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A story resurfaced which claimed an American charity that provides free hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children experiencing medical hair loss, was charging recipients up to $1,000 for donated hair, following a phone enquiry.

The initial post regarding Locks of Love spread rapidly across Facebook, and reached over 600,000 shares. However, a fact-check confirmed the initial claim was false.

The charity also followed up with a statement on its website quashing the rumours: “This false post is just that, FALSE. LOL [Locks of Love] did not receive this phone call and no one at our office would have given this false information”.

“We ask many times for the actual phone number people claimed to have called. Many people use our name to draw attention to themselves. IF there is an entity using our name and charging for hairpieces, it would be greatly appreciated if we could identify them and have this stopped”.

Locks of Love childrens hair loss charity USALocks of Love

Initially connected to a for-profit wig retailer, Locks of Love began to operate as separate non-profit organisation in December 1997.

The majority of its young recipients have medical hair loss from the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata and its various phenotypes.

Others have experienced hairloss from radiation therapy, chemotherapy, severe burns or inflammation (cicatrical alopecia), among other causes.

Their mission is deeply connected to all aspects of the process of hair loss in children, understanding that it is more than just a physical or cosmetic issue. On their website, the charity emphasises, “children who receive these hairpieces have lost more than their hair; they suffer from a loss of self”.

The organisation reiterates that while a hairpiece will not cure a child’s condition, it “can help restore some of the normalcy to their everyday lives that most of us take for granted“, providing a “foundation on which they can begin to rebuild their self-esteem”.

Locks of Love has gained widespread media coverage, Celebrities who have donated their hair to the charity include Olympic champion Shaun White, Gina Rodriguez and Russell Crowe.

WigChildren’s hair loss

It can be particularly difficult to treat hairloss in younger children. While Alopecia Areata treatment is possible for the scalp-only form from 16 years of age, its more severe phenotypes – Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis – currently have no truly effective treatment options regardless of age.

Additionally, children who are losing their hair may feel ostracised from their peer groups at school, and, as the charity explains, will often “withdraw from normal childhood activities such as swimming, going to the mall or even playing with their friends”. Unfortunately, there have also been many cases of hair loss-related bullying.

However, hairpieces make a huge difference to the lives of children who experience medical hair loss. Catherine, a recipient of a Locks of Love hairpiece, tells of how, “having a hairpiece has made it much easier for me to handle my Alopecia and feel beautiful”.

Cancer-related hair loss can also cause a great deal of distress. In many cases, however, hair will eventually grow back in a year or less following treatment. Nonetheless, hairpieces can help to boost a child’s self-esteem during this arduous process.

While Locks of Love operates in the US and Canada, the Little Princess Trust offers a similar service in the UK for children and young adults up to the age of 24. Each charity accepts hair donations to make their real-hair wigs for girls and boys from, as well as financial contributions.


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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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Throughout the years, many people have suggested new treatments or cures for hair loss.

Take David Luiz, the curly-haired Chelsea footballer, who claimed he had found a doctor that would take cells from his hip and “relocate” them to the scalp upon the first signs of his hair thinning.

The latest figure to emerge with their own theory on regrowing hair is Anthony Smith, an 80-year-old resident of Ewell, Surrey. He asserts in an interview with his local newspaperthat he has created a cure for baldness, which he has been trialling on himself.

apothecary jars remediesWhat’s in his solution?

His secret is … well, secret. While Smith hasn’t given away any details regarding which ingredients he has selected, he claims the formula contains many that are “natural”.

His solution is geared towards treating Male Pattern Baldness, the genetic hairloss condition characterised by thinning hair and/or a receding hairline, and which only affects the top of the scalp.

But why did the octogenarian decide to delve into the world of hair loss? His past experiences of working in a laboratory, albeit not as a chemist, certainly inspired him. Another possible influence may stem from personal experience. Mr Smith acknowledged that he began losing his hair as he grew older – as many men do. By the age of 80, roughly 80% of men will have noticeable signs of male pattern hair loss.

