Thanks for posting. It’s good to hear you’re recovering well.
If you’re able to lift your arm during your exercises, you could try to use your hairdryer using gentle movements.
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Travel hairdryer is a great tip I’m going to hunt mine out and get it ready . Been dreading my hubby blow drying my hair !
When I was in hospital the physiotherapists said not to raise my arms above my shoulders for 4 days.
Just be careful and don’t try to do it all at once. I used my travel hairdryer at first as it is lighter.
Thank you, feel ok to do it but don't want to risk causing any problems. I'll take my time and try it.
I managed to wash my hair 4 days after but got my sister in law to dry and straighten it.
I was able to dry and straighten my hair after about a week.
Give it a go, perhaps in stages like I did.
Hi I'm one week in from a mastectomy and generally feel well. When is it ok to hold a hairdrier and style my own hair. At the minute hubby is resident hairdresser and my hair is lovely and clean but I look like a scarecrow?