Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Quest for Shampoo....

I am on a quest. It is most serious. I must find a shampoo and conditioner bottle that I can easily squeeze in the morning. Impossible? I will find out!

Winter makes my bones scream, more so than normal. Every day things are so tough! Recently, I am finding that winter morning stiffness is a whole different ballgame.

I must find ways to make life easier! After talking myself out of bed, I head to the shower. Once under the hot steamy shower I think ahhhhhh that feels good. Then I go to pick up the shampoo...I drop it...more than once. Now I have to bend down and pick it up! AGH! My hands are stiff, my fingers hurt. Once I do have a good grip I try to squeeze...and squeeze....and squeeze. Ummmmm, it takes me about 8 squeezes with little breaks in between to get the amount needed!!

Now to get it up and into my hair since currently I cannot reach above shoulder level! Then to start over again with the much tougher bottle of conditioner. So much for my feel good hot shower. I am now aggrevated, near tears and just want to go back to bed.

I have tried numerous different types of shampoo/conditioner. Some are better than others but I still must find one that does not make me cry in the morning. I know this seems stupid but if you were in the situation you too would like to find something that helps your shower go smoother. I did try the salon spout ones. These you do not have to squeeze but you have to pump it up and down a ton to get the right amount and that is just as painful! Tear-free Shampoo takes a different meaning for those with RA. I just want to find one that is easy to use, does not hurt to squeeze, does not slip, does not require a pep talk to myself about how I can do it,  and does not bring tears to my eyes!!!


My quest is to find it. Along the way I will share tidbits of what I find that makes my life easier. As that is what living with a chronic illness makes me look for. If you have advice feel free to comment! I was diagnosed less than a year ago and struggle with day by day things. I am off to work. Day by Day.


  1. I hear ya! That's never fun. On the weekends I try to coax the bf into the shower to assist in washing my hair. But of course he doesn't know that ;)

    BUT! If I owned a place/had awesome landlords I would totally go this route (prepare for holy long URL Batman) -,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.,cf.osb&biw=1366&bih=643&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=4183111671765725927&sa=X&ei=r9fqTrbjINLxggfY88n_CA&ved=0CHMQ8wIwAQ

  2. One thing I do is have someone move the product I like into a bottle I can withstand, such as a pump or a lightweight easy-squeeze version. Still doesn't work if the shoulders are bad but helps most of the time. Good luck. :)

  3. I use Nexxus shampoo and conditioner because they come in a very large container with a pump. The product seems as good as any other I've used, but most important is that I don't have to lift the bottles or squeeze them. That's a BIG deal in life with RA. Good luck!

  4. nexxus shampoos and conditioners in a pump! large bottles so reduces painful shopping trips!

  5. I will have to try nexxus! 5 months later and my mom bought me some Bed Head pump ones. They have been by far the easiest to use. They are expensive though. I will look for the nexxus! Thanks Ladies!

  6. Aveeno also offers a soft plastic shampoo that is super easy to squeeze!