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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

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A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Traction Alopecia Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Stacy, pictured, is thrilled with her results to date saying “in less than 3 months the hair growth is noticeable”.

Find out what else she had to say and see her regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating Traction Alopecia by clicking the buttons below…

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

 

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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.


Emojis have become a familiar communication fixture for many since their inception in 1999, and the more popular they become, the more obvious it becomes that some pertinent choices are missing.

JME vampire equality flex emoji memeFirst, people emojis were made available in a range of realistic skin tones, as well as the neutral yellow option. Then emjoi such as the woman in a hijab, and male and female versions for jobs and sports – such as police officers, construction workers, dancers and runners – were rolled out.

This laudable bid for equality and representation became the subject of a popular meme (pictured) when grime star, JME, noticed even vampires were now available in a range of shades.

Still, one thing that eluded the organisation in charge of emojis – the Unicode Consortium – was icons depicting different hair types and colours, including being bald.

In Autumn 2017, following a petition from a campaigner with hair loss caused by the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata, it was announced that bald emoji would be introduced in June 2018. In January 2018 it was further confirmed that redheads and people with curly hair and grey hair would also be added to the roll-out. But as the anticipated release date – 5th June – came and went, people wondered if this would ever happen.

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It turns out, despite the version 11.0 Unicode update being released on time, it takes a while longer for smartphone companies to adopt the new update and make it available to users. The beta version of the iOS 12 software update for iPhones and apple products was released in beta format on 10th August 2018 to those who signed up for it but the full roll out has only just happened for apple and Android users.

It had been expected that following this release, the following emoji would finally be released in the UK, allowing both men and women with Afro hair, ginger hair, curly hair, grey hair (without being old – the only previous emoji-based options for depicting grey hair were the granny and grandad icons) and those who are bald, having lost their hair due to alopecia, cancer treatment or even just from shaving their heads, to feel fully represented… However, according to emojipedia, these have now been delayed until any time between October and December 2018.

Riding this wave of equal representation into 2019, the next batch of emoji releases appear to feature on disabilities, with candidates including a guide dog emoji, hearing aid and prosthetic limb emojis, plus manual and motorised wheelchair emojis.

A couple of additions have also been proposed in the food category which we suspect may be used rather a lot in certain hair loss discussions: an onion emoji and a garlic emoji. These two allium vegetables are frequently cited as natural hair growth remedies and hair loss treatments. Though, as these assertions are entirely incorrect, those committed to a routine of applying onions to their scalps in the hope of regrowing hair may end up glad of the new bald emoji!

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Another option the phone operating systems updates has provided, though currently only available iPhone X users, is the ability to create a Memoji – an animated avatar to represent yourself. This allows users to customise everything from skin tone, face shape, freckles, hair type and colour – or total baldness – to the shape, colour (and presence or lack) of eyebrows, facial hair, glasses and accessories such as hats.

These are available now so if you cannot see the new features on your phone, check your settings to ensure you have installed the latest software updates.

Memojis can be saved and sent as gifs in chats or used to replace your own face in FaceTime conversations. You can find instructions on how to put one – or more! – together on the Macrumors website.


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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

alert female pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 20 09 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s women’s hair loss treatment Success Stories gallery.

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

Find out what she had to say 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 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.


The trace nutrient Zinc is essential for normal every day functioning of many biological processes, influencing everything from the immune system to nail and hair growth.

Being deficient in zinc – whether through lack of intake or malabsorption – can lead to a number of negative effects, including persistent diarrhoea, severe dermatitis, chronic inflammation, immune system issues, liver disease, mood swings, irritability, and depression. It also helps to regulate insulin so is particularly important for diabetics.

blood-testing-research-hair-lossAnother side effect that may occur is hair loss from a range of different conditions, including temporary and permanent issues as well as the autoimmune disorder, Alopecia Areata. This can affect any hair-bearing area of the head or body to varying degrees, from causing bald spots to complete hairless-ness. In 2015 it was discovered that zinc supplements may benefit people with Alopecia Areata, whilst in 2017 it was found that people with lower trace minerals in their bloodstream were more prone to this autoimmune disease which attacks the hair follicles.

A team of Japanese researchers has investigated the effects of zinc deficiency on the body and their findings were published in the Communications Biology medical journal on 22nd August 2018.

