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The adult colouring book trend that has engulfed the world during the past 18 months seems to have come from out of nowhere, but it does in fact have a lot to do with mindfulness, being in the moment and stress reduction – the roots of which go back centuries.

If you’re wondering how this links to hair loss, the answer is simple: stress plays a huge part in a variety of hair loss conditions. It can trigger the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata and it can be one of the main factors behind a condition called Telogen Effluvium, which leads to a general all-over thinning of the hair. In some cases, it can even accelerate the onset or rate of shedding in Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss.

I Love My Hair Colouring Book - De Stress MindfulnessA good place to start

De-stressing alone is unlikely to fix a hair loss condition – which is why hair loss specialists have everything from clinically-proven hair loss treatment medications to food supplements and hair growth boosters at their disposal – but it is a good place to begin.

And thanks to a new adult colouring book entitled I Love My Hair, a few quiet moments alone with the felt-tip pens could be just the place to start if stress is an issue for you.

Andrea Pippins, the artist who created the book, recently told Mashable.com that, “Colouring is just something that’s fun and relaxing and easy to do. We all did it when we were kids – why not do it as an adult? It’s meditative. It’s a form of therapy. It’s an escape.”

The artist goes on to explain how she hopes that her book will empower anyone who takes time to use it.

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“I really wanted people to think about hair as something fun and light-hearted, but hair can also be seen as political or rebellious,” says Pippins. “I wanted to give individuals the power to think about hair the way they want to.”

While some people with a hair loss condition might not want to be reminded of all things hair-related, others are likely to find the book therapeutic – a reminder not just of pleasant hair memories, but hopefully, with the right treatment, of happier hair days to come.


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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: Abbad

Question: Hi!I am Abbad I am 19 years old and I am having a good density of hair for couple of months i have seen that my hairline is going upwards i want to ask that how much hairfall is normal and what are solutions of a receding hairline

Answer: Hi, Abbad. The amount of hair loss that is considered ‘normal’ varies but is generally around 100 hairs per day. You can find out how much hair you are losing by doing a 60 second test.

It is entirely possible for Male Pattern Baldness to affect your hairline without producing thinning hair across the rest of the top of your scalp. This genetic condition is hereditary and can start to appear any time following puberty in men with an active predisposition.

If you are starting to notice a receding hairline then the first step would be to consult a hair loss specialist who can determine your level and pattern of shedding, as well as confirming your condition diagnosis.  Following this, they will be able to tailor a bespoke hair loss treatment course, featuring clinically-proven products, designed to address your specific needs.

Usually these courses will include a recommended formulation of high strength minoxidil from Belgravia’s in-clinic pharmacies, paired with various hair growth boosters, as necessary. This approach to treating a receding hairline – which is one of the more stubborn areas of hair loss to treat – has produced many Success Stories for us, which you may want to browse in order to see how long it can take for people with different levels of hair loss to respond to 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 the belgravia centre 20 02 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Since starting her Belgravia treatment, Ms K, pictured, has seen a huge improvement to her hair and is pleased with the service she has received

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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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One of the tools that can be used in assessing whether or not someone is experiencing certain types of hair loss is known as a hair pull test. This involves exactly what you’d expect: a small cluster of hairs is gently pulled to see how many fall out.

Unfortunately, this is not a hugely scientific way to diagnose a hair loss condition, especially when the accepted normal level of hairs that might be expected to come out on a healthy head of hair has long been something experts have quibbled over.

Now, doctors in Canada claim they have new evidence that shows how currently accepted “normal” levels do not paint an accurate picture.

Hair Pull Test - The Belgravia Center Hair Loss ClinicNot necessary for all conditions

Hair pull tests are seldom performed for some types of suspected hair loss. In cases of Androgenetic Alopecia – more commonly known as Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss – for example, a visual inspection is usually all an expert needs to make a diagnosis, as hair thinning is restricted to areas around the top of the scalp and hairline only. It does not affect the hair at the back or sides of the head.

With other conditions – such as the temporary condition Telogen Effluvium, signified by a generalised shedding from all over the scalp – the cause of hair loss can sometimes be less obvious. In these instances a pull test has some merit. But this is only true, argues the Canadian team, if doctors have an accurate idea of how much hair loss was normal for someone with no diagnosed form of alopecia, during a gentle tug of their locks.

“The hair pull test lacks validation and has unclear pretest guidelines,” states the Canadian team, “so we sought to quantify normal hair pull test values and elucidate the effect of pretest hair washing and brushing.”

