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Throw a dart at the average family’s weekly grocery shopping list and it’s likely that whatever item you hit will have been hailed at some point as a miracle cure for hair loss.

Garlic, cinnamon, honey, onions– they’ve all been singled out as magical treatment options for those with the genetic conditions Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss, and sometimes as cures for the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata, too. This is a very different condition to these hereditary ones, and much rarer too – though far from uncommon.

Turmeric promoted as hair loss treatment

Turmeric - Spice - Hair LossWarming spices are traditionally believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. As certain hair loss conditions can involve inflammation of the hair follicles, this often leads people to believe that spices such as ginger and turmeric – which has become particularly popular among the health conscious – can treat hair loss. Though, alas, it is not quite that simple.

Recently a press release from a Vegas-based herbal supplement company hailed turmeric as “a potential natural alternative for hair loss.”

The article cites unnamed studies in which it states “researchers tried turmeric essential oils in the potential treatment of Alopecia Areata.” Two success stories were apparently recorded – one patient achieving “peach fuzz” on the head with the other seemingly enjoying freshly-grown locks of hair.

What should also be noted, however, is that in many cases of this autoimmune hair loss condition the hair regrows naturally within up to twelve months.

Although the precise reason for this disorder, which can cause patchy hairloss anywhere on the scalp, is unknown, triggers include sudden shock or trauma. The body responds by suspending non-critical processes, such as the hair growth cycle, leaving hair production stuck in the dormant phase where hair sheds with no new hair being produced to replace it. In the majority of cases normal hair growth will resume of its own accord, but this is not always the case. Unfortunately, and frustratingly for those affected, it is impossible to predict which outcome is likely.

As such, whether the turmeric supplements being promoted actively helped to promote hair growth, or if it was simple coincidence, is unknown.

Natural hair loss cure myths

Sadly, the internet is awash with unsubstantiated reports that claim to prove the efficacy of natural products as a cure for hair loss. This can be extremely misleading given there is currently no cure for alopecia areata nor for androgenetic alopecia (pattern hair loss). What is certainly true is that following a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals and other natural products can improve the condition of both the scalp and the hair. What none of these can do, however, is reverse hair loss. Luckily, however, many hair loss conditions can be treated.

Minoxidiil and Finasteride 1mg tablets - hair loss treatment SMALLThere are only two clinically-proven hair loss treatments available for Male Pattern Baldness – finasteride 1mg and minoxidil – and these are both also MHRA and FDA approved for this purpose. Minoxidil, which is a topical solution applied directly to the scalp where needed, can also be used to treat Female Pattern Hair Loss and in both cases these can be augmented with hair growth boosters.

These include low-power laser treatment delivered by a patented hand-held device called the HairMax LaserComb, and also Belgravia’s proprietary dietary supplements – Hair Vitalics – which contain a blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids to promote nourished hair and a healthy scalp.

Despite minoxidil being medically-proven and approved for the treatment of male and female pattern hair loss, it is widely known to help other conditions. One of which is Alopecia Areata. At Belgravia our approach to alopecia areata treatment involves using individually recommended formulations of high strength minoxidil tailored to each client’s particular needs. This has resulted in many Success Stories with clients often achieving full regrowth.

Whether or not turmeric does have magical hair growing properties remains to be scientifically investigated. There is certainly a chance it can promote healthy hair – just a few months ago, in fact, a nutritionist in Japan made a claim for curry (and the spices that go into it) being one of the reasons that Japanese and Indian men have relatively low baldness rates. As was pointed out at the time, however, the argument falls flat by dint of sheer common sense: no matter how much curry Japanese people eat, it is probably far less than in the UK, which is one of the baldest nations on earth.


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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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Alopecia Barbae - Facial Hair Loss - Bald Patches in BeardName: DJ Holli

Question: Hi, I have had two lower wisdom teeth removed. This was in April 2016, well in August 2016 I have noticed patches of hair missing from my beard. Do you think this is connected and how long will it be for the hair to grow back?

