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Most people would agree that hair loss is not a laughing matter. However, there are some who don’t mind having a laugh at themseves. Famous for his baldness and ability to take a bald joke with a grain of salt is Colin Mochrie. If you don’t mind a bit of light-hearted humour, this hairy sketch from the comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? will have you in stitches.

However, if it is something you are concerned about, there are treatments for hair loss that can stabilise the loss and, in the majority of cases, stimulate regrowth. The Belgravia Centre is the UK’s leading hair loss clinic and provides specialists service and treatment to ensure both men and women have the best opportunity to achieve desired results – just see their before and during hair loss treatment photos. Call them on 020 7730 6666 to arrange a free consultation, or message the centre for more information.

Colin’s Bald Part 1

Colin’s Bald Part 2

Colin’s Bald Part 3

As the ‘Top Ten’ and ‘Best of’ lists for the year begin to emerge, the Belgravia Centre team thought there were enough interesting, amusing and – dare we say – monumental events this year that constituted another type of list. So, in no particular order, we present the Top Ten Hair Loss Stories of 2009.

1. Hair Loss More Common in Young Men Than Ever
A survey undertaken by the Belgravia Centre found that hair loss is becoming increasingly common in younger men. Statistics revealed an exponential rise in the number of men aged 21 – 30 who were seeking advice and treatment. Patient numbers thereafter gradually decline with age.

Hair Loss More Common in Young Men Than Ever

Michael Jackson2. Michael Jackson
Perhaps the biggest event of the year was the untimely death of global superstar Michael Jackson. Following his death, there were stories that surfaced, speculating whether or not the king of pop ever recovered from the burns he suffered during a Pepsi commercial shoot. Judging by the number of comments sent in to the blog, Michael will be loved by his fans for years to come.

Was Michael Jackson Bald and Wearing a Wig?
Michael Jackson’s Hair Loss – What Happened to his Bald Spot?

3. Stem Cell Treatment
With unfailing determination, science has continued to research for a sure-fire cure for baldness and hair loss. There were some significant discoveries that were made, which one day may solve the genetic problem that men and women have faced since the beginning of time.

Stem Cell Hair Loss Treatment in the Making
Gene Linked to Early Hair Loss in Men and Women

4. Andre Agassi
The most famous barnet in sport turned out to be a hairpiece. The tennis legend that is Andre Agassi published his autobiography and revealed a number of interesting facts. Perhaps the one that has received the most public attention was the fact that he was suffering from hair loss in his early twenties and his long mane was infact part-hairpiece.

Andre Agassi Wore Wig to Hide Baldness
Andre Agassi Talks About Hair Loss on TV

5. Botox
Although the fake cosmetic surgery look is beginning to wane, botox is still a popular way of eliminating wrinkles and has even been reported to prevent hair loss. But can baldness really be beaten in your lunch hour with a few injections of this toxin?

Botox Claimed to Prevent Baldness

6. Prince William
There have been a number of reports over this year and last concerned with Prince William’s receding hairline and thinning hair. There was speculation that the Royal looked into hair loss treatments, but it would appear those rumours were false.

Prince William’s Hair Loss in Focus During Charity Event
Ginger Harry vs Balding William

7. Wayne Rooney
Even Manchester United’s finest footballer, Wayne Rooney, seems to suffer from the common condition that is male pattern baldness. There were a number of rumours this year that suggested ways the striker may have contained his receding hairline that appeared to once be out of control.

Hair Loss Strikes Wayne Rooney
Did Wayne Rooney Have a Hair Transplant?

Tape-In Hair Extensions8. Sarah Palin’s Thinning Hair
Sarah Palin, the American Republican who ran for Vice President in 2008, apparently suffered from stress-related hair thinning this year. Her hairdresser, Jessica Steele, supposedly leaked the information. Hair loss in women is not uncommon, and it can be influenced by many factors, such as stress, genetics and menopause.

Sarah Palin’s Thinning Hair

9. Natural Hair Growth Institute, Sued
The hair loss industry has suffered from some dubious businesses that make unfounded and exagerated claims. But this time the consumers fought back. The Natural Hair Growth Institute, which guarantees to “regrow your hair naturally” is being sued after failing to provide refunds to unhappy customers.

