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Name: Scott

Question: I’ve been losing hair around my hairline I think it might be MPB but is it still have MPB if you don’t have a bald spot at the back? My crown is fine, it’s just my hairline that’s receding.

Answer: Hi, Scott. Yes, it is absolutely possible for Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) to present in this way.

If you have a receding hairline but not a thinning crown, it may be the case that your crown and vertex – the top of the scalp – are taking longer to show the effects of follicular miniaturisation.

Male Pattern Hair Loss is a permanent, progressive genetic condition whereby follicles located across the entire vertex – from hairline and temples to crown – are gradually ravaged by the effects of the hormone DHT, the shedding in these affected areas may not all happen simultaneously.

It is quite normal to develop frontal hairloss without having a thinning crown as well – or vice versa – as well as an overall drop in the volume of your hair. Furthermore, it is likely that, without intervention, over time you may also develop thinning hair on top.

Eventually this can lead to baldness if nature is left to take its course, though the rate at which this happens varies from person to person and there are many factors, both genetic and lifestyle-related, which can influence this. Continues below…

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There are clinically-proven hair loss solutions for Male Pattern Baldness, with two MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved medications available. One is topical high strength minoxidil – this can be particularly useful when treating a receding hairline. This is because the other option, a one-a-day tablet – finasteride 1mg – has been shown to inhibit the formation of DHT but its’ effects on regrowing hair on the hairline specifically have not been formally established.

Generally male hair loss treatment courses are built around a core of one or both of these authorised medications in the appropriate formulations for each individual’s needs and suitability. Additional hair growth supporting products can be used too, including FDA-cleared home-use low level laser therapy devices to promote hair regrowth and assist in preventing hair loss, and highly-targeted food supplements such as Hair Vitalics for Men.

Another potential reason you may have a receding hairline without any other signs of hair loss concerns your choice of hairstyle.

Whilst often primarily thought of as something that only affects women, there are various men’s hairstyles that can also cause hair loss if worn regularly. These are any tight styles that place undue stress and tension on the hair follicles, such as braids, cornrows, man buns and plaited dreadlocks.

These, when worn frequently, can stress and weaken the hair follicles around the source of the tension and particularly around the hairline and temples, resulting in hair loss from a condition known as Traction Alopecia.

If the hair loss is not so extreme that the skin has taken on a smooth, shiny bald look, Traction Alopecia treatment can be possible.

A consultation with a dedicated hair loss specialist may be best to help you determine the precise cause of your receding, and to give you tailored suggestions for treatments if required.


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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.

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Name: Miriam

Question: I’m about to start being treated with herceptin – does this cause hair loss?

Answer: Hi, Miriam. As you probably know, Herceptin is the brand name for chemotherapy drug, trastuzumab.

It is commonly used by the NHS for the treatment of certain forms of breast cancer, oesophageal cancer and stomach cancer.

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There are no reported adverse events relating to hair loss of any kind associated with Herceptin / trastuzumab; you will be able to see the relevant potential side effects on the patient information leaflet for this medication which you can ask your oncologist for if they do not already provide you with a copy.

Herceptin is often used in conjunction with other drugs, therefore, you will need to explore the relevant patient information leaflets for these too – or ask your oncologist – to establish any potential Anagen Effluvium hair loss risks, including interactions with any other medications you may already be taking.

If hair loss during chemotherapy becomes a concern, you could investigate the possibility of cold cap therapy administered via a helmet-like scalp cooling system worn during chemo. This chills the scalp to such low temperatures that the chemo drugs are deterred from reaching, and destroying, the follicles, thereby preventing hair loss.

As having cancer is obviously incredibly distressing emotionally, and can also take its toll physically, there is the chance of stress-related hair loss happening.

This is a temporary condition called Telogen Effluvium where it lasts up to six months, and Chronic Telogen Effluvium – or Diffuse Thinning – when it lasts for at least six months.

It causes hair fall from all over the scalp, leaving thinning hair that first presents up to three months after having been triggered but usually grows back naturally.

The shedding can be intense but this is normal; up to 30 per cent of scalp hair – sometimes more – can be affected at the same time, which can be worrying to see when it falls out. However, normal hair growth should resume in due course.

