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Bald DJ Goldie Likes The Way He LooksDJ Goldie has been making drum and bass records since the early 1990s, bringing the genre into the mainstream for the first time in 1995 with his debut album Timeless, which charted at number 7. His many talents include: DJ, graffiti artist, record producer, painter, actor (including Bond film The World Is Not Enough and Guy Ritchie’s Snatch). In 2002 he appeared on Celebrity Big Brother. More recently he took part in Maestro, the BBC2 series in which celebrities compete to be the best conductor.  

Earlier this month, Goldie featured in documentary that followed his first journey into classical music composition. Commissioned by the BBC, Goldie produced Sine Tempora (Without Time) and received warm praise from classic aficionados.

Not bad for a boy from the ‘burbs. Goldie didn’t have the easiest of starts to life. Born Clifford Joseph Price in 1965, in Walsall, Birmingham, to an absent Jamaican father and a Scottish mother who sang in pubs and brought home violent boyfriends, Goldie was taken into care when he was three. His younger brother Melvin stayed in the troubled home.

Goldie Cut His Hair For His BreakdancingWhile the foster homes made Goldie feel rejected and increased his need to compete against other children, they also introduced him to breakdancing and the urban scene that he would come to master. Known for his gold rings and gold teeth (his 14 implants are worth £100,000), some claim that the gold tooth caps were the source of the nickname Goldie – but the DJ later put the record straight. Last September he told The Guardian, “I was called Goldie when I was a kid because of my hair. I had dreadlocks and they were light and coloured, so my name was Goldilocks.”

He explains that he cut the dreads off because they got in the way of his breakdancing and then he got gold teeth to match his name. But he did learn how to make gold tooth caps. He says that when he looks in the mirror, he sees “a young-looking, handsome man’ and that he now shaves his head because “I’m 42 and predominantly bald”.

Bald DJ Goldie Has Moved Into The Classical World RecentlyLike most men with hair loss, Goldie probably has male pattern baldness. Use of hair dyes in his younger years may have made his hair dryer and more prone to breakage but genetic hair loss is a common condition in men his age.

Goldie may have preferred the bald look in his younger years for his breakdancing but, for those men who are less concerned about doing head spins, there are proven, licensed hair loss treatments available.

If you are suffering from hair thinning or hair loss, then the earlier you treat it, the better the results will be. The Belgravia Centre offers free consultations at its London clinic. Please call 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. Alternatively, complete the online diagnostic form and we will be in touch.

More Information:
Hair Loss Is Treatable As Long As You Act Early
Hair Loss Success Stories
Hair Loss Video Diary

Interesting Articles:
Moby Blames Baldness on Genetics, Not Party Lifestyle
Three Celebrities Who Treated Baldness Differently
Glastonbury 2009 – Balding But Still Rocking

Name: Joseph

Question: Who are your famous clients? Was Shane Warne one of them?

Answer: Hair loss affects 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women at some point in their lives, and naturally, some celebrities will be affected. Sorry to disappoint you Joseph, but patient confidentiality prevents us from revealing the identity of any of our clients we treat for hair loss, without their permission. So, while we aim to answer all questions honestly and fully, on this occasion we will have to leave it to the gossip magazines and newspaper columns to speculate.

Even The Famous Suffer From Hair LossWith regards to your question about Shane Warne, you may be thinking of a hair clinic that is completely separate to ours, Advanced Hair Studios (AHS). Warne featured in adverts for AHS. At the Belgravia Centre, we only offer proven, licensed hair loss treatments as part of an individualised treatment programme. We have seen impressive results with our clients which can be viewed by looking at our database of photo-scans. We also have a video-diary of one client’s treatment progress.

Below are a few stories about famous people who suffer from various types of hair loss. Some opt for hair loss treatments.

Related Articles:
Celebrity Hair Loss
Three Celebrities Who Treat Baldness Differently
Celebrity Hair Secrets: The Women Who Wear Wigs
Famous Bald Women
Tom Cruise Using Minoxidil for Thinning Hair

King of chat, Michael Parkinson, recently told the Radio Times that his ancestors were considered too boring by the producers of the family history TV show, ‘Who Do You Think You Are’. The show’s researchers spent six weeks digging through records but found nothing of note among the miners, labourers and domestic staff that make up Parky’s family tree. So, the show was cancelled. But Parky should be proud of his chat show, in particular the episode which featured Hollywood actor Patrick Stewart; it could be the best interview about baldness yet.

