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Name: Amit

Question: I have seen various argan oil products advertised as hair loss treatments and saying that they will help to regrow hair – is this true? How do you use it? My hair is starting to recede at the front and go a bit thin on top so I want to find something to stop my hair falling out now before it gets too bad.

Answer: Hi Amit, thanks for your question. There is no medical evidence to support any claims that argan oil can treat hair loss. It cannot block the hormone (DHT) in your body which causes male pattern baldness and, therefore, argan oil is not a hair loss treatment.

Argan OilArgan oil is a natural, plant-derived cosmetic product that is used as an acne treatment as well as being a moisturiser for the hair and skin. Rich in vitamin E, which is known to be nourishing to the skin and can help heal scar tissue, the oil has become increasingly popular over the past few years. The current beauty industry craze for argan oil products has led to the government of Morocco – where the argan tree is most commonly found – planning to increase annual production from approximately 2,500 to 4,000 tonnes by 2020, to keep up with demand.

The marketing claims made by some argan oil hair care brands can be misleading. Whilst it will not cure or prevent balding, what the oil can do is improve the condition of your existing hair in the same way any good, deep conditioning treatment would. Having healthy, nourished hair may make it appear fuller and it is likely that this is where some of the ‘thickening’ and ‘hair loss cure’ claims stem from. What it will not do is prevent or block the cause of male hair loss, which means that – left untreated – the hair around the top of the head will continue to thin in those who are susceptible to this form of genetic hair loss.

As for how you use argan oil, as a conditioning treatment you would generally apply it in the same way you would any other hair conditioner. Once you have washed your hair, towel it dry so that it is damp rather than wet, then rub a few drops of the argan oil between your hands and run them through your hair to coat it with the oil. Leave this on for the recommended time stated on the product’s label – it is believed it can be beneficial to wrap the head in a towel (ideally a warm one) to help the oil penetrate the hair properly – before rinsing it out.

Some brands advise you massage your scalp with argan oil to stimulate it in order to promote hair growth. The logic behind this is, again, more cosmetic and to do with improving the condition of the skin and hair – it is nothing to do with treating hair loss and is highly unlikely to make your hair grow any quicker. It is, however, therapeutic in terms of being relaxing and helping to combat stress, which is good as stress can play a role in triggering or worsening hair loss.

Whilst massaging your scalp will help to improve the circulation of blood flow to the area – an essential factor for healthy hair – this has not been proven to boost hair growth or prevent hair loss. In fact, if you are not treating the root of the problem – the hereditary sensitivity to DHT – then increasing blood flow to the hair follicles will also help the DHT to circulate, which may make your hair loss worse!

There are only two medically-proven hair loss treatments for male pattern hair loss, both of which are licensed by the MHRA in the UK and the FDA in the USA. These are Propecia and minoxidil. Whilst using argan oil may improve the look of your existing hair, if you are concerned about signs of thinning you should speak to a hair loss expert who will be able to devise a personalised hair loss treatment plan tailored to your specific situation and stage of balding. You can find hundreds of examples showing the type of regrowth Belgravia clients have achieved through following specialised treatment programmes, in our Hair Loss Success Stories. 


The Belgravia Centre Hair Loss ClinicThe 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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Rogaine (known as ‘Regaine’ in the UK) has recently launched a new once-a-day foam treatment for female pattern hair loss with 5% minoxidil, in the United States. The new product has been introduced in addition to Rogaine’s existing product for women, which is a twice-per-day solution containing 2% Minoxidil.

Women's Rogaine Once Per Day FoamIs Minoxidil foam effective for treating hair loss?

According to reports from the manufacturer, clinical data showed that use of the product for 24 weeks results resulted in ‘some’ hair regrowth for 81% of the women who took part in the trial. However, it is not known what level of regrowth was achieved by these users or the stage of their hair loss when they started these trials.

Although the foam format of the product is designed to make it ‘fit into the regular beauty routine’ of the user, the evidence suggests this is probably less effective than a liquid product of the same strength. An ongoing Belgravia survey has discovered that men who have used the 5% liquid Regaine reported better results than those who have used Regaine 5% foam.

The reason for this may be to do with how effectively a foam is able to reach the scalp and soak into the skin. In order for a foam product to work as intended, it needs to be applied directly to the scalp to enable it to penetrate the skin. The directions for the Regaine foam products do instruct the user to massage it into the scalp, but it’s likely the hairloss product would also be absorbed into the hair by applying it in this way, meaning less of the foam gets to the affected areas.

Minoxidil as a hair loss treatment for women

Minoxidil is the only medically-proven treatment for genetic hair loss in women. It is medically licensed by the MHRA in the UK and approved by the equivalent body, the FDA in the USA.

