Khloe Kardashian had post-covid hair loss: ‘it was really a struggle’


Female baldness has been a very important topic of conversation this last year. Christina Milian opened up about her postpartum hair loss. Jada Pinkett-Smith recently shaved off her hair because she has been suffering from alopecia the last few years. Gabrielle Union started her own haircare line as she battled tension alopecia from weaves and wigs. Many people have suffered from hair loss due to another culprit, COVID. One of the symptoms of long haul COVID is hair and teeth loss. Khloe Kardashian can attest to this. Khloe contracted COVID back in March 2020 and although she recovered, she experienced hair loss. Khloe opened up about her post-COVID hair loss in a Twitter Space chat where she plugged a new brand she’s representing. Below are a few more highlights via People:

“My hair really fell out with COVID,” Kardashian shared, before noting that her bout with the virus happened around March 2020. “So after, it was really a struggle for a minute.”

The conversation came up while Kardashian was discussing New Zealand-based brand Dose & Co, for which she’s a global spokesperson. According to the Good American designer, taking collagen powder has “helped me so, so much” in stimulating hair growth.

“I do the powder, just because that’s what we had for so long,” she said, “and I take so many vitamins a day, it’s just so easy for me.”

Later in the chat, Kardashian said that her sense of taste and smell was “the only thing that I didn’t lose” when she had COVID.

“But I had everything else — like anything else you can imagine,” she added.

Temporary hair loss is a possible side effect of COVID-19, and a pre-print study from Indiana University found that around 33 percent of patients they surveyed noticed it as a symptom. Hair loss frequently happens due to stress, an effect called telogen effluvium, and severe illnesses like COVID-19 can stress out the body.

[From People]

As someone whose hair started thinning in the front when I was under a crap ton of stress a few years ago, I know how devastating hair loss is. I ended up shaving mine off and felt empowered, but I understand that it is one of the smallest privileges as a Black woman that I have and not everyone would be comfortable to do that. I feel for Khloe. We have watched Khloe struggle with how she looks so I can only imagine how losing her hair has affected her self-esteem. A daily dose of collagen does help strengthen nails and hair. I began using it during my hair loss journey. I then added Jamaican and Haitian castor oils and Chebe oil. My hair is still thin in the front compared to the rest but it is not as bad as it once was. I am also having my hormonal levels checked to see if that is a factor.

I am assuming Khloe was initially using clip ins or wigs so that you couldn’t tell she was losing her hair. I am happy that Khloe is opening up about her hair loss journey. Conversations around female hair loss need to be normalized. I felt so alone in my struggle but now realize how common it is. COVID is brutal and it is not like we need anything else to make us hate this virus, but the fact that hair loss is a possible side effect makes it that much worse. I hope that Khloe is able to to heal her hair and body. I also hope that as we learn more about COVID and its side effects we are able to combat it better.

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  1. SarahCS says:

    I agree, this is a really important topic to normalise. It clearly affects so many women but is rarely discussed. Those who experience it must feel so alone.

    Alongside that, I really can’t with this family. Sultry photos fully dressed (with shoes) in a shower cubicle??? I feel I’m showing my age but I find this so weird.

  2. Southern Fried says:

    boofknhoo. This trick lies every time she flaps her inflated pie hole. Couldn’t possibly be the multitude of hair products and wig wearing that’s damaged her hair.

    • Arpeggi says:

      Yup! Seems like a more likely culprit. And while collagen can help strengthen hair/nails, it can’t make hair grow back.
      Stressed-induced hair loss is an auto-immune response where the immune system is attacking the follicles. If indeed covid causes some hair loss, I’d believe it’d be caused by the immune response as well and would require a similar treatment: localized immune suppressants ie cortisone. But I guess there’s less $$$ to be made in advertisement since it’s a legit medical procedure

    • Amy Too says:

      Or maybe use the hair loss as a way to promote the vaccine. Prevent covid and covid related hair loss rather than trying to sell a bunch of product (with her super altered photos in which she’s wearing wigs and fake hair and extensions so we can’t actually see what the products do or see how much of a difference they make by looking at a true before and after shot). I feel like it’s super shady to try and sell product by touting them as a covid related side effect cure, it seems so cash-grabby trying to market off of the side effects of a preventable illness rather than just try to prevent the illness and the side effects in the first place. Or at least do both.

    • SaySo says:

      Maybe she is lying and maybe she’s not but I know that I had hair and scalp issues after I had covid and it was a nightmare. My scalp was so tender and inflamed that I could not comb it so I just cut most of it off.