Describing the results of his product, Mr Smith noted, “That hair at the front – I didn’t have any coming through at all before.” He continued, “You can see very, very fine follicles coming through; I’m very optimistic that one day I shall have a full head of hair“.

The former lab worker confidently remarked, “as I say, if you were to see my hair you would see how I can claim that it’s working . . . it’s the miracle solution for baldness, pardon the pun“.

Hair loss treatments for older men

Discussing the long-term plan of his formula, he suggested, “Men have been looking for hair restorer for how many years? This is the sort of things if a firm got hold of it they could make a fortune“.

Unfortunately for the pensioner, he’s already been beaten to the chase.

There are two clinically-proven, non-surgical hair loss treatments that have been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA – finasteride 1mg and minoxidil. Whilst each hair loss treatment can be used on its own, they can also be used together alongside one another.

The former, finasteride 1mg – which can only be used by medically-suitable men aged 18 and over – is a one-a-day pill which is designed to inhibit DHT, the hormone responsible for causing thinning hair and receding in cases of hereditary hairloss. Meanwhile, high-strength minoxidil, which is a vasodilator and increases blood circulation locally, is applied directly to the scalp, in order to actively encourage hair growth.

When discussing how he created his hair growth formula, the 80-year-old noted that he had been “experimenting for many years” and would “try something for three months and if it doesn’t work I try something else“. However, it is important to remember that hair loss treatments require time and consistency in order to be as effective as possible.

Belgravia often receives queries from people wondering if it matters if they don’t use their hair loss treatments as often as directed, or in the recommended doses. As with any medication, it is always crucial to stick to the instructions provided for their use and follow those as they are set out.

With regards to how long it can take to see results from hair loss treatment, some men may witness noticeable changes within 4 months, while for others – usually those in the more advanced stages of balding – the process might take 12 months or more. A hair loss specialist can help to monitor this process as well as providing support and documenting the process using photoscans to make any changes easier to see.

One crucial point to note here is that Mr. Smith – as with the majority of men his age – has extremely advanced male pattern baldness, with his thinning on top looking tricky in terms of treatment options. Once a man’s hair has fallen out and the skin takes on a smooth, shiny appearance, this is a sign that he is truly bald and the follicles are no longer capable of producing hair. In these instances treatment is not productive as the follicles cannot be stimulated back into production.

It is hard to tell for sure from his pictures in the Epsom newspaper article, but it does seem highly unlikely that any product would be able to restore his hair at this stage, not least because there are upper age limits for hair loss treatments which Anthony is sadly over.


The Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic - Hair Loss Specialist ConsultationThe Belgravia Centre

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


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Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has had a hair transplant, marking yet another chapter in his public gripe with hair loss which has lasted around ten years.

Frustrated by premature baldness

Referee Mark Clattenburg Hair Transplant Hair LossInitially, his experiences with the genetic hairloss condition Male Pattern Baldness left him feeling “embarrassed” and somewhat exposed, particularly considering his job where his thinning hair became highly visible. Speaking to the Daily Mail, he noted “I’d been trying to brush it over to hide some of the bald patches. I was frustrated that I was so young and losing my hair”.

However, since 2009, rumours abounded that he was beginning to wear a hairpiece to mask his hair loss, which he later confirmed in an advertisement.

Clattenburg has since decided to go one step further, opting for surgical hair restoration. The hair transplant technique used is known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE); individual units of hair follicles on the back and sides of his head were harvested, then grafted into his thinning crown area.

Following the procedure, Clattenburg remarked how he felt more positive about his looks, describing his confidence levels as “phenomenal“.

Hairpieces can be problematic

The 42-year-old is by no means in the minority; roughly half of all British men will experience Male Pattern Baldness to some extent by the time they reach 50 years of age. This statistic helps to demonstrate why both hair transplant surgeries and hairpieces are rising in popularity, the latter becoming remarkably more realistic in recent times.

