How To: Recover from Hair Pulling

You CAN Recover From. Hair Pulling in 2014: Here is How

By Claudia found at http://helpforhairpullers.blogspot.com/?m=0

There’s all this talk about CBT therapy being the “most” effective. I agree more with the “C” (cognitive) part than the “B” part (behavioral). The bottom line is, if you don’t change the way you look at hair pulling* (*applies to skin picking throughout) there is no lasting recovery. Just today someone told me, “I was doing better and having lower numbers* for several months. Then I started pulling more and more and felt hopeless, and now I’m back where I was.” (*Earlier in this blog I suggest people write down ONE number every day re their pulling or picking. Rate your pulling from 0 to 10, 0 being zero pulling, 10 being your worst day. That will be your “scale.” That will be the one and only way you know you are recovering. NOT the hair on your head or lashes or brows. JUST the numbers. And the goal is to move from month to month having overall lower numbers with the understanding that you will have some bad days and that real success is accepting those and moving on.)The person above who did better for a while and then had some bad days and felt hopeless again and gave up, her story embodies all our stories. Whether the length of time you’ve done better is a few months, a few weeks, a few days, a few hours or a few minutes, and the return to increased pulling is a moment, a day or a week, that step backwards is everyone’s undoing. It was my story when I was pulling. Unless you can live through that moment and know it’s part of the process, CBT or meditation or any other method will fail You. Because recovery is, will be, two steps forward, one step back. It will be three steps forward, two steps back. It may be eight steps forward, five steps back. You have not “gone backward,” you have not “undone your progress.” Because progress won’t show on your head or your face (lashes, brows, skin) until later. Until you’ve done well, had that bad day or two, put it into context (the addiction trying to trick you into hopelessness so you will pull or pick), accepted it, checked not your hair or face right then but rather the general improvement in overall numbers, you CAN NOT RECOVER. Once you can see that those bad days will come and not let them deter you, your recovery is ASSURED.

Prepare for that. Because as you learn to live without the comfort of pulling to turn to, the part of your psyche where your addiction is lodged, will get scared. For food addicts it is scary not to have comfort food to turn to. And that fear will inevitably cause, urge, cajole and tempt you to binge on something in the midst of changing over to healthy eating and moderation. With pulling that fear will cause you to have a few binge pulling days. And if at that time you say, “Forget it. I can’t do this. I messed up. I failed, I’ll never lose the weight,” YOU WILL GIVE UP. You will say, as we all have, what’s the point? It doesn’t matter. I’ve ruined it.

Ah but you have not. Because you won’t stop suddenly and completely. You’ll stop gradually. And you’ll have bad days in there. And if you learn not to judge them or panic or tell yourself, SEE I have failed, THEN you will have succeeded. Eventually you won’t have to have those bad days. But the problem isn’t those bad days. It’s allowing those INEVITABLE bad days to stop you.

Because this will take a year. A year on the path. And then your hair will grow back. Your skin will heal. And if you demand this take three months, well it just won’t happen at all. I know a year is a long time. But so is FOREVER. Do you want to pull one more year or forever?

During this year your motivation simply cannot be about how you look or your hair growing in but about feeling good about yourself. About feeling whole. Saying “fuck it I’m ugly” is the addiction talking. Saying “there is no point” is the addiction talking. Saying “I don’t care” is the addiction talking.

The only way to avoid that is to understand that at the beginning you must focus on feeling good or at least better about yourself because you are working on the pulling. And writing down a number every day and focusing on improving the numbers and seeing them get lower each month that goes by, will keep you motivated. Knowing that you could feel proud the next day or next week is motivation. Knowing that judging yourself along the way is simply the addiction talking will keep you motivated.

It is NOT YOUR FAULT you have Trich or skin picking disorder. But it is your responsibility to face it. When you say, “I don’t care” to give yourself temporary permission to pull you are lying to yourself. Of course you care. That doesn’t mean you can always stop in that moment but you care. Pulling for all intents and purposes is an addiction. And you are a slave to it. So care about THAT.
It’s NOT, I am bad, what’s wrong with me, it’s more, This is costing me a lot and is keeping you from living the life you want. That’s why I care.

Above all else do not beat yourself up. Do not ask yourself WHY over and over again or What is wrong with me??. (Answer: Because you have trich or CSP. There is no other reason.)

