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As we have explained previously, there are a number of cold weather and winter hair issues which can result in anything from dandruff to temporarily thinning hair.

In addition to these, men and women who notice hair loss during the winter months may want to take a look at their diet to find the culprit.

Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D, also known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, plays a key role in regulating calcium and phosphate levels in the body, keeping bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

It is created by the body from direct sunlight on the skin. Therefore, in the darker winter months our intake generally drops, not only because the amount of time we spend outside during daylight hours decreases, but mostly because the sun isn’t strong enough for the body to produce vitamin D.

According to NHS advice, from around late March/early April to the end of September most people should derive the necessary amounts of vitamin D from sunlight. However, from October until early March this drops off so we need to obtain this nutrient from other sources to prevent deficiency.

Signs of vitamin D deficiency can vary, ranging from diffusely thinning hair to bone pain. Research is on-going into links suggesting connections between vitamin D deficiency and Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss, as well as the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata.

It is thought vitamin D levels may influence the presence of Alopecia Areata as well as its severity, with studies also showing that a lack of vitamin D3 – the form of vitamin D present in Belgravia’s highly-targeted food supplement Hair Vitalics – can influence hair loss in women.

Sources of vitamin D

Whilst it is often cited that cow’s milk is a good source of vitamin D, this is not true in the UK.

There are a limited number of food sources rich in vitamin D, with the most dense options being certain fish dishes, including tinned salmon (15.3µg per 140g), baked salmon (10.2µg per 140g) and grilled mackerel (11.9µg per 140g), according to the British Nutrition Foundation. Two eggs served either scrambled or made into an omelette, pack the highest vitamin D content for vegetarians at 3.4µg, but there are no plant-based sources of vitamin D for vegans so year-round supplementation is recommended.

fish salmon diet food nutrition vitamin D healthy hair growthAs it is difficult for everyone to get enough vitamin D solely from their food, the government recommends taking a food supplement containing 10mcg of vitamin D during the autumn and winter. It can also be harder for people of colour with dark skin to produce enough vitamin D from sunlight all year round so taking a food supplement containing 10mcg of vitamin D all year round is widely recommended.

The Department of Health also recommends the same action be taken by people who don’t get outside very often, including those who are housebound, in a care home, who don’t go outside much during daylight hours – such as night workers or who wear clothing that covers the majority of the skin when outdoors.

For those taking food supplements it is particularly important not to exceed the recommended doses of vitamin D, which involves factoring in any food and sunshine sources as well as the amounts taken via nutritional support products. The NHS warns against taking 100mcg vitamin D per day or more as this can be harmful. Consistent over-consumption of vitamin D can cause calcium to build up in the body (hypercalcaemia), weakening bones and damaging the kidneys and heart. It is therefore advised that anyone unsure of how much supplementation they need or experiencing unusual symptoms should consult their doctor for advice.

Womens-hair-loss-consultation-belgravia-centre-hairloss-treatment-regrowthThinning hair solutions

Thinning hair that arises solely as a result of dietary issues, including vitamin D deficiency – Telogen Effluvium or Diffuse Thinning – is likely to be temporary, with hair growth returning to normal within 6 to 12 months of the underlying trigger being addressed. These can, however, exacerbate existing cases of Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss, or even initiate the early onset of these permanent conditions in people with the relevant genetic predisposition.

If persistent hair shedding becomes a problem, the best thing to do is take professional advice as soon as possible. A specialist will be able to diagnose the specific hair loss condition – or conditions, given it is possible for more than one to present simultaneously – and discuss the potential reasons for this with you, as well as recommending appropriate hair loss treatments based on their findings.

Further supplementary hair growth supporting products may also be suggested to use alongside these, and, at Belgravia, on-going support is also provided throughout the hair growth journey. This is something many clients tell us they really benefit from as having a dedicated hair specialist they are able to speak to at any point when they have questions or queries can be extremely reassuring, particularly given how upsetting and emotional hair loss can be to deal with.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.


