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01 Aug 2007

Friend has a nasty habit
I have a friend who has a nasty habit of scratching her scalp with her french manicured nails and when the nail comes out of her hair, it has dandruff or whatever dead cells there are. Then she would use another nail to flip out whatever its in side her nail and some funny things would fly all around the place. she does not do this discreetly .She could be talking to you and doing it ! I havent known this person for a long time but this habit pisses me off and its so gross it makes me want to puke. She does that about 5 times an hour if she's not doing anything with her hands. Its completely revolting , unhygienic and unlady like. I've spoken to her ( 3 times) and she says , she is not even aware that she does that. Another friend of hers said she gave up on her because she tells her while on action, that she's doing it , again, she stops and then 5 minutes later, she does it again. She had a few blows in her life, from losing parents, to being divorced ,to losing her only child. Could this have anything to do with this nasty habit . Other than that she is a well groomed lady, who takes care of herself and follow basic hygene rules except when it comes to her HEAD . How do we help her stop this ?Its really embarassing especially when you go out and eat out - we completely lose our appetite and we're thinking of ditching her as a friend .
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Has nobody old here (a) that this is disgusting to witness and shoudl be done, if she must, only in private ? or (b) that she should see a dermatologist and change her shampoo and get that scalp cleared up ? Not being aware of it is no excuse. I don't see how it relates to anything that happened in her childhood -- more likely a bad habit and bad scalp hygiene. And maybe it'd help if she gave up on fancy nails and kept hers cut short
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