Minoxidil encourages hair growth by reactivating dormant hair follicles. When applied to the scalp and absorbed into the scalp, minoxidil is converted into ‘minoxidil sulphite’, which is thought to activate potassium channels in cells, stimulating growth.

Whilst minoxidil has been seen to successfully reduce hereditary hair loss and boost hair growth for many, the degree of success will depend on the specific individual’s stage of hair loss and the duration of their condition before seeking professional assistance. If you are concerned about thinning hair or female hair loss it is best to seek expert advice as soon as possible.

Belgravia’s bespoke minoxidil

Female Pattern Hair Loss Patient Before and After PhotosBelgravia’s hair loss experts recommend personalised, comprehensive female hair loss treatment programmes featuring our bespoke minoxidil formulations, based on their diagnosis of your condition. Our exclusive minoxidil preparations feature MPG, Azelaic Acid and caffeine. These booster ingredients are particularly important as they can act as a substitute for the men-only hair loss medication, Propecia, by helping to block DHT – the hormone which causes pattern hair loss in those who are susceptible.

These treatment plans are designed specifically for each client and our patients – as well as many of their friends and families – are often amazed at the results they experience. You can find out more about our high strength minoxidil by calling us on 020 7730 6666.

There are many examples in our photographic Hair Loss Success Stories of clients who have used our treatments to fight female hair loss. These include Diane, pictured here, who said of her treatment, “Very happy and I can see results within the first year“. Click on the photos to view her Success Story in full.


The Belgravia Centre Hair Loss ClinicThe 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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New products designed to conceal hair loss are always being released, but the latest ‘KeraFiber’ powder promises to thicken the appearance of your hair instantly. Is this new craze just a flash in the pan, or does it provide real results for men and women affected by hair loss?

Kerafiber keratin hair fibre hair loss concealer product

Hair loss concealers such as KeraFiber mask, rather than treat, thinning hair

With eight million UK women with hair loss and a quarter of men affected by thinning hair by the time they are in their 30s, a product designed to conceal hair loss is sure to be in demand. KeraFiber is made from keratin, a protein naturally found in our skin, hair and nails. Statically charged fibres work by bonding to the user’s natural hair, for a secure hold. This thickens the appearance of the hair and can be set by using hairspray. The product is already proving popular with celebrity hair and make-up artists in the US and is now available in the UK.

Fibre hair loss concealers: nothing new

Fibre hair loss concealers are nothing new – Toppic and Couvre came out 30 years ago, and Nanogen previously released their ‘Nanofibres‘ product, which also uses microscopic keratin fibres to artificially add thickness and volume to hair. The fibres come in a pepper pot-style shaker which is applied to the scalp for a supposedly natural looking effect.

It is worth noting that keratin fibre concealers can only be used if you have some hair remaining on your scalp. They are not suitable for anyone who is completely bald and, if the underlying cause of your hair loss is not treated (as opposed to masked) your hair may continue to shed until these concealers no longer work.

Masking symptoms versus treating the cause

These keratin fibre concealers may be a ‘quick fix’ option for anyone looking to conceal hair loss or thinning hair, but remember they simply mask symptoms rather than treating the root cause of hair loss.

The average person sheds around 100 hairs a day, but if you have started to notice more hairs than usual in your brush or on your pillow, it’s time to see a professional hair loss expert who can diagnose the cause and prescribe a personalised hair loss treatment plan, if appropriate.

There are many different hair loss conditions, from genetic baldness, through to autoimmune conditions such as Alopecia, or lifestyle-related hair loss – many of which can be treated. The best treatment plan will vary according to what kind of hair loss you have and how advanced it is.


Belgravia Centre Hair Loss ClinicThe 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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Hot on the heels of the Theradome laser helmet which claims to reduce hair loss in women, comes the LaserCap.

What is the LaserCap?LaserCap - The Latest Wearable LLLT Hair Loss Treatment Device

The LaserCap is a flexible dome-shaped plastic membrane containing 224 low level lasers, which can be worn inside a cap or hat. Like the Theradome, it is designed to be a wearable solution to treating hair loss using low-level laser treatment (LLLT). LaserCap claims its portable, hands-free device will treat female and male hair loss, thinning, shedding and receding hair lines. The brand also describe the insert as ‘an anti-ageing treatment for the hair and scalp’.

Fits inside your own headwear

The LaserCap insert should be charged using the rechargeable battery pack provided, then worn inside your own headgear, or one of the caps provided with the device.

Once in place and turned on, the low-level lasers, which cover the top of the head, bathing it in red light, emit the therapeutic light which is used in all forms of LLLT and is scientifically-proven to boost hair regrowth.

The general guidance with regards to how long you should wear the LaserCap for, is to have three 20-minute sessions per week, and definitely no more than a 1 hour session every other day. However, the brand notes no formal tests have been carried out on use of the LaserCap beyond the 3 x 20 minute sessions. Users are directed to consult their doctor for specific advice on the timing best suited to them.

