Trichotillomania is a hair-pulling disorder, where someone can’t resist the urge to pull out their hair.
This can be the hair on their head, eyebrows, legs, eyelashes, beards… even their public hair.
Here are 5 Tips To Prevent Trichotillomania.
Keeping Hair Short
Keeping your hair short can be helpful when it comes to pulling out your hair. The shorter your hair is the harder it is to get a purchase on it meaning it is harder to pull out. Some people with trich prefer to keep their hair shaved as it means they can’t pull their hair out at all.
Brush Your Hair
Brushing your hair can replace the feeling you are craving from pulling your hair. When your feel the urge to pull your hair out drag a brush through it until you feel better. You can find soft brushes that you can use on your arms and legs too.
You can find the Tangle Teaser Hairbrush Here
A good way to prevent pulling your hair out is to redirect to something else when you feel the urge to do it. Redirecting to fidget toys can really help in this situation. There are lots of great fidget toys on the market so you’re sure to find something you like. Things like ribbons and koosh balls are really great for replacing the feeling of hair in your fingers and hands.
You can also get our Hand Fidget Sensory Chew Here
You can use gloves to help with trichotillomania. Wearing gloves means that when you pull your hair it will slip through your fingers and be harder to pull the hair. Gloves are especially good for those who pull short hair. The tips of your fingers are covered making it harder to pull.
You can buy gloves from Fingers & Thumbs Here
Hats, Bandanas & Headbands
You can form a barrier and deterrent from pulling by wearing something that covers your hair. Hats, bandanas and headbands are really good for this. Depending on the season you can choose the most appropriate accessory and have some fun styling yourself too!
People with OCD are more likely to develop trich and it could also be hereditary.
Sometimes trich becomes a habit so even if you’re not stressed you may do it without realising.
Like any habit or compulsion the longer you do it the harder it is to break the cycle.
So it is definitely worth trying these tips to prevent trichotillomania to help.