Bride-to-be who was addicted to pulling out her own hair walked down the aisle with flowing locks… after her devoted groom forked out £3,000 for new wedding tresses

By Sarah Barns For Mailonline

  • Rebecca Germaine was diagnosed with Trichotillomania at the age of 13
  • The 26-year-old was bullied and had to wear a wig to hide her bald patches
  • Tim Huetson bought The Intralace System so she couldn’t pick at her hair

A bride-to-be who had a bizarre addiction to pulling out her own hair has walked down the aisle with flowing locks – after her devoted groom forked out £3,000 on a wedding hair piece.

Rebecca Germaine, from York, was diagnosed with Trichotillomania – a compulsion to pull out her own hair – aged 13, and by the age of 15, needed to wear a wig to hide her bald patches.

Rebecca's bald patches

The 26-year-old was warned that if she continued, her hair would never grow back and she was left dismayed as her big day was just six-months away.

But devoted account manager Tim Huetson, 33, decided to spend £3,000 on a new hair piece, which prevented Rebecca from being able to reach her natural hair.

The revolutionary hair mesh, known as The Intralace System, acts as a barrier whilst filling in the patches on Rebecca’s scalp where her hair has been pulled out.

It was the small price to pay for the happiness of his bride – it was almost six times the expense of her dress which cost just £600.

The pair tied the knot on July 10 and Rebecca hasn’t pulled her hair since the hair technology was fitted in April.

Rebecca said: ‘I always said as a teenager that I would have my own hair by the time I got married.

Rebecca before having the Intralace fitted

‘When we got told about this new hair technology my husband thought it was so important.

‘I was already worrying about how I was going to have my hair on my wedding day, especially after being told my hair was on the verge of not growing back.

‘With the Intralace System my hair looks healthy so I feel healthy. I felt better than I had ever felt before on my wedding day, just like I’d dreamed of.’

Rebecca said she was ‘bullied badly at school’ because of the condition and even once taunted while in a nightclub.

‘I used to be called things like “baldy” and then when I began to wear a wig it changed to things like “wiggy”,’ she said.

‘Even at the age of 23 in a night club someone approached me from behind and pulled my wig off one night.

‘I wore a wig for 13 years and you are always aware of it when you’re wearing one, it’s always at the back of your mind.

‘It feels amazing to finally feel confident and I couldn’t have been happier when I was walking down the aisle with my luscious locks.’

Rebecca, a manager in the toy and gadget industry, and Tim had the white wedding of their dreams four months ago, surrounded by their closest friends and family.

She added: ‘I met Tim at the end of 2012 through a mutual friend and I wasted no time telling him that I have Trichotillomania.

‘I told him after seeing him for just a week, because I was worried he would find out before I told him.

‘He has always been so supportive about it, so it’s no surprise that he would spend so much money on making me feel better about myself.’

The condition even stopped Rebecca doing her hobbies as a child.

‘When I was 15 I sprinted nationally and represented England,’ she said.

‘I had to stop eventually though because of my hair – I had to tie it back and I didn’t want people to see my patches.’


Rebecca was diagnosed with Trichotillomania as a teen – it started by her becoming addicted to pulling out her eyelashes.

She added: ‘I felt a sense of relief when I pulled out my lashes, it then progressed to my eyebrows.

‘Eventually I was pulling the hairs from my scalp and it just became a habit.

‘I couldn’t stop myself from doing it and it ruined my self-esteem. I felt like I had no control over what I was doing to myself.

‘People take their hair for granted. It is amazing how much hair, or in my case lack of, can impact on your life and how another person sees you.’

Rebecca felt so self-conscious that she would sleep in her wig before getting the Intralace System fitted, and Tim never saw her without it on.

She said: ‘Since having the new hair technology my life has been transformed. I feel so confident now and we have such beautiful photographs from our wedding day, I can’t thank Tim enough.’

Lucinda Ellery is the first hair consultancy firm to introduce this new technology which transformed Rebecca’s wedding day.

Lucinda Ellery, who has hair extensions and hair loss management studios in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol, Los Angeles and New York, said: ‘Hair can be so important to a women’s confidence so losing hair through TTM often leaves a woman feeling humiliated so many suffer in silence, hiding the condition from everyone.

‘The Intralace System is not a cure for hair pulling but it can serve as a barrier and reminder for the individual to not pull their hair and it has transformed the lives of thousands of women around the world.

‘It even gives women the freedom to wash, brush, sleep, style, swim, shower and even swing from the chandeliers without anybody any the wiser.’

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