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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

alert female pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 19 10 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mrs M, pictured, is pleasantly surprised by the results of her treatment.

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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. 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 risks of developing breast cancer – treatment for which often causes hair loss – appear to be linked to frequent use of hair dye.

The new findings by London surgeon Kefah Mokbel correlate with a previous study by the Finnish Cancer Registry which also observed a possible connection.

While neither set of results are sufficiently strong enough to confirm a true cause and effect relationship, they do suggest that sensible precautions when it comes to dying your hair may be a good idea.

Hair Dye bleaching overdying PPDRise of 14 per cent

According to The Sunday Times, Professor Mokbel –  who is based at the Princess Grace Hospital in London –  found in his study that women who colour their hair have a 14% rise in rates of breast-cancer.

The professor says that he finds the fact that the industry recommends women should dye their hair every four to six weeks somewhat concerning. Instead, he advises that women reduce their exposure to synthetic hair dyes to two to six times per year.

Writing of his findings on Twitter, he further states that it would be preferable to choose hair dyes that contained the minimum concentration of aromatic amines such as paraphenylenediamine, more commonly known as PPD.

Importantly, however, he does come up short of stating that hair dye itself is to blame for causing cancer. “Further research is required to clarify the relationship between hair dyes and breast cancer risk in order to better inform women,” he states.

PPD in hair dyes has been the subject of controversy for several years now, and one of the most memorable incidents involved Wembley-based Marina Williamson who said that she was “hours away from death” after suffering a severe reaction to PPD in a L’Oreal home hair dye that she was using.

A lawyer from the States, meanwhile, began a petition against the chemical’s use in the beauty industry way back in 2011 when he claimed to represent several clients who had experienced adverse side-effects from PPD in home hair dye kits.

In April 2017 American formulations of certain men’s hair dyes containing lead acetate were linked to hairloss as well as a number of health issues. These ranged from gastrointestinal or liver toxicity to cancer. Lead acetate is banned from being used in beauty products within the European Union due to health concerns, but is currently permitted in the USA. It is important for people to be aware of the different country-specific regulations so that they know to check for such ingredients, especially when shopping on the internet when products may be shipped from abroad.

Healthy Hair Cuticle

Healthy Hair Cuticle

Common in darker dyes

PPD is especially common in darker hair dyes, so it pays to be vigilant as it can provoke the body’s immune system and cause a sore, itchy scalp, neck, shoulders, eyelids and ears. Hair loss may be an issue, too, as irritated follicles can shed hair prematurely and thus cause thinning hair. Another possibility is a condition named Telogen Effluvium, which results in all-over thinning. There is treatment for Telogen Effluvium, though in many cases people’s hair regrows naturally around six months after the shedding is triggered.

Powerful chemical dyes can, in extreme cases, burn the scalp, leading to something called Chemical Trauma. If these are surface burns then specialist hair loss treatment may be possible, though for more acute burns where the follicles are destroyed, the hair loss will generally be permanent.

In less severe cases, these dyes can lead to weakened, damaged hair, as can any chemicals used on the hair including hair relaxers and peroxide bleach, causing it to become brittle and liable to snap anywhere along the shaft.

Hair Cuticle Damaged By Colouring

Hair Cuticle Damaged By Colouring

While hair breakage is not a hair loss condition per se, it can certainly give hair a thin, dull and frizzy appearance. This can often be managed with a good haircut, conditioning treatments and, some people also like to help maximise their hair’s potential through taking a food supplement such as Belgravia’s premium hair growth supplement Hair Vitalics.

When possible, natural herbal dyes are generally preferable to chemicals and indeed Professor Mokbel tweets that it is reasonable to assume that hair dyes that consist of natural ingredients such as rose hip and rhubarb would be safe. A patch test is always recommended before applying any type of colour to the hair, whether it is a home hair dye kit being used or a professional salon colouring session.

While no one wants to damage or lose their hair as a result of dyeing it, the suggestion that there might be some sort of correlation between excessive use of strong dyes and cancer is obviously far more troubling. One of the most distressing aspects of cancer treatment is frequently named as the almost inevitable hair loss that ensues. While this can sometimes be minimised by wearing a scalp-cooling device called a cold cap during chemotherapy to inhibit the drugs from reaching the hair follicles, success is not guaranteed.


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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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People whose hair loss has been caused by the all over thinning condition Telogen Effluvium (TE) sometimes find that the clues as to why they have been affected all point to iron deficiency anaemia.