For many years, people who were about to undergo a hair pull test at a clinic were told not to wash or brush their hair for four or five days before undertaking the pull test.

After recruiting 182 volunteers who did not have a hair loss condition, it was found that the mean number of hairs lost during a pull test on a cluster of around 50-60 hairs was 0.44 hairs. It made no difference whether the participant had recently washed or brushed their hair or not.

These findings illustrate that the existing guidelines – namely that losing 10 per cent of your hairs during a pull test is indicative of a hair loss condition – are much too high. The team states that its study has newly quantified the hair pull test and that normal levels should now be lowered to up to two hairs, which equates to approximately four per cent instead of 10. Whether or not someone has washed or brushed their hair, they state, should also no longer be deemed relevant.

belgravia-centre-hair-loss-clinic-london-online-consultationNot affected by tight hairstyles

Interestingly, the team states that hair pull values in their test were not affected by tight hairstyles – although it is unclear how they define this as there are hundreds of thousands of documented cases of very tight hairstyles leading to Traction Alopecia. This is a treatable condition in most cases, and occurs when the hair follicles are damaged from being placed under too much strain. This is usually caused by frequently wearing tight hairstyles such as braids, high ponytails and cornrows, as well as hair extensions and weaves.

Anyone who suspects that they may be losing more hair than usual over a prolonged period would be well advised to seek out expert help, as most conditions have a better prognosis when diagnosed early. A tricho-check hair loss consultation at Belgravia, which lasts just over half an hour and is free of charge, is undertaken by an experienced, specialist nurse. They ask important background questions as well as making a thorough investigation of the scalp.

For those people who are unable to visit Belgravia’s Central London hair loss clinics in person, this can also be done using our online consultation form which allows photo uploads to aid the diagnostic process.

All hair loss treatments are then devised on a client-by-client basis to ensure maximum chances of halting hair fall and, when possible, encouraging new growth.


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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

male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 20 02 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

This case of hereditary hair loss is improving since the patient started using his bespoke Belgravia treatment course.

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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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The kind of hair loss known as Scarring Alopecia is often permanent, with hair follicles destroyed by the condition Cicatricial Alopecia.

This is certainly true in cases of Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA), which is believed to be linked to or synonymous with a condition named Follicular Degeneration Syndrome, itself also known as Hot Comb Alopecia – though this is something of a misnomer.

CCCA is a condition that most commonly affects black women with afro hair, and doctors in the US have launched a study to try and find out more about how these women are affected by it and how easily they are able to get treatment.

Hair Loss Research StudyEarlier detection may lead to better treatment

Researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois believe that earlier detection of Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia will lead to better treatment and less psychological stress placed upon those who are diagnosed. To explore this, they are recruiting 50 women with the condition to try and ascertain exactly what personal, historical, logistical and environmental factors got in the way of obtaining medical care for their condition.

The doctors will also be asking women with the condition how it has affected their life. They write: “Based on previous research on the psychosocial impact of generalised hair loss in black women, it is fair to consider that CCCA hair loss also leads to problems with self-esteem and participation in daily life activities. This research, the first of its kind, will add to existing knowledge of CCCA by investigating the quality of life and barriers to care of patients with this condition.”

The team’s findings will, they say, be instrumental in modifying dermatology resident training, adding to existing dermatology management guidelines, and even developing public health advocacy programming. The Illinois study is scheduled to finish this summer, although it seems unlikely that the findings will have any bearing on treatment options outside of the US.

Stress, diet and genetics?

Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia is not an especially rare condition, accounting for about three per cent of all hair loss diagnoses, but it is not all that well understood, with causes thought to include stress, poor diet and possibly even genetics. It was once thought to have been caused uniquely by extremely high temperatures of the hot oil applied during traditional straightening treatments (hence “Hot Comb” Alopecia) but this is no longer the case.

What the Illinois doctors have correctly identified is that the chances of someone with the condition making a recovery are greatly improved following early detection.

Whilst most forms of Scarring Alopecia cannot be treated due to the follicles having died, FDS is an exception. With Follicular Degeneration Syndrome treatment the goal is to catch ailing follicles while they are still alive, before scarring sets in. If follicles do indeed still show signs of life, a personalised treatment course devised by a specialist hair loss clinic can often stimulate them back into growth.

