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A youngster from Nottinghamshire whose hair loss has been caused by Alopecia Universalis is celebrating a bit of good news that will see him fulfilling a childhood cricketing dream.

Fateh Landa, 13, has been playing the sport since he was three and was recently picked as the winner of tickets to see his choice of matches at the June 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.

The teenager, who was nominated in the contest by his dad, selected a clash between India and Pakistan, and says “it has always been one of my dreams to watch India play.

cricketerDifficult few years

Writing about Fateh on the ICC website, the cricketing body doesn’t explain any more details about the contest but it does reveal that the sport-loving youngster was nominated following a difficult few years in which his mum became disabled and had to move into a nursing home and he developed Alopecia Universalis.

The condition is related to the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata, a much better-known disease that will affect around two per cent of all people in their lifetime. While Alopecia Areata treatment when it is in its moderate form which causes patchy hair loss to the scalp only, can produce significant results, treatment for Alopecia Universalis is generally not successful. For that reason, many people who have the condition resort to wearing wigs or scarves. Fateh himself says that he used to cover his head in a scarf when he first started losing his hair.

Fast forward a year or two and cricket has given him the zest he needs to carry on with his life as it was before. He recently played as the under-13s captain of his county, and he hit his first ever century in a match last season.

Playing cricket has enabled me to focus on something else, and stopped me worrying about my condition,” says Fateh. “It has had a massive effect on me.

His father, Gurj, added: “It’s very difficult for him not having his mum around, and to look different to everyone else. Cricket has helped him gain a lot of confidence. I’m very proud of him.”

A passion can be therapeutic

Having a passion in sport or some other activity is frequently cited as a terrific way for someone with Alopecia Areata or one of its related conditions to stop focusing on their hair loss. While the crushing effects of losing all your hair can never be overstated, those who are able to immerse themselves in something they love often find this to be very therapeutic.

Allen Smith, for example, was 17 when his hair started falling out – his passion for music, he said, saw him through his darkest moments with autoimmune hairloss. Rugby star Heather Fisher, meanwhile, spoke last year about how she refuses to dwell on her baldness (also caused by Alopecia Areata) and stays focus on the sport she loves instead.

A visit to a specialist clinic can be very worthwhile for anyone whose hairloss has been caused by Alopecia Areata, as treatment may be possible. If it is not, it can be helpful to have a knowledgeable hair loss expert to talk to and also, perhaps, to catch up on new developments that are in the works which may offer hope to people with severe forms of the condition.


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An Australian woman who wanted to give her hair a boost with some salon-fitted extensions has discovered that hair loss may sometimes arise as a result of this kind of styling.

According to the Daily Mail, Jenny Fleming of Sydney had dreams of “luscious flowing locks” and made an appointment at a hair extension specialist in the west of the city.

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View Belgravia’s Traction Alopecia Treatment Success Stories (Please note the clients pictured here and below are not Ms Fleming who is mentioned in this article)

Hair falling out

Unfortunately, however, Ms Fleming claims that it wasn’t long before the stress that the hair extensions were placing on her scalp caused her real hair to fall out. This is a far from uncommon occurrence when people have extensions or weaves as they are usually tightly fastened to a customer’s own hair near the roots. As well as the extra weight they add, tightly securing extensions so that they do not come loose and look natural, can cause excessive stress on the follicles. This, in turn, can cause hairloss both at the sites where the extensions are secured to the existing hair as well as around the hairline as this area bears the strain, weakening the follicles as a result.

Hair loss caused in this way is known as Traction Alopecia.

One key aspect of the story that the newspaper picked up on was the salon’s seemingly underwhelmed response to Ms Fleming’s increasingly worried texts. “I am really freakin’ out, girls!” she wrote to the salon in one of her messages. “It’s clearly my hair here and I can see my own hair in the strands of the others [extensions] that have already fallen out.

As the problem escalated, Ms Fleming posted a picture of herself to the salon in which she is sporting a small, round bald patch on the top of her head. This actually looks more like an entirely separate condition named Alopecia Areata. It is not a hair loss condition as such as it is classified as an autoimmune disorder, and the net result in most cases is sudden, circular bald patches of this nature.

Importantly, one of several suspected triggers for Alopecia Areata is sudden extreme stress.