The 69 year-old star of film, television and stage has said in the past, “I am not the archetypal leading man. This is mainly for one reason: as you may have noticed, I have no hair”.

In Parky’s interview (which can be viewed below) Stewart reveals that he lost his hair at the age of 19. “In the space of a year, I had no hair, I thought everything was over”. He says that he thought everything was over in one area in particular – with the ladies. The star of X-Men and Star Trek: The Next Generation explains that, “It was not only inhibiting as a person but hopeless as an actor”. He chose to wear a toupee for auditions but did not wear them for social occasions. Instead, he hung on to his few locks, and sported a combover. Continues below…

Stewart recalls the day he decided to go completely bald, or rather he was forced to. His friend and his friend’s wife invited him to lunch one day. After the meal, his friend got up, stood behind him and pinned his arms back while the wife produced a pair of scissors and gave the combover the chop.

The cause for Stewart’s hair loss is most likely to be genetic. Male pattern baldness is the reason for 8 in 10 cases of hair loss in men. It affects men differently; some, like Stewart, can lose hair quickly and at a young age. Most men will begin to see some signs in their 20s or 30s; the earlier it is diagnosed and treated, the more successful treatment will be. However, Stewart lost his hair back in 1959 when were no effective treatments available. Today, there are proven hair loss treatments available that, if used correctly, will clear up and reverse thinning hair in most cases.

If you would like to find out more about treatment for hair loss or hair thinning, please contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. Alternatively, complete our online diagnostic form for a home-use treatment course, and a treatment advisor will be in touch.

More Information:
Hair Loss in Men
The Norwood Scale – How Bald Are You?
Hair Growth Success Stories
Hair Loss Video Diary

Interesting Stories:
The Balding Process – How Far Will It Go?
Tom Cruise Using Minoxidil for Thinning Hair
Hollywood Star Samuel L. Jackson on Hair Loss

Hairmat Inventor Phil McCrory with Matter of Trust Founder & Director Lisa GautierLast year there were over 2,600 oil spills worldwide. Not all of them made headlines, but all of them had an effect on the environment. Hair loss recycling organisation, Matter of Trust, based in San Francisco, California, has been recycling hair for seven years. The not-for-profit group collaborates with salons in USA and abroad to make use of their cuttings and then converts the hair into Hairmats that can be used to soak up oil from spillages.

Hair stylist Phil McCrory, from Alabama, first discovered how hair could help the environment in this way while watching the news coverage on the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. He noticed that the fur on the Alaskan otters was soaked with oil but the waters around them was completely clean. He started testing how much oil he could collect with hair clippings from his salon, which led him to invent the Hairmat which, as well as being reusable, also has other sustainable uses – it provides a slow protein release which works as a natural fertilizer.

Recycled Hair Can Be Used To Make Hairmats - Used To Soak Up Oil Spills & As FertilizersHair dressers collect on average about one pound a day of hair clippings. It takes a pound of hair to make a Hairmat that’s a foot square and half an inch thick. This can soak up a ‘quart’ of oil in one minute & can be wrung out and used a 100 times, as long as there’s no sand in it.

Matter of Trust will take any type of hair: straight, curly, permed, straightened, dyed, processed… but their website states, ‘HEAD hair only hair please’.

When you don’t wash your hair, what happens? It gets oily quite quickly. This is because it collects oil from the air, your skin and water, so it makes the perfect natural alternative to synthetic oil spill products. (Hair is adsorbent which means oil ‘clings to’ it, rather than ‘absorbent’ which means ‘soaks up’) As well as human hair, fur, horse and waste wool can be used. Human hair is better if it is shampooed but pet hair does not have to be washed (though not filthy).

Volunteers on Ocean Beach, San Francisco, Laying Hairmats to Soak Up Oil SpillsPOTENTIAL
It could save marine life which is exposed to oil spills, and encourages people to take an active role in recycling. The potential is huge with over 300, 000 salons in the USA, and countless more worldwide, each collecting one pound of hair a day – ie. a lot of Hairmats. Pet salons can be a big help too by donating their daily clippings.

