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In terms of ‘banter’, hair loss tends to be one of the go-to subjects – and from a surprisingly young age.

A primary school teacher in Los Angeles recently shared a ‘Burn Book’ she discovered some of her pupils had put together. It included examples of how to ‘roast’. The very first extract listed under Rule 1 – ‘Do not roast someone if you are ugly’ – was, ‘Example: ‘”Boy yo hairline look like a rainbow” – That’s a no no if you don’t have a hairline’. Although the children’s ages are not provided, they would be between 5 and 10 years old.

Whilst the Burn Book also includes the advice, “…don’t get mad and want to fight. Roasting is just a fun game but also can be taken too far”, it is easy to see how this type of unkind behaviour can become normalised – and even develop further. Something which Premiership footballer Jonjo Shelvey is currently dealing with on a much larger scale.

Jonjo Shelvey footballerOpposition fans’ hair loss taunts

Shelvey was born with the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata. This caused patchy hair loss on his scalp when he was a child, and developed into complete baldness. It is unclear whether the Essex boy, who went on to lose his eyelashes and eyebrows too, has Alopecia Totalis or Alopecia Universalis. Totalis causes total hair loss from the head, including facial hair, whilst Universalis leads to complete baldness with no hair on the head or body.

Most footballers are, at some point, the subject of chants from opposition fans. Since appearing in an advert for some anti-dandruff shampoo, England and West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart was on the receiving end of chants such as “‘Flaky, give us a wave, flaky flaky give us a wave” and “He’s got a dry scalp, he’s got a dry sca-alp, Joe Hart – he’s got a dry scalp”. But not all chants are as good humoured.

The FA found Shelvey guilty of making racist comments to Wolves players in December 2016 – a charge the midfielder still disputes. Since then the abuse he has been receiving – specifically targeting his autoimmune hair loss – is said to have worsened significantly.

‘If I had said it then I would have deserved every punishment I got, but I didn’t say it,’ Shelvey told the Daily Mail in an interview about the insults being levelled at him.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot recently spoke out about the abuse his teammate receives from opposition fans, which is centred on his baldness.

‘Jonjo gets abuse from all the away fans every time because of a condition he’s got. Everybody laughs about it because he’s Jonjo and he’s a white lad or bald skinhead. But he’s not, he’s got alopecia and it’s a condition,’ he told local Newcastle newspaper, The Chronicle.

‘And it does get to him (abuse). I’m not saying it gets to him badly. But what you have to realise is that he’s still a young man and he handles the pressure really well… He gets abuse everywhere he goes.’

Shelvey, who decided to start psychological counselling for anger management earlier this year, told the Daily Mail, ‘It was unusual to see a bald nine-year-old so I would play football in hats. But over time I realised I had to get over it. I realised that you are what you are and if I have alopecia then so what? Deal with it. That was the attitude I took.’

‘With the upbringing I have, my dad and grandad would just say: “F**k it. Who cares what people think about you?”… I think that’s where I have got that streak from. That’s what I have become.’

‘I am not tough in terms of fighting and stuff but I think I am quite mentally strong and it all goes back to that.’

Charlie Villanueva Basketball Player Sportsman Bald Alopecia Areata UniversalisNot alone in receiving baldness abuse

Jonjo Shelvey is not the only high profile alopecian to experience name-calling taunts centred around his hairloss.

American basketball star, Charlie Villanueva is an ambassador for Alopecia Areata, working closely with hair loss charities in the US to help children in particular come to terms with going bald so unexpectedly.

Whilst Alopecia Areata treatment can be effective in people aged 16 and over who have the scalp-only phenotype, children with this condition and both adults and children with Totalis or Universalis currently have extremely limited and ineffective treatment options. This lack of hope can make hair loss especially difficult for children to deal with given the lack of widespread alopecia awareness, coupled with typical naïve playground behaviours.

The inspirational New Yorker, who is making a movie about his life, recounted his story of growing up without any hair in an open letter to his childhood bullies. He also spoke out against a Boston Celtics player who hurled on-court abuse, allegedly calling him a ‘cancer patient. Being mislabelled as having cancer is something many people with autoimmune baldness have said they identify with.

The extreme types of autoimmune alopecia both sportsmen have is not currently treatable. However, research into potentially promising treatments for Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis is making rapid progress. The first medications – one topical and one oral -are thought to be close to release, assuming all necessary safety and efficacy requirements are met and the drugs receive the necessary MHRA and FDA approvals. These drugs are still in the clinical testing phase and are not yet available [October 2017] but updates are recorded as soon as they become available on Belgravia’s hair loss blog.

