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Name: Jamie

Question: I read on a forum that hair loss can be treated with anti-histamines. Can you tell me which ones work best? should I use cream or tablets?

Antihistamines for Hair LossAnswer: Hi, Jamie. The use of the anti-histamines for hair loss is something that crops up often on internet forums, however the advice is often misleading. We do not advise using antihistamines as a hair loss treatment.

Firstly, it depends entirely on what the hair loss condition is as to which treatments should be used. Secondly, anti-histamines have only been used, as far as we are aware, to treat bald spots brought on by the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata. Even in these instances, findings have been fairly inconclusive given the patchy hair loss this can cause often regrows spontaneously anyway so any benefits are difficult to measure precisely.

The Department of Regenerative Dermatology at Osaka University in Japan carried out an Alopecia Areata clinical trial in 2009 which discovered fexofenadine – a type of oral antihistamine – could be useful when taken as an accompaniment to topical immunotherapy, however it was not advised as a treatment in its own right.

It seems as if the rumours about antihistamines and hairloss stems from the fact that both Alopecia Areata and Androgenetic Alopecia – commonly known as Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss – are often referred to as ‘alopecia’. This can be confusing, especially given they are extremely different conditions.

Androgenetic hair loss is a permanent, progressive form of shedding that is inherited through your blood line. It causes gradually thinning hair around the top of the head and hairline and can lead to baldness in men. There are only two clinically-proven hair loss treatments recoginised to treat this in men – finasteride 1mg and minoxidil – and just one in women – minoxidil.

Alopecia Areata, however, is considered an autoimmune disease that suspends the normal hair growth cycle leading to one or more rounded bald patches anywhere on the scalp. These develop suddenly and the hair tends to fall in clumps, as opposed to the thinning seen in genetic hair loss. Although the hair will grow back naturally in many cases, alopecia areata treatment can help to speed up this process.

If you are concerned about excessive shedding or sudden hair fall, the first step is to have a hair loss specialist assess you to determine the cause. They can then talk you through your condition and recommend specially tailored treatment courses to help combat the problem.


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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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As the leading hair loss clinic in the UK and with a reputation that spans the globe, specialists from The Belgravia Centre are often called upon to give hair loss advice to the media. Here are some of the press articles they have been busy contributing to over recently…

Excess oil on scalp

First up were the BBC, who wanted to know what Belgravia’s experts thought about Gary Barlow’s revelation on Twitter that he had just washed his hair for the first time in 14 years. It was something of a surprise revelation that arguably had more fans going, “Eww!” than wanting to emulate his approach to shower time. As regular readers of this hair loss blog will already know, the “no ’poo” trend, as it has been called, is not something we would advise.

“Rinsing your hair is not going to be very effective after certain activities that make the scalp sweaty, such as exercising or using a sauna,” Belgravia is quoted advising, as well as pointing out that shunning shampoo is not going to remove bacteria from the hair or remove excess oil from the scalp if you are prone to greasy hair.

Wanting to avoid potentially harmful chemicals that may be found in some shampoos was entirely understandable, we agreed, but explained that there were many great shampoo formulations out there that did not contain such harsh chemicals so were kinder on the hair and scalp.

Belgravia Centre Mens Hair Loss Treatment Advice FashoinbeansMen’s hair loss prevention

Next we were asked to settle the proverbial $64,000 question for the popular fashion and lifestyle website fashionbeans.com: how can men make their hair last longer? Senior hair loss specialist, Leonora Doclis, provided a range of advice on the causes of thinning hair, Male Pattern Hair Loss treatment, the dietary and lifestyle factors that can influence hair growth and tips for hair loss prevention.

She explained that, in men who are genetically predisposed to be affected by male pattern baldness, there are also factors which can accelerate its onset or speed up the rate of shedding in those already showing signs of hair loss. These include diet, lack of exercise and “bad habits” such as smoking or regularly drinking too much alcohol. Leonora also looked at ways to try and avoid these acceleratory factors, for example, did you know that some forms of exercise can be better than others for men who are worried about losing their hair?

Belgravia Centre Womens Hair Loss Advice ShowbeautyHelp for “partied-out” locks

Finally, Belgravia’s superintendent pharmacist Christina Chikaher was asked to contribute to the showbeauty.com website for an article advising women “How To Avoid Partied-Out Locks”.

Among Christina’s top tips were to stay hydrated in order to keep hair frizz-free and load up on sweet potatoes to avoid or calm an itchy scalp. She also advised on choosing the right kind of alcoholic tipple to avoid greasy hair (Christina suggests that vodka is low-sugar compared to some drinks, the more sugary of which may lead to increased sebum on the scalp and inflammation).

