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How to stop pulling out my hair
How I did it: It's really hard to explain, because i really didnt do anything, i mean i got kinda busy, it was the week before christmas, in 2007, so i just decided, im not going to i dont have time, and i did it! I stopped for a whole week, then a month, then two months, then i just forgot about it, i just stopped pulling. I still do this thing where i like stroke indvidual hairs, as odd as that sounds. Its basically what i did when i pulled my hair, but i dont pull it out, i just like touch it. lol, its weird i know, but knowing that ive gone so long without it makes me nevereverevereverever want to pull again.
Lessons & tips: It really just depends on how determined you are. Like I just realllllly was tired of it, and it made me feel SO bad about my self, i was tired of trying to hide it, and wasting so much time fussing with my hair, because it was all screwed up. The urges were definitely there, just try as hard to ignore them. Like i would put my hair up in as tight of a bun as i could and put a whole bunch of pins in it. Or if i just really wanted to i would go put my head under hot or cold water, and it helped a little. But just the "cold turkey" thing really worked for me, and being so busy. I tried to keep myself occupied with things that were impossible to pull while doing, or hanging out with my friends a lot, because they constantly chastised me for it.
Resources: Busy christmas time. lol
EMarie009 has been pull-free for 5 days!
Thank you for your info/story about your hair pulling. I’m 24 and have been doing it over 10 yrs and today is day 1 of quitting for me and I’m almost at 24 hrs, and you really inspired me that I can quit too. :)
thank you so much for sharing your tips! i am 26 and have been pulling every day for 17 years. I never thought i would be able to stop but reading stories like yours I’ve been able to try and I’m now on day 3 of not pulling.
It feels amazing to be in control and it sounds funny but my hair already feels like its growing but I’m finding it incredibly difficult! especially when I’m at work on the computer, I find i have to concentrate so hard on not pulling, i don’t get very much work done! Does it get easier???