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A new safer hair dye has been formulated by researchers at Northwestern University, which may help in preventing hair loss from chemical damage and over-processing.

The research group, led by Jixiang Huang, applied a black, graphene-based solution to samples of blonde human hair.

Hair Dye bleaching overdying PPDHair dye experiment

The team discovered that the dye equalled the performance of other bleach-based products, and made hair immune to static electricity and frizz. Its waterproof properties also meant that it could withstand 30 washes before needing re-application.

The graphene solution could be customised to create the popular ‘ombre’ look, where hair dye is faded from dark to lighter shades of the same colour, from roots to ends.

Huang explained how easy it was to use: “It doesn’t rely on any chemical reaction – you just brush it on the surface of the hair, comb it, and the hair changes colour”. 

The research was published in the Chem journal.

By negating the need to bleach the hair or colour it as often as usual, it could help people to avoid hair loss from over-processing the hair.

The end of bleach?

Over-processing whether through chemicals or heat, or both, can cause hair breakage and, in more extreme cases, chemical trauma which can lead to hairloss which may be permanent. The former can occur following excessive bleaching and/or heat styling, which weakens shafts until they snap, leaving them dry and brittle.

Numerous celebrities have admitted to signs of hair breakage or hair loss caused by over-bleaching. These include singers Zayn Malik, Lady Gaga – who referred to the damaged caused as getting a “chemical haircut” – and Solange Knowles who has now become an advocate of the Natural Hair movement, having previously spent an estimated £18,000 on treatments to relax and style her hair. The Afro hair type is naturally more brittle and porous than Asian and Caucasian hair so can be more sensitive to the effects of risky styling practices.

Chemical trauma refers to follicular damage resulting from over-exposure to harsh chemicals, such as bleach and relaxers. In extreme cases, excessive chemical use can result in burns to the scalp or enough damage to destroy the follicles: this condition is known as cicatrical alopecia, or scarring alopecia.

Many chemicals involved in the bleaching process, particularly hydrogen peroxide, have been linked to hair thinning, while allergic reactions to PPD have nearly been fatal in some instances.

A team of researchers at North Carolina State University recently compiled a database of hair dye substances, including detailed information about which are most likely to cause allergic reactions. The researchers hope to inspire the creation of new hair products that are safer for users.

Post-bleach treatment

In the case of hair breakage, a visit to a stylist for a trim can help; ensuring the hair is sufficiently nourished is also extremely important. This can involve strengthening treatments and good-quality shampoos and conditioners aimed at restoring damaged hair. Another way to help encourage healthy regrowth is to ensure the body has a good supply of nutrients, so a balanced diet and avoiding stress are recommended.

For those who feel like they want to top up, Belgravia’s dedicated Hair Vitalics supplement is a highly-targeted, one-a-day tablet which contains key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanicals, including selenium, biotin and zinc to support healthy hair growth.

If hairloss from chemical trauma or acute hair breakage is suspected, the best thing to do is to stop using any products or styling methods which may be damaging, then seek help. Depending on the severity, this could mean a visit to the doctor or a hair loss specialist.

At Belgravia, results have been seen when treating cases of chemical trauma hair loss that were caught early on, using custom treatment courses tailored to the precise needs of the individual client. Once an initial consultation has taken place, either online – using the photo upload tool to assist with the diagnosis – or at one of Belgravia’s City of London or Central London clinics, a personalised hair loss treatment course can be recommended based on the client’s level and pattern of shedding as well as their medical profile.

While the graphene-based dye needs to clear a number of regulatory hurdles before it becomes available to the general public, it seems to be a step in the right direction for those looking to embrace a new hairstyle, without risking the health of the hair.


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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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Kylie Bamberger, a Los Angeles-based woman with severe hair loss, discussed her eye-opening story in an episode of the Facebook video series ’60 Second Docs’ entitled ‘I Have Alopecia’.

In the inspiring clip, she describes both her childhood and adult experiences with Alopecia Areata and how she continues to raise awareness of the autoimmune disorder.