There are a whole host of reasons why somebody may start shedding hair to Telogen Effluvium – a change in medication, stress and extreme diets are amongst them – and anaemia can be one of the most difficult to pin down, largely because it is so under-diagnosed.

Now, however, a new device created by mechanical engineering researchers at the University of Washington may make pinpointing iron-related anaemia far simpler.

Anaemia Steak red meat food eating nutrition ironQuarter of the world suffers from anaemia

There are various different forms of anaemia; all involve a lack of haemoglobin in the blood or a person having fewer red blood cells than normal. This particular research relates to iron-deficiency anaemia which is the type most people mean when referring simply to ‘anaemia’.

According to the university’s website, the researchers have developed a device that is smaller than a toaster which can detect the level of haemoglobin in blood samples using something called optical absorbance. Given that around a quarter of the world suffers from anaemia, a device such as this which improves on the existing – rather complex – techniques for spotting anaemia is much-needed.

For anaemics whose diffuse hair thinning has been initiated by their condition, a simple diagnosis would enable them to take the necessary steps to address any iron deficiencies. This, in turn, should help their hairloss to subside due to the biological stress the untreated illness was placing on their system subsiding.

TE is a temporary condition which predominantly affects women; similarly, anaemia is also more common in women, particularly those of child bearing age due to blood loss during menstruation. Both issues can, however, also present in men.

When TE becomes noticeable it may seem as if the onset it sudden, though this is generally not the case. Once the hairloss has been triggered it takes around three months for the shedding – which occurs from the entire scalp – to start. It will then tend to last for around six months and clear up of its own accord if the underlying cause is dealt with – in this case, if the anaemia is identified and treated. In cases where the cause of the condition remains unchecked, it could become chronic, which lasts for more than six months but is still temporary. In both instances hair loss treatment is possible to help speed up regrowth.

Dealing with anaemic hair loss

If anaemia is identified as the cause of Telogen Effluvium, then by correcting iron intake and seeking out professional help from hair loss experts it should mean that scalps make a full recovery within a reasonably short time-frame. Although shedding a little more hair than normal may not sound that significant, it is possible to lose 50 per cent in hair density, or more in some cases.

It is also worth pointing out that Telogen Effluvium can sometimes exacerbate the conditions male pattern baldness – which affects the top of the scalp often causing defined areas of thinning at the crown and along the vertex, as well as a receding hairline, and can lead to baldness – and female pattern hair loss – which can cause severely thinning hair across the top of the scalp and hairline, particularly at the temples though rarely leads to baldness – in people with a genetic predisposition.

The Belgravia Centre london clinic Womens hairloss treatmentFor those with this predisposition who have not get developed signs of pattern hair loss, it is possible for a bout of Telogen Effluvium or Chronic Telogen Effluvium to bring about its premature onset. This is why it can be wise to seek help from a specialist hair loss clinic upon noticing any unusual and prolonged shedding.

A tailored Telogen Effluvium treatment course can help to accelerate the regrowth process and, at Belgravia, this usually involves the use of topically-applied solutions of high strength minoxidil. The exact scientific reason why minoxidil promotes hair regrowth is not fully understood, but many experts believe that it may be due to the drug dilating the blood vessels around follicles, thus increasing the flow of blood and nutrients to the treated area. It has also been suggested that minoxidil opens up potassium channels in the scalp to encourage hair growth.

Treatment courses may also comprise additional hair growth boosters appropriate to the individual client, including the home-use Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) device, the LaserComb, which is combed through the hair every week to help stimulate the follicles. Belgravia’s exclusive Hair Vitalics hair growth food supplements for , are also incredibly popular and come in separate formulations for men and for women, as their needs differ slightly. Each also contains unique ingredients designed to lower levels of the genetic-hair loss-causing hormone, DHT, as well as key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanicals identified by Belgravia’s hair experts as being beneficial to healthy hair growth, making them highly targeted and far superior to regular vitamin tablets in this respect. 

Neither Hair Vitalics for Men nor Hair Vitalics for Women contain iron; they do, however, contain vitamin C which can increase the body’s iron absorption. Good food sources of iron which can easily be incorporated into a balanced diet include red meat, pork, poultry and seafood, whilst vegetarians and vegans can stock up via dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale, as well as dried fruits, beans and fortified cereals. Iron is one of a number of nutrients that it is important to keep in check as too little or too much can have repercussions including hair loss.


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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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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

alert female pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 16 10 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Ms M, pictured, is very happy with the results of her treatment to date saying “Would recommend to all my friends and family who are facing the same hair problems.”