WigHowever, those considering this option might want to think again. Frequent wearing of hairpieces, weaves and the like have been known to result in Traction Alopecia, a hair loss condition caused by constant, excessive amounts of pressure placed upon the follicles.

If caught early enough, Traction Alopecia treatment can be beneficial; however, this depends on the stage of hair loss caused by the condition. Furthermore, if a person who has the condition wears a hairpiece, then it is paramount they remove the source of tension to reduce the risk of further follicular damage, and the potential for permanent baldness.

Men who have worn them also remark about how wary they are of weather, particularly the prospect of windier climates.

Non-surgical hair loss treatments

A popular solution for men wanting to prevent baldness and restore healthy hair growth without turning to surgery or hairpieces comes in the form of two clinically-proven treatments – finasteride 1mg and minoxidil.

The one-a-day tablet, finasteride 1mg, works by blocking the hormone DHT which is the main cause of thinning hair and/or a receding hairline in men with a genetically-predisposed sensitivity to it. Topical applications of high-strength minoxidil increase blood circulation to localised areas where it is applied, and is used once or twice a day, as directed.

Either one of both of these well-established male hair loss treatments can form the cornerstone of a genetic hair growth regimen. They can also be used alongside a range of additional hair growth supporting products.

The premium Hair Vitalics For Men food supplement contains a range of key minerals, vitamins, botanical extracts and amino acids targeted towards maintaining healthy hair. In addition to these important nutrients, it also includes an ingredient not commonly found in the every-day diet – saw palmetto.

Other products which can be used to supplement the key treatments, work by stimulating targeted hair follicles via low level laser therapy using FDA-cleared devices, including the LaserBand and the LaserComb models.

It must be noted that if hair loss is so advanced that there are any parts of the scalp which have a smooth and shiny appearance, then it is unlikely treatment would work effectively there. However, a consultation with a specialist may help to work through any hair loss queries, and get a diagnosis plus, where appropriate, tailored treatment recommendations.


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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Losing hair is a perfectly normal part of life. Roughly half of all men will encounter Male Pattern Baldness by the time they reach their 50th birthday.

Despite this, it is easy to forget that the hair loss process is both physical and psychological, often causing a great deal of emotional stress, particularly when those who experience it are young.

The haircare brand Dove recently canvassed a number of men in America and found that almost half of the volunteers (44%) felt negatively about their hair.

Numerous pieces of research have explored the importance of hair to men, with many asking what they would be willing to sacrifice to avoid hair loss. Here are some fascinating insights…

Stress Eyes Stressed Mens Hair Loss1. Eyesight

A poll commissioned by Asda Pharmacy discovered that 41% of the participants – all under the age of 35 – would rather lose the sight in one eye than their hair.

It also found clear links between hairloss and its psychological effects: 38% of respondents reported how going bald makes them feel depressed, while a third of participants avoided socialising with friends because of it.

Reflecting on the findings, well-known UK hair loss mentor, Spencer “Spex” Stevenson, who started losing his hair at the age of 21, described the psychological impact of male hair loss as “a hidden epidemic”.

2. Employment

An Express survey, which explored British men’s top fifteen fears, ranked going bald (17% of all participants) above job loss (16%).

The association of hair loss with old age (25% of respondents) and looking unattractive (20%) played a vital role in these findings.

Psychologist Emma Kenny acknowledges that the effects on men’s self-esteem can often be underestimated, but emphasises, “It’s important that men start to feel at ease discussing a subject that affects so many of them yet still remains a taboo topic of conversation”.

couple3. Impotence

A 2013 poll, conducted by a UK-based hair clinic, revealed the majority of its 2,000 male participants (94%) feared baldness more than impotence (89%) and other factors, such as losing teeth (61%) and going deaf (31%).

Commenting on the findings, psychotherapist Toni Mackenzie emphasises the damage hair loss can do to a person’s self-esteem, noting, “it can’t easily be disguised and people do seem to think it’s fair game for jokes, unlike things like putting on weight or going grey“.

