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How Do You Apply Minoxidil Hair Loss Treatment - The Belgravia CentreName: Seb

Question: When you apply the liquid onto your scalp with the syringe, are you supposed to rub the head with your hand after to make a uniform coating of the product on your scalp? Because if not, I bet that with such a little amount (1 ml), some area of the scalp might not receive any Minoxidil?

Answer: Hi, Seb. I have been a Belgravia hair loss treatment user for more than 10 years. I never rub the high strength minoxidil liquid onto my scalp.

Once I apply the minoxidil with the syringe – with my head tipped slightly backwards – I move my head from side to side, so gravity guides the liquid around my scalp.

The problem with rubbing liquid minoxidil into the scalp is that some will be lost on the fingers and it is also likely that some will be absorbed into the hair, depending on how much hair you have.

Minoxidil does not need to be spread over the whole scalp in order to treat hair loss effectively; just try your best to apply it as evenly as possible. Once it is absorbed into the skin, the capillaries will spread it around. If you feel like one area has not been sufficiently covered on one application, just make sure you ensure that area is properly covered on the next application – do not over-use the medication.

I hope this helps to answer your query but if you are a Belgravia client and would like further information, your Treatment Advisor will be happy to help you and demonstrate the best way to use minoxidil. Alternatively, if you are not a client of the centre but are interested in finding out more about male hair loss treatment, a consultation – either in person at one of our Central London or City of London hair loss clinics – or online if you are based elsewhere in the UK or abroad – is a good place to start.


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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As a well-known celebrity and socialite, Jemima Khan is used to the stresses associated with constantly being in the spotlight. However, she recently admitted that a specific incident triggered severe emotional trauma that caused her hair to fall out.Jemima Khan developed two bald patches where her hair fell out following a stressful incident

A family holiday gone wrong

The incident happened during a family visit to Kenya with her sons Sulaiman and Qasim. During the flight between London and Nairobi, a man attacked the pilot believing he was in danger.

The attack led to a two minute struggle between passengers and crew during which time the autopilot was disengaged and the jumbo jet lost 10,000 feet in altitude. Eventually the man (who was later diagnosed with an extreme paranoid mental condition) was restrained and the plane was able to resume its course.

Hair loss caused by emotional trauma

No-one from Khan’s family was involved or injured in the tussle, but the incident had a lasting effect. Several weeks later Jemima noticed that she was losing hair from patches on either side of her head. Eventually the hair loss got so bad that she had two distinct bald patches.

Fortunately Jemima’s hair began to grow back soon afterwards, although all the new hair was pure white. “The hair grew back white in those patches. And I’ve had to dye it ever since,” she said. Speaking to Vogue, she described her hair as “a security blanket”, adding: “It has become something I can hide behind when I’m feeling vulnerable.”

Severe emotional trauma, like that experienced by Jemima and her family, is known to cause unexplained hair loss. Conditions like Telogen Effluvium can be triggered by extreme shock brought about by similar conditions. What surprises many people is that the effects may take several months to manifest – long after the actual incident.

"I got my hair back within three months" - Alopecia Areata Patient on her hair loss treatment at The Belgravia Centre

“I got my hair back within three months” – This Alopecia Areata patient was delighted with the results of her hair loss treatment

Jemima’s hair loss sounds very much like alopecia areata as people who experience this condition can find their hair is white when it first grows back. After a period of time, that can take a few years in some cases, it is possible that the hair will return to its normal colour. Regrowth may also have a very fine texture, but it also is possible that the hair will return to its normal texture.

Hair regrowth

The good news is that these stress-related hair loss conditions are often reversible. A healthy, well-balanced diet provides the nutrients needed for hair growth, and a concerted effort to de-stress will also help to provide the basic conditions required to restart the growing process.

Anyone affected by unexpected hair loss should always seek professional advice at the earliest opportunity. Even if the condition later resolves itself, as was the case with Jemima Khan, a hair loss expert can monitor the condition and provide advice about how best to promote new growth. They can also advise whether there are other factors at play that need to be addressed to prevent further hair loss.

Alopecia Areata can respond well to proactive treatment and Belgravia offers various professional solutions including a range of high-strength minoxidil and a range of boosters to aid healthy regrowth. You can see for yourself the kind of results our clients experience after following our treatment plans in the example shown here, with many more featured in our Alopecia Areata Treatment Success Stories gallery.


