We recently did a chat with Dr. Isfahan Chambers-Harris, brand founder of Alodia Hair Care and a trained bio-medical scientist. During our conversation the question came up about whether the coronavirus (scientifically known as COVID-19) can survive in hair. What she says is we really don't know. What we do know is that hair is often a filter for lots of different environmental debris including, cigarette smoke, campfires, a hot night out at the club, pollution, smog -- you name it.
And many a naturalista can attest to unknowingly passing by a low hanging tree and later realizing they had a stray flower or even a branch that was stuck in their hair for hours.
This is one of the main reasons why we believe washing your hair regularly with a shampoo (not a co-wash) to get it clean is so important. Nationally recognized stylists and bloggers "I Am Black Girl Curls" often talk about how every time you go to the bathroom and flush the toilet -- your hair goes with you. Yep sounds gross.
But we don't say all this to alarm you, we just want you to be aware. Scientists and doctors are still learning new information about how this virus spreads, so we don't know what we don't know. In the meantime some easy precautions are to cover your hair when going into more populated spaces like grocery stores or at work if you're a frontline worker who is working everyday (THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO) And the best strategy in general is, yes we'll say it again - WASH YOUR HAIR!