Negative effects of zinc deficiency

In 2000, an abstract from research carried out at the University of California at David’s Nutrition department stated that key inhibitors of proper zinc absorption were phytate in the form of inositol hexaphosphates and pentaphosphates (contained in cereals, corn and rice), iron when taken together with zinc as a supplement but not if zinc- and iron-containing foods are eaten together, and certain proteins when eaten in large amounts during a meal. Conversely, it reported amino acids, ‘such as histidine and methionine, and other low-molecular-weight ions, such as EDTA and organic acids (e.g., citrate), are known to have a positive effect on zinc absorption and have been used for zinc supplements’.

This new study hoped to identify ways in which better understanding zinc deficiency could lead to new ways to administer and use zinc to improve our general health, as well as to help prevent certain side effects associated with deficiencies.

They outlined their findings, as follows: ‘Zinc deficiency severely impairs the activities of major ectoenzymes (ENPP1, ENPP3, NT5E/CD73, and TNAP), and also strongly suppresses adenine-nucleotide hydrolysis in cell-membrane preparations or rat plasma, thereby increasing ATP and ADP levels and decreasing adenosine levels. Thus, zinc deficiency delays both extracellular ATP clearance and adenosine generation, and zinc modulates extracellular adenine-nucleotide metabolism. Since the finely tuned balance between extracellular adenine nucleotides and adenosine is critical for purinergic signaling [the regulation of cell functions], these findings provide a novel insight into why zinc deficiency results in diverse symptoms.’

Hair Vitalics for Women and Hair Vitalics for Men healthy hair supplement hair specialist Belgravia CentreNutrition and hair loss

Whilst Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss are genetic in nature, and the complex cause of autoimmune alopecia remains unidentified, there are a number of factors known to exacerbate or trigger these conditions. Stress is one of the largest contributing issues but, whilst many think of ‘stress’ as being an emotional response, it can also be a physical one – where strain is placed on the body internally and it reacts by protecting its critical functions, often disrupting the hair growth cycle.

Diet can play a part in this type of physical stress; when the body is sufficiently deficient in certain vitamins or minerals, the result can be increased hair shedding. This tends to be form a temporary hairloss condition known as Telogen Effluvium which causes thinning hair all over the scalp and, whilst it may appear to come on suddenly, generally only presents around three months after being triggered. This, in turn, can worsen cases of male and female pattern hair loss or trigger their onset in people with an underlying genetic predisposition but who had not shown any previous signs of the condition being active.

The best way to avoid accelerating these permanent hair loss conditions, and preventing temporary thinning, is to have a healthy and balanced approach to diet, exercise and stress-management. Whilst not intended to replace a good diet, food supplements can be a helpful addition, with Belgravia’s exclusive, highly-targeted hair supplements Hair Vitalics for Men and Hair Vitalics for Women, offering nutritional support for healthy hair growth via range of key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts, including zinc, biotin and selenium.

If you are concerned that you are still experiencing sudden or excessive hair fall, having an assessment with a professional hair loss specialist can help by identifying the problem, providing hair loss treatment recommendations where appropriate, and generally just giving the peace of mind that comes with receiving an expert diagnosis and advice.


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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 Little Princess Trust needs your help!

Little Princess Trust hair loss charity for children free wigs JustGiving Awards Charity of the YearThis much-loved UK children’s hair loss charity announced on 20th September that it had made the top ten finalists for Charity of the Year in the JustGiving Awards 2018. Supporters of Little Princess Trust are being asked to vote! vote! vote! to help them win the crowdfunding platform’s coveted title.

The Hertfordshire-based organisation provides real-hair wigs, free of charge, to children – both girls and boys – with medical hair loss. This is often caused by cancer treatment or forms of the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata where the body attacks the follicles in hair-bearing areas of the head and body, to varying degrees of severity. This can cause anything from patchy hairloss on the scalp only, to baldness of the head – including losing eyebrows and eyelashes – to all hair falling out from head to toe.

Through constant fundraising, as well as accepting hair donations, the charity manages to both produce and distribute these wigs without any charge to the children or their family. It also funds medical research carried out by its partner, the Children’s Cancer & Leukaemia Group. In July 2018 the charity confirmed its latest contribution of £520,000 towards investigating cancer in children, teenagers and young people, including the potential of treatments which are less aggressive towards the rest of the body.

