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

alert traction alopecia the belgravia centre 16 06 17A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Traction Alopecia Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Alison, pictured, is thrilled with her results to date saying “I highly recommend and thank them all so much”.

Find out what she had to say and see her regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating Traction Alopecia by clicking the buttons below…

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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 with genetic hair loss who scan the internet to find out what their options are often don’t realise that treatments fall into two distinct camps.

In the first are proven primary hair loss treatments which have been clinically-tested and shown to stop shedding and encourage new growth. In the other are secondary treatments, which are considered less likely to achieve impressive results when used alone but can help to enhance the action of primary treatments when used concurrently.

Capillus lllt cap deviceLight applied to the scalp

One of the better-known treatment options for genetic hairloss that many specialists would place in the second camp is low-level laser therapy (LLLT), and in simple terms it makes use of light that is applied to the scalp either via a hand-held device or a kind of hat or helmet.

However, new research from the US claims to have confirmed that this can help grow hair in its own right.

A peer-reviewed study authored by Dr. Shelly Friedman, D.O., F.A.O.C.D. and supported by Patricia Schnoor, BSBA, states that low-level laser therapy with an FDA-cleared laser device placed inside a sports cap and developed by Capillus “may play a considerable role” in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia for females. This hereditary condition, which causes thinning hair along the top of the scalp, is also known as female pattern hair loss and is extremely common, affecting millions of women worldwide.

According to a press release, the Capillus cap – which is already on sale at a cost of up to US$3,000 – was used on half of a volunteer group comprising 44 females aged between 18 and 60 who showed evidence of genetic hair thinning. The other half were given a ‘dummy’ device which looked the same.

The press release goes on to state that active participants receiving LLLT every other day with the Capillus showed a 51 percent mean increase in hair counts compared to patients who used the seemingly identical yet defunct device. These appear to be impressive results – certainly more so than recent trials into the use of Platelet-Rich Plasma as a secondary treatment option.

According to the report’s conclusion, the results “suggest that the emerging technology of low-level laser therapy may play a potentially significant role in health care providers’ armamentarium for the disease androgenic alopecia.” However, it is worth noting that the trial was small in scale and carried out with support of the manufacturer of the device so an independent study with a larger group of participants would be interesting to see. Also – and crucially – there is no mention as to whether the women who participated in the study were also using hair loss treatment in addition to using the devices. This information is vital when assessing whether the study results are the work of the LLLT alone or in combination with other, already clinically-proven treatments. There is no disputing the fact that LLLT can be beneficial when treating women’s hair loss (and men’s) – various studies have shown this – but the extent to which devices can help is important to keep in perspective.

Thinning Hair Women Female Pattern Hair Loss

The HairMax LaserComb LLLT device can be used at home and is also used in some Belgravia clinical therapy sessions

Multi-faceted treatment

Primary treatment for women’s hair loss usually involves a topical solution of the drug minoxidil, which is normally applied once or twice per day, as directed. At Belgravia, tailored treatment plans based around high strength minoxidil from the recommended formulations available at Belgravia’s in-clinic pharmacies are prescribed, alongside secondary treatments, which are sometimes known as “boosters”.

Such products offered to clients include the HairMax LaserComb. This was the original LLLT device, and the first to be granted FDA clearance, and features a patented mechanism which helps to deliver optimum light therapy directly to the scalp, rather than just the hair. Also available are a range of supplements named Hair Vitalics which are available in Men’s and Women’s formulations and are specially blended to include various highly targeted vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical ingredients to benefit the scalp and promote normal healthy hair growth. Trans men and women should choose their formulation based on the gender they identify as now. A choice of either the LaserComb or a supply of Hair Vitalics is often included free of charge with Belgravia’s annual treatment courses.

Clinical treatment therapy is also available on a fortnightly, monthly or quarterly basis, and involves a visit to one of Belgravia’s Central London hair loss clinics for around an hour. The treatment itself involves a bespoke combination of various therapies such as steaming scalp treatment, ultra violet, infrared light, LLLT and massage. The precise components are tailored to the individual’s needs each time to ensure each visit offers the maximum benefits to hair and scalp health as well as stimulating the scalp to further encourage hair growth.