Answer:  Hi, DJ. It is hard to say for definite but, whilst possible, as it sounds like you are experiencing alopecia barbae – alopecia areata of the beard – it seems unlikely the two are linked.

Alopecia barbae is an autoimmune condition that displays as rounded bald patches in the beard and can present quickly following shock or trauma. As your bald patches have taken three months to appear this is unlikely to be the cause, or at least the sole cause, unless there were on-going after effects such as tooth infection which you have not mentioned here.

Hair loss that follows around three months after a sudden shock or huge stress tends to affect the scalp only and is known as telogen effluvium. This also causes hair thinning rather than defined bald patches.

We cannot treat facial hair loss here at Belgravia so recommend you speak to your GP if you are concerned. They should be able to prescribe a steroid cream to help your condition although generally this hair will regrow naturally within 12 months. It may come back white or yellowish at first due to an initial lack of pigmentation, but this usually rectifies itself within a few growth cycles.


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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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At the start of each new year, once the hangovers have cleared, many of us turn our attention to defining goals for the year ahead and devise a set of New Year’s Resolutions. Along with the usual suspects of losing weight, exercising regularly and eating more healthily, there is also another change many people seek to make… Each January Belgravia sees an influx of men and women who hope to tick off dealing with hair loss from their list.

Yet, despite the initial good intentions, these plans for self-improvement or lifestyle changes often do not come to fruition. According to research from Waze, 19th January is the day by which New Year resolutions tend to be broken by.

In order to help motivate those who want to tackle issues with hair thinning or sudden hair fall, we have compiled some advice below that may help to put you on the right track.

TrichocheckGet a professional diagnosis of your hair loss condition

They say the first step is the hardest but at Belgravia we aim to make it as easy as possible. If you are concerned about losing your hair, let a hair loss specialist assess you. This can be done free of charge at one of our Central London hair loss clinics. Alternatively, if you are based elsewhere in the UK or abroad you can complete a quick Online Consultation form which allows you to upload photos from your computer, phone or tablet.

We often hear from clients how just having someone listen to their concerns then give them a clear picture as to what was happening – from the type of hair loss condition to advice on how to treat it – can be extremely comforting. Equally, knowing that expert support is available can also be a huge relief, particularly when dealing with such a sensitive and personal subject. Once you’ve taken this first step you will be in full possession of the facts and can decide what action to take.

Be honest about what you will do

Following their initial consultation, a hair loss specialist will provide you with recommendations for treatments, products and formulations they believe to be best-suited to your precise condition, pattern and level of shedding. It is important to be honest about what you realistically will – and what you will not – use. That way a hair loss treatment course can be tailored to your exact needs and situation, making it more likely that you will use it regularly – which is key.

We find that when clients’ results are not going quite to plan it is often because they have been skipping treatments or have stopped and started again,” explains senior Belgravia hair loss specialist Leonora Doclis. “Just like buying new trainers won’t make you fit, it’s no use having treatments if you’re not going to use them. This is why we aim to provide the best and most convenient course possible – to encourage regular usage. Using the treatments exactly as explained is crucial in order to give yourself the opportunity of seeing maximum results.

Once they have put their mind to it, some clients like to go full steam ahead with a comprehensive treatment course from the get go. Others prefer to start off with a more streamlined routine and build it up with additional hair growth boosters as they go along. Both are completely viable options and ones that your dedicated specialist and Treatment Advisor can discuss with you.

Get into a routine

To start with, it is worth considering the advice of AXA PPP healthcare psychologist, David Williams: “It’s key to pinpoint what you are really looking to achieve. Once you’ve found that out, set a few short term goals that add up to the main goal.” 

So, for instance your first goal could be to get professional hair loss advice regarding your condition and looking into treatment options. Your second goal could be starting a hair loss treatment plan, with your third goal of seeing results – from stabilisation of existing thinning or receding, to initial signs of regrowth – set to coincide with your first quarterly check up.

