How a Hair Pulling Disorder Inspired a Smart Bracelet Startup
April 10, 2019
For more than 20 years, Aneela Idnani Kumar hid her hair pulling disorder.
Disguising her absent eyebrows with makeup and concealing her isolation with smiles, Idnani Kumar kept her trichotillomania a secret from even her husband.
A mental health condition in the family of obsessive compulsive disorders, people with trichotillomania, “trich” for short, are plagued by irresistible urges to pull out their eyebrows, eyelashes, hair on their heads or anywhere else on their body.
While many people say beauty comes from within, and it does, our outer appearance does matter. It’s our hair, skin, and nails that make us feel beautiful. I know this to be true as sometimes I might feel beautiful, but then I catch myself in the mirror and think, who is that! Think back.
"Mental health conditions can often manifest themselves in hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting, and face touching. Those repetitive physical behaviors may also result in deep feelings of shame that can impact self-confidence and, of course, relationships. HabitAware integrates wearable technology with an app on a user’s smartphone to interrupt those harmful, unconscious patterns. The tool allows individuals to become more mindful and retrain their brains to overcome disorders by alerting them when they make a specific motion."
Have you wished to own something that would stop you from doing bad habits? HabitAware is contributing its great part towards this direction by selling smart bracelets that send a vibration to make you aware of certain behaviors like pulling your hair, eyebrows, biting nails, which most people do and do not even realize it.