One cannot recover without shifting the center of motivation from hair to how I feel about myself, how this affects my life. Because the hair takes time to grow. If it’s about the hair everyone fails. Because it’s too easy to say that, well it looks like shit now so I may as well pull.

That is pretty much why people can’t recover: Well my hair or lashes and brows or face looks like shit anyway (thus there will be no immediate payoff) so I might as well pull.

Imagine a person who weighs 350 lbs trying to lose weight. All they have is the scale to help them to see they are losing weight. They can’t see it on their body right away. All you’ll have for now is those numbers going down. This person who weighs 350 lbs must be proud that they are undertaking the journey. No new clothes shopping now perhaps. Maybe they don’t feel pretty. But they are achieving a goal. Of lower numbers on the scale. And they can and must feel good about in order to keep going.

At the end of this thing you will have your hair. But at first make it your business to have lower numbers one month to the next and prepare for those inevitable bad days and they need not take you down.

I KNOW that you can recover from pulling. And believe me, I never thought I could either. But now I know different. The only substitute for pulling is self-acceptance and self-love, self-care and setting boundaries. Read Radical Acceptance. Read Codependent No More. And since it should be said, Take a day or night off just for you. Exercise. Eat healthy good. Sleep well. Say NO once in a while. Don’t remain friends with people who are takers. Don’t wait till you stop pulling to live life and to enjoy life. I’ll be happy to answer questions here if you have them.

A Fool Proof Plan for Recovery

Below I’ve posted a fantastic blog post by Claudia Miles MFT, a psychologist who specialises in Trich & CSP. The original post is on her blog “help for hair pullers”: http://helpforhairpullers.blogspot….

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A Foolproof Plan For Recovery from Trich and Skin Picking
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Whether you want to stop picking or hair pulling one thing will stop you from recovery: not understanding and accepting the gradual nature of recovery. The pattern generally goes like this: you suppress the urge to pull* (pull or pick) for an hour, a day, maybe a week or more. You are happy about it. Briefly hopeful. Then you find yourself pulling again, or suddenly feel unable not to give in to the urge. Then you may check the mirror, see a bald spot or scabs on your skin, believe you “undid” your progress and decide it’s hopeless. What’s the point of trying?

Let me explain why that will NEVER work. You will not go from being an active puller to being completely pull-free in one fell swoop. The nature of these disorders is such that as much as you consciously want to stop, there is a part of you that does not want to stop because you get emotional soothing from the behavior. Further your body has some dependence on the behavior. And while that doesn’t mean you can’t stop pulling or picking, it does mean there will be some resistance. And what THAT means is that recovery looks like this: you’ll have good days followed by some bad days, then more good days followed by less bad days, until you eventually have nearly all good days and almost no bad days.

In order to note good days and bad days, you’ll need to rate each day with one number. No extensive journaling or record keeping, but one number a day. The pulling / picking scale I have devised is similar to the pain scale that you may be asked about at the doctor. You rate each day from 0 to 10. Zero means zero pulling, and 10 means YOUR worst day (use the last year as a way to measure your worst day). This is a subjective rating and does NOT have to be exact. You will know the difference between an 8 on the scale and a 2 once you start doing this.

Here is the thing about good days: They aren’t zero pulling days, they are lower number days. Depending on what your average pulling or picking day is, the days you actually pull or pick if you don’t do it daily, you will choose a number that is not lower than 3, and that is within your reach right now, to be a good day. If you get lots of 5s and 6s, a few 3s and 4s, and a few 8s through 10s, pick 4 and below as your good day. If on the days you pull or pick you get mostly 8s, 9s and 10s, and a few 6s or 7s, use 7 and below as a good day. If you get mostly 4s, 5s and 6s, a few 8s and 9s, a fews 3s, 2s and 1s, use 3 and below as your “good day.” For many people 3 or 4 will be your good day. But again, if that is currently out of your reach and you never get 3s or 4s, then choose a 7 by all means.

The important thing is that what you consider a good day is a) not lower than 3, and b) not out of your reach right now.

You might keep a record of these numbers on your electronic calendar or on a paper calendar that you can make. But every day that is “Good” (a number you choose like 3, 4 or 5 or below) make a big X on that day. That’s a recovery day. The idea is that each month you will have more and more of these good days. Once that is easy, you can lower the number you use for your good day, and work toward a slightly lower number. Your goal always and only is to lower your numbers each month, NOT to have your hair back or your skin looking great. So long as your goal is focused on the results not the journey, you will get discouraged and give up.

