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It’s not just gentlemen who allegedly prefer blondes – the UK consumes more pale hair dye than any other shade, according to new research.

But when it comes to getting the perfect tone – from golden to platinum – the darker your natural hair colour, the more damage you could be doing. And – especially if you forget to patch test – you could even be risking permanent hair loss.

blonde hair dye highlighted ombreA survey by Mintel found that, in 2017, 42 per cent of people who dyed their hair opted to go blonde, with 18 per cent choosing platinum – the ultimate silver-toned icy shade.

Whilst the 29 per cent of the British population who are natural blondes may use dyes to enhance their colour, the 48 per cent majority who are natural brunettes, and particularly the 8 per cent born with black hair, should take care when undergoing a radical hair transformation.

What’s the difference between blonde hair dye and bleach?

There is often confusion over the fact that there are blonde hair dyes and then there is hair bleach – these are related but different products.

Blonde dye can lift hair by a one or two shades and tends to only be suitable for light shades of brown or dark blondes. It should only be used on natural virgin hair, not on top of hair that has already been bleached or coloured. Blonde hair dye tends to come as a liquid formula which – in home-use box dye kits – is applied via a nozzled bottle.

Whilst not exactly good for the hair, if used according to the directions and not applied too often, as long as the hair is otherwise well-cared for and in good condition, blonde hair dye should do nothing worse than potentially cause some hair breakage if the dyeing process dries it out.

Bleach, however, is a far stronger chemical which strips all pigments – natural hair colour and synthetic dyes – from the hair making it useful for transforming all hair colours. It can lift even dark hair by around four to five shades at a time, when applied all over or as highlights.

Hair bleach is a creamy-paste applied with a brush and made by mixing cream peroxide with powdered bleach which strips colour out but – unlike blonde dyes – does not add any colour in. The final shade of blonde is achieved by adding a toner product once the bleaching process has achieved a sufficiently light and even base.

When this is applied improperly – for example, for too long or too frequently – it has the potential to cause a number of issues. Due to it leaching moisture from the hair, making it drier and more brittle – changing its natural texture – as well as running the risk of Chemical Trauma hair loss. This happens when the chemicals burn the scalp, often causing permanent baldness in the affected areas.

There are products known as ‘high lift dyes’ which fall between these two categories, being both a blonde hair dye – depositing colour – and also containing a lower dose of bleach. Whilst gentler on the hair than pure bleach, it is still a powerful product which can harm the hair, especially if applied too often or for too long – and especially if the hair is not healthy to begin with.

Avoiding damaged hair

Before colouring the hair, especially when considering going blonde – or blonder – it is important to ensure the hair is in the best condition possible. The stronger and healthier the hair, the less prone is will be to damage from dyes and bleach.

DARK blog size Hair Vitalics for Women food hair growth supplement Belgravia CentreIntensive strengthening and conditioning treatments can help here, as can the use of bonding products such as Olaplex and Innoluxe, both before and after colouring. Additionally, optimising the intake of hair-friendly vitamins and minerals can help to improve hair health from the inside. For those who wish to top-up further, highly-targeted food supplements to support healthy hair growth, such as Belgravia’s premium range of Hair Vitalics, can be beneficial.

Whether having hair dyed professionally or using home kits, it is critical that a patch test be properly carried out in advance. Allergic reactions to hair dye can occur even if the product has been successfully used without issue in the past so it is important never to skip this easily overlooked step. Health issues and hair loss can arise from having a bad reaction to hair dye, as many real life stories attest to.

Always follow the directions on any home-use dyes or bleaches, or tell the colourist if you experience any discomfort during the dyeing process at a salon. It is important to communicate any concerns to your hairdresser as soon as possible so that – if there is an issue – they can rinse the problematic solution from your hair immediately to help minimise damage.

Once the colour transformation is complete, care for the hair – which may look wonderful but is likely to be parched and weakened, especially when bleached – with protein-rich, hydrating products suitable for your hair type. Also try to minimise the amount of heat styling involved as this will only further weaken damaged hair.

Beauty companies understand the gap in the market for less harsh hair colourants and are trying to develop appropriate solutions. One such product is graphene hair dye which forms a coating around each hair, rather than changing the hairs themselves.

For now, anyone wanting to go blonde without damaging their hair or risking hair loss is advised to seek professional advice –  at least visit a hairdresser for a consultation even if you decide to do it yourself at home – carry out a patch test first, and don’t neglect the preparation and aftercare needed to keep the hair in the best possible condition. If anything does go wrong and excessive hair fall, breakage or shedding occurs, visit a hair loss specialist – again, even if just for a complimentary consultation to put your mind at rest – and avoid using potentially harmful products or heated stylers such as hair straighteners until the hair is in better health.