For those who are not undergoing chemo Telogen Effluvium treatment may be a consideration, however, for anyone who has completed their chemotherapy course, a letter from their oncologist confirming they are suitable for hair loss treatment would be required by any Belgravia patients.

If you have any concerns regarding hairloss from your cancer treatment we advise you to speak to your doctor and/or oncologist about this as they will be able to give you a more personalised response based on your medical profile.

We wish you the very best of luck with your chemo and if you have any further general queries, please do let us know.


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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.

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Name: Troy

Question: I’ve been using Regaine for years but just the bottle I’m currently using is a year out of date. These things seem to last for ages so that’s not that long right? Does that mean it’s still ok to use? I noticed more hair loss in the past couple of months so could that be the reason? It normally works well for me. I’m 23 btw with general MPB, no fin. Thanks.

Answer: Hi, Troy. No medication should be used if it is past its use-by or expiry date; this includes Regaine and any other hair loss treatment.

With specific regard to high strength minoxidil, the main reasons for not using this treatment when it is ‘out of date’ are:

  • a higher risk of side effects (such as skin irritation)
  • a lower chance of the drug being effective (after the expiry date the solution is likely to become increasingly weaker over time, so it may not work as well)
  • an increased risk of hair fall resuming (if the solution is weaker than it should be, its effects may be less effective – or even completely ineffective – and the likelihood of hair loss resuming increases)
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Specialist hair loss clinics, including the dedicated pharmacies here at Belgravia, tend to only dispense medications to patients in three-to-six month batches at a time so the drugs and appropriate expiry dates align and their treatment is always ‘in date’. When men, or women, choose to purchase ‘over the counter’ hair loss products such as Regaine, there is no such supervision.

This is why it is important to be cautious and always check the expiry or use-by dates when these solutions are on special offer, especially on bulk deals such as ‘3 for 2’.

Some people may see these offers as a good chance to stock up, however, this may not be the case. For example, if the expiry date is two months away, there is no point in buying three months worth – or more – as by the third month these additional supplies would be out of date before it was even time to open them.

Furthermore, you should only ever use the medication in the specified dosage, either once or twice per day as detailed on the accompanying patient information leaflet.

Therefore, the additional product should be disposed of as it cannot be used either more frequently nor can you use larger amounts than specified (this will not make the minoxidil work any better or faster and may lead to increase risk of adverse events) in order to use it up before it expires.

It may be the case that this is why your Regaine is so far out of date, or you may have simply found an old product you had forgotten about; alternatively, if you purchased this recently and it is already out of date, you should make the retailer aware so they can issue you with a refund or replace it with a suitably-dated product.

If you did not buy the Male Pattern Hair Loss product from a reputable vendor we recommend you are sure to do this in future; the UK’s MHRA body has increased its campaigns promoting awareness of the dangers of buying medication – including hair loss treatments – online or from unusual stockists.

There is a big problem with fake medication being sold online – often not actually being what it claims to be on the labels, as well as real medication which has either expired, is faulty or has spoiled due to incorrect storage.

Belgravia Centre before and after regrow thinning crown hair loss treatment success story
Click to View Belgravia Centre Male Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories (Results May Vary and Are Not Guaranteed)

It is likely the increased shedding and thinning hair you are seeing is the result of your treatment being ineffective, especially if you have not had any problems with it until now. We recommend restarting your treatment as quickly as possible with a replacement solution in order to get your hair back on track, though it may take three months for everything to properly right itself, due to the natural timing of the hair growth cycle.

One other issue worth considering is whether your additional hair fall is coming from the top of your scalp or from the whole head. If you are losing hair from all over, it is likely to be due to a separate, additional hair loss condition.

Telogen Effluvium is a temporary issue which disrupts normal hair growth. It generally takes around three months for the diffuse shedding to present so – as it is now June – think back to any particularly stressful life events or health problems that may have started, or peaked, around March time.

As Telogen Effluvium can be active simultaneously alongside Male Pattern Baldness, it can make your genetic hair loss appear worse; it should correct itself within approximately six months as long as the underlying trigger has been dealt with. There are also Telogen Effluvium treatment options, that can be combined with an appropriate Male Pattern Hair Loss treatment course by trained specialists, if desired.

