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Products That Help Trichotillomania
This page is an ever growing list of products that help Trichotillomania.
I will list the product, what it’s good for and where to get it (if I know, not everything is available in every country).
I will keep adding to this list as I find things that help me and others.
I have personally been wearing these Keen bracelets and they make a difference if you are not aware when you’re pulling. I was someone who would pull subconsciously not really thinking about it.
There are other methods to becoming aware but I found this to be an effective one for me. The bracelets go on your wrists (you need two if you pull with both hands), you train them with an app on your smartphone to know which hand positions to look for.
The bracelets buzz you when you’re hands are doing the things you’ve trained them to look for, there are a ton of different things you can train Keen for, like nail biting, thumb sucking, skin picking, etc.
A Bracelet with Bells
I think that if I couldn’t get the HabitAware bracelets, I would totally get me some bells, at least for around the house. It’s a great idea for awareness.
The have them on Amazon, if you want to buy some online.
At Christmastime you can probably find bell bracelets in a lot of retail stores, the rest of the year your best bet is probably online. Another thing about Christmastime is you can wear them without anyone really thinking anything of it. 🤷
A Trichotillomania Therapy Journal
I created this journal so that I could track my pulling patterns and then figure out ways to keep myself out of the situations that made me pull more.
It tracks sleep, eating, daily things like feelings and the who, what, where and stuff that has to do with pulling.
It’s a great place to start if you don’t know what to track.
If you’re looking to reduce your hair pulling and find out what’s triggering you the most, a journal like this can help. You can buy this one or create one of your own.
It doesn’t matter how you start tracking, just do it! You’re going to be shocked at the patterns once you see them down on paper after awhile.
Rubber Finger Grips
These are awesome, they were suggested to me in a group. If you need something to help you not pull these are great and they certainly make you aware because you can’t get to the hair.
Anything that can make pulling difficult is a good item to have and these we’re just neat, not your average product.
Use them to cover the tips of your fingers so pulling isn’t easy.
Make it difficult for yourself to pull so you become aware and find something else to do with your hands instead.
They are available on Amazon (in some countries), someone also said that they carry them at Walmart in the office area.
I am currently taking this now, just started, I plan to do a full review of my experience with it. I hear so many good things about NAC in the FB community that I had to give this a try.
It’s a natural supplement and here’s some things that have been said about it..
Recently several reports have indicated that N-acetylcysteine, a glutamate modulator, could be effective in reducing symptoms of trichotillomania. It acts by restoring the extracellular glutamate concentration in the nucleus accumbens, decreasing its levels, which seem responsible for the pathogenesis of compulsive behaviors, and therefore, trichotillomania.
I’ve heard people taking as little as 600mg (usually children) and as much as 2400mg in a day, I’ve got more research here about it.
Prohibere by Biomaterix
I bought this Prohibere because it was a very intriguing product that cured the creators Trichotillomania.
It’s a numbing creme that goes on your hot spots. It feels very similar to Icy Hot if you’ve ever tried that. It’s basically Bengay for your head.
Once the area is numb, it does reduce the urge to pull.
I wish it was stronger, I wish it lasted longer, but overall, it’s a good product that does what it says it would do.
Read my full review before deciding to buy some please, there are things you may not like about it.
The Hair Pulling Habit and You The Hair Pulling
I ordered this book because I have had a lot of success using similar methods that were listed in the description and I’m always looking to educate myself more to help others in my private group and on my blog.
The reviews are phenomenal and I really love how everyone stated they liked the approach of “no condemnation” for this habit.
The whole book is loaded with cool ideas, from sticker charts, self monitoring, in depth assessements and reviews. I love the way it is written, it’s very easy to read, it’s in large print and there’s a parents guide loaded with tips.
I would choose this book over other expensive options first.
Wild Growth Hair Oil Wild Growth Hair Oil 4 Oz
This came recommended to from a hair dresser and it’s great for styling hair if you have Trich because it promotes healthy hair growth because it’s made of coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba and some essential oils.
It detangles and protects against blow drying. I am someone who has to blow dry her hair straight, it’s great because it helps it dry quicker and the hair doesn’t break. If I don’t blow dry my hair, I put my hair in braids with this stuff.
If you read the reviews on Amazon, you will see a lot people have seen hair growth improvement in short periods of time.
Toppik Hair Building Fibers
This product is for thinning hair and bald spots. Everyone in the groups swears by it.
It’s a powder that you can dust on different areas of the scalp that covers in a way that looks like your own hair.
There’s a special applicator comb that helps apply it to different areas so it looks natural.
It’s a great cover-up and it comes in different colors.
Another one that is always mentioned is Boost Blend.
Skull Cap (for Night Pulling Awareness)
This is a really tight fitting cap that can be worn at night to cover the head.
Nighttime is a big hurdle for a lot of us and this is a great barrier between the hands and hair.
This one was actually a suggestion from someone in our private group.
Beanies and headbands fall off at night, but this fits tightly to the head sort of like a swim cap.
Definitely worth checking out, you can find them online here.
Bracelet with Rubber Hairs on It
There are a ton of fidget toys that people love, I personally like the tangle, others the cube and spinner – it just depends and luckily they are relatively cheap to buy so you can figure out what works for you.
This on the other hand, this bracelet was something I hadn’t seen and I love it!
It’s a rubber bracelet that goes on the wrist and it has rubber hairs that you can pluck at.
If you like to pull hairs, this is a good distraction.
Seabreeze Sensitive Skin
If you have hot posts Sebreeze Sensitive Skin has been a lifesaver for Mai Mai in our private group.
Mai Mai has been able to overcome Trich for 12 years now and she swears by her Seabreeze.
It’s one of the things we listed on our Overcoming Trich prep sheet because it works as inflammatory and helps take away the irritation in the inflamed area.
Mai Mai talks about this product in our private group, she’s done videos showing us how she uses it too.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
This one you may already have at home! I saw immediate improvement in my state of mind about 5 minutes after my first tablespoon of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. Not exaggerating in the slightest, it was that fast.
A friend of mine had messaged me and said to me that a shot of this a couple times a day helped her a lot.
I have read so many miraculous things about this stuff but nothing ever really stuck until I realized that the alkalinity in my body effects my mental health.
I have really been cutting back on the carbs with the Keto Diet but adding this to my regimen has really boosted my focus and energy levels (and right away too, almost instantly after taking it).
A Book for Letting Go of Anxiety, Worry and Stress
A lot of us are dealing with anxiety, worry, stress and depression that triggers our trichotillomania.
It’s important for me to get my mind off the things that I can’t control and this is one of those books that has given me a lot of good instruction on how to do just that.
This book is a faith-based book, it’s about letting go and letting God handle your situations and it breathes real hope into your everyday struggles and situations.
This book is on Amazon, I purchased it on the actual Joseph Prince website but it took over a month to get it.
One of the thing that really helps me is having a sticker chart to track my pull free days.
It’s really nice to have that incentive and see the progress that I have made.
A lot of different places suggest using a sticker chart to help you see your progress.
They’re great for kids and I use them as an adult to keep me motivated.
Fidget Toys (No Surprise There)
There are so many cool fidget toys these days to choose from. I have a ton of them myself. My desk often looks like the desk of a 5th grader. I need them for work though. When I’m sitting idle for too long I need a distraction to keep me from doing things I don’t want to do, like pulling my hair, biting my nails, sucking my thumb, etc.
I use my Keen bracelets to make me aware and then I grab a fidget toy to distract myself!
Here are some of the ones that I have here. It’s an ever expanding collection!
I will be updating this list soon. 😀