She also said it might be a good idea to quit smoking: “Smokers may notice that the top and face-framing layers of their hair are brittle, causing strands to break off,” she said. “This is most likely because they’re malnourished – cigarettes contain 4,000 different chemicals and gases and when you smoke, your blood carries around poisonous carbon monoxide gas which hijacks the red blood cells, preventing them from carrying oxygen around the body and hair and thereby inhibiting nutrient absorption.”

You don’t have to be a member of the press to get expert help; an initial consultation at Belgravia is free – whether it takes place in person at one of our Central London hair loss clinics, or via the Online Consultation form. During these sessions the reason for your shedding will be diagnosed, discussed with you and all of the most suitable hair loss treatment options available to you will be fully explained.


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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: Chanel

Question: My hair is ruined from using sew in hair. Some is growing back slowly but some of it is not. I am an African woman. Help me please.

Answer: Hi, Chanel. The type of hair loss you describe is consistent with a condition called Traction Alopecia.

Although we would need to assess your scalp before we could confirm any diagnosis, Traction Alopecia is commonly caused by frequently wearing tight hairstyles, including weaves and hair extensions. The weight and tension from sew-in hair can damage hair follicles as it places undue strain on them. This often leads to hair loss around the areas where the weave is fixed to the scalp, and around the hairline. If you have Afro hair, this hair type is particularly prone to this issue due to its naturally more brittle texture.

The first thing to do would be to stop wearing weaves and instead wear your hair naturally so that the follicles can recover. The second thing would be to have a hair loss specialist assess you and provide you with both a confirmed diagnosis and their recommendations. A custom Traction Alopecia treatment course is often effective, however, it depends how badly damaged the follicles are; if they have been destroyed completely, the hair loss is likely to be permanent. This is why it is important so speak with a professional and have them assess both your current level of shedding and give you their opinion on the likelihood of achieving new hair growth so you can decide whether or not to proceed with 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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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

female pattern hair loss chronic telogen effluvium the belgravia centre 03 03 17A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s women’s hair loss treatment Success Stories gallery.

This client has two separate conditions – Chronic Telogen Effluvium and Female Pattern Hair Loss which are being treated simultaneously, thanks to a personalised treatment plan, based around a high strength minoxidil product available from Belgravia, as devised by her dedicated hair loss specialist.

Find out what she had to say about her regrowth results so far and see them close up, or find out more about treating 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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Name: Viola

Question: Can females have a receding hairline?

Answer: Hi, Viola. Yes, absolutely – women can have a receding hairline although it is not generally due to the same condition that causes this pattern of hair loss in men.

Whilst men with androgenetic alopecia – or, Male Pattern Baldness – may develop a receding hairline, this hereditary hair loss condition affects women slightly differently.

Female pattern hair loss still only affects the top of the head, however, whilst men tend to experience defined areas of shedding – such as a thinning crown or their hairline forming a widow’s peak – the effect is more generalised in women.  A woman with this condition is likely to develop thinning hair along the top of her scalp and at her temples, though the pattern is more ‘thinning’ than ‘receding’. As this is a permanent, progressive condition, it worsens over time unless appropriate interventional hair loss treatment is used.

Example of Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia

An Example of Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia

A truly receding hairline is often seen in women with two less common hair loss conditions – Traction Alopecia and Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia. It can also be due to Ophiasic Alopecia – a rare autoimmune disorder which causes balding all the way around the hairline.

Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia comes under the group of scarrring hair loss conditions known as cicatricial alopecia. Inflammation in the scalp – recently linked to hormones as well as sun creams – destroys the hair follicles in cases of FFA. It displays as a smooth, receded hairline of up to eight centimetres in depth. This condition cannot yet be treated although research into potential therapies is currently underway.

Traction Alopecia occurs when the hair follicles are placed under constant strain by damaging hair styling practices. It weakens the follicles, leading to hair loss along the areas that are most significantly impacted upon by this pressure – namely the hairline and wherever the cause was located – for example, at the crown of the head where a high ponytail was worn too frequently.

The main causes of this are people wearing tight hairstyles and/or hair extensions too often. As traditional, culturally significant tautly braided and dreadlock hairstyles have branched out from black men and women into the wider community, so too has the prevalence of this fully preventable form of hair loss. The popularity of hair extensions has further compounded the problem of Traction Alopecia, which is certainly becoming more problematic than in the past among women of all races and hair types. A lesser known fact is that excessive chemical hair treatments, such as over-bleaching, and using scorching heat styling tools too regularly can also cause this issue.

