A hairbrush!

By | October 13, 2013

A hairbrush!

I never ever thought I’d get a picture of D voluntarily brushing her hair, but there she is, brushing and looking at her reflection, like the little lady she is turning out to be.

Hairbrushing and hair washing have always been a bit of a sensory nightmare for D, the brushes were always "too spiky" (in her words) and, before she could express those words, she’d scream (and scream).

Couple this with the fact that she doesn’t like having her hair cut (she finds it very difficult to sit still, even if there are distractions in terms of DVD/iPad etc) and there were some days when she’d go into school looking like she had been "dragged through a hedge backwards".

And as for knots…urgh! However gentle I tried to be, it was a challenging time for all of us. Not to mention whenever the letters came home from school, the NIT letters advising that someone, somewhere in class had them. Conditioner, little metal comb and off we go (that’s part of our Sunday routine anyway).

So, the picture above is a pretty big (okay, massive) deal for us. D not only tolerating a hairbrush, but brushing it herself.

It’s no ordinary hairbrush, but one of these:

A hairbrush!

Not a freebie, but bought after a suggestion from fellow autism parents. It’s moulded to fit the hand and seems a lot more comfortable than other brushes. The colour is definitely a bonus for my pink-loving D too.

Seeing her brushing her hair in front of the mirror was definitely a Magic Moment.

A hairbrush!
A hairbrush!
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The Reading Residence on 14th October 2013 at 8:28 am.

My daughter is no fan of the hairbrush or haircuts either, so I can totally understand why this’d be a magic moment for you! Lovely to see x


notmyyearoff on 14th October 2013 at 9:54 am.

I’ve heard those de-tanglers are really good. So sweet watching herself in the mirror – definitely a magic moment!


Kim Carberry on 14th October 2013 at 10:40 am.

I have heard they are really good….Seems to be working brilliantly for D 🙂 x


Charly Dove on 14th October 2013 at 10:56 am.

What a wonderful post, it must have been a great to capture this shot. And be a huge relief to you too. I’ve heard about the tangle teazer, supposed to be very good! Thank you for sharing with #whatsthestory


Afra Willmore on 14th October 2013 at 12:17 pm.

fantastic! Those brushes are amazing.


Mumof2.com on 14th October 2013 at 2:27 pm.

I have heard nothing but good things on the tangle teaser and it’s the first item anybody mentions when they talk about getting knots out of children’s hair. Thankfully the boys have very short hair x


Colette on 14th October 2013 at 5:35 pm.

We are also big fans of this style of hairbrush – anything else just reduces Chlo to tears!



Jaime Oliver on 14th October 2013 at 6:03 pm.

awwww honey thats fantastic! that brush i have to say looks and sounds amazing and no doubt i would love this for beth too!! she has always hated brushing her hair!


Anne on 15th October 2013 at 6:12 pm.

I’m so lucky that my girls don’t mind having their hair brushed, getting it cut is a completely different matter though. I’m so glad your D loves her new brush 🙂


Erica Price on 16th October 2013 at 10:52 am.

We struggle with things hair related too: hair cutting, hair brushing. Glad the new brush has made a difference.


Jo Laybourn on 16th October 2013 at 11:15 am.

Fab news and what an achievement for D. x


Aedín on 16th October 2013 at 11:54 am.

That looks like a fantastic hairbrush!My little one absolutely hates having her hair brushed too-she’s not a big fan of being touched either on the head or hands. Will have to check it out-thanks for sharing.


brinabird and son on 16th October 2013 at 10:42 pm.

That really must feel special. Great that you got a brush as well that she likes.


Mummy to boyz on 16th October 2013 at 10:50 pm.

That’s great my boy has sensory issues and like D doesn’t like having his hair washed, brushed or cut so we have to cease the opportunity to cut it really short every few months. It must be great to see her growing up and taking it all in her stride 🙂


Jane on 17th October 2013 at 11:46 am.

This is a fantastic achievement and personal milestone for you all. It’s so nice when you find the answer to one of the issues you have. We discovered the reason that Ethan didn’t like hair cuts was because of the cut hair falling on his arms. Cover his arms and he is fine!

Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)



Oana79 on 17th October 2013 at 2:33 pm.

Oh, my hairdresser recommended this for Emma as she hates her hair brushed as well! Lovely pic of your little lady, I am sure it makes your heart melt seeing her progressing so well!


Jeannette on 18th October 2013 at 8:19 pm.

Thanks, it can be a challenge can’t it


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