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This happy client left a handwritten review in the guest book of Belgravia’s City of London hair loss clinic, as he was “thrilled” with his treatment, noticing significant progress at his first check-up since starting his customised treatment course.

You can read his full review and see his hair growth results close up in his Success Story, or find out more about treating Male Pattern Baldness by clicking the buttons below…

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The Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.


From the number of queries Belgravia hair loss specialists receive, particularly from men, about an uneven hairline, it is safe to say this is a common concern.

Whilst this may simply be the natural shape of the hairline – not everyone’s is perfectly even or symmetrical – it may also be due to a receding hairline or widow’s peak forming. This is a typical sign of Male Pattern Baldness and both sides of the hairline do not necessarily recede at the same rate, meaning the hairline may look uneven.

Another factor to consider in people who notice their hairline starting to appear increasingly uneven as they get older is that it is not actually the hairline that is changing – it may be their face.

Faces become less symmetrical with age

uneven hairline receding hairline facial symmetry male pattern baldnessThe November 2018 issue of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® journal features an American study conducted at Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts, into facial symmetry. Lead by Helena O.B. Taylor, MD, PhD, the team discovered that our faces become less symmetrical with age.

‘Facial asymmetry increases with age in each facial third, with a greater asymmetry and increase in asymmetry in the lower two-thirds. Contributing factors may include asymmetric skeletal remodeling along with differential deflation and descent of the soft tissues,’ states the researchers’ conclusion.

As a result, these facial changes could give the visual impression that the hairline has also moved, and is becoming more asymmetrical. After all, given the prevalence of genetic hair loss, which affects around 50 per cent of all men by the age of 50 but can start in those with the relevant hereditary predisposition any time following puberty, it’s natural to assume that your hairline is moving rather than your features!

Furthermore, if our features can gradually become less aligned as our bone structure changes and skin starts to sag, it stands to reason that hairlines may be similarly affected, regardless of whether there is a hair loss condition to consider or not.

Reasons for an uneven hairline

Men’s hairlines recede naturally over time as they get older and it is unusual for a man to have the same hairline he had when he was 20 when he is 40. However, there are issues besides ageing which can cause this to happen. In addition to a receding hairline or widow’s peak forming as a result of genetic hairloss, there are a number of other reasons why someone may develop an uneven hairline. These include:

– Traction Alopecia, whereby the hairline recedes – not necessarily evenly – due to excessive strain being placed on the follicles, often from the repeated wearing of tight hairstyles

– Alopecia Areata, the mildest form of this autoimmune disorder affects the scalp only and presents as patchy hair loss. This takes the form of rounded bald patches which can be found along the hairline as well as anywhere else on the scalp. As there may be as little as one bald spot – though as many that it may affect the entire scalp – where this appears in the frontal or temporal regions, it can look like an uneven hairline

– a maturing hairline; an uneven hairline in younger men can be the result of it rounding out in response to the physical changes the body goes through during puberty. As the face shape changes, the hairline can adjust, and whilst the difference is not always significant enough to be noticeable in some, in others it can be more pronounced.

For those worried about changes to the shape of their hairline, especially if it is coupled with other symptoms such as sudden hair fall or a drop in the overall volume of the hair, it can be helpful to take advice from a hair loss specialist. With the exception of a maturing hairline – which does not require it – there are hair loss treatment solutions available for all these conditions, as well as various supplementary hair growth supporting products and, following a consultation, a diagnosis and appropriate treatment recommendations can be made.


The Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.


It’s often the case that miraculous-sounding innovations claiming to cure hair loss announce that they are starting clinical trials, never to be heard of again. This is certainly not the case when it comes to the area of janus kinase (JAK) inhibition.