Natural Hair Growth Institute Sued

10. Big Brother’s Sophie Hair Extension Horror
The winner of Big Brother 2009, Sophie Reade, walked off with £71,320 and a smile on her face. But things were not always plain-sailing in the Big Brother house for the 20-year-old model. At one point her hair extensions fell out revealing bald patches and thinning hair, a problem not uncommon for women who wear them but one that can be fixed.

Big Brother’s Sophie Suffers Hair Loss

The Belgravia Centre is looking forward to covering all the latest hair loss news and stories in 2010. If you are interested in finding out more about hair loss treatments, why not contact the centre for a free consultation with one of Belgravia’s specialists. Appointments are free-of-charge and available 7 days a week. To book, just call the friendly reception team on 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. If you are unable to visit the centre, just complete the online diagnostic form for a home-use treatment course via mail order.

Most towns and villages have at least one or two houses that go that extra mile and are covered in Christmas lights and decorations at this time of the year. These festive scenes may not be a good for the carbon footprint but they bring joy to many, especially children, and many will raise money for worthwhile causes.

Gwyn Price, with his mother Yvonne, outside his festive home which will raise money for children's hair loss charity Little Princess Trust.For many years Gwyn Price has been turning his home into a winter wonderland but this will be the last time he puts the lights up at his Kempton Avenue home in Bobblestock, Hereford. Price, 52, has just got married and will moving out of the house he shares with his mother but he hopes his final display will be a big success. The display will also help raise money for the Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes wigs for children who have suffered hair loss through cancer treatment.

“It’s a local charity who we read about in the Hereford Times and thought we’d like to help,” said Mr Price, “We’ve got a Thomas the Tank Engine, Santa’s grotto, Snow White and the dragon from Shrek. We just enjoy doing it and the people who see it enjoy the display too.” Over the years Price has raised £8,000 for cancer charity CLIC Sargent and said he would like to thank everyone who donated. Mr Price will be selling off the display after Christmas with all proceeds going to the Princesses Trust.

The Belgravia Centre will be sponsoring and supporting The Little Princess Trust and would be grateful if you could help in any way that you can to support the charity. If you are unable to get to Bobblestock to see the display and would like to make a donation, just visit the charity’s website: www.littleprincesses.org.uk

Occasionally children are kicked out of school, usually for disruptive behaviour that cannot be tolerated. But now a 4 year-old is apparently at risk of losing his place at a pre-school because his hair is too long. Elizabeth Taylor said that officials at her son’s school told her that her son, Taylor Pugh, will be asked to leave if she does not cut his hair.

Last week The Dallas Morning News ran a story in which Ms Taylor said that her son has been learning in a separate room to the rest of his  class at Floyd Elementary School in Mesquite, Texas, after the school’s Principal told her that the boy’s hair was too long at the end of October. The school’s policy states that a boy’s hair should be above the ear lobes and above the collar. Laura Jobe, of the Mesquite School District, said, “Our dress code is designed to minimise distractions in the classroom.”

But Taylor’s parents are not happy. “He only goes two and half hours a day. He’s not a distraction. He doesn’t get teased,” said Ms Taylor who is refusing to comply with the school’s requests due to the fact that Taylor likes his hair long and his father, who has American Indian heritage, also wears his hair long.

Associate Superintendent Cathy Rideout said, “The policy says students can’t go to class out of dress code,” but added that a student will not be excluded from school for non-compliance with the dress code.

However, Ms Taylor said she was told her son will be removed from school if he shows up with long hair. The school says that Taylor will be separated from his classmates unless his hair is cut. Ms Taylor said she is appealing to district officials for assistance to resolve the issue.

The Belgravia Centre is a hair loss clinic based in central London. If you would like information on hair loss and hair loss treatments, contact Belgravia for a free consultation. To book an appointment, call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. For a home use treatment course via mail order, simply submit the online diagnostic form.

Political correctness is often a heated topic and one that attracts a lot of attention. And one MP has even added hair loss to the debate. The Daily Mail recently reported that Conservative MP Philip Davies wrote 19 letters to Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission asking a range of questions about political correctness. In one communication Davies asked Phillips whether anti-discrimination laws ought to be extended ‘to cover bald people (and perhaps fat people and short people)’.

In his latest letter Davies asks: ‘Is it offensive to black up or not, particularly if you are impersonating a black person?’ and ‘Why it is so offensive to black up your face, as I have never understood this.’