In the meantime, the visibility of sporting heroes, actors and other notable public figures with alopecia, especially those who work with the community to actively promote alopecia awareness, is incredibly important. This, along with the work of supportive charities such as Alopecia UK, the Little Princess Trust and Hero by LPT in the United Kingdom and the NAAF in the USA, helps those affected to feel like they are not alone and that not having any hair should not stop them from chasing their goals.


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The risks of developing breast cancer – treatment for which often causes hair loss – appear to be linked to frequent use of hair dye.

The new findings by London surgeon Kefah Mokbel correlate with a previous study by the Finnish Cancer Registry which also observed a possible connection.

While neither set of results are sufficiently strong enough to confirm a true cause and effect relationship, they do suggest that sensible precautions when it comes to dying your hair may be a good idea.

Hair Dye bleaching overdying PPDRise of 14 per cent

According to The Sunday Times, Professor Mokbel –  who is based at the Princess Grace Hospital in London –  found in his study that women who colour their hair have a 14% rise in rates of breast-cancer.

The professor says that he finds the fact that the industry recommends women should dye their hair every four to six weeks somewhat concerning. Instead, he advises that women reduce their exposure to synthetic hair dyes to two to six times per year.

Writing of his findings on Twitter, he further states that it would be preferable to choose hair dyes that contained the minimum concentration of aromatic amines such as paraphenylenediamine, more commonly known as PPD.

Importantly, however, he does come up short of stating that hair dye itself is to blame for causing cancer. “Further research is required to clarify the relationship between hair dyes and breast cancer risk in order to better inform women,” he states.

PPD in hair dyes has been the subject of controversy for several years now, and one of the most memorable incidents involved Wembley-based Marina Williamson who said that she was “hours away from death” after suffering a severe reaction to PPD in a L’Oreal home hair dye that she was using.

A lawyer from the States, meanwhile, began a petition against the chemical’s use in the beauty industry way back in 2011 when he claimed to represent several clients who had experienced adverse side-effects from PPD in home hair dye kits.

In April 2017 American formulations of certain men’s hair dyes containing lead acetate were linked to hairloss as well as a number of health issues. These ranged from gastrointestinal or liver toxicity to cancer. Lead acetate is banned from being used in beauty products within the European Union due to health concerns, but is currently permitted in the USA. It is important for people to be aware of the different country-specific regulations so that they know to check for such ingredients, especially when shopping on the internet when products may be shipped from abroad.

Healthy Hair Cuticle

Healthy Hair Cuticle

Common in darker dyes

PPD is especially common in darker hair dyes, so it pays to be vigilant as it can provoke the body’s immune system and cause a sore, itchy scalp, neck, shoulders, eyelids and ears. Hair loss may be an issue, too, as irritated follicles can shed hair prematurely and thus cause thinning hair. Another possibility is a condition named Telogen Effluvium, which results in all-over thinning. There is treatment for Telogen Effluvium, though in many cases people’s hair regrows naturally around six months after the shedding is triggered.

Powerful chemical dyes can, in extreme cases, burn the scalp, leading to something called Chemical Trauma. If these are surface burns then specialist hair loss treatment may be possible, though for more acute burns where the follicles are destroyed, the hair loss will generally be permanent.

In less severe cases, these dyes can lead to weakened, damaged hair, as can any chemicals used on the hair including hair relaxers and peroxide bleach, causing it to become brittle and liable to snap anywhere along the shaft.

Hair Cuticle Damaged By Colouring

Hair Cuticle Damaged By Colouring

While hair breakage is not a hair loss condition per se, it can certainly give hair a thin, dull and frizzy appearance. This can often be managed with a good haircut, conditioning treatments and, some people also like to help maximise their hair’s potential through taking a food supplement such as Belgravia’s premium hair growth supplement Hair Vitalics.

When possible, natural herbal dyes are generally preferable to chemicals and indeed Professor Mokbel tweets that it is reasonable to assume that hair dyes that consist of natural ingredients such as rose hip and rhubarb would be safe. A patch test is always recommended before applying any type of colour to the hair, whether it is a home hair dye kit being used or a professional salon colouring session.

