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What’s Inside A Trichotillomania Toolkit?
When I send out emails, I try to let my audience know that they should put together a trichotillomania toolkit for themselves.
A trichotillomania toolkit is all the supplies, resources and tools that you need to help combat hair pulling!
I’m going to show you what I keep in mine and hopefully help you to put together one of your own.
I keep a few things in a drawer next to me in order to have easy access to it.
Having a trichotillomania toolkit is the best way to insure success!
When you readily have the things that you need to detour yourself from pulling, you’re already ahead of the enemy.
Where To Put A Trichotillomania Toolkit?
You’re going to need a toolkit area to keep all your supplies and resources.
This can be a cabinet, shelf, cubby hole, box, canvas bag, backpack or a purse that you have readily available.
If you leave the house for school or work, you’re going to want to make your toolkit supplies are mobile too.
This might mean that you have a cubby hole or drawer at home but you keep a small bag for your on the go things you need.
NAC is a supplement that I take twice a day to help curb my hair pulling urges.
NAC has a TON of published medical studies and articles and it seems to be the one thing that helps a lot of trichsters actually overcome this disorder.
If you talk to your health care provider about it be sure to take in some information about WHY you want to use it because a lot of medical professionals are not trained in Trichotillomania or natural supplements but this particular one has a lot of evidence to support that it works.
NAC has to be paired with Vitamin C to prevent oxidation and kidney stones.
Vitamin C is also good for hair regrowth and overall good health, win/win.
I take just as much vitamin C as I do NAC, so I keep it on hand with me at all times.
I take a whole food prenatal vitamin because they are good for hair growth and skin.
I am a big believers in taking a multi-vitamin every day.
I don’t have health insurance so I do what I can to take care of myself the best I can and let God do the rest.
Biotin has been known to help hair grow back faster, so I take it everyday with my prenatal vitamin.
I believe it works, I’ve been taking it for months and my hair does grow faster than the average half-inch per month.
I recently purchased a huge haul of hair care products for myself, and I got a new hair supplement with it, sure enough, biotin was one of the main ingredients!
There are a ton of hair, skin and nails vitamins out there on the market, it’s biotin that makes up most of those.
I think every single trichster needs CBD oil in their toolkit if anxiety is an issue for you.
I don’t know how I went through life without it so long!
Some people take fish oil or magnesium for anxiety and depression but nothing, and I do mean nothing, has ever worked as effectively and FAST as the CBD does for me.
CBD is not marijuana, it comes from the hemp plant.
I use the CBD internally and externally and I only want the purest form.
I have used Prohibere for its numbing feeling but it smells like old people’s home.
I recently switched to a CBD pain cream and I like that a lot better because it’s much stronger and doesn’t stink.
Basically anything that will numb the area.
Keen bracelets are my awareness tools.
I’m usually wearing them on my wrists and I consider them a must-have item in my toolkit.
I’ve been using them for the past year to make me aware of my hair pulling, I’ve written several blog posts about them.
Keen bracelets buzz my wrists every time I go up to pull my hair and that’s my cue to stop. Genius!
They were co-created by a Trichster and I think that’s important when choosing a habit detecting device for trich.
Fidget toys are great distractions if you need something else to do with your hands.
My favorite is the tangle toys, but I also like to chew on rubber bracelets too.
When my Keen bracelets buzz me, I have retrained myself to grab a fidget instead.
I keep fidget toys at my desk, in my car, in my purse and in my pocket so that I always have one.
I have a huge collection of fidget toys, if I took them all with me, I would need a suitcase, so I only keep a few on me in my toolkit and in the car.
I like rubber bracelets, those ones you get with just about everything these days, they are great for chewing on.
I like how those bracelets feel when I bite them for some reason and for some reason if I chew them I don’t pull.
Quirky, I know.
Headbands / Hats
Keep some hair ties or headbands next to you so that you can keep your hair away from yourself.
Any kind of barrier you can put between your head and your hands, the better!
A what? A face blaster.
It’s my favorite tool for rubbing my head, neck and face, it’s very soothing.
The face blaster is actually used for hair regrowth too.
It’s an odd little tool, but I like it.
Most likely, you will have one odd ball item in your toolkit, we all do and this is mine!
I just like how it feels.
Scriptures and Happy Thoughts
Make yourself some notes on an index card or business card that you can carry around.
I have scriptures and also notes that my kids make me.
Little reminders of how important I am to God and my family help me out a lot.
Trichotillomania Therapy Journal
I have a journal that I use to write down things that are related to my trichotillomania.
I write down my food, drink, sleep habits, moods and other things so I can reflect back on it later.
Keeping a diary or journal is a good way to keep your hands busy and it’s therapeutic I think.
The Hair Pulling Habit & You Book
I have this book because it has a lot of cool resources and tips in it.
What I like about it is that it’s written in a way that relates to me and I understand it.
I have other books I bought and they were so scientific and I didn’t really get what I was reading a lot of times.
This one is made for kids and teens but I think it’s great for adults as well.
On-The-Go Trichotillomania Toolkit Advice
Decide which items you need to take quickly on the go and keep them ready to go with you.
You can’t take your whole aresenal in your purse but you can grab some important items to help you battle on the go.
I’m lazy so its best if I prep these things out ahead of time by keeping stuff in my car or in my bag, whatever.
If you go to work every day, consider keeping some of your important trich toolkit items in a drawer nearby instead of taking them on the go back and forth.
I had to decide that I was important and that I needed to start keeping the things I needed with me and around me, even if that meant owning two or three of something.
Headbands / Hats
Keep your barrier with you so you can wear your hair away from your hands.
A pill case is really handy because you can take your supplements on the go (or medications if you’re using those).
Always carry your favorite fidget with you so you have a distraction.
Scriptures / Happy Thoughts
Keep a happy thought or scripture in your purse so you can reference it during the day in those moments when you’re feeling tempted to pull.
I take my Keen bracelets with me just about everywhere because they keep me from doing anything embarrassing in front of people.
I used to pull my hair and suck my thumb in public and not even realize it until someone caught me.
Keen has been a huge life saver because they alert me before the embarrassment starts.
This stuff goes in my purse with me everywhere, especially in public situations where I have social anxiety.
I don’t always need it, but I like to have it just in case.
One dose usually lasts me 6 hours but still…. you never know, better to keep it on hand than not have it all.
Notes / Note App
I keep notes in my phone because I don’t want to carry my journal around with me when I go out.
I jot things down like what I ate, drank, when I took my supplements – I put those things in my trichotillomania therapy at the end of the day.
Having a trichotillomania journal helps me pin point patterns and keep track of what I’m taking how it’s making me feel.
I also jot down anything “high stress” that may have happened that day, it helps me to write these things out.
Not everyone wants to keep a journal, I get that, but I’m listing here because I do but don’t feel bad if you don’t.
Hopefully by now you have a good idea of what to put in your own trichotillomania toolkit!
It doesn’t have to be exactly like mine, but make something up for yourself so you can take this head on!
There’s a lot of ways you can distract your hands, mind and body into doing other things but it’s best to be prepared!