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How to Stop Pulling Your Hair Out

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.

You Will Need

  • A journal
  • Determination
  • Ankle weights
  • A mental health professional
  • Internet access
  • Vitamins (optional)
  • Herbal supplements (optional)
  • Optimism (optional)

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