Along with other more well-known side effects of COVID-19 like fatigue and joint pain, some survivors of the coronavirus are experiencing noticeable hair loss1. Other people have experienced hair loss due to stress from the global pandemic. And now a new source of stress can influence hair growth: the stress of re-entering society. The good news? There are some simple lifestyle changes you can make to support your hair health and get back to normal.
What is Covid Hair Loss?
Covid hair loss can happen to anyone, regardless of gender. Whether Covid hair loss happens as a result of illness or stress, this type of hair loss is called telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium is a condition that stops new hair from growing after someone experiences physical or emotional trauma. Thankfully, telogen effluvium isn’t a life-long sentence. With the right treatment and stress prevention, hair can start to grow back normally.
How to Stop Hair Loss After Covid
The best way to prevent stress-induced telogen effluvium from happening is to practice stress management techniques like yoga, meditation, and talk therapy. If you’ve already experienced this type of hair loss, follow these hair care habits to support hair regrowth:
1. Use Heat Protection When Styling
Here’s a tip that we should all be following, regardless of our health. When blow-drying or styling your hair with heated tools, always apply a heat protectant before you begin. This will keep your delicate strands from damage and breakage.
In addition to using a heat protectant, try to be as gentle with your hair as possible. Tugging and pulling can increase the chances of hair loss. The less you can mess with your hair, the better.
2. Take a Hair Growth Supplement
A great way to support your overall health is to introduce supplements into your nutritional routine.
For hair under more stress than usual, we recommend our Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements. Formulated with our proprietary blend of healthy hair ingredients including biotin and marine collagen, Viviscal is clinically proven to nourish thinning hair and promote existing hair growth*.
3. Avoid Coloring or Perming Your Hair
Coloring and treatments like perms can have a damaging effect on any hair type, especially hair experiencing telogen effluvium. While you’re dealing with covid hair loss, it’s best to leave your hair in its natural state to give it time to heal.
4. Don’t Wear Braids
While we all enjoy a beautiful braid or updo, hairstyles such as these can cause too much tension and tugging on the scalp and strands. Wear your hair down or in loose ponytails with scrunchies or gentle hair ties to keep the hair as healthy as possible.
Along with following these tips, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet and lifestyle is a vital part of bouncing back from stress-related hair loss and keeping normal hair healthy and strong in the long term. We hope these tips help in fighting stress-related hair loss.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.