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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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Mr J, pictured, is showing solid signs of improvement after using his Belgravia treatment for 12 months.

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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.


Whilst many pharmaceutical companies are trying to develop the first truly effective treatments for the most severe forms of autoimmune hair loss, these tend to be either topical or oral.

Now, California-based Bioniz Therapeutics has announced it will be testing a new hair loss solution for moderate to severe Alopecia Areata, which will be delivered intravenously via a drip.

Chemotherapy studySolution BNZ-1

Details about the forthcoming double-blind, placebo-controlled study were provided as part of its Phase 2 clinical trial registration. It involves the testing of a drug known only as BNZ-1 which will be administered to trial participants in centres across the USA using a slow IV push weekly for 3 months.

Whilst little is given away in this information, what is clear is that the drug being tested – a PEGylated peptide inhibitor of IL-2, IL-9, and IL-15 – will be trialled in a variety of doses and appears to target a number of interlukeins previously identified as being involved in autoimmune functions.

All forms of Alopecia Areata are understood to be autoimmune diseases which cause hair loss to various hair-bearing areas of the head and body to a lesser or greater extent with Alopecia Areata being the mildest form (scalp only), Alopecia Totalis affecting the entire head and Alopecia Universalis causing those affected to become entirely hairless.

Though the trial is not yet recruiting, volunteers will be 18 years old and over with a minimum of 50 per cent hair loss from their scalps. This can be from extensive scalp-only Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis or Alopecia Universalis. The presence of any of these autoimmune hair loss conditions must have been professionally diagnosed and have remained at the same level of shedding for more than six months but less than 10 years.

Those with any other autoimmune disorder, inflammatory scalp conditions or those who have been using topical Alopecia Areata treatment recently are excluded from taking part in the study.

Full steam ahead

Interestingly, patients who have previously been treated with any JAK inhibitor treatments for autoimmune alopecia – presumably as part of another clinical trial given these drugs are not yet approved in relation to treating hairloss – are eligible to also take part here.

JAK inhibition has been at the forefront of the race to develop the first clinically-proven treatment to be signed off by medical regulatory bodies, for Alopecia Totalis and Universalis. Whilst scalp-only Alopecia Areata treatment is possible, the most extreme forms of the condition have no reliably safe and effective hair regrowth options. This is why the American Food and Drug Administration, the FDA, has granted fast-track status to the development of one drug in this area – Concert Pharmaceuticals’ CTP-543.

This new entrant is further proof that this race is full steam ahead and people affected by autoimmune baldness or patchy hair loss may soon have viably options for dealing with their alopecia, which don’t involve simply accepting or covering it.


The Belgravia CentreThe Belgravia Centre

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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alert alopecia areata the belgravia centre 21 05 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Alopecia Areata Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mr G, pictured, is pleased to have seen dense regrowth since he started treating his patchy hair loss at Belgravia.

Read his Belgravia Centre review and see his regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating patchy hair loss from Alopecia Areata by clicking the relevant button 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 rise of ‘selfie culture’ has previously been blamed for the wave of teenagers seeking hair transplants. Now, this theory has been backed by the results of an annual survey from The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

The AAFPRS 2018 survey found that social media’s effects on people’s self-perception and how they want to appear both on and off camera, has had a significant impact on surgery and cosmetic practice rates – including hair loss restoration.

mens hair selfie“Selfie awareness”

One of the main drivers of plastic surgery trends, according to the AAFPRS report, has been people wanting to look better in selfies. Over half of the surgeons surveyed – 55 per cent – reported patients citing this reason for having work done. As we get used to seeing ‘filtered’ versions of ourselves, real life imperfections can become worrisome for certain people. Botox and nose jobs (rhinoplasty) came out as the top procedures sought by both men and women.

However, it was not necessarily to do with wanting to look younger as the key concerns to surface were wanting to appear healthy and vital – effectively mimicking some of the effects that can be achieved through using photo filters on social media sites such as Instagram. However, wanting to have control over the ageing process was a stated desire for many. This is being somewhat catered to in the development of more technologically and scientifically advanced skincare and hair care products as brands look to target increasingly savvy and demanding consumers. Though these can only do so much, which may explain the rise in interest when it comes to invasive and non-invasive therapies, as well as the reported surge in hair transplant enquiries.

