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Hair is a culturally significant natural accessory, but some specialists are calling for a ban on certain styling practices such as hair extensions and cornrows because they can severely damage peoples’ hair and scalp.

hair extensionsThe Belgravia Centre, the UK’s leading hair loss centre, says these damaging styling habits can directly lead to hair loss and sporadic baldness.

Leonora Doclis, a senior hair and scalp specialist at the Belgravia Centre, says women who have hair extensions are often disappointed by the results.

“People who have hair extensions usually have high hopes they’ll look and feel good but very often it ends miserably,” Ms Doclis said.

“Wearing hair extensions for a long period of time can destroy hair permanently and lead to irreparable hair loss.”

Ms Doclis says the hair of young children is also at risk if it’s styled in braids, plaits, or cornrows.

“Their hair shouldn’t be controlled at a young age. Braiding and plaiting can pull the hair and it can be too tight on the scalp, causing problems like a receding hairline, baldness and hair loss.”

Jennifer Aniston is one of the many celebrities that were quick to warn others against hair extension after having her hair ruined by them three years ago.

“Nothing destroys your hair faster than extensions. [It took] a year and a half to get my hair grown out,” Aniston told Harper’s Bazaar at the time.

“I decided to have a couple of extensions, never knowing you end up with 400 things in your head that cause your hair to break off.”

Ms Doclis has seen first hand the damage caused by hair extensions, and believes it’s time that extensions which are glued-in, sewn-in or attached with a metal ring should be banned in the UK.

“Hair extensions pull out one’s natural hair,” she warned. “They’re heavy, don’t absorb water easily and can tangle very quickly.”

Ms Doclis acknowledged that the quality of hair extensions can make a difference, but with no regulation governing the hairdressing industry in the UK, many unqualified people are doing a poor job of adding hair extensions.

“Poor quality hair will snag with brushing and combing and eventually rip your hair out,” she said.

“But regardless, hair extensions are bad for hair and scalp health and if not addressed early enough the hair loss that results could be permanent.”

For more information about hair loss and the available treatments, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or message the centre.

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Spectral DNCSpectral DNC is a topical treatment that claims to combat the various causes of hair loss by combining selected ingredients, including one of the two clinically proven medications for hair loss, that are beneficial for hair growth and work to enhance the actions of each other.

Spectral DNC is not a licensed medicinal product, nor does it have the approval of relevant regulatory bodies for the treatment of hair loss. However it does contain minoxidil, which in itself is a clinically proven and licensed hair loss treatment.

The Medicines and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are responsible for the approval and licensing of safe medicinal products that have demonstrated efficacy for their intended purpose. There are only two products that have been individually approved and licensed by the MHRA and FDA for the treatment of hair loss in men and women. More information – Hair Loss Treatment for Men | Hair Loss Treatment for Women

The Belgravia Centre does not offer Spectral DNC but it can be purchased online at internet shopper websites.

Active ingredients (as stated on the DS Laboratories website):
Minoxidil 5%
Aminexil SP94
Vitamin Complex
Herbal Extracts
Procyanidin B-2 and C-1

man shampooingName: Puneet

Question: I have been trying a lot of ways to prevent hair loss but the hair fall is not reducing. I am only 18 years old. Most of the parting looks bald and my scalp gets oily the day after I shampoo. Please suggest a remedy!

Answer: It’s normal for sebum (oil) production to be higher than usual during the teen years but the only solution to an oily scalp is regular shampooing. This will help to reduce the build up of oil, or sebum, in the scalp. Belgravia’s range of shampoos are perfect for treating different hair types, including oily hair.

However, an oily scalp does not cause hair loss. Likewise, daily shampooing does not cause or aggravate hair loss.

If you’re concerned about hair fall, the best thing to do is have your scalp and hair examined by a specialist to determine what’s causing the problem and what hair loss treatment would be most helpful to not only prevent further shedding, but also regrow any that’s already been lost.

You can call the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 to book an appointment for a free consultation. Alternatively, if you cannot attend in person you can submit an online diagnostic form. The information that you provide will allow our specialists to diagnose and recommend a suitable treatment course specifically tailored for you.