So shift your goal from “having my hair back” or “having my skin clear” to collecting 30 good days, then 60 good days, then 90 good days, but NOT sequentially. That’s right. NOT sequentially. That means you can still have some very bad days. See if you can get 30 good days in a total of 60 days. (If you get 30 good days in 75 days, that’s great; now try again to get 30 good days in 60 total days. Once you achieve that, work toward 30 good days in 45 days. Keep counting the good days even if you reach 45 and don’t have the 30 good days. See how many days it takes. If it takes 50 or 60, great. Try again for the 30 days in 45 days.

If this is not going well for you, do NOT panic. That only means you must shift your goal. The most important thing here is to find a small goal you can achieve. If that means your good days are a higher number and in a larger total number of days, that’s fine. When you get there, see if you can improve it just a little the next time. If you do this, you will succeed. However, remember this: If you are someone like most pullers and pickers who a) cannot set boundaries (no Mom, I don’t want your opinion) or say no to people easily; b) who is a workaholic and perfectionist; c) has constant self criticism running through your head or d) who does not take time for yourself; or have any other issue that is troubling you including you depression, hating your job, being in an unhappy relationship, then you must deal with these things in order to recover. Get into therapy. Get into group. Go to a 12 step meeting if one applies. There are interns and trainees who can see you for little money. You must prioritize self care if you are to recover from these behaviors.

Being able to handle having had a bad day and put it in perspective may well be the single most important thing necessary to recovery. I believe that once we have a string of good days, the part of our psyche that has always had the behavior (addiction) to turn to, will panic. And the fear of never being able to do this again causes the addiction in those of us with these disorders to have really overwhelming urges on any one day. And the addiction always wins at that point if we look at our hair and skin and say, Ugh I have ruined it. What’s the point?
If however your goal is to get more good days in a shorter period of time, you cannot fail. See how long it takes to get 30 good days (days that anywhere from a 3 and below to a 7 and a below). Next time around try to do it in a slightly shorter period of time. No matter how much you pull or pick, you cannot “undo” the success of having worked toward 30 good days in, say, 45 (or whatever your goal is). Eventually yes you will have hair and skin you are far happier with. But racking up good days is always your goal.

So in the case of even if you have to white knuckle it (holding on so tight to something your knuckles turn white) to not get many 8-10s in row, do it JUST for today. Just till midnight or 6am the next morning. Not forever. Tell yourself, I can pull or pick tomorrow if I need to. (And you can.). And that there’s a good chance after that day passes the craving will be a little easier the next day. The reason you can’t stop is you tell yourself, I’ll never be able to resist this forever so I may as well just pull / pick. And no you can’t resist the urge forever. And you won’t have to. As you pull or pick less and less, IF you are adding in self care to the recovery process, the urges will slowly die. Self care means checking in on your emotional and bodily needs, saying NO & setting boundaries when you are too tired or sad or hungry or in need of down time to say yes. If you “have a hard time saying no,” then you will need to get help with that. Because until you can set boundaries, you will not fully recover.

You’ll also need to begin integrating relaxation into your life as you slowly pick or pull less and less. One simple example is the 4-4-4 technique. Close your eyes. Inhale slowly to the count of four. Hold for a count of four. Exhale slowly to the count of 4. Do this before you sit down at the computer or to watch TV or before drive or go to bed. You can do it more than once but even once will help.

I marked days off on a calendar with Xs. At that time I didn’t think about the numbers. X was a pretty good day. And I would focus on how I just needed to get through another hour. Or I would shower. Or go to the gym. I figured that if I could string 30 days together that were low pulling if not zero that it would get easier. That’s all I thought about. Not my hair. Just trying to get 30 pretty good days. If I had a bad day I would still see my monthly calendar on the wall with lots of Xs. So I just kept going.

Each day when I wanted to pull badly or in fact had already started to pull, I told myself I just had to do this for the day. NOT forever. The “stopping forever” feeling is sure to cause a strong desire to pull. So I knew it wasn’t forever. Just one more day. If possible. I promised myself I could pull if I needed to the next day. And sometimes if I had to be reading or just needed to relax and I could not stop, I would slather my hair with conditioner (which I’ve told you) because otherwise I couldn’t lie there still. For skin pickers, cover your mirror. Or put a mask on your face at those times. Or change the energy. Jump in the shower. Make tea. Sit and know the tea is symbolic of a needed time out and symbolizes starting over.