While no one wants to damage or lose their hair as a result of dyeing it, the suggestion that there might be some sort of correlation between excessive use of strong dyes and cancer is obviously far more troubling. One of the most distressing aspects of cancer treatment is frequently named as the almost inevitable hair loss that ensues. While this can sometimes be minimised by wearing a scalp-cooling device called a cold cap during chemotherapy to inhibit the drugs from reaching the hair follicles, success is not guaranteed.


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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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People whose hair loss has been caused by the all over thinning condition Telogen Effluvium (TE) sometimes find that the clues as to why they have been affected all point to iron deficiency anaemia.

There are a whole host of reasons why somebody may start shedding hair to Telogen Effluvium – a change in medication, stress and extreme diets are amongst them – and anaemia can be one of the most difficult to pin down, largely because it is so under-diagnosed.

Now, however, a new device created by mechanical engineering researchers at the University of Washington may make pinpointing iron-related anaemia far simpler.

Anaemia Steak red meat food eating nutrition ironQuarter of the world suffers from anaemia

There are various different forms of anaemia; all involve a lack of haemoglobin in the blood or a person having fewer red blood cells than normal. This particular research relates to iron-deficiency anaemia which is the type most people mean when referring simply to ‘anaemia’.

According to the university’s website, the researchers have developed a device that is smaller than a toaster which can detect the level of haemoglobin in blood samples using something called optical absorbance. Given that around a quarter of the world suffers from anaemia, a device such as this which improves on the existing – rather complex – techniques for spotting anaemia is much-needed.

For anaemics whose diffuse hair thinning has been initiated by their condition, a simple diagnosis would enable them to take the necessary steps to address any iron deficiencies. This, in turn, should help their hairloss to subside due to the biological stress the untreated illness was placing on their system subsiding.

TE is a temporary condition which predominantly affects women; similarly, anaemia is also more common in women, particularly those of child bearing age due to blood loss during menstruation. Both issues can, however, also present in men.

When TE becomes noticeable it may seem as if the onset it sudden, though this is generally not the case. Once the hairloss has been triggered it takes around three months for the shedding – which occurs from the entire scalp – to start. It will then tend to last for around six months and clear up of its own accord if the underlying cause is dealt with – in this case, if the anaemia is identified and treated. In cases where the cause of the condition remains unchecked, it could become chronic, which lasts for more than six months but is still temporary. In both instances hair loss treatment is possible to help speed up regrowth.

Dealing with anaemic hair loss

If anaemia is identified as the cause of Telogen Effluvium, then by correcting iron intake and seeking out professional help from hair loss experts it should mean that scalps make a full recovery within a reasonably short time-frame. Although shedding a little more hair than normal may not sound that significant, it is possible to lose 50 per cent in hair density, or more in some cases.

It is also worth pointing out that Telogen Effluvium can sometimes exacerbate the conditions male pattern baldness – which affects the top of the scalp often causing defined areas of thinning at the crown and along the vertex, as well as a receding hairline, and can lead to baldness – and female pattern hair loss – which can cause severely thinning hair across the top of the scalp and hairline, particularly at the temples though rarely leads to baldness – in people with a genetic predisposition.

The Belgravia Centre london clinic Womens hairloss treatmentFor those with this predisposition who have not get developed signs of pattern hair loss, it is possible for a bout of Telogen Effluvium or Chronic Telogen Effluvium to bring about its premature onset. This is why it can be wise to seek help from a specialist hair loss clinic upon noticing any unusual and prolonged shedding.

A tailored Telogen Effluvium treatment course can help to accelerate the regrowth process and, at Belgravia, this usually involves the use of topically-applied solutions of high strength minoxidil. The exact scientific reason why minoxidil promotes hair regrowth is not fully understood, but many experts believe that it may be due to the drug dilating the blood vessels around follicles, thus increasing the flow of blood and nutrients to the treated area. It has also been suggested that minoxidil opens up potassium channels in the scalp to encourage hair growth.

Treatment courses may also comprise additional hair growth boosters appropriate to the individual client, including the home-use Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) device, the LaserComb, which is combed through the hair every week to help stimulate the follicles. Belgravia’s exclusive Hair Vitalics hair growth food supplements for , are also incredibly popular and come in separate formulations for men and for women, as their needs differ slightly. Each also contains unique ingredients designed to lower levels of the genetic-hair loss-causing hormone, DHT, as well as key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanicals identified by Belgravia’s hair experts as being beneficial to healthy hair growth, making them highly targeted and far superior to regular vitamin tablets in this respect. 

