When your hair is pulled, slide back to regain your balance.
Grab your hair at your skull to minimize pain and help regain control.
Pivot back towards the attacker.
Clench your fist firmly and prepare to hammer strike the assailant.
Strike the soft muscle area of the upper forearm. This causes pain and muscle dysfunction.
Reset yourself for a follow-up strike.
Strike down on the bridge of the nose with your entire body weight. This will cause pain and disorientation.
While many people enjoy long hair, it can present some unique challenges if they are ever forced to defend themselves. A dedicated assailant will quickly move to grab the hair in an attempt to better control the victim. If not addressed quickly and effectively, a hair grab can end up taking a person off their feet and into even more dangerous territory. Escaping from a hair grab is not a simple matter. While the technical side is not complicated, there will be other factors such as fear, anger and adrenaline.
Hair grabs are used for two primary reasons—to get a firm hold on the victim, and to physically move the victim around, dragging them against their will to a more remote spot or possibly into a vehicle. This is most commonly done from behind. Painful and shocking, it can be disorienting to say the least. Scroll through the photos above to learn how to escape a hair trap in 7 steps.
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