Post-COVID hair loss is a surprisingly common occurrence and can affect an individual differently is duration and severity.  COVID hair loss is generally considered to be in the form of a stress induced hair loss called Telogen Effluvium (TE).  Telogen effluvium (TE) is a type of diffuse hair loss that occurs after a significant stressor.  The stressor can be psychological, surgery, malnutrition, pregnancy, medications in addition to systemic illness.  Most hair loss with traditional TE lasts anywhere from 3-6 months.  COVID induced TE seems to have an average shorter duration of only 9 weeks. However, I have seen people struggling with this much longer.

Our hair goes thru natural shedding phases called the telogen phase.  On average the telogen stage of dormancy occurs in about 5-10% of your hair follicles at a time.  This is why we are always losing some hair.   After COVID, studies are showing that as much as 30-50% can be in this phase.  This is why there is a significant drop of hair post illness.

While simply saying stress is always part of the TE equation, with COVID there seems to be some other factors that should be considered.  READ ON to learn 6 factors to consider in post-covid hair loss and ways to help your hair recover….