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Thinning Hair - Thin Ponytail - Women's Hair LossName: Payal

Question: This article helped me to understand the possible cause of my hair fall . It suddenly started around a month back and I feel I have only half the amount of hair left . Also my scalp hurts when I go with a high ponytail which never happened earlier . I get around 8 to 9 hours of sleep daily but these days I have started sleeping late and then getting up late . Is it that shifting my sleeping time is making my scalp weak ?

Answer: Hi, Payal. A month is a short period of time in which to experience what sounds like fairly drastic hair loss from what you say here.

If your scalp is also hurting it suggests you may have an underlying health issue and/or scalp condition. The shift in sleep patterns should have little to no effect on your hair as you are still getting a good amount of sleep on a regular basis.

There are a number of illnesses and disorders that can cause intense shedding over a short period of time and it is more likely that this is the reason for your hair fall. This is due to a temporary condition called Telogen Effluvium which causes thinning hair from all over the scalp and a noticeable drop in hair density. It can be triggered by stress placed on the body – emotional or due to an illness or medication side effect – or a sudden shock, as well as other issues such as dietary imbalances.

Usually the hair starts to shed around three months after the trigger incident so if you think back to four months ago you may be able to determine the cause yourself. If not then a specialist can work with you to diagnose the condition and likely cause. They can also discuss the options for telogen effluvium treatment with you although in most cases the hair will grow back naturally in around three months time. It is often best to have this type of hair loss checked out as it can exacerbate or accelerate female pattern hair loss in those who have an existing genetic predisposition to this hereditary condition.

If you are scraping your hair back tightly into a ponytail then there is the possibility that you may have a sensitive scalp that is being aggravated by your hairstyle. If you wear your hair like this frequently there is also a possibility of Traction Alopecia. This occurs when excessive strain is placed on the follicles and it can present simultaneously alongside other hair loss conditions. One of its primary causes is regularly wearing tight hairstyles, including high ponytails.

Traction Alopecia mostly affects the hairline, causing it to recede particulalry around the temples, and can cause thinning or hair breakage at the point where the style is secured. Whilst effective traction alopecia treatment is available, this is a fully preventable condition so consider wearing your hair more loosely, at least every other day, in order to give your follicles a rest. If it is determined that you do have a number of conditions that are contributing to your hair fall, a hair loss specialist will be able to tailor a treatment course to your precise needs, including for any scalp issues, as there are treatment options for all the conditions mentioned 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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Thinning Hair in Women - HairstylesName: Natasha

Question: I am suffering from hair loss. My hairs are getting thin. I don’t know what to do i am just 18. I don’t know the exact problem. Please help.!

Answer: Hi, Natasha. There are a number of hair loss conditions – some permanent, many temporary – that can cause thinning hair in women.

This type of shedding, that results in a decrease in hair density, can be linked to stress, diet, an underlying illness or side effect from medication – which usually cause Telogen Effluvium – or your genetics – which causes Female Pattern Hair Loss.

The easiest way to tell the two conditions apart are that whilst Telogen Effluvium causes diffuse thinning from all over the scalp and lasts no longer than six months, Female Pattern Hair Loss is a permanent condition which only affects the top of the head and hairline. Hair loss treatment courses are available to help deal with both of these conditions.

If you are unsure as to where precisely the shedding is located, we recommend you keep an eye on this as with temporary hair loss conditions the hair will often regrow naturally within three to six months. If you are still concerned after this time, have a professional consultation in order to get a diagnosis and relevant treatment recommendations. You are of course welcome to come in sooner if it would help to give you peace of mind.


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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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Washing Hair - Shampoo - Scalp - DandruffName: Mohammed

Question: I am losing about 100 hair a days since 2 months. Especially, when I wake up from bed, I see around 30 hair on my pillow. I`m really worried and depressed. I have consulted dermatologist she prescribed me vichy dercos noegenic shampoo and to avoid hair oil. It’s making my scalp too much dry and increasing my hair fall. Please suggest shall I opt for Sebamed Anti-dandruff shampoo

Answer: Hi Mohammed, it is absolutely normal to lose around 100 hairs per day so what you describe does not sound like anything to worry about. It sounds like your dermatologist has prescribed you treatments to deal with a scalp condition rather than hair loss.

