What is hands in hair syndrome?
> Are your hands always buried in your hair?
> Do you touch your hair when doing a specific task?
> Do you find it extremely difficult to stop?
> Have you been noticing more breakage and hair dryness?
> Does your hair lack volume / have you been noticing more hair fall?
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 that 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.
There are many reasons as to why you could be excessively touching your hair:
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
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
Your hair feels dry / damaged / coarse
Personal Story - A Must Read!
Hi, I'm Yanika Cordina and I am a recovering hair fiddler!
Excessive hair touching is a lot more common than you think and many women suffer from this addictive habit which often times can lead to a hair pulling disorder, hair loss, depression and poor overall hair condition.
No one really talks about it. For many years I thought I was the only person on this earth with this insanely addictive habit. You're not alone. This article has been viewed thousands of times, making it our most popular blog post on our website.
Women like you, are searching for help and answers and I'm here to assure you that you CAN break the cycle. It does however, take a lot of determination and perseverance, but you can certainly do it.
I used to play with my hair all day long, especially when I was sitting at my desk. I even fiddled with my hair whilst driving. I knew I had a severe 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.
It took me years to break this habit, so I know that the struggle is real.
Today I will be sharing some valuable tips that you can pretty much start right away. I will also be recommending one of our products that's going to help you stop the excessive touching. This is what actually stopped me from pulling and touching my hair during my trigger moments and it's been life changing for me and of course for my hair! - see Tip #6 (includes a special coupon code for all my fellow hair fiddlers - make sure you use it!)
#6 Tips on How to Stop Touching Your Hair
#1. Pull your hair back and away from your face
If you wear your hair down, you know that your hands are going to end up in your hair. If this sounds familiar, grab a hair clip or a hair scrunchie and put your hair up; either in a high ponytail, or into an easy half up half down hairstyle. Make sure that your hair is not sitting around your face. If you are still 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, occupy your hands with a fidget toy. This may work for some people but may not work for others, but it's worth a try. There are so many inexpensive fidget toys, try a few and see how you get on. Recommendation: Fidget toy – Roller Chain
#3. Change your environment
If you tend to touch your hair whilst 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, may not realise that they are touching their hair and need someone else to remind them what they are doing.
#6. Use the Waver Bun™
I use this hair tool pretty much every day. It saved my hair, my sanity and stopped my hands in hair syndrome.
My trigger moments are mostly when I am sitting at my desk. So I make sure that I wear my Waver Bun™ during these times. The hair tool is coated in satin material which is super gentle on your hair.
You will need to wrap your entire length of hair around the large satin coated ring, which you will then need to secure with hair grips supplied. The ring will automatically fall onto the middle donut, forming a bun. You can also wear it overnight and it comes with an elasticated hair net which you can use to cover the bun and keep it all together whilst you sleep or whilst doing day to day activities.
Wearing your hair in the Waver Bun™ will feel a lot more secure than a typical messy bun or updo, which means you're less likely to unravel your hair from the hair tool. There will be no tangles or hair ties and when removed you can actually enjoy some healthy and natural looking waves.
I have created a special coupon code specifically for this blog post, as I know so many women are struggling with this habit and I can't wait for you to gain your confidence back and help your hair and scalp recover from this excessive hair touching habit.
Link to Waver Bun product page. Make sure you copy and paste the code below at checkout:
USE CODE: HANDSINHAIR for 15% OFF
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Article written by: Yanika Cordina, Founder of Cordina Hair