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Name: Tanya

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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Name: Lo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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Name: Solomon

Question: Hi I am 18 years old and around 4 weeks ago I noticed a massive increase in hair shedding. Around 2015 I crash dieted and lost 4 stone in about 4 months. After I just lost 4 stone my hair, out of nothing, started shedding so much and so much of my scalp on top became visible when I showered. I researched the reasons for this and all I saw was MPB which I thought I had. This lead me to depression however I recovered and about 7 months later my hair regrew and re-thickened without me noticing until I looked in the mirror and realised.

Diet food hair loss meal eating nutritionNow to 2017; after maintaining my weight for about a year I decided to diet again and lost another stone in 3 weeks. Since then till now I eat less than 500 calories on a Monday and the rest of the days in the week I starve the whole day and only eat dinner. A couple of weeks ago I noticed my hair falling out way more than normal, also on my pillow. In the space of a couple of weeks I went from thick head of hair to thinning. I got a haircut as I had enough of seeing my hair everywhere and noticed just behind my hairline has become very thin, My hairline is unchanged and my crown, however my hair has become thinner and especially just behind the hairline.

Please help me I do have relatives who have gone through MPB all on my mum’s side. And I’m afraid I’m going through it. Nobody notices my thinning only me especially when I shower, my scalp is visible when it was thicker a couple of weeks ago. Also just before I cut my hair I done a slight test, I combed the top of my head and a lot of hairs came out and combed the back of my head which is normally unaffected by MPB and a lot hairs also came out. My hairs are 90% long strands with a White bulb in them. What is happening to me? Please help.

Answer: Hi, Solomon. Although we would need to examine you to give a confirmed diagnosis, from what you say here there two issues potentially at play which could be causing your hair loss. One is genetic and one is related to your extreme weight loss and restrictive eating practices, though both are connected.

The first is Telogen Effluvium and this is a temporary form of hair loss which presents as hair fall from all over the scalp. It can lead to a drop in hair density of around 50 per cent in some cases, though there are reports of this figure being as high as 70 per cent. Your crash dieting and weight loss maintenance eating plans are likely to be, if not the sole cause, then an important factor in triggering this condition.

The body needs a balanced approach to nutrition, with food eaten regularly that contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals essential to support its normal functioning – including the running of the hair growth cycle. If you want to top up on the nutrients needed for healthy hair growth then a dedicated food supplement can be taken. Links between nutritional deficiencies and hair loss are well known, as are the risks of shedding associated with rapid weight loss. Starving yourself – whether you are consuming no food or severely restricting your calorie intake – can push the body into ‘fight or flight’ mode. Not only does this cause fat stores to be hoarded, but it can also lead to production of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol – this, in turn, may result in thinning hair across the entire scalp.

You mention suffering from depression and this, along with other forms of stress and lifestyle habits such as excessive exercise and a lack of sleep, can also contribute to causing this condition.

The Belgravia Centre london clinic Mens hairloss treatmentTelogen Effluvium may seem sudden when the hair falls out, but this shedding does not tend to happen until around three months after the hair loss condition has been triggered. Whilst normal hair regrowth should resume naturally, it can take up to six months. A specialist hair loss clinic will be able to assess you and, if necessary, provide you with suitable Telogen Effluvium treatment to help speed this process along. It is advisable, in order to prevent recurrences of this condition, that you identify and rectify the issues that are most likely to have caused the hair loss.

A key piece of information regarding Telogen Effluvium – and its more intense form, Chronic Telogen Effluvium, also known as Diffuse Thinning – is the relationship to hereditary hair loss. If you have a genetic predisposition, inherited from either side of your family, to Male Pattern Baldness, then it is possible for Telogen Effluvium to effect this. In cases where there are not yet signs of male pattern hair loss, Telogen Effluvium may bring about the early onset of this condition. Alternatively, where male pattern baldness is already an issue, Telogen Effluvium may speed up the rate of hair loss, intensifying the shedding in the areas affected by genetic hair loss, namely the top of the scalp and the hairline.

