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The British press has reacted favourably to Prince William’s rather extreme new haircut which appears to have been chosen to hide or at least distract from his hair loss.

The 35 year old is famously losing his hair to the hereditary condition male pattern baldness, which is rife among the Royal Family. This genetic issue affects at least half of all men by the time they hit 50, it can strike at any time post-puberty. The Duke of Cambridge was apparently dealt a particularly harsh hand, having started losing his hair when he was around 20 years of age.

Prince William Duke of Cambridge Hair Cut Male Pattern Baldness Hair Loss

Prince William’s extremely short haircut requires a lot of maintenance as can be seen from the photos inset which show him days before and after getting his new hairstyle

Enough of the jibes

Numerous mostly good-natured comments and quips have been aimed at the future king’s thinning hair over the years, including some from his own brother Harry and his wife Kate, who reportedly suggested he embrace his baldness or get a hair transplant given how advanced his baldness is now.

It seems that William has had enough of the jibes and potentially acted upon the Duchess of Cambridge’s alleged remarks, having decided the best haircut for a man with thinning hair on top is a buzzcut.

Many hairdressers would likely agree that this is a winning choice for a man whose baldness is as pronounced as Prince William’s, and affects his entire vertex, from hairline to crown – the full area that can be affected by genetic hair loss. Both the Daily Mail and Independent newspapers thought it a smart and confident move.

The shorter the hair is kept around the back and sides, the less the areas of hair loss stand out, making buzzcuts a good look for men who choose not to use male pattern hair loss treatment, or who have left it too late for this non-surgical approach to be a viable option.

In cases where the scalp has taken on a smooth, shiny appearance, this indicates that the follicles are no longer capable of producing hair. Grafting functioning hair follicles taken from the unaffected areas around the back and sides of the head, into these balding areas via surgical hair restoration tends to be the only option once baldness is evident, assuming there is sufficient good quality donor hair available.

One potential downside to Prince William’s haircut is that the style is extremely high maintenance and quickly show the difference in hair density if not trimmed around once a week, depending on the length of cut chosen. Even men who like keeping their hair short – not just to hide hairloss – can become concerned at the smallest disparity between the sides of their head and the top.

Proven alternative

As many men know there is an alternative to the “grin and bear it” approach to losing one’s hair. For those happy with how they look without hair, a shaved head can be a quick solution. For those who would prefer to keep theirs, a hair loss treatment course featuring one or both of the recognised medications can help to stabilise shedding, encourage new hair growth and prevent baldness through consistent use.

Male pattern baldness has two MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved medications – finasteride 1mg and minoxidil – which come in oral (finasteride) and topical (minoxidil) formulations.

Appropriate formulations of high strength minoxidil can be used to encourage hair growth when applied directly to the scalp where needed. This approach has been seen to be particularly useful when dealing with stubborn hair loss, for instance a receding hairline or thinning crown.

The one-a-day tablet finasteride 1mg, is an established DHT-blocker. Inhibiting DHT can be an effective way of minimising hair thinning given it is DHT – dihydrotestosterone – which is the catalyst for follicular miniaturisation, the process which displays outwardly as thinning hair and hair loss.

Additional hair growth supporting products can supplement this approach with components designed to stimulate the follicles plus promote scalp and hair health.

What’s worth remembering is that treatment is not just for men who want to wear longer hairstyles; many people who like to keep their hair short still worry about losing their hair.

How a man chooses to deal with male pattern baldness is an extremely personal decision. For those wanting to keep it, or considering this as a possibility, it is best to have a consultation as early on in the process as possible. This is not only because the more advanced hair loss is when treatment starts, the longer it can take to see any effects. It is also to benefit from having a professional diagnosis, advice and personalised treatment recommendations in a timely fashion, so men feel properly informed and can take their time to make the best decision for them.


Circ - Male Pattern Baldness hair loss treatment Belgravia Centre clinic LondonThe Belgravia Centre

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


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The Only Way Is Essex star James Lock has surprised fans by turning up at a TV awards show with a dramatic new look that was intended to conceal a just-performed hair transplant that he had despite, somewhat controversially, not having any signs of hair loss.

Lock, who is known for his signature thick hair, commonly sports something of a “parted curtains” style that is worn swept back across the sides of his head. According to the clinic where he had the procedure, the 31 year old does not have male pattern baldness. He admitted to having the surgery due to being uncomfortable about the position of his natural hairline, so had the procedure not as hair restoration – as is normally the case – but to lower his hairline.

As an interim solution whilst he waits for the newly implanted grafts to settle in, the celebrity explained on social media that he has taken to wearing his fringe brushed forward. Many of his followers on Twitter compared his new look to that of Justin Bieber.

