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We have compiled a long list of tips to stop hair pulling.

This FREE list of tips to stop hair pulling has been made possible by users of this website: real people with trichotillomania who have provided these to us by completing our questionnaire

Trichotillomania advice from real people – 

you are the genuine trichotillomania experts!

not being alone

I find whenever I get the urge to pull, washing my eyes and eyebrows with cold water often reduces the urge.

Eat sprouted seeds & stroke them on my lips


Stop ‘n Grow on my nails

everybody dance

Writing down how many I pull and what happened just before I pulled.

play guitar

Watching trichotillomania videos on YouTube

gel fingernails

Leave in conditioner

Wet hair

Exposure to Sunlight

Be around people that you would never dream of pulling in front of. (e.g. study in the library).

something more meaningful

Practise mindfulness 

to be 

aware of my hands

Deep breathing for 30 seconds.

Play with a  tiny piece of velcro 

Play with a  tiny piece of Blu-Tack

Brush two silicone brushes together

Covering mirrors in my house or putting positive statements on them

Leave in conditioner

Wet hair

Exposure to Sunlight

E-mailing my trich buddy

My stop eyebrow pulling mp3 (see left)

Having my brows professionally shaped

Numbing cream on my eyebrows reduces my urges to pull them

Forgive past mistakes

(see our Forgiveness videos)


Stress relief techniques

Derma-roller to play with: Note, there are two types and the spiky one is great for times of high tension.

Think about people who love me for who I am

Being involved and active.

Having my hands occupied

Turning cartwheels

Colouring or drawing

Asking for what I want.

Going climbing

Always keep yourself busy! Or join some kinda sport 🙂

Sewing, Rug making

Kumihimo or plaiting threads

Sorting my sewing box while watching TV

Journalling or writing

Squeezing a stress ball

Going out in public

Working out

Eating bananas

Playing the Podcast

Silly putty, clay, slime, play-doh etc.

Playing with Beanie Babies

Wearing a Beanie hat

Distracting myself from pulling

Free acceptance of my condition

Shaving my head! (extreme I know)

Rubicks cubes

Mascara that doesn’t clump

Sorting my sewing box while watching TV

Getting physical with my partner

Pairing socks and sorting laundry

Plasters on my fingertips
Going for a walk (free)
Reading trich blogs <3
Record keeping My personal Trichnotherapy coach Staying away from people who put me down
Stroking a pet Studying at the library rather than home
Wearing gloves SkyTrichster’s Trichster Tool Bag Talking to other trichsters on the forums
Plenty of Sleep Spinner ring to fiddle with discretely
Playing good music and dancing or singing Throwing away the tweezers or giving them to someone to hide
Crochet or knitting, tapestry or cross stitch Stroking a soft paintbrush or makeup brush on my skin or lips
Thinking about an event I want to look good at Cutting out sugar, glucose caffeine and popcorn helps me be pull free
Take a shower or run my head under the tap Wearing clear lens glasses makes me realise when I go to touch my eyes Covering my scalp with shampoo, lotion and hair conditioner (all mixed)
False fingernails makes gripping impossible Getting a new hair cut, colour or style that I love and don’t want to ruin I only allow myself 30 mins of TV at a time. I can manage to stay pull free for 30 mins
Reading only in public – i.e. on a bench in a park. Making patterns with pins in a pin cushion, then pulling them out and starting over again. Hand massage with oils: I don’t want to get grease in my hair and it makes my fingers slippy!
Removing mascara with remover AS SOON as I get home My best tip is to play games on a computer or phone it keeps you occupied and your fingers going If I start picking at my mascara, I have to remove it immediately with lotion to stop me losing lashes
Getting up and doing something to take my mind off it Claw thumb rings which are brilliant as when you put them on there is no way in the world you can pull
Social networking like Facebook & Twitter Using my head massager before bed seems to be helping me to have more peaceful sleeps and prevent pulling Eating a pomegranate. It takes AGES and you can watch a whole film while picking at the seeds. Sunflower seeds also occupy the hands.

Put a few pics of people with nice hair up in places I look at often so I can have something to aspire to
Getting up and moving about as soon as my hands go there I keep my correspondence in a box by the television so I can write cheques, pay bills and write envelopes while watching. Put an empty bin in your room and throw a light ball into it and your highest shoot could be your pull free aim
Writing down why I hate trich and why my life will be better without it I usually play my guitar to relieve the urge to pull
Trim fingernails as short as possible so they can’t make a grip on hair.

One activity to help with the urge to pull is to have a pair of Yin Yang stress balls at hand. If I get in a fit, I pick them up and it occupies my pulling hand.

Use cosmetic face masks whenever you feel the urge to pull your eyebrow hairs

Typing! You use both your hands to type so make up a story or something so your hands are occupied. It’s easier than writing because you have both hands on the keyboard!

For a child a substitute item would be a good idea. I would suggest one of those rubbery animal toys that would seem like a toy, but she could play with the little “fingers” that stick out all over the place to satisfy her need to fidget. I tried playing with my putty egg in bed the other night and it ended up in my hair! Whoops! But, I think anything age appropriate to “play with” can help her keep her fingers away from her eyes.

When I’m anxious or tricy I focus on my breathing. For each in and out I count one number, so it sort of ends up being 1, 1, 2, 2 etc. I find that forces me to concentrate on the counting as well as my breathing, and it usually sends me to sleep I find it very relaxing.

I only allow myself to watch anything for 30 minutes at a time. I can manage to stay pull free for 30 minutes.

Painting my nails: I don’t want to smudge it by pulling! I keep my nail polishes by the TV. Polishing my nails gives me time to refocus on something else and forget my urge.

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