    • minx says:

      She’s probably the worst liar of that whole family, which is really an accomplishment. Also, I can’t imagine how much time she spends posing for pictures and then altering them. Endless.

  3. Lucy2 says:

    I sympathize with anyone going through that. It bugs me, however, that she of course used this as an opportunity to shell more stuff. God forbid anyone in this family talk without selling something.

  4. Alice says:

    I also experienced hair loss post covid. Agree that women’s hair loss should be normalized but this is just a product plug. If she showed her hair shedding while brushing (Alyssa Milano did) or any kind of less than perfect photo I might have respect for her sharing this but the air brushing, filters and glam shots arent really helping the subject.

  5. Nilber says:

    My Mom and Dad both had an horrible case of COVID. My Dad passed away Jan 29 and my Mom is still recovering. She almost had bald patches from her hair loss. She was so stressed, panicked and plain afraid at how long symptoms lasted.
    I’m not a huge fan of the Kardashians but this is one topic that needs to be brought up. People don’t realize that just because they are not positive anymore doesn’t mean the symptoms go poof and you are automatically better

    • Chaine says:

      I’m so sorry to hear this disease took your Dad from you. Best wishes for full recovery for your mom.

    • kif says:

      First off – my condolences on the loss of your Dad and I wish your mom the best on her way to recovery. My mom had covid as well and was hospitalised for two weeks. She was discharged Sept. 3 but still uses oxygen every now and then to breathe. The doctor said, it will take months for her and my aunt (who stayed in hospital for almost a month) to fully recover.

      Secondly – please continue to be not a huge fan of the Kardashians. Khloe did not raise the issue to be talked about – if she did she should have talked about it honestly – showed pictures, afterall that is what they do. She is just selling a product. Grifting the public again, so, definitely, no thanks to her. They are soulless ghouls who measure worth in terms of social media followers and the corresponding money it brings them.

    • psl says:

      I hope your Mom feels better soon, and I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad.

      Please do not give Khloe any credit for this, everything this family does is because of an agenda. To make money.

  6. Robyn says:

    I’m losing a concerning amount of hair these days, and it’s especially noticeable at my crown and temples. I try to convince myself that is “just” vanity but it is harrrrrd. I don’t know what to do about it.

    • josephine says:

      It sucks, I’ve been there, which is why I’m annoyed when “celebs” pretend to know the answer. I definitely recommend seeing a dermatologist. Rule out medical conditions that can cause hair loss, and see what a doctor recommends. There are a lot of “miracle” cures out there, and most of us would pay anything to stop hair loss, but the huge majority of cures are a waste of money and that becomes even more demoralizing. Taking blood pressure medication helped me (it’s what Rogaine is derived from).

    • Arpeggi says:

      If you are losing hair, go talk to a dermatologist. There are options, that’ll vary depending on the root cause (and sometime it’s just unlucky genes) but the 1st step is to be checked by a doctor. Hair loss is often distressing but there’s no reason to suffer alone when there are possible treatments

    • SophieJara says:

      I second the dermatologist comment! I lost so much hair a couple years ago I ended up with a mullet. Some things I learned:
      - My dermatologist recommended OTC rogaine or generic. She recommended the men’s formula for everyone.
      - My dermatologist gave me products to cleanse my scalp and stimulate blood flow. I also do more scalp massage now and also use OTC scalp cleansers
      - I use a diluted apple cider vinegar rinse between shampoo and conditioner. Conditioning after means your hair won’t smell like vinegar. The acid helps seal the follicle after it’s opened by shampoo
      - I use a lot of moisturizing hair masks
      - I use products designed for textured hair like silk pillowcases
      - I take prenatal, collagen powder, and two herbal supplements with things like biotin and horsetail
      - But the #1 biggest thing is my hormones. If my thyroid is bad my hair falls out. I recommend asking to get your antibody levels checked if you are doing the TSH test. I don’t get sick at the magic number (4) I get sick at 2. Seeing my antibodies got me under the care of an endocrinologist even though my TSH was normal
      - Estrogen and testosterone are big culprits. I used to have high testosterone as a side effect of an illness (I’m XX) and they fixed the underlying condition. But then my T was low and so now I take T. It thins my hair, but makes orgasms better, so I deal with the hair loss. I think everyone over 30 should get their testosterone and estrogen checked regularly.

