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alert male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 16 08 17A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Male hair loss patient, J, is thrilled with his results to date saying “Got so much confidence back. Can’t wait to continue this journey!”

Find out what else he had to say and see his regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating Male Pattern Baldness by clicking the buttons below…

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One of the United States’ leading digital magazines aimed at the country’s African American community is championing the return of a look that can lead to hair loss.

Jet Magazine, which had been a news-stand staple in the US since the 1950s before it went online a couple of years ago, wrote recently that “Cornrows are back”. They also added that by wearing them, “they will grow your hair better than any other protective styles.”

When people have cornrows, the ends of the hair are tucked so as not to be exposed. Additional add wefts of real or synthetic hair can also be added in. Whilst the ends of the hair may be sheltered, calling tightly braided hairstyles ‘protective’ is highly misleading, however.

‘Protective hairstyles’ can cause hair loss

Jet’s writer explains how cornrows were popular in the 1990s and then – thanks to celebrities including singer/songwriter Alicia Keys – in the 2000s. Now, they declare that cornrows are fashionable again, and that they are one of the most trending looks on Instagram.

Traction Alopecia Contributing Factors DiagramWhile cornrows do indeed often look great, the trend could spell a worrying period for anyone concerned about losing their hair. This is why it is important for people, especially women of colour, to understand why ‘protective hairstyles’ are basically a myth, given they can frequently be damaging to their follicles, leading to damaged hair and even hair loss.

“For those new to the natural hair community, protective styling involves putting your hair into a style that involves tucking your ends away from the atmosphere to protect them from damage whilst your hair grows,” writes Natural Hair movement blogger, Naturally Curly. “The premise is that if the ends of your hair don’t break and your hair continues to grow, then you will achieve longer hair.”

Unfortunately, this is not often the reality, with many women developing hair breakage, knots and thinning hair.

Snatched edges from tight hairstyles

A fully-preventable hair loss condition named Traction Alopecia is most commonly caused by tight and/or weighty hairstyles that place undue and prolonged stress on the hair follicle. Alongside cornrows, bantu knots, locs and high ponytails, hair extensions and weaves are among the worst offenders. These cause hair loss not only at the sites of the tension, but also around the hairline, particularly the temples, which can recede. Thinning edges are a common sign of traction alopecia due to the hairline bearing the brunt of the strain, and the temple area hairs being the weakest on the scalp.

The Black women’s lifestyle magazine, Essence.com rightly explains: “For Black women, the term “snatched edges” is one of endearment, used to highlight a particularly amazing moment or describe thinning edges in a friendlier way. But if you’ve personally experienced hair loss near the temple area, there’s nothing funny or amazing about the struggle to grow them back.”

In fact, in 2016 researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, USA, said that after reviewing no less than 19 separate studies, they concluded that there was a “strong association” between certain hairstyles and Traction Alopecia. Alarmingly, they claimed that one-third of African American women were affected by related Traction Alopecia hair loss.

The report ended with a set of guidelines which suggested that tautly braided hairstyles should never be worn for more than three months at a time.

The problem with cornrows being “cool” again is that it is often celebrities that are helping to shape public opinion – and they frequently give something of a false impression. For example, though Beyoncé was snapped at the Coachella festival with an impressive head of heavily-beaded locs, what many people don’t realise is that, not only does she have a glam squad with hair consultants ready to give the best care and attention that money can by, she also has her own wig closet. Many of her ‘new looks’ are the result of wigs, worn to protect her hair from the rigours of constant hairstyles, over-dyeing and heat-styling – all of which can cause varying degrees of hair breakage and hairloss.

Celebrities regularly change their hairstyles every few weeks, whereas in the “real world” people who have spent a small fortune on a full head of expertly-woven cornrows may well feel tempted to leave them in for considerably longer. Which can be where problems begin.

Traction Alopecia treatment can be very effective, but it will not be able to work miracles on severely damaged scalps where follicles have effectively died. At Belgravia, recovery begins with a client first selecting a hairstyle that is gentler on the roots – preferably wearing their natural hair as it is, as simply as possible. Next a bespoke regime is put in place, featuring topical applications of high strength minoxidil which is applied to the scalp where needed in order to promote regrowth. A range of supplementary products known as hair growth boosters – which range from handheld laser devices to daily Hair Vitalics for Women hair growth supplements – can complement the action of this treatment.

Afro hair particularly susceptible

The Jet magazine article does acknowledge that pause for thought is required before dashing off to get cornrows, and the writer’s top tip is to moisturise hair and seal ends with oil to prevent breakage before braiding. While this can help to keep the end in good condition, it will not be able to resolve the issue if hair has been woven too tightly.

