Covid Hair Loss

I am blessed to have a lot of hair. It’s coarse and thick. My hair dresser swears it grows while she’s cutting it. It has always been healthy and recently, I have been letting it grow long. Next to my health, my hair is one of my favorite gifts from God.

I had a mild case of Covid back in July. I say “mild” because I was only sick and feverish one day.
It is now October and my hair is falling out!
When I mention it to other ladies around my age, they will say “oh yea, my hair sheds too”, or “It’s just hormones”. No. This is different. 

Now I’m gonna get a little personal here:
(not for the squeamish)

My hair actually comes out in handfuls in the shower. I can see and feel strands of hair running down my body as I rinse through my hair. It’s gross! It will just continue coming out util I finally just stop touching it and get out and wrap it in a towel for a few minutes. After I blow dry my hair, I will have to clean up another handful of hair off the bathroom floor. It’s devastating and leaves me in tears. This has gone on now for at least 4 weeks. I first thought it was from wearing hair ties so I started using hair sticks or claw clips to hold my hair back. 
If I were to measure wads of hair I lose each shower or brushing, I think it would be a cup full when normally I lose maybe a tablespoon amount. 

Just running my fingers through my hair in the shower, this is what I get each time. 
(Told ya it was gross) The bathhouse shower at the beach adds a special touch haha.

And this is more.. This is a photo after one shower. This has gone on for weeks.
Imagine losing this much every day. It freaks me out. 

This phenomenon is called “telogen effluvium”. 
I am afraid I will start seeing baldness if this continues. I think I have already lost 30% of my hair. I would almost say 50% but I will let my hairdresser determine the percentage when I go see her again at the end of the week. I may not have any other choice but to cut my hair to a shorter length just so it will look more evened out and fuller. 

I read that this can continue for a month or three months. I may need to go wig shopping. Seriously, This is scary! 

What am I doing about it? Well other than just letting it run its course, I have purchased some Pumpkin Seed Oil for hair growth. Crossing my fingers it works. I read on a hair loss group I follow, that this is a really good supplement to take and also has other health benefits. 
I also purchased a scalp massager to promote a healthy scalp and help with hair growth as well. 

I need all your prayers that this will end soon. My hair feels so thin now and do not know how much more I can take. Luckily, I have thick hair and still have a lot to lose. 

Have you or do you know someone who is suffering the same condition? 

(Note: I can’t blame it on the vaccine because I have never been vaccinated and never plan to). 
This condition is attacking those who have and haven’t been vaccinated all the same. 


  1. Sorry to hear this. My Sherry has very thick hair. So far she has not had hair loss this significant, but still more than she would like. Of course you will be remembered in our prayers. Any change in our daily life and health is a concern. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY, but always thought that sea water was good for hair growth.
    This is sending the best of thoughts and prayers your way. That is one thing the boys can cry about but it isn't as big a deal for us to lose hair. BUT we men that lose ours, still miss it. ;-)
    Sherry & jack in Florida

  2. I hate this for you. 😢 I had Covid a few weeks ago, and like you, I’m almost losing as much each time I shower. I also thought it was from me wearing tight hair ties, but I’ve been hearing of this being a problem after having the virus. I’m just going with it. It doesn’t seem to be as bad lately. But I do hope yours stops very soon. Please keep us posted.

  3. Oh my that is awful. I've just said a prayer for you and will continue each morning when I walk.

  4. Oh no! Hopefully your hair will grow back stronger and fuller.

  5. Oh Lisa I'm so sorry. I hope this stops quickly. As one who has had some loss due to hormones I do understand how you feel. Heck, I even bought a topper a few years back. Try not to stress over it that may make it worse. Again hoping this doesn't last too long for you. You have beautiful hair. xoxo Dolly

  6. Glad yours is filling in Diana! xoxo Dolly

  7. Yes me! Hang in there, it was so traumatic for me! I have lost half my hair in 6 months! I am praying it stops soon! It will grow back!

  8. I am sorry to read this.
    Have you read this article 'Can Covid 19 cause hair loss'

    All the best Jan

  9. That is scary. I know you've probably already read about it and tried it, but what about prenatal vitamins? Years ago, I was under a lot of stress and my hair was falling out (not like yours, but enough to be noticeable) and someone told me to take the prenates and that seemed to help.