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Name: John

Question: I started finasteride a month ago but don’t see any difference yet. I’m still seeing the same miniaturised hairs as before. I know it can take around three months to see improvement of the hairline but what I want to know is does it take three months for hair loss to slow down, eg it takes three months to start working, or do the results of the hair loss slowing down become noticeable after three months – so it’s working but it takes three months for the difference to be properly visible?

Answer: Hi, John. Finasteride 1mg is taken once a day to treat Male Pattern Hair Loss and must be taken consistently for optimal results.

When using finasteride in this way it should start to work fairly quickly by reducing the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). However, it can take 3 to 6 months before any noticeable results occur.

In terms of its effects on hair loss, shedding normally stabilises at around month 3, although it is normal to lose some small amounts of hair daily as part of the natural hair growth cycle. Then new regrowth is seen between months 3 and 6, gradually increasing up to approximately month 12; on-going treatment is then recommended for maintenance.

As you probably know, this MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved tablet is a DHT-blocker. Its job, in relation to Male Pattern Baldness is to inhibit the formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), to stop it from binding to receptors in the susceptible follicles, along the vertex, from hairline to crown, in men with a predisposition to this hereditary condition.

It has a half-life of approximately 5 to 6 hours, which means it becomes half as effective after this time, which is why consistent use, exactly as instructed in the patient information leaflet, is so important.

In removing, or significantly reducing, this cause of genetically thinning hair, normal hair growth should resume in due course. As a result, noticeable changes – from stabilisation of hair fall to increased hair density – should then start to become visible.

As you specifically mention a receding hairline, it is worth noting that Belgravia hair loss specialists have seen finasteride’s benefits for treating a receding hairline when used in combination with topical applications of high strength minoxidil – to encourage accelerated hair growth – many times over the clinic’s 25 year + history. Some of these examples can be viewed in the dedicated Receding Hairline Treatment Success Stories gallery.

There are a number of factors involved in how long it can take for hair loss treatment to take effect. As such, the above information is simply an overview and for specific advice relating to your level and pattern of hair loss, we recommend having a consultation with a specialist.


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

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Name: Mary

Question: Hello, I’m having alopecia androgenetica. I’m female and my dermatologist asked me to use minoxidil 5% and to use it 3 times a week at least 4 hours before shampoo. Is it really effective if I use minoxidil this way? And I wanted to use rosemary oil for the rest of other day. Is it gonna be more effective for my hair growth like this way?

rosemary oil for hair loss

Answer: Hi, Mary.

The only medically proven treatment for androgenic alopecia in women – often better known as Female Pattern Hair Loss – is topical applications of minoxidil.

The dose and frequency of administration is often based on the patient’s medical history. Many female Belgravia patients who use minoxidil 5% formulations apply it twice daily, however, we do have exceptions and may ask the patient to apply this differently in some circumstances.

It is important that you discuss this with your dermatologist who can explain the reasons for this recommendation, as well as the expected prognosis from this MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved treatment with high strength minoxidil.

There is not enough clinical evidence on the efficacy of rosemary oil as a genetic hair loss treatment and, therefore, this is not something that we recommend.

If you see any benefit using it, it is usually safe to use. However, please bear in mind that there are a few medical contraindications with it (such as pregnancy, bleeding disorders, salicylate allergy, seizures) and, again, it is best to discuss with your dermatologist whether this is a suitable treatment for your hair loss.

Additionally, rosemary oil may occasionally irritate the skin and you should be careful when using it alongside topical medication, including your current minoxidil hair loss solution.


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

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Name: Daryush

Question: I wanted to know if you can treat traction alopecia hair loss in men. I heard you can use minoxidil to regrow hair around the hairline and I was wondering about the duration of use since traction alopecia is not a hereditary condition, does this mean that men who use minoxidil and discontinue use once the results they want have been obtain can keep their results? Or do they have continue using minoxidil forever?

Answer: Hi Daryush. There is no MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved treatment for Traction Alopecia hair loss. However, as you say, high strength minoxidil – which does have these authorisations for the treatment of Male Pattern Baldness (and Female Pattern Hair Loss) – can be helpful for many patients with this condition.

