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Name: Jax

Question: I have male pattern baldness in the shape of an M. Can you give me some tips for how to regrow hair around my hairline?

Answer: Hi, Jax. The M-shaped pattern of hair loss you describe is extremely common and is known as a widow’s peak.

receding hairline can be one of the trickier areas to treat as the hair around the temples is the slowest growing scalp hair. In cases of advanced Male Pattern Baldness where it has been left unchecked for a significant length of time, and where the skin that is now visible at each temple has taken on a smooth, shiny appearance, it may not be possible to treat at all. This is because it is a sign that the hair follicles have deteriorated to the point where they are incapable of producing normal hair growth, even with treatment.

That said, in the majority of instances where hair is still present in the receded areas – even if it is fine and thinning – there are solutions available.

There are two clinically-proven, MHRA licensed and FDA approved male hair loss treatments, one oral and one topical. Either or both can be used by those deemed medically suitable, in order to help stabilise shedding, promote regrowth and prevent baldness. No other treatments or natural remedies exist that have been proven and officially recognised for this purpose.

The oral tablet finasteride 1mg is taken once per day to help inhibit the formation of DHT – the hormone responsible for causing thinning hair and receding in cases of genetic hairloss. Whilst finasteride’s action helps to deter the cause of Male Pattern Baldness, its effect on the hairline is unproven.

Topical formulations of high strength minoxidil are applied directly to the scalp where needed in order to encourage accelerated hair growth. These can be particularly useful when treating stubborn areas, such as the hairline.

Additional hair growth supporting products can also be used alongside the established medications in order to further enhance the approach and hair quality.

In order to receive personalised recommendations as to the types of treatment best suited to your specific situation, we advise having a consultation with a specialist. This can be done in person at one of Belgravia’s Central London or City of London hair loss clinics, or remotely via our website Online Consultation form which allows you to upload photos.


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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:  Jay

Question: When will Prof Brotzu’s hair loss remedy be released in the UK? I think it’s only available in Italy at the moment. And is it now called Trinov? I’ve heard it called both names.

Answer: Hi, Jay. The penultimate official update from Brotzu Lotion’s manufacturers, Fidia Farmetceuti, was published on 10th January 2017; as this press release stated that the company aimed to have product development completed by 2018, social media and hair loss forums became been abuzz with anticipation.

Wait delay release patience date whenThis was followed on 28th September 2018 with an update advising that the product’s efficacy and tolerability studies had been completed and the company was gearing up for a 2018 release in Italy. “Other international markets will follow next,” it states, confirming that “full-scale production” has begun.

Although this press release said that the precise release schedule would be confirmed within the “next few weeks”, this information has still not been made available.

Given we are now in December 2018 and there has been no further news regarding the purported hair growth product‘s release in Italy or elsewhere, it’s fair to say that it’s unlikely to become available this year.

There is little official information available regarding the Italian product, so we can’t give you many specifics yet, unfortunately. This includes which specific hair loss conditions the product is designed to treat; the company has claimed its “study was conducted productively and efficiently, to offer all patients who are affected by the problem – men and women equally – a real treatment option, effective, safe and stable.” This suggests it may be for androgenetic alopecia – Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss, but this has not been officially clarified nor confirmed, as far as we are aware.

Once a medication has been developed it still needs to obtain the relevant licenses and approvals from medical regulatory bodies in each country – such as the UK’s MHRA and the FDA in America – in order to be able to make the treatments available there. This can further delay drugs from being made available given those where there is a critical or currently unmet need tend to be given priority.

However, at this point we do not know if this hair loss lotion will be considered a medication – and therefore require regulatory assessment – or cosmetic haircare, which is not currently regulated in the UK. If it is what is considered a ‘borderline’ product – one which advertises both a cosmetic effect and a preventative, not a treatment, action – then, in the UK, the MHRA will decide whether it falls under its remit and, if so, will consider it for licensing.

One thing the last Fidia press release did clarify is that Prof Brotzu’s hair loss lotion will not go by that name; as you mention, the brand name which has been chosen for the product is Trinov and it is being marketed as a ‘hair loss remedy’.

Once the UK release date has been confirmed, we will publish details here on the Belgravia hair loss blog. However, if you are interested in exploring other solutions in the meantime, there are clinically-proven hair loss treatment options that are already well-established, available and both MHRA licensed and FDA approved, plus a number of hair growth supporting products which can be used in tandem with the pharmaceutical elements.


