How To: Stop pulling your hair out

Stop pulling your hair out

With information, diligence, and determination, hair pulling is a habit that can be broken.
You Will Need
* A journal
* Determination
* Ankle weights
* A mental health professional
* Internet access
* Vitamins (optional)
* Herbal supplements (optional)
* Optimism (optional)

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.

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.

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