Diagram Showing Hair Fibre Characteristics by Race

Hair Follicle Characteristics by Race

Says Leonora Doclis, senior hair loss specialist at Belgravia: “Wearing these styles for short periods occasionally is fine, but realistically not many of us change our hairstyles as often as celebrities and wearing tight hairstyles – which can be made even worse by the addition of extra hair and accessories such as beads which put extra weight and strain on the follicles – can do real damage. If you wear tight hairstyles on a regular basis, avoid making matters worse by excluding harsh chemicals like bleach or relaxers in your routine.”

“Traction Alopecia can affect people of all races and hair types, however, Afro hair is particularly susceptible. This is because it is naturally more brittle than European/Caucasian and Asian hair types. This is why Black men and women in particular need to understand the potential risks involved with various aspects of hair styling, and – crucially – how to minimise them.”

“Although traction alopecia is often reversible with dedicated treatment and maintaining a healthier approach to hair styling, this is not always the case. Refusing to leave behind these damaging practices, even for regular short breaks, can lead to baldness. This is something that the Black community is becoming increasingly aware of and looking to prevent. This pro-active trend can be seen in the positive surge in the Natural Hair movement, and celebrities like Naomi Campbell and Amandla Stedberg speaking out not only about hair loss experiences, but also encouraging women of colour to accept and enjoy their natural hair texture.”


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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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Hair Straighteners - Flat Irons - Straightening Irons - Heat stylingName: Maher

Question: I’m 15 and I’ve lost almost half of my hair. I am facing extreme hairfall. I guess because I had been using straightening iron a lot but I haven’t been using it for almost a year. And I have tried oiling. Hair masks, everything. Please help. My hair comes out even if i slightly pull my hand through my hair or brush it. I had very thick hair.

Answer: Hi, Maher. It does sound likely that your hair loss is linked to your over-use of flat irons. However, from what you describe it sounds as if there are three issues potentially in play – though luckily all are normally reversible.

The hair loss conditions we suspect may be causing your shedding are Traction Alopecia and a temporary hair thinning issue called Telogen Effluvium.

Traction Alopecia is commonly caused by repeated use of harsh hair-styling techniques, from tight hairstyles to over-dyeing, bleaching or use of heated styling tools. Telogen Effluvium occurs around three months after the body has received a shock of some kind, or been placed under considerable strain. This leads to thinning hair all over the scalp and can reduce hair density by around 50 per cent. Hair will usually regrow naturally within around six months, once the underlying trigger has been dealt with, so it’s a waiting game I’m afraid.

Although Traction Alopecia treatment exists, it is only suitable for those aged 16 years old and over. As such, we recommend removing any potential causes of tension or stress on the follicles to give them a chance to recover. This includes straightening irons, hairdryers (keep these on a medium setting or lower), tight hairstyles including braids or buns, and hair bleach or colourants.

It is likely that there is a third problem – hair breakage – which is also usual in cases of Traction Alopecia and over-use of hair straighteners or other heat styling devices. This can generally be dealt with through intensive, restorative conditioning treatments and a good haircut.


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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 08 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mr F’s seen significant improvement in the areas affected by his hereditary hair loss condition.

Find out what he had to say and see his regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating Male Pattern Baldness by clicking the buttons below…

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The autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata which causes sudden, patchy hair loss is at the centre of a new clinical trial aimed at finding a new treatment option for children.

The disease affects around three per cent of people worldwide, but children are perhaps the least well-equipped to deal with it. They not only have to face the daily stares of naive classmates, but they are not able many of the treatment options currently available to adults.

Despite this, there are only a handful of registered clinical trials currently exploring possible new treatments for paediatric Alopecia Areata. And the latest to be announced – by Swiss company Legacy Healthcare – is giving very little away.

Tincture naturopathy botanical extracts natural hair loss treatmentFew details released

The details of Legacy’s study, submitted to clinicaltrials.gov, gives only a passing mention of the drug being tested – it appears to be a solution named LH-8, which it can be assumed is a new formulation the company is developing.

The trial will be a double-blind, randomised multi-centre study and aims to evaluate the safety and efficacy of LH-8 (compared to a placebo) in children and adolescents aged between two and 18 years of age, with moderate to severe forms of Alopecia Areata.

A total of 100 children are to be recruited for the trial, with test centres lined up in Germany, Bulgaria and Romania.

