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Name: Nathan

Question: I bought some minoxidil treatment for my receding hairline but I know MPB can affect other areas of the scalp too. Do I just apply the treatment to my hairline or should I apply it all over the whole scalp as a preventative measure?

receding hairline man afro hair type working stressed concentrating phone

Answer: Hi, Nathan. If you are treating a receding hairline as a result of MPB (Male Pattern Baldness) then it is likely you may have signs in the other areas this condition affects.

This is not your entire scalp but along the top of it – the area known as the ‘vertex’ which runs from the crown to the hairline and temples.

Although thinning hair at the temples may be more obvious – after all, the hairline is far more immediately obvious to us given we see it a lot more than the top of our head! – you should check for other signs of hair loss, too.

These can include increased hair fall, thinning on top, a thinning crown, and a general decrease in how thick your hair feels when you run your hand through it. These additional symptoms may appear singularly or you may have a few, or even all, of them simultaneously.

As Male Pattern Hair Loss is a permanent, progressive condition, they may not all present at once to start with, but may develop over time; we presume this is where your extremely valid concern regarding preventing baldness comes from.

If, after checking, your only hair loss concern is your hairline, you should still start treatment by applying minoxidil to the temple and frontal hairline areas that are thinning or receding but also using it to cover the rest of the vertex. Keep to the dosage advised in the directions which you should find printed on the packaging and/or in the patient information leaflet.

Ensure you follow the instructions provided with your product, strictly and, if you have any queries about these, we recommend you contact the vendor or manufacturer for further advice, given you are not a Belgravia patient.

Using additional medication on other areas of your scalp even if you do not notice any further signs of shedding or decreased hair density can be a preventative measure.

It is not unheard of for Male Pattern Baldness to develop in all affected areas but only be visible in one or two – in this case the hairline – initially. This is a phenomenon that has been dubbed ‘invisible hair loss‘.

It is important to note that you will be using the same amount of medication per application regardless of whether you are using it to treat the entire vertex or just the hairline. The dosage should not be increased, it should remain the same and simply be spread over the larger surface area.

Do not increase the high strength minoxidil dosage as over-using your medication will not make it more effective and may lead to an increased risk of your developing adverse events.

We hope this information is helpful but should you require a second opinion on your current hair loss treatment or details of which additional hair growth supporting products may be best-suited to your specific level and pattern of shedding, you are welcome to have a consultation with a dedicated specialist, either online or at one of Belgravia’s City of London or Central London hair loss clinics.


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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: Joey

Question: My friend has thinning hair and he’s using peppermint oil and dermarolling to get his hair back to normal. It seems to be working. I have Male Pattern Baldness too and am wondering if I can use peppermint oil to treat my receding hairline – do you think it would work?

Answer: Hi, Joey. There are a number of different hair loss conditions which can cause thinning hair and, if your friend is seeing good hair regrowth results from his routine of using peppermint oil and dermarolling, the chances are his is not caused by genetics.

Peppermint Oil

A recent study showed that peppermint oil may help to treat hair loss from conditions such as Telogen Effluvium and Diffuse Thinning (Chronic Telogen Effluvium).

These differ from Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) in that they are not hereditary, are temporary and affect the entire scalp, whereas MPB only causes shedding along the top of the scalp, from the hairline to the crown.

These temporary conditions will also generally clear up of their own accord within a few months once the underlying cause – often stress-related – has been dealt with. Therefore it is likely to be difficult to tell whether or not your friend’s hair regrowth is the result of his peppermint oil hair routine, or it is simply the normal hair growth cycle resuming.

Whilst the stimulating effect of peppermint oil, or menthol, on the scalp can benefit localised blood flow, as well as soothing the scalp, relieving any itching symptoms – one of the reasons it is included in some of the clinical therapy sessions at Belgravia – there is no scientific evidence to support any claims that its use can inhibit the formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is the testosterone-derivative which binds to androgen receptors in DHT-susceptible hair follicles in people with Male Pattern Hair Loss – namely those in the areas along the vertex and frontal scalp, outlined previously.