The Belgravia CentreThe Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic

Visit our full photographic Hair Loss Success Stories gallery to browse our constantly updated collection of over 1,000 male and female patients’ progress images, alongside their feedback. If you are worried about hair loss and would like to speak to one of our experts, call us now on 020 7730 6666 or send us a message to book your free, discreet one-on-one consultation at either of our Central London clinics. Alternatively, if you are unable to visit us, you can complete our Online Consultation Form instead.


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Here at The Belgravia Centre we are seeing an increase in the number of women visiting our clinics and contacting us regarding female hair loss concerns.

Treatments for hair loss in women are becoming increasingly more sought after so, as our current Hair Loss Success Stories gallery – the largest collection of ‘Before and After’ hair loss treatment patient images in the world – is currently skewed more towards our male clients (partly due to the fact we currently have a 70/30 male-female client ratio, but also because female clients tend to be more reluctant to take part), we thought it may be useful to show you a number of examples documenting some of our female patients’ hair loss results and the time it has taken to achieve them.

The following examples chart the progress of Belgravia patients who have all followed our specialist regrowth programmes, featuring bespoke hair loss preparations recommended by a dedicated treatment advisor, to treat their particular condition and stage of hair loss.

If you are concerned about your hair loss, call us on 020 7730 6666 or send us a message to book your free consultation with one of our hair loss specialists who can recommend the most effective course of treatment for your condition.

You can visit either of our Central London clinics which both have in-house pharmacies – the only hair loss clinics to offer this time-saving service – so you can take away all the components of your comprehensive treatment programme, including bespoke preparations and treatment boosters, on the spot. Alternatively, if you are unable to come to us, you can complete our Online Diagnostic Form.

Female Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories 

"The results I have had so far are outstanding" - Female Pattern Hair Loss Patient at The Belgravia Centre

Condition: Female Pattern Hair Loss

“I am really happy with the treatment I have received at Belgravia.  Everyone is friendly and makes you at ease as soon as you enter the clinic.  The results I have had so far are outstanding and I cannot wait to see the final results once my treatment is over. Thank you so much =)”Ana, age 30

View Ana’s Success Story

"The pace of hair loss has significantly reduced within the last month and on the photos during the check-up I can see a lot of new hair growing" - A Belgravia Centre Female Hair Loss Patient

Condition: Female Pattern Hair Loss & Diffuse Thinning

“I started my treatment in Belgravia only 3 months ago.  But already started noticing good progress in improvement.   The pace of hair loss has significantly reduced within the last month and on the photos during the check-up I can see a lot of new hair growing and the crown looks much better.  Using the centre is also a nice experience as  the staff are very helpful and friendly – always ready to answer questions.  I would recommend the clinic to everybody with hair loss.” Lia

View Lia’s Success Story

"I wasn’t really sure if the treatment was going to work but I have seen a vast improvement in my hair" - Female Pattern Hair Loss Patient of The Belgravia CentreConditionFemale Pattern Hair Loss 

“I wasn’t really sure if the treatment was going to work but I have seen a vast improvement in my hair.  Just after 6 months of treatment my scalp looks full.  I will continue the treatment to get an even better outcome.”M. Saeed

View Ms Saeed’s Success Story

“Visited the clinic today for my check up.  Fantastic treatment"

ConditionFemale Pattern Hair Loss 

“Visited the clinic today for my check up.  Fantastic treatment by Veronica.”Miss N, early 20’s

View Miss N’s Success Story

"A Year on I Have Amazing Results" - Female Pattern Hair Loss & Telogen Effluvium Patient at The Belgravia Centre

ConditionFemale Pattern Hair Loss & Telogen Effluvium

“It really works.  I nearly lost all my hair last year due to Blood Poisoning (sepsis).  I tried everything in the world to stop my hair fall nothing worked.  My GP was very unhelpful.  I was depressed and embarrassed.  A friend told me about Belgravia.  My first reaction was does it really work because my hair needed urgent attention.  I called clinic, they were very helpful.  Now a year on I have amazing results.  Thanks Belgravia, I can recommend it to anyone.  Good Results.” Miss Kalia

View Miss Kalia’s Success Story

“After my 3rd treatment, I can say that I can see the improvement of my hair.  Big thanks to Shamima, she has been great" - Female Hair Loss Patient treated by The Belgravia Centre

ConditionFemale Pattern Hair Loss 

“After my 3rd treatment, I can say that I can see the improvement of my hair.  Big thanks to Shamima, she has been great and supported me through this treatment.  Hopefully if I keep this up my hair will get better.”A Belgravia Centre patient