Neither Hair Vitalics for Men nor Hair Vitalics for Women contain iron; they do, however, contain vitamin C which can increase the body’s iron absorption. Good food sources of iron which can easily be incorporated into a balanced diet include red meat, pork, poultry and seafood, whilst vegetarians and vegans can stock up via dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale, as well as dried fruits, beans and fortified cereals. Iron is one of a number of nutrients that it is important to keep in check as too little or too much can have repercussions including hair loss.


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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

alert male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 16 10 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mr Z, pictured, is thrilled with the results of his treatment to date. Lots of new growth can be seen in the thinning areas at month 11.

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Popular British comedy actor Matt Lucas has discussed his extreme hair loss in a pivotal chapter of his new autobiography.

The Little Britain star’s forthcoming memoir is likely to be a must-read for anybody with the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata or any of its related conditions. These include Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis, and it is the latter condition which has affected Lucas from a very young age.

In an extract from his book which is printed in the Guardian, the actor talks about how his early years were blighted by eczema, asthma and hay fever. Though a funny and inquisitive boy, he felt forever side-lined when it came to anything that required physical activity.

Matt Lucas Little MeKnocked down by car

As he has previously discussed, it was a holiday to Portugal with his parents and his brother that would ultimately come to shape his childhood. Writing in the Guardian he says: “One day (in Portugal), while we were walking along the street, I got separated from my family. Eventually, I spotted them, on the other side, waving anxiously at me. I stepped off the curb, into the road, and was knocked down by a car. At school I recounted the story to my friends and teachers. I enjoyed the drama of it. My father, coming to my rescue. Me, the survivor.”

However, two years later in 1980 when Lucas was six, his hair started to fall out. During the summer holidays, he lost it all and while initially he wasn’t that concerned about the change – largely because he had never much liked his hairstyle anyway – he quickly came to find that his total baldness defined him.

“Suddenly, everything and anything else that I was was eclipsed by the fact that I was the little boy in town with absolutely no hair,” writes Lucas. This was a sensation that would linger for the remainder of his youth.

Doctors, he says, came to the conclusion that his dramatic hair fall was a delayed response to the shock of being knocked down in Portugal. They assured the youngster that his hair was likely to grow back soon – and indeed it did, albeit much more wispily than before. And then it fell out again.

Lucas’ account of his childhood is a heart-breaking reminder of how hard it must be for any youngster who has to go through childhood feeling different to everyone else. His baldness, he says, was a source of amusement, sympathy and revulsion for everyone. Older children even told him that he had leukaemia and that he would die. There were frequent cries of “Baldy!” or “Slaphead!”.

“I was never allowed to forget for one moment that I was bald,” he says. “If I went swimming or to the cinema or went to the shop or simply walked down the street, adults and children stared at me.”

Desperately seeking medical help

In an attempt to try and get his hair to grow back Lucas reveals that his family would travel to central London with him to meet specialists on a regular basis. Nothing worked – though it seems like the family were happy to try everything, including acupuncture, of which Lucas recalls: “I don’t know anybody who enjoys having needles stuck into them and I was quite relieved when we stopped going.”

Next came the wig incident: obviously keen for their son to “blend in” at high school, his concerned parents suggested that a wig might help. The actor, however, remembers this as a disastrous experiment which was quickly ditched. Not only did a bigger boy yank it off in the playground the first day he wore it, but Lucas quickly found the wig hot and uncomfortable to wear. He also questions the wisdom of trying to hide the person he had come to accept; by the time he was ready for high school he had figured out jokey responses and/or cutting retorts depending on his mood. However, he does admit that in his heart he still wanted to be just like everybody else.

Duncan Goodhew Matt Lucas

Matt Lucas (right) meets his childhood hero, former Olympic swimmer Duncan Goodhew (left) on the BBC’s The One Show

The actor writes that many years later – well into adulthood – he was talking to a doctor about his hairloss and was told that the car accident might not have been the cause of his Alopecia Universalis. The doctor asked Lucas if he had asthma, eczema, hay fever or allergies – to which the comedian replied that he had all of them.

The doctor suggested that Lucas actually had an overactive immune system which was constantly looking for things to battle. He put forward the theory that this was why his body had rejected his hair.

Earlier this month, Lucas appeared on The One Show where his hair loss was openly discussed and the actor talked about how, as a boy, he would often mention Duncan Goodhew when people asked him why he had lost his hair. “People used to say (to Goodhew): ‘Why did your hair fall out?’ And he used to say, ‘I fell out of a tree,’” Lucas said. The actor then added that he would say: “You know Duncan Goodhew fell out of a tree? Well it was my head he landed on. The shock made my hair fall out.”