Experts at a reputable hair loss clinic would be able to easily diagnose both conditions and explain the best course of action. Traction Alopecia treatment begins with a client agreeing to change to a less problematic hairstyle – in the case of Ms Fleming this would mean removing the hair extensions entirely and wearing her hair down. Following a bespoke treatment course featuring topical applications of recommended high strength minoxidil formulations, combined with appropriate hair growth boosters, can often help the hair to recover and regrow.

Similarly, Alopecia Areata treatment, can also be effective in cases of bald spots caused by this autoimmune disorder. If – as is entirely possible – both hair loss conditions present simultaneously, then a hair loss specialist will be able to devise a tailored treatment plan to address both issues concurrently.

Potentially permanent

The Mail article concludes with a Facebook posting from Ms Fleming in which she rages about the salon and how she was “ill advised on the correct extensions for my hair type, therefore resulting in potential permanent hair loss.” She is not being alarmist, as it is entirely possible for follicles to sometimes become so damaged as a result of Traction Alopecia that they no longer function, resulting in permanent hair loss.

Experts tend to agree, however, that almost any hairstyle can safely be worn in moderation – meaning that styles such as braids and high ponytails or buns are mostly fine if they are alternated often – though hair loss specialists rarely recommend hair extensions. If people insist on them, it is advisable to wear them infrequently and for the extensions to be clip ins – not tape-ins or weaves – that can be quickly added and removed again before bed in order to help minimise potential damage.


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Researchers in Egypt are to begin a two-year study to try and obtain conclusive results that show a correlation between eye disease and Alopecia Areata, the autoimmune disorder that leads to sudden, patchy hair loss.

A team at the country’s Assiut University has announced that it will test the eye health of people with Alopecia Areata in order to try and ascertain whether there is a pattern between the condition, which is classed as an autoimmune disorder, and eye problems.

Direct correlation not yet proven

Eye health issues ocularIn the past, multiple cases have been recorded where people with Alopecia Areata also have an eye condition, but a direct correlation has never been proven.

As the team states on its clinicaltrials.gov trial registration: “Alopecia Areata may have other serious comorbidities, such as cardiovascular and ocular. However, the results of studies of ocular findings in AA are controversial… there are contrasting opinions on the significance of these lenticular changes.”

Among the eye problems that have been seen are cataracts, Horner syndrome, pupil ectopia, iris atrophy and retina issues. A recent study in Ankara, Turkey, noted that people with Alopecia Areata often seem to have Dry Eye Disease.

The ultimate goal of the Egyptian study, states the team behind it, is to ascertain whether or not ocular screening should be carried out in each and every patient who reports to a clinic with Alopecia Areata.

Understanding alopecia areata

The study is unlike most trials pertaining to the disease, as these are generally interested in testing out a potential new cure. Although specialist Alopecia Areata treatment for the patchy, scalp-only form of the condition can often produce compelling regrowth, there are currently there no effective methods for treating the more extreme forms, Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis. These cause hair loss of the head and whole body, respectively.

For this very reason, trials are underway in multiple locations all over the world to see if new drugs can be developed that will help regrow lost hair in people who have even the most severe forms of autoimmune alopecia. Complications abound, however, with everything from poor test results to unpleasant side effects caused by the drugs involved standing in the way of new possibilities.

That’s not to say there haven’t been success stories: researchers in the US, for example, have been testing drugs known as JAK inhibitors and have seen very encouraging results. Some of these drugs are, however, among those associated with adverse side-effects.

Alopecia Areata is a perplexing condition; it is certainly not something the medical community can confidently say it fully understands and knows how to “switch off”, with most people generally accepting that it has several triggers that kick-start its onset in people who are susceptible to it.

One immunologist in the US perhaps hit the nail on the head last year when he said it was “just diabetes of the hair follicle.”

What is particularly interesting with regards the new study in Egypt is that it could yield fruit on two counts if certain links between Alopecia Areata and eye disease are found. Not only might it be possible that people with Alopecia Areata are able to act early to alleviate eye conditions, but it may also open up new lines of research into why the condition causes hair to fall out and why the eye is somehow involved.


