Updated: Apr 7
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, then you’re most likely suffering from hands in hair syndrome.
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 when doing a specific task
You don't like the feel of your hair
How to stop touching your hair
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, 7 Day Challenge, where you are tracking your daily progress of no hair touching.
1. Pull your hair back and away from your face
Most women end up fiddling with their hair when they are wearing it down. If that's the case for you, grab a hair clip or a hair scrunchie and put your hair up; either in a high ponytail, in a bun or wear it into an easy half up half down hairstyle. Make sure that your hair is not sitting around your face.
If you are still finding yourself touching your ponytail, plait it.
If you’re touching / pulling your baby hair (at the back of the neck) grab some hair oil or hair cream and rub these into your baby hair and pin them back with a bobby pin.
2. Occupy your hands
Understanding what triggers your hands in hair syndrome is extremely important. So ask yourself: When do I tend to touch my hair?
Is it when you’re at your desk or when you're reading or concentrating on something? Is it when you're feeling stressed or when you're feeling bored?
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 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!
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.
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. 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.
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.
Article written by: Yanika Cordina, Inventor of the Flower Curl Overnight Curler