New Trich Hair Product: Prohibere
I have had trichotillomania for 20 years. After years of hats, therapy, medicine, and suffering, I decided to work on a solution in the lab.
Many body repetitive disorders such as Trichotillomania are treated with cognitive behavioral therapy, fidget toys, or medication with varying results.
If patients feel the "urge" or "itch" to pull, why can't we treat this physiological aspect of the disorder? When something itches, we put ointment on it. Why not with trich? Unfortuantly, existing numbing creams I tried weren't suitable for use in the hair and they did not work.
I decided to formulate a numbing and cooling leave-in hair conditioner msyelf. I used active ingredients like menthol to cool the scalp and relieve impulses to pull. Additionally, the formula also includes nourishing hair chemicals such as avocado oil, vitamin B5 and Tea Tree Oil that are common in luxury hair care products. I called this cooling conditioner "Prohibere" which in latin means "to stop".
I entered Prohibere in Temple's University's Fox School of Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute
Idea competition, and it won 2nd place out of 446 entries!
With award money, I created my first small batch of product. After using Prohibere, I was finally able to fight urges to pull by replacing the pulling sensation with a cooling sensation. I was also able to get samples out to a few people with trich who said it really helped them too!
I don't have bald spots and I don't have to wear hats now. I want to share this product with others in case it will help others like me. So next stop, I entered the idea into the Temple BYOBB pitch contest and won $10,000! All the money went straight to manufacturing and enabled me to drop the amount of money I was orginally asking for on this GoFundMe.
With extra funding, I can finish paying for our manufact
uring deposits for the product! We are so close! Perhaps just a month away!
I understand not everyone is in a position to donate so I am still applying to pitch events hoping to get the rest of the funds needed from those events. Every dollar counts! Sharing is also very appreciated!
Additionally, these funds can also set up an IRB study and find people to participate to get data.
As I am in the process of submitting paperwork for an IRB approved study on the product through Temple University, I have connected with a psychologist who runs a trich support group who has agreed to give our first batch of product for testing to his group.
5 million people in the United States alone suffer from trichotillomania. With funding, we can make a product that helps them find relief!
Dia, David A. "" I Can't Stop Pulling My Hair!" Using Numbing Cream as an Adjunct Treatment for Trichotillomania." Health & social work 33.2 (2008): 155.
This week is also BFRB week! So I have written a personal blog entry about my project since so many people have helped me. Thank you so much!!! Here's to our progress and hair goals!
Tomorrow is another pitch event, next week we are featured in a Caters News story!
Thank you to all who have donated or just spread the word! I could not have come this far without you!
I live in Ontario Canada, how can I purchase this as I desperately need it please I’ve been suffering with this for 40 years
I'm in Australia and looking forward to recommending this product to clients. How can it be ordered?
We will be shipping internationally via Amazon mid/end of October!
Can you please consider international shipping? I'm from Australia & would love to try this product to manage my trichotillomania. Thanks
Hi! Thanks for stopping by! This product is for scalp use only. It is not safe to get into your eye. It is sulfate free and can be used with extensions and hair pieces.
I am a hairstylist and a mom of a sufferer! I help a lot of people with Trich. I was wondering if your product is sulfate free and could be use it with extensions and hair pieces
Emily - my daughter is in university down near you and she's having a very, very hard time. Please, please, please - if you could just reach out. I won't reveal more because this is a public forum, but please contact me through messenger. Thanks.... and congrats on your progress and your win. Perhaps a cure for parental heartache is next?! Ice cream soothed for a bit - but it's not a cure, even with hot fudge sauce, salted peanuts and chocolate sprinkles.