So… I’ve made an appointment at the hairdressers on Sunday but I’m a little concerned about the backwash as it does put a pressure on the base
of the skull and there is such a thing as a ‘hairdressers stroke’

Should I go for a dry cut or try to cushion the base of my skull? Any advice on what anyone’s done and/or how long you waited for that first visit to the hairdressers post-stroke?

Am I being silly?

@DDMH i would wash my own hair in shower and get them to wet it if you want a cut and blow wave. It’s better than a dry trim. Just explain to them. :smiley:

You are not being silly you can say anything on our forum :grinning::grinning:

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Hi DDMH are you being silly can’t say, but I was very silly a few weeks after coming out of hospital lifted a heavy galvanised grain bin lid to get some corn for my chucks and dropped it on my head ‘Ouch’:scream_cat:. But I’m sure a more sensible person here can offer advice

@DDMH it is definitely not being silly. Funnily enough I had a stroke clinic review this afternoon and this came up. My stroke was caused by a carotid artery dissection which is normally caused by neck trauma. They were trying to find out what trauma had caused my dissection & they asked me if I’d been to hairdressers which I hadn’t. No cause for my dissection has been found.
What I will say is I have been to hairdressers twice now since my stroke (& going again this week). I just mentioned to the hairdresser about my stroke & they took extra care with me to make sure the sinks were comfortable. Hopefully they will do the same for you.

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My Stroke was also caused by a cartoid artery dissection which happened while reversing the car. I haven’t dared have my hair washed at the hairdressers since but have had it cut. The hairdresser was happy to do a dry (or rather damp) cut spraying it with water. Going to go back as soon as I can for a more drastic cut as although he was a nice guy I don’t think he cut off enough but I’m going to have a dry cut again

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Definitely not a silly question @DDMH . Some salons have the facility to do a front wash.

If not - I would try @Loshy’s suggestion of washing it before you go and getting them to dampen it with a spray. I’m sure they will be able to accommodate any changes you need.


Hi @DDMH if you read this or this article (beauty parlour syndrome) I would avoid having your hair washed in that way as it can put pressure on the neck reducing blood flow.

If they won’t wash your hair whilst you lean forward over a sink ask them to spray your hair to wet it, as others have mentioned.

Hope you enjoy your new haircut.

Best wishes

Thanks for the advice all :+1:

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