When combined, the elements of personalised treatment courses frequently make for a formidable assault on hair loss, and success stories about Belgravia clients with female pattern baldness are well documented.


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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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christina-belgravia-centreName: Afiya

Question: Can you send your hair loss treatments to India? I want to grow back thinning hair and am interested in your products.

Answer: Hi, Afiya. As you may know, Belgravia offers international home-use hair loss treatment regimes which are sent to people all over the world, including the UK, America, and most of Europe and Asia, and are accessed via our online consultation service. There are, however, a select few countries that we are unable to send our products to at present, India being one of them.

For people wanting to combat hair loss who are based in areas we are unable to serve – such as India, Pakistan, Norway and Africa – we recommend having an assessment with a local hair loss specialist, doctor or trichologist.

You may find it helpful to research your symptoms using our hair loss conditions guide first, as well as exploring the relevant information on treating thinning hair, so that you feel more informed ahead of your visit. It may also prove useful to check out the wealth of information and advice available on our hair loss blog.

We hope you find these extensive resources beneficial and wish you the very best of luck in finding help to stop hair thinning, nearby.


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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 new DNA-modifying technology which has been grabbing the headlines for the past few years is moving from animal-testing to humans, meaning that the days when it may be available for use to permanently eliminate genetic hair loss in men and women may be on the horizon.

The technology is known as CRISPR (it stands for Clustered Regularly-Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) and has been hailed as one of the most effective and affordable ways of manipulating DNA so that unwanted biological defects can be turned off.

CRISPRMice grew stronger muscles

To prove that it works, doctors at Duke University in North Carolina took mice which had muscular dystrophy and injected them using CRISPR technology so that their muscles grew stronger.

It has since been championed as a way to permanently “turn off” unwanted genetic traits, and could one day mean a solution to everything from cancer to sickle cell anaemia to other issues often dismissed as being “cosmetic” conditions, like androgenetic alopecia – which is perhaps better known as male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss and can significantly negatively influence people’s lives.  What’s interesting is how quickly the technology is moving from research on animals to humans.

According to the Futurism website, a total of 20 different trials are set to begin later this year or in 2018, most of them in China. Much of the research will centre on trying to use the technology to switch off the tumour growth mechanism in human papillomavirus (HPV) cells. In one trial, it will be applied in gel form to the cervixes of 60 women between the ages of 18 and 50 who have HPV (as around 80 per cent of the world does).

Gel application is not the usual way that CRISPR is used (injections have thus far been the norm), but Futurity writes that the gel will still be able to deliver the all-important DNA coding.

The notion that a gel may one day exist that can permanently turn off genetic traits is enormously exciting for the world of hereditary hairloss, as this is a field in which topical application would be extremely well suited. Indeed, one of the main, clinically-proven products currently used in hair loss treatment courses – minoxidil – is applied to the scalp where it is needed.

The ultimate in preventing hair loss

While a personalised treatment plan devised by experts at Belgravia brings more to the table than this one product alone, it is still the case that treatment needs to be ongoing to be effective. Instructing the DNA not to shed hair in the first place is quite simply the holy grail of hair loss.

It’s important not to get carried away, however, as the technology seems unlikely to be available for  those seen as “cosmetic” conditions (as opposed to life-threating ones) for some time – if ever given the potential ‘morality’ issues associated with genetic engineering. Everything that doctors are working on in the field of genetics is closely monitored and regulated, not least because a new study into CRISPR technology at the Columbia University Medical Centre found that it may lead to unintended mutations.

For anyone experiencing excessive shedding now who is interested in preventing baldness and promoting hair growth, there are effective hair loss solutions already available. Following a consultation with a specialist, a bespoke hair loss treatment and hair growth booster course can be personalised based on the precise diagnosis, level and pattern of thinning. This is often formed around the cornerstone treatments of high strength minoxidil with appropriate formulations being suited to both men and women, whilst men have the option of adding DHT-blocking once-a-day tablet, finasteride 1mg into the mix too.


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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 much-documented link between hair loss and other conditions such as diabetes may mean that new research into the consequences of late-night eating has wider-reaching implications than scientists set out to find.

Experts at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania wanted to see how eating later in the day affected the body when set against more traditional meal times. To do this, they recruited nine adults to first eat three meals and two snacks between 8am and 7pm for eight weeks, and then switch this to a noon-11pm window for a similar time-frame.

