make-up doesn't get smeared or wiped off like it did when I leaned forward with a towel.

                They have a pretty good website with info and photos...


                  There was a wonderful lady in my area who owned a hair salon since 1980. I had gone to her for a long time since I was a baby. She was so wonderful with me. Sadly she lost the lease on her hair salon in 2006, and started doing hair in her clients' homes. She even came to my house a couple of times to do my hair. She would wash my hair at the kitchen sink with me leaning over face down into the basin. The sad thing is, she recently was diagnosed with cancer, and had to retire.

                  There's a salon I go to down the street from my house, and there is a wonderful woman there named Amanda that I always try to request when I get my hair cut. She moves the salon chair out of the way, and cuts my hair right from my wheelchair. The salon doesn't include hair washing in getting a hair cut. Unless I requested it. But, Amanda is so good with me. I have a hearing aid that I have to take off when I get my hair cut as I'm profoundly deaf in my left ear, and she always knows that she has to be on my right side when she talks to me because she knows that's the only ear I can hear out of.

                  I'm due for another hair trim soon, and I'm going to make another trip down to the salon to see Amanda.


                    I'm in a power chair and transfer to shower chair using two person lift. Once finished I remain in my chair for the rest of time -- cut, blow dry, or roll and set.