Pandemic Hair Loss: What Gives?

It’s been almost 2 years since the Covid-19 pandemic started. It’s no surprise that it has affected stress levels worldwide. Huge life changes as well as changes in health take a toll on our lives, there’s no questioning that. The fact that stress can so tangibly manifest itself in our body, though, is becoming clearer and clearer in the world of medicine. (Hence, this blog!)

So, what’s the effect that stress has on our hair? Is the pandemic causing hair loss for men and women around the world? Is it exacerbating the hair loss we already experience?


Let me give you a brief recap of the hair cycle

Our hair growth cycle has four stages. The first is the anagen phase (i.e. when your hair grows from the root; the most active of the stages).

The second is the catagen phase (i.e. the transitional period, when the anagen phase ends and the hair detaches from the blood supply which helped it grow originally).

The third phase is the telogen phase, when the hair follicle no longer actively grows, but simply rests and slowly shrinks until it’s ready to come out of the follicle.

The fourth and final phase is the exogen phase, which is simply when the hair is released from the follicle and the anagen phase can begin yet again!

Image sourced from this article[1] about hormones and hair loss.

One last important thing to note about the hair cycle is that all of our hairs are NOT on the same schedule. Each one of our follicles (where the hair grows) is on its own independent schedule—or else all of our hairs would grow in at once and fall out at once! This is why you notice 50-100 hairs a day that you lose when brushing your hair, or sometimes by the shower drain.

Let’s talk about stress and its impact on hair loss

Stress is something that can impact our hair cycle. Just last year, a study[2] published in the National Library of Medicine led by Dr. Ya-Chieh Hsu of Harvard University concluded that stress indeed inhibits hair growth.

When they studied the effects of stress on mice, they noted that increased periods of stress actually kept hair in the third cycle of hair growth (the telogen phase, when hair no longer grows—simply rests). Conversely, when the mice were no longer experiencing stress, the hair growth cycle continued as normal. What we can conclude is this:

Stress can cause your hair to remain in the telogen (resting) phase for extended periods, inhibiting normal and regular hair growth. 

We can now see why so many people during 2020 and 2021 experienced what we’re calling pandemic hair loss. Witnessing a global pandemic, political unrest, supply chain issues, and dealing with job insecurity and/or losing loved ones due to Covid, it is no surprise that these factors can take a toll on the health of not only our mental health, but also our physical health. We have seen this with an influx of clients in our studios stating increased stress in their lives.

So, what are some ways to keep your stress levels lower?

It’s important to take care of ourselves, not only during a pandemic, but as often as we can. Balancing our stress levels is critical to staying as healthy as we can be. We may have different ideas of de-stressing—some may exercise, others may cook, sleep, meet with friends, take a nice bath, or do something artistic like painting. Here’s an article[3] published in the NIH (News in Health) which shows us some scientifically-proven ways to de-stress.

What are some ways that you can use alternative hair solutions when suffering with hair loss?

And what do you do if you’re experiencing pandemic hair loss? As mentioned above, it’s important to take care of yourself and try various methods of de-stressing. Everyone deals with stress differently, so we highly recommend you try various activities to see what works best for you.

As far as what to do aesthetically while you’re working on restoring your hair, you can consider alternative hair solutions, such as wigs, extensions, or hair pieces in order to keep your self-confidence up.

There are topical hair products as well which help minimize the shedding of your hair when going through a stressful period in life.


Your hair is one of the first things someone sees when they interact with you, so it’s no surprise that feeling self-conscious about thinning hair can affect how you interact with the world around you. We all know what it feels like when our hair is not looking its best. 

STRUT Hair Solutions was created with the intent of restoring women’s self-confidence by making them feel comfortable in their own skin again thanks to beautiful hair.  We know what it’s like to not want to date until your hair looks good, or to dodge family/friends photo opts because you don’t like your hair. We are here to help you and show you different solutions to fit your unique needs.

We’d love to get you strutting your hair with us.

Love,

Helena

[1] https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21155342

[2] https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03417-2

[3] https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2021/01/feeling-stressed


Breast Cancer Awareness Month … Show You Care, Wear Pink Hair!

Did you know that 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime? This month is a time to come together, to raise awareness and promote early detection.

How to Wear Wigs and Make them Look Real

Perhaps you know exactly which wig you desire, but you’re not so sure how to wear it so that it looks natural. I want to share some tips and tricks that will make your wig look like it’s growing out of your own scalp, so you can look and feel confident!

Tips for Everyday Wig Wearing

Whether you have a wig that has synthetic or human hair or wigs of varying lengths, you can take action to ensure its maintenance and style is preserved. Let’s go over some simple yet crucial tips for everyday wig wearing.

How to Get More Volume with Fine Hair

Gaining more volume with fine hair may be a challenge if your hair is naturally thin and flat. With little hair to work with, you may not be able to achieve the style you desire.

Klix Hair Extensions: Everything You Need to Know

Klix Hair Extensions are the solution to all your extension needs. Despite their name, they are not actually the ultra-popular clip-in extensions that you are probably picturing. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about Klix Hair Extensions.

