Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, everyone was required to be vaccinated. Not once but almost twice or even three times. Regardless of their age, gender or health status, everyone had to get the jab. Some people experienced mild side effects of the vaccine, while others felt nothing at all.
Research suggests that the covid vaccines have affected hair quality and hair fall. Many people noticed significant hair loss after getting the covid vaccine.
The medical term given to hair loss and shedding after the covid vaccine is telogen effluvium. It can also be caused as a result of fever that is caused as a side effect of the covid vaccine. This can occur immediately after the vaccine, or it may occur a few months afterwards. It is not permanent, but it can last 6-9 months post the vaccine. Hair fall occurs mostly during brushing or while taking a shower and may take up to a year to stop.
Stress Causes Hair Fall
Even if you haven’t developed a fever after the Covid vaccine, people who experience a lot of anxiety and stress tend to lose hair as well. The pandemic was and still is a stressful time for many people and has affected everyone in some way or another. It has been a source of stress for everyone, whether physically, financially or mentally.
Hair Treatments Post Covid Vaccine
Hair treatments such as hair coloring treatments, blowouts, perms, curling treatments and body waves all require the application of chemicals to your hair. Hair shedding and damage is unsuitable for chemical treatments as it will cause further damage to the hair, making it more brittle and fragile.
The pandemic brought its share of emotional stress, and the vaccine had its side effects that have made hair weaker and prone to shedding. Fortunately, this is not permanent; hair shedding stops 6 to 9 months after the vaccine.
During this time, it is best to do incorporate the following in your daily routine to provide the best nourishment for your hair:
● Drink plenty of water
● Eat a well-balanced diet
● Eat food rich in omega-3 fatty acids
● Eat protein-rich foods
● Eat lots of fish
● Exercise daily
● Think happy thoughts and try not to stress
● Spend some time meditating
● Use DIY hydration masks on your hair
● Oil your hair
● Protect your hair from the sun
● Reduce heat styling to a minimum
Once your hair stops shedding and regains strength and volume, you can go ahead and get any treatment done to your hair. Consult with a professional hairstylist to recommend what is best for your hair and face shape.