The video has been a big hit, with over one million views and 10,000 reactions. The comments section is full of people sharing their own personal battles with hair loss, no doubt encouraged by Bamberger’s brave account.

Kylie Bamberger

She started to lose her scalp hair at the age of 12, and three years later the rest of it fell out – this suggests that her Alopecia Areata progressed to the more extreme form of Alopecia Universalis, which causes hairloss from head to toe. Continues below…

I Have Alopecia

Beauty in hair loss.

Posted by 60 Second Docs Presents on Friday, 2 March 2018

 

She describes the issues she faces on a daily basis due to her lack of hair: “People mistake me to be a man. I’m commonly thought of as being sick. I get a lot of sympathy from all the wrong places”. 

However, she has channelled these experiences into the empowerment of others. She entered the public spotlight in 2017 after participating in Health magazine and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s joint #WhatIModel social media campaign. Her video, which discussed inner beauty and self-acceptance, was one of the most popular entries.

She also tries to be a role model for children with autoimmune alopecia:“When I was a kid, I didn’t have anyone that I could talk to or relate to. There was no one that I could look up to that said, ‘yes’ they’ve been through the same thing. Now I’m able to provide that to kids who are struggling with the same disease. That is the most gratifying experience of my life”.

Other public figures who experience forms of Alopecia Areata include the retired British Olympic cyclist Joanna Rowsell Shand and Gotham actor Anthony Carrigan, who made his own alopecia acceptance video.

Dealing with Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata is characterised by sudden, patchy hair loss of the scalp, whilst its two more severe phenotypes, Alopecia Totalis and the aforementioned Alopecia Universalis, present as total baldness of the head and a rejection of all body hair respectively.

Diagram Belgravia Centre Different Types of Alopecia Areata autoimmune hair lossThe precise cause is unknown, but alopecia has several suspected ‘triggers’, which include psychological and long-term chronic stress, sudden extreme shock and physical trauma. The hair may regrow naturally – within a year in fifty per cent of scalp-only cases – but when or if this will happen is impossible to predict.

While no cures for any forms of the autoimmune disorder currently exist, Alopecia Areata treatment is available to medically-suitable people aged 16 and over with the scalp-only form. At Belgravia, this typically involves using appropriate formulations of high-strength minoxidil, which are generally paired with complementary non-pharmaceutical hair growth boosters.

Alopecia Totalis and Universalis currently have no truly effective treatment options regardless of age, but researchers are continuing to explore the efficacy of JAK inhibitor drugs – such as tofacitinib and ruxolitinib – in relation to treating all forms of Alopecia Areata.

In the meantime, there are numerous hair loss charities, support groups and communities dedicated to offering support and advice to those dealing with Alopecia Totalis and Universalis.

Despite some deciding to fully embrace baldness, Bamberger being a notable example, wigs can also be a source of great comfort for those who enjoy the sense of control a head of hair can offer. In cases where children are affected, charities such as Little Princess Trust and Hero by LPT in the UK, and Locks of Love in the US and Canada, can provide real-hair wigs free of charge.

Whatever the choice, the main thing is that those with the disorder feel comfortable in their own skin – as Bamberger reiterates, “femininity is not defined by the way that we look, it’s defined by the way that we feel”.


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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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A social experiment has revealed that two out of three Malaysian women were more likely to want to date a man with a full head of hair instead of those with hair loss.

The test was conducted by German haircare brand Alpecin using the Paktor dating app.

Women using mobile phones cell dating app techDating apps and hair loss

The company uploaded two identical male profiles onto the app, disclosing the same age, job title and interests. One depicted the man without hairloss, while the other showed his thinning hair – the latter profile received 1,100 less ‘right swipes’. Swiping right on the app indicates that the user finds the other person attractive.

The methodology and findings of this social experiment replicate a similar one undertaken on Tinder. Richard King, a 31-year-old from Leeds who had a hair transplant to address his Male Pattern Baldness, uploaded images of himself before and after the op: almost twice as many women wanted to date King based on his post-transplant profile.

Love is in the hair?

It is easy to underestimate how common Male Pattern Baldness is. Around 30 per cent of 30-year-old men are affected by it, a figure which increases to around 50 per cent by the time they hit their fifties.