If you have a problem with dandruff then by all means try anti-dandruff shampoos that are designed for frequent use as they will be more gentle on the hair and scalp. Some formulations are designed to be used every other day or twice per week, however, you can still wash your hair in between these times; just take care to use a shampoo that is suited to your hair type. Please do note that shampoo will not treat hair loss though.

If your hair fall increases and you are still concerned about losing your hair then we recommend you have a consultation with a specialist. They will be able to assess you, diagnose any hair loss condition and explain any scalp issues you may be experiencing. This will at the very least help to put your mind at rest and provide you with options for a plan of action to address these issues.


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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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Hair Loss Women - PonytailName: Anon

Question: Hi. My cousin was around 2 when her head got burned from boiling oil. Her scalp got destroyed and there is a huge bald patch in the middle of her head. It can be covered up by tying her hair. Do you think there”s a chance of full hair growth? She’s 18 now and tiny hair follicles have grown but it has been 16 years and that’s all that has happened

Answer: Hi there. Unfortunately it is unlikely that hair growth will occur as, in burns cases such as this, the hair loss is often permanent due to a condition called scarring alopecia – also known as cicatricial alopecia.

This happens when the hair follicles are destroyed or weakened so severely that they stop functioning and can no longer produce hair. If the scalp takes on a smooth, shiny appearance where it was burnt, this is a sign of permanent baldness. Hair loss treatment requires active follicles in order to stimulate regrowth so is futile in these cases.

Sorry not to have better news for your cousin but there are treatments being developed that may potentially help this type of hair loss in the future. For now though, and most likely for the next few years, there are no effective means of treating hair loss where scar tissue is involved.

We would recommend caution in wearing the hair in a ponytail too often as this can stress the follicles, causing further hair loss from the condition traction alopecia. Perhaps your cousin could speak to her hairdresser to get some suggestions for looser hairstyles and cuts that may help to disguise her bald patch without causing so much strain to her hair follicles. Although traction alopecia treatment is available, this hair loss condition is fully preventable so – particularly if your cousin is already sensitive about her hair loss – it is worth looking into a range of styles she can alternate in order to avoid this happening.


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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: Jack

Question: Hello, I’m 21 years of age… 22 end of the month and my hair line is receding rapidly and the confidence is slowly going

Answer: Hi Jack, whilst we understand how devastating hair loss can be on a man’s self-confidence, please do try not to let this get to you.

There are clinically-proven hair loss treatments that can help to stabilise this type of shedding, and promote regrowth . It is also well worth remembering that you are not defined by your hair, or any hair loss you may be experiencing, so perhaps try working on getting your confidence back in addition to dealing with your receding hairline.

At Belgravia we often recommend high strength minoxidil formulations from the range carried at our clinic pharmacies. This treatment is applied directly to the areas affected by Male Pattern Baldness and has been seen to produce significant regrowth results for stubborn areas of hairloss, such as a receding hairline. When used in combination with the clinically-proven once-a-day tablet, finasteride 1mg, this can generally enhance minoxidil-only results in our experience.

You mention that your hairline seems to be receding quickly. Whilst a receding hairline is caused by the hereditary condition Male Pattern Baldness – which is down to genetics – there are a number of lifestyle factors which are believed to influence the rate at which the hair sheds. Commonly, issues including stress, smoking, and deficiencies or imbalances in the diet can accelerate shedding from male pattern hair loss so try to ensure you are eating properly, getting enough sleep and are taking steps to manage any anxieties.

We recommend that, in order to receive personalised treatment and hair growth booster recommendations for a course tailored to your specific requirements, you undergo a tricho-check. This can take place in person, one-on-one at either of our Central London hair loss clinics, or if the locations are inconvenient you can complete our Online Consultation form instead. This way a hair loss specialist can provide you with dedicated advice and support, as well as answering any questions you may have about regrowing your hair. Hopefully knowing that there is help and a solution available will, at the very least, put your mind at rest.


