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We are still in the throes of understanding the long-term effects of COVID-19. Some people seem to recover from sickness without any identifiable issues, while others report symptoms and side effects that haven't gone away.
Recently, Alyssa Milano shared that she has been experiencing post-COVID-19 recovery hair loss, an unexpected but common issue. Experiencing hair loss after COVID-19 is not just an anecdotal experience. Studies have identified a condition called telogen effluvium that characterizes hair post-recovery hair loss and typically lasts for six to nine months.
Milano shared her COVID-19 journey and recovery with her followers on both Instagram and Twitter. She specifically detailed and demonstrated her issues with hair loss in a Twitter video in August. In the video, Milano brushes her hair and shows the surplus strands left on the brush after she's done — despite having recovered from COVID-19.
Perhaps in part due to her openness about her experience, one Twitter user asked, "My mom is experiencing a post-COVID-19 hair loss season… wondering if you came across a therapeutic remedy?" The actress and activist responded with three products: "I did. I found that Nutrafol supplements and Nioxin shampoo and conditioner helped tremendously." Besides the accolade from Milano, Nutrafol supplements and Nioxin shampoos and conditioners are bonafide and trusted favorites among shoppers combating hair loss or promoting hair health and growth.
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Nutrafol is an oft-cited celebrity-favorite heavy hitter in the hair supplement category. The supplement contains peptide-rich collagen that strengthens and hydrates hair. There is also ashwagandha to regulate stress hormones that exacerbate hair loss and saw palmetto, which combats DHT, a hormone known to accelerate hair loss.
Nioxin Shampoo & Conditioner
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Nioxin's shampoos, conditioners, and treatments are incredibly effective with minoxidil on board, which shortens your hair's "resting" phase to keep it more frequently engaged in its active growth phase. The stimulant is one of only two FDA-approved hair-growth ingredients (the other is propecia).
Milano didn't specify which of the brand's six systems she uses, but that is a decision better made at your personal discretion, anyways. The systems are categorizations of both hair types and types of hair loss ranging from Stage 1, natural (non-dyed) hair with light thinning, to Stage 6, bleached hair with progressed thinning.