Over time the DHT will weaken the affected follicles, causing increasingly thinning hair, a receding hairline and more hairloss; it can also lead to baldness in these areas.

For those interested in preventing baldness, there are a number of hair loss solutions available, ranging from clinically-proven, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved hair loss treatments, to supplementary hair growth supporting products.

When treating a receding hairline we generally to advise on a combined approach – using both high strength minoxidil and taking the one-a-day DHT-blocking tablet, finasteride 1mg – as this is the most stubborn part of the scalp, where hair growth tends to be the slowest. This can be augmented with the use of low level laser therapy (LLLT) delivered at home via an FDA-cleared device such as the LaserBand, three times per week.

Ensuring you have a balanced diet and lifestyle, appropriately managing any stress, is also beneficial for your hair’s condition, something a good quality, highly-targeted nutritional supplement can also help with though this is not intended to replace a healthy diet.

The first step to dealing with hair loss of any kind, however, is to have a professional assess your scalp in order to get a confirmed diagnosis of your condition.

Once that has been properly established, bespoke treatment recommendations can be made based on factors including your pattern and level of shedding, age and general medical profile. If you wish to try using peppermint oil and/or a dermaroller as part of your regime, this can also be discussed with your hair loss specialist, so they can advise you further on what is likely to be best for your specific situation.

There are a couple of things to be aware of regarding the topical use of peppermint oil, should you decide to try this. Firstly, if you have any health problems or are taking any medication, speak to your GP to ensure peppermint oil is not contraindicated for these as it is not suitable for everyone. Secondly, if you are using any essential oils on your skin, it is crucial to ensure they are properly diluted before application. Otherwise they can cause irritation, rashes and, in severe cases, burns, so always buy from a reputably supplier then read, prepare and use the oil in-line with the instructions provided with the product.


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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: Mikey

Question: I’m using hair loss treatment and have got dandruff, I don’t know if it’s the minoxidil foam but it’s definitely been worse since I started around two months ago. What can I do to treat my dandruff without it interfering with my treatment? I don’t want to stop treatment so I just need a way to sort out the flaking.

Answer: Hi, Mikey. Although we have not examined your scalp, it is highly unlikely you would need to stop your hair loss treatment course in order to effectively deal with your dandruff.

Dandruff and Diet

There are, however, a number of steps you can take and one does involve potentially switching the type of hair loss solution you are currently using. We understand you are not a Belgravia patient so you may wish to discuss our advice with your current treatment provider in this regard.

The first step we recommend is to wash your hair every day, alternating between using a good quality gentle shampoo – anything that is not full of harsh chemicals and drying to the scalp – and a specifically-targeted dandruff shampoo.

Ideally you should use a good quality medicated shampoo which contains ingredients known to combat dandruff inc ketoconazole, pyrithione, climbazole, coal tar or birch tar. Belgravia offers clinical therapy sessions to patients to help ease these types of issues, but these are only available to our clients. Our exclusive B4 shampoo, which was specifically formulated for the purpose of treating a range of scalp issues, is, however, also available to non-clients by visiting or calling our London hair loss clinics.

You mention using minoxidil foam to treat your hairloss; it may be worth considering switching to a different formulation, such as liquid minoxidil.

Liquid formulations of high strength minoxidil are often easier to apply, given drops can be applied straight to the scalp whereas with a foam, it is often the case that people accidentally apply more to the hair their actual head. This can not only be a messy, ineffective application method but the optimal amount of the hair loss product may not be absorbed by the scalp.

It is also important to ensure you are applying minoxidil properly – following the instructions to the letter. It should be applied to a dry scalp (the hair should also be dry) to avoid any dilution of the medication, and should be given sufficient time to absorb – a minimum of half an hour but ideally at least one hour – before coming into contact with water, for example taking a shower or going swimming.

Furthermore, ensure that, if you blow dry your hair, you do so before applying your solution, otherwise it is likely to evaporate.

