With information, diligence, and determination, hair pulling is a habit that can be broken.
Step 1: Keep a journal Write in your journal each time you pull your hair. Develop an awareness of when you pull, and why.
Step 2: Keep your hands busy Keep your hands busy – take up sewing, knitting, or drawing.
TIP: Take vitamins and herbal supplements to help the re-growth process.
Step 3: Discourage the hand that pulls Wear ankle weights on the arm that pulls, or a rubber glove to discourage pulling.
Step 4: Yell "STOP" Yell "STOP" when you catch yourself pulling, and envision yourself with full, beautiful hair.
Step 5: Look for triggers Look for triggers that set off the pulling behavior.
Step 6: Consult a mental health professional or join a support group Consider visiting a licensed mental health professional if you can’t stop, or join a support group. Trichotillomania, the urge to pull out your hair, is a recognized psychological disorder.
FACT: Approximately two percent of the population pulls out their own hair, often at a specific stage in their life.