Diagram Belgravia Centre Different Types of Alopecia Areata autoimmune hair loss

Areas affected by hair loss shown in blue

The many on-going studies that have been investigating how to use this suite of drugs since it was shown they had potential applications for Alopecia Areata hair regrowth, even in the most extensive cases of autoimmune baldness, have all continuously provided timely updates.

The latest of these comes from Concert Pharmaceuticals which announced the initial findings from the first two cohorts of its Phase IIa trial of CTP-543 via press release on 12th November 2018.

Significant differences observed after 12 weeks

Top-line data from the latest Phase IIa stage of the clinical trial into the oral drug CTP-543, as a potential treatment for moderate to severe forms of Alopecia Areata, the autoimmune disorder which causes baldness in hair-bearing areas, from rounded patchy hair loss of the scalp only (Alopecia Areata) to complete baldness of the head and from head to toe in cases of Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis, respectively.

Whilst there are currently Alopecia Areata treatment options for the scalp-only phenotype, the more extensive forms have limited options with generally low rates of success.

CTP-543 is a modified version of the JAK inhibitor ruxolitinib, and these reports are taken from the findings after 24 weeks of study into 8mg per day doses versus a placebo.

When comparing patients’ baseline hair growth levels (measured just before starting treatment) to those at Week 12 and Week 24, Concert reports that ‘patients treated with an 8mg twice-daily dose of CTP-543 met the primary efficacy endpoint versus placebo (p <0.001). At this dose, significant differences from placebo were observed beginning at Week 12. Regrowth of hair did not appear to plateau at Week 24.’

More results to come

One of the concerns regarding the use of JAK inhibitors as hair loss treatments has centred around potential side effects; whilst some pharmaceutical companies are opting to develop topical versions to help minimise the chance of adverse reactions, Concert notes in this latest release its treatment was ‘generally well tolerated’.

In September 2018 the company advised that it would be also be investigating the effect of 12mg/day doses; this arm of the trial is currently underway and we estimate top-line results will be made available by the end of January 2019.

Concert Pharmaceuticals was the first of three companies the American medical regulatory board, the FDA, granted Fast Track status to, with regards its development of CTP-543. Due to the lack of FDA-approved treatment for Alopecia Areata, Totalis or Universalis, the government body is hoping to assist promising researchers to bring their treatments to market as soon as possible, by prioritising their reviews. It is currently believed that the first JAK inhibitor treatment for severe autoimmune alopecia is likely to be made available for prescription by 2021/22.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.


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ALERT Belgravia Centre male pattern hair loss treatment success story 13 11 18 ibA new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

This happy client left a handwritten review in the guest book of Belgravia’s Central London hair loss clinic, and wanted to thank our “the friendly and encouraging staff”.

You can read his review and also see his hair growth results close up in his Success Story, or find out more about treating Male Pattern Baldness by clicking the buttons below…

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The Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.


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An example of seborrhoeic dermatitis

Question: What is seborrheic hair loss please?

Answer: Hi, Quincy. There is a scalp problem known as seborrhoeic dermatitis but this is a chronic dermatological issue rather than a hair loss condition. In infants it is referred to as cradle cap.

We have heard reference to ‘seborrhoeic hair loss’ or ‘seborrhoeic alopecia’ before but this is something of a misnomer. Seborrhoeic dermatitis – also known as sebderm – causes flaky skin to form in patches that can be greasy, red and itchy, these may also ‘weep’. It can cause flakes of skin in the hair, and, particularly in colder weather, may also lead to dandruff. This issue can also be exacerbated by stress.

Although it is most commonly found on the scalp, sebderm can also affect the face, the ears (inside and behind), and other areas of the body – typically those considered ‘greasy’ (sebaceous) skin zones.

It is linked to an overgrowth of the yeast malassezia on the skin which can lead to inflammation in the affected areas. This is understood to be triggered when the sebaceous glands produce sebum in larger-than-normal quantities.

The only known links between seborrhoeic dermatitis and hair loss revolve around this inflammation sometimes deterring localised hair growth, and repeated scratching of the itchy scalp.