Some of its high profile supporters include Harry Styles and HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who have both donated their hair to be woven into wigs for those in need, as well as Manchester City FC whose players have lent their support to the boys’ division of Little Princess Trust, Hero by LPT.

A number of Belgravia staff have also donated their ponytails to the charity, and even a Belgravia client who had regrown her hair after using a custom Alopecia Areata Treatment course for the scalp-only form, sent them 12 inches of her glossy hair.

Voting is taking place online – click here to vote – and closes on 26th September 2018. This small charity is urging everyone to vote for them as they have some stiff competition from bigger organisations such as Cancer Research UK and the NSPCC who have far larger followings and resources.

Although no monetary prize is advertised, the profile boost that publicity from winning the award would bring is likely to mean increased contributions and awareness from the public – rewards which are invaluable to smaller organisations.

We’ve voted for Little Princess Trust and we hope you do too!


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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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Deciding how to deal with hair loss is an intensely personal choice and one that has not been helped by a perceived ‘stigma’ attached to men who decide to investigate ways to keep their hair.

This type of negative attitude, denigrating men exploring hair loss solutions as ‘vain’ and ignoring the emotional and psychological effects losing your hair can have, has thankfully been hugely reduced in recent years, to the point where it has been considered men’s equivalent of a having a breast enlargement.

This switch is largely due to the influence of a handful of celebrities being brave enough to share their battles with Male Pattern Baldness openly.

In the UK, footballer Wayne Rooney is perhaps the most prominent man to go public with his decision to have a hair transplant to address his premature balding. The huge increase in enquiries into this type of surgery from across the UK following his first operation was dubbed ‘the Rooney effect’.

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James Nesbitt after two hair transplants

Stan Lee’s ‘Lucky Man’ actor James Nesbitt has also made a similar impact after speaking candidly to the media about his two hair restoration surgeries, and is proud to have played a part in busting this taboo.

“Didn’t fancy going bald”

In an interview with the Irish Independent the 53-year old, who decided to address his advanced hair loss for work-related reasons, explained why he felt it important to be so open about the experiences which have left him with such a good head of hair, it was once mistaken for a wig.

“Some men it doesn’t bother, but there are men that it does and it’s a difficult stage to go through. I’m married to my own vanity and I just didn’t fancy going bald,” said Nesbitt.

“I made the decision to talk about it because there are an awful lot of actors who don’t talk about it, which I thought was just absurd. I just thought, ‘Look, if I’m going to be bald one day and then have hair the next, people will know it doesn’t just come from eating carrots’.”

He is certainly correct in saying that many men do not want to talk about how they regrow thinning hair or deal with a receding hairline. One of the reasons many Belgravia clients give for following a non-surgical hair loss treatment course is the discretion it offers, given results are gradual and therefore less likely to draw immediate attention.

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James Nesbitt before his hair restoration surgeries

Actors, however, have options for hiding their hairloss that simply wouldn’t work in everyday life – for instance, having their hair digitally altered to look fuller on screen. Another way in which a ‘perfect hair’ myth can be maintained, along with wearing wigs, hairpieces, colouring in their scalps to match their hair colour or using microscopic hair fibres – which make the hair look temporarily thicker, although often somewhat matte – for photoshoots and public appearances.

Uses on-going hair loss treatment

The Cold Feet star has had two separate hair transplants and also follows an on-going aftercare hair treatment regimen comprising the only MHRA licensed and FDA approved hair loss medications. James Nesbitt says he does this “to improve the quality of my hair and to prevent further hair loss”.

His approach to preventing baldness and encouraging hair growth is one approved and widely recommended by top hair specialists and surgeons both prior to and after a hair transplant, or for men whose hair follicles are still functioning and want to avoid surgery altogether.


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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

alert male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 19 09 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Marcos, pictured, has seen an increase in hair growth since starting his treatment three months ago.

Find out what he had to say and see his regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating Male Pattern Baldness by clicking the buttons below…

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

 

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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.


In 2017 we reported how demand for hair loss treatments was growing significantly in both India and China.

Now, according to a September 2018 report in Chinese newspaper Worker’s Daily, the trend for increasing hair loss in men across the country has been confirmed.

It states that the China Association of Health Promotion and Education carried out a survey which found that a quarter of men aged between 20 and 40 will suffer from some degree of hair loss. Furthermore it identified Chinese men in their 30s as those losing their hair at a faster rate than any other age group.