The AAFPRS survey found a jump in surgical hair restoration rate of over 500 per cent over the past five years (538 per cent). Whilst these figures represent American adults, this trend seems to be less prevalent among UK men.

womens hair selfie

AAFPRS President William H. Truswell, M.D. explains, “More and more of our patients are using social media as a forum to gain a sense of solidarity when under-going a major, potentially life-changing procedure. Consumers are only a swipe away from finding love and a new look, and this movement is only going to get stronger.”

This applies to both non-surgical and surgical rejuvenation procedures, with a notable rise being seen in the popularity of injectable treatments such as mesotherapy – scalp injections said to enhance hair growth – and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy.

Though these scalp injections have not yet been proven to be beneficial as a genetic hair loss treatment, Dr. Truswell considers this an area to watch, stating “PRP is the next frontier, and facial plastic surgeons are eager for more data to illustrate what it can do for skin rejuvenation and how it can be used in combination with lasers, energy based devices, and microneedling and even hair restoration.”

Another reason given for undergoing cosmetic procedures from eyelid surgery to hair transplants, included ’empowerment’. This can mean taking pro-active action to address sources of concern which may have a negative effect on self-confidence, whether it’s frown lines or a receding hairline, in order to be – or at least present – your best self.

Fear of looking ‘unnatural’

One issue amongst those seeking surgery, which was an obvious top concern – perhaps so obvious it had a response of 33 per cent which seems surprisingly low, was the fear of ‘looking unnatural’.

When it comes to hair transplants, the technology and techniques used in these surgeries has come a long way from the old ‘hair plug’ effects that were frequently seen in the 1980’s. Now, these procedures can be performed within hours with relatively little downtime, with signs being visible – often bloody spots on the scalp and inflammation – for up to a week afterwards.

However, in many cases surgery can be avoided altogether if the hair follicles are still functioning and capable of producing hair. There are clinically-proven, non-surgical hairloss solutions for Male Pattern Baldness – as long as the hair follicles are still active and the scalp has not taken on a smooth, shiny appearance – and Female Pattern Hair Loss. Belgravia offers MHRA licensed and FDA-approved hair loss treatments for both men and women, to help restore thinning hair and, with on-going use, help with preventing baldness.

Many clients tell us the impact following their bespoke hair regimens has had on their confidence and self-esteem, something which – whilst hair loss may seem trivial to some – can have a significant effect. “I am really happy just in general and have far more confidence about my hair,” says this patient in her Success Story review. Whilst this Male Pattern Hair Loss treatment client notes, “I have personally seen huge improvements in my hair line, and so have many others, commenting on how healthy and thick my hair is… Nothing better than feeling confident that you have a full head of hair!”

Anyone concerned about losing their hair who wants to take decisive action can start by having a professional consultation. This simple step can be comforting as well as delivering the expert diagnosis, advice and personalised recommendations needed to make an informed decision about how to proceed.


Circ - Hair Loss Treatments Regrow hair Belgravia Centre Clinic LondonThe Belgravia Centre

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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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…

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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Hair Loss Specialist Free ConsultationThe Belgravia Centre

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.


Leading British hair loss charity – Alopecia UK – has announced the relaunch of its website.

The revamped tool follows the merging of Alopecia UK and AAR-UK and aims to provide a wealth of information for people experiencing Alopecia Areata as well as other forms of hair loss.

New online donation facility

Thanks to new funding from the Transform Foundation, Alopecia UK has revamped its website, which now offers a range of new functions. These include an online shop, the ability for supporters of the charity to set up their own fundraising page, and – critically – the ability to take online donations.

Promising ‘blogs, stories and much more’ there is already a lot to explore, including a Guide to Wigs, and advice for children and young people with alopecia.

The website hasn’t just added new resources, however, it has also had a makeover to better reflect its updated branding. This includes the new Alopecia UK logo, which took elements from each of the two pre-merger charities’ emblems.

alopecia uk hair loss charity website

Improved service directory

For those with hair loss, it can be hard to know where to turn – especially when the condition cannot be treated. This is the case for all forms of autoimmune alopecia in children and Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis in adults. For medically-suitable over 16s there are Alopecia Areata treatment options to address the scalp-only form of the autoimmune disorder.

In these instances where treatment is not possible, finding information on peer support groups, wig or hair system suppliers, as well as cosmetic procedures such as eyebrow tattooing (microblading) or micropigmentation of the scalp, can be invaluable.

Alopecia UK now has an easy-to-use service directory of business listings on its website, which any relevant companies wishing to be featured can apply to join.