View this patient’s Success Story

"Belgravia Centre for hair loss. Brilliant" - Female Pattern Hair Loss Patient treated by The Belgravia Centre

ConditionFemale Pattern Hair Loss 

“Belgravia Centre for hair loss.  Brilliant.”Sobhna, mid-50’s

View Sobhna’s Success Story

“Very pleased with results!  Good service, would recommend to anyone suffering from hair loss!” - A Belgravia Centre patient in her mid-20's

ConditionFemale Pattern Hair Loss 

“Very pleased with results!  Good service, would recommend to anyone suffering from hair loss!”A Belgravia Centre patient in her mid-20’s

View this patient’s Success Story

The Belgravia Centre

Visit our full photographic Hair Loss Success Stories gallery to browse our constantly updated collection of over 1,000 male and female patients’ progress images, alongside their feedback. If you are worried about hair loss and would like to speak to one of our experts, call us now on 020 7730 6666 or send us a message to book your free, discreet one-on-one consultation at either of our Central London clinics. Alternatively, if you are unable to visit us, you can complete our Online Diagnostic Form instead.

After images of Cesc Fabregas in pre-season training with his new team, Chelsea FC, appeared in the press, football fans took to social media to discuss his noticeable hair loss. Some Twitter users jokingly wondered if the midfielder had made the move from Barcelona to the London club in order to be closer to The Belgravia Centre!Twitter Reacts to Cesc Fabregas Hair Loss

The former Arsenal captain, who won the 2010 World Cup with Spain, seems to be displaying some of the tell-tale signs of Male Pattern Balding (MPB). Fabregas’ thick, dark hair now appears thinner with signs of a receding hairline – classic symptoms of genetic hair loss, the most common cause of hair loss in men.

Hair Loss Focus on Footballer, Cesc FabregasFor Fabregas, 27, the onset of male pattern hair loss appears to be fairly recent. Images from his international appearances for Spain at Euro 2012 and subsequent club performances with Barcelona do not indicate any noticeable hair loss although there is a suggestion of receding.

The fact that he has changed his hair style from a short back and sides, usually worn slightly longer at the front which often obscured his hairline, to a shaven look which, with his dark, black hair, makes any hair loss appear more obvious, could be the reason fans’ attention was suddenly drawn to his condition. Some have even speculated as to whether the reason for this new shaved look was one of necessity – could Fabregas have had a hair transplant to correct his receding hairline? If so, the results may not be seen for around six months and he would need to follow a hair loss treatment course as part of his after care in order to prevent the hair around the transplanted grafts from shedding as Male Pattern Baldness affects the whole top of the head area.

Making hair loss worse – and making it better

An example of one of our Hair Loss Success Story patients following treatment for a receding hairline caused by Male Pattern Baldness

An example of one of our Hair Loss Success Story patient’s results following treatment for a receding hairline caused by Male Pattern Baldness

Fabregas played regularly for Barcelona last season, with a total of 40 appearances and was awarded 10 yellow cards. The Spanish side finished second in La Liga also winning the Supercopa de Espana, and enjoyed good runs in both the Copa del Rey and Champions League. Professional sportsmen playing this kind of top flight football are often under immense pressure and, with the evident links between stress and hair loss, this could be a contributing factor to accelerating Cesc’s hereditary condition.

Starting a medically-proven hair loss treatment course now may be advisable for arresting Cesc’s current condition. He could consider using a high strength minoxidil formulation for regrowing hair on the temples, which is generally the slowest area to grow back.

If your hair loss is similar to Cesc Fabregas’, we recommend you see an experienced specialist who can advise you on the most effective treatment programme for your condition.

You can see examples of the results of Belgravia patients with similar conditions achieve in our Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery. This collection of patient progress images from before and after starting personalised treatment courses, is the largest of its kind in the world and documents the kind of results people suffering from a range of hair loss conditions can experience and the time it takes to achieve them.


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.


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Iron deficiency anaemia is a common condition which occurs when the body is lacking iron, which leads to a reduction in the number of red blood cells. Because iron is used by the body to create red blood cells, which carry and store oxygen in the blood, lack of iron may mean that tissues and organs become oxygen deficient. Other types of anaemia exist too, including a type caused by lack of vitamin B12, and the symptoms can include hair loss.

Iron Deficiency Anaemia Can Cause Thinning Hair and Hair Loss

What are the symptoms?

