A woman who started pulling all her body hair out when she was nine-years-old believes she’s finally overcome her compulsion thanks to a revolutionary hairpiece.
Claire Ory, 22, from Bristol had her head shaved by her parents when she was 11 in a bid to stop her pulling.
But the problem only became worse when her mother committed suicide two years later and Claire ended up in a psychiatric hospital.
After battling through her depression and experimenting with covering her head with wigs to embracing her baldness with bare-headed modelling shoots, she’s never been able to overcome her compulsion.
However, last year she was fitted with a revolutionary hair mesh, known as The Intralace System, which acts as a barrier to further pulling while also filling in the patches on her scalp
She’s since been able to go on a rollercoaster for the first time, perform as a contortionist and wash her hair normally, plus her rate of pulling has drastically reduced.
Claire Ory, 22, from Bristol has been left with bald patches all over her head after she started pulling her hair out at the age of 11
In order to boost her confidence, Claire started modeling to show off her bald head but it didn’t solve her compulsion to pull
Last year Claire was fitted with a revolutionary hair mesh, known as The Intralace System, which acts as a barrier to further pulling while also filling in the patches on her scalp
‘I started pulling my hair out at the age of nine at school. Doing something like that at such a young age made me anxious and depressed and I started to develop school phobia,’ Claire recalled.
‘My parents obviously noticed the gaps in my hair and decided to shave my head when I was 11 to stop me from pulling.
‘For the following year I was fashioning different scarves and hats before I asked my mum if I could look into wearing wigs.
‘After a year I got my first medical wig and it was amazing. I was so happy and I felt like I finally looked my age again. However, this did not last.
The performer has tried covering her hair with wigs but found they were too high maintenance
Claire who works as a contortionist is able to perform with confidence thanks to her new hair
Claire says modelling without a wig helped her confidence, but she was still seeking a solution for her trichotillomania
The performer can now work with confidence thanks to a mesh system that covers the bald patches and creates a barrier to further pulling
Claire performing without her wig, which she found too hot and cumbersome
‘I was so excited when the team told me they could help me,’ she said. ‘I thought the Intralace system was a perfect alternative to wigs. I could do absolutely everything with it and I was hoping it would help with my hair pulling.
‘I have had the system for a year now and I absolutely love it It’s so great to wear, it feels so natural.’
Lucinda has studios around the country including London, the West Midlands, Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh, as well as New York and Los Angeles, and pioneers hair loss solutions to help women in need.
Claire’s parents shaved her head when she was 11-years-old to stop her pulling but nothing worked
She said: ‘So many women suffer in silence with the condition and we really want to break down the barriers that are stopping them getting help.
‘Often women feel completely alone with many not even realising what they are experiencing is a medical condition.
‘Increasing awareness around the condition, and what we can do to help, will, we hope, encourage the 90 per cent of sufferers currently suffering in silence to come forward and seek treatment’.
International No Pulling Weeks runs from 1 – 7 October 2017
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