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Frontal balding, otherwise known as a receding hairline a widow’s peak or thinning edges, is one of the most common patterns of hair loss.

This will mostly affect men, but in some cases women can also experience a similar pattern of shedding, though often not for the same reason. This type of frontal hair loss in men is usually the result of a common condition called Male Pattern Baldness, which is a treatable condition.

How is Frontal Balding Treated?

Topical applications, used either once or twice daily as directed can help to encourage localised blood flow to increase oxygen and nutrient delivery to the affected areas, promoting hair growth.

To find out more about these hair loss solutions and how they might work for you, please contact Belgravia by calling +44 20 7730 6666 or message the centre. 

You can also view our receding hairline page for more information and photos of clients before and after starting their recommended treatment courses.

Receding Hairline Success Stories       Receding Hairline Information

What else can be done?

Find out about the Hair Loss Treatments available for men for a receding hairline or thinning crown.

Circ - Male Pattern Baldness hair loss treatment Belgravia Centre clinic LondonThe Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.


Spencer Kobren, The Bald Truth

Spencer Kobren runs the world’s most popular hair loss radio show, ‘The Bald Truth’

Spencer Stevenson (Spex), a very well known hair loss and hair transplant mentor recently went to Los Angeles where he was filmed as part of a UK Documentary Pilot on hair loss and hair transplants. Also involved in the documentary is the Founder of the IAHRS (International Alliance of Hair Restoration surgeons), Spencer Kobren. Kobren runs and hosts the internationally syndicated live Radio show called “The Bald Truth” which has been running in the US for over 14 years.

According to Spencer, there is an ever growing interest and demand from UK listeners who find it difficult to tune in live to the show due to the time differences. For this reason, Kobren has decided to launch a new separate Radio show, ‘Bald Truth UK’, that he is setting up for UK/European listeners and he has asked Spex to co-host the show. The show intends to launch on Tuesday 4th December at 7pm GMT and run weekly at the same time every Tuesday night.

Spencer is planning for the show to reach large numbers of UK/European listeners and will provide them a great resource to tune into and get informed advice from Kobren and Spex. Spencer Kobren is confident the listenership for the UK show will be very high, especially given Spex’s involvement and reputation in the UK. You are able to watch the show live on Tuesday night at TheBaldTruth.

By combining their ‘Spencer’ forces their aim is to make the UK show as popular as it is in the US and reach out to as many UK hair loss sufferers as possible. This new show is solely going to be produced for UK/European listeners due to the time differences and difficulty around listening to the existing live show which goes out every week at 5pm PST.

View our Bald Truth UK Video Archive, to view previous shows, updated weekly.

HairMax LaserCombWe receive a lot of questions from those who read the booklet that comes with the HairMax LaserComb, about its effectiveness on skin types 5 (dark / middle-eastern skin) and 6 (black skin). The booklet states that the comb has not been tested on these skin types.

“it works fine on all skin tones and hair types”

The Belgravia Centre has been in contact with Randy Veliky, director of clinical research at HairMax, to ask if the LaserComb can be used on such skin types. Randy told us, “We did not test it on dark skin because it was too difficult to count the dark hairs on the dark skin. It works just fine on all skin tones and hair types. We have many African / dark skinned customers that see very positive results. We find it works especially well on traction alopecia from afro styles that are braided too tightly.”

As hair loss is caused by the same biological mechanisms in people of all skin types, the effectiveness of the HairMax LaserComb (and other clinically proven treatments) should not differ between them. Below you can view the Fitzpatrick skin type classification guide (found in the booklet) for the HairMax LaserComb.

LaserComb Fitzpatrick Skin Classification Guide


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.


Spencer Stevenson SpexYou may or may not have heard of Spex – he’s a ‘hair loss mentor’ and an advocate for a renowned hair transplant surgeon in New York called Dr. Feller. Spex’s real name is Spencer Stevenson, and he has a story to tell. He had a few bad hair transplants in the nineties and wasted almost £30,000. He has now taken it upon himself to arm the public with the knowledge he didn’t have, so that they can make an informed decision on what to do if they are experiencing the same problem he had. Spencer predominantly uses online discussion forums to do this.

Earlier this week I caught up with Spencer…

“As nobody is immune to hair loss, male pattern baldness is a genetic trait that can affect anyone from the man on the street to multi-millionaires”, he said. “By the age of 30, a quarter of men start to lose their hair. “For both men and women, hair loss has a profound psychological impact and can erode their confidence. “My job is to act as a patient mentor to those vulnerable individuals who need my help. The hair loss industry is a minefield, often inhabited by conmen and unskilled surgeons, and because of my own experiences in these territories, I can offer my opinion and steer the men seeking my guidance down the right path and towards the reputable surgeons and clinics.”

Protecting and Informing The Public

Like we have been doing at The Belgravia Centre for many years, Spencer is working hard to improve the standards of the hair loss industry in the UK. 20 years ago it was almost impossible to find a reputable medical clinic that could offer licensed and proven treatments, professional advice and easy access to medical hair loss experts, but The Belgravia Centre has turned that around thanks to our comprehensive hair loss services and in-house pharmaceutical facilities.