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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: Quincy

seborrhoeic dermatitis sebderm itchy flaky scalp

An example of seborrhoeic dermatitis

Question: What is seborrheic hair loss please?

Answer: Hi, Quincy. There is a scalp problem known as seborrhoeic dermatitis but this is a chronic dermatological issue rather than a hair loss condition. In infants it is referred to as cradle cap.

We have heard reference to ‘seborrhoeic hair loss’ or ‘seborrhoeic alopecia’ before but this is something of a misnomer. Seborrhoeic dermatitis – also known as sebderm – causes flaky skin to form in patches that can be greasy, red and itchy, these may also ‘weep’. It can cause flakes of skin in the hair, and, particularly in colder weather, may also lead to dandruff. This issue can also be exacerbated by stress.

Although it is most commonly found on the scalp, sebderm can also affect the face, the ears (inside and behind), and other areas of the body – typically those considered ‘greasy’ (sebaceous) skin zones.

It is linked to an overgrowth of the yeast malassezia on the skin which can lead to inflammation in the affected areas. This is understood to be triggered when the sebaceous glands produce sebum in larger-than-normal quantities.

The only known links between seborrhoeic dermatitis and hair loss revolve around this inflammation sometimes deterring localised hair growth, and repeated scratching of the itchy scalp.

Due to the intense itching sensation it can cause, it is not uncommon for people with sebderm to scratch their scalps to the point where they become bloody from broken skin. This can then cause damage to the hair follicles.

In the majority of cases, where the follicles are still functional and on-going treatment is sought for the effective management of seborrhoeic dermatitis (usually in the form of a medicated shampoo containing ingredients such as zinc pyrithione, selenium sulphide or ketoconazole, or topical steroid solutions), normal hair growth should resume naturally. In extreme cases, where the scalp has become scarred and follicles are no longer able to produce hair, there will be permanent hair loss in these areas.

If you are concerned about hair loss and any scalp conditions you may have, a consultation with a professional hair specialist can be an easy way to get a diagnosis, as well as personalised treatment recommendations, where appropriate, tailored to their findings.


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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: Addison

diagram areas of scalp affected by stress related hair loss in men and womenQuestion: What can I use to grow my hair back? I’ve had hair loss from stress.

Answer: Hi, Addison. There are many conditions which can be caused or influenced by stress. Therefore, we would need more detail as to your diagnosis in order to provide you with appropriate hair loss treatment recommendations.

In order to give you a better idea as to what may be involved, here is a brief overview as to some of the key types of hair loss caused by stress and how they are commonly treated.

It is also important to note that where stress is the cause or a factor, the reason behind this should also be addressed.

Temporary hair loss

There are two temporary hair loss conditions which can be sparked by stress – either emotional or physical – which tend to become noticeable around three months after being triggered. These are Telogen Effluvium when the condition lasts up to six months, or Chronic Telogen Effluvium, also known as Diffuse Thinning, when it lasts for a minimum of six months. They both cause thinning hair from all over the scalp, with a noticeable drop in the hair’s volume as a result of up to 30 per cent of the hairs which would otherwise have been in the active phase of the hair growth cycle prematurely entering the resting phase and falling out.

Whilst these tend to be more commonly seen in women, when they are stress-related they can affect both men and women. Whilst they will generally right themselves naturally in due course, treatment and appropriate supporting products, from low level laser therapy devices to targeted food supplements, may also be beneficial.

A significant factor to consider when people present with either of these temporary conditions is their impact upon those with a genetic predisposition to permanent, hereditary hair loss…

Normal Hair Growth Cycle and disrupted Alopecia Areata telogen effluvium diagram

Permanent hair loss

Men and women who have androgenetic alopecia, most commonly referred to as Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss, can find that stress exacerbates their condition. Where the condition is already present and is simply made worse by stress they may find their hair starts to feel drier, look more lifeless and their rate of hair fall speeds up. Whilst these forms of genetic hair loss only affect the areas along the top of the head from crown to hairline and temporal regions, they may also notice thinning hair all over their scalp. This is the result of one of the temporary conditions listed above which can occur simultaneously alongside pattern hair loss.

In people with an underlying genetic predisposition to Male or Female Pattern Baldness, the onset of these conditions can be sped up by a bout of Telogen Effluvium/Chronic Telogen Effluvium. However, because these conditions affect the entire scalp diffusely, it can be difficult to tell if this is the case without having a professional consultation with a hair loss specialist.

