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

alert male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 20 11 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mr A, pictured, is thrilled with his treatment results to date saying “The medicine really works”.

Find out what else 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.


An unorthodox new way of purportedly tackling hair loss is springing up across America, where some black women claim a household item can help to regrow afro hair.

Vicks VaporubAccording to an article in essence.com, family medicine cabinet staple Vicks VapoRub is just the ticket for women with thinning edges – which is seen when hair is lost at the temples. The most common cause of this is the hair loss condition traction alopecia, which is frequently observed when women choose a hairstyle that places undue stress on the hair follicles. Among the worst offenders are tight braids, high ponytails, dreadlocks and hair extensions which place significant extra weight as well as strain upon the follicles.

Women also sometimes see thinning around the temples if they have the condition female pattern hair loss. This tends to be accompanied by thinning hair along the top of the scalp and at the crown, too as these are the areas affected by genetic hair loss in both women and men.

Can Vicks VapoRub regrow hair?

The essence.com article states that the awareness of Vicks as a potential treatment for thinning edges appears to have begun in March 2016 in Atlanta when it was first mentioned by a vlogger who goes by the name of Just Jocq on YouTube. She talks of one of her followers who mixes it with castor oil and coconut oil before applying it to the scalp and hair. Whilst castor and coconut oil are both beneficial to the condition of the hair – especially for people with afro hair as this hair type is naturally more brittle so can benefit from moisturisation – they are not capable of regrowing hair.

Since then, other women with afro hair have been extolling the virtues of Vicks online, with some of them claiming that around one to two months will be needed before regrowth is seen.

Leonora Doclis, senior hair loss specialist at Belgravia, is skeptical – though she does understand where the claims about Vicks may be coming from. “It’s all to do with the menthol and eucalyptus which can be found in Vicks,” she says. “These ingredients won’t cause hair that has been lost to traction alopecia or female pattern hair loss to regrow, but they may help existing hair to grow in length – although we wouldn’t recommend putting Vicks onto scalps. Vicks contains petroleum jelly, which is not generally advisable for the scalp, although it shouldn’t pose too much of a problem if the scalp is healthy.”

Leonora points out that Vicks would likely give the same kind of sensation as Belgravia’s menthol cream or oil of wintergreen which are used in some tailored clinical treatments that take place in our Central London and City of London hair loss clinics. Though neither ingredients have been proven to stimulate hair growth, they can be beneficial to the health of both the hair and the scalp.

Tailored hair loss treatment

It is important to distinguish between ‘hair growth’ and ‘hair regrowth’ in this context. Promoting hair growth involves optimising or ensuring the normal functioning of the hair growth cycle. This applies to anyone regardless of whether or not they have a specific hair loss condition and is something that can be helped by non-medicinal hair growth booster products. At Belgravia we offer a premium food supplement for healthy hair growth called Hair Vitalics for Women which non-clients can buy online directly from the dedicated website hairvitalics.com. This highly-targeted product has been developed after extensive research by Belgravia’s hair experts and contains high quality, potent vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanicals – including zinc, selenium, biotin and grape seed extract.

Those who do have an actual condition generally want to stop hair loss and encourage hair re-growth – this is a different proposition to simply encouraging non-affected hair to grow stronger and/or longer. Whilst hair growth boosters can certainly be used by people with a hair loss condition, these are considered an adjunct to pharmaceutical hair loss treatment, designed to maximise their hair’s potential in tandem with the relevant medications.

If women’s hair thinning or patchy hairloss becomes a concern, a specialist consultation – either in person or online – can provide an assessment, diagnosis, and – where necessary – personalised treatment recommendations. These are based upon the individual’s condition, pattern of shedding, medical and lifestyle requirements.

For women who have lost their edges to Traction Alopecia, Belgravia specialists use appropriate formulations of high strength minoxidil from those available at the in-clinic pharmacies. These solutions are applied directly to the scalp where needed, either once or twice per day, as directed. Although minoxidil is only clinically-proven as a treatment for female pattern hair loss, it is widely accepted to be useful in treating other types of hair loss in men and women by opening the potassium channels and encouraging localised blood flow.

Though results are not guaranteed, traction alopecia treatment at Belgravia often produces significant hair regrowth for women whose follicles have not been critically impaired. In cases where the damage to the follicles means they are no longer able to produce hair, treatment is not advisable as it will be ineffective. In these instances the hair loss will be permanent. This is why it is so important to be proactive if you suspect there may be an issue with your hairline. By taking advice early you can get all the facts regarding your situation and learn about the options available, in order to make a decision as which you are most comfortable with, whilst the decision is still yours to make.