Late night eating food unhealthy diet hairlossData from two stages analysed

Participants also undertook a two week “washout” period between the two to ensure there was no carry-over effect, and blood was drawn at key stages so that it could be analysed. Metabolic measures were taken, too, allowing researchers to assess changes in weight, metabolism and energy used.

The team found that eating later led to weight gain. Other tests showed that eating later led to metabolising fewer lipids and more carbs. Negative effects in terms of insulin, fasting glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride levels were also observed when participants were on the late-eating regime.

“These findings suggest that eating earlier in the day may be worth the effort to help prevent these detrimental chronic health effects,” said Kelly Allison, PhD, an associate professor of psychology in Psychiatry and director of Perelman’s Center for Weight and Eating Disorders.

The results of the study certainly don’t mean that a couple of late-night snacks will make your hair fall out; it’s more the idea that consistently eating late may lead to increased strain being placed on the body; in certain circumstances this cause adverse reactions including weight gain and hairloss.

Lifestyle and health issues play a part in hair loss

When the body is viewed holistically, there are several hair loss conditions that suddenly make a lot more sense. The food we eat, the way we exercise and a wide variety of other lifestyle-related elements all play a part in how the body – hair included – behaves.

Diabetes and Hair LossDiabetes, the risk of which appears to increase when adopting a late night eating routine, can lead to a temporary hair loss condition named Telogen Effluvium. Whilst the all-over hair thinning this causes only usually lasts for up to six months, it can still be an extremely difficult thing to go through in the aftermath of a diabetes diagnosis. Various medications, including some diabetes drugs can also lead to Telogen Effluvium as a side effect until the body gets used to the new drugs, too.

What’s surprising, perhaps, is that diabetes and instances of telogen effluvium can also speed up or exacerbate the genetic hair thinning conditions Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss in people who are predisposed, because of the way it affects hormone levels. With poor diets and sugar spikes so often linked to both diabetes and hair loss, it’s not hard to see how unhealthy eating patterns, now proven to have adverse effects by the University of Pennsylvania team, could feasibly lead to thinning hair, too.

Hair loss conditions need to be thoroughly understood and correctly diagnosed in order for experts to offer the best chances of recovery. There are clinically-proven hair loss treatment options available for both men and women with thinning hair who want to stabilise their shedding and promote regrowth.

At Belgravia, treatment plans are tailored to each individual and include a number of elements besides the pharmaceutical elements such as high strength minoxidil, that are designed to further boost hair growth. It’s also true that treatment involves a conversation about a client’s lifestyle. Many people are surprised how small tweaks to their daily routines may also make a difference.


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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 31 05 17A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Miss H, pictured, has seen significant regrowth in all affected areas since she started treatment.

Find out what she had to say and see her regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating hereditary hair loss in women by clicking the buttons below…

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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 keen Instagrammer who describes herself as a “body positive bad-ass momma” has opened up about her hair loss which, she says, began after she started taking a new medication.

Milly Smith, who posts on Instagram using the name @selfloveclubb, wrote that “this post is damn hard for me to do. This is something I don’t talk about at all and is something I’ve been ashamed of for so very long.”

Thinning hair on top of scalp

In photographs that accompany the posting, she lowers her head to show the thinning hair that has presented along the top of her scalp.

“Hair loss is scary,” she writes, “and watching my hair fall out in handfuls after taking a new medication left me devastated. The hair still hasn’t grown back and might not ever.”

Ms Smith states that she has been losing hair “for years”, which may suggest that the shedding that was initiated by changing medication has actually developed into a different condition.

Telogen Effluvium is regularly seen when people start new medications; the body is responding to the ‘shock’ of something new (extreme diets, stress and fitness regimes can also be triggers), and what normally happens is that hair fall stops once the body gets used to the new drugs. When this doesn’t happen and Telogen Effluvium continues for more than 12 months, specialists re-classify it as Chronic Telogen Effluvium, also known as Diffuse Thinning, though both are classed as temporary hair loss conditions. Existing Telogen Effluvium treatment can be an effective way to ‘speed up’ the recovery process, as can treatment for diffuse thinningContinues below…

What Ms Smith may be unaware of is that such a thing as the ‘balding gene’ exists not just for men, but for women, too. Female Pattern Hair Loss affects not just thousands but millions of women worldwide – including several Loose Women regulars. In many cases, the body simply chooses when it is time to start shedding in those women who are genetically predisposed toward hair thinning, while in others it is believed that certain things happen that bring about its onset or speed it up. One such trigger is Telogen Effluvium.