Belgravia Centre B4 Medicated Shampoo treatment shampoo

Sometimes people do experience mild scalp irritation from minoxidil so we would recommend both trying the above shampooing routine and speaking to your treatment provider in order to determine the best course of action.

Then, if after a couple of weeks you don’t notice any improvement, you would do well to consult a dermatologist regarding your scalp condition, or a hair loss specialist if you wish to both review your treatment regimen and have your scalp issues professionally diagnosed.

There are certain scalp-drying situations which may make the flaking worse, so by being aware of these, you may be able to take steps to help you avoid them. These include being in an environment where there is constant central heating or air-conditioning, or taking flights – especially long haul.

Do also try to avoid scratching your scalp as this can aggravate the skin, may lead to an infection and, should it be a repeated behaviour on an on-going basis, could lead to permanent hair loss if the area becomes scarred.

If your dandruff is self-diagnosed it may be worthwhile getting a professional opinion as a flaky scalp can indicate a number of issues, not just dandruff. These include seborrhoeic dermatitis and eczema, both of which have a number of treatments available, including prescription medication, but which – in mild cases – should also be cleared up using the medicated shampoo routine previously outlined.


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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: Ash

Question: Hi. I’ve been bald for a few years now but am starting to miss my hair so my question is can minoxidil revive dead follicles?

Answer: Hi, Ash. We’re answering this query based on the assumption the reason for your baldness is Male Pattern Hair Loss, however, if this is not the case, we recommend a consultation with a specialist, trichologist or a dermatologist to determine why you went bald.

Bald male pattern baldness shaved head

As you may already know, minoxidil is one of only two clinically-proven male hair loss treatments that is both MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved. Topical solutions of high strength minoxidil are known to encourage hair growth and can be used on their own or accompanied by an oral DHT-blocker.

DHT – full name, dihydrotestosterone – is the testosterone byproduct which causes hair loss in those with a genetic predisposition to Male Pattern Baldness. During puberty it helps men to develop their sexual characteristics but after that time it is understood to attach to hair follicles located around the top of the scalp, from crown to hairline and temporal regions.

In men predisposed to hereditary hair loss, the DHT binds to receptors in these follicles, slowly weakening them, causing gradually thinning hair, receding and often eventual baldness. This process is known as follicular miniaturisation.

Those taking steps towards preventing baldness will need to do so whilst the hair follicles are still active – even if the hairs that are present are thinning this is a sign of life! – if they wish to pursue non-surgical hair loss treatment options, such as minoxidil.

Once the follicle have been destroyed and baldness has set in – signified by the smooth, shiny appearance of the scalp – these are no longer capable of producing hair growth, even with stimulation.

In some cases bald men may be able to have hair transplant surgery to get their hair back, however, this depends largely on the size of the area involved and the amount of good quality donor hair they have available.

Donor hair is found in the areas of the scalp that are immune to the effects of DHT, namely the back and sides, roughly from in line with the top of the ears down to the nape.

A highly-skilled surgeon should be consulted before embarking on such a delicate procedure, especially where there is a large area to be covered. They can not only advise you on whether or not you are a good candidate for a hair transplant, but can advise as to the type of surgery that best suits your situation, and whether natural-looking results are possible and how long it is likely to take for you to achieve your preferred look.

Additionally, choosing a reputable surgeon who is local to you ensure proper after care which is especially valuable should anything go wrong afterwards. Whilst hair transplants abroad may be cheaper than in the UK, there are significant dangers associated with this type of medical tourism – which it is important you make yourself aware of before considering such a move.

Although a hair transplant is not often seen as a ‘big deal’ now, it is still an invasive operation and requires a high degree of skill, precision and professional medical training to be done correctly – not to mention good quality, sterile equipment and proper aftercare.

Scalp Micropigmentation
An Example of Scalp Micropigmentation

There are cosmetic options, where non-surgical hair loss solutions are no longer possible and a hair transplant does not appeal. One of the most popular new services is called micropigmentation and involves medical-grade fine tattooing of the area where hair would normally grow. Many dots are applied in a number of different shades over several sessions, mimicking the natural appearance of hair in a buzzcut style, such as that worn by Vin Diesel.

