The Aftermath of Covid on Hair

March 21, 2023

ChatGPT, the AI Chatbot, has everyone talking to it, causing a stir due to its exceptional ability to replicate human writing – but is it capable of the high level of insight and knowledge of a trained hairdresser? Over the next few issues, we will be pitching the savvy cyborg against some of our expert contributors in different areas of our industry.

We start with Wil Fleeson, Co-founder of Root Cause Clinical; the subject is ‘The Aftermath of Covid on Hair’.

Not unsurprisingly, COVID-19 can have an impact on the condition of one’s hair. We are noticing more clients coming into salons discussing the fact they have experienced hair loss/hair shedding since contracting the COVID-19 virus. Sometimes this can happen quite quickly, and other times this can happen two to three months after having the virus.

Scientifically known as Telogen Effluvium, this occurs when stressors created by the COVID virus shock and disrupt the hair growth cycle, resulting in an increased and noticeable amount of excessive hair shedding. Many clients can also experience their hair becoming thinner and more prone to breakage.

As a hairdresser, it is important to deal with these topics sensitively, helping the client as much as possible through pointing them in the right direction on how they can rectify the problem and get their hair back to excellent condition.

Not only can the aftermath of COVID cause shedding in the case of Telogen Effluvium, but stress and anxiety arising from the pandemic can cause hair loss also. So, it is very important that the problem is correctly diagnosed to recommend an effective treatment. This is where a dedicated expert/trichologist comes in.

As a hairdresser, you can point your clients in the direction of Root Cause Clinical, where they can make a consultation appointment with a professional trichologist. They will receive an informed approach to their diagnosis and a report to share with their hairdresser, who can help review how their hair and scalp improve. All of this can be done in the comfort of the client’s home, via an online portal to allow the client to connect easily with the Root Cause Clinical team.


QUESTION: What was the aftermath of COVID on hair, specifically focusing on Telogen Effluvium?

ANSWER: The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on people’s hair, and one of the hair conditions that has been reported as a result of the pandemic is Telogen Effluvium. Telogen Effluvium is a hair loss condition that occurs when a large number of hair follicles enter the resting phase (telogen phase) and the hair falls out. This can be caused by various factors, including stress, illness, and hormonal changes. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major source of stress for many people, and this stress can trigger Telogen Effluvium.

The pandemic has also caused a shift in people’s daily routines, such as changes in diet, sleep patterns, and exercise habits, which can also contribute to hair loss. Additionally, many people have reported a decline in their mental and physical health due to the pandemic, which can also lead to Telogen Effluvium. It’s worth noting that while Telogen Effluvium can be caused by stress, it is typically a temporary condition, and hair typically regrows on its own within six to nine months. However, it’s important to consult a doctor if you experience sudden and excessive hair loss, as this could be a sign of a more serious underlying condition.

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