As psychologist Dr Graham Hole explained, it takes “as little as 13 milliseconds to decide whether you find a face attractive or unattractive“, with hair playing a key role in that decision.

The resulting image-based implications of a receding hairline or other signs of genetic hairloss can make dating difficult for men, particularly in certain regions. One study found that two-thirds of Singaporean women would not date a bald man at all. Understandably, with these sorts of attitudes in mind, the hair loss process can often take a heavy emotional toll on those experiencing it.

However, these findings should be taken with a pinch of salt. Hair is obviously not the only thing that women – or men – look for in a spouse, and polls have revealed that the majority of female respondents would not be concerned about their partner balding.

Furthermore, some men have turned their baldness into a statement of confidence and an integral part of their identity – it would be nearly impossible to imagine Vin Diesel without his clean-shaven scalp.

Other dating apps have also dealt with the subject of hairloss among users. Settle For Love encourages its daters to be forthcoming about their insecurities, such as hair loss and excess weight, to create a more realistic and open dating experience which embraces difference.

Confidence and hair loss

If thinning hair remains a source of insecurity it may be worth consulting a specialist and exploring hair loss treatment options. Men using these are often aiming for a discreet way to prevent baldness, especially if they are actively dating.

Treatment courses may be based around one or both of the two clinically-proven treatments for Male Pattern Baldness – finasteride 1mg and minoxidil – both of which are MHRA licensed and FDA approved for this purpose.

The first, finasteride 1mg is a tablet, taken once daily, to inhibit a testosterone by-product named DHT.

Topically-applied high strength minoxidil comes in various formulations and is thought to promote hair growth by opening up the potassium channels in the scalp.

These recognised medications are often paired with additional hair growth supporting products, ranging from FDA-cleared low level laser (LLLT) devices to stimulate the follicles, to food supplements.

Whichever option a man decides on when it comes to the intensely personal issue of dealing with hair loss, being comfortable and having self-confidence is key. And, as everyone knows, confidence is an extremely attractive quality!


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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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It is easy to forget the wealth of benefits that exercise can bring, helping to regulate everything from heart health to hair loss. However, a recent study from the University of Arizona has revealed how exercise-related social media posts can make people more self-conscious.

According to Stephens Rains, co-author of the study, “People are especially likely to feel concerned about their weight when they perceive their friends who post about physical activity as being very similar to themselves”.

Rains concluded, “Good can come out of this, in the sense that it can make some people more interested in exercising and feel better about exercising, but it might make other people feel worse about themselves if they’re more concerned with weight”.

gym-exerciseThese findings reveal that many people can develop an uneasy relationship with exercise. However, it is crucial to not let social media affect whether or not we work out, due to the wealth of benefits, not least for hair growth and hair loss prevention.

Considering this, it is worth understanding the relationship between and hair health and exercise: here are several dos and don’ts which your hair will want you to consider before hitting the gym…

DO keep up regular exercise

Exercising regularly maintains good circulation and a healthy heart,  allowing for robust blood flow to the scalp. This is key for delivering the nutrients used by follicles to maintain healthy hair growth.

While exercise does not cure baldness, it is known to reduce stress which is known to accelerate the two most common hair loss conditions – Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss. Sudden, intense stress or trauma may also trigger the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata.

DON’T over-train regularly

A 2012 report in the Deccan Herald warned men and women that regular excessive exercise had the potential to cause Telogen Effluvium, a temporary hair loss condition which disrupts the hair growth cycle, forcing hair follicles to enter their normal ‘resting’ phase early. It is worth noting that there is a big difference between pushing yourself during a session and over-training on a regular basis.

Dr Manoj, a hairloss expert interviewed by the Indian newspaper, explained that,“When the body is subjected to extreme stress, an unusually high number of hairs prematurely enter a phase of rest, called the telogen phase. These hairs begin to fall, causing a heavy hair fall”.

Furthermore, frequent intense anaerobic workouts that are designed to build body mass are considered more likely to speed up hair loss in cases of male and female pattern baldness – aerobic exercise may be more beneficial in its contribution towards healthy hair.