Fit your treatments into your lifestyle so that using them daily becomes a habit. If you are using applications of high strength minoxidil, we often recommend leaving this in the bathroom near your toothbrush so that you can apply it quickly before cleaning your teeth. If you are using a LaserComb booster device you can use this whilst watching one of your favourite TV shows so that, again, it becomes a regular habit. We have also heard from clients who keep theirs in their car’s glove compartment so that they can use it when they’re stuck in traffic – a fantastic way to multitask!

Depending on how advanced the hair loss is when treatment is started it can take three to six months – or twelve in some extreme cases – to start seeing results. Meaning those who start their new treatment courses in January should start to see visible progress by Easter time and, should they continue, by the Summer they should have to worry less about sunburned scalps!


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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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Madelyn Donohoe Alopecia Totalis SwimmingA young American Olympic hopeful has revealed how her love of swimming has helped her to deal with hair loss that has been caused by the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Totalis.

Madelyn Donohoe, 15, who is one of the leading lights in the Knights swim team at Bishop O’Connell College in Arlington, Virginia, first started losing hair when she was 11. Her condition – Alopecia Totalis – is a rare form of Alopecia Areata. However, whilst a diagnosis of Alopecia Areata typically follows evidence of sudden patchy hair loss anywhere on the scalp; a diagnosis of Alopecia Totalis follows total baldness of the entire head, including losing eyebrows and eyelashes.

Madelyn, who has been a keen swimmer since she was six, tells the Washington Post that she has been taking the sport seriously since she was 10, when she started competing in bigger events in places as far afield as New York and Florida.

Caps hide hair loss

As well as being a natural at swimming, regularly winning the competitions she is entered into, what the teen especially loves is the fact that swimming caps are the ultimate leveller. When she wears one in the water, no one could guess that she doesn’t have any hair.

Like others with Alopecia Areata or Totalis, Madelyn’s hair does sometimes grow back. As with all autoimmune hair loss conditions, this ebbing-and-flowing of the disease can be especially frustrating. A typical scenario involves responding with horror at the sight of first losing hair, shock at a diagnosis, relief when hair starts to grow back and then despondency when it starts to fall out again.

Madelyn Donohoe Alopecia TotalisIf hair does grow back, as it does in many cases of Alopecia Areata though this is less common in cases of Alopecia Totalis or Alopecia Universalis, it is also possible that it will never fall out again. The difficult part is that you just don’t know.

Senior Belgravia hair loss specialist, trichologist Leonora Doclis explains: “In cases of alopecia totalis and or universalis hair can spontaneously grow back and it can stay for good. There are cases where it took more than a decade but the hair did eventually grow back without intervention. The likelihood of this permanent regrowth occurring is very low however, although there are currently no available statistics to put a precise figure on the chances.

For Madelyn, the Post article says that when distress over her condition becomes too much, she knows where to turn. “Swimming has always been my safe space,” she says.

In an interview with ABC News the rising star displays a sunny smile and a positive outlook. “There’s a lot worse things in the world,” the inspirations teen explains. “You can’t worry about yourself, you can’t feel bad, you just have to keep going – keep going for your dreams.

Tougher for under 16s

Children often have an especially tough time when it comes to forms of Alopecia Areata, due to bullying and having fewer treatment options than those aged 16 and over. For those affected by the patchy form of Alopecia Areata, which is confined to the scalp only, alopecia areata treatment at Belgravia is possible from 16 years of age upwards. This is because 16 is the lower age requirement for the formulations of high strength minoxidil our specialists recommend applying to the scalp as part of the course.

In the case of Alopecia Totalis, however, this condition currently cannot be treated effectively in either children or adults.

For this reason, and following some recent breakthroughs in the US in particular, a new type of drug is currently being trialled as a possible treatment option, particularly for the more severe types of alopecia. The focus is on a suite of drugs named JAK inhibitors, and initial trials suggest that if the doctors behind these studies can prove long-term safety, efficacy and tolerability – including finding ways to minimise potentially harmful side-effects, new treatments may be forthcoming in the next few years.


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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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US pharmaceutical company Aclaris is fast establishing itself as one of the leading lights in the race to bring new treatments to market for people with the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata, which causes sudden, patchy hair loss.

