Global demand for wigs, toppers and hair extensions is up, but the cause is a byproduct of COVID-19: hair loss. On average, 100 strands of hair fall per day, increasing in the fall and the summer months to coincide with seasons. This seasonal shedding is evolutionary, but people recovering from COVID-19 have been reporting widespread and dramatic hair loss. Google reported that searches for hair loss increased 8%, up to 829,000 per month currently in the United States alone. So, what is going on?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says long-term effects of the virus include fatigue and shortness of breath, but doctors are also reporting significant hair loss in their patients in recovery. In a viral Instagram video back in August, actress Alyssa Milano who recovered from COVID-19 shared a shocking video of her hair coming out while brushing that helped raise awareness of the issues.
THE CAUSE AND CONDITION
Telogen effluvium is a condition that occurs when the body is shocked and stressed by a major illness or even an intense emotional psychological event. In essence, our hair goes through a growth life cycle, but when the body is shocked by fever, sickness or severe stress, it pushes more hair into the shedding phase of the life cycle, causes the root to die and release from the scalp. The medical condition is fairly common outside of COVID-19 side effect, most commonly experienced by women after childbirth. Hair fall can start to occur weeks after the stressor event and continue for months or even up to a year. Dermatologists are reporting that hair loss of up to 50% is pretty common, which can be devastating to a woman’s self-confidence and identity.
Recovery takes time, but thankfully there are techniques and solutions that can help you.
Manage Your Stress
Stress management is critical to stop the cycle of hair loss. This could include breathing exercises, scalp manages, yoga and exercise. Sometimes just changing up your routine to walk daily and get out of the house can dramatically cut stress levels in the body.
Change Up Your Diet
Hair supplements and dietary changes can also help renew the scalp and mitigate further hair loss. Pharmacological solutions such as Rogaine take several months to work and by then your natural hair could be growing back.
Mask Your Hair Loss
While managing your hair loss is a long-term process, there are short-term solutions that may work for you. Our Perfect Locks Hair Integration Toppers are an ideal solution that directly masks the area most commonly impacted by hair loss: the crown. We stock five different sizes with premium lace and net base options for maximum comfort and breathability.
For above 40% to 50% hair loss, a more complete solution is required while your scalp recovers from the condition. The crown jewel of our Perfect Locks offerings are our complete lifestyle and budget friendly luxury human hair wigs. Full adjustable, they are available with a durable full lace or lace front base.