How to Defrizz a Synthetic Wig

Knowing how to defrizz a synthetic wig will increase the lifetime of your wig and keep those locks looking beautiful every time you wear it.

Hair Toppers Before and After

Let’s take a look at the difference between hair toppers before and after. Hair toppers are a great option for women looking to beat hair loss and thinning, and regain confidence.

8 Misconceptions About Wigs and Hair Pieces

Using a wig or hair piece is a great way to get a natural-looking solution to hair loss. They also come in different styles, colors and lengths. This allows you to try out tons of different new hair styles before making an investment in a high quality wig or making permanent changes to your natural hair.

Wigs can get a bad rap because they are considered too expensive, fake looking, or uncomfortable. But a lot of the rumors about wigs aren’t true… at least for professionally designed and styled wigs. Here’s 8 misconceptions about wigs and hair pieces.

1. Wigs Are Uncomfortable and Hot

One of the big wig misconceptions is that they are itchy because they do not breath, and they are heavy on the head. Nowadays, wigs are made so differently then previously. The material used is highly breathable, This makes them much cooler and easier to wear for a whole day.

Monofilament materials are used to make the high quality wigs and hairpieces. These materials not only have a very natural look to them, but they are also designed for comfort. With monofilament wigs, hair is individually stitched into the elastic-type material. It is constructed into thin strips so it stays very cool and comfortable. If there is sensitivity on your scalp, then perhaps wearing a wig cap under the wig might be useful. Always consider the quality of the wig. Of course the higher quality, then the more comfortable it should be.

2. Will My Wig or Hair Piece Fall Off?

One fear that many people who wear wigs have is the fear they will fall off, or become lop-sided. There are several different accessories that you can buy to make sure these things do not happen. Wig clips and wig tapes can help achieve this security. Of course, it is always helpful to ask an expert about what might be the best thing to use.

3. A Wig Will Damage My Natural Hair

Wearing a wig and covering your natural hair will not hinder it from growing. Whether you have long or short hair, a properly applied wig will not damage your natural hair.

There are times when people might wear a wig due to medical treatments that cause them to lose their hair. Chemotherapy is one of those treatments that can do this. Many women wear wigs or head scarfs while their going through this, and during the time the hair is growing out. Some people believe that this will inhibit the growth of the hair. This is a myth. Therefore it is perfectly safe for future hair growth to wear a wig or hair piece during this time to not only protect the scalp from the elements, but also, enable you to recover with confidence!

4. Wigs Look Fake

Past wigs and hairpieces have always had a fake look about them. It is normal for people to fear that nowadays they also look fake. They have been conditioned through past experience to feel that way. Now they are made so much better then previously, that wearers can wear them with confidence and feel they are flattering, rather then a dead giveaway as to what they actually are.

Remy hair is designed with the natural alignment with hair cuticles on the scalp and are the most realistic of all wigs.

Wigs with a Lace Front give a very natural looking hairline. Also, those made with a monofilament top allow for the parting of the hair to look like the natural scalp due to the way they are constructed.

5. A Wig is Difficult to Care For

Many people feel that wigs are hard to take care of. They are just as easy, and possibly easier, then looking after your own hair. Different products and processes are needed then with real hair, but it is easy and wigs and hair pieces should contain appropriate instructions on how to care for them when you buy the product. If they do not, just make sure to ask. Remember, you can always take your wig to us for professional wig refurbishing services.

6. Wigs are Hard to Put On

With the correct fitting, wigs can be quite easy to put on. Many people have concerns that they are difficult to put on the head correctly. After they have been worn once, then there may be a need for some adjustments. However, after this has been done, they should easily slip on with little trouble.

7. Wigs Aren’t Versatile and Can’t Be styled

The idea that wigs are not versatile is completely false. They come in numerous styles, so it is easy to find what you are looking for. Also, they can be styled in any way you want, especially those made with human hair or synthetic materials that allow heat, such as a curling iron or heated curlers. As noted before, when they are made of monofilament caps, then the part can be changed, and with the lace front, the hairline is natural enough that the hair can be pulled back to create a different style.

8. Human Hair Wigs Are Better Than Synthetic Wigs

Many people also feel that human hair wigs are better than synthetic wigs. With the new technology, this is no longer the case. The new materials used can be styled effectively, and many times they are pre-styled, and may require less effort then styling the human hair wigs.

Wigs and hair pieces can be a great accessory for your daily fashion needs. They can save you time in a pinch, and can also give you the opportunity of having a new look that is not permanent. Many concerns that people have about them are unfounded and no longer need to be a concern with the new technologies found in wig manufacturing.

So if you decide to get a wig or a hair piece, be careful about where you go. Go where the experts are. Strut Hair Solutions is just such a place. They offer walk-in services if a stylist is available to assist. They also offer solutions for those with hair that is thinning or damaged. For those needing a little more privacy, they accept private appointments and offer private fitting rooms. As far as cost, they offer solutions that can work with any budget. For people with medical issues, they are also a good choice since they specialize in chemotherapy, alopecia and trichotillomania solutions. Trust them with all your wig and hair piece needs and walk away feeling good about your experience.