It is possible to experience both Telogen Effluvium or Chronic Telogen Effluvium hair loss at the same time as having Male Pattern Hair Loss. It is also possible to treat these conditions, either separately or simultaneously through the use of a customised hair loss treatment programme devised by a specialist to fit your precise needs. These courses tend to feature clinically-proven components, including finasteride 1mg and minoxidil, in recommended high strength formulations, alongside additional hair growth booster products. However, as you have a history of depression, finasteride 1mg would not be recommended to you and a high strength minoxidil-only course, with appropriate boosters would be the most likely route.

As before, we cannot diagnose you simply from the information provided here – you may have one, both, or even neither of these conditions. As you mention no-one else can notice your hair thinning the chances are that any hair loss you are experiencing is minimal and nothing to worry too much about. Even if you have are affected by any of these issues, there is help, support and treatment available should you need it. So, if you would like a personalised diagnosis and recommendations from our experienced hair loss specialists, we would recommend having a consultation either in person or online.


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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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Shower shampoo hair wash hair lossName: Keenan

Question: Can using too much shampoo cause hair loss? I saw it says on the bottle to use a coin size amount but I use two or three times that and now my hair is falling out when I shower. I think it’s cos of my shampoo. Can you tell me? If I use less shampoo will it stop my hair falling out?

Answer: Hi, Keenan. It is absolutely normal to notice hair loss when you shower or wash your hair, but this does not necessarily mean you have a hair loss condition.

As long as you are rinsing the shampoo out properly so that there is no residue left behind, it is extremely unlikely – barring an allergic reaction, which would cause other symptoms in addition to hair fall – that using too much shampoo has anything to do with your shedding.

It is normal to lose up to around 100 hairs per day. Often we don’t even notice them going but in cases where your attention is more focused on your hair – such as in the shower, when you’re washing your hair or when you’re brushing it – it can be a shock to see these hairs shed. Some may even have been shed from the scalp but remained stuck in amongst your other hairs so the hair fall may seem more intense at times but it’s likely just because you are moving the hair around.

If you continue to experience hairloss at a level which concerns you for a period of six months, or if you start to see signs of thinning hair – such as your ponytail becoming thinner or your parting becoming wider – or sudden hair fall in patches, then a specialist consultation may be helpful. This way a professional can assess your scalp and provide you with a diagnosis, as well as any hair loss treatment recommendations if needed. However, for now, based solely on the information you give here, it does not sound like the hair fall you are experiencing is out of the ordinary, nor related to your shampoo use.


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Name: J

Question: Why would too much b7 cause hair loss? Will hair regrow after stop dosage? Thanks

Answer: Hi, J. Regular intake of excessive quantities of vitamin B7 can cause hair loss in some cases due to a temporary condition known as Telogen Effluvium.

Eggs egg yolk biotinIn order to answer your query fully, I will explain how B7, also known as biotin, Vitamin H or Vitamin B8, can be beneficial to the hair and when its levels can cause or contribute to hair thinning.

Clear, established health benefits associated with dietary intake of biotin have been confirmed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). This relates to vitamin B7 supporting the normal maintenance a number of functions including macronutrient metabolism, the nervous system, psychological functions and hair growth. The European Commission advises that biotin contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism and to the maintenance of normal hair and skin.

Biotin is one of the key nutrients necessary for hair growth, however very small amounts are actually needed. It is a water soluble vitamin but, unlike other vitamins of this kind, natural food sources can only provide low levels of biotin. Food sources include yeast, liver, egg yolks, soya, nuts and cereals.

According to the UK’s Department of Health “bacteria that live naturally in your bowel are able to make biotin, so it’s not clear if you need any additional biotin from the diet”. As a result of this, biotin deficiency is rare though some groups of people who may have an increased risk of developing biotin deficiency. These include dialysis patients, people with diabetes, and patients with an impaired uptake of vitamins from food. A marginal biotin deficiency can also very occasionally be found in pregnant women.