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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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Maria Fowler and Kelvin BateyIn what could well be a UK first, celebrity couple Maria Fowler and her champion BMX-racing boyfriend Kelvin Batey have taken steps to deal with their hair loss issues by having his ‘n’ her transplants.

The pair signed up for the procedure at one of the UK’s many hair restoration clinics – where operations often cost in excess of £5,000 – and it appears that they underwent hair transplant surgery at roughly the same time. Both Batey and the former TOWIE star went in with the same goal: each wanted to restore their hairline, though the underlying causes of their thinning edges are quite different.

Genetics, hairstyles and hair loss

Men who find that they have a receding hairline can almost always blame the genetic condition Male Pattern Baldness, an extremely common hair loss condition that can strike any time following puberty, though it becomes more likely with each passing decade. Not every man is susceptible to male pattern hair loss, however: it is only those with an inherited genetic predisposition towards it who will be affected.

While genetic hair loss can also affect women – and female pattern hair loss, like its male equivalent, is incredibly common, though far less talked about – it would appear that Ms Fowler’s frontal shedding has a different cause.

What seems likely is that she had lost some hair to Traction Alopecia, an entirely avoidable condition that is a result of choices people make about how to wear their hair. Tight hairstyles that place strain on the scalp, such as braids and high ponytails, are common causes of Traction Alopecia as they place undue stress on the hair follicles. When offending styles are worn frequently they can cause damaged follicles and ensuing hair loss.

Equally problematic and a common a cause of Traction Alopecia today are hair extensions – something Ms Fowler is no stranger to wearing and was even pictured raving about on social media just four days before her transplant. The hairline and temple areas tend to be worst affected, though hair loss and breakage around the sites were the styles or extensions are fixed may also occur, as they bear the brunt of the tension and extra weight from these hairstyles.

An educated guess, therefore, would suggest that overuse of hair extensions and her favoured high ponytail hairstyle may have led to Ms Fowler developing Traction Alopecia. It is unclear what prompted her to take the unusual and drastic step of signing up for surgery to fix her damaged hairline though, especially as there is an effective, non-surgical solution in the form of Traction Alopecia treatment. For Belgravia clients this involves wearing the hair naturally and loosely in order to allow the follicles to recover, whilst using topical applications of recommended formulations of high strength minoxidil to the affected areas, alongside additional hair growth boosters, until sufficient regrowth is achieved.

Pictures of the couple attending a party a short time after their transplants show how they both have what look like a multitude of tiny red dots at the front of their heads. These are from where individual hairs harvested from the back of their heads – where the hair is more abundant – have been painstakingly implanted into their hairlines. Some people have described the procedure as extremely painful, and it is famously slow to perform, with many hours of surgery needed, though the timeframe – like the cost – depends on the number of grafts involved in the operation.

Aftercare and alternatives to hair restoration surgery

Batey will hopefully have been warned by his surgeon that while his new grafts will no longer be susceptible to Male Pattern Baldness, existing hairs surrounding them still will be. If so, he will likely have been told that following an on-going pharmaceutical male pattern hair loss treatment course is advisable. This can reduce the likelihood of thinning around the hairline and also the top of the head, and can even encourage regrowth of new hairs.

Male hair loss treatment is widely used by those interested in stabilising hair fall, encouraging regrowth and preventing baldness, and is the preferred option for many men who would rather not go down the transplant route. There are two clinically-proven, MHRA and FDA-approved medications which are often used as part of a non-surgical treatment programme: finasteride 1mg and minoxidil.

The first, finasteride 1mg is a one-a-day tablet that inhibits the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is DHT which causes the gradual hair thinning associated with male hair loss. It binds to the sensitive follicles around the top of the head and hairline, slowly destroying them. As they become smaller and weaker, this displays outwardly as thinning hair or receding, with increased hair fall. If left unchecked, it can lead to eventual baldness.

Thinning Hair Before and After Male Hair Loss Treatment at The Belgravia Centre - Success

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By minimising the amount of DHT in the system, hair growth should continue unhindered. However, finasteride’s effect on frontal hair loss is unproven. This is one of the key reasons why, at Belgravia, bespoke treatment courses often include recommended formulations of the vasodilator high strength minoxidil from those available at the clinic’s in-house pharmacies.

These solutions are applied directly to the scalp where needed, and help to promote localised blood flow, encouraging healthy hair growth. Belgravia’s hair loss specialists have found this approach, especially as part of a combination treatment course, to be especially effective in cases of stubborn areas, such as a receding hairline or thinning crown.

This two-pronged attack can be further enhanced by the use of additional hair growth boosters. These include follicle-stimulating low level laser therapy (LLLT) via a handheld, home-use device, and nutritional support via highly-targeted Hair Vitalics for Men hair growth supplements.

