On Thursday of last week I was interviewed about the hype that had been circulating regarding discoveries in America of a gene that could possibly help to replace lost hair in bald men. Scientists have proven for the first time when testing on mice that it is possible to create entirely new follicles from which hairs can be grown, meaning it may be possible to replace hair follicles that have become dysfunctional in humans.
I talked to Sky News and Channel 5 about impact a future cure for baldness would have, but also discussed the effective treatments that are already available for hair loss.
Reports claim it will be 10 years before we can even begin to consider this ‘baldness cure’ becoming available, but what kind of a difference will it really make if and when it does come about?
As you will see in David Teather’s Guardian newspaper article; he explained how I was flinching with annoyance when I looked at a statement in an article I had ripped out of a newspaper. The statement read, ‘finally, a baldness cure that actually works’ – I have to say, statements like this do tend to get me hot under the collar. This statement is highly misleading to the general hair loss sufferer as it gives the impression that there is currently no hope – something that couldn’t be further from the truth!
As I pointed out to Teather, there are a number of cures for ‘hair loss’ available already, although the only thing that could be disguised as a cure to ‘baldness’ at present is non-surgical hair replacement, better known as a toupee. So you may ask what the difference between hair loss and baldness is: A bald person is somebody who has lost all his or her hair (in the area that is affected by Male Pattern Hair Loss this would be the top of the head). We refer to ‘bald’ as the smooth areas of skin where hair once appeared but now appears shiny and absent of hair. However, a man or woman suffering from ‘hair loss’ can have thick and healthy locks of hair, be it for a limited amount of time! Over time his or her hair will slowly but surely become thinner and the scalp will become increasingly visible through the hair, leading to eventual baldness in the case of many men.
So when I refer to a ‘cure’ for hair loss I’m talking about effective treatments that can prevent most men and women from ever having to reach the stage of ‘baldness’ with the possibility of thickening up the hair if there has already been a degree of thinning. There are three proven hair loss treatments available and The Belgravia Centre fine tunes its hair loss treatment courses for each individual case, deciding on which of these treatments, and at what strength they will be most effective depending on the specific condition and stage of hair loss each person has reached.
We have found about 9 out of 10 men will experience hair loss stabilisation from the use of a Belgravia Centre ‘combination’ treatment course. By ‘combination’ I refer to a combination of the proven hair loss treatments, as well as added ‘boosters’ that increase the effectiveness of the ‘primary’ treatments. Treatment is also very effective for women suffering from various forms of female hair loss.
So in 10 years time, if further research proves that a cure for baldness is possible, would it really make a difference? I don’t think many young men or women would want to wait until they’re bald, or until their hair’s visibly thinner to do something about it so I believe hair loss sufferers will still seek preventative treatments. I do however imagine a cure to be an exciting prospect for those who have already lost their hair – ensuring areas of complete baldness could one day be replaced with thick and healthy hair. However, until a cure for baldness comes about (if ever) it is important that people who are worried about hair loss know that something can be done as long as they act sooner rather than later.
This month a man lost his court battle against a hair loss organisation after they promised him his hair would be completely restored and charged him £4,000 over 18 months for laser treatment and minoxidil 5%. According to the un-named victim, although they promised him his hair would be restored and maintained permanently, a contract was signed which included small print stating that the hair loss treatment could not be guaranteed. Unfortunately as well as being highly overpriced, the treatment was ineffective but the court ruled that the money should not be reimbursed due to the signed contract.
We hear of many hair loss centres making promises to hair loss sufferers but the fact is when it comes to hair loss there is no treatment that can be 100% guaranteed. Unfortunately in this case the client did not read the small print which contradicted the promises of the consultant he saw.
You should always look out for the following signs when purchasing hair loss treatment – these are some of the things that are carried out by sales organisations in order to ensure you buy their treatment and cannot claim any compensation should it not work.
1. HAVING TO SIGN A CONTRACT Only a sales organisation will want you to sign up so that you are committed and they are protected
2. PAYING FOR TREATMENT UP-FRONT Many companies will require payment up-front. If this is the case most will refuse to reimburse you for the treatment you have not used should you wish to pull out during the treatment programme if you are unhappy with results.
3. NATURAL PRODUCTS AS A PRIMARY TREATMENT Our research over many years has shown that herbal products to stop hair loss or re-grow hair have little or no benefit if used as a primary treatment. Many companies who sell these types of products as their treatment basis pay little for them and yet charge extremely high prices. We only advise the proven prescription treatments as a basis for hair loss as these are the only ones which are medically proven to work.
4. CLAIMS THAT HAIR LOSS TREATMENT IS ONLY NEEDED FOR A LIMITED TIME There is no cure for male or female hair loss which means that treatment is always on-going should you wish to maintain your hair. We hear of hair loss organisations telling people that treatment is only required for a limited period of time, usually 6-12 months, only to find out that they must carry on at the end of this time period. If a hair loss centre that you visit makes claims like these we advise you not to purchase treatment as if they are making claims such as these then this gives a clear indication of the kind of company you are dealing with.
For more information visit Belgravia’s Awareness Site. It’s sole purpose is to prevent you from purchasing hair loss treatments that are overpriced, ineffective or could be dangerous.
The Daily Mail compare photos of David Cassidy recently and in 2002 – his hair seems to be thicker now than it was in the past. Leonora Doclis explains that this is most likely the results of a hair transplant or hair weave.
Leonora Doclis believes David Cassidy’s improvement in hair thickness could be due to a hair weave or transplant
It seems Jason Donovan’s hair’s looking thicker and fuller than ever – Leonora Doclis offers advice to the Daily Mail on the possible reasons for this – DAILY MAIL STORY.
For information on the treatments that are proven to prevent and reverse hair loss visit our HAIR LOSS TREATMENTS page. Used correctly, these treatments will prevent hair loss and regrow hair for the great majority of users.
Today the press has been covering a story about Mel Gibson’s hair – it seems to be thicker than it was a couple of years ago. What could have been the reason for this reversal?
Leonora Doclis, Belgravia’s senior trichologist says, “there’s a good chance Mel’s hair line has been restored by surgery – a hair transplant, or non-surgical hair replacement could be the answer. But the density of his hair on top could well have been restored using a combination of the medically proven treatments. Areas of complete hair loss are not usually possible to restore from treatments, but over the top his hair’s just thinning. It’s most likely there has been a combination of some form of hair replacement, and hair regrowth treatments.”