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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 Universalis child hair loss children kids alopecia areataName: Ann

Question:  I have a problem with my son. 4 years ago he had alopecia universalis. My son didn’t suffer before from nothing. In the first moment that happened this he had high leucocitose (11), euzinofili and deficiencies of vitamin D. One year after his alopecia I made a cure with prednisolon 10 mg in the day, 5 mg methotrexat in a week and 5 mg folsan. The hair turned totally back for 3 months. When we decided to reduce the amount of this cure, it restarted the same situation. One year after we decided to remake another time the same cure. It was the same situation. May I hope in miracle?

Answer: Hi, Ann. The type of hair loss you say your young son is affected by is autoimmune in nature. It is an enigmatic condition which can come and go of its own accord, though if or when the sudden hair fall or spontaneous regrowth will occur is unable to be predicted.

Affecting the whole body from head to toe, Alopecia Universalis is the most severe form of a group of autoimmune hair loss conditions known as Alopecia Areata. Whilst there are effective alopecia areata treatment options available to those aged 16 years and over with the patchy, scalp-only form of this condition, there is currently no truly compelling treatment for alopecia universalis.

We do not treat Alopecia Universalis here at Belgravia for this very reason. We also do not treat hair loss in children who are under 16 years of age.

Various studies have linked vitamin D to alopecia areata although there is no conclusive, overwhelming evidence yet to prove these links yet, especially when it comes to children.

We would advise you to discuss these concerns plus any dietary changes, or home remedies you are trying or wish to try, with your son’s doctor first. It is highly inadvisable and dangerous to make your own ‘cure’ using medications so we do strongly suggest you take this approach to ensure your son’s safety and well-being. Hair loss charities such as Alopecia UK can also provide additional assistance and information, including peer support.


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Researchers in Egypt are building on findings of their countrymen by conducting a new trial into the role that vitamin D may play in hair loss.

Vitamin DThe new study, which is being overseen by university researchers in the city of Assiut, is focused on androgenetic alopecia, more commonly referred to as Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss. It hopes to recruit 90 participants for the study which will comprise three equal groups: men with genetic hair loss, women with genetic hair loss and a mixture of male and female subjects with no hair loss conditions.

Each will have their serum level of vitamin D measured via blood tests.

Vitamin D receptors expressed in follicles

In the details of the study submitted to clinicaltrials.gov, Miral Hassan at the University of Assiut states: “Basically, Vitamin D is a modulator of both innate and adaptive immune systems through its various effects on T and B lymphocytes, dendritic cells and macrophages. There is a well-established causal connection between vitamin D deficiency and some autoimmune diseases, and possible association with some hair disorders, as it has been demonstrated that vitamin D receptors are strongly expressed in hair follicles and keratinocytes.”

She goes on to add that, “Such an expression was found to be necessary for maintenance of the normal hair cycle. Also, it has also been shown that lack of vitamin D receptors (VDR) reduces epidermal differentiation and hair follicle growth, and that an optimum concentration of Vitamin D3 is essential to delay aging and hair loss.”

One study likely to be of influence is the recent trial by fellow Egyptian researchers, this time in Cairo, who investigated levels of vitamin D receptors in the skin and blood of 60 participants by taking blood samples and lesional scalp biopsies for examination.

They found that people with androgenetic alopecia and also Alopecia Areata, the autoimmune disorder that leads to sudden, patchy hair loss, had noticeably lower VDR levels than those in a control group.

Long-term link with hair loss

Vitamin D and hair loss conditions have been linked for some years, but no one has yet been able to ascertain whether or not a topical – possibly fortified – vitamin D solution is of any use at regrowing hair. It seems that this is in fact unlikely, as it would be a relatively easy thing to trial and anecdotal stories of DIY home treatments that had worked would be abundant, when they are not. Indeed, clinically-proven medications involved in promoting hair growth as part of a hair loss treatment course do not currently make use of vitamin D in any form.

Currently the only MHRA and FDA approved medication known to encourage hair growth in both men and women with genetic hairloss is minoxidil. This vasodilator is applied directly to the areas of the scalp where it is needed and, although it is only approved for use in cases of male and female pattern hair loss, Belgravia has seen great success in using high strength minoxidil preparations when treating other conditions too, including Alopecia Areata.

This isn’t to say that ensuring you are well topped up on vitamin D levels is a waste of time, however. UK Government guidelines released last year stated that vitamin D supplements should actually be taken by everyone. “To protect bone and muscle health, everyone needs vitamin D equivalent to an average daily intake of 10 micrograms,” they wrote.

