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Help, my hair is falling out! Did you have Covid-19?

A more significant number of clients have called me concerned about losing hair. First, you should talk to your doctor because many things can cause hair loss. But, if you recently had Covid-19, the good news is this may be temporary.

What's going on?

Technically, this is called telogen effluvium or more commonly known as hair shedding.

To understand what's happening, it's essential first to understand the hair growth cycle. Hair follicles undergo three stages: anagen (growth), catagen (resting), and telogen (shedding). At any given point in time, all of the hairs on your head are in different phases.

Telogen effluvium can occur due to a significant change in the body which abruptly pushes a large percentage of the hair in the anagen (growth) phase into the catagen (resting) phase. It's normal for anywhere from 5 to 10% of the hair on your scalp to be in the resting phase. But with telogen effluvium, more than 30% of the follicles are resting, after which your locks in the catagen (resting) phase fall out simultaneously. I know it can be alarming to see clumps of hair in your shower or hairbrush; however, you won't lose all your hair. Fortunately, this increase in hair shedding isn't permanent. Your hair should stop shedding after four to six months. However, if you continue to lose hair for longer, consult your doctor. Remember that extreme stress can cause telogen effluvium, so self-care is essential.

Pro Tips

If you are experiencing telogen effluvium, be extra gentle with your hair.

  • Don't overbrush your hair.

  • Allow it to dry naturally as often as possible.

  • Use a wide tooth comb or wet brush.

  • Use a satin pillowcase.

  • If you have long hair, brush one small section at a time from the bottom up.

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