Sam Faeirs has opened up about suffering from trichotillomania – also known as ‘hair pulling disorder - and how she’s now in therapy to overcome it.
The condition means she picks out all her eyelashes, but other people do the same with their hair or eyebrows.
But it wasn’t until she worried that little Rosie could pick up on the habit from her that she decided to seek help.
She told OK! Magazine: ‘When Rosie was around 14 months old and I was still breastfeeding her, I would go to pull or stroke my eyelashes and I noticed she’d rub her eyelashes too – she was copying what I was doing.
‘She didn’t know to pull, of course, but that was a big red flag. I was like, no, I can’t have her doing that. So when Rosie began to copy me that was the turning point. I knew I needed to get help.’
Adding that it’s hard for her as a mum to see that Rosie could potentially suffer from the same condition, Sam added that her mum Sue tried to help her before.
‘As a mum that is devastating. My mum must have been devastated, too. For years, she tried to get me to stop and she just couldn’t’, she said.
Now the Mummy Diaries star is attending hypnotherapy sessions in order to keep the condition in control.
Explaining how it works, reality TV star revealed she’s meant to do six to eight sessions but so far she’s only had two.
‘They speak to your subconscious, so you’re not in a deep sleep but you’re very relaxed. She tells you how lovely your eyelashes are, that your hands don’t need to be near your eyes, but should stay by your sides’ she said.