Balding man with his lotions and potionsThe demand for hair restoration is on the rise and specialists caution against self-diagnosis, recommending each person receives a professional examination to determine which treatment will be most suited to and provide the best results for them.

Hair loss is a cosmetic inconvenience for many and can sometimes indicate more serious health concerns, says The Belgravia Centre’s hair and scalp specialist, Leonora Doclis.

“Self-prescribing, as many people do, can be a waste of time and money on ineffective products, and at times it can be dangerous,” Doclis said. “Our hair can act as a warning signal to notify us of something wrong inside the body and any disruption in hair growth patterns should be investigated by a medical professional.”

Depending on the type of hair loss, it may reverse and correct itself in time or it may get progressively worse, which is why a specialist needs to consider a number of factors when formulating an individualised programme that incorporates the most effective hair loss treatments.

“Medical history is important so we can assess the suitability of the person with the medication that we are about to recommend. Scalp health is important as certain scalp maladies can prevent the person from applying topical treatment. And lifestyle factors need to be considered,” Doclis said. “Some people are too busy for certain products, so I would tailor the treatment so the client will find it easy to sustain.”

Hair loss affects approximately 80% of men and 40% of women, but the nature and cause varies, which in turn affects the treatment recommendations.

“Some hair loss conditions can be self-correcting,” Doclis said, “such as diffuse hair loss, telogen effluvium or post partum alopecia.”

Excessive shedding or hair thinning can sometimes be a symptom of medication, illness or nutritional deficiency, especially if one has always had thick and healthy hair. In these cases, as long as the external cause is dealt with, the hair often grows back without treatment.

“That is, however, unless these forms of temporary hair loss trigger the genetic trait that leads to hereditary hair loss,” Doclis said.

In such instances, hair loss treatments will help stabilise, prevent and reverse the effects of genetic thinning, but again, Doclis says tailored administration and monitoring is essential.

“The person may be taking other medications that could contradict with the hair loss treatment, or they may not realise that you cannot take it while trying for a baby,” Doclis said.  “Amazingly, I have had pregnant women almost begging for treatment.”

If you want the most effective treatment for hair loss that will not only be safe for someone in your particular circumstance, but also give you the best possible results, you need a professional diagnosis and the right advice.

Call the Belgravia Centre to arrange your free apointment with a hair loss specialist on 020 7730 6666, or meesage the centre for more information. If you can’t travel to the London centre, you can still take advantage of their online consulation service.

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In our nip, tick, tuck day and age when men and women are coaxed into believing there’s nothing that the surgeon’s knife can’t fix, it might come as some relief that experts are attempting to remind us that preventative measures can go a long way in the fight against aging and sometimes, even going au natural can take years off your appearance.

Women can help themselves look younger just by sticking to their natural hair colour, according to celebrity hair stylist Andrew Barton. Before Australian actress Nicole Kidman recently dyed her hair brunette, Barton commented about how wise she was to revert to her roots.

Nicole Kidman: blonde, red and brunette

Though now a darker tone, the 42-year-old Moulin Rouge star had flaunted her natural trademark red hair for the past year after many years of being a blonde beauty.

“Presumably Nicole’s chosen to go natural because it’s easier to live with, re-growth isn’t as obvious and you may not need to wear as much makeup to compliment the artificial shade you choose. Such a retro look has taken years off her,” he stated.

Some might say it’s more to do with cosmetic surgery than hair colour, but what is one to do about greying or thinning hair? It seems inevitable as we age – in fact, even Nic has been spotted with silver regrowth – but the experts say there are ways to curb the process.

As women age, changes in hormone levels often result in a number of unwanted side effects, such as fatigue, loss of libido, depression and hair loss. But hair loss treatments can provide men and women with the opportunity to prevent, and to some degree even reverse, the signs of hereditary hair thinning.

Womens-hair-loss-consultation-belgravia-centre-hairloss-treatment-regrowth“Certain lifestyle adjustments could prolong the onset of genetic pattern hair loss,” said Leonora Doclis, senior hair loss specialist at The Belgravia Centre. “But if and when it does arise, there are ways to control the outcome by employing a personlised treatment programme that incorporates the most effective treatments for hair loss.”

