How Xtrands+® Client & Hair Club Employee Amber R. Overcame Trichotillomania Tags: Women's Hair Loss Share: Amber P., Managing Director of Hair Club’s Allentown center in Pennsylvania, vividly remembers the first day she started pulling her hair out. She was 12 years old and had just come home from school. She grabbed a bowl of chips and sat down to watch her favorite television show. Without realizing what she was doing, she began twisting and pulling her hair until it fell out. At that moment, she could never have imagined this behavior was a condition called trichotillomania (TTM) that would lead to a years-long battle with hair loss. As the twisting and pulling worsened, Amber’s mother began noticing hair on the floor and bald patches appearing on Amber’s scalp. Her parents took her to numerous doctors, but they just prescribed antidepressants that didn’t help. It wasn’t until Amber did her own research that she discovered what TTM was, a body-focused repetitive behavior characterized by repeatedly pulling out one’s own hair, which results in noticeable bald patches. Amber was relieved to know she wasn’t the only one with this condition. TTM usually occurs in children and adolescents and is most often associated with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). But, this wasn’t the case for Amber. She had a happy childhood, got good grades and had no family history of anxiety or depression. The Impact of Hair Loss Caused by Trichotillomania As her condition worsened and her hair loss became more severe, Amber and her mother did everything they could to hide the bald patches. “My mom got up every day at six o’clock in the morning to help me do my hair,” said Amber. “The bald patches were so bad that she had to tease my hair and use a lot of hair spray to create a big beehive to try to hide my hair loss.” Amber’s teen years were especially difficult. Many of her classmates thought she had a serious illness, and she avoided swimming and going to parties. Thankfully, she found an outlet for her frustrations in sports and fitness. But on the inside, she was still suffering. After high school, Amber decided to go to cosmetology school where she graduated at the top of her class. She started traveling to New York frequently where she spent thousands of dollars in wigs to cover her bald spots. But, the wigs were itchy, hot and wouldn’t allow her to swim. She knew she needed a better solution. A Proven Solution for Hair Loss Amber saw a Hair Club commercial on television and decided to make an appointment for a free consultation. “After talking with my hair loss expert, I thought I’d won the lottery,” she said. “The team of professionals at Hair Club told me I could go swimming and style my own hair. The thought of it was so exciting!” At her consultation, Amber learned she was a candidate for Xtrands+®, a hair replacement solution for people with moderate to advanced hair loss. She knew this solution was right for her and joined Hair Club the very same day. At her first styling appointment a few weeks later, Amber’s new hair brought her to tears. For the first time in years, “I felt normal—like myself again,” said Amber. How Hair Restoration Changed the Way Amber Experienced Life Amber and her husband went to Florida a week later. The first thing Amber did was jump in the pool and swim for hours. “I finally felt like a whole person,” she said. “I’m unstoppable now! All those years of not feeling pretty and dealing with TTM just seemed to go away after I found Hair Club.” Amber now leads a very exciting life that includes jumping out of airplanes and swimming in the ocean. As the Managing Director of Hair Club Allentown, she finds it fulfilling to meet other people with TTM because she’s able to share her story and help them get their hair and their sense of self back, too. “My favorite part of my job is watching people transform into the best version of themselves when they restore their hair,” said Amber. Are you ready to start experiencing life in a whole new way with a full head of hair? Contact Hair Club today to schedule your free, private consultation Are you ready to start experiencing life in a whole new way with a full head of hair? Contact Hair Club today to schedule your free, private consultation. You’ll meet with one of our hair loss experts and discover which proven hair loss solution will help you restore your hair and transform your life.