MP Philip Davies asked whether bald people should be covered by anti-discrimination laws in the UK.

Davies, MP for Shipley and ‘parliamentary spokesperson’ for the Campaign Against Political Correctness’ lobby group, has also asked whether the Metropolitan Black Police Association breaches discrimination law by restricting its membership to black people. The MP compares this to the BNP’s white-only policy which the far-right party has only recently agreed to drop.

Interestingly, Phillips replied to each letter and answered each topic in detail except for the question about baldness. The reply to this was said to simply read: ‘The answer to your question is no.’

A commission spokesman said: ‘There are many writings produced by scholars about blacking up, arguing that minstrel shows lampoon black people in derogatory ways, and many people clearly find blacking up to portray minstrels or black people offensive.”

Davies said he wrote the letters because he believed in equality and disagreed with “positive discrimination” but pointed out he is a “humble backbencher” who didn’t speak for his party.

“For over a decade the Conservatives have made the case for fairness, not special treatment. We will continue to argue that Britain’s strength is the freedom it offers and its steadfast commitment to tolerance, respect for the individual and democracy,” said a spokesperson for the Conservative party.

Peter Herbert, the chair of the Society of Black Lawyers, said: “This correspondence seems a complete and utter waste of time. If he (Davies) wishes to have recourse to law he shouldn’t be using the Human Rights Commission as basically a source of legal advice, which is what he appears to be doing.”

While politicians and public servants argue over what is and what is not acceptable in society, hair loss will continue to affect approximately 80% of men and 40 – 50% of women. The most common cause is a genetic predisposition to dihydrotestosterone (DHT – the hormone that attacks the hair follicles). While women tend to experience an all-over thinning, men usually see a receding hairline and thinning around the crown area. If left untreated, a man will start to go bald.

The Belgravia Centre has a long-standing and successful track record in treating male and female hair loss conditions. The centre’s specialists are highly experienced in diagnosing hair loss and prescribing individualised treatment programmes. To see how well Belgravia clients respond to these treatments, take a look at the large collection of hair loss success stories.

If you are interested in finding out more about hair loss treatments and whether they could benefit you, contact Belgravia for a free consultation. To book an appointment, call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. For a home use treatment course and mail order service, complete the online diagnostic form.

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A recent survey by Korea’s Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs reveals that 1 in 5 women are malnourished and at risk of developing various conditions including hair loss.

A recent study by the Korean Government found that 1 in 5 women are malnourished and at risk of diseases and hair loss.Statistics show that 19.2% of women were found to be undernourished. The ministry said that this is a high figure for a developed country. The report showed 11.6% of men also inadequately nourished. The main reason people are not eating properly is due to a desire to be “beautiful”.

In the 2007 report, 48.7% of teenagers were on a diet with 65.3% of females restricting what they ate. Of the females, 88.3% did so in an attempt to improve their appearance. The trend is similar in this year’s report which also shows that the number of women suffering from osteoporosis was five times higher than the men. “There are various reasons causing the bone-weakening disease such as women giving birth or experiencing menstruation. The large gap between the sexes is one of many signs that an unhealthy diet is even more prevalent among women,” ministry official Oh Sang-yoon said.

Seo Jung-wan of the Korean Pediatric Society said that women who diet are often suffer from conditions such as hair loss, depression, bulimia, constipation and anorexia. Prof. Noh Dong-young of Seoul National University hospital says that underweight women have a higher chance of getting breast cancer than those of normal weight.

Hair Loss and Diet
The hair requires a range of vitamins, minerals, proteins and amino acids to stay healthy. When a person diets and cuts out certain foods they are at risk of malnourishment. This can lead to a type of hair loss called Diffuse Thinning. Fortunately, once you have taken the necessary blood tests and been diagnosed by your GP, it is possible to successfully treat the shedding using a course of hair loss treatments.

A strict diet will cut out essential nutrients which are vital for health and hair growth.Telogen Effluvium is another type of hair loss that can be caused by rapid weight loss, which is often the result of yo-yo dieting. Other triggers for this condition include stress, an illness and childbirth. When this condition occurs, certain hair follicles enter the resting phase earlier than normal. They remain here for around 3 months after which time they are shed. In some cases the person may have returned to a healthy weight before the hair loss occurs. The hair growth usually returns to normal 6 to 12 months after the event. However, if any of these triggers occur again, the hair growth cycle may struggle to return to normal. If the body is stressed enough, Telogen Effluvium can even trigger the early onset of permanent genetic hair loss. Again, a course of hair loss treatments may be able to restore the hair growth.