An alternative way of trying to hit the recommended daily intake is to ensure you eat a balanced diet that includes sensible amounts of natural sources such as fatty fish and eggs.

For those noticing thinning hair or sudden hair fall, a visit to a specialist clinic for an assessment and diagnosis from a trained specialist is likely to prove more beneficial as hair loss is rarely caused by one sole factor.


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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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One of the hardest things that people whose hair loss has been caused by Alopecia Areata ever have to do is “go public” with their condition, with many choosing to conceal bald patches with hairpieces, wigs or head coverings.

So when Eve Betts, a young Welsh beauty therapist with Alopecia Areata, took off her wig within minutes of meeting a fellow hopeful on Channel 4 TV show First Dates, it was an extremely powerful snippet of TV.

First dates wigHuge moment

The condition is not common, though up to two per cent of the population will be affected by it in their lifetime. And while Ms Betts has had her whole life to get used to the disorder – her hair first fell out when she was just three – it was still a huge moment for the 22-year-old.

Appearing on the show wearing a long black wig, Ms Betts was seen opposite a fellow love-hungry hopeful named Jordan, a male teaching assistant who also hails from Wales. When he revealed that he used to wear a top knot, also known as a man bun, she decided it was as good a moment as any to disclose her own hair-related secret. Ms Betts removed her wig to reveal an almost completely bald head, which she has had tattooed on the side.

According to news reports, this was the first time Ms Betts, who lives near Bridgend, had ever been out on a date without wearing her wig.

Social media responded extremely well to the footage, with many pointing out that Ms Betts is beautiful without needing to conceal her hairloss. The Welshwoman herself seems to have emerged from her TV appearance with a lot of positivity, too. “Since doing the show I have been a lot more open on a personal level,” she is quoted as saying. “I am so glad that I did it. I hope I can help young girls feel better about themselves.”

Meanwhile on her Twitter page, she posted: “Thank you everyone for your messages of support and all the love (cringe), but I do appreciate it so much.” You can watch the clip of her First Dates big reveal below. Continues beneath video…

Treatment options for Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata treatment is one way that people with the scalp-only version of the condition can gain confidence. At Belgravia this involves using topical applications of high strength minoxidil in recommended formulations, to help encourage hair growth. It is precisely for this reason that many people with the disorder try and conceal it, sometimes using hair extensions and weaves, though these can sometimes add to the problem if attached too tightly to a person’s own hair. This can then lead to an entirely different hairloss condition named Traction Alopecia.

British charity Alopecia UK is a wonderful resource for anyone newly-diagnosed with Alopecia Areata and its related, more severe conditions, Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis. As well as offering advice and support, they also have a number of events scattered across the year where people whose hair has been lost to the autoimmune disorder can meet others in the same boat.

Ms Betts would likely be a great role model for the charity. “I wanted to do the show to prove to people that it’s completely normal and that there is nothing wrong with having alopecia,” she said.


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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 much-anticipated clinical trial into the use of a potent new drug on people whose hair loss is caused by Alopecia Areata has been temporarily put on hold by America’s Food and Drug Administration.

Massachusetts-based Concert Pharmaceuticals was in the process of recruiting 100 people with the bald-patch-causing autoimmune disorder for a Phase 2a double-blind trial designed to see if its modified version of an existing drug named ruxolitinib was both safe and effective.

Concert’s version, which it has called CTP-543 and which is designed to stay in the bloodstream for longer than the drug on which it is modelled, was to be tested over a 12-month period. But US Government intervention on May 17 has now put a dent in the company’s schedule.

Shares in the company fell by around 10 per cent on the day of the announcement.

Advice on Ways to Stop Hair LossReview of studies is needed

According to Concert’s website, the FDA had previously informed the company that it could initiate the Phase 2a clinical trial. However, before volunteers were given their first doses of the drug the FDA told the Company that a review of certain recently completed non-clinical toxicology studies is required before proceeding.

Apparently the FDA did not cite a safety concern, but they intend to review these additional non-clinical data as support for the one-year dosing duration as planned in the trial.

Concert states that it is “working diligently with the FDA to resume enrolment in the Phase 2a trial as quickly as possible.”

The US government body’s decision is sure to have been a blow to Concert Pharmaceuticals, the company clearly having hoped to see exploitable results from its much-anticipated study, the roots of which can be found in a 2016 phase 1 clinical trial. Around a dozen clinics had been lined up to administer the drugs and monitor patients and these are presumably now on stand-by.