The Pennsylvania-based company hit the headlines last year when it entered into a deal to acquire Vixen therapeutics, a company set up by Dr Angela Christiano and colleagues at Columbia University in New York, where some of the most ground-breaking work in new Alopecia Areata treatments has been taking place.

Pills Tablets Medication - Hair LossShown promise

The buzzword is “JAK inhibitor” – a suite of existing drugs originally designed to treat certain cancers, rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions, but which have shown promise at regrowing hair in people with severe Alopecia Areata and its related conditions, too.

At the time of the Vixen acquisition, Aclaris surprised the hair loss community by stating that they hoped that JAK inhibitors may also one day be used as a new treatment option for the genetic conditions Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss, too. Up until then, JAK inhibitors had only been mentioned in connection with Alopecia Areata-related hair loss.

Aclaris’ most recent announcement is that its Investigational New Drug application for ATI-50001, an oral JAK inhibitor tablet designed for the potential treatment of Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis, two extreme forms of Alopecia that both lead to total hair loss of the head, has cleared its 30-day review period by the US Food and Drug Administration.

This now paves the way for a Phase 1 clinical trial, which will take place over the coming months and for which 12 volunteer test subjects have been recruited.

We are excited to have achieved this important milestone,” said Christopher Powala, Chief Operating Officer, via a company press release.  “We look forward to developing ATI-50001 as a potential oral treatment for these severe phenotypes of Alopecia Areata.”

Christopher Powala - Aclaris

Christopher Powala, COO of Aclaris

To say that Aclaris seems keen on bringing JAK inhibitor-based products for Alopecia Areata and its related conditions to market would be something of an understatement. As well as licensing a patent portfolio from Columbia University, Aclaris has licensed several other patents and patent applications involving novel selective JAK 1/3 inhibitors, including a patent portfolio from Rigel Pharmaceuticals that covers ATI-50001 as well as ATI-50002, a topical formulation also being developed as a potential treatment for Alopecia Areata.

Japanese patent

Additionally, they have licensed a patent portfolio from JAKPharm and Key Organics which is directed to novel covalently binding, highly-selective JAK 3 inhibitors. Interestingly, Aclaris states that the Columbia portfolio includes “a recently issued patent in Japan directed to pharmaceutical compositions comprising ruxolitinib, baricitinib or other JAK inhibitors for use in treating Alopecia Areata, androgenetic alopecia and other hair loss disorders.”

It should be noted that, whilst there are effective alopecia areata treatment options already available for adults and over 16’s, there are no such reliable Alopecia Universalis and Totalis treatments. For this reason, the hair loss community is watching all new developments – including the JAK inhibitor research – with interest, although it is expected to be several years before any new drugs, either topical or oral, make it to market.


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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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An American youngster stunned an old friend whose hair loss was caused by the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata by telling her that he was growing his hair to give to her.

Boy Grows Hair to Help Friend With AlopeciaAccording to the Tech Times, the thoughtful boy, 10-year-old Tyler Boone, had been wondering why his friend Gabby Ruiz, 12, always kept her head covered up. When he was told that she had a condition that caused patchy hair loss, Tyler said, “Well it’s just hair. I can grow hair.

So he did.

Real hair wigs

After two years of growing, Tyler – from Georgia – had amassed 12 inches of hair which he tied back in a pony tail. In a touching moment, this was cut off by Gabby and sent off to a US-based charity named Children With Hair Loss. Like the UK’s popular Little Princess Trust, they make real-hair wigs for children who have lost theirs to Alopecia Areata and also during chemotherapy.

The Tech Times article notes that Alopecia Areata affects almost 7 million people in the US, and that around 2.1 per cent of the population will be affected in their lifetime. UK levels are thought to be broadly comparable, meaning that around a million people in the UK have Alopecia Areata or one of its more severe sister conditions Alopecia Totalis, which causes all the hair on the head to fall out, or Alopecia Universalis, which adds the loss of all body hair.

For those aged 16 years of age and over Alopecia Areata treatment can often provide successful regrowth, particularly when an early diagnosis is made. The patchy hair loss that typifies this condition is not as severe as is associated with the other versions of this. Treatment for Alopecia Totalis and Universalis, however, has low success rates and viable options are few and far between.