If you are concerned about thinning hair or hair loss, the first thing to do is get a diagnosis. The Belgravia Centre offers free consultations either in its London-based clinic or via the website. To book an appointment, call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. For a long-distance consultation, submit the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will contact you by telephone or email.

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In this age of celebrity, it seems that not a week goes by without some national newspaper or magazine picturing the latest celebrity mum looking glamorous, with immaculate hair, who has lost the baby pounds within a matter of weeks. But the reality for many women is a struggle with post-childbirth weight and hair loss.

New mum Coleen Rooney photographed in the Daily Mail on a night out. Coleen is said to wear hair extensions, which may be a way to disguise post-pregnancy hair loss.The Sun recently ran a feature on hair loss that occurs post-pregnancy (Post-partum Alopecia) and gave some useful information relating to the condition. Redken hair expert Billie Crago explained that during pregnancy a woman’s oestrogen levels rise and that this can affect women differently. Some women will find their hair becomes thicker while it goes limp and lank for others. Although a nutritious diet is important, Crago also pointed out that hair loss is common and normal in the 3 to 6 months after childbirth. Crago correctly explains that the condition is often temporary with hair growth returning to normal between 6 – 12 months after the birth.

Crago also explains that new mum Coleen Rooney, 23, who has been pictured recently looking ultra-groomed just weeks after giving birth, does in fact wear hair extensions and that “this may or may not be a sign of post-pregnancy hair loss”. But Crago does not advise this as a fix to cover up hair loss as the glue used needs “hair that is going to be staying on your head for a while for it to stay put”. Rather, Crago suggests clip-in extensions which can be taken out at night. Crago also suggests trying a range of thickening hair products.

While a thickening product can offer a short-term boost to your hair, and temporary hair extensions will make a glamorous image for a special occasion, unfortunately they will not provide the solution some women require.

Although post-pregnancy hair loss is usually temporary and therefore does not treatment, some women may find that other factors, such as stress and physical strains, prevent the hair from returning to a normal growth cycle. This can lead to a condition called Diffuse Thinning. The good news is that it is possible to treat this condition using a course of hair loss treatments.

The Belgravia Centre treats all types of male and female hair loss. Below is a video diary of Trinity Gardiner who experienced visible hair loss following the birth of her second child. Trinity, a member of Belgravia’s treatment advisor team, decided to record her treatment and show her progress.

If you are concerned about Post-partnum Alopecia or any other type of hair loss, contact Belgravia for a free consultation with a specialist. To book, call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively, complete the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch with you over the next two working days.

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Going to the hairdresser is a pleasant experience for most people and usually something to look forward to. Despite this, there have been a number of reports this year of people who have suffered the effects of bad hair care in their salon and been left with bald patches, hair loss and scarring as a result. The Belgravia Centre has reported on a number of these stories (see the links below, under Related Articles).

There are calls for hairdressers to be regulated after clients have been left with burns, scars and hair loss from hairdressing malpractice.This growing trend of accidents at hair salons has led one personal injury solicitor to call for regulation of all hairdressers in the UK. Nigel Barrowcliff of claimsolicitors.co.uk is a specialist in professional negligence claims and has seen a sharp rise in the number of people seeking compensation for injuries to their hair and scalp caused by hairdressing malpractice.

Further awareness of the need for tighter regulation comes from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. The issue has even received coverage on breakfast TV and BBC Radio 2.

The problem revolves around the use of strong chemicals in hair dyes, straightening and perming solutions and hair relaxers. If a patch test is not carried out before use, or if the chemicals are applied incorrectly, then the result can be severe burns to the scalp. As well as being painful and uncomfortable, the burns can damage the hair follicles, leading to hair loss and bald patches. If the hair follicles are damaged badly enough, the hair loss and scarring may be permanent. Some individuals are also at risk of anaphylactic shock, which is an allergic reaction to the chemicals which can be fatal.