Presenter Alex Jones then hit Lucas with a surprise by calling in the legendary British swimmer from backstage. It was the first time that the two men had ever met and it was unquestionably an emotional moment for Lucas. “You meant so much for me growing up and you gave me such courage, so thank you very much,” he said, visibly moved.

Alopecia Areata can be treated in some cases

Unfortunately, science hasn’t moved on much in the field of Alopecia Universalis treatment since Lucas was a boy. Unlike Alopecia Areata treatment, which is commonly overseen by the hair loss experts at Belgravia when people present with the scalp-only patchy version, treatment options for the more extreme forms of autoimmune alopecia remain largely unsatisfactory.

However, significant breakthroughs in the US in particular have opened an important crack in the door in terms of potential future treatment options. The buzzword in the industry is “JAK inhibitors” – a collection of existing drugs designed to treat a multitude of conditions that are showing great promise as potential treatments for Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis, too. If long-term safety and efficacy can be proven and, in turn, medical clearance granted, then future generations of young Matt Lucases may one day be spared the rigours of being “the bald child” at school.


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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

alert female pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 16 10 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Ms M, pictured, is very happy with the results of her treatment to date saying “Would recommend to all my friends and family who are facing the same hair problems.”

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Maria Fowler and Kelvin BateyIn what could well be a UK first, celebrity couple Maria Fowler and her champion BMX-racing boyfriend Kelvin Batey have taken steps to deal with their hair loss issues by having his ‘n’ her transplants.

The pair signed up for the procedure at one of the UK’s many hair restoration clinics – where operations often cost in excess of £5,000 – and it appears that they underwent hair transplant surgery at roughly the same time. Both Batey and the former TOWIE star went in with the same goal: each wanted to restore their hairline, though the underlying causes of their thinning edges are quite different.

Genetics, hairstyles and hair loss

Men who find that they have a receding hairline can almost always blame the genetic condition Male Pattern Baldness, an extremely common hair loss condition that can strike any time following puberty, though it becomes more likely with each passing decade. Not every man is susceptible to male pattern hair loss, however: it is only those with an inherited genetic predisposition towards it who will be affected.

While genetic hair loss can also affect women – and female pattern hair loss, like its male equivalent, is incredibly common, though far less talked about – it would appear that Ms Fowler’s frontal shedding has a different cause.

What seems likely is that she had lost some hair to Traction Alopecia, an entirely avoidable condition that is a result of choices people make about how to wear their hair. Tight hairstyles that place strain on the scalp, such as braids and high ponytails, are common causes of Traction Alopecia as they place undue stress on the hair follicles. When offending styles are worn frequently they can cause damaged follicles and ensuing hair loss.

Equally problematic and a common a cause of Traction Alopecia today are hair extensions – something Ms Fowler is no stranger to wearing and was even pictured raving about on social media just four days before her transplant. The hairline and temple areas tend to be worst affected, though hair loss and breakage around the sites were the styles or extensions are fixed may also occur, as they bear the brunt of the tension and extra weight from these hairstyles.

An educated guess, therefore, would suggest that overuse of hair extensions and her favoured high ponytail hairstyle may have led to Ms Fowler developing Traction Alopecia. It is unclear what prompted her to take the unusual and drastic step of signing up for surgery to fix her damaged hairline though, especially as there is an effective, non-surgical solution in the form of Traction Alopecia treatment. For Belgravia clients this involves wearing the hair naturally and loosely in order to allow the follicles to recover, whilst using topical applications of recommended formulations of high strength minoxidil to the affected areas, alongside additional hair growth boosters, until sufficient regrowth is achieved.

Pictures of the couple attending a party a short time after their transplants show how they both have what look like a multitude of tiny red dots at the front of their heads. These are from where individual hairs harvested from the back of their heads – where the hair is more abundant – have been painstakingly implanted into their hairlines. Some people have described the procedure as extremely painful, and it is famously slow to perform, with many hours of surgery needed, though the timeframe – like the cost – depends on the number of grafts involved in the operation.

Aftercare and alternatives to hair restoration surgery

Batey will hopefully have been warned by his surgeon that while his new grafts will no longer be susceptible to Male Pattern Baldness, existing hairs surrounding them still will be. If so, he will likely have been told that following an on-going pharmaceutical male pattern hair loss treatment course is advisable. This can reduce the likelihood of thinning around the hairline and also the top of the head, and can even encourage regrowth of new hairs.