It’s basically like, Ok This is the path. It is ALWAYS just for today. Just till midnight. You keep going & you get there eventually. And “there” is having 30 pretty good days within a larger period of time as an initial goal. Nothing more. Ultimately the mind is more in control than the body because the mind can choose to keep trying. The body may force you to give in but the mind will help you to not give up.

Any one day that isn’t good in terms of pulling or picking is a chance to tell yourself, Hey this was going to happen. This is hard! The addiction is what is telling me that this bad day means it’s “hopeless.”. That you will “never” get better so you “might as well keep pulling or picking.). Because the addictive part of the brain just wants to give you one more reason you won’t be able to stop (so you continue doing the behavior the addiction is craving.) One more rationalization. One must say, “ah, there is the addiction talking. Thanks for sharing.” to that thought. It is NEVER about the current state of your hair or skin. It is never about perfection or stopping forever. It is always about doing a little bit better just in this moment.

If you had a bad day, be kind to yourself. You are already bummed after all. You didn’t ask for this disorder and it isn’t your fault you have it. Your addiction wants you to give up and give in because then you will indulge in the behavior you are addicted to. No matter how bummed you are, I PROMISE you this, it is NOT hopeless. I pulled daily constantly for 25 years. Now I don’t. And I know so many people who picked or pulled and have gone through this and have stopped you cannot imagine. Recognize that it is the addiction whispering to you to make you feel and think, there is no point, it’s hopeless, I’ll never get better SO I MIGHT AS WELL PULL OR PICK Whatever else it does, if you refuse to let the addiction get you to give up, that is the most important thing, and then you are in recovery. And it gets easier. It really does.

If you continue to blame yourself and attack yourself and feel you are weak or “pathetic” because have this “disorder” (and perhaps you don’t even believe it’s a “real disorder”), then you will need to work on that attitude first and foremost. Read “Radical Acceptance: Living Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha” by Tara Brach. When you are able to integrate those ideas into your relationship with yourself, you will be able to start making progress.

I wish all of you healing and comfort as you continue on your journey.

Claudia

Pull Free

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I need to stop and celebrate.  It may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but one day is huge to me.  I have not gone one day without pulling in over a year.  I can’t even remember when it’s been so long.  Now I’m not going to get my hopes up and say this is it I will never pull again.  That would be great and it is my goal, but if I slip up I will plug on.  Nothing is going to keep me down this time.  I can beat this, I am sick of feeling defeated by my own two hands. I am so thankful for this one day and it has made today that much easier.  I have a reason not to pull, because it would ruin all my efforts yesterday.  I can actually see little eyelashes and eyebrows (not that I looked in the mirror for long, as that is highly dangerous).  Normally, they are picked completely clean, I can pull even the shortest hair that has just emerged.  I have been taking biotin for several months and I think that has helped them to grow in quickly.  I can do this. You can this. Let’s work together!!

Regrowth Facts

MOST people DO have the capacity for hair regrowth. Most TTM people who do not think that their hair will regrow is because they HAVEN’T been in recovery LONG enough, so they think it won’t fill in, so they actually keep pulling. According to Dr. Novak, the LARGEST % of people HAVEN’T damaged their follicles enough to stop regrowth.

Peach fuzz or thinner than normal hair is a GREAT sign because it means your follicle IS still ALIVE! It does also mean it is temporarily traumatized, and that your hair is in a state of HEALING. Peach fuzz is a precursor to regular size hair, just as in babies.

Kinky hair also is a GREAT sign because it means your follicle IS still ALIVE! It does also mean a temporarily traumatized follicle, and that your hair is in a state of HEALING. The waiting game is LONG for these to go back to straight. One trichster said, “I have hair almost to my waist, and as I have changed my head criteria, I have foot long hairs that are at least 6 inches of kinky before they went back to straight.”

So, it is not an overnight process. Pulling out the kinky hairs is a mistake because you are actually making them more kinky each time, and traumatizing the follicle more each time – so it will take that much longer for it to go back to straight. It is possible, although NOT likely, that kinky hair might stay that way. In other words, for MOST people, once it is kinky, it WILL eventually go back to normal. (It is the eventually that we have a hard time with.) If your hair is growing in white, it will probably change back to its regular color after awhile. Means the color sac is (usually temporarily) traumatized, and will eventually start producing color  again. Age also was a factor in this. I have also had this experience. Some of my hairs go 1 inch and half Grey before changing back to dark brown. Again, a small % of people could permanently experience loss of
color – usually older people closer to the normal graying age.