Despite a recommended daily intake of 30mcg a day for adults, as with many nutrients, how much you need depends on the individual. Whilst the UK Department of Health advises that, for adults, “taking 0.9mg or less a day of biotin in supplements is unlikely to cause any harm”, the US Department of Health and Human Services website states, “The FNB [Food and Nutrition Board] was unable to establish ULs [tolerable upper intake levels] for biotin because there is no evidence in humans that biotin is toxic at high intakes. Several studies have found no adverse effects of 10–50 mg/day biotin, and up to 200 mg/day oral biotin or 20 mg/day intravenously in patients with biotinidase deficiency do not produce symptoms of toxicity”.

BiotinSymptoms of biotin deficiency are known to include hair loss and loss of hair colour, dry scaly skin, cracked lips, a swollen and painful tongue, dry eyes, a loss of appetite, fatigue, insomnia and depression.

Symptoms of excessive biotin intake are believed to include thinning hair, cystic acne, increased urination, diarrhoea, mild nausea and acute respiratory problems. It is important to note, however, that these reports are largely anecdotal and the amounts of vitamin B7 involved are also mostly unknown.

Though biotin is not considered toxic, the Linus Pauling Institute reports one instance of the life-threatening disease eosinophilic pleuropericardial effusion in an elderly woman who was taking 10,000 mcg per day of biotin and 300 mg per day of pantothenic acid over the course of two months. The Oregon State University-based institute also advises that dosages of up to 5,000 mcg per day taken by healthy individuals for two years were not associated with adverse affects.

The US Department of Health and Human Services advises: “Very high intakes of biotin can interfere with assays that use biotin-streptavidin technology and are commonly used to measure thyroid and other hormone levels. As a result, a few recent case reports have described findings falsely indicating Graves disease and severe hyperthyroidism in patients taking 10–300 mg biotin per day, including six children receiving high doses of biotin (2–15 mg/kg body weight per day) to treat inherited metabolic diseases. Furthermore, high biotin intakes could produce false-negative or false-positive results from assays of vitamin D metabolites as well as cortisol, testosterone, estradiol, insulin, and other hormones”.

Diet-related hair loss, such as that caused by an excess or deficiency in certain nutrients, is known as Telogen Effluvium. This a temporary hair loss condition which causes hair thinning from all over the scalp. It can appear to be sudden and intense – with up to 50 per cent of the hairs being affected – though it actually takes around three months from being triggered to becoming noticeable. As there are a number of alleged side-effects mentioned in relation to extreme over consumption of biotin, it may well be that any hair loss is a result of the body being ‘out of sorts’ or adjusting to this new regime rather than as a direct result of the biotin itself.

Hair Growth Cycle DiagramThe reason this type of hair fall occurs relates to a ‘blip’ in the hair growth cycle. When the body is placed under strain, whether through emotional of physical stress, illness or a dietary imbalance, it tries to protect itself. In doing so, nutrients may be diverted away from non-critical functions such as hair growth in order to concentrate on keeping the heart and lungs functioning properly. This can result in a number of hair follicles being ‘jolted’ into the hair growth cycle’s resting period – known as the Telogen phase – prematurely. In doing so, in line with the cycle’s natural timing, it can take around three months for these hairs to start shedding, and around six months to resume normal hair growth.

Telogen Effluvium treatment to help accelerate this process is available from specialist hair loss clinics who will start by assessing your scalp to ensure a correct diagnosis. This is particularly important when dealing with thinning hair as Telogen Effluvium can present simultaneously alongside, or even trigger genetic hair loss in men and women with an existing predisposition. They may not have noticed signs of Male Pattern Baldness or, for women, Female Pattern Hair Loss prior, but a specialist will be able to spot precisely what is going on and tailor a bespoke hair loss treatment course based upon their findings.

If the cause of your hairloss was solely down to a nutritional issue then this should resolve itself within the timelines stated above once you cut back. As vitamin B7 is water soluble it can exit your system fairly quickly through urination. If androgenetic alopecia has been triggered, or if it was already present and this has simply made it worse, then the rate of shedding may decrease once your biotin intake normalises, however, as this is a permanent hair loss condition, the shedding will continue unless preventative treatment is sought.

As before, biotin overdoses are incredibly rare but, if you are concerned about your nutrient levels and any potential excesses or deficiencies, you should consult your doctor who can arrange tests, if necessary.


