Over the past twelve months, the company of two former Google employees has seen an 8% increase in online searches for hair loss. According to several doctors, this phenomenon is linked to the stressful climate related to the current Covid-19 pandemic.
An increasing phenomenon
Hair loss is quite common in both women and men. However, this phenomenon has been accentuated in recent months, as explained in New York Times in an article from February 18, 2021. The US daily reported on the results reported by the company Spate, founded by two former Google employees. This company specializes in trends on the famous search engine.
According to Spate, Google searches for hair loss have increased 8% over the past 12 months. This subject is the subject of 829,000 searches per month on average in the United States.
Dr Abigail Cline, dermatologist at New York Medical College (United States) recalls that any type of severe stress can trigger hair loss. It can be stress on our body due to illness, but also emotional stress resulting from a particular event. However, several doctors believe that the phenomenon is increasing due to the current climate. The Covid-19 pandemic is indeed a stressor.
A frequent symptom linked to the coronavirus
Temporary hair loss has a scientific name: telogen effluvium. Usually it is the result of illness, fever or severe stress. However, it is now a frequent symptom linked to the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus, often appearing between 3 and 4 months after illness.
In its article, The New York Times tells the story of Misty Gant, 35, infected in March 2020. She began to losing long hair by handfuls, and this, a few weeks after his recovery. These losses occurred in the shower with the appearance of baldness in the temples. She says she tried to remedy the problem by adopting a special diet, gluten and dairy free, as well as an omega 3-6-9 cure. She also combined her diet and cure with scalp massages. Result? Baby hair eventually grew on her temples.
The New York Times also reported on advice from Justine Marjan, a hairdresser. She advises to favor short cuts, because long hair would be weaker, especially at the tips. Using eye shadow (or touch-up spray) in the hair color could also help, in order to create depth. The professional finally ensures that the hair of those affected sooner or later grow back and that you have to be patient.