Split end picking

For the past year I have been compulsory picking at my split ends. I think it was a coping mechanism for stress through my exams and a breakup, I've managed to stop it now but it's made my hair go SO thin and fine- it's nearly all 'see though'. I used to have such thick hair (and it still is at the roots) but does anyone know what I can do to grow it back? I hate myself for what I've done and even though it's just hair it's made me so self conscious and I can't stop stressing about it.

Oct 9, 2016

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  • First you have to get your picking under control. Don't beat yourself up, it may take a little time for the hair to recover, but it will. It's important to get your habit under control and take care of you. Go and get a trim to take care of the split ends and continue to do so to keep your hair healthy. Depending on how you style your hair, you want to limit or avoid using heat to dry or straighten. Talk to your hair dresser about a good shampoo and conditioner or treatments for your hair type. Make sure you are eating healthy and drinking water. A good diet keeps skin and hair looking healthy. Biotin or a hair, nails and skin formula (maybe go to Whole Foods or a Vitamin shop and see what they can recommend) can be good to take. Remember that most of your vitamin should be coming from your food. But if you take one, you have to take them consistently. If you are still picking, try putting a rubber band around your wrist and snap the band when you feel the urge to pick. You don't want to hurt yourself, but just a little snap to remind you to stop. Try to figure out a way to change the habit. When do you pick? when you're bored or stressed. When you feel the urge to pick, consider changing the behavior..just a thought - get up and get a glass of water. Check out the book "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg.

  • This is a helpful comment. I would further add that I've scheduled my split-end searches down into an allowance of just a small segment of time out of my day, slotting it in like no more than a few minutes, downgrading the habit til it's assimikated into the rest, like brushing teeth or any hygiene habit. This developed out of necessity - the last thing I need is another temptation into another g****** ocd. Anyway. Just cut them and go. Treat your hair well, and it will respond. Also, I shampoo once a week, condioner with every wash. The money I save on haircuts and shampoo goes to a nice condioner. I'm very satisfied with the results, and this is after growing it out for a year. Hey, good luck! Hope it turns around for you!

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