A possible explanation for Ms Smith’s thinning hair, which she says has been going on “for years”, could be that the medication she started using led to Telogen Effluvium, which in turn either kickstarted the onset of female pattern hair loss, or made it worse.

Restoring hair density

It is extremely encouraging for the Instagrammer to be taking a stand and helping to provide comfort and support for people in her online community who are also losing their hair. However, if she did decide she wanted to improve her hair density and regrowth, the level, stage and pattern of shedding that can be seen in her photos suggest she would be a good candidate for pharmaceutical hair loss treatment – as long as her medical profile was also deemed suitable.

Treatment courses for various forms of hair loss in women make use of relevant formulations of a drug called high strength minoxidil .This hair loss solution is applied directly to the scalp where needed either once or twice a day, as directed. Minoxidil is known to be a vasodilator which, by widening the blood vessels and opening potassium channels, encourages increased levels of oxygen and blood to be delivered to the hair follicles, as well as more nutrients. In turn, this can promote localised hair growth.

Although it is approved by the MHRA and FDA for the treatment of genetic hair loss, minoxidil has also shown significant, positive improvements for other hair loss conditions. This topical treatment is included, in the most appropriate formulation for the client, as part of a bespoke hair loss treatment course devised for each individual’s personal needs by the expert staff at Belgravia alongside other important elements, from food supplements to at-home laser therapy, to help boost hair growth.

What’s certain is that Milly’s followers have been inspired by her revelation, with more than 34,000 people having liked the post. The comments from many of her 141k followers also show just how commonplace women’s hair loss really is.


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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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Since the rise of photo-sharing social media apps it seems that no workout is truly complete until a post-cool down protein shake selfie has been shared with the #fitfam.

The increased popularity of these fitness drinks, as well as protein bars – which are designed to help build muscle – saw sales leap by almost 500 per cent in five years, according to 2015 research. A report from a separate July 2016 study carried out by Mintel stated that one in four Brits had consumed a sports nutrition product – such as protein shakes or bars, ‘muscle milks’, and energy gels – in the past three months. This rose to 42 per cent of men in the 16-24 age bracket.

Whilst these products may carry benefits, there is one possible side effect that has not received much attention to date: hair loss.

Sports Nutrition Protein Shakes and Hair LossSports nutrition products linked to hair loss

Protein intake has always been a consideration for gym-goers and runners looking to build and maintain muscle mass, as well as those recovering from injury. As a macronutrient, protein is not stored in the body so a regular supply is needed to reap the benefits.

Whilst eating foods that are naturally high in protein can deliver this effectively through a balanced diet, it has become more fashionable and convenient to simply drink a protein shake after a workout. The key difference between eating your proteins and drinking them is simply a question of delivery speed or, how fast it gets into your system.

Once the preserve of the professionals, specialist performance enhancing products featuring protein and growth hormones are now commonly used by amateur fitness enthusiasts. But how many are aware of the risks they run through frequent consumption?

These risks mostly relate to testosterone production. In cases of male pattern hair loss and in female pattern hair loss the symptomatic hair thinning is caused by a testosterone by-product called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This binds to the hair follicles around the top of the scalp and hairline in adults with a genetic predisposition to these hereditary conditions. The DHT then gradually crushes the hair follicles over time, which is what causes the outward appearance of thinning hair and – in men – a receding hairline and possibly also eventual baldness. Men are believed to produce more DHT than women which is why the studies regarding testosterone levels have focused on men in particular.

There are three main ingredients found in many sports nutrition products that have been linked to hair loss in this way. These are whey protein, creatine and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).

Whey protein

Resistance training, such as lifting weights, increases amino acid delivery to muscles, meaning consuming protein straight after you stop can boost muscle growth. One of the most popular types of protein supplements is whey protein. It’s a by-product of cheese production, and is a complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids. But a leading hair expert warns that whey protein could cause your hair to fall out.