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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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Hair Loss in Women - FFA Receding HairlineName: Meryl

Question: I am post-menopausal and because I have an autoimmune disease, I suffer from Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia. I find this very distressing as I have already lost 3 – 4 inches of hair from my hairline. Is there a possibility that eventually this condition can be successfully treated with JAK Inhibitors?

Answer: Hi Meryl, at this stage it is impossible to say for certain whether JAK inhibitors could be developed to treat FFA in the future. They have not yet been cleared for use on Alopecia Areata/Totalis/Universalis – the area of hair loss they are being actively explored for – and are still in the early stages of small scale clinical trials. Also, the stated goal after gaining clearance for treating these conditions is for the drug to be developed further in order to treat androgenetic alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss).

There are, however, studies that point to various teams trying to develop cures or treatments for FFA. One study recently investigated corticosteriods for this use, whilst another potential hair loss treatment being explored involves lab-grown skin that contains active hair follicles and could help people with various forms of scarring alopecia – also known as cicatricial alopecia – including FFA.

We will keep the Belgravia blog updated on developments in this area and believe there is a stronger possibility now than ever before of a future treatment being developed for this permanent hair loss condition. Though please do be aware that this is a long process which can take a number of years to pass all necessary safety and efficacy tests. In the meantime, as this is causing you so much distress, you may want to investigate hair replacement systems – modern types of wigs and hair pieces which can be used with your own hair to create the effect of fuller hair. Or even discuss cut options with your hairdresser, who may be able to recommend cuts or styling techniques that can help to make the receding less obvious.


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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: Ramandeep

Question: Hi I am 21 years older and I have always felt my hair falling out for years. The doctors did blood tests and there wasn’t anything significant but my hair has thinned immensely over the years e.g my pony tail is half as thick as it used to be. I have been noticing hair loss from the front of my head over about 1-2 years and now it actively falls out whilst doing anything and has thinned a lot. Since a year ago my eyebrows and eyelashes also randomly fall out throughout the day. I want to know if there is anything I can do to protect my remaining hair. Very rarely use heat products (once every 2-3 months) and have been using a shampoo recommended by my doctor plantur 39, but my hair is still thinning?

Thinning Hair - Thin Ponytail - Women's Hair LossAnswer: Hi, Ramandeep. The symptoms you describe here sound like classic signs of Female Pattern Hair Loss. This is a permanent, genetic hair loss condition which displays outwardly as thinning hair in those affected.

Although it only affects the top of the scalp, it tends to be most noticeable at the parting – which may start to look increasingly wider, with more scalp visible – and at the hairline. Thinning temples are particularly common, as is a general drop in hair density, or thickness. Many women tend to find that their ponytail gets thinner as a result, and is a common sign of this type of hair loss.

The reason for this is that people with pattern hair loss have a predisposed sensitivity to a hormone byproduct in the body called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This gathers around the top of their scalp and binds to hair follicles, gradually weakening and destroying them. The outwardly visible signs of this bio activity are increased hair thinning and, for men affected by the male equivalent, baldness may occur eventually although this is far less common in women.

Technically genetic hair loss can start to appear any time following puberty, though it has traditionally started to occur later in life, particularly for women. However, in recent years this hair loss condition has been seen to affect increasingly younger women from their 20’s upwards. This is believed to be a result of modern living as, although the cause is genetic, factors such as stress and diet are believed to accelerate the process.

There are effective hair loss treatment options for this condition that can help to prevent further shedding and regrow hair. Whilst it is important to wash the hair regularly in order to maintain good scalp hygiene, shampoo will not treat thinning hair so it is unsurprising that you mention this has had no effect. Shampoo is not absorbed into the skin for long enough and also does not contain the only clinically-proven women’s hair loss treatment – minoxidil.