Myths vs. Facts

Myth – There is a pervasive, erroneous worry out there that “root” pullers damage their hair more than the “other” pullers.

Myth – If/ when you pull and get the “white” thing, you won’t get their hair back, or higher probability that you won’t get your hair back..

FACT – If the hair comes out, the root IS out, and ALWAYS is out, no matter what is attached to it.

FACT – It DOESN’T matter anyway, because the old root DOES NOT generate the new hair.

FACT – The MAJORITY of us can have TOTAL regrowth!

FACT – VERY IMPORTANT – What you may or may not see attached to the root has NO affect on possibility for regrowth. It is NOT a sign of permanent damage! People see all kinds of weird things on the roots – and there are tons of things that go in that make the root look different at different times in the growth stages – size, shape, color, stuff attached to it, etc.

FACT – Pulling lots of the white things means you are pulling all the “Youngest” hairs. It may mean it takes longer for those hair follicles to gear up again since they normally wouldn’t regrow until that hair died and fell out naturally.

FACT – Pulling the kinky hairs will probably make them even more kinky – further SLOWING down the healing process for that follicle.

FACT – Pulling the extra thin (peach fuzz) hairs makes the healing process START over, you would have to get a new extra thin (peach fuzz) hair, before you could get a regular hair, so you are SLOWING down the
healing process.

FACT – You can see above how our own pulling patterns can make us think we are not getting our regular hair back, when in fact we ARE!

RECOVERY TIME FRAMES

Different areas of hair have different chances for recovery speed.

Lashes – FULL recovery, some people can get them in 6 months, if you have been pulling for years and years – could be 2-4 years.

Eyebrows – FULL recovery, can be slower than Lashes – this is an area more easily damaged and does not regrow totally back for some people.

HEAD – FULL recovery, 2-6 years for Normal Hair! Think about it, your hair only grows 1/4- 1/2 inch a month, and you have to wait for each hair pulled to start its growing cycle again. Plus, if it is growing in kinky or “peach fuzz”, you have to wait a long time (my experience 6 months), for that phase to change back to regular hair. And then you have to grow length again. I think the Doc’s time frame also takes into account people who are in the process of recovery, and having occasional pulling relapses.

On possible damage forever – Even in this chance, it would be pretty rare for someone to be able to damage ever follicle on their entire head! There are usually physical signs on your skin (not the pulled out hair) if you have permanently damaged follicles. If you had scabs and scars, that could be a sign for those particular spots of possible permanent damage. You would STILL have to wait to recover from TTM behaviors, and stop picking at those areas for MONTHS before you would know for sure. Female pattern baldness areas are the easiest permanent damage area, and some people in recovery do have thinning and damage in those areas. But again, that is not the experience of MOST people! You can’t even begin to evaluate that until you have been pull free for months to years!

HAIR BIOLOGY

2a). The white thing is NOT the root, it is the Root Sheath (surrounds the root) – also sometimes called the bulb. The white thing is only present in Growth Stage 1 of hair (the youngest stage).

*The root sheath is what drives me wild.  I can’t stop until I find one with that thick clear coating around the root.  I can often feel them as those are the hairs the itch the most or are extra wiry.  Of course after I find one I just want more.  Its always just one more…but it’s never only one more.

2b). The part you pull out is the root. The root sometimes has the white root sheath around it, sometimes NOT. Sometime the root will have other things on it, including a black bulb.

2c). If you pull out your hair, you usually can see the root. It looks very different at different growth stages. It
is the rounder part at the bottom – but how round or oval it is varies depending on the growth stage. Sometimes it is so round it looks like an onion with a stalk, where the root is the onion. Sometimes it is so
straight, the root is just the 1mm at the bottom (it is big enough to see). If you see the white bulb, the root is under the bulb, more towards the bottom. Sometimes there are other types of cells attached to the root, which can be different colors, or different textures, some kind of see-through, some not. If you see an “ink spot” at the bottom, that is probably because you also have a root sheath or attached cells looking “white” or “lighter color” – and are seeing the “black ink spot” at the bottom which is just a spot of the root without the root sheath. i.e. like looking at the end of a hot dog (root) sticking out of the bun (root sheath).