It does, however, depend upon the severity of hair loss experienced; As long as there are still active follicles that are capable of growing hair, minoxidil can be used to encourage them to grow stronger and thicker hair.

When using this topical hairloss solution, the first results tend to become visible between 3 and 6 months into the treatment. Maximum hair regrowth is then usually visible after approximately 12 months of on-going treatment.

Depending on the severity of this hair loss condition, some people can stop treatment once regrowth has been achieved. Others, meanwhile, may have to continue using minoxidil in order to continuously maintain the hair follicles in optimal health.

If the traction hair loss is very mild, you may decide to use minoxidil to encourage quicker regrowth of strong hair. You may stop the treatment once you are happy with the achieved results. But it is important to ensure you avoid further traction in the area both during and, ideally, after treatment. This means skipping tight hairstyles such as braids, cornrows and man buns, and wearing the hair naturally so the follicles are not weighed down and the hair is not pulled too tautly.

You can monitor the area and, of course, if you notice any further weakening of the hair, you can re-start treatment.

In addition to Traction Alopecia, these types of hairstyles can also cause hair breakage, where strands snap in two along the shaft. This can give the appearance of thin, weak and frizzy hair, though can often be dealt with by getting a trim.

With more severe cases of Traction Alopecia, there may be some atrophy to the hair follicles. This means that, once Traction Alopecia treatment is stopped, you may notice some deterioration in the results. As long as you are happy with the results at this point and you avoid placing further strain on the hair and follicles, you do not have to continue treatment though – it is entirely your decision.

If you wish to continuously stimulate the hair to grow to its optimal thickness, you may decide to continue using treatment. This should be done in consultation with your hair loss specialist so it can be professionally monitored.

In cases where the hair follicles have been completely destroyed, surgical intervention may be necessary so a hair transplant may be a better option. Suitability for this type of hair restoration procedure depends on the extent of the bald areas, any scarring and the amount of good quality donor hair available.

As you can see, the results and duration of treatment will mostly depend on the severity of hair loss. It can also depend on whether Traction Alopecia is the only form of shedding you are experiencing.

For instance, if you have both Male Pattern Baldness and Traction Alopecia, both can be treated simultaneously. But, as Male Pattern Hair Loss is a permanent and progressive condition, hair loss treatment would need to be on-going even after seeing regrowth results to the areas affected by Traction Alopecia.

The best thing we can advise you do as a first step is to have a no-obligation consultation, either in-person or online, so a hair expert can diagnose your condition, level and pattern of shedding. From there they can make informed recommendations as to the types of treatments and hair growth supporting products best-suited to your situation and medical profile.

Once you have all the information, you can then decide what you feel most comfortable with and go from there.


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

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Name: Lowri

Question: I was diagnosed with lichen planopilaris and I would like to know what is usually a duration of LPP (the active period of LPP) and can it occur again later like after a few years. Can the patches get bigger months or years later? And I would also like to ask how much time you usually eat antimalarials, if they are prescribed.

Answer: Hi, Lowri. Lichen Planopilaris is an autoimmune condition and its triggers are still not well understood.

Examples of hair loss from Lichen Planopilaris - cicatricial alopecia

It can be quite unpredictable and, therefore, I cannot give you the typical duration of the condition, although what is known is that once it damages the hair follicles, it leaves permanent scarring.

There are patients who suddenly notice a tiny patch on the scalp which never worsens and remains stable. There are also patients who struggle with LPP for years as it gradually spreads across the scalp.

It is possible for Lichen planopilaris to recur. Sometimes LPP burns itself out or it is stabilised with treatment and, for many patients, it may never worsen. However, it should still be monitored because this does not prevent it from recurring at any point in the future. It’s different with every patient so, again, unfortunately I cannot provide you with a definitive answer as to whether you will experience a relapse or not.

When the condition is still active, the patches can get bigger later down the line. Your LPP should, therefore, be monitored with regular photos taken of the patches so that you can compare the hair loss and condition of the affected and surrounding areas. This will ensure that any signs of activity can be noticed early and appropriate treatment can be started. As mentioned previously, for some patients the patches never change.

There are various treatment approaches a dermatologist may recommend to Lichen planopilaris patients, depending upon the patient’s severity of hair loss, symptoms and medical history.

