Trichotillomania - What is it?

Trichotillomania is a disorder that involves the constant urge to tug at or pull at one’s hair. Known as a Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior, this most often involves hair on the scalp or on the face, including the eyelashes and the eyebrows. 

We are big fans of an incredible woman, Dorin Azerad, who is doing the work to spread awareness about this condition, to educate and empower those with this unique disorder. We are proud to feature this very special woman on our blog today.

“I started pulling out my eyelashes and eyebrows when I was 4 years old. It took me years to get to a place where I no longer was ashamed and embarrassed by my lack of eyelashes and eyebrows,” says Dorin Azerad, a lifelong trichster who now is a hairstylist for those with hair loss. 

When you have a trich client in your chair, the best thing you can do is create a safe space where they don’t feel judged. Be compassionate and sensitive - listen without judgement if they choose to open up about their disorder. Don’t call attention to the hair loss - build trust with the client and allow time for them to open up to you.

If you want to learn more about trichotillomania and how to support your trich clients, feel free to reach out to @dorinazerad.

We highly encourage all of you to check out her social page. It is rich in honesty, helpful tips and a very real perspective. We applaud you for all you do Dorin!