 


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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 17 11 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mr L, pictured, is thrilled with the results of his treatment to date. Lots of new growth is appearing in the thinning areas.

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)

 

VIEW SUCCESS STORY

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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.


A new survey has confirmed what medical experts the world over have known for some time now: that many of us are working too hard or are too preoccupied with our jobs. But one thing that not everybody knows is that work-related pressures can lead to the kind of stress that causes hair loss.

The survey was conducted by the Wooden Furniture Store and found that today’s family interacts with each other in quite a different way to our predecessors. Specifically, the report reveals that 30% of people admit to not speaking to their loved ones when they get home. Meanwhile, 57% of adults owned up to bringing their work home with them outside of office hours, thus letting their job get in the way of quality family time.

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Stress caused by work is a huge global problem with estimates putting the cost of stress-related sick days in the UK up to £10 billion per year. Almost 26 million days are lost each year to work-related illnesses, with almost half of these caused by stress, anxiety or depression.

One quite telling link between work stress and hair loss came after a poll in which it was discovered that men earning more than £75,000 were twice as likely to blame work stress for their thinning hair than those earning £15,000 or under.

What is likely to be happening in these instances is that the wear and tear of stress upon the body has caused the genetic condition Male Pattern Baldness to initiate earlier than it might have otherwise, or it has worsened an existing case of Male Pattern Hair Loss. It could be argued, of course, that men with better salaries are likely to be older, this putting them in the “hot zone” of hair loss for men (30s-50s). However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that young men are experiencing premature baldness ever earlier – thought to be down to the pressures of modern life – and it is quite common for male pattern hair loss to now start in their early 20’s.

Either way, work stress is certainly not a trivial matter, as one study in the United States found that stress is quite literally killing people. Research into more than 2,000 people from Wisconsin in their sixties found that those who felt they had a little control of their workload had a heightened risk of dying.

Women are certainly not immune from stress-related shedding, either, and are, in fact, more likely to be affected as they have a far greater chance than men of developing a temporary hair loss condition named Telogen Effluvium. A recent survey carried out by L’Oréal, for example, revealed that a third of female respondents had experienced hairloss. One-sixth of the women who took part said they had first shown signs of hair loss before their 30th birthdays. As with men, Female Pattern Hair Loss can also be exacerbated by stress.

Hair loss solutions for men and women

Treatment for genetic hair loss at Belgravia is slightly different for men and for women, and is always tailored to the individual’s personal needs, based on level and pattern of thinning plus a number of other factors.

Treatment for male pattern hair loss is widely used by men interested in stabilising hair fall, encouraging regrowth and preventing baldness. There are two clinically-proven, MHRA and FDA-approved medications which are often used as part of a non-surgical treatment programme: finasteride 1mg and minoxidil.

The first, finasteride 1mg is a once-a-day tablet that inhibits the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is DHT which causes the gradual hair thinning associated with male hairloss. It binds to the sensitive follicles around the top of the head and hairline, slowly destroying them. As they become smaller and weaker, this displays outwardly as thinning hair or receding, with increased hair fall and can lead to eventual baldness if left unchecked. Hair Vitalics for Men hair growth supplements formulated exclusively by The Belgravia Centre’s experts not only includes key nutrients that can benefit hair health – including biotin, zinc and selenium – but also contains saw palmetto. This botanical extract has been shown to reduce DHT in trials.

By minimising the amount of DHT in the system, hair growth should continue unhindered. However, finasteride’s effect on frontal hair loss is unproven. This is one of the key reasons why, at Belgravia, treatment courses often include recommended formulations of the vasodilator high strength minoxidil from those available from at the clinic’s in-house pharmacies.

These solutions are applied directly to the scalp where needed, and help to promote localised blood flow, encouraging healthy hair growth. Belgravia’s hair loss specialists have found this approach, especially as part of a combination treatment course, to be especially effective in cases of stubborn areas, such as a receding hairline or thinning crown.

This two-pronged attack can be further augmented by the use of additional hair growth booster products, such as the follicle-stimulating low level laser therapy (LLLT) device, the LaserComb.

Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Men Women Hair Growth Hair Care 360pxWomen visiting the clinic for Female Pattern Hair Loss treatment find that an equally comprehensive and tailored approach is offered, with regular applications of high strength minoxidil from the recommended formulations available once again a key component.