With regards to the antimalarial drug Hydroxychloroquine, The British Association of Dermatologists recommends a minimum trial of 4-to-6 months to see whether this is effective.

If it is found to be helpful, the patient may be advised to continue this treatment for longer, until the condition goes into remission. However, such an approach should be thoroughly discussed with the patient’s doctor – ideally dermatologist.

We cannot treat Lichen Planopilaris at Belgravia but we hope this information is helpful and answers your queries fully.


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

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Name: Lou

I Need Help with Thin Hair from Hair Breakage

Question: Hello, for the past 10 months my hair has become dry, frizzy, breaking off and noticeably thinning. I saw a trichologist and she has said I have Telogen Effluvium. However, I am querying this diagnosis as I do not and have not experienced excessive hair shedding. Can you still get Telogen Effluvium without having excess hair shedding? Does this condition cause the hair to become dry, brittle, frizzy and unable to hold moisture? She has also recommended a 6 month course of supplements to treat this condition. Will supplements reverse Telogen Effluvium???

Answer: Hi, Lou. Telogen Effluvium (TE) is a disturbance in the hair growth cycle which makes many strong, actively-growing hairs – known as ‘anagen hairs’ – prematurely enter the resting – ‘telogen’ – phase and fall out.

The main feature of this hair loss condition is diffuse hair shedding from all over the scalp, with telogen bulbs.

It is not typical in cases of TE for there to be hair breakage – where the hair snaps along the shaft – without hair loss from the root. This may happen due to poor hair quality or over-processing, however, and may explain the concerns you have regarding dry hair, brittleness and frizzy hair; damaged hair where there is breakage can often present with these qualities. Additionally, some rare hair shaft disorders can also cause breakage to occur.

Whilst not intended to replace a balanced diet, targeted food supplements, such as Hair Vitalics, or ones which address any specific nutrients you are lacking, may be useful.

If you are unsure whether or not you have any nutritional deficiencies, you can check this by arranging a blood test via your GP.

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There are certain vitamins and minerals which are understood to have hair-friendly properties. These include selenium, zinc and biotin, all of which are known to help maintain normal healthy hair quality. This is why Belgravia specialists included them, alongside additional nutrients, amino acids and botanical extracts, in the proprietary blend of ingredients each one-a-day tablet contains.

If your trichologist diagnosed you with Telogen Effluvium, we would assume they saw a number of telogen hairs during your scalp examination. It is possible to have both TE and hair breakage at the same time, though it is unlikely for TE to present without any noticeable hair fall.

If you are not certain about the diagnosis, or if you would simply like some reassurance or clarity on this, I advise you to discuss it again with your trichologist before starting any treatment – whether this is pharmaceutical hair loss treatment or using non-medicinal hair growth supporting products.

When addressing these kinds of issues it is important to find a reputable professional you feel comfortable dealing with. If you feel uncomfortable speaking to your trichologist about her diagnosis, or if you would like a second opinion, I recommend having a consultation with another hair loss specialist.


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

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Name: Cat

Question: Can I put oil and cream in my hair after I use Rogaine? And how often should I wash my hair while using treatment? I am a black woman.

Answer: Hi, Cat. Rogaine, or Regaine as it is known here in the UK, is a brand name for the over-the-counter, genetic hair loss drug, minoxidil.

Afro Hair Woman Hair Loss

When following a hair loss treatment course, you can still use your normal moisturising products – for example hair oil, conditioner, hair masks or hair cream – while using high strength minoxidil. However, you should be aware of the order in which the different hair care products should be used alongside your medication.

If you are referring to products that are used on the lengths or ends of your hair only, but are not applied to the scalp, they should not affect your minoxidil. For example, you can use leave-in conditioners, hair masques or oils as usual, as long as they are not applied to the scalp.

If you are using scalp oils, Belgravia hair loss specialists usually advise patients to apply minoxidil first, let it absorb for up to an hour, and then apply the scalp oil after that. This is so that the medication is properly absorbed into the scalp and the scalp oil does not dilute it as weakening the drug may make it less effective.

As you are not a Belgravia client, we are unsure which specific hair loss solution you are using, but if you are using a once-a-day formulation, it may be best to apply it at night, then wash your hair and apply the relevant hair care and scalp oil products in the morning – or vice versa.

