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Name: Rick

Question: Hi, I noticed recently that around 30% of the hairs I shed are thin and short. I don’t shed a lot of hair but the hairs I shed have different pigmentation. Is this the early sign of MPB? I’m pretty sure I have MPB but based on the above symptom, when do you think I should start taking action? My hair is still thick and my hair line is still good (receding a bit in the right side and miniaturize).

Answer: Hi, Rick. I advise you to start by having a consultation with a hair loss specialist or dermatologist who can thoroughly examine your scalp and hair and provide you with a professional diagnosis.

It is always wise to determine exactly what is causing any hair loss or drop in volume so that a suitable treatment course can then be recommended.

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If you do have Male Pattern Baldness (MPB), it is best to start treatment as early as possible. This is a genetic condition which can start any time after puberty in those with the relevant predisposition. It is caused by a male hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which gradually makes the genetically-predisposed hair follicles to shrink through a process called follicular miniaturisation.

The miniaturised follicles produce increasingly thinning hair over time, then eventually lose the hair completely and the follicles disappear. This is when hair loss turns to permanent baldness; when the follicles reach this stage they are no longer capable of producing healthy hair growth.

Belgravia specialists find that, if you are hoping to prevent baldness, the earlier you start hair loss treatment, the better results you can achieve. Once you lose the hair follicles, and baldness sets in, they cannot regrow hair and it is too late to address the problem.

With regard to the pigmentation issue you mention, the thinner hair strands from the miniaturised follicles may appear lighter in colour. This does not mean that there is any problem with your melanin production – the process by which natural hair colour is determined – they are simply very thin hairs with less bulk in the cortex.

If you look at your vellus hair covering your body, it also appears lighter in colour than the longer hairs on your scalp, known as ‘terminal hair’. However, Male Pattern Hair Loss does not affect the hair pigment.

On the other hand, if there is any pigment change in your hair, it is important to be discussed with a dermatologist as it may be unrelated to the hairloss you mention.

For example, vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder which affects the cells producing melanin, known as melanocytes. This can leave areas on your skin, including the scalp, without any pigment. It can sometimes affect the hair too, but this condition does not cause hairloss.

If you have had Alopecia Areata – an autoimmune disorder which causes patchy hair loss to appear suddenly – the regrowth from this can be lacking pigment and appear white or cream. Again, this is unrelated to Male Pattern Baldness, but it is possible to have both conditions at the same times.

As before, a consultation with a hair expert will help you to determine exactly what is going on, with regards to identifying any hair loss condition and/or scalp issues. Recommendations for suitable treatments or courses of action that can be taken will then be made based on their findings, as well as your medical profile, and they can answer any further queries you may have.


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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: Audrey

Question: I have a facial dermaroller which I use as part of my skincare routine. I have noticed thinning hair around my temples and generally my hair feels not as thick as it used to. I understand from reading hair loss forums that dermarolling before using hair loss treatment can help the medication to work better so can I use my facial dermaroller on my scalp, even if I just try it on my temples where it’s easiest to get to?

Answer: Hi, Audrey. Essentially there is no difference between a facial dermaroller and one that can be used on the scalp – they are the same tool.

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However, in order to ensure the transfer of bacteria is minimised – and, therefore, help to reduce the risk of infection – the dermaroller should always be kept clean and sterilised after each use. So, once it has been used on the face it should be properly cleaned and sterilised before it is used anywhere on the scalp, and this process should be repeated again after you have used it on the areas of your head with hair loss.

However, there is currently little scientific evidence to prove that microneedling using a dermaroller, or other microneedling device, actually does enhance the performance of high strength minoxidil – the topical hair loss solution used to treat thinning hair in women.

This medication is already formulated to have the optimal absorption rate and, as long as the application advice is followed properly, this should be all you need to get the best results from your treatment. There are additional non-invasive elements you could consider if you want to try giving your hair growth a ‘boost’, such as using an FDA-cleared low level laser therapy (LLLT) device to stimulate the follicles, such as the HairMax LaserBand.

If you want to address your hair loss, the first step we would recommend is to get a professional diagnosis of your condition. After all, there are numerous different women’s hair loss conditions that can cause thinning hair and a drop in volume.