Whilst iron deficiency anaemia most commonly affects women of child-bearing age, pregnant women or those with heavy periods, men can also be affected. Iron deficiency often goes undetected in men for longer periods of time, as the hair loss experienced can be mistaken for male pattern hair loss. Symptoms of anaemia can include:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Lethargy and extreme tiredness, even after plenty of sleep
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pale complexion
  • Thinning hair and hair loss

Diagnosis is through a simple blood test, and iron supplements are usually prescribed to return iron levels to normal. Increasing natural sources of iron in the diet can help too – good sources include red meat, eggs, brown rice, fish and dark green leafy vegetables (such as spinach).

Are you experiencing noticeable hair loss?

Left untreated, iron deficiency can lower your immune system, leaving you more prone to illness, and in severe cases it could increase the risk of conditions such as heart failure or tachycardia (fast heartbeat). If you are experiencing noticeable hair loss, anaemia may be the cause. Rather than the patchy hair loss associated with conditions such as Alopecia Areata, women or men with iron deficiency anaemia may notice overall thinning of the hair over a longer period of time. Hair may also feel straw-like, brittle and dry, and may snap when being washed or brushed.

Addressing your diet and lifestyle can help, and hair loss caused by anaemia is usually temporary; hair should grow back once the body’s levels of iron return to a normal range. It’s a good idea to visit a hair loss specialist if you are concerned about hair loss, as they can check there are no other underlying issues responsible for the shedding, such as Telogen Effluvium or Diffuse Hair Loss (both often brought on by stress) or a thyroid condition, which can cause symptoms similar to iron deficiency anaemia. They can also recommend a personalised treatment programme to help promote natural hair re-growth.

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The Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is the UK’s leading hair loss clinic, with two locations in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation or complete our online diagnostic form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our extensive hair loss success stories gallery, which is the largest collection of ‘Before & After’ treatment pictures in the world, demonstrating the levels of success that so many of our patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.

When Shelley Cain, 38, was diagnosed with breast cancer, her world was turned upside-down. Apart from the devastating blow of being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, she had to come to terms with the possibility of suffering a common side effect of chemotherapy treatment – hair loss.

Her two young children – Ollie, 6, and Ruby, 10 – were inconsolable after hearing the news, having recently lost a close family friend due to cancer. Ruby begged for her mother to not lose her hair, which prompted Shelley to undergo gruelling cold cap treatment.

Shelley Cain Uses Head Freezing Cold Cap Therapy to Stop Her Hair Falling Out During Treatment for Breast Cancer

Preventing hair loss with cold cap treatment

The HR worker underwent a regime of cold cap sessions throughout her course of chemotherapy. The process was physically demanding, often leaving blocks of ice on her head. Shelley underwent three-hour sessions of the treatment, and doctors made it clear to her that treatment was not always successful. However, Shelley persevered out of love for her children.

Shelley, who is now in remission, says, “I screamed for the cancer nurse to remove the cap when she first put it on as it was unbearably cold and painful. But I was so determined to stay looking well for my kids, it got me through the pain.

“I didn’t want to scare my children by looking ill and losing my hair. I wanted them to recognise their mummy and not be frightened by my appearance.”

Shelley now says that her focus on keeping her hair helped keep her sane throughout the process. She said: “It wasn’t easy, but I think it was psychosomatic.

“If I looked in the mirror and recognised myself then I didn’t feel like a cancer patient, it helped me beat the cancer.”

How do cold caps work?

Each hair on the head grows from hair follicles. Healthy hair follicles require a steady flow of food and oxygen in order to survive. However, when someone undergoes cancer treatment, chemotherapy drugs in the bloodstream can be carried to the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss.

Cold caps work by narrowing the blood vessels in the scalp, so that less of the chemotherapy drugs reach the hair follicles. In this way, hair loss is prevented.

It’s important to note that cold caps won’t work for hair conditions such as Alopecia. This is because people with conditions like Alopecia require a consistent, healthy flow of blood to the scalp to encourage hair re-growth. Using a cooling cap will actually have a damaging effect if used by someone with Alopecia, so it’s important to speak to a hair loss expert to confirm the best course of treatment for your individual hair loss condition.

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Name: Michael

Question: My hairline was starting to thin but it still had a decent thickness. So I shaved it all off with a razor just to experiment with a new look. I noticed all the hair on my head began to grow back except the temples. Since I shaved it all off, does this mean that the temples won’t even grow back to the thinning stage that it was at to begin with? I’m a black male btw.