The frequency at which someone should wash their hair is based on the patient’s hair type and scalp condition. For example, those with an oily scalp and finer hair may need to shampoo daily, whilst those with a dry scalp and coarse, thick hair, or tightly curled hair, may only need to shampoo weekly.

Additionally, those with scalp conditions – such as dandruff, or seborrheic dermatitis – may be required to shampoo more frequently depending on the usage instructions of their scalp medication or medicated shampoo.

As we understand you have an Afro hair type and are using minoxidil, we would generally recommend shampooing your hair at least once a week, though you may wish to wash your hair more frequently simply to prevent any potential residue build-up on your scalp whilst using hairloss treatment.

Depending on where you are based, another potential reason to shampoo daily or thereabouts is to help reduce the effects of air pollution on the hair, as this has recently been confirmed to contribute to hair loss and thinning hair.


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

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Name: Beatriz

Question: I started to get small bald patches on the left side of my head in 2015. After visiting a dermatologist in 2016 I was diagnosed with pseudopelade de brocq. I was prescribed a liquid steroid solution which I applied once per day. I visited the dermatologist a few months later and they felt the condition was no longer active, and said that it doesn’t generally return?

This has remained the case until a month ago when I felt that I was losing hair again and the areas appeared larger. My hairdresser noticed that around my lower hairline, and at the front of my hair above my forehead was thinner but queried if this was more hormonal hair loss as my hair appears drier at the moment.

What is the timescale of pseudopelade and can it return again once it has cleared up? Also, when I went for a second opinion they told me I had lichen planopilaris – are these conditions similar and are the treatments and outcomes the same?

pseudopelade scarring alopecia
An Example of Pseudopelade

Answer: Hi, Beatriz. Pseudopelade can indeed recur and the duration, or how long it takes before it goes into remission, cannot be predicted.

It tends to present in a way that can resemble footprints in the snow and affects three times as many women as it does men, though little is known about its causes, comings and goings.

Pseudopelade is a form of scarring hair loss, which can destroy the hair follicles, leaving permanent baldness in the affected areas. It is part of a group of conditions collectively known as Cicatricial Alopecia or Alopecia Cicatrisata.

Lichen planopilaris also belongs to this group, and both lichen planopilaris and psedopelade are autoimmune disorders with similar symptoms. Most of those affected by lichen planopilaris – an estimated 60 to 90 per cent of cases – are women.

Examples of hair loss from Lichen Planopilaris - cicatricial alopecia

It is a skin disorder, lichen planus, but is known as lichen planopilaris when it affects hair-bearing areas. Symptoms of the condition include erythema – a redness of the skin around sites of inflammation, scaling and hyperkeratotic plugs (thickened outer layers of the skin).

Although sometimes said to be related to stress, this is largely thought to be more due to stress being detrimental to our general well-being and the body’s healing process, including how it responds to autoimmune disorder medications, than stress being any kind of trigger, unlike in other autoimmune diseases, such as Alopecia Areata.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Genetic and Rare Disease Information Centre, there “exists some controversy as to whether [pseudopelade de Brocq] is a distinct condition or the common final stage or variant of several different forms of scarring alopecias such as discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) or lichen planopilaris (LPP). Some have suggested abandoning the use of the term pseudopelade of Brocq while others think that the term should be strictly used to describe patients that follow the pattern of hair loss described by Brocq et al.(i.e., multiple, small, discrete, asymmetrical, smooth, soft, flesh-colored or white patches of hair loss with little, if any, inflammation).”

Often, where there is confusion over the diagnosis, a scalp biopsy is recommended in order to to tell these hair loss conditions apart. As such, you may wish to discuss this option with your dermatologist.

At Belgravia we cannot treat either of these conditions but those who can often do so using medications, such as corticosteroid lotions or scalp injections, to address the underlying condition, rather than providing any type of hairloss solution.

Once the condition has been stable for three years, some surgeons may consider carrying out a hair transplant or even scalp reduction surgery, though this is decided very much on a case-by-case basis. These are both highly-skilled procedures and require specialist experience and training so, if you were to explore either of these options, we would recommend speaking to a respected and qualified expert in this particular surgical field first.