The most common, Female Pattern Hair Loss, is a permanent, progressive genetic condition for which there are clinically-proven treatment options, and various hair growth supporting products that can be used alongside the topical medications.

This causes a drop in hair density and thinning hair, due to a process called follicular miniaturisation, along the top of the scalp, from hairline and temples to crown.

Other reasons for hair fall include Telogen Effluvium and Chronic Telogen Effluvium, both of which are temporary issues which present approximately three months after being triggered and cause thinning hair all over the scalp. Although normal hair growth should resume naturally, there are also hair loss treatment options for these conditions, too.

Another issue worth considering, as you specifically mention hair loss at your temples, is Traction Alopecia. This is caused by repeatedly wearing tight hairstyles – not just braids or hair extensions or weaves, but also common styles such as a high ponytail or taut bun.

The strain these hairstyles place on the scalp damages the follicles, leading to hairloss, hair breakage, which can cause hair to look dull, thin and frazzled, and receding at the temples as the hairline bears the brunt of this tension.

A combination of wearing the hair naturally, allowing the scalp and follicles to recover and, where appropriate, following a Traction Alopecia treatment course, can often help to restore healthy hair growth in mild to moderate cases. However, if the follicles have been severely damaged, the result may be permanent baldness in the affected areas.

Even if you choose to ‘go it alone’ with your own hair regrowth regimen, we would certainly advise you first visit a reputable hair loss clinic for a diagnosis and advice before starting this, so you can make a fully-informed decision as to which treatments are best for you, that you feel confident in and comfortable with.


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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: Lewis

Question: I had testicular cancer a few years ago and had to have one testicle removed. I got the all clear but I’ve now started losing my hair and wanted to know if I can still take finasteride?

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Answer: Hi, Lewis. As your enquiry is regarding finasteride 1mg, we are presuming you have already been diagnosed with the condition this drug is intended to treat – Male Pattern Baldness.

If you are self-diagnosing your hair loss condition, your first port of call should be a specialist so that you get a professional diagnosis and receive appropriate, personalised treatment recommendations based on their findings.

If the shedding is caused by something other than genetic hair loss, finasteride 1mg is an unsuitable treatment given it is only MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved for this purpose. In it’s one-a-day tablet form, it is designed to inhibit the formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is the cause of follicular miniaturisation in cases of genetic hairloss.

Male Pattern Baldness tends to present as gradually thinning hair in defined areas but can affect anywhere along the top of the head from the crown to hairline and temples; other forms of hair loss tend to cause diffuse shedding from all over the scalp, which may seem to come on quickly, or the sudden onset of rounded bald patches where hair falls out in clumps.

In answer to your question, and based upon the assumption you have a confirmed diagnosis of Male Pattern Hair Loss, it is against Belgravia policy to prescribe finasteride 1mg – or any form of low level laser therapy (LLLT) – to men with a history of testicular cancer.

If your doctor feels that finasteride 1mg is necessary and safe for you to take, your doctor may sign a prescription for you, but this is not something we can do at either of our hair loss clinic locations.

We do accept medically-suitable patients who have previously had testicular cancer for tailored hair loss treatment courses based around topical applications of high strength minoxidil plus additional appropriate supplementary products, where desired.

However, if you had cancer less than five years ago, we would require a letter from your doctor or oncologist to confirm that you are suitable for treatment before we could dispense any medication or hair growth supporting products to you. If the cancer was more than five years ago, this step is not necessary as long as there are no other contraindications.


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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: Kira

Question: I read that using a hair mask with olive oil in will protect your hair from damage from heat like hairdryers and hair straighteners is it true?

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Answer: Hi, Kira. There is little scientific evidence to support this rumour, but we can tell you where it is likely to have come from.

Olive oil is often said to strengthen the hair and hair follicles, leaving it less prone to damage – in particular, hair breakage – when used as a conditioner or an intensive hair mask. This is, however, misleading.

Olive oil contains small amounts of vitamin E and vitamin K, but it’s most beneficial properties for the hair and scalp are its moisturising monounsaturated fatty acids. Keeping the scalp clean and in good condition provides a solid environment for healthy hair growth – genetic and outside influences notwithstanding.