For this reason, medical teams around the world are currently working on a number of potential new treatments for people with these extreme types of Alopecia Areata, with some extremely promising results already seen by teams who have used JAK inhibitor drugs (originally developed to treat certain cancers, rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases) to regrow hair.

Children with alopecia

Unfortunately, children have an especially raw deal when it comes to Alopecia Areata and its related conditions. They are frequently subjected to teasing and bullying at school, something which many children and former victims have sought to highlight with the hope of initiating change and educating people about the conditions to help increase tolerance. Furthermore, there are fewer treatment options available to children with alopecia than there are for adults.

At Belgravia we use high strength minoxidil preparations as part of comprehensive alopecia areata treatment courses for clients aged 16 and over. However, this approach is unsuitable for anyone under 16 years of age.

This is when charitable organisations such as the Little Princess Trust in the UK and Children With Hair Loss in the USA can prove invaluable in the support and real hair wigs they offer. Additionally, charities such as Alopecia UK also have terrific support networks available to those affected by autoimmune hair loss – either directly or indirectly – regardless of age.


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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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Following on from several encouraging trials into the use of JAK inhibitors as possible future treatments for severe Alopecia Areata-related hair loss last year, an American company is moving its own study into a modified version of one such drug up a notch.

Concert Pharmaceuticals, headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts, were encouraged enough by results from a Phase 1 single and ascending dose study into the use of a drug named CTP-543, which is a deuterium-modified anolog of the JAK inhibitor ruxolitinib, to announce a Phase 2a study. They are specifically looking at how it works as a treatment option for people with hair loss caused by the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata.

Ruxolitinib (Brand Name: Jakafi)

The new drug being tested, CTP-543 is based on Ruxolitinib (brand name: Jakafi)

Bone marrow cancer drug

Ruxolitinib is a bone marrow cancer drug that has been approved to treat cancer patients since at least 2011, but as with all JAK inhibitors there have been some concerns about side-effects. The Janus Kinase (JAK) inhibitor suite of dugs have nonetheless sparked huge interest among the medical community not least because they have proven to show promise at treating some conditions they weren’t designed for. Indeed, their use on people with the more sereve types of Alopecia Areata were discovered almost by accident.

Concert Pharma believe that their modified version of ruxolitinib is potentially a first-in-class new drug candidate, thanks in no small part to some of the attributes of deuterated drugs, one of which is an increased half-life – the time the drug stays in the bloodstream- which the company states can prolong a compound’s pharmacokinetic profile, which is an increase in the half-life of the compound in the body.

“This may decrease the number of doses that a patient is required to take per day or provide more consistent exposure of the compound in comparison to a similar non-deuterated compound,” the company states in a recent press release, adding that in certain cases, improved consistency of exposure can lead to enhanced efficacy and/or tolerability.

Well-tolerated so far

The Phase 2a trial is to last 28 weeks and will assess the efficacy of four doses on people with Alopecia Areata: 4, 8, 12 and 16mg of CTP-543 twice daily. Concert say that their last trial showed the drug to be ‘well-tolerated’ across all dose groups with no serious adverse events reported. Details as to how the drug will be administered – orally or topically – are not provided in the press release circulated by the company.

The reason this and other tests into JAK inhibitors as possible treatments for Alopecia Areata is that extreme forms of the condition, specifically Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis, which lead to total baldness of the scalp, as well as additional hair loss to the face and entire body respectively, are currently impossible to treat. This is in contrast to the scalp-only, patchy hair loss caused by Alopecia Areata which has a number of treatment options already available.

At Belgravia we have found topical applications of high strength minoxidil, from the range available from our in-clinic pharmacies, paired with appropriate boosters and individually tailored to each client’s needs, to be widely effective. This simple, easy-to-use treatment routine has produced significant regrowth for many clients, a selection of whom can be seen in our Alopecia Areata Treatment Success Stories gallery.