Speaking to the Express newspaper, top hair transplant specialist, Dr Bessam Farjo explained: “Whey protein exaggerates or accelerates the hair loss process because there is evidence it increases the level of testosterone when combined with muscle-building exercise.

weightlifting-exercise-fitness-hairloss-bodybuilding-baldnessHigh levels of branched-chain amino acids in whey protein isolate – known as BCAA – play a significant role in raising testosterone levels, research has found. Some scientists believe high levels of testosterone in men can cause baldness, because the hormone acts directly on many of the body’s tissues, including hair follicles.

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research discovered BCAAs were the prime culprit. The study authors wrote: “Serum [blood] testosterone levels were significantly higher in the BCAA group during and following resistance training.”

Conversely, other more recent research has found no evidence of high testosterone levels resulting in an increased propensity to male pattern hair loss. The findings of this 2017 German study, and previous smaller scale studies, seem to suggest that genetic hair shedding comes about as a result of how sensitive a man is to DHT, not how much testosterone is converted to DHT. With a number of conflicting studies, it seems there is not yet a reliably conclusive answer.

Farjo says he witnessed the issues of whey protein and hairloss first hand in his son, Janan Farjo. He was a regular gym goer and user of whey protein when he began to experience hair loss. But since stopping using this fitness supplement, his hair has started to grow once more.

More worryingly, many people are actually consuming much higher levels of whey protein with their workouts than the levels tested in the study. The typical BCAA content of dietary proteins is 15 to 20g per 100g of protein. This means the daily intake of the BCAAs in a 70kg person consuming the RDA for protein would thus be 8.4 to 11.2g. However, many people consume more than 60g per day of BCAAs and over 250g of whey protein daily, potentially accelerating hair loss.

“In contrast, foods like turkey and quinoa are good for hair,” said Farjo. “Other essential nutrients for healthy hair include zinc, calcium, manganese, vitamin C, vitamin D, iron and copper.”

Consuming proteins in a solid form is thought to be beneficial as they are broken down slower and at a more manageable rate than liquid forms, such as protein shakes. It is also worth noting that although vitamins and minerals can assist the function of normal healthy hair growth, they will not prevent hereditary hairloss.

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When used as a high-intensity fitness performance-enhancer or muscle-building supplement, the popular amino-acid creatine is believed to trigger or accelerate hair loss. Brought into mainstream use as a sports supplement in 1993, its use has been shown to produce an increase in testosterone.

A study of DHT levels in 20 college-age rugby players in South Africa during their competitive season was published in 2009 in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. Researchers discovered that those players who used a creatine supplement had markedly higher DHT levels – though not higher testosterone levels – than the control group who did not use creatine.

“After 7 days of creatine loading, or a further 14 days of creatine maintenance dose, serum T [testosterone] levels did not change. However, levels of DHT increased by 56% after 7 days of creatine loading and remained 40% above baseline after 14 days maintenance (P < 0.001). The ratio of DHT:T also increased by 36% after 7 days creatine supplementation and remained elevated by 22% after the maintenance dose (P < 0.01),” states the report’s conclusion.

Though more wider-ranging, large scale trials are necessary for conclusive proof, elevated DHT levels would lead to increased hair thinning in men who are genetically predisposed to male pattern hair loss.

DHEA

Steroid hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is also known by the names androstenolone or as prasterone and is produced naturally in the body by the adrenal glands, the gonads and the brain. DHEA supplements are known to be used by bodybuilders to help build muscle mass. This is despite the fact that it is actually a prescription medication (except in the USA) which is meant to be used to treat specific medical conditions , including providing HRT for women going through the menopause and for building muscle strength in the elderly.

DHEA

The chemical make-up of DHEA

DHEA is believed to influence the body’s hormonal balance, including increasing testosterone production. Weightlifting and similar anaerobic exercise regimens used to ‘bulk up’ are known to raise testosterone levels. Again, working on the assumption that increased testosterone leads to elevated DHT levels means that men with a genetic predisposition towards male pattern baldness who are using this steroid to enhance their weight training results are at a higher risk of increased hair loss.

