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Dear Carol: My mother has some health issues but her mind is fine. Dirty hair is the issue we fight over. She’s sensible about most other things, so it’s baffling. She’ll shower, yet she won’t wash her hair.  I’ve offered to help her but she says she doesn’t need help. I’ve suggested that she wash it when she showers but she says that won’t work. She won’t let me take her to a salon, either. She looks awful and she used to be so neat. She doesn’t seem to mind washing her face so I don’t think she’s afraid of water. What can I do?  - Amanda

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