If we’ve learned anything from the coronavirus pandemic, it’s to expect the unexpected. One of the most unexpected side effects of the illness is the hair loss many people are reporting. It is estimated that approximately 24% of those who have contracted COVID-19 have experienced some form of hair loss, which is called telogen effluvium. TE is a form of temporary hair loss that usually happens after stress, a shock, or a traumatic event. It usually occurs on the top of the scalp but can also appear in other areas.
How and why is this happening though?
First you’ll want to understand the three-parts to the hair life cycle. 90% of the time your hair is growing, 10% it’s shedding, and 5% your hair is resting. When experiencing major stress or shock, up to 50% of your hair can sprint ahead to the shedding phase. That significant increase in hair loss takes place about 6-8 weeks after recovery.
Why does COVID-19 trigger hair loss?
“Your immune system is overwhelmed and overworking itself!”
Hair loss happens when those stages are interrupted and the body goes into shock. As we know, or should know, stress is a major factor contributing to hair loss. Since the pandemic began we have all experienced some form of stress and inevitable shift in our normal lives. COVID-19 triggers hair loss because our immune system prioritizes or goes into “fight or flight” mode. Unfortunately, this affects all COVID19 patients no matter the age or health state.
When is it going to grow back?
Most people who have experienced telogen effluvium see their hair regain its normal fullness within six to nine months. This recovery time can be reduced significantly with use of our GREAUX Healthy Hair Drops. Our customers begin seeing results in as early as 2 weeks after starting treatment. Our Greaux Drops work better than other liquid growth solutions on the market because of process called hydrolysis. a scientific process that allows us to chemically breakdown the molecules in our formula to near water-like consistency. As a result, this makes it easier for the product to absorb into the scalp, delivering key ingredients directly to the hair bulb.
The American Academy of Dermatology says hair loss can be caused by many factors: genetics, age, hormonal imbalances, other health conditions, medication and, of course, stress. If you suspect that your hair loss is caused by something more than telogen effluvium from stress or a fever, talk with a hair-loss expert, a dermatologist.