Spencer is trying to do a similar job by communicating directly with hair loss sufferers to offer them the very best advice. “I’m not a doctor so I can’t recommend particular surgery,” he insists. “If they don’t need a transplant and can salvage their hair through a course of appropriate proven treatment, I will tell them straight.”

Celebrities and Hair Loss

A number of stories in the press lately, including the highly publicised hair transplant that Wayne Rooney undertook, have shown the kind of results that can be achieved by finding the right transplant surgeon. Belgravia have a long list of celebrity patients to whom we offer a totally discrete service, many of which have had a lot of publicity related to the phenomenal change in the density of their hair. This publicity often leads to speculation that they have had a hair transplant when in fact their results have been achieved purely from the use of a combination treatment programme.

SPEX sheds light on a similar subject, “Hair restoration in the right hands can be phenomenal. In fact – mentioning no names as I am sworn to secrecy – there are many A-list celebrities who have had hair transplants that are so skilfully done, you would never notice them.” “Those who have not gone down the transplant route may well be using treatments for hair loss as a preventative measure, and again, you would never know.

Spencer discusses how hair loss affected him personally and emotionally…

“My hair had been my trademark, my identity, as it is to many. It was part of my image and I was dependent on it for how I perceived myself. So when I started to lose it, it crucified me. I didn’t realise that you’ve already lost 50 per cent of your hair before you even realise it. The average head of hair loses 100 hairs per day, but I was losing far more.

Spencer Stevenson Before After

After many years of unsuccessful surgery, a reputable New York surgeon named Dr. Feller improved the appearance of Spencer’s hair dramatically.

“It changed my personality completely. I went from being this very confident individual to a withdrawn shadow of my former self. I just shrivelled away into someone I didn’t recognise.

“I turned into an isolated young man who lost his spark. I couldn’t bring myself to talk to my friends about it; the only people I told were my mum and sister. Going out became an ordeal so my life went on hold.”

Everybody’s Different!

Hair loss affects every man differently. Many men will go bald gracefully, feeling no need to stabilise their problem – some even laugh at the idea, as we experience frequently on our Facebook page (some unsavoury comments have to be removed!). But there are of course also many men who like Spencer, worry a great deal and feel their hair is so important that they will go to any measure to keep it. For those who come into that category we strongly advise carrying out extensive researchbefore making a decision.

“I never felt that wretched, but was determined to beat it, to get back to the person I used to be. “I got desperate, chose the wrong clinics, spent thousands of pounds on several bad transplants and tried loads of lotions and potions that didn’t work.”

Research is Essential

Because of the not-so-strict regulations on the internet (although they are improving all the time, with the ASA now being the official regulator of websites), there is an abundance of product advertisements that claim to work better than anything else. Because of this and a general lack of expertise by some hair loss organisations in the UK, many men make the wrong decisions at first which can be time-consuming and also very expensive.

Spencer is one of the individuals trying his best to fix this problem. “I dedicated many years of my life to solving my own hair loss. Now I’m helping others. I currently use 5% Minoxidil. This is perfect for me as it has worked to maintain the hair I have, but patients who wish to increase their regime to a stronger defence, can use the extra-strength minoxidil doses that are offered by Belgravia. Their 8%, 10% and 12.5% formulationsare highly recommended for patients suffering from more aggressive hair loss.”

Hair Loss Treatment or Surgery?

“Hair transplant surgery is a last resort and prior to surgery you need to stabilise you situation through recommended treatments such as the ones Belgravia centre provide.” advises Spex. “Monitor your hair loss and Belgravia can help you do this very accurately. Only when you feel confident your hair loss is under control is surgery then an option if you choose to further improve your situation. The Belgravia Centre can advise you on choosing the right surgeon, or put you in contact with me personally to offer you the best advice so you can make an informed decision.”

Spencer has his own website – Spexhair.com – where you can find out more about him and read a wealth of information about what you are able to do if you wish to go down the surgical route. He has built a strong reliable reputation for protecting and educating patients.

Written by Jonny Harris – Belgravia’s director, and long-term hair loss treatment user

For information on the bespoke minoxidil products available from The Belgravia Centre please contact us by calling 020 7730 6666 or arrange a free consultation.

Below we have provided a selection of Belgravia’s hair loss success stories. Click on an image for the full success story, or view our full gallery of hair loss success stories.

Receding Hairline

Receding Hairline

Receding Hairline

Receding Hairline

 

Rooney Hair Transplant

Rooney’s first photo following his hair transplant. Click on the photo for a larger version

Twitter has been going wild with this morning’s tweets from Wayne Rooney following his hair transplant. At around 10am he reported, “Just to confirm to all my followers I have had a hair transplant. I was going bald at 25 why not. I’m delighted with the result”.

Fans are now looking forward to see the results Rooney’s the surgery. Rooney also informed his followers, “It’s still a bit bruised and swollen when it dies down u will be first to see it. Anyone recommend any good hair gel. Haha”.