Whilst cicatricial alopecia cannot currently be treated, at Belgravia our specialists have seen numerous regrowth results in clients following custom Traction Alopecia treatment courses. The key, if you are concerned about a receding hairline, is to have a consultation so that you can receive a professional diagnosis as well as advice on how to proceed, including appropriate treatment recommendations where appropriate. It is often the case that the earlier you catch and address any form of hairloss, the better.


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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: Angela

Question: I understand cucumber is good for hair growth and can prevent thinning hair but do I eat it or apply it to my scalp? If I apply it to my scalp, what is the best way to do this please? Thanks.

Answer: Hi, Angela. Whilst they may not seem so different, promoting hair growth and treating hair loss are two separate requirements.

CucumberCucumbers are packed with various nutrients that are good for hair health and encouraging healthy hair growth. These include pantothenic acid, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, potassium, vitamin A, silica, sulphur, niacin and zinc. Whilst it is often applied topically for its soothing properties, these hair benefits can be obtained through including cucumber in your diet.

When it comes to treating hair loss, unless the cause of your thinning hair is caused by a specific dietary deficiency which eating cucumbers can assist in rectifying, they will not help.

There are a number of hair loss conditions which can cause hair thinning, many of which are temporary, affect the whole scalp and are caused by stress or hormonal fluctuations, for example. These temporary conditions can often clear up on their own within six months though treatment is also available to accelerate this recovery process.

The most common cause of thinning hair in women, however, is a permanent, hereditary condition called female pattern hair loss. This presents as gradual hair thinning around the top of the scalp, often it becomes particularly noticeable at the temples and parting which may increasingly appear wider than usual. Many women also notice a drop in hair density, especially if they wear their hair in a ponytail as it can feel thinner than normal. Hair loss treatment courses can be personalised to a woman’s precise needs, based on her level and pattern of shedding, in order to stabilise this shedding and promote regrowth, often with compelling results.

In terms of hair loss prevention, if you have an existing predisposition towards female pattern hair loss then the best you can do is to follow a healthy lifestyle and avoid potential triggers such as stress, smoking and regularly drinking too much. Unfortunately as this is a genetically pre-programmed condition, once the relevant genes become active then the thinning will continue if left unchecked. If you are looking for hair growth advice, again, having a healthy lifestyle with everything in moderation and a balanced intake of the nutrients known to contribute to healthy hair growth (or a food supplement to top up if necessary), is the way forward.


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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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Former glamour model Katie Price’s hair loss concerns appear to have prompted the star to start wearing wigs – as was evidenced during a recent appearance on ITV’s popular Loose Women show.

The celebrity’s appearance in an ultra-blonde wig came just days after she had posted an Instagram photo of her wig being blow-dried by a stylist. It was posted alongside examples of some trolling by fellow Instagram users, one of whom suggested that the bald patches the TV star had recently admitted to were caused by hair extensions.

Price replied: “I’ve had 5 kids stress last year and hair loss due to it so not extensions so thanks for the put down.” She also claimed that wigs were ‘the way forward’ but has since switched back to wearing extensions, according to her hairstylist, Mikey Kardashian.

Katie Price Wears Wig to Hide Hair Loss

Katie Price posted a photo to Instagram of her wearing a wig to hide her hair loss during a TV show

Significant hair loss

In her Instagram post Price seems to be trying to clear up any confusion about why she may currently be losing some of her hair – as there have been many hairloss stories circulating about her over the years, mostly related to her choice of hairstyles and her years of peroxide treatments.

Several years ago, Katie Price stated that she had suffered a significant amount of hair loss after a Hollywood-based hairdresser had fitted her with £11,000-worth of hair extensions. At the time, she sought legal advice having shelled out a reported £45,000 to try and rectify what had happened.

Hair loss caused by hair extensions is due to a condition named Traction Alopecia, a fully preventable condition that is caused by people repeatedly wearing hairstyles that place undue stress on the hair follicles. These are typically very tightly fixed and/or heavy hairstyles such as braids, high ponytails and high buns, though hair extensions and wigs that are tightly attached to existing hair are increasingly common causes too. Interestingly, Price is regularly pictured wearing her hair in all of these potentially damaging styles, as well as wearing extensions.

This is something her friend, former Big Brother star Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace knows only too well. She has also admitted to wearing wigs to cover her hair loss, which she said was caused by hair extensions. The condition has also affected many celebrities due to their punishing hairstyling routines, including Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga.