And although studies have found grey hair in women to be largely unavoidable, some experts suggest that there are ways of avoiding premature greying.

Firstly, don’t pull out your stray grey hairs. If repeated often enough, this can impart enough damage on the follicle that it can become scarred and stop producing hair growth all together. Instead, stay calm and stop smoking. Many believe that stress can trigger a process that leads to a loss of pigment in the hair, and some research indicates that smoking speeds up the aging process of the skin, body and hair. Finally, the age-old adage “you are what you eat” rings true in our tresses, so some say. Eat a well balanced diet of dark leafy greens, lean red meat, and B-vitamin rich foods to help nourish the hair root and ensure that you provide your scalp with an optimum environment for healthy hair growth.

The 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.

John Travota in Grease and now baldIf rumours that John Travolta had a transplant because he was worried about hair loss were true, it seems the surgery was a waste of money. The actor, famous for his role as the cool, comb-carrying Danny in Grease, said he’s not bothered by baldness and is considering losing his slick dark locks for good because the women love it.

Travolta shaved his head and wore a goatee beard for his role as FBI Agent Charlie Wax for the new movie From Paris With Love, and the 55-year-old actor revealed that he got more female attention when he donned the bald look than when he sported a full head of hair.

“It was quite a radical look for me and I was a little concerned about what people might think,” Absolute Now quotes him as saying.

“Not only did Kelly [Preston] like it but they did an online survey and 99% of people preferred it to my usual look. I might just go bald and bearded full-time from now on.”

Not feeling Travolta’s enthusiam? Find out about that hair loss treatments that work and which ones will be most beneficial for you by calling The Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666, or send an email. Otherwise, simply fill in an online diagnostic form.

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A man is suing the company that sold him baldness tablets in a class-action that could set back the company by £18 million, because the product does not work.

Balding Man SuesTeva-Altman falsely claims its hair restorative product HRRoots will stop hair loss and restore growth, according to Ehud Nathan who used the tablets for a year and a half.

Nathan argues the product’s efficacy has never been proven by scientific studies or in clinical trials, despite Teva-Altman’s claims that it has.

Teva-Altman develops, markets and sells a range of food supplements, homeopathy products, medical cosmetics and natural and organic food stuffs, but Nathan says the company violated health regulations when it attributed medical benefits to a nutritional supplement.

Additionally, aside from being an unproven hair loss treatment, Nathan claims HRRoots could cause physical harm.

Teva-Altman has not yet commented on the lawsuit but said its baldness tablets have proven effective for many people who have used them and that they are recommended by doctors in Israel.

Nathan’s motion relies on an expert opinion from dermatologist Dr Arie Lifshitz, who wrote that there was no evidence that the hair loss product HRRoots can stop balding or stimulate regrowth.

According to Lifshitz, HRRoots contain a number of minerals and plant extracts that could be beneficial for hair health in those who are lacking those particular nutrients, but they will not treat hair loss and could potentially be harmful.

“The medical literature opines that taking additives that the body does not lack could cause damage,” Lifshitz said.

There are only two products that have been extensively proven in clinical trials and approved and licensed by medical regulatory bodies for the treatment and prevention of hair loss – PROVEN HAIR LOSS TREATMENTS.

For more information about these treatments or hair loss in general, contact The Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. If you would like to receive personalised advice and find out what hair loss treatment combination would work best for you, submit an online diagnostic form and a medical professional will contact you with the results.

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Teenagers teenage hair lossIt has long been recognised that hair loss is usually hereditary, but it is obvious that previous generations of balding family members can’t be used as a blueprint to one’s own hairline. There are quite a few other factors that influence hair growth, and with premature hair loss becoming more apparent in younger men, it’s about time they found out how come.

We’ll skip the introduction to and the main reasons for male pattern baldness, because what is most pertinent here is the reason for premature balding.