Anyone who notices increased hair fall and is concerned about regrowing hair and preventing baldness should seek professional assistance as early as possible. There are clinically-proven hair loss treatments that can help to stabilise shedding and promote hair growth, and can be used alongside appropriate hair growth boosters as part of a bespoke, comprehensive plan.


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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 report from South Africa on how hair loss seems to be more and more widespread is reflecting anecdotal evidence of rising incidence around the world – and it’s not just connected to the ageing population.

While the hike in reports of genetic hair thinning has not yet been confirmed by any official study, stories from multiple sources appear to be backing up the claim. Alongside reports from India – where doctors have said that many teens are now presenting with signs of hair loss – plus a confirmed rise in the number of treatment users and hair transplant operations, as well as data released from noted skincare brand L’Oreal stating that women are losing their hair at an earlier age, the latest information from South Africa adds more weight to the theory.

In a nutshell, more and more people are experiencing hair loss now than ever. But why?

Thinning Hair - MenStress a major cause

The South African story, which appeared on the country’s IOL website, states that “in recent years, thinning hair has become so prevalent among women and men that even families that have no history of hair loss are progressively balding.”

The article goes on to quote Dr Ryan Janks, one of the country’s hair transplant surgeons, who mentions everything from stress to chemical straighteners and hair extensions as possible causes. It’s worth taking a look at stress in particular.

People with a nervous tick or a blotchy rash often attribute it to stress, and what many people don’t realise is that hair loss can just as easily be cause by stress, too. In most cases, when stress does lead to shedding it causes a condition named Telogen Effluvium, which is more common in women than men and is seen as a general, all-over hair thinning.

Telogen Effluvium treatment can help to accelerate regrowth from this temporary condition, which otherwise tends to happen on its own within around six months – or longer if the condition is chronic. The genetic conditions Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss can be exacerbated by stress, meaning that it can cause shedding to speed up in those with these conditions. It can also trigger these hereditary hair loss conditions in men and women with an underlying genetic predisposition to androgenetic alopecia by accelerating its onset. Luckily there are clinically-proven hair loss treatments that can be used to effectively prevent hair thinning and promote regrowth in cases of both male and female pattern hair loss.

There are multiple other possible reasons why hair loss seems to be more and more common, and some scientists point the finger at a rise in sugar consumption over the past few decades, although this is somewhat disputed, with The European Association of Sugar Producers stating that levels of western consumption are actually pretty stable and that obesity levels and diabetes (which can lead to hair loss) are caused by eating too much food and not exercising enough.

Nevertheless, there are scientists who believe that sugar wreaks havoc with hair follicles, and that it can cause a “roller coaster” of sugar peaks and valleys in the blood. Hidden sugars can be an issue, too: Professor Barry M Popkin at the University of North Carolina found that 74% of products in the American food supply chain contain calorific or low-calorie sweeteners, sometimes both. Dietary issues and imbalances are another leading cause of telogen effluvium.

What paints an especially telling picture is that, according to Google Trends, searches for “losing my hair” have increased six-fold in the past 10 years.

Hairstyles causing hair loss

Alongside diet and stress is a rise in the popularity of tight and/or weighty hairstyles that can lead to hair loss. Among these are hair extensions, taut braids and high ponytails which, when worn frequently, can lead to a condition called Traction Alopecia.

This is a self-inflicted condition (though obviously not deliberately) and Traction Alopecia treatment begins by changing the hairstyle in order to remove the strain these apply to the follicles. Topical applications of high strength minoxidil are then used on the affected areas – often the hairline as well as the site of any fixings where hair extensions are involved – to promote hair growth. Additional hair growth boosters can also form part of a customised treatment course designed by a specialist to cater to the individual’s precise needs. These options can help to improve the condition of the hair and scalp and complement the action of their treatment.

Interestingly, men aren’t immune from styling-related hair loss. Hair breakage and traction alopecia can be caused by dreadlocks, heat-styling, over-bleaching and man-buns.

The best way to preserve a good head of hair is to choose a hairstyle that doesn’t put pressure on the follicles or damage the hair, and to live as stress-free a lifestyle as you possibly can. This won’t stop genetic conditions like Male Pattern Hair Loss from being an issue if you’re predisposed to be affected, but at least you will be doing everything you can not to speed things up.


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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 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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