Women, too, can benefit from hair growth booster products, including a handheld LLLT device and also Belgravia’s premium hair growth supplement Hair Vitalics for Women, the ingredients of which have been researched and selected by the clinic’s hair experts for their beneficial properties. This unique blend of high quality, hair-friendly vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts is not designed to replace a balanced diet, however. It also includes the soy isoflavones genistein and daidzen which have been shown to lower serum DHT – DHT found in the bloodstream – to provide an extra helping hand in the fight against thinning hair.

Knock-on effects of stress

Because the human body is so complex and so many functions are interlinked, the knock-on effects of stress can be hard to overestimate. Sleep, for instance, is not something that many people necessarily associate with stress, but the strain that insomnia or simply regular lack of sleep or disturbed sleep patterns can place upon the body has been linked to dull, brittle hair and increased hair fall.

Lack of Sleep and Hair LossVarious surveys from around the world have shown that many people are not getting enough sleep (one showed that women have a deficit of around 15 days sleep per year; for men the figure is 10 days), and the London Sleep Centre has said that around 30 to 40% of adults suffer from insomnia every year.

Researchers in South Korea have discovered that on top of stress-related hair loss that may arise from lack of sleep, missing out on crucial shut-eye also heightens the risks of several diseases, some of which can cause hair fall in their own right. Among them are diabetes, which can lead to Telogen Effluvium. Even heart disease, the risk for which can be increased by a chronic lack of sleep, has been linked to hair loss in at least six historic studies.

All of these studies paint a pretty compelling picture that an individual’s overall health and lifestyle play an enormous part in a multitude of biological functions. While it might be stretching things to state that a good night’s sleep and a stress-free job will equate to a full head of hair for the rest of your life, it is not too great a stretch to suggest that a proactive approach to reducing stress levels and making sure that the body is well looked after can help give a degree of protection from some of the things that can lead to thinning hair for both men and women.


Circ - Belgravia Centre Hair Growth supplements boosters lasercombThe 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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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

alert male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 15 11 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mr F, pictured, is very pleased with his progress so far. Lots of new growth can be seen in his most recent photos.

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)

 

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.


Men whose hair loss has been caused by the genetic condition male pattern baldness may feel like they are currently being bombarded with stories of celebrities who have had a hair transplant to try and deal with their thinning hair. And as these operations steadily lose their stigma, they have been likened by one proponent as the male equivalent of a ‘boob job’.

These are the words of TOWIE star Jamie Reed, who spoke to the Mail Online about his eight-hour hair transplant procedure. At 35, Reed is among the 45% of men of his age and under to have noticed signs of male pattern baldness, and like numerous other celebrities – including footballer Wayne Rooney, Love Island’s Alex Beattie, former footballer turned Real Housewives of Cheshire star Ashley Ward, X Factor and Dancing on Ice contestant Jake Quickenden, Gogglebox pundit Chris Steed (a hairdresser who previously wore wigs to cover his advanced hair thinning on top) and more – his press appearance is helping to normalise men’s hair restoration.

Celebrities documenting hair transplant journeys in the media

Footballer Celebrity Hair Transplant HeadlinesIt has been speculated that the reason that hair transplants are getting so much media attention of late is that some of the surgeons involved have realised that getting young, famous and attractive people to talk about their service is a great way to gain new clients. It is surely no coincidence that so many of these celebrities are telling their stories to the newspapers and posing for ‘before and after’ pictures.

While it is encouraging to see young men taking such an open approach to tackling hairloss, transplants only tell one part of the story. What has been overlooked in many newspaper articles is the fact that most men who plan on taking the surgical route are advised to undergo male hair loss treatment for at least six months before their operation. This is intended to maximise hair growth and stabilise hair fall so that hair is not shedding during the process, making the area easier and cleaner for the surgeon to work with. It also enables both surgeon and patient to see whether a transplant is needed after all.

What is also usually missing from news reports is that men’s hair loss journeys have barely begun when they signs up for hair restoration procedure. They will often need to commit to using non-surgical hair loss treatment products on an ongoing basis even after surgery in order to preserve the results. This is because the existing hairs surrounding the implanted ones will continue to be susceptible to the testosterone by-product called DHT, which is what causes shedding in men who are sensitive to it. Noted hair loss mentor Spex, who has had 10 transplants and now helps people to navigate hairloss issues of their own, actually goes further than some surgeons and advises men to try a pharmaceutical treatment regime for a minimum of 12 months.