Male hair loss treatment is widely used by those interested in stabilising hair fall, encouraging regrowth and preventing baldness, and is the preferred option for many men who would rather not go down the transplant route. There are two clinically-proven, MHRA and FDA-approved medications which are often used as part of a non-surgical treatment programme: finasteride 1mg and minoxidil.

The first, finasteride 1mg is a one-a-day tablet that inhibits the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is DHT which causes the gradual hair thinning associated with male hair loss. It binds to the sensitive follicles around the top of the head and hairline, slowly destroying them. As they become smaller and weaker, this displays outwardly as thinning hair or receding, with increased hair fall. If left unchecked, it can lead to eventual baldness.

Thinning Hair Before and After Male Hair Loss Treatment at The Belgravia Centre - Success

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By minimising the amount of DHT in the system, hair growth should continue unhindered. However, finasteride’s effect on frontal hair loss is unproven. This is one of the key reasons why, at Belgravia, bespoke treatment courses often include recommended formulations of the vasodilator high strength minoxidil from those available at the clinic’s in-house pharmacies.

These solutions are applied directly to the scalp where needed, and help to promote localised blood flow, encouraging healthy hair growth. Belgravia’s hair loss specialists have found this approach, especially as part of a combination treatment course, to be especially effective in cases of stubborn areas, such as a receding hairline or thinning crown.

This two-pronged attack can be further enhanced by the use of additional hair growth boosters. These include follicle-stimulating low level laser therapy (LLLT) via a handheld, home-use device, and nutritional support via highly-targeted Hair Vitalics for Men hair growth supplements.

The results of a systematic review of which hair loss treatments work was published in May 2017, with minoxidil, finasteride and LLLT being confirmed as the most effective. So, bearing this in mind – as well as the fact that top surgeons recommend waiting until at least 30 years of age before considering a transplant – for anyone concerned about signs of hair loss or a receding hairline, having a consultation with a specialist who can provide a diagnosis, advice and treatment recommendations could be a wise first port of call.


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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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Name: Tanya

Question: Hi, I’m in my early 40s and have covered my hair for religious reasons for 15 years. Whilst I’ve always naturally had fairly thin blonde hair, since covering I have been experiencing extreme thinness all over – as well as excessively greasy. Would any treatment still work even though my hair would remain covered even after regrowth, or is there not much point in me trying?
Many thanks.

Religious head covering hair loss womenAnswer: Hi, Tanya. You head covering is unlikely to have any effect either on your hair loss nor diminish the effects of any treatment.

The first thing to do would be to establish why you are experiencing thinning hair. Given the length of time you have been noticing hair fall and your age we would suspect this was due to female pattern hair loss, a common, permanent genetic condition that is inherited and affects the top of the scalp and hairline. However, a consultation would be required in order to provide an accurate diagnosis following assessment by one of our specialists.

On the question of whether or not there is any point in trying hair loss treatment, this is entirely up to you. What we can tell you is that a personalised treatment regime can help to maintain current hair density and improve hair growth as much as possible. Women’s hair loss treatment is based around topical applications of a solution called high strength minoxidil. Although this can cause temporary hair shedding in some people when it is first used, this is generally a good sign that old thin hairs are being shed to make way for stronger regrowth.

In addition to using direct applications of minoxidil, hair growth boosters can be employed to further maximise results, scalp and hair health. These products range from the FDA-cleared LaserComb LLLT home-use device, to nutritional support via Belgravia’s exclusive Hair Vitalics for Women hair growth supplements. These contain a potent blend of high quality, key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botancial extracts identified for their hair-friendly properties, including zinc, biotin, selenium and soy isoflavones – the latter of which have been shown to reduce serum DHT. DHT being the testosterone by-product which causes female pattern hair loss in women with an inherited sensitivity to it.

Belgravia clients following custom hair loss treatment courses generally tend to see improvements within the first three months of starting their course – though this can vary from person to person and depends on the extent of the shedding when starting treatment. If you are curious as to the levels of hair regrowth you may experience from using a personalised treatment course, you could start with a 6 to 12 month regime to try it out. We would certainly, however, recommend a consultation as your first port of call in order to ascertain a confirmed diagnosis as to your hair loss condition so that suitable treatment recommendations can be made accordingly.

With regards oiliness, we recommend washing your hair daily or every other day with a shampoo specifically designed for oily hair. If you wish to use a conditioner, apply it only to the ends of your hair as applying it to the roots will only encourage oiliness.


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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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