Answer:  If you had some hair on your temples before you shaved your head, then it is likely this hair will eventually return to how it was, but temple-area hair is slower growing so it may take time. However, if you had already lost the hair on your temples before shaving the rest off, the act of shaving your head would not stimulate the scalp into growing hair back at the temples.

You mention your hairline is starting to thin. This points to potential androgenic alopecia (male pattern hair loss) which can cause a receding hairline as well as hair from the top of your head, including the crown and temples, to shed.

This would not be brought on by shaving your head and should not affect regrowth, however, it could cause the new hair to be more brittle and prone to breakage which may make it appear thinner.

Example of Male Pattern Baldness treated by The Belgravia Centre

Results of a Belgravia patient treated for Male Pattern Baldness, as featured in our Hair Loss Success Stories

You can see an example of how male pattern hair loss causes hair to thin and look thinner in the Month 1 patient photos pictured here in our Hair Loss Success Stories image, as well as the results of his treatment three months later.

Another condition which causes patchy hair loss is alopecia areata, but, again, this would not be brought on by shaving your head. As long as you still have hair follicles, it is likely you can regrow hair. So if you had some hair pre-shaving, it is likely that you will eventually see regrowth around the currently patchy, temple areas.

It may depend whereabouts you were in your hair growth cycle when you shaved your head as to how long it takes for the hair to return. We recommend you wait another 2-3 months and monitor the affected areas during that time. If at the end of this period you are still experiencing slow-to-no regrowth around your temples, or anywhere else, we suggest you visit a hair loss expert for a professional diagnosis of your condition, as well as advice on how to treat it, if required.

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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.


Chef, Marcus Wareing, and a Hair Loss Success Story showing a Belgravia Centre patient's results from treatment for Male Pattern Baldness hair loss

Top BBC food show, MasterChef: The Professionals, has a new judge this series – and he’s the latest celebrity chef who appears to be suffering from Male Pattern Baldness.

Marcus Wareing replaces Michel Roux Jnr on the TV show, which is due to air later this year, and is expected to shake the programme up with his notoriously blunt approach to criticising contestants’ food.

The former boxer and two Michelin-starred chef behind West London restaurant ‘Marcus’ at The Berkley hotel, worked extensively with fellow hair loss sufferer, Gordon Ramsay, but says he and Ramsay no longer speak after a falling out with his old boss.

Wareing displays some of the classic hair loss symptoms associated with androgenic alopecia (more commonly referred to as Male Pattern Baldness) most notably a receding hairline.

If you feel you have a similar hairline to Marcus and would like more information about treating this condition, you can view our extensive Hair Loss Success Stories gallery which features over 1,000 case studies, with Before & After pictures of Belgravia patients’ treatment results. This is the largest online resource of its kind in the world and will give you a good idea of what to expect from hair loss treatment programmes.

You can also find advice on the best ways to treat androgenic alopecia, as well reviews of the various hair loss products available, here on our site.

If you would like a personal assessment of your condition, message us or call 020 7730 6666 to arrange a free hair loss consultation at either of The Belgravia Centre clinics in Central London. Alternatively, if you are unable to get to us in person, simply complete our quick and easy Online Diagnostic Form.

View Over 1,000 Patient 'Before & After' Images in our Hair Loss Success Stories

We are proud to announce that our Hair Loss Success Stories gallery has hit the 1,000 studies mark, making it the most extensive collection of hair loss patients’ ‘Before and After’ treatment images in the world.

This is an outstanding online resource for anyone interested in hair loss conditions and the results treatment can provide. Each case study features images of a Belgravia client before their treatment and then again at various intervals once they have started their recommended regrowth programme.

The gallery covers a comprehensive range of male and female subjects, many different races and a number of hair loss conditions, from male pattern balding – a particularly popular complaint – to diffuse hair loss, and a number of other types of alopecia.

We would like to thank all our patients who have allowed us to document their fanastic progress in our Hair Loss Success Stories. We hope that many more of you will continue to take part in the future as we continue to add to and improve this incredible tool, which is completely unique to The Belgravia Centre.

The Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is the UK’s leading hair loss clinic, with two Central London locations just minutes walk from both Liverpool Street and Victoria stations. If you would like advice about your hair loss, please call us on 020 7730 6666 to arrange a free consultation at either of our centres, or, for those of you who are not based in London, simply complete our online diagnostic form.