There are clinically-proven, MHRA licensed and FDA approved genetic hair loss treatments – one topical (suitable for men and women), one oral (men only) – and – a tailored approach can help to treat both conditions at once, where needed. This can involve not only the established medications in the most suitable formulations, but also additional products and treatments designed to support hair growth.

Autoimmune alopecia

Extreme stress, sudden shock or trauma are known to prompt sudden hair loss from the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata. This disrupts the hair growth cycle and results in normal hair production being shut down in certain hair-bearing areas depending on the severity of the condition. In its mildest form – Alopecia Areata – it causes rounded bald spots to the scalp only, but in more extreme phenotypes it can cause baldness of the scalp or from head to toe.

The scalp-only form may clear up naturally, and often does within 12 months in the majority of cases, though whether or not this will happen – or when – cannot be predicted.

Alopecia Areata treatment is often possible for the scalp only version and can help to encourage hair regrowth, however, there are less options available for those where the hairloss is more extensive and those that are possible tend to be less effective.

As before, given we would need more information in order to tailor our recommendations for suitable hair loss solutions to your condition, medical profile, age and personal preferences, we advise having a consultation with a specialist as the next step in your hair growth journey.


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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: Shaik

Question: I always use lorial hairdye, my head has become so bubbly & sticky ,the stickyness is smelly . Wt is the remedy , that i can heal my head soon

caution hair dye hairstyling hair stylesAnswer: Hi, Shaik. When using any home-use hair dye product – or other styling solutions such as perming lotion or hair relaxers – it is vital that a patch test is carried out beforehand. This applies even if you have used the same product previously and had no problem with it.

All this involves is dabbing a small amount of the fully prepared solution onto the skin behind your ear around 48 hours before you intend to use it. Generally the amount applied in a thin layer is no bigger than the size of a five pence coin. This allows you to gauge your skin’s reaction to the product on a small scale ahead of applying it to a larger area and is always recommended as a precautionary measure for reasons of health and safety.

The reason a patch test is so important even when you have used the product before is three-fold; firstly, the formulation may have changed since you last used it, either due to the manufacturers altering the ingredients or varying the amounts in which those ingredients are used. Secondly, the dye may not have been properly stored or be out-of-date, meaning its actions may be altered from those expected. Thirdly, it is possible for us to use the same product a number of times with no side effects, but still have an adverse reaction to the same product with the exact same formulation later on. It is believed that a sensitivity to certain ingredients often found in hair colourants – most commonly paraphenylenediamine (PPD) – can build up, hence why it may take a while for a negative reaction to occur.

These adverse reactions can range from mild to fatal and generally concern permanent or semi-permanent dyes, especially those in darker shades. People who have, or have had in the past, a black henna tattoo are also considered more at risk of having such a reaction, according to NHS advice.

Given there are many reported cases of hair dye causing problematic reactions ranging from scalp discomfort and contact dermatitis, to hair loss from chemical trauma and anaphylaxis, it is crucial to follow all the instructions contained in the box dye’s packaging – including having the requisite patch test – exactly as they are set out.

The symptoms you describe having suggest a diagnosis of dermatitis or seborrhoeic dermatitis which may be accompanies by spots or crusts on the scalp. These scalp conditions – and the smell issue, as a smelly scalp is often the result of sebum which has an unpleasant odour – can often be addressed with medicated shampoo and washing the hair every day to help deal with excess sebum. When choosing a medicated shampoo do make sure you either opt for one which is suitable for daily use, or use one as directed – sometimes this is no more than once or twice per week, the instructions will be clearly set out on the product or in an accompanying information leaflet inside the shampoo’s packaging – and use a gentle shampoo suitable for every day use on the other days.

Depending on how bad your scalp is, and especially if there is any broken skin, it may be wise to consult your GP before self-diagnosing and treating. If there is also accompanying shedding, a consultation with a specialist may be able to provide you with recommendations for both scalp treatments and hair loss solutions.


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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: Cally

Question: I have been using rosemary oil rubbed into my scalp to treat my hair loss – is this safe for me?

rosemary oil for hair lossAnswer: Hi, Cally. There are a few points that your query raises but to address your initial query, applying rosemary oil to your scalp – as long as it is properly diluted and used in accordance with the instructions provided – should not cause you any harm. It is generally considered ‘possibly safe’ when used in this way.

