What is hands in hair syndrome?
Are your hands always buried in your hair? Do you excessively touch your hair when doing a specific task? Do you find it extremely difficult to stop touching your hair? Have you been noticing hair breakage and hair dryness more than usual? If you said yes to all the above questions, then you’re most likely suffering from hands in hair syndrome.
bits over and over again. Excessive hair touching is a repetitive and addictive habit can be extremely hard to stop and can lead to Trichotillomania - a hair pulling disorder. Many women who's hands are always buried in their hair, typically suffer from very dry ends, oily roots, hair loss and poor overall hair condition.
Why are you touching your hair?
There are many reasons as to why you could be excessively touching your hair:
You’re feeling bored
Your hands are free, so they end up in your hair
You’re concentrating on something and you like to fiddle with your hair at the same time
You’re feeling stressed or anxious about something
You’re always on the lookout for split ends or hair breakage
Touching your hair repetitively every time you do a specific task
You don't like the feel of your hair
Excessive hair touching sessions could last for hours and many women tend to feel guilty at how much time they've wasted and how much hair they've managed to break during that session. Over touching your hair can also make your roots super oily and the length of your hair dry and brittle.
How to stop touching your hair
Let’s get to the important stuff now. How do you actually stop hands in hair syndrome?
Here are some tips and techniques that you can pretty much start right away. Make sure you download the free download that is included with this article. It is an easy to follow, Seven Day Challenge, where you are tracking your daily progress of no hair touching.
1. Pull your hair back and away from your face
If you tend to touch your hair more when it is completely down, then just grab a hair clip or a hair scrunchie and put your hair up either in a high ponytail, in a bun or just away from your face.
If you are still finding yourself touching your ponytail, plait it. If you’re touching your baby hair when your hair is in a bun, grab some hair oil or hair cream and rub these in your baby hair and pin them back with a bobby pin.
2. Occupy your hands
When do you tend to touch your hair? Is it when you’re at your desk or when you’re on the sofa watching TV, or is it when you’re reading? Whenever you feel like you're about to embark on a hair touching session, find a way to occupy your hands and you can simply do this by getting yourself a fidget toy.
There are plenty of fidget toys available online and it might take you a while to find the one that feels right to you. Keep searching for the perfect fidget toy and keep your hands busy during these trigger moments.
Fidget toy 1 – Roller Chain
Fidget toy 2 - Squeeze toy
Fidget toy 3 – Cube toy
Fidget toy 4 – Fluffy slime
3. Change your environment
If you tend to touch your hair when sitting at your desk for example and your hands in hair session has started, step away from your desk and go and get yourself a glass of water or go and talk to someone in a different room. Becoming more aware of these trigger moments is crucial and the best way to snap out of it is by changing your environment.
4. Moisturise your hands more often
Put your hair up and away from your face and make sure your hands are nicely moisturised throughout the day. Touching your hair after you have used a hand lotion, will only make your hair feel super greasy! A quick and easy technique that you can use right away.
5. Seek help from others
Let friends and family know what you’re going through and ask them to make you aware when they see you touching your hair. Women with excessive hands in hair syndrome, do not realise that they are touching their hair and need someone else to remind them what they are doing.
6. Decide to stop. Make a change. Reward yourself.
Download the free 7 day challenge of No Hair Touching and then request access to the Cordina Hair private Facebook group. I will personally be there to welcome you, answer any questions you may have and cheer you on! Meet other women who are taking the same challenge and let us know how you’re getting on for some additional support.
I am a recovering hair fiddler and I am here to reassure you that it can be done, it just takes a lot of determination and perseverance.
I used to play with my hair whilst sitting at my desk or when I am relaxing on the sofa, watching TV. I even fiddled with my hair whilst driving. I knew I had a problem when drivers behind me would beep their horn to alert me that the traffic lights have now turned green and I still haven’t moved. I would get into such a hair touching trance that I would forget where I am and not pay attention to what’s happening around me. Whenever I felt nervous or stressed about something, my hands would quickly find their way in my hair and they would stay there for hours.
Getting rid of old habits, is hard work! If you are determined to make a change, you WILL find a way to stop. Implement the tips mentioned above and surround yourself around people who will support you and cheer you on when you’re feeling low or when you find yourself reverting back to old habits.
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Yanika Cordina x