We can all agree that 2020 has been a crazy year! More and more individuals are complaining of an increase in hair loss and hair shedding. Due to the increased numbers of people being infected by Covid-19 and the addition of potential symptoms related to Covid-19, the question now becomes – “Does Covid-19 cause hair loss?”
The answer – no…but, also Yes!
Huh?!? That doesn’t make much sense. Are you saying, “No, Covid-19 doesn’t cause hair loss or yes, it does?”
We are saying both. No, hair loss is not a direct symptom of Covid-19. However, over the last 6 months we have seen a record number of job losses, increased medication usage, poor diets and a decrease in physical activity, all of which have contributed to an unprecedented level of stress due to the onset of Covid-19. This increased level of stress from Covid-19 is what is now greatly contributing to individuals noticing increased shedding in the shower drain, bathroom floor or in their brush.
To help you better understand how the increased levels of stress from Covid-19 is affecting our hair we must first understand the basics of hair growth.
Stress effects the body in so many ways – One way is hair loss.
Our hairs grow in a constant cycle of growth, rest, shedding, and regrowth. We shed around 80 to 100 hairs daily in a healthy hair growth cycle. This cycle can be disrupted by stress or stressors such as Covid-19, causing hair roots to be pushed prematurely into the resting state. This is known as Telogen Effluvium. The more common name for this is stress- related hair loss, recognized when the body sheds significantly more than 80 to 100 hairs daily. Stress can ultimately be one of hairs’ greatest enemies.
Telogen Effluvium has one main symptom: excessive hair shedding, usually triggered by stress. We all have some degree of stress in our daily lives; however, stress outside the norm of the everyday stressors can cause excess hair loss. Some examples of stressors that may trigger excessive shedding can include the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job, or undergoing surgery with anesthesia.
Stress can be a constant factor in some people’s lives, turning stress-related hair loss from an isolated incident into a chronic condition. Some, like firefighters, may experience constant stress from their occupation, while others experience constant stress from a loss of a job, a family member, anxiety, depression, or insomnia. Excessive hair shedding itself can be very stressful, and while it usually is temporary, if not properly detected and treated, can create a perpetual cycle of hair loss.
Stress related hair loss is usually not seen right away.
The challenge individuals experiencing stress related hair loss often face is not recognizing the problem right away. This is because symptoms, like excessive hair shedding, occur around three to six months after the stressful period. In the case of Covid-19, stress levels began increasing around the March/April time frame, which means many individuals have already begun to, or will soon begin seeing stress related hair loss.
Stress related hair loss is normally not a cause for concern, provided you have been properly maintaining your hair and scalp and that the high levels of stress decrease. In some cases, hair can recover and return to its normal growth cycle. In other cases, hair can begin to diffuse, growing in thinner, become dormant or be lost permanently.
But, there’s more…
Covid-19 has also led to an increase in medication usage for treatment of depression and anxiety. People are not sleeping as well; diets have been greatly disrupted and physical activity has showed a decline. Each of these factors can also contribute to excessive hair shedding or hair loss.
Discover the Health of Your Hair & Scalp
Unfortunately, Covid-19 will most likely be with us for at least the next few months. Now is the time to begin making changes to your hair and scalp health in order to help combat the results of stress related hair loss. The more you do today, the better your hair will be for years to come.
Don’t be like the majority of people, who think that there must be a shampoo will prevent this problem. Our exclusive ScalpCheck, gives you an in-depth analysis designed, to help determine the health of your hair and scalp. This allows us to customize a hair and scalp care protocol based on your specific needs. Ultimately, reducing or preventing hair and scalp problems before they start and helping you maintain beautiful, healthy hair and scalp for years to come.
Now is a perfect time to schedule a ScalpCheck to discover the health of your hair and scalp and correct stress-related shedding before it leads to a bigger hair and scalp problem.