It can be helpful to hair health and scalp conditions when used correctly. If the hair is extremely over-processed, brittle and dry, applying lots of olive oil to dry hair will simply coat the hair and prevent moisture absorption, so this is a bad idea. If the hair is well-hydrated, for instance after a leave-in conditioner has been used or a scalp-steaming session, oil may be applied sparingly to coat the hair, helping it to retain moisture.

It can also provide some protection, helping to prevent split ends, as it reduces the friction of the hair cuticle when combing; it is worth noting that olive oil will not repair any existing split ends, however.

A 2015 review of previous studies, published in the International Journal of Trichology, suggested some oils – including olive oil – may help to protect the hair from heat damage by penetrating the shaft.

However, when olive oil was used for this purpose, it was noted “Although thick films of oil can mask the lifted scales of the cuticle, it may leave an oily and heavy look to the hair”. Therefore, this suggests it is an unsuitable heat protector as using sufficient olive oil to prevent it from damaging the hair could cause the hair to look greasy and limp, which is not a particularly appealing proposition, especially when you add in the lingering smell.

Furthermore, the scale of this one study and information regarding the extent to which the hair was protected from heat damage, were not disclosed. As such, it is not something we would recommend.

When using heated styling devices, from a hair dryer to hair straighteners (flat irons) or curling tongs, it is advisable to use a good quality heat protector spray beforehand in order to help minimise heat damage. These sprays work by diffusing heat evenly across the hair – something olive oil will not do.

Ensuring tools are used on the appropriate temperature settings, and in the case of hair dryers, at the correct distance from the hair, is also wise.

Excessive and/or regular heat styling can cause damaged hair which becomes dry, and can appear thin, dull and frizzy due to hair breakage. This is something also seen in bleached or over-dyed hair so, if your hair is bleached, over-coloured and regularly heat-treated, you could be storing up trouble.

This type of damage is not hair loss per se as it does not affect the follicles, instead the hair snaps along the shaft due to its weakened state. Generally this can be repaired by having a hairdresser cut off the split ends and damaged strands – layering or ‘dusting’ techniques can be used to avoid losing too much length, where this is a concern – and using suitable intensive protein-based conditioners and other appropriate restorative hair care products.


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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: Jase

Question: I have early stage Male Pattern Baldness and I’ve been using Regaine foam twice per day for six months and started using a dermaroller as well around three months ago. Now my hairline is receding worse than before. Could the dermaroller be the cause?

Answer: Hi, Jase. We would need more information and to have a specialist assess your receding hairline and scalp in general, to give a confirmed response.

The hair loss you describe could be getting worse for a number of reasons, though as the shedding is concentrated around your hairline, it is unlikely to be linked to your using a dermaroller.

Possible causes include incorrect use of your medication (not applying it diligently as per the instructions), Regaine foam not being the best hair loss treatment for you, or external lifestyle factors, such as stress, an underlying illness, new medication or dietary concerns causing additional hair fall.

Dermaroller

Furthermore, normal changes in the hair growth cycle can cause temporary periods of increased shedding.

With regards to dermarolling, also known as microneedling, despite its growing popularity, there is not enough clinical evidence available to prove whether this type of therapy can improve either hair growth or the penetration of minoxidil.

Minoxidil hair loss solutions are, in fact, already made to provide good topical absorption rates so, in this respect, dermarolling is unnecessary.

Some people see great results which they claim to be a result of using this adjunctive therapy alongside their minoxidil, whilst others see no benefits from it whatsoever. Therefore, if you believe this could be causing your receding hairline to get worse, you could stop dermarolling for a month to see if the shedding or hair growth improves.

Essentially, because Male Pattern Baldness is a permanent genetic condition which gets worse over time as follicular miniaturisation occurs, there is nothing new that dermarolling would bring to the table, in terms of blocking the DHT which causes this hair thinning.

Microneedling’s only potential application would appear to be in terms of possibly offering enhanced minoxidil penetration. Large scale studies are required to establish any such legitimate up-sides for pattern hair loss – as these are not proven, as yet – as well as outlining the best devices and their optimal usage to see these benefits; there are various clinical trials currently underway – albeit small in scale – so hopefully more concrete information on its viability will be made available soon.

