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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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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?

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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.


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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: 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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: Lesley

Question: Hi. Is it normal to see hair loss in the shower? I have seen 20 hairs in the plug each time I shower, is this normal?

Answer: Hi, Lesley. Firstly, losing 20 hairs per day is entirely normal.

Adults – including those without any hair loss condition – shed a standard amount of around 100 to 150 hairs per day.

Whilst many of this hair fall occurs without us noticing – coming out as we move around during the day – activities which involve agitating the scalp can shake loose hairs that have already shed but may not have fallen to the ground yet.

Brushing hair, combing it or washing hair not only helps any hairs in the shedding phase of the hair growth cycle to come loose and fall away, it also draws our attention to the hair fall given we are concentrating on it at the time.

This can make it seem as if we are noticing more hair loss when, in fact, it is simply hairs that have already shed as a normal part of hair growth, coming out.

If this is the only thing leading you to wonder if you are experiencing hair loss, it is unlikely you have anything to worry about. If this is accompanied by an overall drop in volume – where the hair feels thinner than previously, your parting appears wider and/or you notice a receding hairline start to develop – or if hair fall increases and shedding remains at a higher-than-normal level over an extended period of time – or if you see sudden bald patches develop – it is best to seek expert advice.

A consultation with a hair specialist can provide you with a diagnosis and, where appropriate, personalised hair loss treatment recommendations based on the outcome and your medical profile. This can be done online or in-person at a dedicated hair loss clinic.

However, as before, unless you have any additional symptoms, or start to develop any, the hair fall you describe is entirely normal and we do not believe there is anything for you to be concerned about based on the information provided.


The Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Name: Scott

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Click to View Belgravia Male Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories (Results May Vary and are Not Guaranteed)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Name: Miriam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Name: Troy

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

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

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

  • a higher risk of side effects (such as skin irritation)
  • a lower chance of the drug being effective (after the expiry date the solution is likely to become increasingly weaker over time, so it may not work as well)
  • an increased risk of hair fall resuming (if the solution is weaker than it should be, its effects may be less effective – or even completely ineffective – and the likelihood of hair loss resuming increases)
hair loss treatment medication expiry date

Specialist hair loss clinics, including the dedicated pharmacies here at Belgravia, tend to only dispense medications to patients in three-to-six month batches at a time so the drugs and appropriate expiry dates align and their treatment is always ‘in date’. When men, or women, choose to purchase ‘over the counter’ hair loss products such as Regaine, there is no such supervision.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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