The drug that the Concert treatment is based on – ruxolitinib – is part of a group of drugs known as JAK inhibitors, which were originally developed to treat everything from rheumatoid arthritis to certain cancers. Their ability to regrow hair on people who had lost it to Alopecia Areata (and also more severe forms of the disorder, Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis) were discovered almost by chance. Today, several different companies and research bodies are involved in trials to ascertain how effective these may be in treating all kinds of Alopecia Areata and, in at least one case, their scope extends to genetic hair loss, too.

Concert’s unique take on proceedings is to use a “deuterium-modified analog” of the drug which may result in less frequent doses.

New era for treatment?

The company’s President and CEO, Roger Tung, recently said that the world could be about to enter a new era in which novel treatments for Alopecia Areata that target the underlying biology of what is widely-accepted to be a particularly complex condition enter the market.

Indeed, there are currently no FDA-approved treatments for the condition – although Alopecia Areata treatment at Belgravia involves the use of topical preparations of high strength minoxidil, applied directly to the bald patches. Minoxidil is one of two medically-proven treatments licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA for treatment of pattern hair loss in men and women. On many occasions, however, encouraging results – and even full regrowth – have been seen when using recommended formulations as part of a custom alopecia areata treatment course.


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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 areata the belgravia centre 17 05 17A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Alopecia Areata Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Ms B, pictured, is pleased to have seen full regrowth since she started treating her patchy hair loss at Belgravia.

Read Ms B’s Belgravia Centre review and see her regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating patchy hair loss from Alopecia Areata by clicking the relevant button below…

 

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Researchers at the University of Washington have been investigating how logging what they eat on Instagram can help people lose weight, and their findings suggest that people who are being treated for hair loss could also use the social media image-sharing network to assist their progress.

The research team conducted interviews with 16 dieters who were committed to posting a quick Instagram snap of everything they ate to see how the resultant visual data helped them to get a broad view of what they were eating. Unlike with a regular food journal, which people on a diet are often encouraged to keep, Instagram offers a less intrusive and much quicker solution, and lead author of the study, Christina Chung, said that “The benefits of photos is that it’s much more fun to do than taking out a booklet or typing hundreds of words.”

According to the University’s website, the interviewees said that social and emotional support from other Instagram users helped them stick to their own tracking and healthy eating goals, and many also tried to provide similar support for others.

Instagram photo tracking hair loss treatment hair growth resultsTip of the iceberg

The study is to be presented at a conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, and perhaps represents just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the way the internet and social media in particular are shaping our lives.

Just 12 years ago, anyone who signed up for hair loss treatment, for example, would likely have kept it to themselves, but things are rapidly changing. Thanks to footballer Wayne Rooney and TV stars like James Nesbitt talking openly about tackling their male pattern baldness, as well as female celebrities who have experienced hair loss, including Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Aniston and Ariana Grande, the issue has lost much of its stigma.

For those who are open about the fact that they are taking a proactive approach to dealing with their hair thinning, progress from following a pharmaceutical hair loss treatment course can be just the ticket for chronicling on Instagram, as improvements tend to happen gradually.

After three-to-six months, depending on their initial level of shedding, many people see that their shedding has stopped and often notice visible signs of new hair growth; after a year the levels of regrowth can be significant. By taking a quick Instagram snap every day, week or month, it is easy to create a timelapse-style video that could show many months’-worth of regrowth in just a few seconds.

Keeping track of hair growth progress is an important part of a person’s journey as they go through hair loss treatment. By comparing clear images of their hair before and after starting treatment they can be inspired and motivated by seeing positive changes. Equally, if it appears that over the course of a few months – in order to allow for the natural length of time involved in the hair growth cycle – there have been few changes or any deterioration, it can spur them into further action. Sometimes, the influence of other factors such as an underlying illness, dietary deficiencies or side effects of new medication, can stall hair growth. In these instances, Belgravia clients will have their bespoke treatment course components tweaked in order to ensure they are always using the optimum products for their needs.

Belgravia clients also have regular professional photo scans taken during their quarterly check-ups in order to help both the patient and their treatment team monitor progress. Many clients go beyond this, however, using image-sharing apps to generate support from friends and even from their treatment advisors; Belgravia’s instagram account – @belgraviacentre – is often tagged in clients’ recovery selfies so we can see how they’re getting on between appointments.