4. Erectile dysfunction

According to a 2014 survey, South African men are more likely to be worried about losing their hair than erectile dysfunction.

The findings continued to connect thinning hair to insecurity. Of the men polled, who were between 20 and 65 years of age, 40% exhibited signs of male hair loss; of those between the ages of 36 to 55, this figure leapt to 75%.

Furthermore, respondents who were single, separated or divorced were more willing to spend money on hair loss prevention than those who were married or in a relationship.

Birthday Age Ageing Cake5. A longer life

In 2015, a YouGov survey asked men in the UAE, ‘How much time of your life would you be willing to shorten to regain lost hair or to ensure that you will not go bald?’ It discovered 13% of the participants were willing to sacrifice three years of their life, and 42% were content to forego up to a year.

Interestingly, the UAE is believed to have unusually high rates of hair loss. Another YouGov survey reported that 67% of all respondents said their hair was falling out, adding to previous claims about the region.

6. Sport and romance

A 2010 poll conducted by an American hair loss company found that men were more interested in their hair than attractive women and sport.

Of those polled, 65% were more willing to sacrifice the chance to date a good-looking woman if it meant them keeping a full head of hair. A staggering 80% would also forego the opportunity to see their team reach the Super Bowl if it meant avoiding baldness.

Discussing the results, Steve Barth – CEO of Hair Club – noted that he was “shocked and surprised” but acknowledged that “men are very motivated to look their best – even if it means the loss of a beautiful woman“.

So, whether it’s a thinning crown, general shedding or a receding hairline, for those men who are experiencing male pattern baldness and want to try keeping their hair, there are various clinically-proven hair loss treatment options available to them. When the appropriate products are used properly, they may help to stabilise shedding, promote hair growth and prevent baldness, without resorting to surgery.


Circ - Male Pattern Baldness hair loss treatment Belgravia Centre clinic LondonThe 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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Retired Team GB cyclist, Joanna Rowsell Shand best known for winning two gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics – appeared on the TV show Celebrity Mastermind.

Despite coming third, she won £3,000 for Alopecia UK, which provides support and advice for those affected by autoimmune hair loss. Rowsell, who herself has Alopecia Universalis, chose this particular organisation as she is a brand ambassador for the popular charity.

Armed with her specialist subject – the Harry Potter books – the Olympian came up against rugby commentator Eddie Butler, Wolfblood actor Louis Payne and Top Gear presenter George Lewis, who went on to win.

Joanna Rowsell Shand Alopecia UK Celebrity MastermindAlopecia awareness

The charity is close to her heart. At the age of 9, Joanna was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune condition characterised by sudden, patchy hair loss. A year later this developed into Alopecia Universalis, causing her to lose all hair from her head and body.

As a result, her teenage years were extremely stressful and difficult: “I didn’t bother with make-up or clothes because I didn’t want to think about my appearance“.

However, she overcame physical and emotional adversity in a big way, and regularly cites her experiences with Alopecia as key personal motivation – not many people can claim to have won a gold medal at an Olympic Games, let alone two.

The cyclist is a brand ambassador for a wig company and often wears them in her daily life, including TV appearances, though not when cycling. After winning her first Olympic gold, she finished her lap of honour without her helmet, proudly showing her bald head. She recalled this moment:

I wasn’t consciously thinking, ‘This is a really brave thing to do’. You’re there celebrating your win, but since then I’ve really understood the impact that it had and the difference that it has made to people which I am really proud of, and I really want to help raise awareness of Alopecia”. 

Since retiring from the sport in 2017, she has been studying physiology at Manchester Metropolitan University, and has continued to fly the flag for hairloss-related causes, most notably Alopecia UK.

Potential medical breakthrough

While no cures for any forms of autoimmune alopecia currently exist, Belgravia has seen success when treating scalp-only Alopecia Areata. This generally involves using suitable formulations of high-strength minoxidil, from the hair loss clinic’s in-house pharmacies. These are typically paired with additional, complementary non-pharmaceutical hair growth boosters.