Rooney’s hair loss is caused by genetics, a condition called Male Pattern Baldness which is the most common cause of hair loss in men. The condition only affects hair at the top of the scalp, which means hair around the back and sides are not genetically predisposed to shed.

The surgical procedure that Rooney underwent is known as FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and entails extracting hairs from the back to the top of the scalp. As the hair around the back and sides of the head are not affected by genetic hair loss, they grow normally when transferred to the areas affected by baldness. The procedure can look very natural and we are sure the first photos released of Rooney post-surgery will show how successful his transplant was. It might be weeks or months before the hair begins to grow through normally.

Could Rooney Have Avoided Surgery?

If Rooney had begun to use the correct combination of medically proven treatments in his early twenties, he would have almost certainly maintained his hair until this day, resulting in no need for invasive surgery. As hair transplants can cost anything from £5,000 to more than £30,000, this would have saved him a lot of money, as well as the trouble of invasive surgery and a long healing period. Aside from this, there is also the possibility of the need for multiple sessions of surgery. Rooney’s transplant is reported to have costed £32,000. As a person on a wage of more than £200,000 per week this may not have been such a worry, but for most men with hair loss that isn’t the case.

What Happens Post-Surgery?

Rooney will now need to maintain the hair that is still susceptible to hair loss, with the regrowth treatments mentioned above. This will ensure that his hair around the transplanted follicles will still remain in tact and not form patches of baldness as Rooney’s natural thinning continues on the top of his head.

The Right Treatments Will Almost Always Stop Hair Loss and Regrow Hair

We advise anybody experiencing hair loss to stop it as early as possible. The best time is a soon as shedding becomes noticeable. This might be when you notice an increased amount on your pillow in the morning, or in your hands after applying gel or wax to your hair. Treatments can however be extremely successful at any stage of thinning whether it be mild or relatively severe. The correct combination of treatments will almost always stop hair loss and will in many cases also regrow hair. You can see the kind of regrowth results that many men see by viewing these hair growth treatment success stories. Here you will hundreds of before / during treatment photos, as well as reports from people that have been using a treatment course for hair loss, updated on a weekly basis.

For more information on preventing hair loss and regrowing hair contact The Belgravia Centre or complete an online diagnostic form for home-use treatments anywhere in the world.


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.


Please view our new set of success stories, recorded by a number of happy treatment users with various hair loss conditions. All have experienced superb results from the use of their individually prescribed treatment programmes for hair loss.

Andrew BrynesMale Pattern Hair loss

Jean Mower-AllardFemale Pattern Hair Loss

Shahir UddinMale Pattern Hair Loss

Gabriella HegyiFemale Pattern Hair Loss

Zoltan BalogMale Pattern Hair Loss

Miss PanesarAlopecia Areata

James WalshamMale Pattern Hair Loss (extensive)

Trinity GardinerPostpartum Alopecia (hair loss after childbirth)

Ronaldo (Brazilian) HairThe Brazilian footballer Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima – better known as Ronaldo – has announced his retirement from the game this month after struggling with injuries and hypothyroidism, a condition that is marked by an underactive thyroid gland which leaves a deficit of thyroid hormone in the blood and can trigger hair loss.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism include difficulty in maintaining body weight, muscle aches and – less commonly reported – hair loss. The thyroid gland produces hormones that are released into the bloodstream to control the body’s growth and metabolism, so an underactive thyroid gland can affect hair cells and weaken the hair itself.

A slowed metabolism can have an effect on hair growth,” says Leonora Doclis, senior hair loss specialist at The Belgravia Centre, “Diffuse hair loss is often associated with Hypothyroidism and can affect the scalp or eyebrows. Dry and brittle hair is also commonly seen. These conditions do however revert to normal when thyroid function is restored. Judging by the photo, Ronaldo’s hair doesn’t seem to have been affected by his condition.”

As stated by Doclis, the player is an exception to the general profile of a typical hypothyroidism sufferer. The condition is more likely to appear with age – over the year of 40 – and women are ten times more likely to have the condition than men. Only one in every 1,000 males suffers from hypothyroidism.

Ronaldo – the leading World Cup goalscorer of all time – was emotional when he told the world’s press of his decision to retire. He said: ”It’s very hard to leave something that made me so happy. Mentally I wanted to continue, but I have to acknowledge that I lost to my body.”


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.


Alpecin ShampooName: Mark

Question: Do you offer Alpecin shampoo in your treatment regimes? If not, why?

Answer: Alpecin is a shampoo, which would be heavily diluted with water when applied to the scalp (in the shower or bath). It is unlikely that any of the product would be absorbed into the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles.

Aside from this fact, there is currently no significant evidence that caffeine has prevention properties for hair loss in humans. In previous lab tests, caffiene was seen to block DHT (the hormone that causes genetic hair loss) when applied directly to individual hair follicles, but these conditions are very different to those when washing your hair with a shampoo.

There are however treatments that are proven to prevent and reverse hair loss. Find out about them here.

More information can be found on an earlier Alpecin story.