Aussie author Sally Hepworth reveals hair loss battle with trichotillomania hair pulling disorder
Australian author Sally Hepworth has described herself as a ‘crazy wig lady’ after falling down the fake hair rabbit hole when she found a bald spot on her head
Australian author Sally Hepworth has opened up about her hair loss after falling down the fake hair rabbit hole when she found a bald patch on her head.
The 42-year-old mother of two revealed that she has suffered from compulsive hair pulling disorder for 30 years, which has left her strands much thinner than she would like.
“I have trichotillomania, which is pretty for ‘I pull my hair out at the crown’, it’s a nervous condition,” she recently told her followers on Instagram.
The popular author told Mamamia it’s something she’s struggled with since elementary school.
“The first time I remember pulling my hair out was when I was about 12 on a long drive from Melbourne to Queensland. Thirty years later, despite hypnotherapy, psychology, and a rapidly growing bald spot, I’ve never completely shed it.’
For the past few weeks, the mother of two has been experimenting with ways to make her hair look fuller, she explained.
But the extensions and weaves on offer didn’t cover the top of her head — and that’s where she needed the most coverage.
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The 42-year-old mother of two revealed she has suffered from compulsive hair pulling disorder for the past 30 years – leaving her locks much thinner than she’d like
This newfound obsession continued to grow until she found herself sitting in front of a wig maker and scoured YouTube for advice on how to wear them.
“Some of you may know that I’m a woman who doesn’t do things halfway,” she told her 40,000 followers in a video.
She then revealed that she was in fact wearing a wig and took it off to show the camera.
“Christian didn’t even notice I was wearing a wig, he had no idea,” she said of her husband.
‘Look at the hairline, isn’t it great? I just think it looks so real,’ she mused.
After she removed the synthetic hair, she explained exactly how to put it back on, starting by cutting her own, much thinner hair in the back.
She then put on her wig grip band, like a headband, before holding her wig upside down in front of her chest.
Sally revealed that her husband hadn’t even noticed her new hair and that she thinks it looks real
“You dive in, head first like you’re diving into a pool,” she said.
Before deciding to buy her first wig, Sally weighed up the reaction of her loyal fans.
“I thought it would look great, or I’d be the crazy author who is the crazy wig lady. Both are good,’ she laughed.
She doesn’t mind being a crazy wig lady at all.
The blonde ‘wrestling’ bob is the first of what could grow into a large collection.
“I told Christian that if we move, I’ll need a wig room,” she said.
Sally revealed that her hair is thin and has a bald spot after 30 years of hair pulling and the onset of menopause
What is trichotillomania?
Trichotillomania (trik-o-til-o-MAY-nee-uh), also called hair pulling disorder, is a mental disorder associated with recurrent, irresistible urges to pull hair from your scalp, eyebrows, or other parts of your body. despite trying to stop.
Hair pulled from the scalp often leaves blotchy bald spots, which cause a lot of stress and can interfere with social or work functioning. People with trichotillomania can go to great lengths to disguise the hair loss.
For some people, trichotillomania can be mild and generally manageable. For others, the compulsive urge to pull on her is overwhelming. Some treatment options have helped many people reduce or completely stop their hair pulling.
Source: Mayo Clinic
“I’ve ordered a lot of wigs,” she added.
“I’m not going to lie, having a good hair day at your fingertips is a game changer. And the advantage is that I can’t pull my hair out while the wig is on,’ she said.
Before she warns, her Instagram will feature a lot of wigs until she releases her next book.
Sally says she has periods where she doesn’t pull her hair as often, but the habit always returns when she gets stressed.
This coupled with thinning hair in menopause has ‘challenged’ her folly.
In the video, which has been seen by 40,000 people, she says she hopes her bald spot will heal and her hair will start to grow back while wearing the wig.
She also said she’s excited that she won’t have to dye her hair — because she plans to cover it up anyway.
And while a real hair wig can cost up to $3,000, Sally says they’re worth it and thinks they’ll become the new normal.