asked members of the BuzzFeed
Community to tell us how they deal with hair-pulling
is a disorder that causes people to pull out the hair from
their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, and other parts of the body
in ways that result in physical damage — like bald patches,
skin discoloration, bleeding, or scarring. Effective
treatment often involves professional help, but these are the
tricks some people have found helpful — physically,
emotionally, or otherwise — for dealing with hair-pulling.
Remember: These aren’t meant to be medical recommendations,
but they’re tactics that have worked for others and might
work for you, too. And heads up, some of these responses
contain detailed descriptions of hair-pulling urges and
yourself stop out loud whenever you start pulling.
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“If I notice I’m doing it, I’ll tell myself, ‘Stop.’
Sometimes I have to tell myself a couple of times in a row.
Just a simple, neutral ‘stop’ or else it will turn into
repetitive negative thoughts or self-loathing (which will
make pulling worse). For example, if I’m pulling before going
to bed, I’ll say, ‘Stop. It’s time for bed.’ A short simple
statement. If I’m at work, I’ll tell myself, ‘Stop. Let’s
finish this report.’ It helps with anxiety, too.”
17. Get a
pillow you can yank feathers out from.
“Doing something unrelated like fiddling with rings or kooshes
or whatever doesn’t satisfy my need to pull, and I’ll
inevitably end up with my hands back in my hair. So I pull out
the feathers from my pillows. Sure, having piles of feathers on
my floor or in my trash bin, or random individual feathers
sticking to my clothes is embarrassing, but it’s less
embarrassing (and FAR less long lasting) than bald patches.”
22. Or to
rock an awesome wig.
“After struggling to cover bald spots with scarves and
bandanas, I finally decided to wear a wig to my senior prom.
Over a decade later, I still wear a wig. The biggest success
for me was learning to love myself and accept that trich is a
part of my life but it does not define who I am. I don’t
struggle with depression anymore. Now, I carry myself with
confidence and strangers approach me all the time asking which
salon I get my hair done at. LOL. My best advice is don’t be
afraid to rock an awesome wig!”