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Brave Teenager Speaks Out About Her Trichotillomania Disorder
As a hair loss expert, I have worked with a condition called Trichotillomania before there was a name for it.  Trichotillomania is an Impulse Control Disorder where by a person pulls out there own hair.  Over the last decade, I have worked with clients that have Trich from age 7 to 70.  A huge portion of sufferers are teens.  You can imagine that this loss of hair by your own hand is quite frustrating to the puller and their families.  Many teenagers will not leave their homes, feel desperate and are victims of teen cruelty.  In school students are not allowed to cover their heads with hats, caps and scarves, therefore a teenager with Trichotillomania is forced to show their hair.  Most are nearly bald at the top of the head and have long hair elsewhere.  They may appear strange looking to their peers and few will ever explain their condition in fear of being judged.

In all my years, I have never met a teenager that was willing to “come out” and speak of their condition until I met Molly Robitaille.  Molly is a beautiful and articulate 15 year old from Connecticut and she has Trich.  Molly created a facebook page about her battle with Trichotillomania Boston and tweets about her condition.  Molly’s goal is to raise awareness and help other teens and their parents understand Trich.  Many parents are not aware their children are pulling their hair until it is nearly impossible to hide.  There are warning signs such as withdrawal and constantly wearing hair up.  Check out Molly’s facebook;

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Brave Molly posted these pictures on her facebook page Teens with Trichotillomania

Before Hair Piece                             After Hair Piece

What do to once condition is discovered and one important step is to give a teen their hair back.  At Noelle Salon, we use a hair piece and unlike “Hair Clubs” - we never shave or glue the hair piece because the hair will never grow back.  Instead we add micro hair extensions as an anchor and tie the hair piece onto the hair extensions.  This method allows the clients hair to grow in and what is most satisfying is watching new hair growth.  The hair piece serves as a barrier and reminder to not pull the area and it would take a lot of hard work to do so.  Once hair is restored and growing, we find our clients. like Molly, stop pulling and cherish their new hair growth.  It is our goal and passion to raise our clients self esteem and help them on the road to recovery so they will eventually have grow back their own healthy hair!

Molly is one brave girl and I know she would welcome other teens to share their experience on her facebook page and feel that they are not alone.  We encourage parents to be compassionate and educated about trich like Molly’s parents.  Cheers to Molly Robitaille!


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