Statistics show that 70 per cent of the 8 in 10 men who have a genetic predisposition to hair loss start thinning before the age of 30, but many things can be influential to the timing. Prince Charles wasn’t spotted with a bald spot until he was well into his 30s, but his son Prince William was little more than a teenager when the press pounced on his thinning pate. So let’s run over some of the things that can trigger the genetic trait and lead to premature hair loss in both young men and women.


Genetics account for at least 46 per cent of the timing of puberty but, like hair loss, things like nutrition, physical activity, chemicals and stress also play a part. A receding hairline is becoming a common feature of many young men, and a potential trigger of the early onset of hair loss is the hormonal changes that occur during puberty.


Stress is a well-established cause of hair loss but what is perhaps less well-known is what exactly constitutes ‘stress’. Whilst emotional stress – the feeling of ‘being stressed’ – is the first thing people commonly think of, but physical stress, whereby a strain is placed on the body for any reason, also counts. This ranges from regular lack of sleep to frequent over-exercising. Periods of intense stress can not only cause temporary hair loss – Telogen Effluvium – but, where there is an underlying genetic predisposition, this can spark the early onset of androgenetic alopecia.

Smoking Can Cause Hair Loss


Studies have indicated that the carcinogenic effects of smoking may be a factor associated with early-onset hair loss. The carbon monoxide in smoke decreases the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood, leading to constriction of blood vessels and decreased blood flow to the scalp and possibly, if there is a genetic susceptibility, impaired hair growth.

Drug Use and Hair LossIllicit Drug Use

There have been no large scale clinical studies connecting illicit drug use to hair loss, however there is good reason to believe that there is a link. Taking recreational drugs causes a significant rise in adrenalin levels, affecting the body in many ways including the hair growth cycle. A number of hair follicles could prematurely stop growing and lead to excessive hair fall.

It is also possible that hair loss could be a secondary effect as malnutrition is often associated with illegal drug use. Without essential vitamins and minerals reaching the follicles, they could become weaker and result in diffuse thinning.

Health Issues and Medications

Some Prescription Medication Can Cause Hair LossMany medications can result in premature hair loss and most of them list it as a side effect. Chemotherapy is the most obvious medical treatment that causes temporary premature hair loss, but others, such as anti-depressants and those used for mood disorders and seizures can also affect hair growth.

Illnesses which can cause shedding include thyroid disorders in which there are insufficient or excessive amounts of the thyroid hormones in the body. Malnutrition and digestive disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), where young men aren’t getting or can’t absorb necessary vitamins and minerals, may affect hair growth and result in premature hair loss.

There are other medical reasons that may be a factor, and if you are concerned you should approach your doctor.

Male pattern baldness is essentially caused by genetics, but there are a number of reasons why it may occur prematurely. Young men may be able to avoid early-onset hair loss by being aware of the factors that can trigger the condition, but if you possess the genetic predisposition for this condition it is likely to present itself eventually. However when it does, there are clinically proven hair loss treatments that work to keep the shedding under control and the follicles stimulated to promote regrowth.

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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Men may soon get more than just a haircut when they visit their barberA trip to the hairdresser might be a social outing for women but men tend to just fit in an appointment for a short back and sides when they can. Now though, while women gossip with their stylist men could be receiving health advice from their barber if a government initiative gets the green light.

Men are less likely than women to visit their doctor for health advice, says labour’s health spokeswoman Maggie Mansell who suggested that a haircut could be combined with that service.

Hairdressers often dish out advice when it comes to hair and scalp health or baldness worries, but Councillor Mansell said the barber’s was a good place where information about men’s illnesses, such as prostate or testicular cancer could also be made available.

“Most men visit the barber’s at least twice a year and it is a place where men gather for what can almost be a social occasion,” Cr Mansell said at a meeting of the council’s cabinet during a debate on Croydon’s health needs.

Women regularly visit their doctor for health advice, she said, but men could be missing out on the healthy living message.

“Men don’t do that, so we need to think more creatively about the delivery of health messages to them.”

And it might not be such a bad idea, considering hair and health are closely related. Hair loss or any changes in hair growth patterns for instance, can be a sign of an underlying medical condition such as thyroid disorders, nutritional deficiencies or diabetes.