For those using a dermaroller – or a dermapen or stamp – it is crucial to follow the instructions closely as using these tools incorrectly, or too frequently, could cause damage to the skin which may trigger further hairloss. Additionally, if you are using minoxidil on broken skin, you are more likely to have an adverse reaction such as contact dermatitis.

As you do not mention any such symptoms, and your shedding appears to be confined to frontal hair loss, we believe it is unlikely to be linked to your dermarolling but recommend a personal consultation with a specialist. They can put your mind at rest and help you get to the bottom of this increased hair fall, as well as recommending more appropriate Male Pattern Hair Loss Treatment options, where necessary.


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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: Amita

Question: I know I have to stop using my female pattern hair loss treatment medication and can’t take my Hair Vitalics whilst I’m pregnant but can I continue to use my HairMax LaserComb?

Answer: Hi, Amita. Firstly, congratulations on your pregnancy! We hope everything is going smoothly for you.

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You are absolutely correct that women cannot use genetic hair loss treatment eg. applications of high strength minoxidil, during pregnancy; this is also the case whilst they are breastfeeding or expressing.

The same is true of Hair Vitalics for Women; these food supplements should not be taken until after you have given birth and, if you are breastfeeding, the course should not be resumed until you have finished nursing.

At Belgravia we advise our female patients that no hair loss treatments or hair growth supporting products – including low level laser therapy devices such as the LaserComb – should be used during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding, as a precaution.

Furthermore, if you have a male partner with whom you are sexually active during your pregnancy, and who is also using hair loss treatment, he too should stop taking finasteride 1mg during this time (in fact, he should stop taking this DHT-blocker one week before you start trying to conceive). He is, however, fine to continue using minoxidil throughout this period.

If preferable, as long as you do not handle any finasteride tablets, it is also possible for him to continue to take his finasteride 1mg as normal as long as he uses a barrier contraceptive method (condoms) whilst you are pregnant and breastfeeding.

After you have had your baby, if you would like to restart your Female Pattern Hair Loss treatment course, the best thing to do is to consult your dedicated specialist who will be able to assess you and check whether any tweaks to your original programme are necessary before you start again after you have finished breastfeeding, where applicable.

For instance, many women experience Post Partum Alopecia – excessive shedding and thinning hair after having a baby – which is an entirely normal postnatal phenomenon.

The hair will generally return to its pre-pregnancy state within approximately 12 months, however, as you have an existing hair loss condition which may be exacerbated by this, or the stress of childbirth and coping with a new baby, it is certainly recommended that you are re-assessed before resuming treatment. That way, your specialist can ensure you are on the most appropriate, personalised course, with optimum hair loss solutions based on your current situation.

If you would like to discuss any of this information further, or need any additional support from your Treatment Advisor, do just drop them an email or call the clinic on 020 7730 6666 at your convenience and they’ll be happy to assist you.


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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: Scott

Question: I heard that if your hair loss isn’t too bad you can take finasteride three times a day instead of every day – is this true?

Answer: Hi, Scott. This is incorrect. Finasteride 1mg is taken once per day in all cases where it is prescribed as a treatment for Male Pattern Baldness, regardless of the level of thinning.

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The reason for this is to keep the optimum amount of the active medication in your system in order to effectively inhibit dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT, being the testosterone by-product which latches on to hair follicles located around the top of the scalp and hairline, in men genetically-predisposed to genetic hair loss.

This gradually weakens these sensitive follicles, causing a drop in hair density and producing increasingly finer, thinning hair and/or a receding hairline. If left unchecked, this can lead to eventual baldness.

Finasteride, taken in the authorised 1mg per day doses – as licensed by the UK’s medical regulatory board, the MHRA, and approved by its American counterpart, the FDA – ensures a worthwhile amount stays in your system to continually counteract DHT.

Studies have shown the half-life of oral finasteride 1mg – the length of time it stays in your bloodstream – to be 4.7 hours to 7.1 hours, with “slow accumulation” occurring when this form of treatment is used over a long period of time. This still does not mean that doses can be skipped, however.

