Why women are losing their hair in lockdown – and five remedies to save your locks

COVID-19 has interrupted almost every part of day-to-day life, from your work routine to your eating habits – there’s not a facet it hasn’t touched.

Many have been deprived of their usual beauty treatments during lockdown, while some have been unable to access the products they know and love due to shortages.

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While a new routine has affected our social and work lives it’s also had an impact on the health of our hair, experts told The Sun.

If you’ve noticed your hair has started to fall out over the last three months then experts say it could be down to the coronavirus lockdown and a change in your normal habits.

One expert said there could be many factors that are causing your hair to thin and you might not even know it.

Natalia Ferrara, Revitalash Cosmetics international educator said ageing, stress, diet, UV exposure and pollutants could all be wreaking havoc on your once luscious locks.

Elsa Forbes White, lead creative at Lore Originals said it's important to think of your hair the same way you would think of a plant.

Speaking to The Sun she said: "The scalp is where the hair gets all the nutrients it needs to grow healthy and strong. So a weak and undernourished scalp can be the cause of many issues."

Research from Lore Originals showed that many forms of hair loss can be helped by using products that naturally exfoliate, protect and nourish the scalp and the hair shaft. 

Elsa said: "If your follicle becomes blocked with product residue or skin cells then this can weaken the hair right at the root and just be regularly exfoliating you will see a significant change over a few weeks."


Stress from the pandemic has caused many people to have sleepless nights due to the stress caused by financial burdens and worry over loved ones.

Stress can lead to hair loss and thinning.

This is while the warm weather we have been experiencing lately has put hair in direct exposure to UV rays which can make the hair weak and brittle.

Many of us working from home have also had a change of diet as food is more accessible outside of our normal working environment.

The vitamins in your diet can have a large impact on the growth and strength of your hair and any shakeup in this could leave the hair limp.

But what can you do to make sure your locks are luscious in lockdown? The Sun spoke to experts to get their top five tips on how to keep your tresses in tip top condition.

1. Get your vitamins

Lisa Borg, nutritionist and skin specialist at Pulselight Clinic said you should evaluate your supplement intake if your hair is suffering.

Speaking to The Sun she highlighted a range of supplements that could help get your hair back to its full potential.

“The B vitamins are involved in metabolism of foods and the production of enzymes in the body, therefore driving metabolic processes.

“The B vitamins are utilised synergistically in the body and supplementing just one on its own may result in deficiencies in others. I therefore recommend a good quality B Complex supplement, produced from real food and that does not contain fillers.”

She added that zinc is also an important nutrient in many enzymes and also in the health of hair follicles which are crucial for healthy hair.

“Deficiency is associated with hormonal imbalances and hair loss such as alopecia.

What do I do if my hair is already falling out?

Elsa Forbes White from Lore Originals said there are a range of things you can do to help treat your hair and scalp if it's already started to fall out

  • Nourishing your hair: This will help extend both the life and the fullness of your locks, a well hydrated hair shaft will look plumper and younger than a dehydrated one. Products that can help this contain essential fatty acids and amino acids which  help encourage hair growth, prevent water loss and ensure the optimal transport and storage of all essential nutrients
  • Protect it: Don’t forget to always protect your hair from styling and environmental damage with products containing  UV filters, heat protection and anti-oxidants
  • Make the most of it: A very quick win in making hair look fuller is a trip to the hairdressers. With the Covid lockdown though this isn't a possibility right now. A professional colour immediately plumps the hair shaft and adds shine for instant effect. If your hair is weak or damaged however we would strongly suggest simply enhancing your own hair colour and not trying to change it
  • Get the chop: If you hair is falling out and thinning don’t be tempted to try and hold on to out for as long as you can, there is nothing worse than long, limp thinning hair. Go for the chop and a few layers adds instant bounce 

“A zinc supplement should also provide a smaller amount of copper because these two minerals compete for absorption in the stomach and excessive intake of either can produce a deficiency in the other.”

This is while Cloe Hazell, from Tints of Nature specifically recommends a supplement rich in Vitamin B12, Biotin and horsetail to strengthen your hair and nails.

2. Stick to simple styles

We've all had more time during the coronavirus lockdown and some have us may have been using this to experiment with new styles.

But experts have said if you want to keep your hair healthy then you should stick to simple styles.

Natalia said: "Avoid blow drying/less heat styling devices, and when you do need to use heat products try and use on a lower temperature.

"Heat products are often the main culprits for hair damage so it’s best to limit your use of styling devices as much as possible and invest in stylish hair ties and accessories that are gentle on your hair.

"Silk scrunchies are a great option and are less likely to pull on the scalp and hair strands."

Meanwhile, Cloe said: "For those of us who have taken the casual look at home and have been putting your hair in tight ponytails or top knots, do be careful as this can cause traction alopecia.

"Also pay attention to the type of hair band you are using as tight elastic bands can cause damage to the hair fibres."

3. Get the right products

We all have different hair types, straight, curly or a little bit frizzy.

Experts say getting the right products for your hair type is imperative to keeping your hair looking healthy.

Cloe said you need to ensure you use the right hair care and the right moisture and protein balance to keep it healthy.

"Try and avoid products with silicone as this might hide the true condition of your hair."

Natalia said that you need to chose the right products in order to protect against breakage.

"When applying focus on the scalp, massage in circular motion and work through hair from root to tips- allow to sit for 1-2 minutes for best results."

She also said that it's important to use a good conditioner to keep hair moisturised.

4. Sort your diet out

Natalia said that a healthy diet not only contributes to the health of your body but also to your hair.

"Protein is vital for a healthy head of hair. Oily fish, chicken, eggs and soy are good sources."

Lisa also added that oily fish was great for healthy hair and also recommended foods rich in vitamin C such as oranges, kiwis, lemons and sweet potato.

"Oxidative damage can result in greying, hair loss and limp hair.

"As we age, oxidative damage increases which is why we need more antioxidants like vitamin C the older we get."

She also hailed vitamin D and said: "Vitamin D deficiency correlates with alopecia, poor immunity (inflammation, illness, etc), calcium metabolism (can be dumped in hair if not metabolised efficiently leading to dry, brittle hair), and it plays a significant role in cell growth."

Vitamin D has been hailed recently as a potential wonder supplement as patients with low levels of the vitamin are more likely to die of Covid-19.

Nutritionist and author, Madeleine Shaw said mushrooms are an easy way of making sure you have enough vitamin D in your system.

"Mushrooms are easily overlooked in the fruit and veg rainbow we’re advised to eat. High in antioxidants, they are commonly overlooked as a significant source of the sunshine vitamin D.

"Vitamin D is key for a normal immune system."

5. Watch out for the sun

Next week we are expected to have temperatures of up to 31C in the UK and the weather during the pandemic has been pleasant for most.

Natalia however warns that while its great to get outside and explore the great outdoors, it's important to remember that the sunshine can also be dangerous for your hair.

"It’s no secret that prolonged sun exposure, UVA and UVB rays can wreak havoc with your hair and are harsh on our delicate hair stands.

"Ensure you use a deep conditioning mask or conditioner to protect the hair shaft and lock in moisture, particularly in the summer months. 

"Throughout the year ensure you use a treatment or hair mask at least one a week to protect against environment and product damage, as well as to strengthen and deeply condition hair."


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