Hopefully you will find your hair growth is back to normal within the next three to six months but, if you would like a professional hair loss consultation before then to determine the exact issue at play, this can be arranged via our website, whether for an in-person assessment at one of our Central London hair clinics, or for a remote Online Consultation.


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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.

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Name: Junaid

Question: I have been advised to wash out my second application of minoxidil 30 minutes after application by a hair loss specialist, but have seen elsewhere this isn’t advisable. Which is correct?

Answer: Hi, Junaid. Whether you are applying minoxidil once or twice per day, it is extremely important that you leave the solution on and do not wash it off.

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This is something Belgravia hair loss specialists advise all our clients. The reason is that, in order for high strength minoxidil to work as effectively as possible, it needs to be fully absorbed into the scalp.

The absolute minimum time you should allow for absorption is 30 minutes, but in order to achieve the best possible results, the longer you can leave it on, the better.

Based on a 1990 study, it is believed that 50% of a minoxidil application is absorbed into the scalp after 1 hour, and 75% is absorbed after 4 hours.

As such, leaving your solution on for only half an hour before washing it off suggests only a quarter is likely to be absorbed. Therefore, you could be making your hair loss treatment around 75% less effective than it could be if it you allowed to absorb properly.

Therefore, to make the most out of your treatment it should ideally be left on for as long as possible – there is no need to wash it off. Rather, apply it after washing and drying your hair; if your scalp is still wet it can dilute the minoxidil, again reducing its efficacy.

This applies to both your twice-daily applications; always use on a dry scalp and do not wash off in order to maximise the drug’s efficacy. If you want to go swimming or shower after applying minoxidil, you are best advised to wear a swim or shower cap to protect the hair and allow the product to absorb.

You should find all this information on the patient information leaflet that accompanied your hair loss solution. You may also want to double-check with your advisor to ensure you have fully understood their instructions and discuss any concerns you may have about your treatment, to make sure you are doing everything you can to ensure this hair growth product works as well as possible for you.

As we see that you are not a Belgravia patient, if you would like a second opinion on your current regime, you are very welcome to have a consultation with our specialists.


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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.

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Name: Chris

Question: I’m getting married in November and I’m worried that my hair is getting really thin and I don’t think it’s just wedding stress. My father’s bald and I don’t really remember him ever having thick hair. I’m 29 and my hairline is good but the hair on top of my head and at the back is getting thinner all the time. I’ve been looking into starting treatment because I want my hair to look good in the wedding photos but I’m worried about the initial shedding periods I’ve been reading about. When should I start treatment so my hair looks its best and I’m not losing even more hair because of the shedding during my wedding?

Answer: Hi, Chris. From the brief description you give here, it does sound likely that you are experiencing Male Pattern Baldness.

This genetic condition can be prematurely triggered or exacerbated by stress and organising a wedding can certainly be stressful!

Thinning hair on top and a thinning crown are typical signs of Male Pattern Hair Loss, as is a drop in hair density. There are, as you’ll no doubt have read during your research, clinically-proven male hair loss treatments that can help with preventing baldness and encouraging hair growth, however.

Finasteride 1mg, the oral tablet taken once-a-day to inhibit DHT formation, helps to prevent the cause of follicular miniaturisation, while topical applications of high strength minoxidil encourage accelerated hair growth. Both are MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia in men. Low level laser therapy (LLLT) devices use medical-grade laser beams on the scalp to stimulate the follicles, boosting hair growth, strength and condition.

Any hair loss treatment or device, such as the FDA-cleared LaserBand, which influences the hair growth cycle can cause shedding within the first few weeks or months of using it. However, the amount of hair fall that occurs during this time varies from person to person; whilst some people may experience significant hair loss, others may barely notice it.

You can find out more in these articles about minoxidil shedding, finasteride shedding, and low level laser therapy shedding.

As this shedding period tends to happen at some point during the first two-to-three months, with response to the treatment becoming visually noticeable at the three-to-four month mark, ideally we would recommend starting your course a minimum of at least four months prior to your wedding.

Given you are getting married in November and it is now the end of May, starting now would give you a good six month lead-in.

You can find out more about timings in our Levels of Hair Growth from Hair Loss Treatment page.