2d). Normally, when hair falls out on its own, the root falls out, and the hair grows back completely. You can’t damage the root by pulling, because it is gone. The root has nothing to do with regrowth. “

Regrowth

One of the biggest concerns for trichsters is hair re-growth. It is also one of the most difficult questions to answer. Re-growth will largely depend on the duration and intensity of the pulling. There have been cases where people who have pulled for 30 years have achieved full coverage once they have become pull free, whilst other have permanent damage after 5 years of pulling.

First lets look at the structure of the hair. KERATIN, the same strong protein that makes fur and feathers in animals, and the outermost layer of skin and nails in humans, is the main protein composition of our hair.

Each strand of hair consists of three layers.

MEDULLA – is the innermost layer which is only present in larger, thicker hairs.

CORTEX – This is the middle layer and is responsible for the texture and color of hair.

CUTICLE – This is a thin, colorless protective layer. Below the surface of the skin is the hair root, which is enclosed within the hair follicle

At the base of the hair follicle is the DERMAL PAPILLA The dermal papilla is fed by the bloodstream, which carries nourishment to produce new hair. The dermal papilla is very important to hair growth because it contains receptors for ANDROGENS, which regulates hair growth. To understand how hair grows lets take a look at the normal hair growth cycle. Hair follicles follow a genetically programmed cycle that can be broken down into 3 stages.

ANAGEN – GROWTH PHASE About 85% of hair follicles are in the growth stage at any one time. This stage varies from 2-5 years with hair growing approx 10cm per year. Eyelash, arm and leg follicles have a shorter growth stage lasting only a few months so the resulting hairs are shorter.

CATAGEN – TRANSITIONAL PHASE This stage lasts about two weeks. During this stage the follicle shrinks to 1/6 its normal size. The lower part of the follicle is absorbed by the body and hair growth ceases.

TELOGEN – RESTING PHASE About 15% of hair follicles are in this stage at any one time. The resting phase normally lasts about 2 months. During this stage the bulb of the hair shaft moves closer to the surface of the skin. This causes the hair to loosen and then it is shed. At the end of the telogen phase the hair follicle re-enters the anagen phase. The follicle enlarges again and a new growth cycle starts.

Hair is continually shed and renewed by the alternating cycle of growth, rest, fallout, and renewed growth. Each follicle follows this cycle independently of others, so the total number of hairs normally remains consistent. On average 50 -100 hairs are shed per day. This does sound a lot but when you consider the total number of follicles on your scalp is around 150,000, it is a very small amount.

FOLLICLE DAMAGE When you pull a hair the hair follicle will try and repair any damage that has occurred. The human body has a remarkable way of repairing itself but this can take some time. If you pull a hair and the root is not pulled out this means that the hair is in its resting phase, however if you pull a hair with the root attached the hair is in the active phase which means it is actively growing. If you pull part of the root out this can damage the hair follicle.

The BLACK tip you see on some hairs is the area responsible for color pigment. While the hair follicle is repairing the hair will grow but the MELANIN (which gives hair its color) will not have ‘fused’ with the protein cells that are our hair, causing the hair to grow in grey or white. In time your normal hair color may re-establish itself, but this is not always the case. The follicle may be repaired enough to grow but the formation of melanin can cease which causes the hair to stay grey or while. Hair can also grow in different eg- if you have straight hair it may grow in curly.

If you pull the hair and the whole follicle comes out with a RED tip, you have just detached the blood supply and muscle. This is permanent damage. This means that the hair will NOT grow back.

RECOVERY TIME FRAME Different areas have different chances for recovery speed. This is just an estimate of how long FULL recovery will take. You will see new growth fairly quickly in most cases.

LASHES – Some people can get FULL recovery in 6 months but if you have been pulling for many, many years it could be 2-4 years.

EYEBROWS – FULL recovery can be slower than lashes because this area is more easily damaged and for some people it does not totally grow back.

SCALP – FULL recovery for normal hair can take 2-6 years. This sounds like a long time but you have to remember that your hair only grows about an inch a month.

You have to wait for each hair pulled to start its growth cycle again and if it is growing in “funny” you have to give you body time to repair itself, then you have to wait to grow length again.