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Topic #7: Trichophilia aka Hair Fetishism

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This week’s topic is……trichophilia also known as HAIR FETISHISM!

So what is a hair fetish? It is when someone becomes sexually aroused by human hair, commonly head hair. Arousal may come from seeing, touching, or eating hair.

Haircut fetishism is a related paraphilia in which one is aroused by having their head hair cut or shaved, by cutting the hair of another, by watching someone get a haircut, or by seeing someone with a shaved head or very short hair.

During a haircut or grooming session, the body can produce endorphins, making the recipient feel pleasure. Trichophiliacs may also cut the hair off of strangers, stealing locks of hair by snipping pieces off of individuals in public spaces. Others, may find the attraction of literally “having sex with somebody’s hair” as a fantasy or fetish. The fetish affects all genders.

Of the sampled population, 7 percent were turned on by hair (as opposed to 12 for underwear, but only 4 for genitals, 3 for breasts, 2 for buttocks, and less than one for body hair).

I found an interesting interview which can be found here too:

http://sexytofu.com/2011/12/02/fetish-friday-trichophilia-hair-fetish/

In more medical terms here is what I have found out about trichophilia-

Trichophilia: Trichophilia refers to sexual urges or arousal involving hair. 

Symptoms:

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Trichophilia includes the 6 symptoms listed below:

  • Sexual arousal associated with hair
  • Abnormal amount of time spent thinking about hair
  • Recurring intense sexual fantasies involving hair
  • Recurring intense sexual urges involving hair
  • Sexual interest in hair
  • Sexual arousal from hair

Treatment:

  • Psychoanalysis, hypnosis, behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, drug therapy
  • Treatment is generally not sought unless the condition becomes problematic for the person in some way, or they come under scrutiny of the legal system, and become compelled to address their condition. Many people simply learn to accept their fetish and manage to achieve gratification in an appropriate manner. If treatment is sought, general treatment options for fetishes may include:
  • Psychotherapy:
      • Cognitive behavioural therapy
      • Orgasmic reconditioning

Causes:

I couldn’t find any causes specific to trichophilia.

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