COVID-19 and Hair Loss

One way or another, we have all been affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Life during a pandemic is full of uncertainty, which places additional stress in our already stressful lives. Now, as we are nearing one-year into the pandemic, we are still learning how the virus can affect our overall health and well-being. One of the newer discoveries is regarding hair loss.

Typically, we shed 50-100 hairs per day during a normal hair cycle, but during periods of elevated stress – physiological and mental – we can shed about 300 hairs per day. This is called telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium is a reversible condition where hair begins to fall out after a stressful experience. When someone is experiencing telogen effluvium, a large number of their hair follicles enter a resting phase, which in turn causes the hair to fall out a few months later. The good news is there are actions you can take to speed up your hair growth, and the condition is usually reversible.

Stopping COVID-19 Related hair loss

It’s crucial to pinpoint the specific cause of your COVID-19 or stress-related hair loss. Telogen effluvium related hair loss is usually temporary and goes away on its own over time, which can take an average of three to six months, but can take as long as 18-months. Things you can do include controlling the amount of hairs you are shedding with the goal of reducing total hair loss, and you can also strengthen your existing hair.

Here’s a list of options to stop, control, or hide COVID-19 or stress-related hair loss:

• Reduce the amount of hair shedding and hair loss with targeted treatments.
• Strengthen your existing hair with targeted solutions.
• Use Volumizer Hair Extensions to add volume and fullness to your hair (Chuck Alfieri Exclusive).
• Get a custom hair replacement system designed specifically for you and your lifestyle.
• Purchase a high-quality custom wig designed and created to look just like your hair with a permanent or semi-permanent attachment method.

Conclusion: You have options!

Nobody likes to experience hair loss, especially during or just after moments of stress such as a pandemic. Right now, doctors are seeing a significant increase in patients complaining about hair loss. You have options aside from reducing your stress and waiting. We invite you to schedule a complimentary, private consultation with us, and we’ll create a customized solution or treatment plan to address your concerns and give you the head of hair you want – and all the confidence that goes with it!

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