“When Labour was in power in Croydon we provided training to pharmacists and gave them information on these health issues which they could pass on to their customers,” Cr Mansell said.

“I am not suggesting we train barbers in the same way or allow them to return to their traditional role as surgeons.

“I do, however, believe using them in an information role is something that could be developed.”

Belgravia are currently in the early stages of planning an educational campaign for hairdressers and barbers around the country, to raise awareness about the effective treatments available for hair loss. Jonny Harris, Managing Director of The Belgravia Centre says, “who better to offer advice to somebody with hair loss than their hairdresser! With a bit of education they could be helping a client that might otherwise have been bald a year or two down the line.”

In the meantime, if you’re worried about the state of your health or need some advice, conatct your GP and arrange a standard check-up. If a thinning crown or receding hairline is your concern, contact The Belgravia Centre and find out what’s causing it and what you can do to stop the hair loss.

To arrange a free consultation, call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre for more information. If you don’t have time or can’t make it to the London centre, an online consultation facility is available. Fill in the form as accurately as possible and a hair loss specialist will conduct a thorough analysis and contact you shortly to discuss your condition and treatment options.

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In a real Erin Brockovich style of events, residents of a coastal town in Australia’s state of Tasmania have been suffering hair loss, headaches, weight loss, and nerve damage because they’ve been poisoned by contaminated mine water, an accusation disputed by the mine.

Toxic heavy metals and hair lossToxic levels of heavy metal

The poly-metallic mine in the small town of Rosebery produces zinc, lead, copper, silver and gold, and locals say heavy metals have been seeping onto their properties.  Toxic levels of heavy metal exposure can cause major health problems such as neuromuscular disorders, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, osteoporosis, schizophrenia and strokes. Thinning hair and hair loss are common signs of poisoning.

Lithium and selenium toxicity is known to cause hair loss but lead, cadmium, mercury, iron, aluminium, copper, and other heavy metals can also affect hair growth. The toxins have a negative interfere with hormones, strip the body of nutrients, and can even damage the actual hair follicle, resulting in excessive hair shedding and impaired hair growth.

Heavy metals accumulate in the joints, bone, liver and other organs and glands but they don’t usually appear in blood tests unless there is extreme poisoning. However, the hair and nails can be indicative of heavy metal exposure, and slow, long term exposure to the metals can lead to thinning hair, particularly if there is a genetic predisposition to hereditary hair loss – male pattern baldness and, in women, female pattern hair loss.

When hair loss is caused solely as a result of heavy metal poisoning it is likely that the shedding will be temporary. The hair loss condition it triggers is Diffuse Thinning, also known as Chronic Telogen Effluvium. This tends to last for a minimum of six months but, once the cause has been dealt with and any trigger removed, it can clear up naturally. Chronic telogen effluvium treatment can also be used to speed up regrowth in many cases.

When heavy metal poisoning is suspected, it is important to begin medical treatment as soon as possible, prior to dealing with any resulting hairloss. The treatment for most heavy metal poisoning is chelation therapy, which is given either orally, intramuscularly, or intravenously, but it cannot reverse any neurological damage already sustained, it can only prevent further effects of the poisoning.

Residents seek compensation

Many of the town’s 1500 residents are now looking for compensation from the mine which turned over a $73 million profit in 2008, despite the global financial crisis.

Peter Long from law firm Slater and Gordon believes there is “no doubt” locals are being poisoned.

“There is absolutely no doubt that these people are suffering heavy metal poisoning; the strong inference is that it comes from the mine, but that is going to require some more investigation,” Long said.

The owners of the mine will test the town for evidence of heavy metals in the environment, but general manager John Lamb says at this stage, there is no proof the mine is responsible for the poisonings.

“That will involve testing in excess of 100 sites, they’ll be taking soil samples, they take dust from roof cavities, and also any water that might be standing in yards. And that’s then subjected to a laboratory analysis for a suite of 10 metal toxicants,” Lamb said.

“I’m always concerned to hear that people in the town believe that they’re ill and believe that they might be ill from living in that town [but] the fact of the matter is that I don’t believe that’s obvious at this point.”

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.