WE CAN HELP
Book a FREE consultation  
For a free consultation or assistance, please call 020 7730 6666

Hair Loss Blog

Browse by Category

HairlossANSWERS - Click to Submit Your Query to Our Hair Loss Experts

Name: Sally

Question: I have been having thinning hair for a while which has been upsetting me so went to my doctor who said I have Female Pattern Hair Loss. They weren’t very helpful and I felt they were quite dismissive of my problem even though it is worrying me greatly and affecting my confidence. I didn’t feel comfortable asking them some of the questions I had so wondered if you might be able to help me instead. I wanted to know if this diagnosis means I will eventually go bald? And also I am obviously interested in hearing about ways to prevent this from happening as well as helping to thicken my hair. Many thanks.

Answer: Hi, Sally. Just to put your mind at rest and so you have a good knowledge of the basics of this condition, let me run through a brief overview of genetic hair loss before getting to your questions.

Female Pattern Hair Loss is an extremely common condition which affects the top of the scalp from the hairline and temples to the crown in those with the relevant genetic predisposition. It is permanent but can generally be well-managed using clinically-proven treatments.

It can present any time following puberty, though women generally start to notice the first signs of this type of hair loss – such as their hair having less volume, their ponytail looking thinner than usual, and/or a widening of the parting – from their 30s or 40s.

There is also anecdotal evidence to suggest the trend is moving more towards premature hair loss increasing, with women in their 20s often seeing these signs; this is thought to be down to the increasing pressures of modern life and our diets, given stress and elements such as nutritional deficiencies are established triggers of hairloss. At Belgravia we certainly have many Female Pattern Hair Loss treatment clients in their 20s.

Over time it causes gradually thinning hair in individuals with an inherited sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is the result of DHT binding to the follicles located at the top of the scalp, slowly weakening them, resulting in increasingly finer hair being produced.

Although some people use the term Female Pattern Baldness, based on the men’s equivalent, Male Pattern Baldness, this is not actually accurate for women’s hair loss.

Whilst this condition in men has the same effects, it can lead to defined areas of complete baldness, such as either side of a receding hairline, at the crown or all the way along the vertex (top of scalp) from the crown to hairline.

It is rare to see this extreme in women; female hairloss tends to stop short of causing baldness though it can lead to significant thinning where the scalp becomes clearly visible in advanced cases. So, in answer to your question about if you will go bald from Female Pattern Hair Loss, in our experience it is highly unlikely.

With regards what you can do to treat female pattern hair loss and prevent further shedding, as before, this is a permanent condition but, although there is no cure for genetic hair loss, there are clinically-proven hair loss treatments available.

Minoxidil is applied topically and is both MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved specifically for this purpose. Using a tailored hair loss treatment course comprising high strength minoxidil can help to successfully manage your symptoms by promoting hair growth as well as helping to prevent hair loss in the future with on-going use.

In addition to this hair loss solution, additional hair growth supporting products such as low level laser therapy (LLLT) home-use devices – for instance the FDA-cleared HairMax LaserBand – which help to stimulate the follicles and strengthen the hair, may be useful, as may highly-targeted nutritional supplements designed to support the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth, such as Hair Vitalics for Women.

What we recommend is having a consultation – either online or in-person – with a dedicated hair loss specialist who can assess your scalp. They can then talk you through their diagnosis, appropriate treatment recommendations based on your medical profile, and additional considerations which may also need to be checked in some cases of women’s hair loss. These can include getting a blood test from your GP to ensure there is no underlying issue with zinc or iron levels, your thyroid function or various other common health problems which can cause excess hair fall.


Circ - Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinics 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.

Related Stories


HairlossANSWERS - Click to Submit Your Query to Our Hair Loss Experts

Name: Sujitha

Question: I’m a dentist and working in paediatric dental clinic where we use NO2 daily, and the clinic has very poor ventilation. Since last month I’m having severe hair loss, plus I’m a PCOS patient. Do I have any kind of remedy or treatment for this??