Legacy describes itself on its website as “a Swiss-based biopharma company focused on the development of innovative botanical drugs in oncology supportive care and dermatology.”

There is a degree of scepticism in some corners of medicine about whether botanical products are sufficiently effective, though multiple studies do show that they may offer some relief to people with a number of different conditions. What may be said of botanicals is that, in cases of hair loss at least, such plant-based products would generally fall into the category of adjunctive, alternative therapy.

Whilst those considered ‘primary hair loss treatments’ are clinically-proven and approved by the relevant medical boards for use, secondary “hair growth boosters” tend to be therapeutic devices with FDA-clearance, or other forms of therapy with compelling evidence backing their claims. These are generally only recommended to be used alongside the primary medications. Alternative therapies include acupuncture, naturopathy and Ayurvedic medicine. These should be approached with caution as despite their appearance of being something of a ‘natural remedy‘, this does not mean they are always free of side effects.

Alopecia areata in adults

At Belgravia, Alopecia Areata treatment for patchy hair loss when it affects the scalp only, is possible for medically-suitable clients aged 16 years and over.

A tailored course based around appropriate topical applications of high strength minoxidil from the recommended formulations available from Belgravia’s in-clinic pharmacies may be prescribed. Boosters, including the hair growth supplement Hair Vitalics, may often form part of the treatment, too.

This approach has shown significant results for many clients, though in cases of more extreme autoimmune hair loss – Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis – this is not advisable. These conditions, which cause total baldness and can also affect the hair in areas other than the scalp, currently have no proven, reliable and safe treatment options, though research into possible options is proving promising.

Legacy’s trial, if successful, may turn out to be a blessing to young people with Alopecia Areata, even if it only turns out to speed up recovery times by a fraction. Equally, of course, it is possible that the company has hit upon a new wonder formula that proves to be of enormous benefit to children with the condition. Results of the trial are expected in 2019.

For any children with hair loss, as  well as their parents, guardians or friends, who may need support, there are many charities who can help. Little Princess Trust and, its boys division, Hero by LPT provide real-hair wigs to children in need, free of charge. Other charitable hairloss organisations such as Alopecia UK can also provide outstanding assistance, including events and local support groups.


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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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Iron tablets - anaemia - iron levels - nutrition - anemiaName: Gary

Question: I’m 29 in Dec I noticed the past two years my hair line receding more on my right than the left, hair on top of my crown looks good and is thick although when I grow it out it breaks easily, I am a carrier of thallasimia a blood disorder and have been prescribed iron tablets in the past although I’m not on any iron supplements to date. I eat fish and oatmeal and two days ago started eating eggs, my dad is bald, one of my brothers is bald, he’s younger but my other two brothers have great hair, I know I should see a doctor at some point but really want to see a hair specialist

Answer: Hi, Gary. As you may know, hair loss can be associated with iron level issues or underlying illnesses, including Thalassaemia. It is also entirely possible that your receding hairline – even if it is receding unevenly, with more hair loss on one side than the other – is due to genetics.

As you say that your father and one of your brothers are bald, it is highly likely that you have inherited the genetics that make you susceptible to Male Pattern Hair Loss. This hereditary condition can skip generations by the relevant ‘balding genes’ remaining dormant – and thus not producing hair loss – rather than active. This could explain the fact that your older brothers do not show signs of hair loss (yet).

The strain that illnesses and iron deficiencies can place on the body can speed up the onset of male pattern baldness. Therefore, it could be the case that your health struggles have activated your dormant predisposition to genetic hairloss, making it active.

It is entirely possible to have a receding hairline without also having a thinning crown or thinning on top. The brittle hair texture you describe sounds like it is health or diet-related as stress or strain placed on the body has a drying effect. We understand from the contact information provided that you are based in India so, as we cannot treat patients based in your country, we recommend you speak to a local hair loss specialist. They should be able to diagnose your hair loss condition to put your mind at rest, and make suitable treatment recommendations.


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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 traction alopecia hair breakage the belgravia centre 16 08 17A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair LossTraction Alopecia  and Hair Breakage Treatment Success Stories galleries.

Ms D, pictured, is happy with the way her hair is continuing to improve since she started using treatment.

Find out what she had to say and see her regrowth results close up, or find out more about the treatment of  Female Pattern Hair LossTraction Alopecia and Hair Breakage by clicking the buttons below…

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In 2009, then-Twilight star Robert Pattinson was singled out for having the most desirable celebrity hair in a poll of British men. Hair loss, it could safely have been said, was not something he needed to worry about.

