How to Minimize Your Child’s Hand In Hair Syndrome

(Last Updated On: September 27, 2014)

Have you noticed your child pulling on their hair? This might be a case of Hand In Hair Syndrome.  Don’t worry, it is nothing deadly. Hand in Hair Syndrome is simply a condition where a person is constantly playing in their hair by pulling, twirling, or twisting it. This condition can cause hair loss, known as, Trichotillomania

What can you do to stop this behavior?

Get to the root of the problem 
Talk to your child to find out why she picks her hair and how she feels when she’s doing it. For example, I find that my daughter often plays in her hair when she has a stressful event coming up such as a test.

Modify your hairstyle, wear protective styles

If you normally style your child’s hair loose (not in protective styles), there is a greater tendency for them to play in it. So keep the hair bounded in protective styles such as cornrows, plaits e.t.c. This will restrict them from playing with the hair since everything is braided up and they probably don’t want to mess up their cute hairstyle.

Look for other ways to occupy their fingers
Provide your child with other forms of distractions that will get their hands busy.

Therapeutic help
If you have tried everything and haven’t seen any positive results, you may seek professional help to prevent an early onsite of balding.

Do you or your child have a “Hand in Hair Syndrome”? If so, how do you deal with it?

About Sola

Sola is the mother of two natural hair girls, known to all, as “Big Sis” and “Lil Sis”. She is a blogger and advocate for helping parents with caring for their children’s hair and also their own hair. Sola is passionate about helping other people discover what being natural is, hence why her blog and YouTube channel is known as “DiscoveringNatural”. She enjoys spending time with her family and sharing life experiences with her friends, family and YouTube friends on her vlog channel, “DNVlogsLife”. Sola’s natural hair journey started with one year of transitioning. She had already transitioned her older daughter the year prior and was fully equip with doing so herself. The information she gathered during this time was valuable in educating others following the same path to returning to being natural. As of November 2013, Sola has been two years natural, however, the amount of knowledge she has learnt from this journey has been enormous. Her goal is to help others have a successful natural hair journey, and also teach parents how to manage their children’s natural hair.