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