It’s rarely the done thing for the Belgravia team to blow their own trumpet, but a spate of recent press articles about hair loss for which we were asked to contribute has left us with a bit of a warm glow.
As the UK’s leading hair loss clinic, with more than two decades of experience in treating everything from Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss to Traction Alopecia and Telogen Effluvium, we are regularly contacted by the world’s media for help in explaining to their readers what can be a fairly baffling subject to laymen. And over the past few weeks we’ve been especially busy.
Stylist and Yahoo! Beauty quotes on causes of hair loss
Yahoo! Beauty contacted us for information about the kind of hair loss experienced by Canadian singer Alessia Cara, who had penned an essay for Glamour about her struggles with thinning hair. Belgravia’s senior hair loss specialist Leonora Doclis (pictured) explained the difference between Alopecia Areata – an autoimmune disorder which leads to patchy hair loss and may possibly have been behind Alessia’s problems – and Female Pattern Hair Loss. The latter is a genetic condition which Leonora said “can start to appear any time following puberty, so some teenagers may notice thinning hair.”
Yahoo also sought our expert opinion on whether frequent use of hair dye can cause hair loss, following actress Keira Knightley‘s revelations that she has been wearing wigs for the past five years due to over-dyeing her hair for film roles.
Following our contributions to the debate about whether or not dry shampoo can cause hair loss in Mashable, we were also asked to give our thoughts on the subject of “how often should I wash my hair?” for an article in the popular freemium magazine Stylist. Leonora was quoted again, this time stating: “There’s a lot of debate about whether you should wash your hair every second day or just twice a week, but it depends on your hair and scalp type. Frequent shampooing, even daily, is recommended if you have a flaky scalp to get rid of dead skin cells as they may cause problems with the production of natural scalp oils. If you have a healthy scalp with hair that gets oily, wait two days before washing.”
Leonora went on to explain in the article that if your hair is dry and highly porous – and you’ll know this is the case if your hair almost immediately dries after showering – then it should be shampooed no more than twice a week as the hair is likely to be soaking up large amounts of water. Leonora explained that this weighs down each strand, resulting in loss of elasticity and leading to breakage.
Daily Express article on bizarre hair loss treatments
The Daily Express also quoted Belgravia in a piece concerning the percentage of men likely to show visible evidence of Male Pattern Baldness by the time they were 35. The answer, if you’re wondering, is 40 -per cent.
The article referenced a number of rather bizarre “alternative” treatments for hair loss that we have covered on the Belgravia blog, including cow urine and bull sperm.
Neither of these options – alongside one of the most common myths (onions) were deemed a likely fix for a genetic condition that is more traditionally – and more successfully – treated with a personalised hair loss treatment course featuring clinically-proven medications, designed to reduce the production of the testosterone by-product which causes hair to gradually thin fall out, as well as encouraging new hair growth simultaneously.
Lastly, Irish sports blog, Balls.ie featured quotes from Leonora in a piece regarding why so many male professional golfers have hair loss. Genetics are clearly the cause but could the stress of media scrutiny and pressure to succeed exacerbate their shedding? It’s definitely possible.
Just like the media, many thousands of people have cottoned on to the fact that Belgravia takes hair loss very seriously. Thanks to a skilled team of trained experts who keep abreast of global developments, Belgravia is able to offer advice and medication that can alleviate a wide range of hair loss conditions in both men and women.
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.