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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: Keira

Question: My hair has burnt off at the front of my hairline because of hair dye. Will it grow back?

Women hair loss headache hairline stresscAnswer: Hi, Keira. Whether or not your patch of hair loss will grow back depends on the level of damage caused by the dye. 

Chemical burns can vary in their severity and, accordingly, so can the intensity of the resulting hairloss. It is key to assess whether the hairs have been affected from the follicle or the shaft.

Mild damage can cause hair breakage, where the strands are weakened to the point where the hair snaps anywhere along the shaft. This can leave frizzy, damaged hair behind but the follicle remains intact, even if the hair breaks off at the roots. This can generally be dealt with by a good haircut and regular intensive strengthening conditioning treatments.

Ensuring your diet contains the necessary levels of nutrients needed for healthy hair growth can also be beneficial. If you feel you may need some nutritional support in this area, a hair growth supplement such as Hair Vitalics for Women, which contains key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts, may help to further boost your hair from the inside out.

Moderate styling damage can cause temporary hair loss if the burn has scorched the surface of the skin. This tends to be when the burn does not harm the follicle and is not classed as serious. This is known as chemical trauma and the hair should grow back naturally in time, or specialised hair loss treatment can be used to help speed this process along. It is worth noting that the hair around the hairline is the most fragile and the slowest to regrow.

Hair loss from severe burns, where the skin takes on a shiny, bald appearance once the scalp has healed, is generally permanent. This is known as cicatricial alopecia – also known as scarring alopecia – and, due to the destruction of the hair follicles in these instances, treatment is not possible. In some circumstances surgical hair restoration may be an option but this is very much decided on a case by case basis by specialist surgeons.

If you would like a personal assessment and tailored treatment recommendations, where appropriate, one of Belgravia‘s hair loss specialists can provide this for you following a consultation. This can take place at our London hair loss clinics or online via the consultation form on our website which allows users to upload photos. Once this has been successfully completed and submitted, one of our team will be in touch shortly.


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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: Sebastian

Shower shampoo hair wash hair lossQuestion: Hello. I’m using the Vichy anti-dandruff shampoo for greasy hair for some years. I’m dandruff free now, had seborrhoeic dermatitis. But now my concern is that I’m losing hair and my question is … it is possible that I used only this type of shampoo for years that causes my hair loss?

Answer: Hi, Sebastian. It is highly unlikely that your choice of shampoo has lead to hair loss.

We would need to assess you to determine the precise hair loss condition you are experiencing but, if you have excessive hair fall resulting in thinning hair from areas around the top of your scalp and/or hairline, this is most likely to be Male Pattern Baldness. This is determined by genetics.

Whilst it can be triggered into presenting earlier than perhaps nature intended by certain lifestyle factors, including stress and illness, unless you had a fairly intense allergic reaction to the shampoo, this is almost certainly not a factor here.

If your hair is shedding from all over your scalp it could be Telogen Effluvium, a temporary form of hair loss often brought on by the aforementioned lifestyle factors. This condition does tend to affect women more than men but it is possible for men to experience it too.

If you are concerned about your level of hair loss we recommend having a consultation, either in person or online, so that you can receive a professional diagnosis and appropriate hair loss treatment recommendations.


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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: Adel

Question: Hi there, I’m a diabetic and I’m losing my hair. I’m losing weight rapidly, cause of this I’ve asked my doctor if I would lose my hair due to having diabetes and he said yes. I have asked what treatment is best to grow my hair and my doctors won’t say anything, so what’s best for to grow my hair back and to thicken my hair too?

Diabetes hair lossAnswer: Hi, Adel. Diabetes may trigger a few types of hair loss and therefore it is best to have a consultation with a specialist who can examine your scalp and hair. Once the specific condition has been confirmed, it will be easier to recommend the appropriate treatments.

As diabetes may trigger hormone changes, it may as well trigger the start of androgenic alopecia – also known as Female Pattern Hair Loss when it affects women – for those who are genetically predisposed to it. Androgenic alopecia is caused by an hereditary sensitivity to a hormone called DHT (dihydrotestosterone).

