Helen Flanagan, known for her role as Rosie Webster in Coronation Street, was out this week promoting her new advert for animal charity PETA. Wearing jeans and a bustier top, Helen went for the casual look, complemented by choosing a ponytail for her hair. However, this decision backfired slightly as it meant her hair extensions were on show.
The 22 year old, who went for the scraped back style known as the “Croydon facelift,” appeared to be experiencing a degree of hair loss at her temples, which could be a result of either the genetic condition female pattern hair loss, or traction alopecia.
If it’s the first type of hair loss, there is no “cure” for the condition, as it occurs when an inherited predisposition for DHT sensitivity means that hair follicles atop the scalp become damaged over time and produce weaker hair. DHT is a naturally occurring androgen formed when the enzyme 5-alpha reductase combines with testosterone.
Whilst women cannot take the only proven hair loss medication that blocks DHT, Propecia, they can take a second medication, minoxidil, which helps to stimulate regrowth. Belgravia also add certain ingredients to our minoxidil formulations that appear to block DHT when applied locally, such as azelaic acid (AA) or medroxyprogesterone.
By using minoxidil twice a day, if she was experiencing the onset of pattern hair loss Helen could regrow the thinning areas. Extra-strength minoxidil cream has shown in many cases to be a highly effective option for treating traction alopecia, a condition that occurs when the hair is worn in a tight style, or when hair extensions, weaves etc are attached to the natural hair, all of which can put undue pressure on the hair.
Over time, this pressure can damage the hair follicles and lead them to produce short, wispy hair that cannot be used to attach extensions to, creating a vicious circle where hair extensions are attached to healthy hair elsewhere on the scalp, causing the same problem.
Give Hair A Break
Of course, it would be best if Helen gave her hair regular breaks from hair attachments and tight hairstyles, as well as using a hair loss treatment programme that contained minoxidil alongside a number of hair growth boosters that nourish hair and encourage it to grow as quickly as possible. These can include the FDA cleared LaserComb and nutritional supplement Hair Vitalics.
In order to establish what her diagnosis is in terms of her hair, and what strength and formulation of minoxidil would most suit her, Helen would be best advised to attend a consultation with a hair loss specialist, who could examine her hair and scalp and recommend a course of treatment.
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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. We offer clinically proven treatments for hair loss, as part of comprehensive treatment programmes offered by our hair loss specialists. Our in-house pharmacies produce high-strength medications for hair loss that contain medically proven ingredients and are available at no other clinic worldwide. Treatment programmes are available by visiting the centres or for home-use, 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 hair regrowth that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.