However, you would need to first check with a doctor that you are medically suitable to use rosemary oil as there are a number of contraindications associated with this product. For example, it is widely advised that people with epilepsy and those with high blood pressure stay away from stimulating essential oils, which includes rosemary oil. Furthermore anyone with an aspirin allergy, bleeding disorders or seizure disorders, as well as pregnant or nursing women, stay away from rosemary oil.

Rosemary oil must not be taken by mouth but applying it topically reduces the risk of side effects. When taken in large doses, this can include vomiting, uterine bleeding, kidney irritation, increased sun sensitivity and allergic reactions.

Whilst rosemary oil is said to promote hair growth in cases of patchy hair loss caused by the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata, and has also been linked to stimulating the follicles to assist hair growth in cases of Male Pattern Baldness, it is not clinically-proven to treat hair loss of any kind. As such, whilst it may be somewhat safe when used properly, it is unlikely to be particularly effective.

If you are interested in finding out what is causing your hairloss and, from there, having a suitable hair loss treatment course recommended, we would recommend having a consultation with a hair specialist. They will be able to provide professional advice based on a scalp assessment, your medical profile and any lifestyle requirements you may have. They can also answer your questions so that you feel fully informed of all the options open to you for treating hair loss.


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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: Jack

Question: Hi. I’ve been using the usual hair loss treatments (not from you). I started using them 28 days ago and have seen no improvement. Why is this?

Answer: Hi, Jack. Your question involves a little guesswork on our part as you don’t mention your hair loss conditon nor the names of the treatments, so please do bear with us.

When you say ‘the usual hair loss treatments’, we’re assuming you’re referring to the only MHRA licensed and FDA approved hair loss treatments – both topical and oral – for the treatment of Male Pattern Baldness. Therefore, we’ll answer your question based on these assumptions but, if this is not correct, we recommend having a personal consultation with a hair specialist or speaking to your treatment provider for more accurate information.

Based on the assumption that it is male pattern hair loss treatment you are referring to, it is very early on to be looking for results. There are no ‘quick fix’ options or instant solutions for this permanent condition, unfortunately!

The natural timeline of the hair growth cycle means any changes – from stabilisation of hair fall to new hair growth – would usually take around 3 to 6 months to become noticeable.

How long hair takes to grow back varies from person to person and it could take longer depending on the level of hair loss you had before starting treatment, as well as if your condition has been professionally- or self-diagnosed. If you have self-diagnosed, it may be worth having this checked by a hair loss specialist not only to confirm whether the diagnosis is correct, but also to ensure there are no other issues which may be exacerbating the problem.

It is also vital that you are using your treatments exactly as directed in order to get the most out of them – no skipping doses or under/over using, for example.

If the problem you are treating is a receding hairline, it is worth noting that the hairs in the temporal regions are the slowest scalp hairs to grow so patience can be key.

At this stage, as before, it is early on in the process so it’s unlikely to be a troubling sign that you aren’t noticing progress just yet. However if, after continuous use for three months if your hair loss is mild to moderate, or six months if your hair loss is at least moderate, you feel like you still aren’t noticing any effects, please do check in with your treatment provider and/or get the second opinion of a hair loss specialist so they can look into this further with you.


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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: Ashmail

Question: What is FUSS hair restoration? Is it surgery?

Answer: Hi, Ashmail. Yes, FUSS is a widely used type of hair transplant.

Hair Transplant Surgery - Surgical InstrumentsFUSS stands for Follicular Unit Strip Surgery, sometimes referred to as ‘strip surgery’. It is also, perhaps more commonly – certainly in the UK – known as FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation).

It is one of the two most common methods currently used in surgical hair restoration alongside FUE, which used to stand for Follicular Unit Extraction but was recently changed to Follicular Unit Excision.

The key difference between these procedures is the way in which the donor hairs are harvested; whilst FUE involves removing individual donor hairs using a punch device or ARTAS robot, FUT involves taking a strip of skin from the back or sides of the scalp, then carefully dissecting this to obtain the necessary units to be transplanted.

If you are considering ways in which to treat hair loss, it is worth noting that having a hair transplant is not always the ‘quick fix’ solution many people assume it to be. What surgical hair restoration does is take hair from the areas of the scalp that are unaffected by Male Pattern Baldness – namely the sides or the back – and move them to the areas where there is hair thinning or a receding hairline.