You can visit the new website and explore all its updated and added features at www.alopecia.org.uk and for further news on the latest research, clinical trials and stories relating to Alopecia Areata you can browse the Alopecia section of Belgravia’s hairloss blog.


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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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“Marina was so welcoming and very helpful she really gave me knowledge on alopecia and my condition. Pam was very helpful and very considerate of my situation she was very understanding and so supportive. Reception greeted us very well and we were offered coffee and tea by the lovely ladies and the hot chocolate was lovely I would recommend it! I had a treatment with Nikki and she was so lovely too she spoke me through all the treatment I was having, gave me tips on how to handle my hair was so nice to talk to her!!”

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“As soon as I had come to the centre and had met Nafeesa, she was extremely welcoming and although I felt nervous coming in, she was highly communicative, easy to speak to. Overall made my experience at the centre satisfying. Cherie was very positive, kind and warm. She went straight to the point, no delays and was overall extremely helpful. Reception were extremely welcoming, was offered food and drinks as I had walked in. Easy to speak to and were very efficient.”

“I could not have been more pleased with my consultation at Belgravia Centre! Every single person was most helpful and very friendly. I feel myself being in very good hands!”

Regardless of fame or fortune, hair loss is a great leveller which can affect anyone. From the footballer Wayne Rooney to supermodel Naomi Campbell, celebrities have shared their relatable tales about losing their hair in the hope of normalising the issue and making it less scary for others.

Jada Pinkett Smith Discusses Alopecia Areata Hair LossGotham star, Jada Pinkett-Smith is the latest to give a candid interview explaining how she has been wearing turbans to hide her hairloss from Alopecia Areata.

Found hair loss ‘”terrifying”

During the ‘Body Confessions!” episode of her Facebook video series, Red Table Talk, Pinkett Smith opened up about her experience to her mother, Adrienne, and daughter, ‘Whip My Hair’ singer, Willow Smith.

It’s not easy to talk about… I’ve been getting a lot of questions about why I’ve been wearing this turban – well, I’ve been having issues with hair loss,” admitted the 46 year old. “It was terrifying when it first started. I was in the shower one day and just handfuls of hair in my hands and I was like “Oh my God am I going bald?” It was one of those times in my life when I was just shaking with fear.

Pinkett Smith discusses how she has always taken pride in her thick hair that many people assumed to be weaves, “My hair has been a big part of me, taking care of my hair has been a beautiful ritual – and having the choice to have hair or not, and then one day I might not have that choice...”

That’s why I cut my hair and why I continue to cut it,” says Jada Pinkett Smith, acknowledging the short, asymmetric haircut she adopted in January 2018 which gained media attention.

She also notes that wearing her hair in a turban makes her feel “like a queen” and demonstrates various different ways in which to tie a turban during the video .

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Cause of her alopecia

Explaining the lack of reasoning behind her hair loss, the actor and producer says, “I’ve gotten every kind of test there is to have – they don’t know why. People say stress, people say ‘oh you have stress, you do have Alopecia’.” 

This is one of the aspects of Alopecia Areata that those affected can find truly frustrating as, whilst a number of triggers have been identified, the actual cause of this autoimmune disorder has not yet been established. It occurs due to a disruption in the hair growth cycle which causes follicles to become stuck in the dormant, resting phase. Whilst many cases resolve themselves naturally within 12 months, if or when this will happen cannot be predicted and cases may recur.

Sudden shock, trauma and intense stress – as well as allergies, hormones and a suspected genetic element – are all known to lead to this form of patchy hair loss which can appear anywhere on the scalp. Whilst still incredibly troubling for many, not least because of its sudden onset and highly visible nature, this is actually the most mild form of autoimmune alopecia.

The two more extreme forms, Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis – which Pinkett Smith’s Gotham co-star Anthony Carrigan has – involve developing total baldness of the head and from head to toe, respectively.

Whilst these cannot currently be treated, Alopecia Areata treatment is available for the scalp-only form. At Belgravia this involves the use of a topical solution, which is often paired with various hair growth supporting products, and is used until the hair recovers.

Without diminishing from the effects it has on her, the Smith family matriarch says she has found comfort in looking at the bigger picture, and the worse things that can and do happen to people. “When I looked at it from that perspective it really did settle me.


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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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alert male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 17 05 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mr L, pictured, is thrilled with his results to date saying “Hair appears much fuller at crown and hairline.”

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

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

 

VIEW SUCCESS STORY

TreatmenT information 

 


Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Hair Loss Specialist Free ConsultationThe Belgravia Centre

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.