While alopecia areata treatment can be beneficial in these cases, the more severe forms affecting the head and body, Alopecia Totalis and Universalis, are currently un-treatable. However, researchers are reportedly closer than ever to finding an effective solution for these phenotypes.

Studies are exploring the use of JAK inhibitor drugs, such as ruxolitinib and tofacitinib, in relation to treating all forms of Alopecia Areata. The initial results have largely been incredibly promising and are still being trialled further to ensure their safety and efficacy.

It is also important to remember that alopecia areata treatment, where available, is only currently available for adults – from 16 years of age upwards. However, for those aged 15 and under, there is the option of contacting British charities, the Little Princess Trust and Hero By LPT, which offer free real-hair wigs to boys and girls with medical hair loss. While this often means due to the effects of cancer treatment, it can also include the various types of Alopecia Areata.


Circ - Belgravia Centre Taxi New StreetThe 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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YouTube vlogger Perry O’Bree recently opened up about his experiences with premature Male Pattern Baldness (MPB – also known as androgenetic alopecia). In the heartfelt video, he talks about when he first noticed his hair thinning and how to feel confident about the whole hair loss process.

His video dismisses the idea that the condition is simply a process of ageing, as he first noticed his thinning hair when he was 20 years old. He is part of a growing wave of body positive young people who are recognising hair loss and discussing their personal experiences with it. He also revealed that he’s a big fan of the Belgravia blog which was great to hear!

Perry’s story

O’Bree first noticed signs of hair loss in between his second and third year at university, which has since grown more visible. He became incredibly self-conscious of his thinning on top, explaining “I had a mental breakdown, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I didn’t talk to anybody at first… It was a really, really hard time“. He continued, “it’s very hard to deal with and I’ve had many a tear over it“.

This point – that losing your hair can lower self-esteem – often gets lost among all the science. His solution? Acknowledging that hairloss doesn’t have to be a bad thing. He insists, “it’s just something that you have to embrace. Hair loss happens . . . and it’s just life“.

Importantly, he reminds us that those with the Male Pattern Baldness are not alone – far from it.  There are so many people out there that suffer from hair loss and I’m one of so many people going through it,” says the #PerryPresents personality. In fact, of all hair loss conditions, androgenetic alopecia is the most common, and it is estimated that around 50 per cent of men will be affected by it by the time they reach their 50th birthday.

Contrary to the idea that balding is a product of old age, it can develop at any time following puberty in those with the relevant genetic predisposition. Since it is genetic, it is passed down from generation to generation, which explains why both his father and grandfather have experienced it.

Despite being more historically common among men in their 30’s and 40’s, the condition is on the rise in the late teens to 20’s age group. Numerous studies have suggested that lifestyle factors, including an unbalanced diet and smoking, can result trigger shedding. Oxidative stress has recently been confirmed as a contributing factor to early-onset male pattern hair loss. Continues below…

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Perry uses numerous styling techniques to conceal his thinning hair. However, given that Male Pattern Baldness is a permanent condition, he admits that there might come a point in time where he will explore his options further, namely choosing between a hair transplant or embracing a shaved head.

It is important to remember this step doesn’t need to be seen in a negative light – taking ownership of a bald head can be hugely empowering. One study discovered that while 52 per cent of men thought women would not find a bald head attractive, only 13 per cent would be concerned if their partner lost their hair.

The Belgravia Centre london clinic Mens hairloss treatmentAdmittedly, not everyone can rock the bald look like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and may not feel comfortable letting go of their hair.

There are two medically-proven, non-surgical male hair loss treatments that have been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA, finasteride 1mg and minoxidil. These medications can be used on their own, or together, and often form the cornerstones of men’s hair loss solutions.