Additionally, it is worth pointing out that overusing any medication can lead to side effects and, in the case of finasteride 1mg, is unlikely to have any hair growth benefits when compared to the authorised dose. Therefore, it is important to only take the 1mg per day dose that is recommended.

Using hair loss treatment erratically – including regularly missing doses – is unlikely to provide the maximum benefits patients look for when using it for preventing baldness. The same is true of the other clinically-proven hairloss solution, high strength minoxidil.

Before starting a treatment regime, it is wise to consult a hair loss specialist for a number of reasons, even if you eventually decide not to pursue their services. Firstly, doing so will provide you with a professional diagnosis of your condition; although many men assume they are starting to go bald when they notice some shedding or a drop in the volume of their hair, these signs do not necessarily mean they have Male Pattern Baldness.

Secondly, once you have a diagnosis, personalised treatment recommendations – including relevant hair growth supporting products – can be made based upon factors such as your hair loss condition, level and pattern of shedding, medical profile and – a point which should not be overlooked – your lifestyle requirements. After all, there’s no point in spending money on treatments you won’t actually use, so it’s always best to take a practical approach to finding the best hair loss solutions for each individual.


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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: Patrick

Question: I use minoxidil from the chemist. I want to know if it is effective in the long-term for treating male pattern baldness. thanks.

Answer: Hi, Patrick. As you are not a Belgravia client, we would advise you to speak to your minoxidil provider for advice concerning the specific formulation and product you are using. However, we can give you some general advice to help answer your query in the meantime.

Male Pattern Baldness requires on-going management as it is a permanent condition for which there are clinically-proven hair loss treatments but – as yet – no cure. Topical minoxidil is one of only two MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved medications for this particular condition, the other being the one-a-day tablet,finasteride 1mg.

As you may know, there may be some shedding when first starting minoxidil, but once this has stabilised, generally there should be signs of progress within the first three to six months, though for some men with more extensive hair loss it may take up to 12 months. After results are achieved, the maintenance phase of treatment follows.

Many of our male – and female – patients with genetic hair loss have been using high strength minoxidil for many years and manage to maintain the regrowth results they initially achieve, alongside a stable hair density. Continues below…

Example of Long Term Hair Loss Treatment Use for Male Pattern Baldness - The Belgravia Centre Hair Clinic
An Example of a Belgravia Client Who Has Been Using Hair Loss Treatment Use for Male Pattern Baldness for over 22 Months. Click to View More Success Stories (Results May Vary and Are Not Guaranteed)

A November 1987 clinical trial into the long-term efficacy of minoxidil for Male Pattern Baldness investigated the results of using regular strengths of the topical medication (2% or 3% with a placebo control) over a 30 month period.

Researchers found that “Hair regrowth (as measured by hair counts and bald-area diameters) was noted in all treatment groups at four months, and appeared to peak at approximately 12 months. At 30 months, mean hair counts had decreased from the 12-month level, but remained elevated over baseline counts, while mean bald-area diameters returned to baseline. However, 70% of the patients who did continue to use the drug for 30 months had 50% or more hairs than when they originally started the drug therapy. A subset of patients appeared to sustain a continued increase in hair counts after 12 months.

Although everyone responds differently and some men may see some deterioration in the long-term, this doesn’t necessarily mean minoxidil doesn’t work; it may just be slowing down or delaying the hair loss process for them, instead of stabilising it.

Also, continued shedding whilst using minoxidil may be due to one (or more) of the many variables that can influence hairloss.

For example, incorrect or inconsistent use of treatment often negatively influences results. If the hair loss becomes so advanced that the follicles become incapable of regrowing hair, treatment will become futile.

Furthermore, issues including excessive stress – physical or emotional, dietary deficiencies, certain medical conditions and medications can also exacerbate shedding in the short or long-term.

This is one of the reasons Belgravia patients often express their satisfaction at having a dedicated hair loss specialist and treatment advisor to call upon when health or lifestyle issues, which may be interfering with their treatment courses, arise. Their professional advice and, where necessary, tweaks to the treatments and/or hair growth supporting products used, as well as their support during these worrying episodes, can be extremely reassuring.

