It’s been over 2 years since the COVID-19 pandemic broke and our lives have changed as we know it forever. While the virus comes with its own symptoms, you’ll be surprised to know that you might fall for, post-COVID hair problems. Well, are you already suffering?
Various dermatologists have reported that COVID-19 patients have been facing hair loss, particularly Telogen Effluvium (TE), a form of temporary hair loss, after being recovered from the disease. And doctors believe that hair loss may not be directly triggered by COVID, but it might be a consequence of the shock and stress that our body went through. According to the research, there are two kinds of hair loss post-COVID, Alopecia Areata and Telogen Effluvium. The first kind is an unpredictable amount of hair loss while the second is a temporary loss of hair loss.
Obviously, there’s no overnight cure and dermatologists don’t recommend any magic cures for hair growth. Seeking medical aid can always help because every hair fall is different from another and your dermatologist may want to put you under the best medication. Not to be surprised, as post-COVID hair fall problems are faced by both men and women. However, there are a few tips you can take at home to keep your hair fall in check:
# Detox & De-stress:
One of the major reasons for hair loss is stress and in order to win against it, it’s better to give up poor lifestyle habits. Adopt a habit of drinking lots of water, exercise regularly, and avoid alcohol and smoke intake. Indulging in activities that reduce mental stress like meditation, yoga, and adult coloring. It’s always advisable to take a break and provide yourself with no-work days once in a while.
# Follow A Nutritious Diet:
Make sure that your diet is nutritious and contains proteins! Give your body the benefit of home-cooked meals with a healthy balance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. You can include plenty of protein-rich foods such as fish, eggs, meat, sprouted beans, and nuts in your daily diet. It’s a fact that a healthy diet is essential to recover quickly from post-COVID hair loss. If you don’t know, the deficiency of iron is also directly linked with hair fall, and to overcome this you can consume food like jaggery, red meat, spinach, and other leafy veggies. For healthy hair growth, Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, and K play a vital role, hence, beetroot, bell peppers, and broccoli need to be included in your diet to slow down hair loss.
# Be Gentle With Your Hair:
Maintain good hair hygiene and wash with enriched products and keep them off lice and dandruff. At the time of your hair fall, one needs to be extremely gentle to prevent excessive shedding. During the wash, always massage your scalp gently in a circular motion. Wash in a downward direction instead of pulling all your hair together as it reduces tangles and pulling while brushing your hair. Make it a point to trim the dry ends and stay away from heat styling, chemical treatments such as re-bonding. Avoid ingredients like parabens, artificial fragrances, sulfates, and alcohol.
# Opt For Hair Supplements:
To boost your hair repair process, invest in hair health supplements. And antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C, and E fights oxidative stress and help your body to heal faster. Vitamin B7 or Biotin is essential for producing keratin, a form of protein that forms a structure for your hair. And most Indian women have iron deficiency, in such cases, taking iron supplements helps to control hair loss much faster. The nutrients that can supplement are protein, fish oil, and Vitamin D, it provides your hair with all the necessary nutrients that help in hair growth. Zinc plays an important role in the repair of hair tissue.
Don’t go overboard while combing hair with a fine bristle comb and as it will do nothing but damage hair. Instead, you can use a coarse comb to detangle hair gently. And if you’re dealing with significant hair loss, try changing your hair wash schedule. Also, avoid using hot water for showers as it’s better to wash your hair with cold or lukewarm water to save the hair from potential heat damage.
Bottom line, you can invest in Hair Growth Kit by Earth Rhythm that consists of:
- Damage Control Shampoo Bar: The shampoo bar encourages the new growth of strands, but it also prevents hair thinning and breakage.
- Solid Conditioner Bar: It gets easily absorbed into your scalp and doesn’t clog the pores while it provides moisture from the roots down to the ends.
- Reactivating Phyto Peptide Scalp Complex: It reactivates hair growth, reduces hair loss while boosting the hair volume.
- Conditioning with Hibiscus, Shikkakai & Tamarind Hair Butter: The buttery-soft hair butter ensures the goodness of Hibiscus that makes your hair silky, smooth, and easy to manage.
We know recovering from COVID-19 in itself is a victory, so don’t be harsh on yourself. We hope that these tips will help you to increase your hair growth and provide you with a healthy and nourishing hair texture.
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