Hair Loss After Dental Treatment

Answer: Hi, Sujitha. We would need to examine your scalp, or at least see photos, in order to give you an accurate diagnosis, as well as taking some medical information to assist our hair loss specialists with this process.

For now, we can give you some general information based on the query you have sent us but we do recommend you having a professional consultation, either in person or online, to ensure you receive the most appropriate advice.

The severe hair loss you mention is an indication of a temporary condition known as Telogen Effluvium. This causes a period of intense shedding from all over the scalp.

Although having a temporary hair loss condition may not sound too concerning, it can cause those affected to lose an average of 30 to 40 per cent of their hair density within a short period of time, which can obviously be extremely stressful.

This type of hair loss becomes noticeable approximately three months after a stressful event, whether this is emotional or physical stress.

In this regard, potential hair loss triggers you may wish to consider include factors such as hormonal issues, underlying illnesses or dietary problems such as nutritional deficiencies.

It is more likely that the stress of working in an uncomfortable environment would trigger hair loss than the regular administering of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) to patients.

However, as you mention frequent administration of NO2 and the dentists clinic you work in being poorly ventilated, if there is a chance you are regularly inhaling the gas yourself, you may want to see your doctor for a general check-up, particularly concentrating on your respiratory health.

Various previous clinical studies have linked the inhalation of NO2 to asthma, COPD and other respiratory issues. Should you have an undiagnosed illness, this may be placing added strain on your body and overall health, which is known to cause Telogen Effluvium.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is also associated with thinning hair so, if you are having any particular trouble managing this, or have switched to a new medication recently, this may also spark or exacerbate any hairloss.

A check-up with your doctor is a good place to start, then, if you continue to experience increasing levels of shedding, a consultation at a dedicated hair loss clinic should provide you with the help you need, both in terms of a diagnosis and recommendations for appropriate hair loss treatments.

Telogen Effluvium treatment courses at Belgravia generally consist of two separate elements, the first of which is topical applications of suitable high strength minoxidil formulations, in order to encourage hair growth. Although this medication is MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved for the treatment of Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss, its use has seen promise for other conditions, including Telogen Effluvium.

Additional hair growth supporting products can also be used; These range from highly-targeted Hair Vitalics for Women food supplements to support the maintenance of normal healthy hair, to follicle-stimulating laser devices, such as the FDA-cleared LaserBand.

Do let us know if you require any further advice or information on this.


Circ - Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinics 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.

Related Stories


HairlossANSWERS - Click to Submit Your Query to Our Hair Loss Experts

Name: Sai

Question: Worried about my hair, it’s thinner than it used to be and it’s getting worse. Can thinning hair get thick again? I used to have thick hair when I was at school (I’m 23 now).

Answer: Hi, Sai. We’d need more information to give you a thorough answer to your question so the details that follow are simply for guidance.

In order to receive a confirmed diagnosis of any hair loss condition you may have, and personalised treatment recommendations based on this and your medical profile, where appropriate, a consultation is advisable.

For now, we can explain what causes thinning hair in men and the solutions currently available.

At 23 you are of an age where Male Pattern Baldness, the most common type of hair loss in men, is a consideration. This is a genetic condition, passed down through families, whereby you inherit a sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

The condition may present any time following puberty; when it does become active, the DHT attacks hair follicles located along the top of the scalp, from hairline to crown. This causes their gradual weakening, which can then cause thinning hair in these areas, a receding hairline and hair loss.

If Male Pattern Hair Loss is left to run its course, the thinning hair will not get thicker of its own accord, instead – as it is a permanent, progressive condition, the affected areas will continue to thin, usually resulting in eventual baldness.

Should your hair thinning be affecting your entire scalp – not just the top, vertex areas associated with Male Pattern Hair Loss – this suggests a temporary condition known as Telogen Effluvium.

