The habit of twirling your hair can simply be a nervous habit, but there are times that it can be a sign of an underlying health condition. Twirling your hair can also hurt your hair, resulting in knots, split ends, and hair breakage.
What is a hair tic?
Overview. Trichotillomania (trik-o-til-o-MAY-nee-uh), also called hair-pulling disorder, is a mental disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body, despite trying to stop.
Is hair twirling hereditary?
A new study suggests mutations in a gene called SLITKR1 may play a role in the development of trichotillomania in some families. The mental disorder causes people to compulsively pull their hair out, resulting in noticeable hair losshair loss and bald spots.
Why do I twist my hair and pull it out?
Trichotillomania, also known as “hair-pulling disorder,” is a type of impulse control disorder. People who have trichotillomania have an irresistible urge to pull out their hair, usually from their scalp, eyelashes, and eyebrows. They know they can do damage but often can’t control the impulse.
Can twisting your hair cause baldness?
The constant pulling can cause strands of your hair to break or fall out. In time, the continuous pulling can damage your hair follicles. If you damage your hair follicles, your hair cannot grow back, so you develop permanent hair loss.
How do I stop my child from twirling hair?
Find a replacement for the hair-twirling behavior. A soft blanket, new stuffed animal, fake piece of hair, or a baby doll with long hair may do the trick. If all else fails, get your child’s hair cut short. A shorter haircut may be less tempting to twirl.
Why does hair pulling feel good?
Experts think the urge to pull hair happens because the brain’s chemical signals (called neurotransmitters) don’t work properly. This creates the irresistible urges that lead people to pull their hair. Pulling the hair gives the person a feeling of relief or satisfaction.
Is it normal to be able to pull hair out easily?
People who have trichotillomania constantly feel the impulse to pull their hair out. This can result in significant hair loss, and lots of stress in daily life. You have been pulling your hair out since you were a kid. You are ashamed that you do this and you want to stop, but you feel a constant hair-pulling urge.
What is the Rapunzel syndrome?
The Rapunzel syndrome is an unusual form of trichobezoar found in patients with a history of psychiatric disorders, trichotillomania (habit of hair pulling) and trichophagia (morbid habit of chewing the hair), consequently developing gastric bezoars. The principal symptoms are vomiting and epigastric pain.