The results of a systematic review of which hair loss treatments work was published in May 2017, with minoxidil, finasteride and LLLT being confirmed as the most effective. So, bearing this in mind – as well as the fact that top surgeons recommend waiting until at least 30 years of age before considering a transplant – for anyone concerned about signs of hair loss or a receding hairline, having a consultation with a specialist who can provide a diagnosis, advice and treatment recommendations could be a wise first port of call.


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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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Name: Tanya

Question: Hi, I’m in my early 40s and have covered my hair for religious reasons for 15 years. Whilst I’ve always naturally had fairly thin blonde hair, since covering I have been experiencing extreme thinness all over – as well as excessively greasy. Would any treatment still work even though my hair would remain covered even after regrowth, or is there not much point in me trying?
Many thanks.

Religious head covering hair loss womenAnswer: Hi, Tanya. You head covering is unlikely to have any effect either on your hair loss nor diminish the effects of any treatment.

The first thing to do would be to establish why you are experiencing thinning hair. Given the length of time you have been noticing hair fall and your age we would suspect this was due to female pattern hair loss, a common, permanent genetic condition that is inherited and affects the top of the scalp and hairline. However, a consultation would be required in order to provide an accurate diagnosis following assessment by one of our specialists.

On the question of whether or not there is any point in trying hair loss treatment, this is entirely up to you. What we can tell you is that a personalised treatment regime can help to maintain current hair density and improve hair growth as much as possible. Women’s hair loss treatment is based around topical applications of a solution called high strength minoxidil. Although this can cause temporary hair shedding in some people when it is first used, this is generally a good sign that old thin hairs are being shed to make way for stronger regrowth.

In addition to using direct applications of minoxidil, hair growth boosters can be employed to further maximise results, scalp and hair health. These products range from the FDA-cleared LaserComb LLLT home-use device, to nutritional support via Belgravia’s exclusive Hair Vitalics for Women hair growth supplements. These contain a potent blend of high quality, key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botancial extracts identified for their hair-friendly properties, including zinc, biotin, selenium and soy isoflavones – the latter of which have been shown to reduce serum DHT. DHT being the testosterone by-product which causes female pattern hair loss in women with an inherited sensitivity to it.

Belgravia clients following custom hair loss treatment courses generally tend to see improvements within the first three months of starting their course – though this can vary from person to person and depends on the extent of the shedding when starting treatment. If you are curious as to the levels of hair regrowth you may experience from using a personalised treatment course, you could start with a 6 to 12 month regime to try it out. We would certainly, however, recommend a consultation as your first port of call in order to ascertain a confirmed diagnosis as to your hair loss condition so that suitable treatment recommendations can be made accordingly.

With regards oiliness, we recommend washing your hair daily or every other day with a shampoo specifically designed for oily hair. If you wish to use a conditioner, apply it only to the ends of your hair as applying it to the roots will only encourage oiliness.


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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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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

alert female pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 12 10 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Ms L, pictured, is very happy with her regrowth and tells us she “would encourage anyone who has doubts to keep up the treatment”.

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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. 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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Name: Lo

Question: Would a scalp biopsy in the thinning area where FFA is suspected, give a certain pattern in the findings? Thanks

An Example of Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia which Causes a Receding Hairline in Women

An Example of Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia which Causes a Receding Hairline Most Commonly Seen in Women

Answer: Hi, Lo. We are unsure as to whether you have spoken to a specialist regarding your hair loss or whether you are enquiring following self-diagnosis. As such, and because you are not a Belgravia client, the following advice is general and we would advise you to speak to your doctor concerning this issue as well as any potential biopsy.

Biopsy is usually a very good diagnostic method if Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA) is suspected as it gives your specialist plenty of useful information which then helps them to determine the best treatment for you.

FFA is a type of scarring which occurs in a band around the hairline. It is part of a group of conditions known as cicatricial alopecia and cannot be treated in the same way as more common hair loss conditions.

FFA is not something we treat here at Belgravia and is something a doctor should be consulted about as sometimes the condition can be managed using prescription drugs including oral steroids or anti-malarials. In some cases a hair transplant may also be a possibility, though this is decided very much on a case by case basis following assessment by a highly specialised hair restoration surgeon.

It is important to be aware that biopsies, as with any diagnostic tests, can sometimes come back with inconclusive results and may have to be repeated. However, if you suffer from frontal fibrosing alopecia, there are other signs to look for – a biopsy is not the only way to diagnose this condition. Your doctor will examine your scalp and hair shafts too, in order to further inform their final diagnosis.