Consider what happened approximately three months prior to you noticing the hair loss you are currently experiencing; Telogen Effluvium causes a temporary disruption to the hair growth cycle and, as a result, there may be significantly more hair fall than normal approximately three months after a trigger event.

This generally concerns some form of physical or emotional stress, including intense personal or work pressures, an underlying illness or dietary deficiencies.

Whilst thinning hair caused by Male Pattern Baldness will not ‘get thicker’ again of its own accord, where Telogen Effluvium is the only issue, normal hair growth can resume without intervention so the hair should return to its previous density within approximately six months.

It is worth noting that if you have the relevant genetic predisposition, this condition can also spark the premature onset of Male Pattern Hair Loss.

This is not always the case, but if you have been experiencing thinning hair for a significant period of time, it is certainly worth having a professional hair loss specialist assess your scalp to determine the precise cause.

In either situation – or if both conditions are present simultaneously, which is entirely possible – a customised hair loss treatment course can be tailored to your needs by a specialist.

These courses are based around clinically-proven hair loss solutions and, where appropriate, additional hair growth supporting products, in order to help encourage healthy hair regrowth and prevent baldness with on-going use.


Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Hair Loss Specialist Free ConsultationThe 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.

Related Stories


HairlossANSWERS - Click to Submit Your Query to Our Hair Loss Experts

Name: Ray

Question: What is a hair loss concealer? Is it another word for a toupee?

Answer: Hi, Ray. Concealers and toupees are different products, even though they are both used for the same purpose – to hide hair loss.

A toupee is a hairpiece or small wig which covers the top of the scalp, whilst hair loss concealers are cosmetic products applied to the wearer’s own hair to make it appear thicker.

There are three main types of concealers: microscopic fibres, coloured sprays and a scalp dye. These are all cosmetic products that may help to make thinning hair look fuller for men and women.

Hair Concealer Fibres

Microscopic fibres come in a variety of colours and are applied to the hair via a shaker-style container, with leading brands including Nanogen Nanofibres and Kerafibre. They cling to the users’ existing hairs, helping to make them look thicker, and are set in place with a spray. They can generally withstand some rain after being set properly but have to be reapplied every day as they are intended as a temporary hair loss solution. This product is rumoured to be used by the likes of Wayne Rooney and David Beckham.

Coloured sprays are used to darken the scalp, making it appear the same colour as the hair, so that the skin becomes less obvious. This method has often been used on actors with Male Pattern Baldness during their performances – when beauty work isn’t an option – as the hair only needs to look thicker from a distance as this option can look quite unnatural close up.

Bigen is a jet black dye traditionally used in barbers which specialise in Afro hair. It is generally suitable for anyone whose hair is black and often gives a more natural appearance on darker skin tones.

Using Bigen involves painting the mixture onto the scalp and hair so that, as with the sprays, the scalp is less defined and a thicker area. It can be used to create more defined edges than coloured sprays which can be a good feature but, if used to create too harsh an edge, can create extremely unnatural-looking hairlines. Bigen fades over time so regular applications are needed.

Another, more long-term procedure that can help to hide hair loss is scalp micropigmentation. This is a form of medical-grade tattooing, whereby tiny dots in a number of shades are tattooed onto the scalp, over a number of sessions, to mimic the appearance of real hair in a buzzcut style.

Due to the light exposure the scalp receives, this needs to be re-done a few times a year. It must be done by a specialist in this specific type of tattooing, which uses different needles and ink to regular tattoos, as it can go very wrong in untrained hands.

None of these options will regrow hair or help in any way to prevent baldness, they are simply temporary measures to make hair look thicker.

If you are looking for a longer term solution for addressing hair thinning, a consultation with a specialist will provide a diagnosis of your condition and recommendations for appropriate, clinically-proven hair loss treatments, as well as additional hair growth supporting products to use alongside them.


Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Hair Loss Specialist Free ConsultationThe 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.