It is worth noting that, even once the condition has been stable for the requisite amount of time, and if you are judged suitable for surgical hair restoration, the procedure still may not be a success.

As before, we recommend discussing your options with one of the dermatologists you mentioned seeing, as they should be able to provide you with further advice on getting a confirmed diagnosis and suitable therapies based on these findings.


The Belgravia Centre

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

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Name: Nathan

Question: What is the best shampoo and conditioner to use to improve hair growth for men in their 30s? Something that doesn’t cause as much damage to the hair. Is hemp oil the best oil for the hair before using shampoo? Also, what are some of the best foods items to eat to improve hair growth?

Answer: Hi, Nathan. We’re not entirely clear on whether you just want to improve your hair growth or whether you are looking for advice on how to treat hair loss. As such, I have included a few additional responses in addition to your queries regarding the best hair care products for hair growth, and dietary tips.

If you are concerned that you have thinning hair, I advise you to have a consultation with a hair loss specialist who can examine your scalp and hair then discuss suitable, personalised treatment recommendations, where appropriate.

Hair loss from Male Pattern Baldness, a common condition among men in their 30s, is generally treated with medication, specifically either one or both of the only MHRA-licensed and FDA-cleared, hair loss treatments.

These clinically-proven drugs are the oral DHT-blocking tablet, finasteride 1mg and topically-applied solutions of high strength minoxidil. Although they are pharmaceuticals, they can be used alongside non-medicinal hair growth supporting products.

One of these which may interest you, whether you are concerned about hair loss or hair growth is the HairMax LaserBand, an FDA-cleared device that is worn three times per week for between 90 seconds and 3 minutes per session, depending on the model.

This gadget has patented teeth embedded into its curve, alongside medical-grade red lasers. The teeth part the hair, allowing the light therapy to get straight to the scalp. There, it penetrates into the skin, stimulating natural ATP production and, as a result, hair growth.

It is a popular hair loss product, generally used alongside pharmaceutical treatments, which manufacturers claim not only helps to treat thinning hair and prevent baldness, but also strengthens the hair and promotes healthy growth.

There are a number of misleading claims when it comes to shampoo and conditioner ranges targeting those worried about hair thinning, but it’s important to note that these types of hair care products do not treat hair loss.

However, a good quality shampoo is still important for its role in the maintenance of scalp and hair health. I cannot recommend any specific shampoo without examining you because everyone’s scalp is different.

As some general advice, the type of shampoo you should use will depend on the condition of your scalp. For example, if you have a very dry scalp, you should be using moisturising shampoos; if you have a skin issue that affects your scalp, for example dandruff or seborrhoeic dermatitis, you may find medicated shampoos that contain ingredients such as coal tar, zinc pyrithione, or ketoconazole, beneficial.

Belgravia Centre Professional Shampoo and Conditioner Hair Care Range

It is also important to keep the hair in good condition, especially if you are trying to grow your hair, or want to maximise the hair you already have. If you worry that your hair tends to be dry or tangled, you can try including conditioner into your routine.

After shampooing, this is applied often just to the lengths and ends of the hair. You can also apply it to the roots though not everyone likes to do this as applying conditioner to the roots of the hair can make it appear lank or greasy – especially if the hair is thin on top – and make any signs of hair loss look worse.

We offer a range of professional Belgravia shampoos and conditioners which you may want to consider. These are highly concentrated so that patients can thoroughly wash their hair and scalp to remove any medication residue.

The frequency we recommend for how often people should wash their hair is based on the patient’s hair type and scalp condition. As a guide, those with an oily scalp and people with finer hair may benefit from shampooing frequently – daily or every other day. This is because finer hair gets oily quicker and loses its volume. We often see this with the finer Caucasian or Asian hair types.

On the other hand, those with a dry scalp, thicker hair or tightly curled hair may need to shampoo less frequently. For example, many people with Afro textured hair shampoo once weekly.

Those who use minoxidil may need to shampoo more frequently to keep the scalp healthy and remove any medication residue.

However, in all cases I would not advise leaving the scalp unwashed for more than a week as this increases your chances of irritations, or developing a flaky and itchy scalp.

With regards using hemp oil before shampooing to promote hair growth, there is no significant scientific evidence to support the use of any hair oil for this purpose, nor to prevent or treat hair loss, regardless of when in your regimen you apply it.