The first, finasteride 1mg, is a once-a-day tablet which acts as a DHT blocker; DHT is the hormone which binds to the sensitive follicles along the top of the scalp, crown and hairline in genetically predisposed men and women, gradually shrinking them and causing increasingly thinning hair. This can be prescribed to medically-suitable men aged 18 and over.

The second, high-strength minoxidil, is a topical treatment which is available in a number of different formulations. Its action involves improving blood circulation to targeted areas in order to actively promote hair growth.

Both these recognised treatments can be used alongside additional non-pharmaceutical hair growth supporting products.

It is worth remembering that not all shedding is caused by the same condition. A professional consultation can provide a diagnosis and help people to work through any potential hair loss queries – many Belgravia patients find that simply discussing what options are available to them can be a huge relief. Take a leaf out of Perry’s book and remember: “hair loss happens, and it’s ok”.


The Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic - Hair Loss Specialist ConsultationThe Belgravia Centre

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


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Prior to her Brits appearance, Jesy Nelson, member of girl group Little Mix, was met with criticism for sporting a set of dreadlocks in an Instagram post, amid claims of cultural appropriation – the adoption of minority culture by a dominant culture.

Jesy-NelsonInterestingly, the singer used to have Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune disorder that is characterised by unexpected, patchy hair loss. It can be caused by a number of different factors, including allergic reactions and sudden shock.

Given her history of hair loss, dreadlocks may not have been the wisest of hairstyles to choose when considering the pressure that it puts on the scalp.

A brief history

The hairstyle has a fascinating history. People with dreadlocks – also known as ‘locs’ – have inhabited many historical civilisations, Ancient Greece and Egypt to name two.

However, it became popularised by members of the Rastafari movement in Jamaica in the 20th century, and the style has since become synonymous with global black culture. Because of this, there has often been an uneasy reaction to people of other cultures wearing dreadlocks, hence the internet’s sceptical reaction to Jesy’s new hairstyle.

While a lot of conversation about dreadlocks centres around racial and social issues, the hairstyle is also a hot topic in hairloss circles.

Dreadlocks, as well as tight hairstyles like high ponytails and braids, can put hair roots under a lot of pressure. Often, this can develop into Traction Alopecia, a hair loss condition that stems from tension-induced follicle damage. People with it may notice gradual hair loss at the temples and around the front of the scalp. Those affected are likely to experience tension headaches from where the hair is pulled too tight.

Dreadlocks = less locks?

Traction Alopecia is particularly common in Afro hair types due to its naturally more brittle texture. Having reviewed no less than 19 separate studies, researchers at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore discovered that one-third of African-American women are affected by Traction Alopecia. The twisting involved in sustaining locs – as well as their weight – puts strain on hair follicles, which can often lead to hair loss.

Whilst in extreme cases it can cause permanent bald patches, the good news is that, especially if diagnosed swiftly, Traction Alopecia treatment is generally possible.

The first recommendation is always to remove the source of the tension. If your dreadlocks are feeling weaker and less centred on your head, then the best course of action is to cut them off as soon as you can – this reduces the pressure placed on your scalp by the hairstyle.

Next, Belgravia offers formulations of high strength minoxidil, which are applied directly to the scalp. Minoxidil is used to treat a number a of hair loss conditions, and works by accelerating hair growth in targeted areas.

The clinic’s hair growth booster products can be used alongside a course of Traction Alopecia treatment, ranging from daily Hair Vitalics premium hair growth supplements to clinical therapy.


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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 year 2018 marks the Chinese Year of the Dog, or in other words the year of man’s best friend. Some of humans’ best moments are shared with them: walks to the park, Christmas time… hair loss? Interestingly, dogs also suffer from similar hair loss conditions to humans. Could our canine companions teach us anything about human hair loss?

Dihydrostestosterone DHT diagramWhat about humans?

Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, is to human hair what mites are to a dog’s. DHT is a hormone and a byproduct of testosterone. It confusingly aids the development of bodily hair in both men and women during puberty. Following puberty, however, it restricts the ability of follicles to grow hair in genetically-predisposed individuals along the top of the scalp.