Related Stories


HairlossANSWERS - Click to Submit Your Query to Our Hair Loss Experts

Name: Gene

Question: Why is my hair loss in patches one at the back of my head just above the nape and left a bit, and another just above my ear? The one at the back’s golf-ball sized and the other one’s more like 50p sized. My dad is bald, is this how it starts? I’m only 18!

Answer: Hi, Gene. We would need to see you to make a confirmed diagnosis, but what you describe here sounds very much like hair loss from the mildest form of the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata.

Normal Hair Growth Cycle versus Hair Growth in Alopecia Areata

This occurs when the hair growth cycle is disrupted and becomes stalled. Reasons for this include sudden shock or trauma, allergies and a genetic aspect is also suspected in some cases.

The patches the hair fall causes can be singular or in multiples, and can be small – around the size of a £1 coin – to far larger, and may even join up, causing larger bald areas across the scalp.

In instances where the patchy hair loss comes on suddenly and only affects areas of the scalp, it will generally clear up of its own accord, with usual hair regrowth resuming within 12 months. To help accelerate this process, or where the bald spots are more stubborn, Alopecia Areata treatment is possible.

At Belgravia this involves the use of topical applications of high strength minoxidil directly to the affected areas. As Alopecia Areata bald patches on the scalp are temporary, treatment does not need to be on-going once normal hair growth has resumed.

Although, as before, a genetic element is suspected, unless your dad is bald due to one of the more extensive types of Alopecia Areata which can cause total baldness of the head, or from head-to-toe, it is unlikely your father’s hair loss is related to your own.

If your dad went bald after years of thinning hair and/or a receding hairline, it is likely he has the hereditary condition Male Pattern Baldness, which is unrelated to Alopecia Areata in any of its forms. It also happens gradually and only affects the area of the scalp from hairline to crown, plus it does not cause rounded bald spots – the hallmark of Alopecia.

That is not to say you will not develop Male Pattern Hair Loss in the future – this is entirely possible if the relevant genes are in your blood line – but what you are currently experiencing does not appear to be this.

We recommend having a consultation with a professional hair loss specialist who can confirm this diagnosis and explain your options for treatment, should you decide to explore this.


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.

Related Stories


HairlossANSWERS - Click to Submit Your Query to Our Hair Loss Experts

Name: Max

Question: I’m losing my hair but there’s no reason for it. My dad has all his hair and on my mum’s side of the family all the men have pretty decent hairlines but I’m thinning at 25. What could be causing this?

Areas of scalp affected by genetic hair loss and telogen effluvium temporary permanent baldness diagram
Areas of scalp affected by genetic hair loss – Male Pattern Baldness – and telogen effluvium

Answer: Hi, Max. You don’t give many details here in terms of symptoms, but we’re assuming from what you say about thinning hair that you are concerned about potentially having Male Pattern Baldness.

The first thing to know is that the genes involved in hereditary hair loss can come from either side of the family – not just the men on your mother’s side. These genes also have to be active for the condition to appear.

It is possible for genetic hair loss to skip a generation – or more than one – if the relevant genes are passed on but remain inactive. For example, if your father’s grandfather had Male Pattern Baldness, your father may have inherited the relevant genetic predisposition but it may still be dormant. He could then have passed this on to you, however, in your case it may have become active.

It is common for young men to develop hair loss in their mid-to-late 20s, especially as stress is a key trigger for premature baldness to start, and modern life is riddled with all kinds of stressors – some of which you may not even notice.

Things like dietary deficiencies, underlying illnesses or health issues, regularly not getting enough sleep, smoking and, of course, the usual emotional toll of feeling stressed, can contribute to early onset male hair loss.

Environmental issues have also been identified as contributing to this phenomenon, as they produce something called oxidative stress which two recent clinical studies have linked to Male Pattern Baldness in young men.

Unfortunately this type of hairloss is a genetic lottery and, though many may carry the gene, there are relatively few who will not be affected by the condition.