James-Lock-TOWIE-hair-transplant-before-after-hiding-hairline-hairstyleHairline-hiding men’s hairstyles

The hairstyle James Lock is currently using to disguise his inflamed and reddened transplant site is one that many men use when they want to hide a receding hairline. It only tends to work when the pattern of hair loss is restricted to a receding hairline and there is no thinning on top in order to create sufficient volume. Side-parting the hair and sweeping it forward into an angular fringe is often used as a way of disguising a receding hairline, as it helps to draw the eyes further down the face.

In cases like this, in order to be able to use the hair you have to create a diversion from your hairline insecurities, it’s best to keep a bit of length on top so that you have something to play with. Whilst growing a fringe will give you instant coverage, there are alternatives. By choosing a classic pompadour, quiff or short back-and-sides with some length left on top, the men’s hairstyling trick of brushing the hair forwards – rather than sweeping it back towards the crown, as is customary with these styles – can create the illusion of a fringe.

Although microscopic hair fibres and coloured sprays – also known as ‘hair in a can’ – are popular wash-out cosmetic options for making thinning hair look thicker, these aren’t generally ideal for frontal hairloss. This is especially true in the case of a widow’s peak if there are advanced balding areas at each of the temples.

Whilst clever styling may be a useful temporary fix for faking fuller hair, as male pattern baldness is a permanent and progressive condition, it isn’t a long-term hair loss solution – at least not a convincing one.

Regrowing a receding hairline

Male pattern baldness – or androgenetic alopecia – is a common genetic condition that involves an inherited sensitivity to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Once the condition becomes active, the DHT binds to hair follicles located around the top of the head and hairline. This gradually weakens them, resulting in increasingly thinner hair and eventual hair loss due to process known as follicular miniaturisation.

This hair loss in men – for female pattern baldness does not display in the same way – tends to form in distinct patterns. These are a receding hairline, a thinning crown and thinning along the top of the scalp (the vertex). It is possible to have one, two or all three of these areas affected; often one area may begin to go earlier than others, rather than all three shedding at the same rate simultaneously. The initial signs typically begin to show when a man is in his late 20’s to early 30’s, though technically this type of hair loss can start any time following puberty.

Once the first signs of hair loss do become noticeable – though not before – it is possible to start a dedicated male pattern hair loss treatment course featuring clinically-proven medications. Finasteride 1mg and minoxidil are both MHRA licensed and FDA approved for the treatment of male pattern baldness, however, it is important to understand the function of each drug, particularly for those wanting to regrow a receding hairline.

Finasteride 1mg is a DHT-blocker which comes as a one-a-day oral tablet. This inhibits the formation of DHT, allowing the hair to grow unhindered whilst the drug is in a man’s system. However, its benefits in relation to hair growth have not been tested for the hairline area specifically and its efficacy in that area remains clinically-unproven.

The Belgravia Centre london clinic Mens hairloss treatmentIt is for this reason, among others, that topical applications of high strength minoxidil may be used when looking to treat a receding hairline. This drug comes in various solutions and is applied directly to the scalp where required. It is a topical vasodilator – meaning that it increases localised bloodflow and opens the potassium channels, helping to accelerate the hair growth process.

Frontal and temporal hairs, especially that around the temples, are the hairs which take the longest to grow anywhere on the scalp.

Anyone concerned that they won’t be able – or simply don’t want – to hide their receding hairline for much longer can receive personalised advice and hair loss treatment recommendations following a consultation with a hair loss specialist.


Hair Vitalics for Men food supplement healthy hair growthThe 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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In the quest to rejuvenate ageing faces, the options available can often seem quite dizzying. Where to begin? Spending thousands of pounds on courses of Botox and other wrinkle-erasing treatments… or are you better off trying to deal with hair loss?

While there hasn’t yet been a comparative study conclusively illustrating just how much you could shave off your appearance by undergoing a range of therapies, it may now be possible to compare two areas thanks to a new report from Chicago.

Facial exercises anti-ageing look youngerDaily anti-ageing facial exercises

Scientists at Northwestern University have found that a 30-minute daily facial exercise program that is followed for 20 weeks can make middle-aged women appear roughly three years younger. By comparison, earlier studies have shown that thinning hair can make a person look up to ten years older.

It may not be science worthy of a Nobel Prize, but the results clearly seem to show that restoring or preserving your hair could do more for people’s perceptions of your age than committing to a regime of facial toning.

For people who want the best of both worlds and think that anything is worth trying once, the Northwestern study extols the virtues of performing 32 distinct facial exercises, holding each for about a minute. They include “The Cheek Lifter”, “Happy Cheeks Sculpting”, “The Eyebrow Lift” and more, and the net result is an improvement in upper cheek and lower cheek fullness.

The notion that hair loss can make people look up to a decade older is based upon a 2014 story reported in The Express. This suggested that women with thinning hair can look as much as 10 years older than they actually are. This sentiment was further backed by a 2016 a hair transplant clinic survey which found that visible signs of hairloss can add up to eight years to a man’s real age.

