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13 yr old keeps cutting hair why!?

hello...
my 13 yr old cousin keeps cutting her hair.
we've tried hiding the scissor but that didn't work.
she has been cutting her hair for the past 4years.
we tired talking to her and telling her not to do this.
but she just keeps doing it. it has gotten to the point where her hair is about a inch long. we got her extensions so she wouldn't feel so weird.. but even then she keeps cutting the extensions. can anyone please help me?
either how to talk to her or just anything?  
In Topics: Teen issues
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Jun 4, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

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Have any of her teachers made comments over the years about your cousin's short hair, or do they know if she has tried cutting her hair at school?  It would be interesting to know if other people besides your family see her hair cutting as a problem.  You may consider talking to your cousin's school counselor to get their perspective.

If your cousin is cutting her hair because she likes the way she looks with short hair, that is one thing.  But if she seems to have a compulsion to keep cutting it no matter how she looks and she does not seem to care about her appearance, that is another matter.  You or another adult family member should take her to her family doctor or pediatrician and explain the situation.  If they think it is a problem, they should be able to refer her to a therapist.  If your cousin is also pulling out her hair a doctor and therapist will be able to address the problem and get your cousin the help she needs.

If you have further questions or would like to speak with a crisis counselor, please call our toll-free hotline or go to one of our websites for more information and support.  We are available 24/7 to assist parents, families and children of all ages.

Take care and best wishes!

Cynthia, Crisis Counselor
Boys Town National Hotline
1-800-448-3000
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