Luckily, however, there are effective, clinically-proven hair loss treatments which can help address the problem of thinning hair by promoting hair growth and, with long-term use, preventing baldness.

Therefore, if it does turn out that your hair thinning is caused by Male Pattern Baldness, there are MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved options available, as well as a host of additional hair growth supporting products that can be used too.

Depending on whether the hair fall is concentrated on the area affected by Male Pattern Baldness (the vertex of your scalp – the top, from hairline to crown) or all over, there is a chance you could be experiencing a temporary hair loss condition known as Telogen Effluvium.

This causes diffuse thinning from the whole scalp and, although it is much more common in women, it can also present in men with shedding becoming apparent seemingly suddenly but the initial trigger usually occurred around three months prior. It should clear up in six months naturally but dedicated treatment is also possible.

In order to determine the precise hair loss condition you are experiencing, and to receive appropriate recommendations for treatments based on this, we advise having a specialist consultation, either in person, or online using a photo-upload tool.

Whilst it may seem as if there is no reason for your hair loss, we can assure you there will be one – you may just need some professional help in establishing what it is.


Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Hair Loss Specialist Free ConsultationThe 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.

Related Stories


HairlossANSWERS - Click to Submit Your Query to Our Hair Loss Experts

Name: Giana

Question: I can feel my hair getting thinner, like it isn’t as thick as it was but I don’t see bald spots or any patches or stuff like that. I’m not really sure what I’m looking for though, can you tell me what does hair loss look like? Is there something I should be looking for to know if I’m losing my hair or if this is something else?

Answer: Hi, Giana. The first thing we recommend is having a professional consultation as there are many different forms of hair loss and each can look different; you can find out more in the Women’s Guide to Diagnosing Your Hair Loss Condition here on our website.

It is also important to take factors such as your medical profile, diet, and certain lifestyle habits – such as whether or not you smoke and any medication you take – into consideration when diagnosing a hairloss condition.

For women, it can be particularly helpful to have a blood test as there are a number of key health issues which can cause thinning hair that can be picked up this way. These include iron-deficiency anaemia, pernicious anaemia (vitamin B12 deficiency) and thyroid problems.

That said, we can advise you as to the two most likely issues which fit with the small amount of information you have provided. These are Female Pattern Hair Loss and the temporary condition Telogen Effluvium.

Female Pattern Hair Loss, also referred to as Female Pattern Baldness or Androgenic Alopecia, is a permanent, genetic condition that is extremely common.

It affects the follicles at the top of the scalp, from hairline and temples to crown and the first signs include a general drop in hair volume, as well as the parting starting to appear wider. Thinning temples also tend to be seen, though – unlike Male Pattern Baldness – this rarely develops into a receding hairline, and instead presents more as a diffuse thinning in these affected areas.

Whilst this condition traditionally tended to start becoming noticeable later on in life for women, from their 40s onwards, it can actually start any time following puberty in those with the relevant genetic predisposition. Nowadays it is far from uncommon to see this type of hair loss start when women are in their 20s, or even late teens.

The fact that genetic hair loss can be triggered – again, only in those with the relevant inherited susceptibility – by stress, and the increasing pressures associated with modern life, are thought to be the reason for this trend.

What causes hair loss in women with this condition is a sensitivity to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. This binds to receptors in the applicable follicles, gradually weakening them, causing hair to lose its volume and become increasingly thin over time, as well as increasing hair fall.

Although it is a permanent condition for which there is no cure yet, it can generally be effectively managed through the use of a female hair loss treatment course comprising the only MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved medication for this, high strength minoxidil.

This is a topical hair loss solution, applied directly to the affected areas of the scalp to help promote accelerated hair growth. It can be used on its own or combined with the use of additional hair growth supporting products.

Whilst the approach of using appropriate formulations of minoxidil is only officially authorised for women in the treatment of Female Pattern Hair Loss, it has also been seen to produce encouraging regrowth results for conditions including Telogen Effluvium, too.