It discovered noticeable male pattern baldness to be the number one reason that men look older. Just behind hair loss was greying hair, which it found could add up to seven years to a person’s appearance. Having a full beard can reportedly added up to five years.

Whilst for both men and women thinning hair can be visually ageing, genetic hair loss is often wrongly assumed to be something that only ‘old people’ experience. In fact, this misconception has never been further from the truth. Male and female pattern baldness can start to present in those with a genetic predisposition any time following puberty, and research shows that now young people are developing premature hair loss more than ever.

In contrast to previous generations who would generally tend to see symptoms appear when they were in their 30’s (men) and 40’s (women), it is now common for signs of hereditary hair loss to begin in both sexes from their mid-20’s to early 30’s. It can, of course, present earlier or later and this, as well as the rate at which hair is lost, is unique to each individual.

Hair loss treatment for men and women

Regardless of how old a person is when they start to experience hairloss, ‘looking old’ – or wanting to look younger – is a reason frequently given by people wanting to start hair loss treatment.

The approach Belgravia takes when treating instances of androgenetic alopecia is an holistic one, providing not only clinically-proven pharmaceutical remedies but also non-medicinal hair growth booster products, all tailored to the client’s individual needs.

The only two medications with the relevant MHRA license and FDA approval to treat pattern hair loss at present are finasteride 1mg and minoxidil. So, for women, treatment involves topical use of recommended formulations of high strength minoxidil – a vasodilating solution which opens the potassium channels, promoting hair growth – paired with appropriate boosters. Whilst, in addition to minoxidil, men can also add in finasteride 1mg, an oral DHT-blocking tablet.

What DHT does in men and women with hereditary hair loss, is latch on to the affected follicles – those located around the top of the scalp and frontal hairline. It then gradually weakens and destroys the hair follicles, resulting in increasingly thinner hairs and eventual hair fall. If left unchecked, this can result in baldness in men, and advanced hair thinning in women.

Whilst finasteride is not suitable for women, Belgravia has developed an exclusive, premium hair growth supplement – Hair Vitalics for Women – which, in addition to blending key beneficial vitamins, minerals and amino acids, also includes soy isoflavones known to lower DHT levels in the bloodstream. Additionally, Hair Vitalics for Men includes the botanical extract saw palmetto for the same reason, with the specific formulations ensuring a highly-targeted product that is more than just a nutritional support.

Hair Vitalics hair growth supplements are just one of the range of boosters available to complement the pharmaceutical elements of hair loss treatment courses. Other options include using a home-use, follicle-stimulating LLLT device such as the patented LaserComb, LaserBand 41 or LaserBand 82, and undertaking clinical therapy sessions.

Whilst dealing with hair fall is clearly a proven way to stop yourself from looking prematurely old, it is worth remembering that a healthy lifestyle plays a significant part, too. As well as making people look and feel more youthful, being in tip top condition comes with the added bonus that it reduces the likelihood of being affected by a lifestyle-related hair loss condition, such as telogen effluvium. Also reduced is the risk that a genetic thinning condition may inadvertently be accelerated.


Circ - Belgravia Centre Hair Growth supplements boosters lasercombThe Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. 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 UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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An exciting development in the field of alopecia areata research may soon mean that there is a treatment option for children whose hair loss has been caused by the condition.

At present, severe forms of the autoimmune disorder – alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis – cannot be treated effectively in adults or children. Where the scalp-only form is concerned, alopecia areata treatment is only available for medically suitable people aged 16 and over, meaning that children – who arguably have the roughest time in terms of involuntarily standing out from the crowd because of the bald patches the condition causes – are woefully underserved.

Facial filler injection syringeInjectable treatment

A company named HCell based in Austin, Texas, aims to change all that with its pioneering research into a new injectable treatment aimed specifically at children with alopecia areata. Its drug is currently named HC017AA and – perhaps unsurprisingly – its makeup is something of a closely-guarded secret.

What is known at this stage is that the drug is being developed for use as a topical injection and aims to regenerate hair through a proprietary blend of commercially procured biologic and autologous tissue. The project was given a significant boost in January when it was granted Orphan Drug Designation by the FDA in America.

The FDA Office of Orphan Products Development evaluates scientific and clinical data submissions from sponsors to identify and designate products as promising for rare diseases and to advance their scientific development. Orphan Drug Designation allows HCell to be eligible for a seven-year period of US marketing exclusivity if its drug is approved.

Said Jae Hyun Lim M.D., Ph.D, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer at HCell: “We are working diligently to prepare for the clinical study for this significant, yet unmet, medical need for alopecia areata in paediatric patients.” HCell – a name new to Belgravia – is also working on another product named HC0100, which is intended to treat genetic baldness.

Helping children with alopecia

The news of HCell’s ambitions is to be applauded, as the notion of helping children to avoid having to go through the worry associated with alopecia areata is something very dear to many hair loss specialists’ hearts.