Due to the intense itching sensation it can cause, it is not uncommon for people with sebderm to scratch their scalps to the point where they become bloody from broken skin. This can then cause damage to the hair follicles.

In the majority of cases, where the follicles are still functional and on-going treatment is sought for the effective management of seborrhoeic dermatitis (usually in the form of a medicated shampoo containing ingredients such as zinc pyrithione, selenium sulphide or ketoconazole, or topical steroid solutions), normal hair growth should resume naturally. In extreme cases, where the scalp has become scarred and follicles are no longer able to produce hair, there will be permanent hair loss in these areas.

If you are concerned about hair loss and any scalp conditions you may have, a consultation with a professional hair specialist can be an easy way to get a diagnosis, as well as personalised treatment recommendations, where appropriate, tailored to their findings.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.


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This client has seen great improvement to her thinning hair since starting her personalised course.

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

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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.


Hypotrichosis simplex is a progressive, rare form of hair loss which involves the hair shaft becoming increasingly thinner. It tends to start in early childhood and worsen with age.

There are three forms of hypotrichosis simplex; one is confined to causing diffuse hair thinning to the scalp only, whilst another other also affects all body hair. The third form, known as the Marie Unna type, is less seen and involves a twisting hair dystrophy.

The appearance of thinning hair in these instances is similar to that found in cases of genetic hair loss – Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss – and is also hereditary, so genetics are still very much involved.

Example of hypotrichosis simplex hair lossTo this end, according to research published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, a new gene responsible for hypotrichosis simplex has been discovered by researchers in Germany.

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Prof. Dr. Regina C. Betz  from the team of German and Swiss researchers at the University Hospital of Bonn’s Institute of Human Genetics, which has been investigating the cause of hypotrichosis simplex by studying affected families, explained the new gene development.

This gene encodes lanosterol synthase — LSS for short. The enzyme plays a key role in cholesterol metabolism. There is an alternative metabolic pathway for cholesterol, which plays an important role in the hair follicle and is not related to blood cholesterol levels.

Cholesterol blood values remain unaffected by this in those with the condition.

“We are not yet able to say why the hair is falling out,” lead study author Maria-Teresa Romano, a doctoral student in Prof. Betz’s team, told Science Daily. “It is likely that the displacement of LSS from the endoplasmic reticulum results in a malfunction.”

Previously, according to information from the US Department of Health & Human Services’ Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Centre, hypotrichosis simplex was only thought to occur as a result of inheriting it as either an autosomal dominant or autosomal recessive trait, or where there are mutations in the APCDD1 gene on chromosome 18p11.

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The University Hospital of Bonn team states that relatively little is known about controlling hair growth on a molecular level, but is optimistic that this new discovery will benefit not only those investigating hypotrichosis simplex, but also genetic hair loss, as well as potentially furthering our understanding of hair growth in general.

The team’s findings state: ‘Investigation of genetic conditions in individuals with isolated alopecia offers the unique possibility to identify factors that are not only necessary but also specific for hair growth. HSS [hypotrichosis simplex], with no involvement of body hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes, may be particularly important for our understanding of the genetic, molecular, and cellular pathways that regulate growth of scalp hair. Interestingly, the histological picture of scalp biopsies from patients with HSS has many features of androgenetic alopecia, such as miniaturized follicles of the vellus type and absence of scarring (Ibsen et al. 1991). Ultimately, the identification of the mutated gene could illuminate our understanding of common androgenetic alopecia.’

Although there are clinically-proven, MHRA licensed and FDA approved hair loss treatments for male and female pattern baldness, there are currently no options for treating hypotrichosis simplex. However, with every new development – like this latest gene discovery – scientists get closer to understanding how one may be developed.


The Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.


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This patient has seen an improvement to the density of her hair since starting treatment saying “in three months the difference was amazing!”

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

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

 

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Circ - Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinics LondonThe Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.