It is important to remember, however, that this information and that given information above are based on mild to moderate Male Pattern Baldness. In cases where the hairloss is more extensive, it can obviously take longer to see results.

Whilst this general advice should give you a rough guideline as to what to expect, in order to get personalised hair loss advice based on your current level and pattern of shedding, as well as your medical profile, we recommend having a consultation with a specialist.

At Belgravia this can be done in person – something we always recommend, where possible – or, if you are based outside London, UK, or abroad, you may find an online consultation, which allows you to upload photos, more convenient.

We wish you all the best for your wedding day and hope you get the hair you want in time for the photos!


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.

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Name: Pretty

Question: I applied hair dye and slept with it overnight, now I have patches where the scalp is almost bald and shiny and very thin hair grows on the patches. Will my hair ever grow back to normal? What can I use to treat my follicles?? It’s been more than an year now

Answer: Hi, Pretty. We would need a little more information in order to correctly answer your query. For instance, you have not mentioned how your scalp reacted at the time when you slept with the hair dye on overnight.

Patches of hair loss can present when the follicles are damaged – which can occur as a result of chemical burns from hair dye or bleach – but, there would have been sores or scabs initially.

Follicle damage happens as the scalp heals; the resulting hair loss is known as Chemical Trauma.

If the scalp has been scarred, this may result in permanent bald patches, however, if the hair follicles are still capable of producing hair and you have no medical contraindications, an appropriate course of hair loss treatment may help to encourage regrowth.

Supplementary hair growth supporting products may also be recommended to ensure the hair you do have, and any regrowth, is in the best possible condition.

However, your bald patches may be due to another type of hair loss depending on the location of the hair thinning.

I highly recommend having a consultation with a reputable specialist at a dedicated hair loss clinic so that your condition – or conditions, as it is possible for more than one to be present at the same time – can be professionally diagnosed.

The extent of any damage to the follicles can also be assessed and, where appropriate, suitable recommendations for hair loss solutions can then be made based on their findings and your medical profile.

Given your specific situation, we would recommend having an in-person consultation so that your scalp can be properly observed. If this is not possible and you wish to have an online consultation, please read our guide to taking photos of hair loss so that you can include as many of these as you need to before submitting your form. This will assist greatly in getting the most accurate diagnosis and advice.


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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.

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Name: Gavin

Question: I’ve been using hair loss treatment for male pattern baldness for 1.2 years and it’s been going well but now I’m shedding more hair than I used to before I started treatment – is this normal? I want to know can you still lose hair when you use minox, fin and nizoral or does it mean my treatment isn’t working any more. Thanks.

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Answer: Hi, Gavin. Everyone, regardless of whether they have a hair loss condition or not, sheds hair regularly.

This is simply a regular part of the hair growth cycle whereby older hairs are constantly being replaced by newer ones. It is normal to lose up to 100 or so hairs per day without there being any need for concern.

We would need further information regarding the hair loss you are currently seeing in order to provide you with a confirmed diagnosis and recommendations so having a consultation either in person or online, would be beneficial to get a more accurate, personalised answer. For now, however, we can give you some general advice to your query.

You note treating your Male Pattern Baldness with a combination of the only two clinically-proven male hair loss treatments, minoxidil and finasteride 1mg. As Nizoral is simply a shampoo it is unlikely to have any significant effect on your hair growth.

Finasteride 1mg inhibits the formation of DHT, which is what causes the thinning hair and drop in hair density symptomatic of Male Pattern Hair Loss. High strength minoxidil promotes accelerated, localised hair growth. This can extend the active growth phase of the hair cylce, but does not prevent normal shedding from occurring.

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Whilst shedding is possible when you first start using minoxidil and/or finasteride, as you have been on your current course for over a year, this is not applicable here.

In many cases, every day hair fall is barely noticeable so the fact you are aware of this and believe you are shedding a considerable amount suggests there may be another factor at play beyond genetic hair loss.

The first thing we would have you look for is where the hair is shedding from – is it just the top that is affected or is it the whole scalp? Secondly, think back to anything unusual which may have taken place around three months ago, particularly any illnesses, accidents or stressful life events.