It is unfortunate that HCell’s plan at present is based around injections into the scalp, as this could naturally be quite distressing to children. Frustratingly, many treatments for alopecia areata in adults do not normally use this method. At Belgravia, tailored treatment courses typically involve formulations of topically-applied high strength minoxidil from those available at the clinics’ in-house pharmacies.

This drug opens up the potassium channels in the scalp and in doing so can encourage regrowth. It has proven to be an effective strategy in combating alopecia areata in many cases for suitable men and women aged 16 and over, as can be seen in Belgravia’s Alopecia Areata Treatment Success Stories.

For those with the currently un-treatable, severe forms of autoimmune alopecia or who are under 16 years of age, the best hair loss solution is often a wig. The much-loved British charity, Little Princess Trust offers real hair wigs free of charge to children. These are produced from donations – both monetary and hair donations – made by members of the public, including celebrities such as Harry Styles and Jessie J.

UPDATE [02/02/18]: Belgravia has received the following response from HCell:

“HC017AA is a secondary treatment to drugs such as steroid, minoxidil, DCCP, PUVA… etc, offered to those who have already tried other treatments but were unsuccessful. The pediatric patients are under anaesthesia when HC017AA is injected on the scalp, so there is no distress. Pediatric patients are under more distress as they start to cope with Alopecia Areata, and bullying by their peer groups is a traumatic scar to the patient. When the pediatric patients come in for their consult, they are more than thrilled to be undergoing a treatment that is not only innovative, but effective.  Moreover, the adults who do not see any results with topically applied drugs (first treatment) turn to HC0100.”


The Belgravia CentreThe Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. 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 UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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In the fiercely-competitive world of basketball, players know only too well to seize any small advantages that may come their way – even if the edge happens to come from hair loss.

Teenage basketball ace Sammy Richardson from Nebraska started losing his hair to the autoimmune disorder alopecia universalis when he was in second grade, and whilst this often-distressing condition which causes total hair loss on the head and body initially knocked him for six, Richardson says he quickly got used to it.

Sammy Richardson BasketballToday, in fact, the six-foot-three leading scorer for the Lincoln High team in the city of Lincoln, says that his completely bald head sometimes gives him a small competitive advantage when he is facing players who don’t know him.

Intimidating vibe

Richardson thinks that his smooth-headed look may give him a slightly intimidating vibe – although he admits that now people have got used to seeing him around, most people he encounters are not phased by his lack of hair. Even so, over the years the young player has had to put up with numerous questions about his bald head, most of which revolved around whether or not he was having treatment for cancer.

Alopecia universalis is a rare and virtually untreatable form of the more widespread alopecia areata, although the latter is far from commonplace and will only affect around 2% of all people in their lifetime. Categorised as autoimmune disorders, both conditions are thought to have multiple suspected triggers. What is especially brutal about alopecia-related conditions is that they can strike without warning and that no one ever knows whether regrowth is just around the corner.

At Belgravia, alopecia areata treatment is possible when clients present with the scalp-only, mild, patchy version of the disease, and tailored treatment courses typically involve formulations of high strength minoxidil from those available at the in-clinic pharmacies. This approach can often produce improved results, examples of which can be seen in Belgravia’s Alopecia Areata Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Positive sides to alopecia

Richardson is certainly not the only person with a severe form of alopecia to have sought out its positive side. American actor Joseph Gatt, who starred in both Thor and Star Trek: Into Darkness, says he feels blessed to have alopecia. “Without it I would not have been forced to make those difficult decisions and fight those battles that have brought me to the blessed life I currently have,” he said. “Without alopecia, ironically, I probably would not be living my dream as a successful actor.”

These are words that have been echoed by basketball player Charlie Villanueva, who is arguably America’s most high-profile celebrity with alopecia universalis and who is a spokesman for the NAAFA, America’s National Alopecia Areata Foundation. He once said that, “without having alopecia I don’t know where I would be. Alopecia is a blessing in disguise and it made me who I am today. So what is alopecia? My purpose in life.”

More proof that severe alopecia need not be a barrier to personal and professional success can be found in spades in sports circles around the world, with everyone from gold-medal winning British cyclist Joanna Rowsell to footballer Jonjo Shelvey affected by the condition. Like many others with the disease, they have spoken publicly about their struggles to come to terms with their extreme hair loss and have proven to be an inspiration for many.


Belgravia Centre Hair Loss ClinicThe Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. 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 UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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When most people sign up for a hair transplant operation the intention is normally to combat some kind of hair loss – but former TOWIE star Maria Fowler may have used the operation to reposition her hairline.

In a video posted to Instagram the celebrity seems thrilled that the size of her forehead has been reduced thanks to a hair transplant which looks like it has lowered her old hairline by a centimetre or so.

Maria Fowler and Kelvin BateyReplace lost hair?

What is unclear is whether or not the new hairline work was carried out to address signs of a hair loss condition, or if the TV star chose this cosmetic solution due to potential insecurities over the size of her forehead.