The main focus in the marketing of this insert, aside from the convenience angle, is that it uses ‘optimal power’. This means the LaserCap has been designed to deliver up to 4 Joules/cm2 of laser light energy to the scalp per treatment session. This is the power level shown to produce maximal cell activation in other LLLT devices.

Efficacy of the LaserCap

The LaserCap has not seemingly undergone any clinical trials yet as the double-blind LLLT study available from their website researches the efficacy and safety of a competitor’s low-level laser therapy device – the HairMax LaserComb.

The general science behind LLLT appears to be the main foundation for LaserCap’s claims that its treatment is ‘scientifically-proven’. Low-level laser light is clinically proven to promote hair growth. It does so by aiding respiration, micro-circulation, metabolism and protein synthesis at the cellular level and by increasing blood-flow to the scalp and hair follicles.

Developed in Ohio, USA, the LaserCap is not currently cleared for hair loss treatment by the FDA.

As hair transplant surgeon, Robert Haber, MD explains, ‘LaserCap uses the same laser diode wavelength and output power per laser as an FDA-cleared low-level-laser device for hair re-growth; however, LaserCap has 224 laser diodes versus 9 laser diodes in the FDA-cleared device and LaserCap treats the entire affected scalp with an accurate and adjustable light dosimetry’.

LaserCap states that the device is suitable for use with minoxidil and Propecia, and advise anyone taking male or female pattern hair loss treatments continue to use them in conjunction with their insert. This is because these are the only proven treatments for combatting hair loss. This information suggests – as we would expect – that the gadget is better suited to use as part of a pharmaceutical hair loss treatment plan, to boost the effects of established medications for stopping and reversing hair loss.

Other laser devices for treating hair loss

HairMax LaserComb Whilst the convenience of the LaserCap sounds promising, until further clinical trials have been carried out and FDA-clearance granted, hair loss sufferers may want to consider alternative options.

The recently-released Theradome was the first wearable LLLT device for hair loss treatment. Designed by a NASA scientist, the helmet has been cleared by the FDA for use by women and is pending approval for use by men. It has not yet been tested on either men or women with dark brown or black skin, however, this is also true of the HairMax LaserComb which has been found to work well on users with dark skin tones, despite a lack of studies.

The most popular laser therapy device is currently the award-winning HairMax LaserComb. Cleared by the FDA for use by men and women in treating hair loss, we recommend the LaserComb as part of a comprehensive hair loss treatment programme and include the device free of charge with most Belgravia plans. The LaserComb’s patented hair-dividing action allows the lasers to get straight to the scalp, rather than being stuck in the hair. We have found that using the HairMax LaserComb in conjunction with medically-proven hair loss treatments, helps to boost their effects and aids healthy hair regrowth.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. Please check back for updates.


The Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is the UK’s leading hair loss clinic, with two locations in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation or complete our online consultation form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our extensive Hair Loss Success Stories gallery, which is the largest collection of ‘Before & After’ treatment pictures in the world, demonstrating the levels of success that so many of our 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 company claims its new Theradome laser helmet is the first wearable laser scalp treatment to “stop hair loss, thicken existing hair and grow new hair”, but can this helmet really cure baldness?

Designed by a former NASA scientist, to be worn twice per week for 20 minutes at a time, the headgear is marketed more towards women with hair loss issues as, currently, the Theradome has only been FDA-cleared for use by women with their FDA clearance for men still pending

The cordless hair restoration device uses 80 cooling lasers that provide over 560 mW of low level laser therapy. This is meant to grow new, healthy hair whilst doubling the hair follicle size of existing hair, in addition to slowing down or stopping hair loss, with no side effects. Can this helmet cure baldness?

Theradome claims to show results over a period of over 100 weeks. After 18-24 weeks Theradome advises your hair will be ‘cleaner, more manageable…with improved lustre and fuller body’, with thicker, longer hair and a healthier scalp occurring after 26-50 weeks of continued use of the helmet. From 52 weeks they say you will start to see ‘the hairs on the top of the head and the vertex will start filling in’, then from the 100 week treatment mark onwards, Theradome claims users will experience ‘fuller and thicker hair will result with continued use’.

Two clinical trials were conducted by Theradome and their results state that the hair loss helmet was proven to regrow hair in 98% of users. Additionally, the studies found that hair thickness, volume and density increased by 200% within six weeks.

Our highly respected hair transplant partner, Dr Bessam Farjo, told the Daily Mail: ‘I do believe that laser technology has validity, but I’m sceptical of the specific claims made by Theradome GB that this particular headgear has the ability to increase the hair shaft diameter by 200 per cent. I have not seen any scientific evidence to support this.

