Do You Have Hand In Hair Syndrome? Here’s What To Do About it

Hand In Hair Syndrome

“What’s so wrong with playing with my own hair?” To be honest there is really nothing wrong with playing in your hair but if you hands are causing your hair harm, then yes you have a problem. Before we get into solving the problem, lets take a quiz to see if you qualify as a person who has Hand In Hair Syndrome (HIHS).

➜ Do you have a need to fondle, play, tease or twirl your hair?

➜ Do you constantly pat your Afro?

➜ Do you go to the bathroom at work every hour to check your hair?

➜ Do you fingers tend to feel better intertwined in twists or coils?

➜ Are you hands and fingers always oily?


➜ When handling school work or job filing, do you leave greasy fingerprints?

➜ Do you twist your hair in nervousness about a date or a test?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions then you my dear have the disease! In the natural hair community we often joke about this phenomenon, we all know we have it, constantly touching and caressing of our tresses as if we haven’t ever felt anything so wonderful.

Your hands and hair tend to have too much quality time throughout the day causing you to redo your bun for no reason, try a brand new style daily, touch your hair to make sure that it’s still there, and pay more attention to your hair than where you are when walking across the street in busy traffic.

The effects of HIHS

You think you are doing great things when caressing and loving on your hair and believe me I understand, after all self love is the best kind of love. But there are many negative effects of twisting, touching, patting, and styling your hair more than you need to. Here are some of them.

1. The friction from twisting your coils will create split ends and fairy knots which you will need to cut out eventually.

2. The tugging and touching of you hair will cause your hair to experience breakage and frizz especially with styles that we like to keep frizz free. Before you reach for the anti-frizz product, evaluate yourself to see if its you that is making your efforts counter productive.

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About Christina J


Hey there! My name is Christina J. I am a healthy hair advocate and have been natural since October 2012. In June 2014, I decided to start my blog, Desire My Natural! to document my hair journey and other fun topics (family, health, inspiration, more). As I share, help, encourage, and support others in their healthy hair journey, I am continuing my own.

About Christina J


Hey there! My name is Christina J. I am a healthy hair advocate and have been natural since October 2012. In June 2014, I decided to start my blog, Desire My Natural! to document my hair journey and other fun topics (family, health, inspiration, more). As I share, help, encourage, and support others in their healthy hair journey, I am continuing my own.

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Pearl Xoliswa Mkhefa

lol thats totally me my hands are forever on my hair

Tara Denise Smith

I suffer from HIHS badly 🙂

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Patricia

This is so me! LOL I needed all these tips.

Steen How

Soooo this is me to the 10x power lol my hair just reached shoulder length and I can’t help but feel my hair ever now and again. Perfect sense! Thanks for this article. Lol

Kate Azu

Yea I guess but my scalp suffers from something so I’m scratching but other than that I don’t put my hands in my hair.

kangopie

im relaxed and this is still a problem for me!

kangopie

im relaxed and this is still a problem for me!

especially if i have managed to curl my hair successfully then i just seem drawn to my hair.
thanks for the tips Christina!