Fowler and her fiancé Kelvin Batey had ‘his and hers’ hair transplant procedures in September 2017 and happily Instagrammed about them at the time. Batey’s operation was to tackle his genetic hair thinning caused by male pattern baldness. His procedure is suspected, from the tell-tale bloodied red marks left post-op, to have been on his receding hairline though it is thought that he may have had some hairs implanted onto his crown as well.

Fowler is more of a mystery. What seems possible is that she too had a receding hairline but pictures of the beauty blogger suggest this is unlikely to have been caused by female pattern baldness – which tends to cause thinning hair around the temples and top of the scalp. We think this is more likely to be due to something called Traction Alopecia.

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Areas of the scalp affected by specific women’s hair loss conditions

This is a fully-preventable condition that is brought on by frequently wearing the hair in tight hairstyles such as high ponytails and braids. Heavy hair extensions are also a common culprit and Maria has mentioned using these, as well as wearing some of the hairstyles known to be common culprits when it comes to Traction Alopecia. These styles and adornments cause excessive tension to the scalp, with the resulting strain on the hair follicles around the whole frontal hairline – and often where the styles are fixed – causing hair loss. If a solution is not sought promptly and the offending styles continue to be worn, this can lead to permanent baldness.

Whilst it is still somewhat rare for women to undergo cosmetic surgery to adjust their hairline but Fowler appears delighted with it and said: “I just want to say, how good is my hair transplant going?! My forehead is, like, reduced and I’ve actually got a good hairline. I’m so impressed. It’s not there yet though, but it’s getting there.”

Hair transplants have enjoyed a significant boost in popularity over the last few years thanks in no small part to celebrities publicly having them and being encouraged to talk about it by canny transplant surgeons. Women, however, rarely own up to one – possibly because they commonly choose a more discrete solution to their thinning: a personalised hair loss treatment course. This can quietly and gradually help to address thinning experienced by both men and women.

Women’s hair loss under-reported

Like men, women can be susceptible to genetic hair loss, but this is not nearly as widely reported as it is for men. What is surprising to many people is that some reports suggest that untold millions of women in the UK alone may be affected. It should be noted, though, that the pattern of thinning hair in women with androgenetic alopecia is markedly different than it is for men with the condition. It can certainly be less obvious, with many women first noticing signs of ‘invisible hair loss‘ such as a drop in their hair density, and their parting looking wider than normal.

Female pattern hair loss treatment at Belgravia is a popular option, as is treatment for traction alopecia, both of which are available to medically-suitable women from age 16 upwards. Treatment courses are devised by their treatment team and customised on a client-by-client basis, based on an individual’s condition, medical history and lifestyle.

As well as formulations of high-strength minoxidil from the clinics’ in house pharmacies, when appropriate, women’s hair loss treatment also makes use of booster products. These include Hair Vitalics for Women, a highly-targeted food supplement for healthy hair growth developed exclusively by The Belgravia Centre hair experts.

Following research, they identified crucial vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts that were beneficial to the hair’s health and blended a premium formula that is suitable for vegetarians, and free from a number of allergens including gluten, lactose and yeast. In addition to key nutrients including biotin, zinc and selenium, these one-a-day tablets feature the soy isoflavones genistein and daidzein, which were specifically chosen for the Women’s formulation due to their proven ability to reduce levels of DHT in the bloodstream.

Whilst not intended to replace a balanced diet or hair loss treatment, this easy-to-use nutritional support can help to give the hair a boost from the inside out. Additional hair growth boosters include the LaserBand, which uses low level laser therapy, carried out at home, to stimulate the follicles.

In cases of Traction Alopecia, it is of paramount importance that the hair is worn naturally, or loosely, during recovery in order for the follicles to recouperate.  It is also wise to stick to a more hair-friendly styling regime in future in order to minimise the negative effects to the hair and prevent hair loss from Traction Alopecia recurring. As, whilst some of the booster products can continue to be used once treatment has ended (Traction Alopecia treatment can be stopped once sufficient regrowth has been reached), it is still important to be mindful of what caused the hair loss in the first place in order to avoid it happening again. Should the condition become permanent, surgery may be the only form of hair restoration option left due to the destruction of the follicles rendering them incapable of growing hair naturally.


circ - womens hair loss treatment belgravia centre hair vitalics hair growth supplements for womenThe Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. 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 UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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A plastic surgery clinic in Turkey has made some rather startling claims which suggest that people who choose to deal with their hair loss by having a hair transplant might inadvertently cause any lingering migraine problems they have to cease.

Researchers from the SO-EP Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic in the city of Kayseri, assessed the headaches experienced by six hair transplant patients in the months following their surgery and found that in all cases their level of suffering dropped from an average 6.6/10 to a zero. Whilst the doctors do not make any conclusive scientific claims on the back of these findings, they wonder if nerve endings were sufficiently altered during surgery to make migraine pain disappear.

migraine headache stress sad upsetSmall study group

Alternatively, it could be that this headline-grabbing story is merely one interpretation of the data. Six people in a study group is an astonishingly small number, as most clinical trials involve a far larger group of participants.