Understandably, some people prefer to log developments more privately, taking selfies and then storing them in a special album on their phone. We have heard from clients that, although the album stayed private initially, they are now so proud of their results that the album didn’t stay hidden for long!

Clients getting younger

What is interesting is that many hair loss clinics have seen a steady increase in younger clients experiencing androgenetic alopecia, though there has not yet been a dedicated clinical evaluation of why this is the case. There are two schools of thought: one is that young people, who can easily appear on several different social media accounts throughout the average day, are becoming increasingly pre-occupied with their self-image. Someone who was showing the first signs of losing their hair, therefore, might be getting daily reminders of their thinning, and feel compelled to take action. Awareness of hair loss treatment could be playing a part, too, as many people now know that genetic shedding doesn’t have to be the fast-track to baldness it once was.

The other reason why hair loss clinics are seeing a downward trend in the age of new clients could be to do with stress. Much has been written about the pressures of the modern age – from hellish commutes to unpaid internships to body image and beyond – and young people are often at the sharp end of this. Women in particular are starting to experience female pattern hair loss much earlier in life than was seen in previous generations and this has been linked to the pressures of modern living.

Given that stress can speed up genetic hair loss in men and women, as well as actually being the main cause of some other conditions such as Telogen Effluvium, it is equally possible that incidence levels are rising.

Most hair regrowth journeys begin with a diagnosis of their hair loss condition by an expert, followed by advice about what can be done and an explanation of the products that are available. A free consultation at Belgravia is frequently described by clients as a friendly and stress-free way to get the ball rolling.


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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 young woman from Wales has spoken to a national newpaper website about how her love of sport helped her to deal with the hair loss she endured as a result of having a severe form of the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata.

Gemma Nelson, 22, started suddenly losing her hair to the condition seven years ago and while she suffered no bullying at school (“everyone was really supportive,” she tells Wales Online), she found her confidence was dented because people would look at her in the street. “I found that quite difficult,” she says.

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Like many people affected by the disorder – which can strike anyone at any time, without warning – Gemma was greatly troubled by the diagnosis, and as she had a rather extreme form of Alopecia Areata she was dismayed to hear that treatment options were limited. She started wearing a wig to conceal her bald patches, and says that her eyelashes and eyebrows also fell out – meaning that she likely had a rare form of the disease, either Alopecia Totalis or Alopecia Universalis.

Alopecia Areata causes hair loss because the body is adversely reacting to one of several suspected “triggers”, such as extreme shock or stress, allergies and even seasonal changes. In many cases, the shedding that results from the body attacking itself is seen as small bald spots. Sometimes these grow back of their own accord – but not always.

Alopecia Areata treatment aims to halt the progress of the patchy hair loss and also encourage new hair to regrow. At Belgravia this  but it is not suitable in extreme shedding is seen. Fortunately for Gemma, her hair started to grow back last year, though she still wears hair extensions and a hair piece to cover up a couple of patches where her scalp shows through.

Salvation in netball

Gemma’s salvation, however, has been netball. Immersing herself wholeheartedly into the sport, Gemma has found that her hair-related worries have diminished considerably. She helps to run one of the country’s biggest netball clubs – the North Dragons, based at Wrexham’s Glyndwr University – and as well as working with more than 200 members across 10 teams, she is also soon going to Holland to help coach a British team competing there.

“There is no doubt netball has really helped me get over the problems of alopecia,” she tells Wales Online. “I feel I can be myself and have lots more confidence. I work 21 hours a week as a sales assistant at Next and spend the rest of my time coaching netball, I just love it.

“I enjoy my work and I enjoy my netball. And it also means my alopecia is no longer an issue any more.”

Many people with severe cases of Alopecia Areata like Gemma are currently waiting with baited breath to see if the success seen during recent trials into a potential new treatment option can be replicated on a larger scale. In small-scale tests it has shown enormous promise on extreme thinning caused by Alopecia Areata.The caveat, however, is that the treatment is based around a rather potent suite of drugs known as JAK inhibitors, which were originally developed to treat an assortment of serious ailments. Accordingly, they come with the risk of some rather severe side-effects – which may make legal clearance of these drugs for use on people with hair-related disorders a long and laborious process.


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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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