Male Pattern Baldness only affects the area of the scalp along the vertex (top) from hairline and temples to crown, however, temporary hair loss conditions such as Telogen Effluvium cause diffuse shedding from the entire scalp.

Whilst it may appear to come on suddenly, Telogen Effluvium, which can affect over 30 per cent of scalp hairs and tends to last for no longer than six months, is generally triggered three months prior to hair fall becoming noticeable.

The most common cause of this temporary shedding is stress; this can be emotional or physical, including issues such as dietary imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, an underlying illness, accident, or surgery.

This type of temporary hairloss can present simultaneously alongside Male Pattern Baldness or on its own, and should clear up naturally within a few months.

Another potential issue that can cause excessive hair fall is seasonal shedding. Although this tends to happen during the winter months, it can also happen at other points during the year and, again, rights itself without any need for intervention.

As before, the best way to find out exactly what is behind your current shedding is to have a hair loss specialist examine your scalp or conduct an online consultation using photos. They can then determine what is the cause and whether your current hair loss treatment regimen is appropriate for your situation.


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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.

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Name: Brenda

Question: I just realised I’ve nearly run out of minoxidil I’ve been using to treat my female pattern baldness. I bought a year’s worth in November and now it’s nearly June and I’ve only got a couple of weeks worth left. I don’t feel like I have side effects or lots of regrowth, my hair is maybe a bit less thin but it’s still not as thick as it used to be. Can I keep over-using minoxidil or should I start using the right dose now? I can’t really only use the right amount because it doesn’t cover my whole scalp so if I really do have to use the proper dose can you advise me how to make it cover everywhere?

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Answer: Hi, Brenda. Thanks for your queries, over-using medication is never a good idea and certainly not something Belgravia would advise, but let’s address each of your concerns in order…

Firstly, you mention you have female pattern baldness – we would query if this is a professional diagnosis?

You also say you bought a year’s worth of minoxidil so, as the specialist pharmacies in each of our hair loss clinics do not dispense 12 months of high strength minoxidil in one go, we are assuming you are using over-the-counter products without the support or supervision of a trained advisor.

If you have self-diagnosed your hair loss condition, it is certainly worthwhile having an expert assess you as you also mention having to apply your treatment to your ‘whole scalp’; this is not the case for women with Female Pattern Hair Loss.

There are also numerous reasons for thinning hair in women, so it’s important to first know exactly what you are dealing with.

When using any medication – including hair loss treatment – it is crucial to follow the instructions provided to the letter. Over-using drugs will not make them work better or faster, but it may lead to an increased risk of side effects.

Just because you have not experienced any adverse reactions from over-using minoxidil just yet, this does not mean you will continue to be symptom-free.

We highly recommend you drop down to the recommended dosage and use your treatment exactly as stated on the product, or its packaging or patient information leaflet, from now on.

With regards to having the medication cover your scalp, the affected area in cases of genetic hair loss is the top of the scalp – from hairline and temples to crown – only. As such, there is no need to apply minoxidil to other areas of your scalp.

If your hair loss condition is confirmed as androgenic alopecia and you still find this area to large to cover with the recommended dose, we advise one of two things…

Firstly, you can either try your best to cover the relevant areas of your scalp and, for example, if you feel you didn’t get quite enough coverage in one area, such as the crown, that time, the next time you apply your dose, ensure this area is properly covered on the next application. You can repeat this process each time.

Secondly, you may find it easier to ensure proper coverage if you switch to a different formulation eg. from a foam to a liquid, so this is also worth trying if you are still having difficulty with your applications. However, you must stick with the recommended dose and must not use two different formulations at one time.

If you are concerned that after the six or so months you have been using minoxidil that you are not seeing the results you had hoped for, it may be that you are not using the right mix of female hair loss treatments for your level and pattern of shedding.

In addition to checking you are using the optimum formulation of minoxidil, a hair loss specialist can also recommend additional hair growth supporting products which you could add in to your existing hair regimen and may find beneficial.

These range from FDA-cleared low level laser therapy devices, such as the LaserBand, which has been shown to stimulate the follicles, helping to promote strong, healthy hair growth, to highly-targeted one-a-day food supplements.

Even if you later decide not to go ahead with these additional options, we still believe it is worthwhile checking in with an expert so they can assess your scalp and ensure you are using the correct treatment and optimum dose for your condition and medical profile.