Additionally, little is made of the fact that there are multiple reasons that people experience migraines, with key triggers including stress, anxiety, tension and depression. Might it be that the effects of hair loss on patients’ confidence – coupled with worrying about their receding hairline – had been the cause of the migraines?

There appear to be other issues with the findings that need addressing, too: a questionnaire which was sent out to patients asked whether their migraines were professionally diagnosed, but their responses are not readily apparent. Self-diagnosis in studies is often somewhat flawed.

On top of this, the scientists state that “the most striking part of the study was that the number of migraine patients was low compared with the hair plantation population,” (we can assume they mean hair transplant population). Of the 150 people that had hair transplant operations during the period of the study, only six had historical problems with migraines. Interpreting this data, the team wrote  in their findings that: “In patients who need hair transplantation, the rate of incidence of migraine may be low.”

But the doctors may simply have overlooked some basic truths about migraines and hair transplants. According to the NHS, ‘Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around one in every five women and around one in every 15 men’. This means that most migraine sufferers are women, whilst the majority of patients who undergo hair restoration surgery are men. Of the six volunteers who took part in their research, five were men experiencing male pattern baldness whilst only one was a woman. She was having the operation to combat alopecia areata – a somewhat unusual step.

painkillers medication ibuprofen drugs pain medsDrastic solution

Although there is no cure for migraines, having hair transplant surgery to relieve them seems like a rather drastic solution; the NHS currently advises lying in a darkened room or sleeping during an attack, and notes that many sufferers use over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol, aspirin or ibuprofen. Having one to deal with a hair loss condition such as male pattern baldness, however, can make more sense in some cases.

Firstly, it is important to understand that not everybody is suitable for a hair transplant; those with extensive areas of baldness may not have the necessary amount, or quality, of donor hair – the hairs at the back and sides of the head excavated and re-grafted during the procedure – for the operation to be worthwhile.

This is one of the key reasons it is not usually offered in cases of autoimmune alopecia, which can cause anything from small bald spots to total hair loss from head to toe. Whilst treatments for the most severe forms – Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis – are still in development, alopecia areata treatment is already available for suitable over 16s.

Non-surgical hair loss treatment

Men under 30 are often advised by surgeons that they are too young to have the operation – though in cases of temporal triangular hair loss from male pattern baldness, a lower mid-twenties age may be considered. They are frequently directed to try stabilising their hair fall, regrowing hair and preventing baldness moving forward by using clinically-proven pharmaceutical methods.

This is known as male pattern hair loss treatment, and typically makes use of one or both of the two MHRA licensed and FDA-approved drugs – finasteride 1mg and minoxidil.

The oral tablet, finasteride 1mg is a DHT blocker, helping to inhibit the production of this hormone which causes hair thinning in cases of genetic hairloss, whilst topical applications of high strength minoxidil can help to encourage hair regrowth.

Additional hair growth supporting products can be used alongside these front-line treatments. These include home-use LLLT devices, such as the LaserComb and LaserBands, and men’s hair supplements designed to encourage the maintenance of normal hair growth.

In cases where the hairloss is so advanced that the follicles are damaged to the point where the scalp takes on the smooth, shiny look associated with baldness, this generally means they are no longer capable of normal hair growth. Surgical restoration may be the best course of action in these instances. This is because non-surgical hair loss treatment requires active follicles capable of producing hair in order to work.

Whilst hair transplants for women are comparatively rare, they are certainly possible. However, the more generalised areas of thinning hair seen in cases of female pattern hair loss – the most common cause of shedding in women – provides a larger, less defined affected area, often covering the whole vertex (top of the scalp) and the temples. This would mean needing, not only a lot of good quality donor hair, but also more money, given this already expensive procedure tends to be priced per graft (per hair). For these reasons, amongst others, many women opt to follow a female pattern hair loss treatment course instead.


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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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The maker of a hotly-anticipated new drug – fast-tracked by the FDA – which aims to help people with conditions that can cause severe hair loss has played down concerns that a patent dispute may delay its release.

The drug in question – CTP-543 – is a new pill intended to be taken by adults with autoimmune alopecia and, as of January 2018, it had emerged as the likely front-runner in the race to bring a novel treatment option for these conditions to market.

CTP-543New use for JAK inhibitors

It is being developed by a company named Concert Pharmaceuticals which, like several other companies in America in particular, is trying to find a way to safely use JAK inhibitor drugs that were originally designed to treat everything from certain cancers to rheumatoid arthritis on diseases that cause severe alopecia areata.