It is still quite rare for men to have their whole vertex – along the top of the scalp from hairline to crown – and temporal areas replaced, unsurprisingly given the amount of good quality donor hair this type of extensive surgery would require, not to mention the cost. What this means is that, with the exception of the transplanted hairs, the follicles in these target areas remain susceptible to the ravages of DHT – the hormone which causes thinning hair and hairloss in cases of Male Pattern Baldness.

Therefore, in order to preserve the hair surrounding the grafts, it is important to follow an on-going aftercare programme. Ironically, this involves using the same types of clinically-proven hair loss treatments many men use to help them avoid a hair transplant in the first place. To find out more about the types of treatments which may be best suited to your specific condition, level and pattern of shedding, we would recommend having a professional consultation with a hair specialist before – or whilst – exploring surgical options, as often surgery is not actually necessary – especially if you are under 30 years of age.


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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: Elshaday

Minoxidil DropperQuestion: When I leave minoxidil for 24 h with no washing water may it has any problem? Because when I am washing after every spray my hair is fall more. So please tell me something.

Answer: Hi, Elshaday. If you are washing your hair after each minoxidil application, what you are essentially doing is washing off the medication before it can work. This is likely the reason why you are experiencing more hair loss.

The treatment cannot work if it is not allowed to sink into the scalp. Generally, we would advise Belgravia clients to apply their high strength minoxidil solution to their scalps, as demonstrated by their dedicated specialist, then allow it an absolute minimum of half an hour though ideally two hours or more to be fully absorbed by the scalp. If proper absorption does not take place, it is highly unlikely the hair loss treatment will be able to do its job or, at the very least, it may not be as effective as when it is applied following the proper instructions.

This advice also applies to other scenarios which involve getting the head wet, such as swimming.

With this in mind, whilst it is generally absolutely fine to leave minoxidil on the scalp for 24 hours, remember that this is a daily application and in some cases certain formulations may require twice daily applications. In order to get the most out of your hair loss treatment the ideal scenario is to wash your hair and allow your hair and scalp to dry before applying the solution. The reason it is important to apply minoxidil to a dry scalp with dry hair is that when it is wet the moisture may dilute the medication, weakening the hair solution so that you do not get the full benefit of its capabilities compared to its intended use at full strength.

It is also important to wash your hair regularly so as to avoid any build up of the medication or hair styling products on the scalp, so this routine of washing the hair before applying your medication is the one Belgravia hair specialists recommend.

As it appears you are not a Belgravia client, we would recommend speaking to your minoxidil provider for further information, however, the advice we have given here should be beneficial regardless. You may also find our article on Frequently Asked Questions About Minoxidil helpful.


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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: Rachel

Question: My three daughters and I are in our second round of extreme hair thinning. The first time, we had moved into a home with lead. Now, we are 5 months into moving into a house with tap water with extremely high chlorine and fluoride. Our scalps are dry, burning and our hair is falling out severely. PLEASE HELP. What do you recommend??? We can’t move again.

Shampoo shower hair wash advice waterAnswer: Hi, Rachel. We understand how distressing this hair loss must be for you and your family.

High levels of lead or chlorine in the water can cause hair to become dry and weakened but this usually results in brittle or damaged hair, with hair breakage along the shafts seen, rather than hair loss from the follicle. This type of breakage can make the hair appear thinner and more frazzled than usual, but it is not technically a hair loss condition so should be fairly easy to remedy via haircuts and strengthening, nourishing intensive conditioning treatments in addition to not using tap water for washing your hair until the issues with the water have been fixed.

However, we would certainly advise you to have a professional consultation – either in person at a hair loss clinic, or online where you can upload photos – in order to get a confirmed diagnosis of the problem from a hair specialist. In some severe cases chemical trauma may be present either instead of breakage or in addition to this.

Furthermore, the stress of these incidents as well as that caused by moving homes, could have contributed to thinning hair from a temporary condition known as Telogen Effluvium. This tends to present around three months after being triggered, and can cause shedding from all over the scalp. However, as long as the cause is removed, will generally resolve itself in up to six months, though certain treatments may help to accelerate this process.

You do not say which country you live in but if you are in the UK, you can ask for a report of your water quality from the local water board. If this is found to be in any way unsafe, they will be obligated to address this and you can speak to the water board and the council about getting this matter resolved. Either way, in the meantime we would recommend using bottled water whilst you explore water filters for your home, or the use of tablets designed to remove chlorine from the water, as a longer term solution.


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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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