Yours Magazine

Tracey Walker was featured in Yours Magazine talking about “Shedding light on… hair loss”. Here is an excerpt of the article:

“Have you been noticing more of your hair coming out when you wash it or little piles on the
floor near where you sit? We all experience thinning hair to some degree, but in recent years it’s been on the rise – and while often it is only temporary, it can be seriously upsetting for those affected. Over the past year there’s been a 300 per cent increase in online searches for ‘scalp health’ and purchases of specialist products have rocketed. So what’s behind this silent hair loss crisis and what can we do?

Is hair loss normal?
We shed around 100 hairs a day, which you’ll find in your brush or when you wash your hair in the shower. However, when your body goes through trauma, whether it’s illness, stress, or gut health issues, it responds as though it’s under attack and diverts its energies away from non-essential tissue production, such as hair. Figures show that a quarter of people who get Covid report temporary hair loss, with women more likely to be affected. “I’ve seen quite a few Covid hair loss cases over the past year,” confirms trichologist Tracey Walker. This is down to a condition called telogen effluvium, which can be triggered after a sickness or infection. “Telogen is the resting stage of the hair cycle and effluvium means heavy shedding,” Tracey says. “With telogen effluvium. hair loss will generally happen two to four months later. But the hair loss we’re seeing post-Covid is between one and three months and generally acute, which means it’s short, sharp and dramatic.”

Telogen effluvium is termed as a reflective hair loss, as it happens two to four months after the triggering event. “We normally lose about 40 to 100 hairs a day often without noticing, but if we have an illness, it triggers the hair