“The hairdressing profession is completely unregulated and anyone can open a salon and call themselves a hairdresser,” says Barrowcliff, “This does not happen elsewhere in the EU where a professional qualification together with schemes for registration and monitoring are compulsory. Many experienced hairdressers are themselves advocating regulation of this kind. Hopefully such legislation would lessen the number of hairdressing injuries in the future. Unfortunately we are not just seeing cases of failed haircuts or minor burns but serious and permanent injuries on occasion necessitating surgery or inducing permanent allergy.”

If you are concerned about the condition of your hair, then contact the Belgravia Centre for a consultation. In many cases, the hair will recover naturally if given a rest from overstyling. However, in some cases a short course of hair loss treatments can restore a healthy hair growth cycle.

A consultation with a Belgravia specialist will give you a diagnosis and the opportunity to discuss treatment. To book an appointment, call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. If you are unable to visit the London-based clinic, just fill in the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch shortly.

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What’s the worst punishment a teacher ever gave you in school? Perhaps detention, or sent to stand in a corner or perhaps even a ruler across the back of the hand. But did you ever hear of a teacher cutting a pupil’s hair off? Apparently, that’s what happened to 7 year-old Lamya Cammon, from Milwaukee, USA, who said that her teacher took her to the front of the class and cut off one of her braids as a punishment for playing with her hair.

While the Belgravia Centre is concerned with the treatment of hair loss, this is an interesting story that highlights a child’s right over their hair. Lamya, embarrassed by having her hair cut, said “I went to my desk and cried” while classmates at Congress Elementary School apparently laughed. Lamya’s mother, Helen Cunningham, is furious and is calling for the teacher to be sacked. “Why would we want someone like that teaching our kids? We trust our kids that once they go to school to be safe.”

The teacher has reportedly apologised for acting out of “frustration” and been issued a $175 fine for disorderly conduct by the local police department. However, the district attorney has refused to press criminal charges against the teacher.

Bald Girls Do Lunch (BGDL) was set up by Thea Chassin who developed a type of hair loss called Alopecia Universalis in 1997. This is the most severe form of Alopecia Areata which is hair loss caused by an auto-immune disorder. The hair loss starts off being patchy; for some sufferers those bald patches will re-grow hair, while for others it can lead to Alopecia Totalis (total loss of scalp hair) or Alopecia Universalis (total loss of scalp and body hair).

Since 2005 Chassin has travelled across the United States and visited 33 cities to bring together women who have the condition. There are approximately 4 million sufferers in the USA. The women who attend these lunches have the opportunity to share experiences and try on or take off their wigs.

A video of one of these lunch gatherings recently featured on NBC’s Today Show. In it, the women discuss how other people view them; Karen Peterik says, “they assume we have cancer” in spite of the fact that “it is a fairly common condition that affects upto 2% of the population”. Peterik also talks about how hair loss makes women feel: “The worst thing ever is the transition of losing your hair. You go through all the stages of grief – you’re sad, you’re angry, you feel sorry for yourself, you’re just beside yourself.”

Another Alopecia Areata sufferer, Stephanie Walter, says, “Eventually my doctor is like, ‘I think you have Alopecia’ and sent me to a dermatologist, and she’s like ‘here’s a pamphlet, there’s nothing we can do for you’.”

Mavis Jackson, who prefers not to wear a wig, talks about the moment she decided to shave her head. “I tried weaves in the beginning when I couldn’t cover up the patches anymore but it just didn’t work for me,” says Jackson who describes the first time she went to a barbers shop to get her head shaved as a “very emotional moment in my life”.

These women are great examples of how women can learn to live with the condition and remain positive, healthy and happy individuals. But it is sad that some medical professionals still do not have good knowledge about the condition. In some cases it is possible to use a course of hair loss treatments. The Belgravia Centre has successfully treated mild or early-stage Alopecia Areata, using treatment programmes based mainly around high strength minoxidil.

If you are suffering from Alopecia Areata and would like to find out whether treatment could help, it is important to have a consultation with a Belgravia specialist as early as possible. The Belgravia Centre offers free consultations in its London-based clinic or via the website. To book, call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively, complete the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will contact you within two working days.

Alopecia Areata Treatment Success Stories
“Dramatic improvement…”
“My hair has grown 90% in six months…”
“My (bald) patches are almost gone…”
“The regrowth is progressing… Can’t recommend highly enough. Fantastic!”