Traction Alopecia treatment is often effective, providing that the hair follicles haven’t actually died, and hair growth can be significant especially when caught early. People with the condition are usually advised on aspects of self-help, such as wearing the hair naturally as often as possible to allow the follicles time to recover, which they can practice in addition to following a bespoke treatment plan featuring recommended formulations of high strength minoxidil.

Insists stress is to blame

Price, however, seems adamant that neither she nor her stylists are to blame for any hair loss this time around. Instead she indicates that stress and/or childbirth are the cause.

Given that more than two years have passed since the birth of Price’s fifth child, it seems unlikely that she has Postpartum Alopecia, a condition that usually occurs in women two-to-four months after giving birth. It is caused by the sudden shedding of an excess of hairs that have built up during pregnancy (pregnant women often remark how thick and lush their hair is), and a woman’s hair should return to its normal thickness around six to twelve months after shedding starts. Stress, however, can prolong post-pregnancy shedding.

Postpartum hair loss is very similar to another condition named Telogen Effluvium which also causes hair thinning from all over the scalp. It is often influenced by hormonal changes in the body, with stress frequently thought to be a factor. This condition, which predominantly affects women, tends to take up to three months to become noticeable and typically lasts up to six months. It may sometimes linger for a year or more, at which point the diagnosis changes to Diffuse Thinning, or Chronic Telogen Effluvium

As a busy celebrity, entrepreneur and mum of five, it is quite understandable that Price may suffer from stress and that this would have a knock on effect on her hair, but it may not be the only influence. All three of these temporary hair loss conditions cause thinning hair in women and can also, where there is an existing genetic predisposition, trigger or exacerbate androgenetic alopecia, better known as female pattern hair loss. This hereditary complaint is a lot more common than people think and can be negatively affected by stress.

The key to determining the cause of Katie Price’s hair loss is to look at the pattern and locations of her shedding. In recent photos she appears to be suffering from hair thinning particularly around her temples and hairline, which looks as if it may be slightly receded too. Her hair does not look to be thinning on top or at the sides, the issue looks to be confined to areas around her hairline.

Obviously we cannot know for certain without examining her, but from this pattern of hair loss we can deduce that female pattern baldness coupled with Traction Alopecia due to her hair extensions and prediliction for tight hairstyles are the most likely causes.

Telogen effluvium in both its mild and chronic forms causes thinning hair all over the scalp – something Ms. Price shows no signs of in photographs. Female pattern hair loss affects areas around the top of the scalp and hairline and can cause thinning temples before a more generalised thinning across the top of the scalp and at the crown develops. Katie Price does appear to have thinning around her temples and hairline so this is likely to be a factor. The fact that her hairline appears to be somewhat receding is a classic signifier of Traction Alopecia, as is patchy hair loss where extensions or tight hairstyles have been fixed. This is because the hairline bears the brunt of the strain that the extra weight of extensions and wigs create, as well as the tension caused by taut hairstyles.

It is possible for Traction Alopecia and Female Pattern Hair Loss to be treated simultaneously. At Belgravia, after diagnosing the precise reasons for a client’s shedding, a specialist will tailor a bespoke hair loss treatment course to their specific needs, and recommend appropriate products and hair growth boosters to help them achieve optimum results.


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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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Former Big Brother contestant Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace is at the centre of a debate over whether or not hair extensions are a safe fashion accessory – something anyone concerned about hair loss is likely to have strong views about.

Horgan-Wallace recently owned up to bald patches which, she says, were caused by the myriad hair extensions she has worn over the years. The condition which causes hair to fall out as a result of wearing hair extensions is known as Traction Alopecia, and a snapshot newspaper poll shows that 74 per cent of people think that the hair extensions which can cause it are a bad idea.

Excess strain on follicles

The reason hair extensions are so often in the news for the wrong reasons is that wearing them frequently can put excess stress on hair follicles. By attaching them tightly to a woman’s hair, stylists often increase the force endured by the follicles significantly. Longer hair extensions – which are much favoured as they add length as well as volume – carry extra weight. When kept in for prolonged periods, as they often are, they can cause so much stress to the scalp that follicles become damaged, hair falls out and the growth cycle is affected. Hair breakage can also occur, where the hair snaps along the shaft, making it appear thinner and frizzy.

While specialist Traction Alopecia treatment can often be effective, it is also a condition that can be very easily avoided in the first place – simply by choosing a hairstyle that does not place excess stress on the scalp on a regular basis. Tight braids, high buns or ponytails and cornrows, for example, can be just as damaging as extensions and should be approached with similar caution.