If you are concerned about damaged hair or hair breakage, use good quality hair care products that do not contain large amounts of harsh chemicals, avoid or limit your use of heated hairstyling tools – which includes hair dryers – and get your hair trimmed regularly so that any split ends are dealt with.

The answer to your food-related question is also very similar, in that a good diet for one person may not be suitable for another.

Having a well-balanced healthy diet will contribute to healthy hair and skin, too. Dietary deficiencies, on the other hand, can trigger disturbances in the hair growth cycle and lead to increased shedding or the worsening of pre-existing hair loss conditions.

Some people may have to avoid certain foods for health reasons, therefore it is difficult to generalise the meaning of a ‘suitable diet for healthy hair’ as this should ideally be considered alongside the individual’s medical profile information.

Belgravia Centre hair supplement Hair Vitalics for Men food supplement nutrition vitamin tablet

There are a number of nutrients associated with the maintenance of healthy hair growth. These include biotin, selenium and zinc, all of which are included in the highly-targeted formulation for the Belgravia food supplement, Hair Vitalics for Men, alongside amino acids and botanicals, such as saw palmetto.

My overarching advice to you on this is to make sure you have a balanced, healthy diet, which means ensuring you receive the optimal amounts of vitamins and minerals recommended for men your age from your food. This should then give you the best chance of avoiding dietary deficiencies and preventing hair loss from these types of issues. You can find further details on this from the NHS website, your GP or a qualified nutritionist.

To check if you have any dietary deficiencies, you can speak to your GP about having a blood test. Additionally, if you have any medical conditions or follow specialised diets, I advise you to consult with them for guidance as to suitable foods.

You may also find our previous articles on the Best and Worst Foods for Hair Loss, Foods that Help to Prevent Hair Loss and Foods Which Can Lead to Hair Loss, helpful.

If you do not have hair loss or scalp problems and simply want to keep your hair in good condition, my advice, in summary, is to shampoo and condition your hair regularly and limit the use of heated hairstyling tools. Plus keep yourself healthy via your diet and exercise, avoid or learn to manage any stress, stay hydrated, get plenty of sleep on a regular basis and don’t smoke, as the state of your health is often reflected in the hair’s condition.


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

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Name: Erick

Question: I am a 17 years old male and my hair extremely thinned in only a few days. I am not sure but the reason might be overdosing myself with my multivitamins that I bought recently. I stopped using it now, and my question is, will my hair grow back to how it was before? I had kind of a thick hair. If I need any tests to find out more, which ones would I need?

Answer: Hi, Erick. If you’ve noticed increased shedding over a short period of time, this may be a condition called Telogen Effluvium (TE).

This is a disturbance in the hair growth cycle where many actively growing hair follicles – up to 30-40 per cent – are being pushed from the anagen (growing) phase into the telogen (resting phase). The result is hair loss from all over the scalp, and reduced hair density.

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TE can be triggered for many reasons, including recent stress, changes in your health or diet. Overdosing on medication may also spark this off.

Overdosing on food supplements can lead to other side effects and complications, so I advise you contact your GP or regular doctor as soon as possible. They may arrange a blood test to see if you require any treatment or whether the fact you have stopped taking the supplements is enough.

However, whatever the cause, if you have Telogen Effluvium the shedding is temporary and the hair usually grows back shortly after the initiating factor has been eliminated; it tends to take roughly three months for the hair regrowth to become noticeable.

If you wish to be on the safe side and your doctor does not already suggest one, it may be worthwhile asking for a blood test where a number of factors can be checked out.

The blood tests we would normally recommend to adults worried about hair loss include getting a full blood count, iron, ferritin, vitamin D, vitamin B12, folate, zinc, and thyroid function screening.

These are investigated because anaemia – iron-deficiency anaemia or pernicious anaemia, dietary deficiencies or thyroid problems are all known to be associated with diffuse hairloss.

As, in your case, you mentioned you have been overdosing on multi-vitamins, I recommend you showing the multivitamin ingredients list to your doctor. They can then determine the best course of action, particularly as they will have knowledge of any relevant information from your general medical profile. If they decide it is worthwhile, they can arrange tests including a blood test to check your liver function as well as vitamin levels, depending on which vitamins you were taking, in case they are above their normal range.