You can find out more about the condition, the pattern it takes and signs to look for on our dedicated Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia page.


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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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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

alert female pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 05 10 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Miss D, pictured has seen lots of new growth and is happy with the way treatment is going so far.

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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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If you ever find yourself gazing into the shower tray and seeing evidence of hair loss, it stands to reason that you will quickly become determined to find the cause. The list of why hairs falls out ranges from genetics to lifestyle choices to autoimmune disorders – but one thing you would never guess at that could be playing a part is… milk.

Milk is a vital source of iodine, and a daily glass or two provides us with almost half of what we need each day. In turn, iodine helps to keep the thyroid gland functioning properly – meaning that the body’s metabolic rate (as well as heart and digestive function) runs smoothly.

Non-Dairy Milk AlternativesThyroid problems can slow down hair growth

When the thyroid is denied the iodine it needs, a multitude of problems can ensue, including hair loss. In simple terms, when the body experiences thyroid-related problems, it can slow down or stop hair growth as it re-evaluates where energy is needed most.

According to a new warning from the University of Surrey, thousands of people – women in particular – are at risk of developing thyroid problems because of the sudden hike in popularity of non-dairy milk-alternatives. For many health-conscious people, dairy is out, replaced by soya milk, coconut milk and also milk substitutes made from rice, almond and even hemp. But these products are poor sources of iodine.

Margaret Rayman, an expert in nutritional medicine at the University of Surrey, told the Daily Mail’s science reporter: “Many people are unaware of the need for this vital dietary mineral and it is important that people who consume milk-alternative drinks realise that they will not be replacing the iodine from cows’ milk which is the main UK source of iodine.”

Iodine is one of the ingredients found in Belgravia’s unique and highly-targeted hair growth supplements, Hair Vitalics, alongside a wealth of other potent elements that can help to promote and maintain healthy hair in both men and women.

The type of shedding that thyroid-related hair loss can lead to is called Telogen Effluvium which occurs when a sudden shock or severe stress causes an increase in the shedding of the hair from all over the scalp. The definition of “stress” in this instance is a broad one; it can be the kind that comes when someone is under emotional pressure, but just as easily it can be the kind of stress that is more hidden – such as when an unbalanced diet means the body does not receive the necessary vitamins and minerals it needs, or starting an excessively punishing new gym routine.

With Telogen Effluvium, the trigger event can cause certain hair follicles to prematurely stop growing and enter into the telogen (resting) phase of the hair growth cycle. These hairs then stay in the resting phase for about three months, after which time they will shed. Often the person experiencing Telogen Effluvium will have recovered from the event before the hairloss occurs, although this may not be the case if the issue was an ongoing concern, as would be the case if thyroid issues were to blame.

Luckily, Belgravia experts have found that Telogen Effluvium treatment can offer an effective solution to diffusely thinning hair from this temporary condition. Whilst, in these cases, the hair will normally grow back on its own, the tailored treatment programmes at Belgravia can help to accelerate this regrowth process and keep the hair in optimal condition.

Telogen Effluvium can lead to further hair loss

While Telogen Effluvium often clears itself up and is quite easily treated, it is not to be taken lightly as it can sometimes lead to another – permanent – condition. In people who are genetically predisposed towards female pattern hair loss – or male pattern baldness though men tend to be affected to a lesser extent – Telogen Effluvium can speed up its onset, or make an existing condition worse.

Genetic hairloss only affects the top of the scalp and hairline but, like Telogen Effluvium, there are effective hair loss treatment programmes available for both men and for women. These make use of clinically-proven treatments in order to stabilise shedding, promote hair growth and prevent hair loss moving forward. The key component of these courses is a topical drug called high strength minoxidil which is available in recommended formulations from the range at Belgravia’s in-clinic pharmacies. This is applied directly to the scalp and helps to promote increased localised blood flow to encourage hair growth.

Men aged 18 or over who are medically suitable can also pair this with the drug finasteride 1mg, a one-a-day tablet which inhibits the production of DHT, the hormone which is largely useless following puberty but causes thinning hair in cases of genetic hair loss.

Both men and women can also use appropriate hair growth boosters in cases of Telogen Effluvium, or Male/Female Pattern Hair Loss to encourage healthy hair regrowth.

As Telogen Effluvium is a temporary hair loss condition, treatment can stop once the hair has regrown and the patient is happy. Treatment for male and female pattern hair loss is on-going, however – or at least until a cure is discovered! – in order to effectively manage these permanent conditions.


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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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