Concert is working on a variant of a JAK inhibitor known as ruxolitinib, which US pharmaceutical company Incyte sell under the brand name of Jakafi. According to recent news reports, however, a Concert petition challenging the validity of Incyte’s patent covering deuterated ruxolitinib analogs has been rejected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

While this sounds potentially problematic to Concert – and indeed it quickly pushed its share price down 10% – the company’s CEO Roger Tung said: “We are disappointed that the PTAB has denied our petition on the patent. This decision does not prohibit us from challenging the validity of the patent at a later time in federal court, and we will continue with our plans to develop CTP-543 for alopecia areata. We don’t expect any disruption to our clinical timelines.”

Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis are extreme forms of the more widely-seen Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune disorder that is usually experienced as sudden, patchy shedding leading to rounded bald spots anywhere on the scalp. All three conditions have a number of suspected triggers, including extreme shock, physical trauma and psychological long-term chronic stress, and whilst steps to try and identify and alleviate these are taken during Alopecia Areata treatment, it is not always possible to do so.

It would appear that Concert was focusing on Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis (which both cause total baldness of the head, with body hair also being lost in cases of the latter) when it applied for FDA fast-tracking, as it stated it wanted to “facilitate the development and expedite the review of new therapies to treat serious conditions and address unmet medical needs.”

Alopecia Areata can be treated

Treatment for the scalp-only phenotype – Alopecia Areata – which is the name of the mildest form of autoimmune hair loss as well as the name for the overarching group of autoimmune disorders that cause hair loss – already exists, and bespoke treatment programmes are tailored to suit the needs of each client.

Belgravia’s hair loss experts have found that formulations of high-strength minoxidil from the range available at its in-clinic pharmacies are often effective when treating Alopecia Areata. Whilst this drug is only approved by the MHRA and the FDA as a treatment for androgenetic alopecia – male and female pattern baldness – it is widely understood to have an impact on other hair loss conditions, too.

This approach can be further augmented by appropriate hair growth boosters. It is important to note that, is not recommended to use LLLT devices – which form part of the clinic’s range of booster products – on Alopecia Areata patients, however.

Neither the treatment nor the booster products can be used on the baldness caused by Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis – hence the current race to bring an appropriate treatment to market. In fact, the recognition of the lack of current options is why the FDA actually granted fast-track status to Concert’s CTP-543 drug. With the many oral and topical JAK inhibitors currently in development, it is hoped that people experiencing the full range of autoimmune alopecia areata conditions will have access to safe and effective treatments for the first time within the coming years.


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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. 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 UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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Social media super influencer The Blonde Salad’s Chiara Ferragni has sparked something of a debate after she Instagrammed a video of herself in LA having a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) facial whilst six months pregnant. Now, people with hair loss – who sometimes use PRP treatments to try and replace lost hair – want to know if they can use it in the run-up to childbirth, too.

The simple answer is no. PRP treatment – which involves extracting a patient’s blood and running it through a centrifuge before re-injecting a certain portion of it back into the body where it is needed – comes with risks, as with any invasive procedure. One of the most pertinent being the risk of infection, including that of sepsis, which can be harmful to fetal health.
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Because of this, many reputable PRP practitioners would elect not to perform the treatment on a pregnant woman, whether as a hair loss treatment or for other reasons.

Not worth the risk

For pregnant women, it simply isn’t worth the risk. Additionally, PRP treatment for female pattern hair loss – and male pattern baldness – is somewhat unproven anyway. Though trials are on-going, to date they have shown that, at best, PRP has some function as an adjunct therapy that may help boost hair growth when used alongside the established MHRA licensed and FDA approved women’s hair loss treatment, high strength minoxidil, rather than being a treatment in its own right.

The Belgravia Centre does not currently offer PRP due to its lack of proven efficacy in relation to hair regrowth or as a hair loss treatment.

Furthermore, because PRP is not for the squeamish and is also rather expensive, people often prefer alternative hair growth supporting products, such as Belgravia’s highly-targeted nutritional supplement Hair Vitalics which, in addition to key vitamins, minerals and amino acids, also contains botanicals and biotin, zinc and selenium for the maintenance of normal hair growth Low level laser therapy (LLLT), a follicle-stimulating technique, is also worthwhile considering. It can be self-administered in the privacy of a patient’s own home via FDA-cleared devices such as the HairMax LaserComb or LaserBand.

Hair loss treatment during pregnancy

At Belgravia, when a client plans to start a family or when they or their partner become pregnant, their dedicated hair loss treatment advisor will guide them through this period. There are various rules that both men and women using hair loss treatment need to follow during this time, both pre- and post-natal.

Women should not use hairloss treatment whilst pregnant – this should be ceased immediately upon conception until after they have finished breast-feeding. It is not recommended to take Hair Vitalics for Women hair growth supplements whilst pregnant or nursing, however if a woman wishes to do so, she should check with her doctor first.

If their partner is using treatment for male pattern baldness, he can continue to use minoxidil throughout the pregnancy, as normal. If he is taking finasteride 1mg, however, he must stop seven days before starting to try for a baby. It is fine for him to continue taking Hair Vitalics for Men hair growth supplements as normal during the pregnancy.

