Being an ‘ex’ hair and eyelash puller, I get this question a lot. “I pull my hair out. Will my hair grow back after trichotillomania?”

The answer is, in my experience, ‘yes’, your hair will most likely grow back.

I had pulled my hair, eyelashes and eyebrows out for many years. And it did grow back. Now, it is true that it might not be as thick as it would have been if I hadn’t suffered from trichotillomania for over 40 years, but in all honesty, you can’t really tell the difference. I now have all of my hair. And after 40 years pulling, I’m more than happy with that. So if you are trying to cure your hair pulling condition, it’s important to start your treatment with a positive outlook, and an answer to the question “Will my hair will grow back after trichotillomania?”

Here are some things you should know about trichotillomania and hair regrowth as you are setting up your trichotillomania treatment.

How long will it take for my hair to grow back?

Hair falls out and grows back as a natural process. So your follicles are prepared for hair regrowth. Hair grows about one quarter to one inch per month.  There are 3 phases: hair growth, transition, and resting. The growth phase is approximately 45 days, transition lasts about 27 days and the hair stops growing. While in resting phase hair remains for about 100 days and then falls out. So it normally takes 8 weeks for hair to grow back fully, although you will see growth and bald spots will begin to be covered with hair regrowth after a short time.

What can I do to grow my hair back after trichotillomania?

Take care of the machine! Your hair is a part of your body. So if you take care of your body, you take care of your hair. Just as we can see a pregnant woman’s hair shining and thick because of the changes in her body, so can you help your hair grow back after trichotillomania. 

  1. Have a healthy lifestyle. Get enough rest, don’t smoke, don’t drink alcohol and caffeine.
  2. Eat foods that are rich in minerals, vitamins and proteins. Vegetables, and especially the green ones, are excellent for hair growth.
  3. Exercise keeps the blood flowing, nourishing your scalp, and reduces stress which can slow down hair growth.
  4. The sun provides vitamin d which is necessary for hair growth and the heat from the sun also encourages hair growth.
  5. Use essential oils and plant essences can be used to stimulate circulation, purify your scalp, give nutrients necessary and encourage hair regrowth.

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Which essential oils should I use to grow my hair back after trichotillomania?

Essential oils are a fantastic way to take care of your hair and encourage hair growth. Some oils and essences you should be using are rosemary, basil, citrus, jojoba, castor, aloe vera.

Rub the essences into the scalp, or make regular hair masks and conditioning treatments made with all natural products. 

Using essential oils as part of cognitive behavior therapy

Not only are essential oils ideal for hair growth after trichotillomania, but they can be an important part of a complete hair pulling cure using cognitive behavior therapy; the application by stroking used as an alternative to the action of pulling out the hair.

Complete-KitHave a look at our Trich Stop trichotillomania treatment system for more ideas about how you can stop hair pulling. But in the meantime, as you look to put your hair pulling treatment together, rest assured that your hair will grow back after trichotillomania.


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Amy Foxwell

Amy Foxwell

I am an author, a consultant and a mother of three young children. I was also a hair puller for over 35 years. But I am finally pull free and have been for over 4 years! I’d like to share with you my journey and why I developed the revolutionary Trich Stop Kit and Trich Stop Oil.


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  • Avatar for brittney brittney says:

    is there any think you can use at home to avoid pulling your eyelashes and to help them grow faster

  • Avatar for Nicole Yung Nicole Yung says:

    I pull my hair out I having pulling it out for years since I was a teenager. I am still pulling it out. But my hair is slowly growing back again. Will biotin help my hair growth
    Quickly. I can’t till it grows back to normal again I am wearing a wig at the moment.

    • Avatar for Frances J Pressley Frances J Pressley says:

      I been pulling since I was 16 my Dr put me on Prozac a week ago I have not pulled in 5 days don’t have the urge too hope my hair grows back fully I had thick hair back then

  • Avatar for Lori Lori says:

    Thanks so much for this information!

    – 12 year puller

  • Avatar for Ava Ava says:

    I am so happy with this article. It’s positive and hopeful. I’ve had trichotillomania for a long time now and this is a huge boost for my. Thank you so much!

  • Avatar for maria maria says:

    I been pulling since I was 11 idk when I’m going to stop hopefully soon but thanks for ur info

  • Avatar for jonathan hill jonathan hill says:

    I’ve been picking my hair out since I was fourteen I’m 28 now,will it grow back back if I leave it alone.

  • Avatar for Adam mughal Adam mughal says:

    Hi I’m a male 24 years old and I don’t have a problem with pulling out my hair or anything but over the past few months I’ve been tugging at my hair to sort of massage the scalp and make the hair healthier and it was working in fact the left side of my scalp is very thick and full but I remember the right side whenever I tugged at i could hear and feel the hair being pulled out I didn’t pay too much attention to it at first but I would feel it daily on the right side and now few months in and my left side is thick and dull while my right side has patches and it looks so bad I want to know how long would it take for it to come back and if it will come back please do help ..

  • Avatar for Frances J Pressley Frances J Pressley says:

    Thanks for the info I’m a new non puller and feel amazing and I’m hoping to one day to have beautiful no hair again not this thing stuff.

  • Avatar for Gail Kammer Gail Kammer says:

    I have pulled for 46 years. I would love to stop but don’t know if any help here in Saskatchewan Canada. Do you know of any organizations, doctors, support in Saskatchewan.

  • Avatar for ryker hewitt ryker hewitt says:

    I have just started and I hate it LOL it is growing back and I slap myself when I notice. Any other tips?

  • Hey Amy
    I used to pull out my hair and I didn’t know this is called trichotillomania…
    Anyways i had trichotillomania when I was 16 17 years old and now I’m 26 and I have pulled out my hair so much but however they have been grown back but still some of my head don’t have much hair,
    Will they grow back?
    Should i leave it or should I do something to help to grow?
    Will you pls answer me through the email?
    BTW thanks for your lovely article ❤

  • Avatar for Mehrnaz Mehrnaz says:

    I’ve been pulling my hair for like 5 years but as I started taking meds for depression, I stopped.
    Thank you for your blog

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