I would say, the majority of Belgravia’s long-term patients do maintain a stable hair density, and that monitoring them regularly, as well as advising them promptly if there is any issue, makes a huge difference in this regard.


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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: Ed

Question: Why is my hair falling out NOW after using Rogaine for over a year?

Answer: Hi, Ed. It is difficult to answer your question without any information about your hair loss or medical history, given you are not a Belgravia client.

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There are a number of different hair loss conditions and many possible reasons for hair shedding. As such, firstly, we advise you have a consultation with a specialist to obtain a professional diagnosis. From there you can also see if Regaine – the UK name for Rogaine, a brand of over-the-counter minoxidil – is an appropriate treatment, given this is only recommended for certain levels of Male Pattern Baldness.

Secondly, once you have been recommended a personalised course of appropriate hair loss treatment, you need to make sure that you use it correctly in order to see optimal results. Irregular or incorrect use of your medication can cause changes in the hair growth cycle and result in increased shedding.

Additionally, there are other factors that can influence your treatment and trigger periods of increased hair fall. These include stress, dietary deficiencies, certain medical conditions and prescription medications.

Sometimes this hairloss can be temporary and caused by normal changes to the natural hair cycle or seasonal shedding. The hair grows in stages and constantly replaces itself. It is usual to lose 100-150 hairs every day; these are then replaced by new hairs.

Occasionally, you may lose slightly more hair strands daily which may feel like you have more thinning hair for a short period, but this could just be part of the normal hair cycle and the lost hair can still be replaced by new hair, it may simply be taking a little longer than usual to grow through.

If the hair fall is coming from the top of your scalp, this most likely indicates genetic hair loss given this only affects follicles located from hairline to crown. If, however, you are losing hair from all over your scalp, this tends to indicate a temporary issue, such as Telogen Effluvium, for example.

Hopefully this information helps to put your mind at rest as to the potential possibilities that could be causing you to lose more hair than normal at present; for further reassurance and tailored treatment advice – including assessing whether Regaine is the optimum hair loss solution for you – as before, we do recommend a consultation with a hair specialist.

This can take place in person at a dedicated hair loss clinic, or online, using a consultation form with photo-upload capabilities to assist with providing an accurate diagnosis of your 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: Alfred

Question: can premature graying of hair be reversed with diet supplements?

Answer: Hi, Alfred. Hair turning grey mainly happens due to a genetic predisposition and, unfortunately, there is not much you can do about this – with the obvious exception of using an appropriate hair dye to cover grey hairs.

It is unlikely that diet will reverse grey hair as there are genes responsible for the reduced melanin production – the pigmentation which dictates natural hair colour – in the follicles.

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Many people associate grey hair with old age, but in fact, greying of the hair can often start at young age, depending on genetic factors.

There are rare cases where severe dietary deficiencies can contribute to premature greying, in which case diet and treatments can help.

For example, there are reports of severe vitamin B12 deficiencies which may result in hair going grey prematurely as well as skin pigmentation problems developing. These can generally be reversed with prescription-based treatment focusing on correcting the dietary deficiency.

Foods rich in vitamin B12 include mackerel, crab, tuna, eggs, milk, and most animal-based products. However, the absorption of vitamin B12 can be reduced with certain medical conditions, such as coeliac disease, so if you have any concerns about your B12 levels, it is best to discuss this with your doctor and have a blood test.

Copper deficiency is another rare dietary deficiency that can reduce the hair pigment. Foods rich in copper include shellfish, avocado and figs; this is also one of the nutrients included in Hair Vitalics for Men food supplements, which have been designed by Belgravia hair specialists to support the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth. However, it is very rare to be deficient in copper.

White hair can be seen following Alopecia Areata, too. This is an autoimmune condition which causes patchy hair loss and which can result in hair regrowth that is lacking any pigment. In many cases, however, the hair generally returns to its normal colour as it keeps growing in length.

There are also associations that suggest smoking may contribute to hair turning grey prematurely so, if you smoke, quitting may be beneficial to your hair as well as your overall health.

We hope this information is useful and, should you require further assistance from a hair loss specialist, we’d be happy to help.


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