Covid-19 has been the one thing everyone will remember of 2020. It’s not only taken over our day to day lives, dictating how we work, where we work, who we can and can’t see but also for some of us it’s had serious health implications.
For many of those who have caught and then recovered from it, there have been ongoing side effects that haven’t gone away. One of these is hair loss.
A significant amount of people have reported symptoms such as chronic fatigue, insomnia and respiratory issues but hair loss seems to be one of the more prevalent side effects experienced. Studies are starting to suggest that up to a third of survivors have now got noticeable hair loss, with evidence suggesting that the emotional and physical toll that Covid-19 as a cause for this.
WHAT'S THE ROOT CAUSE OF THIS?
Because Covid-19 puts your body under so much stress and trauma, there could be a number of things causing this hair loss. Taking it back to basics, your hair grows because your body gives key minerals and proteins to do this, but during times of stress these essential ‘ingredients’ are diverted to more needed parts of your body; thereby, if you contract Covid-19 your body is going to focussed on fighting this virus and will divert all resources to this cause and keeping you alive, meaning your hair will lose these health supporting ingredients.
Secondly, when you go through extreme stress this can switch your hair follicles into what’s called Telogen Phase which is a resting phase. Meaning, when stressed your body will turn off the growth of your hair. Further, during extreme stress your body can undergo something called Telogen Effluvium (commonly referred to as TE) which is essentially a form of excess shedding whereby your hair starts falling out more than would be normal. Your hair can also get stuck in the Telogen phase and this is also defined as TE. The average person will have about 10% of their hair strands in telogen phase at one time but those experiencing TE will have around 30% which will not only increase the amount of hair loss but will also increase the appearance of thinning hair. If an average person loses around 100 hairs a day then based on the above maths, a person with TE will lose around 300 – and the knock on effect of this both physically and emotionally is horrendous.
CAN YOU REVERSE OR TREAT TE?
It normally takes anywhere from 6 months to over a year for your hair to recover from TE and to get your growth cycle back to normality.
When it comes to stress-induced hair loss, the emotional anxiety surrounding it can leave you vulnerable to becoming caught in a cycle of stressing over your hair loss and then this stress contributing to your hair loss and on and on. If you can’t break the cycle of stress then your body won’t be able to calm itself to start re-growing hair.
That’s why one of the biggest things you can do is work on your mental and emotional health. If you can get yourself to healthy mental state, not stressing about your hair (we know it’s not easy!) then this will really help you get your hair back on track.
The other thing you want to do is look at products that support and work with your hair growth cycle. There are a whole plethora of hair growth treatments out there but not all of the actually work where its needed. Our Hair Growth Elixir has scientifically backed ingredients including Laminaria Digitata & Pelvetia Canaliculata which work directly on your hair growth cycle kickstarting it out of Telogen Phase and into active growing again. By massaging this into your scalp every evening you can give your hair and scalp the best chance it has of recovery and give yourself peace of mind that your supporting your health with natural and clean ingredients.
And finally, you want to really focus on what you’re eating. There’s a phase that everyone uses around diet and nutrition - ‘you are what you eat’ and it’s never more true than with your hair. If you eat a diet rich in protein and nutrients then this will reflect in your hair.
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