Many men, however, choose not to go down the surgical route at all – not least because it is expensive, it can be painful and the initial signs of surgery are frequently impossible to hide. For some days after the operation there is visible evidence of the procedure (the newly-implanted area clearly looks like it has been subject to surgery), meaning that unless you can hide yourself away or constantly wear a hat for a while, everyone will know.

Discreet custom hair loss treatment options

At Belgravia – who do not provide transplants – each client’s dedicated hair loss specialist will tailor a custom treatment programme to their level and pattern of thinning, as well as their medical profile and lifestyle needs. These are usually based around finasteride 1mg and minoxidil, which are currently the only two MHRA and FDA approved drugs for male hair loss.

Belgravia’s clients tend to follow bespoke combination courses comprising topical applications of high strength minoxidil to encourage regrowth. This dose-dependent drug has proven particularly helpful in treating stubborn areas of hairloss, such as a receding hairline or a thinning crown. Additionally those deemed medically-suitable who are aged 18 or over also have the option of taking the once-a-day DHT-blocking tablet finasteride 1mg.

The advantage of a personalised hair loss treatment course comprising clinically-proven medications and additional hair growth boosters, is that it can be followed discreetly.

Though browsing Success Story photographs of clients before and after starting their custom courses that have been taken months apart may clearly show a marked difference, the change happens gradually and without sudden telltale signs appearing.

One thing that such a glut of surgical hair restoration stories may be doing is giving young men the impression that a transplant operation is an easy fix for anyone whose hair is thinning. In fact, most surgeons consider 26 to be the minimum age that a man should consider having one. Ashley Ward’s surgeon – Belgravia’s hair transplant partner, the highly respected and award-winning Dr Bessam Farjo – recommends men wait until they’re at least 30 years of age before booking themselves in for surgery.

One positive of all the media reports about men who have had hair transplants is that it is a reminder that male hair loss does not have to be the life-changing event it once was: steps can be taken to deal with it. There is clearly no denying the power of a celebrity boost, however, and when people like BGT winner George Sampson and serial reality TV star Calum Best (who has had three hair surgeries and cannot have any more) have so publicly endorsed the procedure it is little wonder that in a recent poll by the Express, 82% of respondents said that they would consider a hair transplant to save their hair. It is worth fully exploring all potential hair loss solutions and taking expert advice before making the decision as to whether surgery, or any other form of treatment, is the right choice for you.


Circ - Male Pattern Baldness hair loss treatment 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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One of the most devastating aspects of having cancer – according to patients and survivors – is the ensuing hair loss that treatment can cause.

Whilst scalp cooling systems used during chemotherapy may minimise or prevent hair fall in some cases, there are still many, many people affected by cancer-related baldness. BBC News reporter Victoria Derbyshire recently spoke about how, despite wearing a cold cap during her chemo sessions for breast cancer, she still lost her hair and found it to be “the worst part” of her cancer experience.

As a response to her own experience, cancer survivor Heather Moore and her close friend Iva-Mary created a hair loss solution for patients, which has now grown into a fully fledged Totnes-based volunteer programme.

Volunteering Matters’ ‘Heather’s Hair’ project

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Some of the hairpieces on offer from Heather’s Hair

When Heather Moore lost her hair to chemotherapy she did not enjoy being temporarily bald but also did not want to wear a wig all the time. Together with Iva-Mary the two developed ideas for a solution suitable specifically for cancer patients which would be less cumbersome than many wigs. They called the project ‘Heather’s Hair’.

Heather’s Hair provides innovative and comfortable ‘alternative hairpieces’ which involve human hair being stitched into a soft headband or attached to an Alice band or even a hat. These clever weaves provide the illusion of a full head of hair when worn under a hat or headscarf, without the weight, heat or discomfort that can come with wearing a full wig.

Whilst other UK charities, notably the Little Princess Trust for girls and its boys counterpart, Hero by LPT, are able to provide full wigs for children with hair loss caused by cancer treatment or alopecia areata, Heather’s Hair does not provide the same product. It also caters for men and women – not just children.

After the Totnes Costume Museum put on a display of the thoughtful weaves the pair created, it inspired others to join, helping with wig styling and promotion, as well as making the weaves by hand.

The Heather’s Hair project is now part of the Volunteering Matters charity’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme.