But the rigours of endless bleaching, over-styling and generally trying to make sure that his hair looks incredible for the cameras seems to be taking its toll, and the British actor has revealed this month that while filming in New York for new crime movie Good Time he was stunned to see some of his hair falling out.

“Some scenes they peroxided my bangs,” he told reporters. “They changed my hair colour so many times that some of my hair fell out.”

Over-dyeing and styling can cause hair loss issues

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Robert Pattinson in Good Time

Over-dyeing hair is a common source of hair loss problems, as it can leave the hair looking dry and lifeless. Hair breakage – where weakened strands snap off along the shaft and leave hair looking thin and frizzy – can be an issue, while something known as ‘the leeching process’ can remove dye from the proteins that compose hair shafts and negatively affect the texture of the strands.

In extreme cases, dyes can so badly damage the hair that noticeable thinning and even bald patches are seen. This ‘chemical haircut‘ is often the result of a fully-preventable hairloss condition called Traction Alopecia, despite this being more commonly associated with the wearing of wigs and tight hairstyles.

Celebrities from Eastenders’ Danny Dyer to Katy Perry and Gabrielle Union have spoken about the hair loss they experienced as a result of over-dyeing and over-bleaching their hair for performances.

Additionally, if the body reacts badly to what it perceives to be a chemical onslaught then a hair loss condition named Telogen Effluvium can ensue, which will lead to further thinning. The condition is usually temporary and typically only lasts a matter of months, and recovery can sometimes be sped up with tailored Telogen Effluvium treatment. Though, as this condition can trigger genetic hair loss where there is an existing or underlying predisposition, it is wise to have a specialist consultation should thinning hair become a problem.

As well as this, some people suffer allergic reactions to dyes, and may have to contend with everything from itchy scalps to irritated necks and ears and also hairloss as a result.

It is not clear just how bad Pattinson’s hair loss is because most recent Paparazzi shots of the actor show him wearing a baseball cap. However, red carpet footage from the Good Time premiere suggests there’s nothing obviously serious going on, though his hair does perhaps seem a little wispy around the temples.

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Many actors and actresses have a hard time keeping their hair in good shape because of the demands placed on them during filming. Hair pieces, which can cause stress on the follicles and also lead to Traction Alopecia, are commonly worn for roles, and hair dyes are also often necessary when directors want a particular look for a character.

Whilst Traction Alopecia treatment is possible, and topical applications of high strength minoxidil, combined with a range of appropriate hair growth boosters, and removing the cause of the hair loss, can provide significant relief, the best form of preventing hair loss is to avoid these triggering factors as far as possible.

What’s interesting is that several Hollywood insiders have discussed the sometimes bizarre lengths that some celebrities will go to to look good for the TV and press cameras, resorting to hair transplants, concealer fibres, scalp colouring powders and sometimes far stranger methods.

Many men in the entertainment industry are also thought to be habitual users of male hair loss treatment courses, as well. By following specially-devised custom plans, they can often reverse signs of Male Pattern Hair Loss – regrowing hair, improving hair density and preventing baldness moving forward, as privately as possible.


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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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gym-exerciseName: Darrius

Question: Hello I’m a 24 male I noticed that around may I had suffered thinning hair on the top of my hair is not really noticeable but if I brush it back it’s thick in the back thin slightly in the middle but thin in the front. I have lost 20 lbs from cardio and changed my diet to lose body fat. I had long hair in march and started my diet change in April till June I noticed my hair was thin after a haircut. Is losing my weight what cause my hair to go into shock or may this be a early sign of MPB?

Answer: Hi, Darrius.  You may be interested to hear that clients often tell us that they first noticed hair loss after getting a drastic hair cut.

The areas around the top of your head that you mention being affected are synonymous with genetic hair loss. So, whilst we cannot diagnose your hair loss condition with 100 per cent accuracy without assessing you, what you describe sounds like a classic case of Male Pattern Baldness.

Your weight loss sounds sensible and steady, assuming the 20lbs came off gradually over the 3 month period. As such, it is unlikely to have contributed to your hairloss. The changes to your diet may be a factor. It is important not to neglect your nutrition when changing your diet and many meal plans designed to aid fat-loss and promote muscle-gain tend to be pretty restrictive. This can mean that you are not getting the range of vitamins and minerals needed for healthy hair growth. If the dietary imbalance is sufficient, it can cause a temporary hair loss condition known as Telogen Effluvium, which – though it only lasts for up to six months – can, in turn, trigger male pattern hair loss in men with an underlying genetic predisposition.