China couple man womanAlthough the most prevalent issue is the hereditary condition Male Pattern Baldness, it is also noted that temporary stress-related hair loss is also a common concern.

The article suggests these are the reasons behind a noted surge in sales of shampoos which claim to thicken hair.

Men more affected than women

This latest information feeds into an October 2017 study conducted by China’s Tsinghua University student paper, Fresh Times, which found notable differences between how students felt about their hair and the actual presence of any active issues.

A questionnaire-style survey was sent out and received 4,991 responses from students within 24 hours. Of these 4,068 were considered and came from 2,293 men and 1,775 women.

When respondents were asked for factual information regarding hair thinning, just under a quarter (24.39%) said their hair volume has decreased within the past month – a particular concern for curly-haired students – whilst just over 20% (20.67%) said they had been told by someone else that they had a receding hairline.

However, when asked to provide information about their own thoughts regarding any shedding, the numbers were much higher; 63.32% of students said they believed they had hair loss, and just under 40% (36.68%) thought their hairline was receding to some degree.

When asked to rate the level they felt best matched any changes to their hair on a five point scale, from 1 – ‘more hair’ to 5 ‘fast bald’, women most commonly responded with 2 – ‘no change’. Whilst men mostly chose 3 – ‘less points’ – presumably indicating some form of thinning hair.

The top three university faculties whose students reported feeling like they were already losing their hair were, the computer department, the school of architecture and the department of mathematics. However, those with the most hair loss concerns for the future were, in descending order, the journalism school, the teaching and reading institute, and the academy of social sciences.

This correlates with British research from May 2018 which found the most stressful careers in the UK to be in the public service industries. Welfare (social care workers) took the top spot, followed by nursing and midwifery, teaching, legal, business research and admin following.

Stress, genetics and air pollution

china shanghai smog air pollutionMale Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss are both genetic conditions, therefore it is is necessary to have the inherited sensitivity to DHT for these to present. They can start to occur any time following puberty though tend to appear earlier in men with around 40% of men being affected by the age of 35, and approximately 80% of women being affected by the age of 60.

Existing cases of male or female pattern baldness may be exacerbated, or their premature onset initiated, by stress, speeding up the rate of hair fall. This can be emotional stress or physical, which can come in many forms, from sudden shock or being under intense pressure, to the strain placed on the body by factors such as an underlying illness or dietary imbalances. There are also additional environmental issues such as air pollution’s effects on oxidative stress – which has been linked to increasing cases of premature hair loss – and, given air pollution is a huge problem in China, may partly explain rising hairloss rates.

Regardless of its cause, there are effective, clinically-proven hair loss treatments available to both men and women. The first step for anyone concerned about a drop in volume, thinning hair or excessive hair fall, is to speak to a hair specialist who can provide a diagnosis of any active hair loss condition and recommend suitably tailored courses accordingly.


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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

alert male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 19 09 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Matt, pictured, is thrilled with his results to date saying “Couldn’t be any happier, the guys here are amazing!”

Find out what else he had to say and see his regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating Male Pattern Baldness by clicking the buttons below…

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

 

VIEW SUCCESS STORY

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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.


In the past there have been various studies into how aromatherapy may benefit hair loss. Generally it has been considered useful as part of an holistic approach to deterring stress-related shedding, though ineffective for initiating hair growth in any form of ‘treatment’ capacity with the possible exception of the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata.

Now, however, scientists from the UK and Germany have discovered a completely new way of using one particular scent for preventing baldness in Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss patients, as well as helping to regrow hair in cases of Telogen Effluvium.

sandalwood sandalore for hair growth Belgravia Centre hair loss blogTheir small-scale research has shown that a chemical which produces the same smell as sandalwood can influence hair follicles into both slowing down hair loss and encouraging hair growth.

Affects hair growth cycle

Researchers from the Monasterium Laboratory, Skin and Hair Research Solutions GmbH and the Department of Cell Physiology, Faculty Biology and Biotechnology at Ruhr-University Bochum, both in Germany, and the Centre for Dermatology Research, MAHSC and NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at the UK’s University of Manchester published their findings in the Nature Communications medical journal on 18th September 2018.