It is so important to always ensure you follow the intake and usage directions to the letter, whether it is nutritional supplements such as multi-vitamins, or medication that you are taking.

Although many people assume it is safe to take lots of ‘natural supplements’ or vitamins, this is not the case and dosage information is provided with good reason. For example, vitamin A is just one nutrient which, when taken regularly in excessive quantities can build up in a person’s system and hair loss may occur as a side effect of this.

Therefore, if you do decide to start taking food supplements again, it may be worthwhile discussing this when you speak to your doctor and, if you do go ahead, ensure you stick to the recommended dose per day.


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Name: Brittany

Question: I’m 30 years old. I received an injury in November which led me into depression for a month but I recovered by the end of December. Before then, also in December I experienced severe, unexpected trauma due to a death in the family.

By late February-March I noticed I was shedding everywhere and my parting became more visible. My scalp had severe flaking. It’s now October and although this flaking has gone and I’ve seen small improvements to my shedding, I’m concerned about my hairline which doesn’t seem to be regrowing as well.

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The back of my hair seems to be thickening up and I’m getting back some density, but my fringe and front hairline were hit hard. I also have some thinning in my temples. Could this be Telogen Effluvium? Also my mum has the same hair as me and she is 50 with a lot of hair, the same as her mother.

Answer: Hi, Brittany. It sounds like you have had a lot to deal with over the past 12 months and this could certainly have resulted in hair loss.

It is likely you did indeed experience Telogen Effluvium (TE) earlier this year when you were shedding hair diffusely from all over your scalp. This temporary hair loss condition can be triggered by emotional or physical stress and the associated hair fall tends to present around three months it is set in motion.

Given the stressful issues you experienced occurred initially approximately 2-3 months before you started experiencing diffuse thinning, it seems to fit with this diagnosis.

TE is the result of a disturbance to the hair growth cycle, which causes many of the actively growing (anagen) hairs – up to 30-40 per cent – being prematurely pushed into resting (telogen) phase. This results in excess shedding.

Whilst Telogen Effluvium treatment courses are available, normal hair regrowth should spontaneously resume shortly after the trigger factor has been removed. This will involve the shedding slowing down and short regrowing hairs becoming noticeable all over your scalp, with your hair density also improving.

You mentioned that you are now seeing some improvements to your hair and there is thicker hair at the back of your head, but that it has remained thinner towards the front, around your hairline and temples.

It is common to inherit genetic hair loss – more commonly known in women as Female Pattern Hair Losss – and the traits involved in this hereditary condition can come from the male side of your family as well as the female side.

This condition causes thinning hair in the region along the top of your scalp from the crown to the hairline and temples. This is known as the vertex; the rest of the scalp – the back and sides of the head – are not affected so the hair will feel thicker there.

Common signs of female pattern hairloss include your parting getting wider and your hair having less density than usual. This is often most noticeable when trying to put your hair into a ponytail as it will feel much thinner than usual.

Genetic hair loss can start at any age following puberty and tends to come on gradually, as it is a permanent, progressive condition. It can also be exacerbated or even prematurely triggered in women with an underlying genetic predisposition, by various additional factors. These include stress, some medical conditions and dietary deficiencies.

If you did notice any signs of Female Pattern Hair Loss prior to your eye operation or the sudden death of your family member, it could be that you have the necessary genetic make-up and the stress these incidents caused, which led to the Telogen Effluvium, also sparked off this hereditary shedding.

Of course, whilst this is the most likely conclusion based on the small amount of information you have provided here, we advise you to have a professional consultation, online or in-person at a dedicated hair loss clinic, in order to receive a confirmed diagnosis.

From there, a personalised course of women’s hair loss treatment products can be recommended to you, based on your condition, medical profile, age and any lifestyle requirements.

This is likely to involve appropriate formulations of the clinically-proven hair loss solution high strength minoxidil, as well as supporting non-pharmaceutical elements such as the use of an FDA-cleared LaserBand low level laser therapy device to stimulate the follicles, and Hair Vitalics for Women one-a-day nutritional supplements.

It may also be beneficial to find ways to help manage your stress; grieving is often an on-going process over many years after the bereavement, so getting support with this may help too.


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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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