✈️  Enjoy Free Shipping within the US!  ✈️


Conquering with Keen: Maela’s Story

February 28, 2018

Maela, an 11-year-old from Indiana, has had Trichotillomania for four years.  She pulls her hair and eyelashes in bed while she goes to sleep.  Maela’s mom, Courtney, would go in at night to say goodnight and give kisses, only to find the bed covered in hair.  

One day Courtney was searching online for new Trichotillomania tools.  She was frustrated by physicians who suggested antidepressant medication for her daughter.  She happened to find Keen and was shocked to learn that an actual tool was available specifically for Trichotillomania and other BFRBs.  Courtney was overjoyed to learn that Keen was available for children as well as adults.  “To finally have a tool – a real tool – that had potential?  Oh my goodness!”

< See real life examples of how our Keen family is taking control:
Dermatillomania & Trichotillomania Awareness Bracelet Reviews >


Maela was excited when she found out about Keen.  Her grandma purchased it for her as a gift.  “I use Keen most when I’m going to bed.  I pull mostly at night when I’m going to sleep.  It buzzes when I start to pull so I know I’m pulling.  It helps me so I can stop.”

When Maela first began wearing her Keen, she would gasp and giggle when the bracelet “caught” her pulling.  As Maela continues wearing her Keen, she and her mom are learning that they are on a journey.  Courtney now worries less at bedtime, but says, “Keen is a tool and tools don’t work if you don’t use them.  Parents become so desperate that they’re looking for a magic wand.  Kids should be encouraged to use Keen, but it’s not a miracle cure.”

I think it’s a really cool tool.” - Maela

There are times when Maela simply just wants to pull, but as we say here at HabitAware, that’s ok!  Maela’s real win is that Trichotillomania doesn’t have a hold on her anymore – she’s taken control.  When Keen lets her know she’s pulling she can make the choice to stop.  “I think it’s a really cool tool.”  

< Ready to give awareness a chance? Get your Keen habit tracker today! >

And we think you’re cool, too, Maela!  

We wish you love , strength & “keen” awareness ,

Aneela & the HabitAware Team


About Keen by HabitAware
HabitAware makes Keen, a smart bracelet that helps manage nail biting, hair pulling, thumb sucking, and other subconscious behaviors. Customized gesture detection brings you into awareness and helps you develop healthier habits.
Order now & sign up for our e-newsletter for helpful strategies, news & important product updates:

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in HabitAware Blog: Soul Fuel

Conquering with Keen: How Erin Tamed the
Conquering with Keen: How Erin Tamed the "Trich Monster"

March 27, 2019

Erin, a former “Married at First Sight” reality TV star, is 28 years old and lives in Australia.  This is how she’s Conquering with Keen Awareness in her own words.  I started pulling my hair out at age 15. I didn’t realise hair pulling was how I coped with anxiety until I was 28. That’s THIRTEEN years later!! My Trichotillomania affected me every day. Hair pulling was something damaging that I knew would make me unhappy, but I felt so much better when I did it. It was a very vicious cycle.

Read More

Tracking my Trichotillomania & my Goals: How Combining Two Communities Made Me Whole
Tracking my Trichotillomania & my Goals: How Combining Two Communities Made Me Whole

March 20, 2019

"I realize I have two powerful tools - and communities - in my corner:
  1. Keen & my Keen family: my own personal guard, making me aware of when my hands began entering a danger zone, and
  2. My Bullet Journal & my BuJo group: where I could keep myself organized as well as a place where I could document my hair pulling objectively, trying out different strategies to get control."

Read More

"Dear Ellen:" Help for Hair Pullers, Skin Pickers & Nail Biters

March 13, 2019

Ellen from the HabitAware team here. I am thrilled to share with you a recent correspondence I had with one of our Keen family members, Layla.  I was so touched by Layla’s openness to share her story with me, her willingness to control her BFRB and how she looked inwards to help herself.  Her questions about moving into recovery were so insightful. We thought sharing our email convo might inspire and help others in our family, and Layla agreed.

Read More

Sizing Guide

Not sure which size is right for you?

It's important that Keen fits snugly. Here's a quick guide to help you decide which bracelet size to order:

(images not to scale)

Ready for "Keen" Awareness?

Our 3-min email shares 1 actionable tip weekly to help you manage your hair pulling, nail biting or skin picking & CHANGE FOR THE BETTER.