This is another condition which causes the hair to lose its normal level of volume and shed, though this tends to have what feels like a more sudden onset than with Female Pattern Hair Loss.

Telogen Effluvium is triggered around three months before signs appear; these include diffusely thinning hair from all over the entire scalp, not just the top area, with up to 30 per cent of scalp hairs being affected at once.

It lasts for around six months once the cause has been identified and dealt with – often physical or emotional stress, a side effect of medication, illness or a dietary problem – and Telogen Effluvium treatment courses are available, though the condition tends to right itself naturally.

As before, there are many factors to consider here so it is worth having a professional hair loss specialist assess your scalp to determine which condition you are experiencing – if any. It could, particularly if you heat style and/or bleach, perm or chemically straighten your hair a lot, simply be an issue of cosmetic hair breakage.

Whatever their findings, they will be able to advise you on the best course of action and next steps, so you can make a fully-informed decision about tackling your hair loss.


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.

Related Stories


HairlossANSWERS - Click to Submit Your Query to Our Hair Loss Experts

Name: Jessica

Question: I have so much hair loss I can see my scalp and it’s really worrying for me. I thought it was a little thinner than normal at the end of last year but recently it’s been falling out really quickly and I’m too embarrassed to see the doctor so can you tell me what is wrong and how I can get my hair back? I used to have lovely hair but now it’s really thin and limp as well as falling out and it’s making me so upset.

Answer: Hi, Jessica. There are many factors involved in women’s hair loss; in addition to being caused by genetics, it is also possible for hormones, diet and lifestyle factors to come into play.

Because there are so many issues to consider when diagnosing hair loss, it is always best for specialists to perform a scalp assessment in order to give you the most accurate information.

Whist we highly recommend you do this, for now here is some information about the most likely causes of hair loss in the manner you describe.

Based on the fact you noticed your hair becoming thinner before the rapid shedding started, it may be the case that you have Female Pattern Hair Loss. Although it is a permanent, inherited condition, it is extremely common and nothing to worry about.

All this means is that the hair follicles located across the top of the scalp, from the hairline and temple areas to the crown (the ‘vertex’) are sensitive to a hormone known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT) due to an underlying genetic predisposition.

DHT binds to these follicles, causing them to gradually weaken over time, giving the outward appearance of increasingly thinning hair and hair fall.

One of the key signs of hair loss in this instance is the parting starting to look wider than normal, as well as there being a general drop in the hair’s volume.

Although this condition is genetic, there are many exacerbating factors that can worsen existing cases of Female Pattern Hair Loss, including emotional or physical stress.

Additionally, should you encounter triggers such as severe levels of stress, or underlying health issues, from illnesses to nutritional deficiencies, it is possible for a temporary hair loss condition to occur simultaneously alongside the permanent one.

Telogen Effluvium hairloss is set off approximately three months before shedding becomes apparent when these types of problems disrupt the hair growth cycle. It affects the entire scalp and can cause up to 30 per cent of hairs to shed – which can, of course, be alarming and upsetting for those experiencing it.

The condition lasts for roughly six months – or longer in the case of Chronic Telogen Effluvium – and generally rights itself naturally, though dedicated Telogen Effluvium treatment is also possible.

However, if you already have Female Pattern Hair Loss, a tailored hair loss treatment course can treat both issues at once. This generally involves the use of high strength minoxidil in suitable formulations.

The Belgravia Centre london clinic Womens hairloss treatment

This is a topical medication that is MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved for promoting hair regrowth in cases of genetic hair loss and can be used with additional non-pharmaceutical hair growth supporting products.

These include medical-grade laser therapy devices, such as the FDA-cleared HairMax LaserBand, which uses light to stimulate hair growth and stronger hair, and Hair Vitalics for Women, a highly-targeted food supplement developed by Belgravia hair experts. Key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts, including zinc, biotin and selenium, have been optimally blended into a one-a-day tablet form; they are not intended to replace a balanced diet but rather to support the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth.