Although it will usually clear up naturally within six months, once the underlying issue has been resolved, Telogen Effluvium treatment at Belgravia is possible. This centres around using appropriate solutions of high strength minoxidilwhich are applied topically to affected areas of the scalp. Whilst Telogen Effluvium is temporary, the condition can also accelerate hereditary, permanent forms of hair loss in those with an existing genetic predisposition, namely Female Pattern Hair Loss and Male Pattern Baldness.

DO exercise mindfully

A March 2017 UK poll conducted by Hammerson discovered the 39 per cent of respondents from the South East exercised four or more times per week. However, moderation – or at least mixing up the intensity – is important when it comes to fitness.

Dan Mennell, a certified personal trainer at Run Jump Lift UK, emphasises the way in which stress and exercise can exacerbate the balding process: “exercise stress doesn’t exist independently of other stresses in your life. If you’re stressed and tired, you simply can’t handle exercise stresses and adapt positively to them. This can lead to less desirable outcomes and definitely start to contribute towards problems such as hair loss”.

Exercise weights fitness womens hair health lifestyleFor people in this position, he advises limiting workouts to two sessions a week: “If you’re suffering from a lot of stress in your day-to-day life, cutting back on exercise intensity or the number of training days is sensible as it reduces the amount of stress”.

Mennell continues, “Many people also find that more frequent bouts of lower intensity activity such as frequent walking, stretching or yoga can be very beneficial not only for maintaining fitness but also minimising and reducing stress”.

Many yoga enthusiasts have claimed that performing headstand positions can encourage hair growth, the argument being that these positions increase blood flow to the head.

While yoga is unable to directly prevent the onset of genetic hair loss, it can help to reduce certain lifestyle factors which accelerate it, namely stress.

DON’T stop exercising

Social media has given people a platform to upload their fitness regimens and diet plans to a wide audience, which for many viewers is a source of inspiration. For others, however, it can be a source of discouragement and frustration.

Don’t allow yourself to become put off or stop exercising – whether visiting the gym, attending classes or taking part in sports – because of images you see on the internet. Everyone’s journey is different and it is important for our overall well-being – both mental and physical – to exercise in as healthy a way as possible.

While the potential of experiencing or accelerating many hair loss conditions can be limited by reducing stress. There are no lifestyle measures that can permanently prevent the onset of genetic conditions.

Should excessive shedding become a problem, the best option is to seek advice from a professional specialist who can provide a diagnosis and, where appropriate, personalised recommendations for hair loss treatments and additional hair growth boosters tailored to their findings.


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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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The renowned children’s hair loss charity, the Little Princess Trust, will be hosting its National Princess Week from the 22nd-28th April 2018.

The organisation is encouraging its supporters to throw ‘Tea and Tiaras’ fundraising events and ‘drink tea for LPT’. The Belgravia Centre is joining in and on Friday 27th April, both clinics will be hosting bake sales.

Clients are more than welcome to join in the fun – tiaras are optional, but very much approved.

Brilliant cause

The Little Princess Trust was launched in 2006 by the parents and school-friends of five-year-old Hannah Tarplee, who sadly passed away from a Wilms tumour.

Little Princess Trust Hair Loss Charity Bake Sale cakes Tea and TiarasIt provides real hair wigs to children aged 2 to 18 experiencing hairloss, free of charge. It now comprises of two divisions: the Little Princess Trust for girls, and Hero by LPT for boys, the latter established in 2017.

Over the past 10 years, it has donated more than 5,000 hairpieces. Celebrities who have donated to the charity include Harry Styles, Jessie J and Malin Andersson. Belgravia staff and clients have also donated hair.

The majority of the children who use its services are receiving cancer treatment, or experiencing Alopecia Areata – an autoimmune disorder which manifests as patchy hair loss on the scalp – or its two more severe phenotypes, Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis. These cause total baldness of the head and from head to toe, respectively.

