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While it may not make the kind of fashion statement you'd like, a neck brace is a necessity after suffering a neck injury or having spinal cord surgery. But don't worry, lady. Wearing a cervical collar or halo brace doesn't have to interfere with shiny, clean hair. True, you'll need to find new ways to bathe in some cases. Take it as a challenge -- if your hair can look fab while you're sporting a neck brace, think of how stylin' it will be once you've thrown the collar to the curb!
Wash your hair with dry shampoo if you have incisions that are fresh from surgery and can't get wet or if you're wearing a metal halo brace. Dry shampoos come in cans similar to aerosol hairspray. Simply spritz your hair, brush and you're all set. Dry shampoos are so easy to use that you may continue to use them to discreetly freshen up before a night out, even after you have the all-clear to take a shower.
Jump -- well, maybe not jump, since you have a neck injury -- into the shower when your injury doesn't require stitches and you're wearing that oh-so-fashionable soft, foamy cervical collar. These neck braces are safe to touch the water, so you can wash and style your hair as usual. Do yourself a favor and place your hair products on an easy-to-reach shelf in the shower so you don't have to crane your neck to reach for them.
Towel dry your hair gently so you don't disturb your brace or your hurt neck. Then replace the padded liner of your brace, or put on a spare cervical collar, and let the wet items air dry. This can be a little tricky to manage without moving your neck. The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests lying on your back on your bed to keep your head still as you take off the old and put on the new brace.
Get a new, shorter hairstyle if you know a neck brace is in your near future. Your hair will be easier to care for and less likely to get caught in the brace. Who knows? You just might love your new look.