Charitable donations needed to provide service

Customers can choose from five different hairstyles and four hair colour choices, though the hair can also be dyed to match their natural shade. The fringe pieces come already styled though they can also be sent with a longer length (shown in the top image here) so that they can be trimmed in-situ to suit the wearer’s face.

Despite operating only three days per week – Monday to Wednesday – Heather’s Hair aims to send all weave orders out to anywhere in the UK within a week.

All Heather’s Hair weaves cost just £8, which is simply to cover postage and packaging. When selecting a product from the charity’s online shop, there is an option to leave a donation which – whilst hugely appreciated – is not compulsory.

As with most charities, the project relies on financial contributions in order to provide its worthwhile service without charging for the hairpieces.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Heather’s Hair or donating to the charity can visit their website at heathershair.co.uk


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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Double Olympic gold medal winner Joanna Rowsell Shand, who announced her retirement from cycling back in March, looks set to enter a new phase in her life in which she proves to be a huge source of inspiration for other people whose hair loss has been caused by the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata.

Joanna Rowsell Shand Autobiography Alopecia Areata UniversalisAs her autobiography Full Circle hits the shelves this week, the British cycling legend who secured a place at the top of the podium in both the 2012 London Olympics and at a Rio four years later, is enjoying a packed media schedule where no subject appears to be off limits.

Victory laps without wig

During an interview on BBC Breakfast, for example, Joanna spoke openly about her Alopecia Areata, which turned from scalp-only patchy hair loss to the more severe form, Alopecia Universalis, which causes total baldness of the head and body, when she was ten years old. This is something she has not sought to hide, stepping onto the winner’s podium or performing victory laps without a wig on multiple occasions.

She said: “I lost all of my hair when I was 10. Younger than that I had small patches, but that didn’t really bother me because I could easily cover them up. It has grown back briefly a couple of times, but I have spent most of my life with no hair.”

She went on to say that during her cycling career, particularly back in 2012 when she found herself in the global spotlight for the first time, the media got really excited about her Alopecia Areata. “I was 23 years old and I found it quite difficult,” she says, “because people were telling me I was a hero and and I was brave and I was getting asked so many questions in interviews where people were hoping for me to come out with these brilliant one-liners, but I felt like a rabbit in the headlights.”

She continues: “I didn’t really know what to say, but definitely over the years I feel a lot more comfortable talking about it and have some good advice to give now.”

The interviewer suggests that it must have been strange having so much attention paid to her almost completely-bald head when it was just a part of who Joanna was.

“Exactly,” she replied. “So for me at the London Olympics I rode my bike round in circles very fast with my teammates, we went on the podium and got the medal – and I wasn’t consciously thinking, ‘This is a really brave thing to do.’ You’re there celebrating your win, but since then I’ve really understood the impact that it had and the difference that it has made to people which I am really proud of, and I really want to help raise awareness of Alopecia. I do a bit with Alopecia UK (which has recently merged with Autoimmune Alopecia Research UK) and I can do more now that I’m retired.” Continues below…

Hair loss helped her to succeed

The acclaimed sportswoman, who is 28, has previously spoken out about her autoimmune alopecia on a number occasions. She told the Daily Mail a few years ago that it was hard being a teenager with the condition, but explained that her hair loss played a large part in her will to succeed on the track.

Up to 600,000 people in the UK are thought to be affected by Alopecia Areata, a condition which is understood to have a number of suspected triggers that cause it. These include psychological long term chronic stress, shock and sudden extreme stress, physical trauma and several other things – although it is not always possible to pinpoint exactly what is behind it.

At Belgravia, treatment for Alopecia Areata is possible when clients present with the patchy, scalp-only mild version of the disease. When shedding is extreme, as Joanna’s is, then treatment is much less likely to be successful. This may soon change, however, if a number of proposed new treatments that are being trialled around the world prove their efficacy in tests and achieve subsequent regulatory clearance.

Belgravia clients with Alopecia Areata are typically offered formulations of high strength minoxidil from those available at the in-house pharmacy, which is applied topically to the scalp on the affected areas. This opens up potassium channels in the skin and can lead to regrowth. There are additional therapies that can help improve the prognosis for people with the condition, and Belgravia’s hair growth booster products are usually offered as part of a tailored treatment course.

For children and teens especially, people like Joanna – and fellow sports stars including rugby player Heather Fisher, basketball power forward Charlie Villanueva and Newcastle United footballer, Jonjo Shelvey – are a terrific source of inspiration. They show that Alopecia Areata does not have to put any kind of limit on a person’s capabilities. In fact, so open is Joanna about her condition, that her YouTube channel even features a number of wig reviews.


