Khloé Kardashian Opens Up About Her Post-COVID Hair Loss

Khloé Kardashian’s experience with COVID-19 feels like a lifetime ago. Her diagnosis was very early on in the pandemic —March of 2020 — a scary time for everyone in the entire world, even more so for those directly affected.
“At the time, COVID was new a new thing,” Kardashian recollects during our recent Zoom call. We’re in the virtual meeting to discuss Dose & Co, a collagen supplement company that now counts the reality-show star as its spokesperson. Today, October 13, Dose & Co is releasing a new variety of collagen supplement: Marine Collagen, which Kardashian says “is basically the exact same thing as the Pure Collagen we already produce, but for a wider range of people, like vegans and pescatarians, who can’t take bovine collagen.”
Kardashian says she takes both, the Pure and the new Marine collagen, and the daily routine helped her though hair loss she experience after getting COVID. Immediately, the mention of COVID feels too familiar. I myself had just recovered from a breakthrough case, and Kardashian was more than willing to swap symptom stories.
“When I got COVID, I actually lost a great deal of my hair,” Kardashian explains, describing the hair loss as late-onset. “It happened in chunks, and it was like two or three weeks after I had COVID. I was really bummed — you don’t feel good about yourself. A couple months after, my doctor, who is a great friend of mine, was like, ‘You know what, I’ve seen so many women, specifically, who have lost a lot of hair and they think it’s because of COVID.'”
American Academy of Dermatology confirms that we now have significant evidence to support the claim that COVID survivors may experience hair loss. According to board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Annie Chiu, this is due to something called “acute telogen effluvium,” which happens at the cellular level when there’s a shock to the body, like a fever. “The virus pushes growing anagen hairs into telogen, so you will see prominent hair loss in a short amount of time,” Dr. Chiu explains.
For Kardashian, the shedding was a short-term problem. Today, she says, her hair feels strong again, even after dyeing it platinum blonde. “It’s interesting that a year and a half later, I’ve seen such a difference in my hair,” she says. “The growth, the thickness, the fact that I’m able to bleach it — it’s amazing.”