At Belgravia we tailor treatment programmes to each individual client, with women’s courses being focused around appropriate high strength minoxidil formulations. Where suitable, various hair growth boosters can also be added in to provide a fully rounded approach to helping maximise the hair’s potential.

Whilst this can explain the issues you are having with hair thinning, we would advise you to speak with your doctor if your eyebrows and lashes are falling out. Whilst this is associated with the autoimmune conditions Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis, these also cause total baldness of the scalp so are unlikely to be the cause.


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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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Wash Your HairName: Cristi

Question: Hello! How often should we wash our hair when using minoxidil. My doctor said 2 per week but my hair is getting very greasy fast due to the minoxidil treatment (I also have oily skin)

Answer: Hi, Cristi. Depending on your hair type we would generally advise washing your hair once a day or once every other day. This is especially beneficial if you have an oily scalp and thinning hair as the oil can make hair look thinner, whilst freshly washed hair appears naturally more full. If you have Afro hair then aim for once a week but the more regularly you can wash your hair, the better.

As you don’t appear to be a Belgravia client we would advise you to speak to the person you purchased the minoxidil from, or the manufacturer, about your concerns. It could be that you need further instructions on the application or that the product is not entirely suitable for you.

If the hair loss product your doctor has provided is not agreeing with your scalp it may be that another formulation may suit you better so you may want to get a second opinion on your treatment.

In general terms, however, we can tell you that we generally recommend our hair loss treatment clients wash their hair frequently and apply their minoxidil after washing and drying their hair. This keeps the scalp clean and allows whichever high strength minoxidil product they are using sufficient time to be fully absorbed into the scalp.


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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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Solutions for a Receding HairlineName: Robin

Question: Hello! There, my hairline is receding day by day and having a lot of dandruff I have already consulted with the doctor and in blood, test it is found that I’m having high DHT level but no result have been seen after the treatment I won’t be able to come there please suggest me what should I do to fix this problem.

Answer: Hi Robin, you don’t mention how long you have been using treatment for your hair loss or what kind, and – as you are not a Belgravia client – we have no record of this. Ideally we would need more information or would advise you to speak to your treatment provider, especially if the treatment is drying out your scalp and causing it to become flaky.

Based on the assumption that your hair loss is the genetic condition caused by an inherited sensitivity to DHT, Male Pattern Baldness, we can give you the following general advice: It can take three to six months after starting treatment for signs of progress to become noticeable, but it also depends if the treatment you are taking is appropriate for your receding hairline. If your scalp is flaking it is likely that a more gentle solution could be necessary.

Without further information it is difficult to provide you with solid advice here so we recommend you have an online consultation. This is quick, free of charge and may help to put your mind at rest as well as providing you with personalised recommendations for receding hairline treatment and scalp care solutions that can be sent to you without visiting our London hair loss clinics.


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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: Aimee

Question: Hi, I have had a crawling itchy sensation on my scalp for about 8 months my scalp is very sore, my hairline is dry and looks like it’s starting to thin I’ve never had scalp issues before what could this be?

Itchy Head Flaky ScalpAnswer: Hi Aimee, this sounds as if it could be a dermatological scalp condition such as Seborrhoeic Dermatitis or Psoriasis, however, we would need more information before providing a complete diagnosis.

Belgravia’s B4 Shampoo is good for treating and easing the sensations caused by these types of conditions that often cause itching. We know this is easier said than done but do try not to scratch your head as this can potentially lead to infection and/or cause the flaking to spread. This can also cause hair breakage which makes the hair appear thinner as it snaps along the shaft.

We recommend you have a consultation so that a professional hair loss specialist can provide you with both a diagnosis of your complaint and personalised treatment recommendations for both your scalp condition and your hair loss.

You are welcome to visit one of Belgravia’s Central London hair loss clinics or if you are based outside London, it may be easier for you to complete an online consultation form which allows you to upload photos to help with your diagnosis.

In the meantime we recommend using a gentle shampoo daily to ensure the scalp is kept clean but not dried out by any overly harsh formulations.


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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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‘Is Changing Sleep Patterns Causing Hair Loss?’

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