As before, we recommend seeing a hair loss specialist for a consultation but, beforehand, it is worth thinking back to around three months before your more intense shedding started to see if you can identify any potential stressors. Additionally it is worthwhile having a blood test to check your iron and zinc levels in particular as deficiencies are a common cause of Telogen Effluvium and low levels have been associated with Female Pattern Hair Loss, too.

The first step is to get a professional diagnosis of your condition(s) so you can be recommended the most suitable treatment course based on this, as well as your age and medical profile.

We understand the apprehension but having a hair loss consultation is nothing to be worried about; at Belgravia empathetic, reassuring specialists deal with these types of issues all day, every day and understand just how emotional it can be for patients. Sometimes even just getting a specialists’ opinion can be a huge relief and make you feel less worried and upset and you are also welcome to bring a friend or family member with you to the clinic for support.

However, if you are really apprehensive about visiting a hair loss clinic and would prefer not to speak to someone in person, there is always the option of having an online consultation, which allows you to upload photos to help with your diagnosis.


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.

Related Stories


HairlossANSWERS - Click to Submit Your Query to Our Hair Loss Experts

Name: Leon

Question: I had an accident a few years ago and cut my head, it left a scar in a line about 5 cm long that goes from my forehead into my hairline, like maybe 3cm of it is in my hair. I’ve got no hair growing back where the scar is tho the rest of my hair’s fine. Why’s the hair near the scar not growing back and what can I do to make it grow?

Answer: Hi, Leon. As it has been some years since you cut your scalp and a scar has developed, it is most likely the case that your hair will not grow back in the scarred area.

What you advise is ‘hair loss near the scar’ is possibly more accurately described as hair loss in the scar; this is because hair cannot grow where there is scar tissue.

When the skin takes on the smooth, shiny look associated with baldness – whether from advanced Male Pattern Hair Loss or scarring – it is a sign that the follicles are no longer functional and, therefore, cannot produce hair.

Scarring hair loss is also known as cicatricial alopecia, and – as yet – there are no non-invasive hair loss solutions that can regrow hair in these cases.

Hair transplant surgery is not generally an option for many patients with cicatricial alopecia as there can be underlying inflammation and a lack of donor hair available. Donor hair being the follicles harvested, usually from the back or sides of the scalp, in order to be moved to tiny incisions where they will be inserted to increase hair density in that area.

However, as your scar is relatively small and you mention having no hair loss conditions, it sounds as if hair restoration surgery may be worthwhile exploring if you are determined to resolve the gap in your hair currently caused by the scar.

If you want to find out more about whether you are suitable for a hair transplant and more information about the procedure, including how much it may cost, etc. We recommend speaking to a recognised professional who specialises in this type of work.

Many people forget that a hair transplant is still an invasive operation and one which – especially in the case of scarring – requires a high level of expertise in this specific area, as it is a very precise skill. Aftercare, even when smaller areas are involved, is also crucial for getting patients the best, safest outcome.

If this is an area you are interested in, we would certainly advise taking a cautious approach and finding a respected professional within this field rather than going with the cheapest option. Given the size of your scar is fairly small – and hair transplants tend to be priced per graft (hair) – it is likely you will have a far smaller bill than when this surgery is used to fill in larger areas of thinning.

Although Belgravia does not treat scarring hairloss – nor do we carry out hair restoration surgeries or offer any kind of invasive hair loss solutions – we may be able to refer you to a hair transplant specialist for a consultation. If this is something you are interested in, please simply contact the clinic and we will arrange an introduction.

Micropigmentation, a form of medical-grade tattooing which applies ink to the scalp in various shades to mimic the appearance of hair, may be another option, particularly if you wear your hair very short or have a closely shaven crew cut hairstyle. This helps to disguise hair loss by making the scalp less noticeable.

Again, for the best possible, most natural-looking results and safety, it should be carried out by a specialist rather than a regular tattoo artist or beautician, however.