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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.

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Name: Micah

Question: I need to buy travel insurance but I’m not sure if I have to disclose my hair loss on the list of existing health conditions, can you help?

Answer: Hi, Micah. This is really a question for the travel insurance company as each insurer is likely to have their own set of rules regarding which medical conditions must be disclosed.

As such, we would highly recommend checking with your potential insurance providers first so that you can be certain of having the correct information.

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However, as a general rule,
for the purposes of travel insurance ‘pre-existing medical conditions’ declarations, hair loss is not widely considered a ‘health issue’ nor an existing medical condition.

This is the case for the majority of hair loss conditions, especially Male Pattern Baldness, Female Pattern Hair Loss, Alopecia Areata and Traction Alopecia as the insurance industry largely classes these issues as ‘cosmetic’.

You don’t mention the cause of your shedding but if the hair loss is the result of an illness or medical treatment, for instance cancer and chemotherapy or radiotherapy, or Telogen Effluvium due to, for example, an underlying thyroid problem, it is the health condition that should be listed on the form, rather than the hair loss it causes as a side effect.

Reputable UK consumer rights organisation, Which? published an article on 13th May 2019 about this subject which you may find interesting. It lists the pre-existing medical conditions that must be declared when purchasing travel insurance. As per our advice above, it does also caution that the buyer should always check with their individual insurer before buying, in order to ensure they have provided the correct information necessary to validate their cover.

The key conditions Which? listed, as provided by Medical Travel Compared, are as follows and generally apply if they have been present within the past two years:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Diagnosed complications with a current pregnancy
  • Epilepsy
  • Asthma – current or any historic cases
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Arthritis
  • High blood pressure – current or any historic cases
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression
  • Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Cancer – current or any historic cases

We hope this information is helpful; have a great holiday!


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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.

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Name: Jed

Question: I just started using minoxidil today. When will I start shedding? That’s a sign that it’s working, right?

Answer: Hi, Jed. There is no guarantee that you will see any shedding but you shouldn’t let this concern you.

The initial shedding period that can occur when first starting to use minoxidil tends to happen at around two-to-six weeks into treatment.

Where Male Pattern Baldness is concerned, as with the pattern and rate of hair loss, how much shedding occurs is personal to each individual. Various factors are involved in determining how much and when hair is shed, including whereabouts you are in your hair growth cycle when you first start treatment. It is hair in or about to enter the Telogen (resting) phase that is shed as it gets pushed out by the newer growth, some will be the thinner hair but most will be the darker, thicker hair.

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Whilst shedding is a good sign, as it signals your use of minoxidil is having the desired effect, the amount that is shed differs from person to person; in some cases, it may be far less noticeable than in others. Therefore, if you don’t notice as much hair fall as you might expect, don’t be put off.

We recommend sticking with your treatment for at least four months, before reviewing how you are getting on. As you are not a Belgravia client, at that point, if you have any queries about its efficacy, we advise speaking with your minoxidil provider. You can also have a consultation with another hair loss specialist if you would like a second opinion, or to explore other potential hair loss solutions open to you based on your specific situation.

There are various hair loss treatment options for treating Male Pattern Baldness, as long as the follicles are still functioning and capable of producing hair – even if, at present, it is thinning hair.

Besides high strength minoxidil, other clinically-proven products include the one-a-day DHT-blocking tablet, finasteride 1mg, and low-level laser therapy delivered via an FDA-cleared device such as the LaserComb or LaserBand. This is a targeted, at-home light therapy which stimulates the follicles in order to strengthen hair and promote regrowth.

As before, unless you have any adverse reactions – in which case you should stop treatment immediately and speak to your minoxidil provider as a matter of urgency – try sticking with your current regime for at least four months (six if you have extensive hairloss) and see how you get on.

During this time, ensure you use the medication exactly as directed eg. once or twice every day as per the instructions, and allow it sufficient time to absorb into the scalp before applying any hair products, swimming or showering (these activities may dilute or rinse away the minoxidil). This will give you the best chance of seeing optimised results from your current treatment of choice.

If, after this time you would like further, personalised hair loss advice, you can go back to your provider or talk to other experts about your concerns.


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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.

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