It is encouraging to see so many new potential treatments for Alopecia Totalis and Universalis being developed in order to give sufferers the same regrowth opportunities as those affected by Alopecia Areata. However, it is worth bearing in mind that these new drugs are all still in the early stages of testing – a process which can take many, many years to complete. As such it will most likely be a number of years – assuming they do actually meet all safety, efficacy and tolerability requirements – until these drugs get to the point where widespread release could be considered.


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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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British charity Alopecia UK, which offers help, advice and support to people whose hair loss has been caused by the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata and its related conditions, is once again planning a grand day out at one of the country’s most popular theme parks.

The charity will be descending on Alton Towers on 8th April 2017, for what will be their fourth annual group day out to the theme park, which is home to such world-famous attractions as Oblivion and Nemesis.

As well as raising awareness for people with various forms of the condition – from Alopecia Areata which leads to sudden, patchy hair loss of the scalp, to Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis which both cause total baldness of the scalp but can also cause facial hair including eyebrows and lashes to fall out, in addition to all body hair in the case of AU – the day is a fantastic opportunity for those affected, and their friends. to show a united front and share a few laughs.

Alopecia UK Alton Towers Alopecia Awareness DayDistinctive blue T-shirt

All attendees typically wear the charity’s distinctive blue T-shirt/hoodie which, says the charity, “creates a supportive friendly atmosphere in the park and gives everyone a confidence boost, enabling those with alopecia to just relax and enjoy their day with family and friends.”

In the announcement for the big day on their website, Alopecia UK point out that people with the condition often avoid rollercoasters and theme parks, possibly because they wear a wig and worry it may fly off mid-ride, or possibly because they shun crowds as they don’t like being looked at.

With around 180 people expected to attend Alopecia UK’s Alton Towers Day, however, thrill-seekers with hair loss can easily get their rollercoaster fix safe in the knowledge that there is someone else with alopecia nearby. Tickets are on sale now from the charity’s website.

Alopecia Areata is a condition that will affect up to two per cent of all people in their lives. Often, it will be quite a mild case, with a small bald patch that clears up without intervention after several months. Other times, however, there can be multiple patches and even total baldness which can linger or come and go over the course of many years.

For this reason, many adults with the condition seek out the expert help of a specialist hair loss clinic as the moderate, patchy form of this disorder can often be helped significantly with Alopecia Areata treatment.

New treatments for extreme alopecia areata?

Although there are currently no truly effective methods of treating alopecia totalis or alopecia universalis, in the coming years, treatment options for those affected may widen significantly.

There are a number of trials either in progress or having been recently completed that are pointing medical teams in novel directions. Some of the most promising trials – though still rather small in scale – have involved JAK inhibitor drugs that were originally developed to treat certain cancers, rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions. Ruxolitinib and Tofacitinib are the two drugs leading the way in this area and these are being trialled as both oral and topical medications in order to help minimise potentially serious side effects.

If the drugs can be proven long-term and also meet the necessary regulatory and safety requirements, it is likely that a new product or products will be available sometime relatively soon, though nothing new is expected to hit the market until 2020 at the earliest.


Belgravia CentreThe Belgravia Centre

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 Little Princess Trust, a well-regarded UK charity that provides real-hair wigs for children whose hair loss has been caused by the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata or by cancer treatment, has recently expanded its work into an exciting new area.

As well as continuing to provide wigs to children who need them, the charity has pledged just over £500,000 to help fund eight research studies that will explore a number of childhood cancers.

New area for the charity

It is a completely new area for the 10-year-old charity, which has given away more than 4,500 wigs to children over the past decade (1,100 of which were donated in the last year alone) and is a reflection of just how much they continue to touch people’s hearts and inspire fundraising efforts all over the country.

Little Princess Trust Childrens Hair Loss Charity Raises Money for Cancer ResearchWendy Tarplee-Morris is the co-founder of the charity and set up The Little Princess Trust in 2006 in memory of her five-year-old daughter, Hannah, who died the year before. She told her local newspaper, The Hereford Times: “Up until now we have been dealing with the consequences of treatment. It would be amazing to think one day we might contribute to something even greater.”