National Princess Week looks to raise both funds and awareness of what the organisation does. According to charity manager Monica Glass, the money raised at each Tea and Tiaras party “will go towards funding more wigs for children and young adults or towards research into paediatric cancers”.

This event follows other bold fundraising initiatives supported or led by the charity, none more striking than the Pink Car Rally, where a procession of pink cars make their way across the country, while raising money for Little Princess Trust

Children’s hair loss and charity

Unfortunately for children, hair loss treatments are generally only suitable for people aged 16 and over. Consequently, the process can often be more difficult to deal with, and many children can feel alienated at school, with some even bullied because of their looks.

This is why the work undertaken by charities like the Little Princess Trust is so pivotal in improving the lives of children across the UK who experience hair loss.

Echoing this sentiment, Glass explained how “the wigs we give away can transform the life of a sick child and we think that the ‘Tea & Tiaras’ tea party is a fantastic way for kind people to show their support”.

It must be noted that all hair donations need to meet a number of criteria first, namely that they need to be a minimum of seven inches in length. However, more information can be found on the charity’s website. Furthermore, cash donations are very important. Hairpieces typically cost £350 to manufacture, but every little helps, and fundraising efforts – like Tea and Tiaras – can help to change a child’s life for the better.


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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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A Facebook test entitled ‘What Would You Look Like As A Bald Person?’ has gone viral. The image-generator is a useful tool for people curious to see how they might look in the advanced stages of hair loss.

The user chooses a picture of themselves and the app applies a filter which simulates the visual effects of the hereditary condition Male Pattern Baldness. However, due to the un-scientific nature of the simulator, the results frequently have unintentionally comical results, especially when women take the test.

Other apps in the past have attempt to mimic baldness, particularly #NoHairSelfie, which was released in conjunction with World Cancer Day in 2016.

What Would You Look Like Bald Facebook TestHair and identity

The test introduction reads, ‘Your hair is an essential part of your identity, but have you ever wondered what you would look like without it? We’ll show you!’

Whilst the app may show users what they’d look like bald, it skips the steps along the way which tend to involve developing a receding hairline and thinning on top.

An episode of the BBC documentary series Horizon tried to find out what makes our hair so important to us, particularly on first impressions. It discovered that fuller, thicker hair is perceived of as more youthful than ageing or thinning hair.

Numerous other pieces of research have explored the importance of hair to men, asking participants what they would be willing to give up to maintain a healthy head of hair: examples have included eyesight, employment, and a longer life.

Given the role hair can play in a man’s identity, the process of losing it can be incredibly traumatic, and has long been associated with a decrease in self-confidence and self-esteem.

However, going bald is a statement of confidence for others, and studies have revealed that bald men appear ‘tougher and more powerful’ than those with hair. Numerous celebrities are highly identifiable by their smooth look, in particular Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis.

Admittedly, the balding look isn’t for everybody, and some try to conceal hair loss using inventive hairstyles or cosmetic products. The lack of hair density caused by Male Pattern Baldness can also draw attention to the ears. This is one of the reasons given for the recent increase in otoplasty (ear-pinning) procedures.

Treatment options

For men worried about hair loss, restoring it can provide a huge boost to their confidence.

Though some opt for a hair transplant, many men don’t realise that hereditary hairloss can be managed effectively without resorting to surgery. There are already two clinically-proven male hair loss treatments, which are both MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved for this purpose.

Finasteride 1mg is an oral tablet which helps to block DHT, the hormone that causes thinning hair and receding in cases of Male Pattern Baldness, while high strength minoxidil is used topically to open up the scalp’s potassium channels and encourage new hair growth.

Additional hair growth supporting products can be used in tandem with these primary pharmaceutical treatments; these range from targeted food supplements, such as Hair Vitalics for Men to low-level light therapy.

It must be noted that once absolute baldness, as depicted in the app, has set in and the skin takes on a smooth and shiny appearance, this is a sign that the follicles in question are no longer capable of producing hair. In these cases, treatment is futile. However, a professional consultation can help people to work through any potential queries, and simply discussing the options available with a hair loss specialist and understanding what’s available, can be a huge relief.