The DHT gradually damages affected follicles across the top of the scalp, hairline and crown. This leads to gradually thinning hair until the follicles completely disappear. Female pattern hair loss is a permanent condition and, therefore, requires on-going treatment to manage it. At Belgravia, women’s hair loss treatment programmes generally take the form of topical applications of high strength minoxidil from the range of formulations available from our in-clinic pharmacies, paired with suitable hair growth boosters.

Diabetes may also trigger short-term disturbances in the hair growth cycle. This results in a temporary hair loss condition called telogen effluvium. This presents as shedding from all over the scalp, which may appear to come on fairly suddenly but does, in fact, only tend to become noticeable around three months after having been triggered. New hair growth should become apparent in up to six months though treatment is available if required. If the hair thinning lasts for longer than that, the condition may be chronic, also called diffuse hair loss, and treatment would be recommended in this case.

It is possible to have both female pattern hair loss and either telogen effluvium or chronic telogen effluvium simultaneously. This can result in all over shedding that is more intense in the areas around the top of the scalp, temples and crown. A hair loss treatment programme can be tailored to help stabilise shedding and promote regrowth, including improved hair density, for any of these individual or combined conditions following a 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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Name: Bradley

Question: Hello guys,I was wondering does DHT shrink facial hair and body hair also? If our Moustache and beard thin out, can this be caused by DHT? If so, can Propecia help? What are the causes for shrinking hair on beard and moustache?

BeardAnswer: Hi, Bradley. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is perhaps best known as the main culprit of Male Pattern Hair Loss, which can start to develop in men with a genetic predisposition, any time following puberty. This affects the hairs on the top of the scalp only.

DHT does not shrink body or facial hair such as the moustache or beard. In fact, bodily hair is actually dependent on DHT as it causes hair growth on the body during puberty.

Thinning of the beard may be due to hormonal issues or thyroid problems; it is often temporary. This is where medical investigation is necessary however, if the beard area is naturally thin then there is not much that can be done unless you opt for a beard transplant. Also, if there is patchy hair loss from the beard, this could be a sign of the autoimmune disorder alopecia barbae.

No male hair loss treatment products are suitable for use on or in relation to the face. They are strictly for use in relation to genetic hair thinning from the scalp only. This includes finasteride 1mg, the drug commonly referred to as Propecia as this was its original brand name, though many other brands are now available.

We only deal with scalp-related hair loss here at Belgravia so we would recommend you speak to your GP about this. They will be able to carry out or refer you for any necessary tests.


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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: Funmilola

Question: Hi, I am so happy that I can finally get help from this habit. I have been pulling my hair since I was 10 & now I am 29. I have caused a great damage to my hair. Please I am so in need of your medical assistance so I can be free. Thank you.

Afro Hair Woman Hair LossAnswer: Hi, Funmilola. In cases like this you would need to be pull-free before seeking treatment for your resulting hair loss.

The usual first step for dealing with trichotillomania is to address the underlying reason for hair pulling and/or twisting the hair, and to learn to identify and control the urges to react to your triggers. Therapy – often CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) – is generally recommended, so we suggest you see your doctor about referring you.

Once you are free of the compulsion to pull you can arrange a free consultation with one of our specialists, either at one of Belgravia’s Central London hair loss clinics. Alternatively, if you are based outside London or the UK, it may be more convenient for you to complete an online consultation.

Following an assessment you will be given a realistic prognosis and personalised hair loss treatment recommendations, where appropriate. It is important to bear in mind, especially due to the long period during which you have been suffering, that hair growth is not always possible if the follicles have been too severely traumatised. Sometimes there can be a mix of areas where the follicles are not so badly damaged in amongst areas where there is now scarring alopecia, which cannot currently be treated. In these instances it may be possible to see improved regrowth but only in the areas where the follicles are still functioning.

The most crucial thing to do first of all is to concentrate on managing your trichotillomania, any hairloss or breakage can be dealt with after that. We wish you the very best of luck and, should you need it, you will find information on support groups for trichotillomania, here.


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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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