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Trichotillimania, compulsive hair pulling

What Is Compulsive Hair Pulling?


Trichotillomania (trick-o-til-o-MAY-nee-ah) is a disorder that causes people to pull out the hair from their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, pubic area, underarms, beard, chest, legs or other parts of the body, resulting in noticeable bald patches. Hair pulling varies greatly in its severity, location on the body, and response to treatment. For some people, at some times, trichotillomania is mild and can be quelled with a bit of extra awareness and concentration. For others, at times the urge may be so strong that it makes thinking of anything else nearly impossible.

Trichotillomania (also referred to as TTM or “trich”) is currently defined as an obsessive-compulsive RELATED disorder but there are still questions about how it should be classified. It may seem to resemble a habit, an addiction, a tic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Most recently, it is being conceptualized as part of a family of “body-focused repetitive behaviors” (BFRBs) along with skin picking and nail biting.

Research into treatments for trichotillomania and skin picking has grown steadily over the past decade. Although no one treatment has been found to be effective for everyone, a number of treatment options have shown promise for many people. At this time, management of these behaviors should begin with education about the disorders, followed by consideration of the treatment options listed below. Special considerations for treating children and adolescents are discussed in theExpert Consensus Treatment Guidelines for Trichotillomania and Skin Picking.


At Chris for Hair we have a good understanding of Trich, and have helped clients who are also in counseling to temporarily replace the hair they have pulled, which can help them to refocus and stop the behavior. We do not work with clients that have not committed to counseling, as we feel that counseling is an integrative necessity in treating the disorder.

Should you have questions about how we might be of help, please call:

925 -245 -0194

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Myths about male pattern baldness

 “Male pattern baldness,” accounts for the majority of hair loss in men, but it can also affect women. It is usually caused by a combination of hormones and genetics. Male pattern baldness can have a negative effect on self esteem, and since often it is associated with aging, it causes people to assume that the person is older than his actual age.

Some men may start to notice thinning hair as early as their 20s, and by age 50, 50% of men see some hair loss. Hair is usually lost in a pattern, starting at the temples, revealing the classic “M” shaped hairline seen as men age.


There are many myths about male-pattern baldness.

Myths About Male-Pattern Baldness

There are many myths about male-pattern baldness.

    • MYTH: Baldness is inherited through the mother’s side of the family. If your maternal grandfather was bald, you will be too.
    • FACT: Genes for baldness can come from either parent.
    • MYTH: Wearing hats strains hair follicles and causes hair loss.
    • FACT: Unless your hat is so tight it cuts off circulation to hair follicles, it will not cause hair loss.
    • MYTH: Using a blow dryer causes hair loss.
    • FACT: Use of a blow dryer does not cause hair to fall out. However, frequent over-use of a hot dryer can cause hair to become brittle, damaged, and break, which may cause hair to appear thinner.
    • MYTH: Washing hair too frequently or using certain styling products can cause hair to fall out.
    • FACT: Shampoo and hair care products do not cause hair loss.
    • MYTH: Massaging the scalp will help hair regrow by stimulating circulation around the follicles.
    • FACT: It may make you feel good, but no studies have shown scalp massage helps regrow hair.
  • If you are experiencing male pattern baldness the options for non surgical hair restoration are far more realistic, affordable, and comfortable that ever before. Do something about your hair loss before it is an extreme change, and no one will ever know.
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