The key treatment that these courses are built around is often a recommended formulation of high strength minoxidil. This is applied topically to the scalp once or twice per day, as directed by your treatment advisor, and can also be combined with hair growth boosters to further aid recovery. FDS is often seen alongside another hair loss condition: Traction Alopecia and courses can be customised to address both issues simultaneously.

When pharmaceutical treatment is no longer possible because follicles have died, a hair transplant may sometimes be possible. This is decided solely on a case by case basis and it is imperative that there is enough donor hair elsewhere on the head to work with. As with all hair loss conditions, early detection and a professional diagnosis equate to the best possible chances of regrowth.


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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

male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 20 02 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Rob, pictured, is thrilled with his regrowth to date, saying he’d “highly recommend The Belgravia Centre for anyone suffering with hair loss.”

Find out what this client had to say and see his regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating Male Pattern Baldness 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: David

Question: I have been using wen as a regular conditioner. I would shampoo, rinse, apply wen, rinse. Honestly I didn’t use it everyday and I stopped a month ago. But my hair is falling out rapidly now. My hair was thick. Now I look in the mirror and I see my scalp, my hair’s parting in weird ways. My hair looks damaged, it’s very flat and thin now. I’m 27, very healthy. I couldn’t figure out why this was happening till just yesterday. This product is causing my hair loss. Will my hair grow back?

WEN hair productsAnswer: Hi, David. It is not necessarily the case that the product is behind your hair loss. We are aware of the press that the wen cleansing conditioner has been receiving with regards to causing people to experience hair fall, but there are also many people who use it without reporting any problems.

In this instance it is best to have a hair loss specialist assess you and during the consultation you can inform them about your concerns regarding the wen conditioning product. If you have been using it as a conditioner, it is likely you have been applying it to the lengths of your hair rather than the roots and scalp. This minimises the chances of it being likely to cause hair loss.

It is good that you have stopped using the product you suspect may not be agreeing with you. If you stopped using it one month ago, if the conditioner was the sole cause of your hair thinning you should notice an improvement to your hair in around two more months. It could also be worth examining what was happening in your life around three months ago, before you started to notice more hair falling out than usual.

Temporary hair loss, where the hair sheds from all over the scalp, can be caused by too much stress being placed on your system. This is called  telogen effluvium and does not tend to become obvious externally until around three months after it is triggered. In addition to physical and emotional stress, the trigger can be a result of internal stress due to, for example, an underlying illness, a side effect of medication, an imbalance in the diet, or an allergic reaction. It generally lasts no longer than six months in total, though telogen effluvium treatment may help to accelerate this.

If using this conditioner is the sole cause of your shedding then yes, the hair should grow back naturally. However, unfortunately, in some instances telogen effluvium can trigger male pattern baldness in those with an existing genetic predisposition. So, if this is the case, the rate of thinning may slow down but will become more concentrated on the top of the scalp and hairline as these are the areas affected by male hair loss (not the back and sides of the head). This condition is permanent and the hair gradually grows thinner over time if left untreated. There are clinically-proven male hair loss treatments that can be combined as part of a personalised plan in order to combat this, but the hair will not grow back of its own accord.

We are not saying the conditioner is definitely not the reason, however, as you can see, there are many factors that can trigger or exacerbate thinning hair. This is why we feel the best advice we can offer you is to have a professional assess your scalp to determine why you are losing hair and noticing a decreased hair density. That way you will find out precisely what you’re dealing with and how to treat it most effectively.


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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 unforgiving gaze of the TV cameras has shown another British footballer to be sporting a hairstyle that looks somewhat sparser than it was just a few years ago.

This time under the spotlight is Burnley’s George Boyd who, at 31, would be in prime Male Pattern Baldness age range territory; this genetic condition causes hair loss in vast numbers of men, with a large percentage of these first noticing thinning when they are in their 30s.

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George Boyd pictured in late 2016

Thinning on top?

Boyd’s famously long locks have become something of a trademark look for the midfielder, but TV images of Burnley’s recent game against Chelsea appeared to show that the player’s hair was thinning on top.

He certainly wasn’t helped by some drizzly weather conditions, and sweat can also make thinning hair look more pronounced. Even so, the centre parting he habitually sports certainly seemed to be letting more scalp through than it used to.