Another diet-related issue that can contribute to this is the use of certain sports nutrition drinks. Protein powder shakes and using creatine have come under fire recently for their links to thinning hair. Additionally, the strain that excessive exercise can place on the body has also been linked to hairloss, so it is important to take a balanced approach to your workouts too.

We would recommend having a consultation so that your hair loss condition can be properly diagnosed. Any lifestyle factors likely to be contributing to your hair thinning can be discussed during this assessment too.

Following this, a specialist will provide you with a personalised range of recommendations for hair loss treatments tailored to your level and pattern of shedding, as well as your medical profile. Male pattern hair loss can often be successfully managed using clinically-proven products, namely appropriate formulations of minoxidil, and finasteride 1mg, the one-a-day DHT-blocker tablet. Additional hair growth boosters – including the highly-targeted food supplement Hair Vitalics for Men which includes key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts needed for healthy hair growth – can also be used alongside these medications.


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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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A UK-based manufacturer of hair straighteners has teamed up with British charity Little Princess Trust who offer free real-hair wigs to children whose hair loss has been caused by illness or cancer.

Ghd, makers of some of the country’s best-regarded straighteners, are working with the Trust to support a new campaign based around the hashtag #choptoyourchin, in which people are being encouraged to donate at least seven inches of their hair so that it can be fashioned into a real-hair wig that will be tailored to a child recipient.

Typically, these are people whose hair loss has been caused by either cancer drugs or by Alopecia Areata, the autoimmune disorder that usually leads to sudden, patchy hair loss. While these coin-sized patches are sometimes as pronounced as the condition gets, in other instances people with the disease see their loss increase and total baldness can ensue. A wig can serve as something of a vital ‘security blanket’ to self-conscious children during these difficult times.

GHD platinum range hair straightenersPhenomenal feat

Since founding more than a decade ago, the Little Princess Trust has given more than 5,000 wigs away; a phenomenal feat not just in terms of the amount of hair they have received (each wig needs around 10 donors) but also in terms of the amount of money they have raised from supporters, as individual wigs cost around £500 to make.

In many cases, the Trust’s bespoke wigs may be described as little short of life-changing, as off-the-peg wigs for children are extremely hard to find, meaning that young people who have lost their hair would have to either “grin and bear it” or resort to headscarves to conceal their condition. The Little Princess Trust’s wigs mean that a child can at least avoid visibly advertising their illness.

Unlike adults, for whom Alopecia Areata treatment can be effective when it causes bald patches to the scalp only, children have relatively few options if they have the condition. In cases of hair lost during cancer treatment, meanwhile, this does normally grow back some months after chemotherapy, though loss can sadly be permanent when radiation therapy is involved.

Ghd have previously demonstrated something of their social conscience by speaking out about the potential dangers of heat-styling products. Their Chief Technology Officer told Mashable that, “People who use their hair stylers above 210 degrees are melting their hair. The cortex is completely gone. If you’ve got a dial on your styler, do not turn it up to the highest heat.”

The company’s own straighteners, pointed out the article, were designed to be as kind to the hair as possible – not easy when heat styling is one of the easiest ways to damage hair. It can severely dry hair out, causing hair breakage. This is where the hair snaps along the shaft, resulting in thin, damaged hair that often looks frizzy. Singer and Spider-Man actor Zendaya is just one of many people to have cautioned how dangerous over-styling can be. She recently explained that heat styling “destroyed my hair.”

To avoid similar woes, experts recommend taking regular heat-styling breaks, keeping any heated tools such as straighteners, curling wands or tongs, to a medium setting and not using hairdryers close to your hair. Using a heat protective spray is also advised before stylers are used.

The advice is especially pertinent for anyone hoping to donate their hair to the Little Princess Trust, as locks need to be in good condition if they are to be used to make a wig.

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Ghd’s support for the Little Princess Trust covers a campaign that will run until the end of October, and already one Vogue writer has been inspired to “chop to her chin.”

Reporting on the Vogue.com website, writer Lottie Winter explains how she had long fantasised about cutting her long hair down to a much shorter style, but never quite had the guts to do it. “But last week,” she writes, “a philanthropic incentive from Ghd who have teamed up with Little Princess Trust, inspired me to spontaneously chop it off.”

And the results look so good that they’re sure to encourage an army of fellow donors. Hopefully they will flood to participating salons offering free cuts across the country on 21st September for a national Ghd and Little Princess Trust ‘Chop To Your Chin’ Day.

The Little Princess Trust is a brilliantly pro-active charity which now caters to boys as well as girls, through its Hero by LPT division, and Belgravia is proud to be a supporter.


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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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