How to Rock a Jon Renau Topper

Jon Renau is known for making gorgeous hair toppers that can completely transform the appearance of your hair. Whether you’re starting to experience hair loss or are just looking for a way to add extra volume, you can totally rock a Jon Renau topper as part of your style.

Why Women Wear Toppers

A topper is a type of hair enhancer that adds volume and body to the top of your head. Toppers are usually used to cover thinning patches of hair, but anyone can wear them to change their hairstyle for a day.

Hair toppers have significant advantages over other hair enhancement methods. They’re simple and easy to use, and they blend in seamlessly with your natural hairstyle.

  • Light and breathable – Since toppers only cover a portion of your head, they’re significantly more comfortable than traditional wigs.

  • Can be worn in a ponytail or updo – Many wigs can’t be styled in a full updo without exposing the net underneath. Toppers are designed to avoid this problem, so you can style away.

  • Works with your natural hair – Toppers add volume to your hair, but they don’t completely cover the beautiful tresses underneath.

How Toppers Work

Toppers clip onto your natural hair. The number of clips depends on the size of the topper, but you can usually expect four to six well-placed clips.

A topper is much easier to put on than a wig. You don’t need to use glue, but some women prefer to use a small dot to keep large toppers in place throughout the day.

Toppers don’t cover all of your natural hair; this leaves many different style options open to you. You can brush your natural hair over the topper’s hairline or combine your tresses in a beautiful updo. Once it’s clipped on, the topper looks and acts just like real hair.

Toppers aren’t wigs, but they do need a similar amount of maintenance. You’ll need to wash your new hair at least once a week with the correct products to maintain its texture and shine. The toppers Jon Renau makes are made from Remy human hair, so they look and feel exactly like the real thing.

Which Topper is Right for You?

The first thing you should consider is the size of topper that you need. We carry hair toppers as small as two by four inches and as large as eight by nine inches. Jon Renau toppers are available in a wide variety of shapes and styles; you can choose a topper that just covers your hairline, or you can find a larger topper that gives extreme body to your hair. Come by our salon for a consultation, and we’ll recommend the right topper size to get you started.

If you’re only experiencing mild thinning, consider Reneau’s easiPart topper line. These smaller toppers are easy to apply and style; anyone can wear them for an instant volume boost.

When you’re looking for more coverage and extra hair to style, check out the Top Form line. You can find these toppers in various lengths to suit your preferred hairstyle.

Once you’ve picked a topper model that you like, it’s time to select the right length, style, and color for your new hair enhancer. You can choose something that perfectly matches your natural hair, or you can try something completely new. Some women own multiple toppers so that they can change their hairstyle on a daily basis.

Get Your Topper Styled

After your Jon Renau topper arrives, bring it into Strut Hair Solutions for a styling session. We’ll help you learn to style your topper, and we might even make a few changes to help it blend in perfectly with your natural hair.

New hair enhancers may need a little work to blend in with your existing style. We can dye the topper to match your hair color, add layers for extra volume, or even just trim off an inch to make sure everything is the same length.

We’ll also teach you how to take care of your new hair. Artificial hair and Remy hair both need to be cleaned regularly. We’ll show you how to style your hair without damaging it, and we might even recommend a few updos that look amazing on you.

If your topper stars to wear out, bring it in so we can take a look; you’ll be surprised at how easily we can breathe life into a topper that you thought was done for.

How to Blend a Topper with Your Natural Hairline

Everyone styles their hair differently, but there are a few tricks you can use to help your topper and your hair blend in seamlessly.

  1. Start by styling your natural hair. Once the topper is on, you’ll be working with your hair as a whole

  2. Next, decide if you want to use hairline concealer. This product can darken your hairline and help create a blended visual effect.

  3. You may want to pre-style your topper on a canvas block head before you put it on. This is especially helpful for curling or straightening the back of your hair.

  4. Clip the topper onto your natural hair. Be gentle, as you don’t want to apply too much tension to the strands that it’s clipped onto.

  5. Using a brush or a comb, blend your topper in with the rest of your hair. You can style with a flat iron, use hairspray, and otherwise treat the topper like it’s a normal part of your hairdo.

Watch this styling guide by John Reneau to see how they get the looks in their catalog. You might also enjoy this short video tutorial by Kim Dubs on how to blend the topper with your natural hairline.

Stepping Out in Style

You might feel nervous about wearing your topper out in public for the first time. Don’t be! You look beautiful and amazing, and the rest of the world is going to notice. You might hear compliments about how great your hair looks, or you’ll just notice a few more smiles than normal. Enjoy the attention; you deserve it.

At Strut Hair Solutions, we know how hard it can be if you start to experience hair loss, no matter how mild. Everyone deserves to look as amazing on the outside as they are on the inside. Reach out to us for a free consultation, and we’ll help find the best option for you and your hair.