Emily Kight, bioengineering student at Temple University and MARC scholar, bootstrapped funding from a GoFundMe and a College Pitch Event to bring a small cooling microbatch hair conditioner to life.
While there is no quick fix for trichotillomania, we believe there can be new ways to manage the disorder and help with hair regrowth.
As a research scholar, Emily worked on creating the first urine test to detect a Ovarian cancer biomarker in an affordable lateral flow test. By entering the Fox Schools IEI contest and BeYourOwnBossBowl, she won 1st place in the social track for 20K awarding for the idea. She used the funds to train and work in a R&D lateral flow incubator in San Diego to ensure the test strips proof of principle was developed and validated for commercial scalability.
At 8 years old, someone told me if an eyelash fell you could make a wish and it would come true. To alleviate issues at home, I pulled eyelashes to make wishes come true. Unfortunately, this coping mechanism moved passed my eyelashes to my eyebrows and scalp hair. Later, I found out this disorder, “Trichotillomania” or TTM, is what I developed.
As a biomedical engineering major, I decided to see if there was a way to help mitigate this impulse to pull hair. The standard treatment for TTM is habit reversal training where subjects learn precursor movements/habit, identify environmental risks (i.e. reading or driving), and fist clenching when urges arise. However, fist clenching is hard to choose when you crave a pulling sensation and it didn’t work well for me.
I created a cooling, leave-in hair conditioner that when applied creates an intense cold and hot sensation to the scalp. Since the conditioner helped me reduce pulling by 75%, I enrolled in pitch competitions to raise money to manufacture the hair product so that other people with this disorder might help themselves. It’s my hope that with a collaboration or funding, Prohibere could be studied as a adjunct tool with Habit Reversal Training to see efficacy and understand the subtypes of hair pullers.
What is Prohibere?
Prohibere is the first leave-in conditioner for trichotillomania that may help address the physiological aspect of the disorder. Prohibere provides a cooling and tingling sensation that helps relieve impulses to pull and also provides awareness of targeted pull areas to reduce bald spots. No other cooling topical product on the market is tailored for use in hair.
While trichotillomania can vary, we believe some pullers may find it useful to create replacement sensation to the pulling sensation.
Will I stop pulling my hair if I use this product?
There is no guarantee the product will work for everyone. It is not a cure or a quick fix.
Skin sensitivities vary so one formula will not be perfect for everyone.
It is strongly recommended to be used with Habit Reversal Training/ Competing Response Training. There are still lots of other ways to help combat urges, precursor behaviors and barriers that should be used in conjunction for maximum effectiveness against hair pulling.
USA MADE WITH NATURAL INGREDIENTS
WE FORMULATE WITHOUT
parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, propylene glycol, mineral oil, DEA,petrolatum, paraffin, polyethylene beads, formaldehyde & animal ingredients.
Prohibere made in the US in a FDA compliant manufacturing facility and cruelty-free.