There’s no need for the player to panic, however. Male Pattern Baldness treatment, as overseen by a specialist hair loss clinic, can work wonders – and indeed has done so for many thousands of men. Clinically-proven hair loss products attack the baldness on two fronts; one medication stops the body creating a problematic testosterone by-product in men who are genetically-predisposed to be sensitive to it, the other helps new hair to grow.

Boyd’s hair is certainly not “too far gone” for a tailor-made treatment course to be effective. It is also highly unlikely that he would be the only player in the Premier League to be using treatment products designed to combat Male Pattern Baldness if he did indeed seek out specialist help.

Dealing with hair loss

Whether or not this thinning bothers Boyd, or how he plans to deal with it is unknown. However, in the short-term, whether he decides to pursue treatment or not, Boyd could reduce the amount of scalp on show during games by sweeping it backwards before tying it, rather than wearing it in a centre parting, like Gareth Bale. This style should be secured well enough to stay firmly in place for each half but should not be so tight as to cause headaches or pull on the hairline.

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One of many tweets about Gareth Bale’s hair loss from the Euro 2016 tournament

We would not advise following in Bale’s ‘man bun‘ hairstyle footsteps. The Real Madrid forward has been in the news several times over the past year for what appears to be some rather pronounced thinning, and it has been suggested that as well as Male Pattern Baldness, a condition called Traction Alopecia could be at play. If the man-bun the Real Madrid player so famously sports is especially tight and worn regularly, this can cause severe stress on the follicles, which can lead to breakage and hair loss. This is often seen around the hairline, which bears the brunt of the tension, as well as at the site where the hairstyle is affixed.

Fortunately, Traction Alopecia treatment is often very effective, although there’s no reason that this condition would be an issue for Boyd if he made sure that his hair was not held back too tightly on a regular basis.

What’s obvious here is that any fit young man can easily find himself looking in the mirror and being alarmed by the person staring back. Male Pattern Baldness is not a sign of ageing, as it can actually begin when men are still in their teens. Oftentimes a diagnosis and a quick explaination about the various treatment options available, and which are most suitable, are just the comfort a man needs.


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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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“My experience was a really positive one. Both Julia and Farzana were really lovely and explained the whole process and everything that was on offer. Farzana was very sympathetic to my current financial status and along with informing me of all the options provided, guided me to the most realistic one for my needs. Didn’t spend too much time in reception, but the girls were really friendly and informative. Looking forward to starting my treatment soon.”

“I was pleased with my visit on Saturday. The reception staff were friendly and the reception area looks clean and modern. I found both Mohammed and Fiona polite and professional and they provided me with all the necessary information in a clear and concise manner. I was also pleased there was no hard sell. In summary pleased and impressed with my visit.”

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“Monika was such a nice person, she treated me in the kindest was possible. What I liked about Monika is she was honest with me and she told the truth without hiding anything. She clearly explained what the reason for my hair loss was and made everything clear, also after meeting her I felt more confident that my hair will grow back. I am looking forward to meeting her again in three months for my check up! Farzana was very informative and kind. She told me that I look nervous (which was 100% true) and told me not to worry about anything which made me feel a lot better. She was really informative about the treatment course and gave me all the information I need. Such a great person! The receptionists ware awesome! They had a big smile on their face and greeted me in the nice and professional way possible. I don’t know what else to say but they are doing a great job. A big thumbs up from me! The clinic was really well maintained and looked presentable. It also had the facilities that most people will require when they visit the clinic. On the other hand, the environment of the clinic was calm and quiet. Just the way I like it! Overall you guys are providing a great service and once again a big thumbs up from me!”

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25 Feb

‘Good Hair Density But Need a Solution for a Receding Hairline’

Name: Abbad Question: Hi!I am Abbad I am 19 years old and I am having a good density of hair for couple of months i have seen that my hairline is going upwards i want to ask that how much hairfall is normal and what are solutions of a receding hairline Answer: Hi, Abbad. The amount of hair loss that […]

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24 Feb

Success Story Alert! New Female Hair Loss Treatment Entry

A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery. Since starting her Belgravia treatment, Ms K, pictured, has seen a huge improvement to her hair and is pleased with the service she has received Find out what this client had to say and see her regrowth results close up, […]

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24 Feb

Guidelines Revised for Hair Pull Test Used in Assessing Hair Loss

One of the tools that can be used in assessing whether or not someone is experiencing certain types of hair loss is known as a hair pull test. This involves exactly what you’d expect: a small cluster of hairs is gently pulled to see how many fall out. Unfortunately, this is not a hugely scientific way […]

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