Another possibility, if surgery or tattooing is not for you, is cosmetic hair loss concealer products, such as microscopic fibres. These can be used daily – applied via a ‘shaker’ and fixed in place with a spray – to fill in areas of hair loss.

As they attach to existing hairs to give the appearance of thicker hair, they are unsuitable for people with substantial areas of baldness as there is nothing for them to cling on to, but may be an easy ‘quick fix’ for your scar as they can latch on to the surrounding hairs.


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.

Related Stories


HairlossANSWERS - Click to Submit Your Query to Our Hair Loss Experts

Name: Neil

Question: Hi. I’m 21 and have hair loss near my cowlick. Is this normal? I don’t have any other problems with my hair but I don’t think my hairline looked like this before. Is there any way to tell what’s wrong without me having to visit you?

Answer: Hi, Neil. It’s difficult to diagnose you without a few more details and, ideally, assessing your scalp. For example, not all hairlines are completely straight so if you simply mean your hairline is uneven, this could be entirely natural.

With this in mind, here are a few pointers and some general advice about hair loss near the cowlick.

If it is thinning hair you have noticed, and it appears towards your temples, either side of your cowlick, this suggests a possible diagnosis of Male Pattern Baldness.

This common hereditary hair loss condition only affects follicles at the top of the scalp, from hairline to vertex, but shedding may not occur in all of these areas at once. It may start with, for example, a receding hairline, as can be seen in the example shown here (click through to see more).

Cowlick hair loss
An example of hair loss near the cowlick caused by Male Pattern Baldness. Click through to see more Men’s Hairline Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories (Results May Vary and Are Not Guaranteed)

Whilst sometimes linked to ‘old age’, this can actually start, in those with the relevant genetic predisposition, any time following puberty. Although it is generally more common from mid-to-late 20s and 30s onwards, it can begin as early as late teens.

There are clinically-proven Male Pattern Hair Loss Treatment options which can help by accelerating hair growth and preventing baldness when used as directed on an on-going basis.

If, however, the area(s) you are concerned about have taken on a bald appearance – especially if this forms a rounded shape that appears to cut into the hairline – it may be an autoimmune disorder known as Alopecia Areata.

This causes sudden, patchy hair loss – often bald spots – which can appear anywhere on the scalp and is the result of the hair growth cycle being disrupted. It can be triggered by extreme stress, shock or trauma. Allergies and a genetic element are also thought to be linked.

In this mild form the condition is usually temporary, lasting no longer than 12 months, with hair regrowth resuming naturally in its own time, though treatment may be used to help speed this process up.

Alternatively, if you tend to wear your hair in tight styles such as braids or a man-bun, Traction Alopecia is another possibility. This happens when frequent bouts of excessive tension are applied to the scalp, pulling on the follicles and resulting in hair loss around the hairline and temples in particular. It may also cause hair breakage here too, as well as at the sites where the hair is tied.

The first step in these cases is to remove the source of the tension and wear the hair naturally. Depending on how extensive it is, the hair may grow back within a few months after the problem has been resolved by a change in hairstyle, if not, Traction Alopecia treatment may be used as long as the follicles are still functioning.

As you can see, there are a few possible causes so in order to get an accurate diagnosis and, where appropriate, personalised hair loss treatment recommendations, a consultation with a specialist is advised.

With regards to having a virtual appointment, Belgravia offers people based outside London – including abroad – an online consultation and treatment postal service so you don’t have to visit either of our central London hair loss clinics in person.

This form allows you to upload photos towards the end, which is highly recommended as it helps to inform the diagnosing specialist as to the exact type of hair loss you are experiencing. They can be uploaded from a phone or computer, and just need to clearly show your scalp, from a few angles if possible in order to give a full picture as to the entire scalp, not just the areas of concern.

If you would like to use this free service, you may find our guide to taking hairloss photos for the online consultation form, helpful.


Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Hair Loss Specialist Free ConsultationThe 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.

Related Stories