Trichotillomania, or hair pulling, affects from 2- 5% of the population. So one would think that a trichotillomania cure would have been developed by now. But unfortunately, while we are beginning to see more research being carried out, and more attention being given to the trichotillomania condition, no clear cure for trichotillomania has yet to be discovered. Actually, there is still no definitive understanding of what causes hair pulling, and the current thinking is that there are different causes for trichotillomania. Some sufferers may even have multiple causes of their hair pulling.
Trichotillomania, along with many other obsessive-compulsive disorders such as skin picking, is not very well understood. And because of the nature of the shame surrounding these conditions, few people come forward with their hair pulling condition. So the true extent is misunderstood and thus the amount of research into these conditions is limited. Without enough research and engagement from trichotillomania sufferers and their families, a trichotillomania cure cannot be found.
In addition, trichotillomania is a very complex obsessive compulsive condition. There are also different types of hair pulling: ‘focused hair pulling’, where the individual is aware of their pulling and ‘automatic hair pulling’, where the individual pulls in a trance, not even aware of what they are doing.
Natural Cure for Trich
To add to the difficulties in understanding how to cure trichotillomania, what triggers the condition is also a mystery. Trichotillomania can begin anytime in a person’s lifetime. Some people start showing symptoms of hair and eyelash pulling in early childhood and others when their hair starts to go gray. Some individuals begin after a traumatic incident, while for others their hair pulling condition is due to anxiety, and yet others it is boredom or a lack of sensorial stimulus.
Therefore, although there is growing research, there has not been conclusive evidence into what might work as a trichotillomania cure. Much more information must be gathered and the complexities of the trichotillomania condition must be better understood before we can know how to cure trichotillomania.
Because of the various intricacies and causes for hair and eyelash pulling behaviors, there are often many different types of therapy and hair pulling treatment that will be successful. This is why we recommend that sufferers try many different hair pulling treatments in their quest to find their own personal trichotillomania ‘cure’ in order to find those that work the best. Even better, that they use many different methods simultaneously.
While there is no known specific trichotillomnia cure, there are trichotillomania treatments, and, most importantly, there is hope to control the hair pulling condition. A hair puller will not be 100% ‘cured’, and the trichotillomania sufferer will continue to be an ‘ex-trichotillomaniac’ and not a ‘non – trichotillomaniac’. They will need to continue to control their hair pulling, much like an ‘ex-smoker’ will need to control impulses for the rest of their life. However, like an ex-smoker, this does get easier with time.
In any case, while putting together a hair pulling treatment plan, we recommend to try a Natural Cure for Trich where at all possible. Avoid all chemicals and medication and opt for essential oils, cognitive behavior therapy, self-awareness training, journaling and other natural hair pulling treatment methods.
If there is no trichotillomania cure, what then?
Even though hair pullers cannot seek out a definitive trichotillomania cure, there are treatment options available. Discovering ways to control hair-pulling impulses can help a sufferer become pull free. Cognitive behavior therapy, stress-control medications, and hair pulling support groups have all proven as an effective way to control symptoms. Therapy based treatment for trichotillomania can help the sufferer become aware of the cycle of destructive thinking as well break this habitual thinking and responses.
There are effective alternative hair pulling treatments that can support other more formal treatments of the hair pulling condition, such as journaling, meditation, yoga, self-awareness activities, hypnosis, etc. And there are tools such as all natural ways to cure trichotillomania, such as serums and oils and aromatherapy. It is essential to understand that Trichotillomania is a complex problem, and can have differing causes, so it may need to be approached from several different angles to find an effective treatment. Again, making sure you emphasize a Natural Cure for Trich is essential.
Finding a personalized trichotillomania treatment
Finding a personal best solution for hair and eyelash pulling and creating a personalized Trichotillomania cure is the best option at this time. To do this one must understand not only their own hair pulling condition and the triggers that cause them, but try different trichotillomania treatments and see which ones both fit into the individuals lifestyle and address the hair pulling condition the best.
Most importantly, belief is essential for those who suffer from Trichotillomania: to know that although it can be difficult to stop hair pulling, and there may not be a definitive trichotillomania cure, it IS POSSIBLE to stop pulling and grow hair and eyelashes back!