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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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Hair care company Monat, which claims to use ‘naturally-based, safe, pure and sustainable’ ingredients, is on the receiving end of multiple lawsuits, with one alleging its products are causing ‘significant hair loss and scalp irritation to many consumers’.

About Monat

The company, which was established in 2014, generates the majority of its business through word-of-mouth sales. It actively dismisses negative accusations, occasionally going down the legal route. North Carolina native Vickie Harrington was sued by the company, which claimed she used Facebook to “relentlessly disparage” its haircare range, and “falsely represent” that it caused scalp damage and hairloss.

Hair Loss - BrushMonat has set up a website in a further attempt to dispel negative claims – it also explains the science behind the line and its claims with regards efficacy. However, as the products fall under the category of cosmetics, not drugs, the company’s studies do not need to be reviewed by an outside regulatory body.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently assessing 187 adverse event reports related to Monat products, and over 500 complaints have been filed with the Better Business Bureau in Florida where the hair company is situated.

Less than ideal experiences

In the midst of these lawsuits, many people have come forward to offer their own less than ideal experiences with the brand, as reported on KTNV’s website.

I took a picture of my hair, compared it to a picture of before I started Monat, and my eyes just filled up with tears”, revealed Erin Ostby, who had used and sold the range. “It was so thin and it was stringy and I was just sick”.

She continued, “I was vacuuming every day because I was losing so much hair. And I think I was in denial. I didn’t want to believe it was the product”.

According to dermatologist Marie Jhin, “It sounds like from all the lawsuits that something is causing the scalp to get very irritated, and by causing inflammation, some of the hairs are breaking”.

Following a doctor’s appointment, Otsby revealed that, “there was nothing that pointed to a reason – besides product use – of why I lost my hair”.

If this is the case, then Monat’s products may be causing hair breakage or, where shedding occurs, Telogen Effluvium. This hair loss condition results in diffusely thinning hair from all over the scalp, but it is temporary, lasting generally no longer than six months once the underlying cause has passed or been dealt with.

Tackling hair loss

Numerous factors can cause or accelerate hair loss, ranging from genetic make-up, in the case of Female Pattern Baldness, to a sudden change in hormone levels, the latter being particularly common among women.

This was one of the pertinent points brought up during a class-action lawsuit involving a cleansing conditioner product from Wen by Chaz Dean. Whilst unprecedented numbers of women claiming it had caused hair loss came forward – to the point where the FDA issued a warning and carried out its own investigation – the company argued that there were so many different potential causes of hairloss that its product could not be pin-pointed as the precise trigger. This case was later settled out of court.

If any adverse side-effects are experienced from a haircare product, it is imperative its usage is stopped, making sure all traces are rinsed from the hair and scalp using cool water so as not to cause further aggravation.

Depending on the severity of the response, medical assistance should be sought or an appointment booked with a hair loss specialist who will be able to assess the condition.

After providing a full diagnosis, they can then recommend a personalised hair loss treatment course, where necessary, and comprising additional hair growth boosters as appropriate. On-going support and monitoring should help hair return to fighting form.


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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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21-year-old Russian documentary filmmaker Elizaveta “Liza” Popova was signed by Moscow-based model agency Lumpen, following in the footsteps of other high-profile models who have been affected by hair loss.

Childhood hair loss

The artist was first diagnosed with the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata at the age of four. In an interview with American Vogue, Popova revealed how, during her childhood, she was bullied about her hairloss, both in school and at home.

“My mother cut her own hair, and from that, [she] made a wig that I wore for 13 years of my life”, she explained. “My parents instilled in me, and still do, that my bald head will scare people”, a belief reinforced by the fact that long hair is viewed as a symbol of beauty in their native country.

Popova remained intensely insecure about her condition, revealing that she was “afraid to admit it to anyone, even my best friend since fifth grade“.

However, when she was scouted to model for a jewellery company, they required her to pull her blonde wig back into a custom hood – something she could not do – and was instead asked to take it off.

Upon revealing her bald head, she received many compliments from those in the room: “All of the people around me – fashion stylists, hair stylists, designer who were at the photo shoot, began to praise me and say, ‘You are so beautiful! Why do you wear a wig?'”