    • Audrey says:

      Ladies, I’ve been having issues with my hair thinning as well, especially the front, and I’ve been so self conscious. Last year, an article exposing shampoos that were causing hair falling out was published. These products, a combination of stress and begrudgingly, the aging process, has more than likely contributed to my hair loss. I am using rosemary and saw palmetto oil for regrowth, but I feel that hairmax https://hairmax.com/products/laserband-82-comfortflex?locale=en has significantly improved the thinning of my mane. I’m even seeing results for the comeback of my baby hairs, I love it. It’s pricey, but definitely worth every penny. Costco sold it, so it was cheaper and I was able to use the shampoo and conditioner. Hope this helps out if any one is looking for remedies or preventative measures. Maybe they can sponsor celebitchy 🤔

  7. josephine says:

    It’s just so hard to believe anything these people say. They all seem to miraculously have whatever symptom/problem is trending, and then they just happen to have a great cure for that, which can be yours if you just shell out money to make them even richer.

  8. Chaine says:

    Since this topic is hair loss, has anyone seen the commercial with JLo promoting Minoxodil and claiming to have used it for years?

    • lucy2 says:

      I’ve seen those! They have her hair insanely volumized and curled for the ads, and probably augmented with additional pieces too. And her real hair looks just fine, they should have just done that.

      • Arpeggi says:

        If anything, not pulling her hair so tightly so often would probably help her if she’s losing hair (that being said, she could also use that as a way to hide bald spots… Mine was hidden in the back of my head and covered by the rest of my hair and while I was stressed, it was a relief to think it wasn’t easily visible)

  9. psl says:

    I am sure it had nothing to do with the constant bleaching/extensions and torture her hair has been through for the past decade. I feel horrible for the people who really have this problem from getting Covid.

    This family lies about everything. I cannot stand them! And this one has always been the worst of the lot to me.

  10. Kath says:

    I stopped taking birth control pills as a precaution since my sister got cancer and ever since my hair got really oily and started falling out way more than average.
    I’m taking precautions and went to a dermatologist to try and sort it out. Hopefully it will just be a temporary thing but I’m scared it won’t be. Hair loss really sucks

  11. Audrey says:

    Ladies, I’ve been having issues with my hair thinning as well, especially the front, and I’ve been so self conscious. Last year, an article exposing shampoos that were causing hair falling out was published. These products, a combination of stress and begrudgingly, the aging process, has more than likely contributed to my hair loss. I am using rosemary and saw palmetto oil for regrowth, but I feel that hairmax https://hairmax.com/products/laserband-82-comfortflex?locale=en has significantly improved the thinning of my mane. I’m even seeing results for the comeback of my baby hairs, I love it. It’s pricey, but definitely worth every penny. Costco sold it, so it was cheaper and I was able to use the shampoo and conditioner. Hope this helps out if any one is looking for remedies or preventative measures. Maybe they can sponsor celebitchy 🤔

  12. why? says:

    The Kardashian/Jenner clan will use and exploit anything for attention. The worst part is how the press is constantly falling for their cons. Next week, Kris and Khloe will claim that Khloe is losing hair because of migraines. It would be nice if the press would stop acting like the Kardashian/Jenner clan are victims and giving them credit that they don’t deserve. Khloe is losing hair, but not because of Covid. She is constantly changing her hair color. People would take Khloe’s hair loss more seriously hadn’t she used the moment to plug a product that she is being paid to promote. This is just like the time Khloe was concerned about plastics and the environment and plugged a filtered water product, only to be exposed as a hypocrite because of her and her family’s excessive use of jets, plastic products, and balloons.

  13. Detnow359 says:

    Khloe and crew wear wigs and weaves so whatever but let’s talk about the dark makeup they all use. At first it was only the ones with biracial children but now Kourtney is doing it too. It’s disgusting. Kim, Khloe and Kylie all have their skin appear to match their children. Guess what girls you aren’t black! They do so much to imitate the appearance of black women but the skin color truly crosses the line.

    • Leah says:

      I’ve noticed that, especially in the youngest sister. Why can’t they just be happy with what they have and not try to culturally appropriate a culture that isn’t theirs.

      Those aren’t their natural figures or faces or skin tone (how long until they go completely 100% Al Jolson?).

  14. Leah says:

    Stress and dyeing my hair causes my hair to fall out so maybe it could also be dyeing. I remember final exam weeks in college, my hair would fall out in bunches.

  15. Jensies says:

    Question for Oya, how do you use castor oil?

  16. Joh says:

    How convenient that company that pays her pushes has a product that solves her problem.
    I believe little that she says.