The most common hair loss conditions – Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss – are caused by a sensitivity to DHT. It binds to the follicles from the crown of the head to the hairline and gradually crushes them; with each hair growth cycle, the hair shafts become finer until hair stops growing all together.

Men aged 18 and over who are medically suitable can take a finasteride 1mg tablet, which acts as a DHT-blocker, but this cannot be used by women. There are various hair loss treatment options available to both men and women, however, which have been clinically-proven for androgenetic alopecia.

A lot of research has revealed why many people lose their hair, but scientists are continuing to explore how hair loss can be halted and reversed. Enter the dog.

DogHair growth cycles

A dog’s hair growth cycle roughly follows that of a human’s, which revolves between the growth phase (anagen), the transition phase (catagen), and the resting phase (telogen). Researchers from the University of Tennessee have noted that dogs have a ‘telogen-predominant’ cycle – that is they spend less time growing hair and more time letting it settle. This cycle is particularly sensitive to the seasons, and dogs are generally more able than humans to adapt to their climate with appropriate hair length.

Some dogs, like humans, can be born with conditions that cause hair loss. Other dogs – again, like humans – often reach a point in their lives where their hair isn’t what it once was. There are a number of reasons for this. One of the more common causes is mange, a disease which is caused by parasitic mites that burrow into dog’s skin – as the dog scratches excessively to remove the infection, hair often falls out as a result. Other hair loss conditions can be brought about by allergies, infections, or hormonal imbalances.

It turns out that there is more to dogs and their hair than meets the eye. In 2011, researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) found that hair loss is triggered by both hormones in hair follicles, and in the tissue surrounding the follicle. As previously mentioned, a dog’s telogen-predominant hair growth cycle is particularly reactive to the seasons. In contrast, a human’s is fairly unresponsive to weather, with the exception of seasonal shedding. It is apparent that dogs appear to possess an extra follicle-affecting factor that humans do not. Could the dog’s responsive hair growth provide a template for further hair loss research?


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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’s easy to forget quite how rough the cold can be on our hair. Noticed any hair loss in these cooler months? Here are some reasons why winter can often be a pest to your hair, and how you can help it to fight another day.

Hair Growth Cycle DiagramThe Circle Of Life

Like the seasons, hair goes through a lifecycle. It begins with the growth phase (anagen), which is followed by the transition phase (catagen), and finishes with the resting phase (telogen). The catagen and telogen phases sound much worse than they actually are – both are vital for healthy hair growth and allow for new hair shafts to form in the ensuing anagen phase.

Frustratingly, seasonal hair loss tends to begin around October/November: surely we’d want less hair in warmer weather and more hair in colder weather? However, at least one study has suggested that summertime hair growth exists to protect our scalps from the sun’s rays, and that the excess hair is shed in winter. While our hair growth cycle is natural, those with hair loss conditions may feel the effects of Mother Nature even harder.

The festive period, combined with inclement weather, is bound to stress people out more than usual. Intense bouts of stress can often cause telogen effluvium, a condition that forces hair follicles to enter the resting phase prematurely – in short, more hair is shed than normal. Stress can also accelerate other forms of hair loss, particularly the two most common hair loss conditions – male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss.

Cold weather hair loss helpWhat Can Be Done?

However, all is not lost (hair included). In fact, by February the effects of seasonal winter hair fall should be starting to rectify themselves. While hairloss is a part of many people’s lives, there are a number of steps that can be taken to protect your locks, especially during these chilly seasons.

It’s easier said than done, but looking after yourself and minimising stress is hugely important for a healthy head of hair. Sleep is especially important, as a good night’s rest helps to regulate a number of your body’s most important functions that maintain your hair, in particular: hormone secretion, mental and physical stamina, and immune function. Also, remember to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water (roughly six to eight glasses per day).