‘It’s great to see businesses putting resources to the development of this technology, but more scientific results are needed to back-up the huge claims that Theradome is making.’

From the information available, this helmet appears to be potentially more of a hair growth booster rather than a hair loss treatment. Whilst hair growth boosters are an integral part of any full hair loss treatment programme, for optimum results they should be used alongside specialist medications developed to stop hair loss and start the regrowth process.

Theradome advises its helmet can be used alongside other hair loss treatments, stating that by doing so ‘your hair recovery will be even more rapid than just taking the pills alone.’

The laser therapy operates  in a similar way to the convenient HairMax LaserComb which, unlike the Theradome, is FDA-cleared for use by both men and women. A complimentary HairMax LaserComb can be included within most of Belgravia’s treatment courses.

These types of Hair Growth Boosters work primarily by stimulating the scalp to increase blood flow to the area, reducing inflammation of the scalp which can also help with scalp conditions such as dermatitis. This stimulus encourages hair growth, allowing the regrowth medication (usually Minoxidil) to work more effectively, whilst maintaining the condition of the hair and scalp.

If you would like our hair loss specialists to provide personal advice on the best course of treatment for your condition, call us on 020 7730 6666 or send us a message to book your free consultation. If you are unable to get to either of our Central London hair loss clinics, just complete our Online Diagnostic Form.

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MHRA Medical License X | FDA Approval X | Food Supplement Tick

MediGro is a product that is advertised as a treatment for hair loss. The product is a supplement, similar to a number of other hair supplements such as Procerin, Provillus and Hair Vitalics. None of these supplements are medications, and none have ingredients that are proven to assist in the prevention of hair loss.

MediGro contains a blend of ingredients (listed below) that has been titled the ‘GroMax’ blend by its manufacturers. Each of the ingredients contained are natural, supplemental products.

MediGroClinical efficacy (the effectiveness and safety of a product) is decided following large-scale clinical trials for medications. Medications that are clinically proven to carry out any medical purpose will be licensed by a medical regulatory body (if they are safe to use) such as the MHRA in the UK and the FDA in the USA. The only two medications that have been clinically proven to prevent hair loss and regrow hair, and are licensed by both the MHRA and FDA are minoxidil and Propecia. These two products were part of large-scale clinical trails on thousands of participants, and it was found that they did improve hair growth for men and women (Propecia men only) with genetic hair loss.

For more information on the medically proven treatments for hair loss and how to achieve the very best levels of hair regrowth please visit our Hair Loss Treatment page.

MediGro Ingredients

  • OptiMSM™
  • Horsetail
  • Kelp
  • L-arginine
  • Zinc
  • L-lysine
  • Biotin
  • Spirulina
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MHRA Medical License X | FDA Approval X | Food Supplement Tick

Hår Vokse is a supplement marketed for the prevention of hair loss. Like similar products Nourkrin and Viviscal, Har Vokse contains minerals and vitamins in addition to a marine protein extract from a ‘deep sea fish living along the Norwegian costline’.

Hår Vokse is an unlicensed product that claims on its website to have carried out a clinic study in 2001 that was published in the Journal of International Medical Research. Like any other unlicensed product, marketing for Har Vokse is not entitled to make claims of hair loss prevention or hair regrowth.

Har VokseThe Medicines and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are responsible for approving medicinal products in the UK and US respectively, and licensing them for a specific purpose once they have unequivocally demonstrated safety and efficacy in treating that condition. You can therefore only be
sure that a product is effective to its stated cause if it has been licensed by these bodies.

There are two products that have been licensed by both the UK and US medical regulatory bodies, these are Propecia and minoxidil. Both of these products are medically proven to prevent hair loss and regrow hair. Find out more about clinically proven hair loss treatments.

For more information on the most well known products that are marketed for hair loss, please visit our hair loss products page.

Har Vokse Ingredients

Natural Marine Protein Comlex™ – marine polysaccharides.
Amino acids
Zinc gluconate
Extracts of grape skin and grape seeds (antioxidants)
Vitamin B-complex
Vitamin E
Vitamin C
Chlorophyll

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For information on the bespoke minoxidil products available from The Belgravia Centre please contact us by calling 020 7730 6666 or arrange a free consultation.

Below we have provided a selection of Belgravia’s hair loss success stories. Click on an image for the full success story, or view our full gallery of hair loss success stories.

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Male Pattern Hair Loss Photoscans The Belgravia Centre“I thought doing one of these things would never work but to my surprise after 3 months it began to work!  I saw a big improvement in the crown area and it just kept improving after that, I really would recommend this to anyone who is a bit sceptical about these things, it doesn’t promise to make miracles but if you want a major difference in your hair loss – use these guys!”

Cass

Diagnosis:  Male Pattern Hair Loss 

Male Pattern Hair Loss Comment The Belgravia Centre

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