On their website, the charity adds: “In line with our original objectives, we also really wanted to support the development of less aggressive and less toxic cancer treatments, and earlier this year we were in a position to invite applications for funding from academics and organisations involved in researching the causes of paediatric cancer.

After rigorous review by our Research Advisory Group, we have now committed to funding eight research studies, with a combined value of just over half a million pounds. The selected projects include studies into brain tumours, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, neuroblastoma and acute lymphomblastic leukaemia. And this is just the beginning! Following the success of this round of grants, we will shortly be launching further research funding opportunities in partnership with the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group.”

Roxy Little Princess Trust Hair Loss Charity Hair DonationDifficult to treat in children

Alopecia Areata in children under 16 years of age can be difficult to treat as they do not have the same treatment options available to adults. For many youngsters, a diagnosis is the start of an emotional rollercoaster ride that often includes false hopes when hair starts to regrow and then falls out again, as well as bullying and self-confidence issues. It can be especially difficult when children are in their teenage years.

Hair lost during cancer treatment can lead to equally troubling times for children, though in many cases hair will eventually grow back of its own accord in a year or less. A bespoke, real-hair wig, of course, can help make the experience significantly less stressful.

A common misconception is that the Little Princess Trust helps only girls when, in fact, it helps both boys and girls. The boys charity, which comes under the Little Princess umbrella, is called Hair 4 Boys and is also accessible via the Little Princess website. The charity relies on public support, via hair donations – like that made by Belgravia reception manager, Roxy, pictured – as well as financial contributions in order to help children in need of its serviecs.

Now in its 11th year, Belgravia looks forward to continuing to support this fantastic charity which looks set to capitalise on the huge boost it received during its stellar centenary year in 2016.


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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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Visitors to Belgravia’s flagship hair loss clinic opposite Victoria Station will be familiar with the smiling face of our reception manager, Roxy.

They may also notice a change as of this week after kind-hearted Roxy had 12 inches of her thick, brunette hair cut off in order to donate it to the Little Princess Trust. This UK charity supplies real hair wigs made from the hair donations supporters send in, to boys and girls with hair loss.

Roxy Little Princess Trust Hair Loss Charity Hair DonationBright end to a tough year

In addition to baldness due to types of alopecia areata, one of the main reasons children use the services of the Little Princess Trust is when they lose their hair to cancer treatment. This struck a chord with Roxy who, despite her unwavering welcoming smile, has had a tough year during which various family members were diagnosed or lost their battle with the disease.

Talking about the decision to donate her hair, she explains: “Cancer has been the story of my life this year and I can relate to how it affects people, so if I can put a smile on an innocent child’s face for even one day we’ve beaten cancer.”

Her waist-length hair was cut into a long, modern bob which we’re sure you’ll agree looks fabulous. “I wanted a change,” she says of her new look. “Initially I didn’t want to go so short but I thought ‘why waste all that hair when I could donate it’? So I cut my hair even shorter to try to donate as much as I could.

Now Roxy has a gorgeous new hairstyle and knows that a child with hair loss will benefit from a wig made from her donation, bringing a brighter end to her difficult year.

Roxy Charity Hair Cut Before and AfterCharity’s centenary year

Similarly, earlier this year Belgravia client Laura also donated 12 inches of her hair to the Little Princess Trust too, putting an end to an upsetting period after she developed Alopecia Areata. This common autoimmune disorder causes patchy hair loss and, after making a full recovery thanks to following a bespoke Belgravia alopecia areata treatment course, she decided to donate her hair so that others could benefit from what had previously brought her “nothing but misery“.

Roxy and Laura join a list of celebrities including Harry Styles and Jessie J who have also donated their hair to the charity which celebrated its centenary this year (2016).

In addition to sending hair donations to the charity, they are also keen to receive monetary donations as the charity funds the production of afro hair wigs itself – these cannot currently be made from donated hair – as well as cancer research.

The Belgravia Centre is proud to support such a worthwhile charity and is donating £1,000 to the Little Princess Trust alongside Roxy’s hair donation.


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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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