Hairstylists' experience with chronic hair pulling

Laura M. Jordan, Cary Jordan, Michael L. Sulkowski, Adam Reid, Gary R. Geffken, Eric A. Storch

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This study examined 88 hairstylists' awareness, exposure, and perceptions about treatment for people with trichotillomania (TTM). We investigated the influence of hairstylists' obtained educational level, years of experience, and understanding of TTM in relation to their willingness to refer clients for mental health treatment. Results indicate that hairstylists notice hair loss and discussed this with their clients. Hairstylists generally reported a favorable opinion of psychotherapy and a willingness to refer clients to mental health professionals. No measured variables (e.g. experience, education, or awareness of TTM) predicted willingness to refer clients for treatment. Overall, the results from this study suggest that hairstylists may aid in the early identification of TTM symptoms, particularly for females because a greater proportion of clients seen by hairstylists are females and females more commonly present with symptoms of TTM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)680-688
Number of pages9
JournalPsychology, Health and Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • Anxiety
  • Habit reversal training
  • Hairstylists
  • Impulsivity
  • Trichotillomania

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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