They discovered human hair follicles can essentially ‘smell’ and the scent of Sandalore®, a chemical commonly used in scented beauty and grooming products and which mimics the fragrance of sandalwood, positively affected the hair growth cycle.

This is not ‘smelling’ as we traditionally understand the sense of smell, but rather involves a signalling system of olfactory receptors (ORs).  Specifically, the study explains, ‘OR2AT4 [which is found on the outer layer of the hair follicle] has been shown to stimulate keratinocyte proliferation in the skin’. Keratinocytes are cells found in the skin’s epidermis and are responsible for pigmentation throughout the body, including our skin, eye and hair colour. They also play a role in regulating stem cells within the hair follicle.

Through in vitro tests carried out whereby Sandalore® was applied topically to four human scalp skin samples – taken, with patients’ consent, from remnants discarded during face lift surgeries – the study showed it stimulated ORsAT4 which, in turn, prolonged human hair growth and suppressed keratinocyte deterioration. The ORsAT4 antagonist Phenirat® was also administered and was seen to inhibit hair growth.

Hair Growth Cycle DiagramThrough ‘selective silencing’ of ORsAT4, Sandalore® was found to ‘profoundly impact human hair growth ex vivo primarily via regulating expression and secretion of the key hair growth-promoting factor, IGF-1’.

IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor – 1) is a hormone produced primarily by the liver, which is heavily involved in human development and growth. The amount produced throughout an individual’s lifetime varies from person to person and a deficiency or inability to produce IGF-1 can result in conditions such as dwarfism.

By using Sandalore to stimulate ORsAT4 and encourage the hair follicles to produce IGF-1, the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle was shown to extend, whilst the catagen stage was delayed – the active growth and shedding stages, respectively. It was proposed that additional pathways, not just IGF-1 signalling, should also be explored as others – including p38a/ERK1/2/MSK1/2, HB-EGF/EGF-R, and FGF-7 – may also produce similar results.

As the collaborators conclude in their findings, ‘Taken together, our ex vivo data suggest that olfactotherapy by topically applied cosmetic OR2AT4 ligands like Sandalore® may promote human hair growth by prolonging anagen and inhibiting premature catagen development (e.g., in androgenetic alopecia and telogen effluvium)… Together, our study identifies that human hair follicles can engage in olfactory receptor-dependent chemosensation and require OR2AT4-mediated signaling to sustain their growth, suggesting that olfactory receptors may serve as a target in hair loss therapy’.

“This is actually a rather amazing finding,” says Professor Ralf Paus, the lead study author and scientist at the University of Manchester, in The Independent. “This is the first time ever that it has been shown that the remodelling of a normal human mini-organ [a hair] can be regulated by a simple, cosmetically widely-used odorant.”

“A very small, short and preliminary clinical pilot study performed by an independent CRO [contract research organisation] in 20 female volunteers with topical Sandalore has already suggested a reduction of daily hair loss.”

Hairloss treatment Male Pattern Baldness LasercombCaution advised

Before anyone tries any home remedies based around the use of sandalwood oils, it is crucial to be aware that – firstly, – the product discussed above is a chemical ingredient used in the fragrance industry, it is not regular sandalwood oil. Secondly, even natural remedies can have nasty side effects and dangers attached to them, particularly essential oils – including sandalwood. Always take the necessary precautions to ensure any home remedies you may wish to try are done in the safest way possible with all instructions being followed properly.

This trial was extremely small and, whilst certainly exciting in that it opens up a whole new channel for exploration in the development of future hair growth products and hair loss solutions, further research and development are still needed. Although live human clinical trials are next up, they have not yet started so there is no full picture available yet and this is not likely to become clear for a number of years yet.

For those concerned about Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair Loss in the meantime, there are established clinically-proven hair loss treatments already available; for those with Telogen Effluvium – which causes temporary hair thinning – the hair should grow back of its own accord within six months, though Belgravia also offers treatment courses to help accelerate this process.

If you are at all worried about prolonged excessive hair fall, sudden hairloss, a receding hairline or generally thinning hair, a consultation with a professional hair specialist is advisable as a first port of call. This service will provide you with a diagnosis and treatment recommendations tailored to your specific condition, level and pattern of shedding, medical requirements and lifestyle. Furthermore, it can often simply provide a sense of relief, the knowledge that you are not alone in dealing with these issues and, should you want it, help is already available.


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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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