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

alert female pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 13 11 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Miss P, pictured, is thrilled with her progress to date.

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…

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

 

VIEW SUCCESS STORY

TreatmenT information 

 


The Belgravia Centre Hair Loss ClinicThe 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.


The perils of over-styling have once again been in the news following a disastrous episode in the US in which a young American vlogger found clumps of her hair falling out.

21-year-old Hannah Forcier is a popular YouTube star with 100,000 followers based in Los Angeles, who made the mistake of adding a powerful chemical relaxer product to her already bleached blonde hair. The tragic irony of her resultant hair loss is that she was hoping the product would save her from having to inflict further damage from heat styling tools such as hair straighteners.

Chemical Trauma Hair Loss CausesHair relaxers can be punishing

What Hannah failed to do was read the label which stated that the product should not be used on bleached hair. This is because chemical relaxers can be famously punishing both the strands and the scalp – and when coupled with already-weakened hair that has suffered damage from bleaching the results can be disastrous.

For Hannah, the effects of her styling blunder were felt almost immediately when she got in the shower after applying the relaxer cream. Talking about the traumatic episode on her YouTube channel, she explains that her hair started to feel “really clumpy” as she was washing the product out. “And it started falling out,” she said. “I could feel my hair coming out and going down my back and you could hear it splashing in the water. It just started coming out in patches.”

She continues: “The more I tried to wash the product out to make sure it was gone, the more I felt like it [the hair] was coming out. I didn’t realise how bad it was until I got out of the shower and I already knew it was really bad because I could see that the water wasn’t going down the drain any more.”

The clogged shower tray was the result of large clumps of Hannah’s hair – particularly from the sides – having fallen out. When she approached her local salon to see if they could add hair extensions to hide the damage, she was told that her hair was not salvageable. The best course of action, it was decided, was to shave off the rest of her hair so it would match the shortest parts.

In her video, which has now been watched almost five million times, Hannah sums up her experience of the unnamed product: “I guess I just didn’t know how damaged my hair was until I used it,” she says. Continues below…

Breaking off mid-shaft

Losing hair to chemical trauma like this is far from uncommon, and while not a hair loss condition as such, it can be equally as distressing when damage is so extreme. In fact, in cases where the chemicals also burn the scalp this can, if the damage significantly effects the follicles, cause permanent baldness from scarring hairloss, also known as cicatricial alopecia.

Belgravia Centre Womens hair loss treatment alopecia areata traction alopecia female pattern baldness hair growth supplementsWhat seems to have happened in Hannah’s case is that her bleach-damaged hair was pushed to the point of no return by the additional chemicals contained within the relaxer, causing countless hairs to break off mid-shaft – something that is known as hair breakage. She has certainly done the right thing by cutting it short in order to chop off the frazzled ends and start to restore her hair’s health. Former One Direction singer Zayn Malik recently admitted to doing the same after frequent over-bleaching damaged his famous thick, black hair, whilst Wolf of Wall Street and Suicide Squad actor Margot Robbie is one of many who has discussed the negative impact repeatedly colouring and styling their hair for film roles has.

By carefully selecting some deep conditioning, strengthening treatments that will not irritate her scalp and, perhaps, starting to take hair growth supplements such as Belgravia’s premium, one-a-day Hair Vitalics for Women, she can further aid her hair’s recovery.

Video footage seems to show Hannah is experiencing thinning hair at her temples which may be a sign of the genetic condition female pattern hair loss  or, if she regularly wears tight hairstyles or hair extensions, traction alopecia is also possible – but a full consultation with a specialist would be needed to provide a confirmed diagnosis. Indeed, if her hair does not start to regrow normally within three months or so, then a visit to a specialist would enable Hannah to receive a professional diagnosis and be advised upon a custom hair loss treatment programme that would help promote healthy regrowth, if necessary. This would also be advisable if the returning hair appeared to be thinner than before.

One positive from Hannah’s experience – aside from the fact that her short crop really suits her, as can be seen on her Instagram: @hannahforcier – is that she has recently updated her video channel with a posting about all she has learned about how to make hair grow as healthily and quickly as possible. “Number one,” she says, “is to stop messing with your hair! No more chemicals, no more bleaching, no straighteners. Stop doing that to your hair.”


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