As with hair transplants, this is not a service we offer at Belgravia, but, again, it also requires a highly adept and specially-trained professional to carry it out, not a regular tattoo artist nor beautician. Getting it wrong can not only be a costly and painful error when laser-removal is necessary, but the results can look extremely unnatural as various YouTube videos can attest to.

Whichever route you choose, it is so important to do your homework first to ensure you are happy with not only the option you select, but also that you feel comfortable and safe with the person carrying it out, and understand them to be both properly qualified, trained and licensed to perform this for 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: Nathan

Question: I have thinning hair on top and it’s been like this for a few years now so I suspect it’s Male Pattern Baldness and I know that’s pretty much normal. What I’m worried about is that I now have hairs coming out from my donor areas. When I brush my hair I notice I’m losing around 10 hairs each time (every day) from the back and sides of my head. I want to keep my donor hair healthy in case I ever consider a hair transplant so can you tell me what I can do to maintain this hair please and is it normal to be losing this much hair from the areas that don’t have MPB?

Areas of the scalp affected by male pattern hair loss baldness - Belgravia Centre
Areas of the scalp that can be affected by male pattern hair loss

Answer: Hi, Nathan. The hair loss you describe from the back and sides of your head sounds absolutely normal; in fact, it is common for everyone to lose around 100-150 hairs per day as a regular function of the hair growth cycle.

Shedding 10 hairs per day from these healthy areas does not signal a hair loss condition or anything to be worried about.

The thinning on top that you mention does sound likely to be Male Pattern Baldness given the length of time it has been present and the fact that it only affects the areas affected by DHT in those with a genetic susceptibility. These are the top of the scalp (vertex), crown and hairline including the temples.

Waiting until you lose your hair in these areas before proceeding straight to surgery is quite a drastic approach and we would definitely advise you to have a consultation with a hair loss specialist or even an experienced hair transplant surgeon now.

The reason for doing this is to find out whether it is likely you may be a suitable candidate for surgical hair restoration or not; and, if so, at what point this may be most appropriate – as well as when this operation would not be possible.

It is always best to be fully informed of your options and have the details you need ahead of time so you can make the best decision about if, when and how to tackle your hairloss.

If you would like to explore non-surgical ways of preventing baldness, there are clinically-proven medications that are both MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved for this purpose, as well as an array of non-pharmaceutical hair growth supporting products, which can help.

Depending on your age and medical profile, there are oral and topical options which can be used individually or, as Belgravia specialists usually recommend, together as part of a combination hair loss treatment course, to encourage accelerated hair growth and to inhibit the formation of DHT.

DHT (dihydrotestosterone), as you may know, is the testosterone-derivative which, following puberty, attacks susceptible hair follicles in the areas outlined above. By binding to their receptors, it causes increasingly thinning hair that gradually becomes weaker over time and can lead to baldness through a process known as follicular miniaturisation.

Adjunctive follicle-stimulating low level laser therapy (LLLT), delivered via an FDA-cleared device such as the HairMax LaserBand can further assist in preventing hair loss and promoting stronger hair growth, whilst highly-targeted food supplements. Whilst not a replacement for a balanced diet, these can ensure the hair receives optimum amounts of key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanicals, including biotin, selenium and zinc which contribute to the maintenance of normal hair growth.

These latter options in particular can also help what you refer to as your ‘donor hair’, keeping it in optimum condition.

Other day-to-day tips for healthy hair include washing your hair every day, or every other day (unless your hair type is Afro, in which case washing once a week is fine), to ensure your scalp is kept clean and in good shape; avoiding heat styling as much as possible or taking a sensible approach to this to prevent dryness and hair breakage, having a healthy lifestyle and diet – including getting enough sleep – so as to avoid emotional and physical stress and any dietary deficiencies which can cause hair loss all over the scalp.


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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: 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.


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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: 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.


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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: 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.


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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: 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.

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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.

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