Since then, she has slowly begun to embrace her bald look in public. This has been an admittedly rocky process and she has received a mixed bag of responses, ranging from the aggressively critical to the overwhelmingly positive.

Diagram Belgravia Centre Different Types of Alopecia Areata autoimmune hair loss

What is Alopecia?

Alopecia Areata is characterised by sudden, patchy hair loss on the scalp, but it can often develop into more severe forms, namely Alopecia Totalis  and Alopecia Universalis – the former causes total baldness of the head including eyelashes and eyebrows: the latter results in the complete loss of bodily hair as well. Judging from the pictures provided in the Vogue article, it would appear she experiences one of the two.

Popova isn’t alone. According to a review carried out at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2015, the autoimmune disorder affects approximately two per cent of the global population.

Little is known about the mechanics behind its various forms, though they are all thought to manifest following ‘trigger incidents‘. Examples of these include stress, sudden trauma, allergies, infections and skin injuries.

Alopecia Areata treatment can prove to be effective when the hair loss in question is patchy and confined to the scalp only. Many Belgravia clients with this form of alopecia have seen encouraging hair growth results from tailored treatment courses, which centre around formulations of topically-applied high-strength minoxidil. These can be paired with complementary non-pharmaceutical hair growth boosters.

While there are no proven cures for either Alopecia Totalis or Universalis. research is continuing to explore the use of JAK inhibitors drugs, such as tofacitinib and ruxolitinib, to treat all forms of the condition. This suggests that a treatment plan may arrive sooner rather than later for those experiencing the two more severe forms of Alopecia Areata.


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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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As rugby’s 2018 Six Nations Championship enters its final week of action, Ireland have managed to secure their first title since 2015, with Wales, England and France gunning for second place.

In spite of this sporting tension, England’s Maro Itoje and Alun Wyn Jones, captain of the Welsh rugby team, have managed to maintain a friendship, with Itoje even making tongue-in-cheek remarks about Jones’ hair loss.

Although the 23-year-old Itoje is nine years younger than Jones, they became close during the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, with the pair spending two weeks together as roommates.

However, the England player couldn’t resist a cheeky dig at his former teammate: “He [Jones] let his hair down. I’m fortunate enough to have quite long, free-flowing hair. He’s severely balding, but I think he’s come to terms with that now”. 

Alun Wyn Jones RugbyFrom line-outs to hairlines

Jones has played for Wales a staggering 116 times, the second most appearances in the national team’s history.

However, he has been less successful at staving off Male Pattern Baldness. The lock forward displays tell-tale signs of the hereditary condition, as his hair is clearly thinning on top.

While Jones appears comfortable with his thinning hair, many sportsmen – like all men – feel uncomfortable when they start losing their hair, particularly given the amount of scrutiny they are under on a constant basis.

In some cases, they turn to surgical hair restoration, often believing it to be a ‘quick-fix’ option. However, this is rarely the case, with on-going aftercare needed – in the form of pharmaceutical hair loss treatments – widely recommended by transplant surgeons both before and after an op of this type, in order to preserve results.

Wayne Rooneys experiences with premature balding have been well documented, and the current Everton footballer has had at least one Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)  hair transplant. Rugby league star Luke Gale also opted for this procedure to stop chants from opposing fans and to regain self-confidence.

While Itoje dished out the initial hairloss jibe, he might want to be wary. His customary look, a short back and sides with dreadlocks on top, could make him susceptible to Traction Alopecia.

This condition is caused by consistent, excessive pressure put on follicles by certain hairstyles, namely tightly-fitting hair extensions and tensely-woven styles like cornrows and dreadlocks.

Hair loss solutions

While Rooney and Gale have turned to surgical hair restoration, many men choose a more discreet route, opting for clinically-proven male pattern hair loss treatments to help them stabilise shedding and promote regrowth.

Non-surgical hair regimens often revolve around one or both of the two primary, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved medications – finasteride 1mg and minoxidil.

