“It took me about 2 years to figure this out with balance and finger motion,” Beth, a C6-7 quadriplegic shares about her method of putting hair up in a ponytail. It’s a seemingly simple task, but without abdominal control or finger movement, it gets tricky real quick.
Beth starts by putting the hair tie around her thumb and pointer finger (which can extend a little bit) and leaning back in her chair to help with balance. She uses her wrists and forearms to collect her hair and opens and closes her wrist to open and close her hand around the hair. Once it’s generally collected into a ponytail, she uses her head as a base and then hooks her fingers through the hair tie to get it around. With a few twists and a few more hooks and she’s got a ponytail!
Did you learn to put up your hair from Beth? Let us know!