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ashleyvera
ashleyvera asks:
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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?  
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Boys Town National Hotline
Jun 4, 2010
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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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Kidlutions
Kidlutions writes:
Are you sure that your cousin is "cutting" her hair and is not pulling it out instead?  Trichotillimania is an impulse control disorder in which people pull out their hair.  It can be treated.  The first discussion should be with a trusted physician who can then refer to a qualified mental health specialist for counseling.  HELP is available, if this is the cause of the hair loss.  If she truly is cutting her hair, it would also be a good idea to look into counseling, especially if it is something that makes her noticeably stand out, as you say.

Good luck to your cousin.
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