Post-partum alopecia

After a woman gives birth she may experience a period of intensely thinning hair, whether she had a hair loss condition prior to pregnancy or not. This is due to a condition called postpartum alopecia which tends to present a few months after childbirth and affects the whole scalp.

For those who had already been using treatment for a separate condition, such as female pattern baldness, this may mean tweaks being made to their pre-pregnancy programme in order to deal with both issues simultaneously, once it is time to resume their course.

To understand postpartum hairloss, it is important to know a little about the normal hair growth cycle, which consists of three phases: the active growth phase which takes several years, the resting phase which lasts for about three months, and the shedding phase. Hormonal changes that occur in a woman during pregnancy can lead to a sudden increase in the amount of time the hair remains in the growth phase – which leads to hair looking fuller and healthy pre-birth.

Once the baby has been born, the cycle gradually regulates itself over a period of up to three months, during which time the hair that was hoarded will shed from all over the scalp. This can seem intense and a cause of concern to those who do not know what to expect, but it is entirely normal. In most cases normal hair growth will resume and be back to normal by the time of the baby’s first birthday. If this is not the case – or for anyone particularly worried by their hair thinning after giving birth – post-partum hair loss treatment is available to help expedite this process and may be worth exploring.


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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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A Las Vegas-based model who has refused to let severe hair loss get in the way of a glittering career is now starring in one of America’s hottest reality TV competition shows.

Jeana Turner ANTM Cycle 24Jeana Turner, 24, features amongst a pleasingly diverse selection of contenders for the new series of America’s Next Top Model, the long-running show which is back to being fronted by its original boss, Tyra Banks for its 24th season.

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Turner, whose hair loss has been caused by an extreme form of the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata, has already enjoyed success in the pages of such international magazines as Maxim and Playboy, and describes herself on her Facebook page as a glamour, lingerie and swimwear model.

Her hairloss, however, appears to be a lingering source of sadness, as a clip from ANTM cycle 24 shows her breaking down in tears when stylists remove her wig. She tells the camera: “Many people have told me I’m not beautiful.”

The 5ft 5in model’s Instagram page boasts over 149,000 followers and features a mixture of photographs in which she sports either a wig (from a wide selection) or a completely smooth head. Other bald models who have lost their hair to alopecia areata have also achieved professional success, Margaret H Baker among them.

Alopecia Areata is a not-uncommon disease that is most often seen as sudden hair fall leaving rounded bald patches on the scalp, which can be as small as a coin or much larger, ranging in number and size. Jeana Turner, however, may have a slightly different version of this condition – though, in the fan-favourite Makeover episode, Jeana’s wig was removed. These emotional scenes revealed thin tufts of hair covering most of her scalp, suggesting she may have scalp-only Alopecia Areata and usually shave her head.

Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis are both sister conditions to Alopecia Areata, and each will cause complete baldness of the whole head, including a loss of facial hair such as eyebrows and eyelashes. The latter condition causes those affected to also lose all of their body hair.

Jeana Turner ANTM Cycle 24 baldUnfortunately, such is the complexity of these two conditions that they are as good as untreatable at present, and existing treatment options offer little hope of regrowing a full head of hair. The same is not true of Alopecia Areata – the scalp-only version of the condition.

Alopecia Areata is treatable

When people present to Belgravia with the bald spots or patches of hair loss synonymous with alopecia, they are often comforted to know that the scalp-only phenotype can generally be treated in people aged 16 and over who are deemed medically suitable.

They are often further encouraged by the Alopecia Areata Treatment Success Stories showing others with the condition pictured before and after treatment, whose hair loss cleared up significantly – in many cases, with full regrowth visible.

Whilst results may vary and are not guaranteed given everyone responds differently, Belgravia finds that its Alopecia Areata treatment – which involves a bespoke course featuring several hair growth boosters and daily topical applications of the drug high strength minoxidil to the affected areas – has a high success rate. Unlike for permanent genetic hair loss conditions, treatment for Alopecia Areata does not need to be used on an on-going basis. Once the hair regrowth has reached its optimum levels, treatment can be stopped.

In the not-too-distant future there may also be hope for people with Alopecia Totalis and Universalis thanks to the pioneering work of research teams based chiefly in America, which have been investigating the possibility of using a suite of drugs known as JAK inhibitors as new treatment options.

Originally developed for a variety of serious conditions including certain cancers, these drugs have shown remarkable promise at regrowing hair in some trials and it now appears that the likelihood of them being perfected for use on alopecia-related diseases – and, crucially, being deemed safe to do so – is within the scientists’ grasp. In fact, due to this glaring, unmet medical need, the American medical regulatory body, the FDA, has fast-tracked development of an oral treatment for severe alopecia areata, which is currently in the penultimate stages of clinical trials.


The Belgravia CentreThe Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. 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 UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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