What is Hand in Hair (HIH) Syndrome?
Hand in Hair Syndrome is a condition where a person is constantly playing in their hair, by pulling, twirling, twisting it. This condition can cause hair loss, known as, Trichotillomania. This behavior can be a form of stress release for people and for others especially transitioners, they do this due to the fascination of the newness of their natural hair.
Big Sis has this issue on the back left side of her hair. When I asked her why she does it, she told me that it helps her feel relaxed. I can tell if she has had a hectic day at school if she starts to twirl her hair when telling me about how her day was.
What can you do to stop this behavior?
- Know the reason why you do it
- Modify your hairstyle, wear protective styles
- Look for other ways to occupy your fingers
- Therapeutic help
Here is a link to 50 ways to stop the behavior: http://www.trich.org/treatment/50WaystoStopl.html
Good Luck to you all!!