Belgravia’s comprehensive hair loss treatment programmes for Traction Alopecia feature recommended formulations of high strength minoxidil. This is a topical preparation applied directly to the affected areas which, in cases of TA is most likely to be the hairline and where the extensions are fixed to the scalp. Further TLC for the scalp comes in the form of assorted hair growth boosters which can ensure that the hair and scalp are in the best possible condition.

For Horgan-Wallace, her bald patches have led to some significant changes in her styling regime. She has swapped the extensions for a wig, and wrote on Twitter that “Girls really need to take heed from what has happened to me. If you must have extensions, please please keep them well maintained.”

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To help encourage new growth in the patches where she has lost hair on her head, the celebrity told the Daily Star that she is applying “stem cell liquid” to her scalp each night.

It is not clear what product she is referring to, as most developments pertaining to stem cell hair loss treatments are based around the idea of growing new hairs in a laboratory so that they can be implanted into a patient’s head, just as they would be in a hair transplant procedure. It seems most likely that the liquid is a cosmetic plant stem cell product designed to nourish the hair, rather than an actual pharmaceutical hair loss treatment.

Interestingly, Aisleyne told the Daily Star that her initial reaction to discovering her hairloss was to consider a hair transplant consultation. Surgical hair restoration is rarely needed in cases of Traction Alopecia although some surgeons will consider this if the follicles have been destroyed and are therefore beyond the help of normal treatment methods.


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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

female pattern hair loss telogen effluvium the belgravia centre 24 02 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

After noticing lots of new growth as a result of using her Belgravia treatment plan, Jakki is feeling much more confident.

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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 York-based dermatological research company has announced plans for a clinical trial into the use of a neutraceutical supplement by people with genetic hair loss.

For the study, scientists at the Sadick Research Group are hoping to enrol 60 women who have hair thinning caused by conditions including Female Pattern Hair Loss, something that affects millions of women around the world. The researchers will be using a product named Nutrafol in the trial. This supplement, which is already available in the USA, claims to be a treatment for hair loss that is based on “powerful botanicals” and is made of patented ingredients including extracts of turmeric, vitamin E and saw palmetto.

On their website, Nutrafol claims its product is a breakthrough “smart” supplement that targets the root causes of thinning hair.

NutrafolSix month study

The Sadick trial is expected to last for six months and will involve participants taking either Nutrafol or a placebo every day. In order for researchers to be able to focus on one specific area of the scalp – and to be able to find it again with ease – participants must consent to a having a small tattoo on their head. They must also agree to having their hair clipped.

In fact, the long list of inclusion and exclusion criteria may suggest that the study could have some difficultly getting off the ground at all. Other considerations for volunteers are that they must be aged between 18 and 55; they must have certain a skin type; they must agree to colour their hair (if they currently do so) at the same frequency they did before starting the trial; they need to use a mild, non-medicated shampoo and conditioner for the duration of the study and more – including a pledge from participants that they will follow a birth control regime.

People will also be excluded from taking part if they have certain skin diseases, including psoriasis and atopic dermatitis – both of which are autoimmune conditions and may therefore represent a propensity towards other autoimmune disorders, including Alopecia Areata which is also a excluded category. A known history of depression, smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day and anyone whose hair loss is diagnosed as scarring aka Cicatricial Alopecia – an untreatable form of hairloss which destroys the hair follicles – also rule out potential test subjects from participating.

Supplements can be a part of the solution

Female Pattern Hair Loss treatment may involve food supplements, but these are very much seen as a complement or ‘hair growth booster‘ to be used alongside clinically-proven hair loss drugs. Whilst nutritional support via supplements can certainly help to ensure the hair and scalp are properly nourished, which is important if new hair growth is to be encouraged, it does not go to the root of the problem – no pun intended.hair-loss-treatment-for-men-and-women-hair-growth-boosters-and-minoxidil

At Belgravia, in addition to our clients being offered Hair Vitalics – a blend of hair-friendly vitamins, minerals and amino acids in once-a-day tablet form – they are also provided with a bespoke pharmaceutical treatment course personalised to their needs. The primary component used by Belgravia’s specialists is high strength minoxidil in a formulation recommended for the individual. This is then applied directly to the scalp, as directed and demonstrated by the client’s dedicated Treatment Advisor or Hair Loss Specialist.

Minoxidil is currently the only clinically-proven drug to treat hair loss in women and Belgravia’s approach to using this alongside additional booster products has seen – and continues to produce – many Success Stories.

A consultation, which will involve an assessment, diagnosis and an explanation of the treatment options best suited to the level and pattern of hair thinning, is always the best place to start for anyone who is worried about 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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