Internal and external factors
Approximately 49 per cent of women in Australia experience hair loss. Internal and external factors play a role in female hair loss including hormonal changes, stress, skin conditions and stress. Not all hair loss and/or shedding is permanent as there are several ways to combat it.
A surge in stress
The condition of our hair often plays an active role in our levels of self-esteem however, in survival terms, the body deprioritises the preservation of hair when encountering stress or experiencing trauma. Hair loss that’s caused by physical or emotional stress is known as telogen effluvium. Emotional life events such as moving house, a relationship breakdown or even having a baby can result in telogen effluvium. The condition can lead to the scalp shedding an additional 300 hairs a day, 200 above average, as well as a tender and itchy scalp.
Commonly, telogen effluvium heals itself over time however, in the meantime do not style hair in a way that may provide additional stress, such as intricate plaits or tight ponytails. Prevent itching the scalp or excessively brushing the hair. Of course, partaking in activities that work to reduce stress such as meditation or exercise can also work to reduce the symptoms of telogen effluvium.
Recovering from Covid
One in five Covid survivors report that they have suffered hair loss throughout recovery. Temporary hair loss commonly occurs after experiencing flu and fever. Hair shedding after suffering with any kind of flu can happen from up to three months post recovery and proceed for a further six. This kind of shedding is usually caused by the stress that the body has experienced and will remedy itself.
Taking time to reduce levels of stress will work to ease the hair shedding over time. In the meantime, reduce the amount of times you brush the hair and the products that you use that may cause dryness.