The former inhibits the formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone which causes hair to gradually thin and shed in men who are genetically sensitive to it. Topical formulations of high-strength minoxidil – which are applied directly to the scalp to increase blood flow – can also be used to encourage hair growth.

Additional complementary hair growth supporting products can also be used alongside these medications. These range from FDA-cleared low-level laser therapy (LLLT) devices designed to stimulate the hair follicles and suitable for use at home, to nutritional support in the form of highly-targeted food supplements with key ingredients shown to help in the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth.

Men using these types of hair loss solutions are frequently aiming for a more private way to prevent baldness as the changes they may experience from non-surgical treatments are more gradual and understated than the effects hair transplant surgery. This can require the head to be shaved – completely or in part – and leaves behind reddened, inflamed skin where the new grafts have been inserted, for a week or so whilst the scalp heals.

Losing hair is a physical process, but it can often affect those experiencing it emotionally. As a result, many Belgravia clients appreciate the monitoring and guidance they receive from welcoming and friendly hair loss professionals, and their support plays an important part in clients’ treatment experience.


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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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Researchers at Penn State University conducted two studies which explored how hopeful messaging can make people more likely to take preventative action regarding health concerns. The findings suggest a little motivation can go a long way, whether addressing hair loss or hip pain.

Both studies revealed hope and self-efficacy (a person’s belief that they can help themselves) greatly influenced how likely participants were to take actions against skin cancer, for example whether they would wear protective clothing or sunscreen.

Sign Motivation Positivity MindfulnessMethodology and findings

The first study asked 341 participants, who ranged from 17 to 72 years of age, to read and react to an article which explained the dangers of skin cancer and who it was likely to affect. It also emphasised what actions could be taken to prevent it and how effective those measures are.

The participants were asked to report on the emotions they felt after reading it, paying particular to ‘hope states’ such as ‘optimistic’, ‘hopeful’ and ‘encouraged’ – hope and self-efficacy ultimately played a large role in predicting the intentions of participants to take measures ensuring sun safety.

The second study recruited 382 undergraduate college students to watch watch and answer questions about a melanoma awareness video.

A follow-up survey was completed by 367 of the students; findings revealed hope played a role in adopting sun safety measures, with many participants actively engaging in those safety behaviours.

Hope for hair loss

These findings highlight the critical link between physical and emotional health. As Jessica Myrick, associate professor of communications at Penn State, explains, “We often think of emotions as irrational, but what our research is pointing to is that emotions can help us do the things that will keep us healthy and safe, so it’s important to understand the broad scope of emotional responses to different type of messages and messaging components”.

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While fear often succeeds at grabbing attention, it might not lead to behaviours that could help people manage their health effectively. This is particularly relevant to the topic of hairloss, a process which can often be traumatic and demotivating for those experiencing its various forms.

Men, in particular, regularly cite what they would be willing to sacrifice to maintain a healthy head of hair, with examples ranging from eyesight to employment.

It’s easier said than done, but, as the research points out, a little bit of positivity and confidence can go a long way. Considering this approach, being pro-active with hair loss can be hugely empowering, whether you choose to embrace it or combat it.

All hair loss treatment courses offered by Belgravia are individually tailored to meet the requirement of each client. Those receiving treatments often remark that seeing their levels of regrowth in the professional photo-scans (taken during their quarterly check-ups to monitor their progress) really motivates them to keep going.

However, it is crucial that hair loss treatment is used consistently, as directed, so keeping motivated during treatment is key. Using it in an ad-hoc manner won’t bring tangible results as medication requires consistent use in order to have the best chance of being effective. Furthermore, everyone responds differently to treatment so patience is crucial. Some people may respond within three months, while others may take longer, especially in cases where there is a greater extent of hair thinning before treatment is started.

One motivational trick which treatment users, both those who come in to Belgravia for regular check-ups, and those who follow home-based courses, is to use photographs to keep track of your progress. Instagram – whether a public or private account – can be particularly helpful for tracking the difference in regrowth and overall density before and after starting a bespoke hair regimen. It won’t cost you anything but may help to get the most from your treatment course by keeping you motivated.


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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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