Ellen Crupi can easily recall when she first pulled out a strand of her long dark hair in the same way some people might remember their first kiss or losing their first tooth. She was 12 years old and in gym class at her suburban Rhode Island middle school, waiting for teams to be chosen.
“I was probably just playing with my hair to calm myself down, and I pulled a piece out. I don’t know why,” says the 54-year-old Crupi, who lives in Bethesda. “Ever since that moment, I was hooked. I just felt a zing.”
Pulling out her hair became a coping mechanism for Crupi, a way to tackle anxiety or even boredom, and nothing she was too concerned about at first.
Alan interviews Aneela Idnani - inventor of the Keen bracelet.
Tune in to learn how, after suffering for years with a psychological disorder that caused her to pull out all her eyebrows, she invented a solution - the Keen bracelet.
The Keen bracelet has changed habits and touched thousands of lives all over the globe.
You, she reminds, are who’s really in control. And that’s where Keen comes in. When the bracelet vibrates, it’s bringing the picking compulsion from the subconscious into the conscious — giving you the ability to then consciously say to yourself “my hands are not where I want them to be”.
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.
It's tough out there for a business owner. It's even tougher for business owners from underrepresented communities.
Recent numbers show that in Minnesota, nearly 10 percent of the state's small businesses are minority-owned.
MPR News host Angela Davis sat down with Dr. Bruce Corrie, who studies the economic impacts of minorities and immigrants in the Twin Cities, and a local business owner who can share advice for future entrepreneurs. Today's guests include Aneela Idnani, co-founder of HabitAware, a Minneapolis-based tech startup that develops a smart awareness tracker called Keen.
It's important that Keen fits snugly. Here's a quick guide to help you decide which bracelet size to order: