How to restore thickness to your hair during the pandemic
Our hair is not necessary for our survival, which is why it is often one of the first things to go when we are under severe stress. However, it is often an important part of our identity and how we express ourselves. Fortunately, hair loss from telogen effluvium usually resolves within six months to a year, and your hair should return to its average thickness. Regrettably, we are not out of the COVID-19 pandemic yet, and in some states, the number of cases is rapidly rising. With the end not yet in sight, we have to learn ways to manage our stress during this pandemic to keep our hair on our heads. Let’s look at some tips to keeping your hair healthy during COVID-19.
Restore normalcy to your day-to-day life. Most of us have experienced a significant shift in our daily activities since March. Yet, our days are often marked by uncertainty and may lack structure as we are trying to roll with the punches. If you haven’t already, find a daily routine and stick to it. Planning ahead and knowing what to anticipate can reduce cortisol, which is the stress hormone that creates a cascade of events that result in hair loss (among many other factors).
Control your body-focused repetitive behaviors. Many of us have certain repetitive habits that we do, often unconsciously, when we are stressed. For example, it is common for women with long hair to brush their hands through their hair repetitively. Some people also repeatedly scratch their heads when they are thinking or stressed. People may also pick at their scalp, especially if they have flaking skin. These behaviors are often a sign of stress and can result in hair loss. Try to become aware of what you are doing with your hands and focus your attention elsewhere.
Spend your extra time cooking healthy meals. Nutrition is one of the best ways you can encourage new hair growth. Often, stress encourages us to snack on foods that are processed and high in refined sugars. Focus on eating simple, clean, wholesome meals packed with protein, iron, zinc, and vitamins A, C, D, E, and B-complex. For example, you may want to increase your intake of eggs, spinach, berries, avocados, and fatty fish. You may also wish to try a hair growth supplement that contains all of the necessary nutrients for hair health like the Revita Nutraceutical Tablets for Hair Growth Support from DS Laboratories.
Do At-Home Hair Care. Salon hair services are not yet available in many parts of the country. And while many of us have blatant roots, frayed ends, and shaggy mops, time away from the salon is actually good for your hair health. Often, we seek salon services to color and style our hair a certain way. But these processes can harm our hair with chemicals and heat. And, if you are struggling with telogen effluvium, it is best to avoid dying and styling your hair altogether so that you keep your remaining hair follicles healthy.
Fortunately, there are products that help your hair grow thicker and faster after telogen effluvium. DS Laboratories delivers professional-grade hair products to your doorstep so that you can maintain social distancing. Start by using a good shampoo and conditioner like the Revita product line that stimulates your scalp, supports existing follicles and stops stress-induced hair loss in its tracks. Also, look for a drug-free product that helps your hair grow faster and healthier like the Spectral.RS High-Performance Anti-Thinning Hair Treatment.
Reach out to your doctor. If your hair loss is concerning you, it is always a good idea to reach out to your doctor. Many dermatologists are offering telehealth visits during the pandemic to help people like you get control over your hair loss.