We are what we eat and drink. A poor diet can lead to dehydrated, malnourished hair that looks dry and lifeless – and can also start to shed. Unsurprisingly, a balanced diet will help healthy hair growth. Belgravia has even developed Hair Vitalics for Men and Hair Vitalics for Women one-a-day supplements that contain just the right balance of minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and botanical extracts to help your hair withstand the harshest of conditions.

Speaking of hair vitamins, the link between vitamin D (and its two forms D2 and D3) and hair loss is a strange one, but potentially really, really important. Recently, research published by the University of Surrey found that D3 is twice as important to general health than vitamin D2. But what does this have to do with hair loss? One study in Turkey found that 91% of those treated for Alopecia Areata, had low levels of vitamin D. Naturally, more work needs to be done into the connection, but it is a brilliant breakthrough.

Another thing to remember during a cold snap, and a question frequently asked of Belgravia’s specialists, is that hats do not cause hair loss – so wrap up!


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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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Heated styling tools such as hair straighteners and curling tongs are a popular way to create new hairstyles without paying salon prices, but it’s important to use them safely.

Constant use of at-home stylers, including hair dryers, can sometimes lead to styling damage as excessive heat exposure may cause it to become brittle and snap.

Heat Styling Tools Can Cause Hair BreakageOnline magazine, Refinery 29 recently produced a guide to the best at-home heat styling advice for each hair type. Here we add some additional tips on how to avoid hair breakage when using these tools at home:

Heat styling by hair type

Fine hair is particularly prone to damage from heat styling, especially at high temperatures, so choose tools with adjustable heat settings. Look for products with two or more heat options and use the lowest setting wherever possible.

Thick hair is more resilient than fine hair, so higher heat settings can be used. However, do not use hot tools on the hair for any longer than necessary. Choose a powerful hair dryer on a medium setting to reduce drying time and the likelihood of breakage.

Afro hair requires careful management, especially when heat styling, due to its texture and natural dryness. Use a low setting when blow drying and look for products which are ionic, as these can provide additional protection for Afro hair. A diffuser can also help to define curls whilst cutting down on drying time.

Protection tips for all hair types

Hair that breaks as a result of over-zealous heat styling should grow back naturally, but with careful management it should be possible to avoid the loss in the first place.

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There are several precautions that people with all types of hair can take, these include minimising the amount of heat styling in your routine and applying heat-protective haircare products to reduce the risk of damage. Squeezing excess water from the hair, allowing it to air-dry until it is 90 per cent dry, then finishing it with a hair-dryer is a stylist-recommended trick for healthier blow outs.

Eating a healthy diet can also help as getting the necessary nutrients for hair health via your diet or a targeted supplement such as Hair Vitalics, will help to strengthen your hair from the inside out.

Hair breakage and hair loss – what’s the difference?

Hair breakage, whether from excessive heat or chemical treatments, happens when the shaft of the hair becomes weakened. Often this leads to the hair snapping along the lengths. Whilst this can look like hair loss when you see the broken hair fall, it is in fact styling damage and is usually easy to remedy with a trip to the hairdresser for a cut and some TLC in the form of strengthening and intensive conditioning treatments. This type of damage is generally more cosmetic as it does not affect the hair growth cycle.

Hair loss conditions cause strands to fall from the root due to the hair either being gradually weakened, or growth being temporarily suspended. This type of hair loss in women is usually caused either by genetics, as is the case with Female Pattern Hair Loss, or by a trigger such as stress, dietary issues or as a side effect of medication, which may lead to thinning hair all over the scalp, usually on a temporary basis.

One true hair loss condition which can be brought on by styling is Traction Alopecia. This occurs when overly tight hairstyles, such as weaves, braids, buns or hair extensions, are worn too often and place the follicles under excessive amounts of pressure. This can result in hair loss in the affected areas as well as around the temples and hairline, which may appear to recede. Whilst there is treatment for Traction Alopecia available, it is also important for anyone with signs of this condition to ditch the hairstyle responsible in order to allow the scalp time to recover.


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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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