There are certain conditions that lead to sudden hair loss in humans such as the autoimmune disease alopecia areata. While in up to 70% of cases the hair can grow back on its own, in some cases it can lead to alopecia totalis (no hair on the scalp) or alopecia universalis (complete hair loss on the scalp and body) – in which case you may wish to consider hair donation to an organisation such as Matter of Trust (www.matteroftrust.org). If you are suffering from alopecia areata there are proven hair loss treatments available that may help prevent further hair loss and restore your locks.  

Here at the Belgravia Centre we have a team of experts with over thirty years combined experience in treating a wide range of hair loss conditions in men and women. If you would like a free consultation, please call 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. Alternatively, you can complete an online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will contact you to discuss your case in more detail.

More Information:
Alopecia Areata: A Summary of Treatment Options
Alopecia Areata Treatment Success – Total Regrowth
Alopecia Areata Treatment Success: “The big patch of hair loss has gone and I’ve got my confidence back”

Interesting Articles:
Fundraising for Alopecia: Climbing Mount Elbrus
Wikipedia says there’s no known treatment for Alopecia Areata, is that right?
Dealing with Alopecia Totalis and Universalis

Hollywood Star Samuel L Jackson, Who Says He Is Comfortable With His Hair Loss, Wears His Signature Kangol CapQuentin Tarantino’s new film, Inglourious Basterds, is to be released on 19th August. The film, about a Jewish-American revenge squad intent on killing Nazis in German-occupied France, stars Brad Pitt and Mike Myers and is narrated by king-of-cool Samuel L Jackson. Jackson, usually seen sporting classy, casual-smart attire with Kangol cap, has spoken about his hair loss, admitting that, at first, he was uncomfortable about his balding as everyone around him had big hair.

He said, “I keep ending up on those ‘bald is beautiful’ lists…when I first started losing my hair, it was during the era when everybody had lots of hair.  Guys either had it down to their shoulders, or all black guys had these big afros. All of a sudden I felt this big hole in the middle of my afro, I couldn’t face having a comb over so I had to quickly figure out what the haircut for me was.”

Jackson decided to take the plunge and go bald. At the time, there were not proven and licensed hair loss treatments available for hair loss in men, as there are today, so Jackson may have felt going bald was the only option for him.

Samuel L Jackson Likes His Characters, Such As Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction, To Have HairWhile Jackson has become used to his baldness, he usually chooses to wear a cap and likes to experiment with wearing hair pieces for his various film characters. He explains, “I’m very comfortable in my own life, not having hair, but not very comfortable with my characters not having hair!”

In Tarantino’s 1994 cult classic Pulp Fiction, Jackson wore an afro to play hitman Jules Winnfield. Even when he doesn’t appear on the screen and takes the role of a voiceover, he still likes his characters to have hair; in 2007 he voiced the lead character in Japanese animated TV series ‘Afro Samurai’ in which a black samurai warrior with a huge head of hair goes to Japan to avenge the death of his father.

If you are experiencing balding and would like to find out more about the treatments available please contact the Belgravia Centre to arrange a free consultation on 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. Alternatively, complete the online diagnostic form for a consultation via the website with a treatment advisor.

More Information:
The Balding Process – How Far Will It Go?
Hair Loss Treatment Options
Hair Loss Success Stories 

Interesting Articles:
Celebrity Hair Loss
Styling Tips for a Balding Beauty
Tom Cruise Using Minoxidil for Thinning Hair

Ex-Supermodel Christy Turlington, 40, appears on the Front Cover of Vogue August 2009The August edition of  Vogue USA is entitled The Age Issue and its front cover features 40-year old model Christy Turlington. Turlington achieved global recognition as one of the original ‘Big Five’ Supermodels who exploded onto the fashion scene in 1990. Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell and Turlington graced the catwalks and were adored in all circles in which they moved; media, music, movies, fashion and royalty. In 1990 singer George Michael asked them to appear in his ‘Freedom’ music video, lip-syncing to male voices.

They became famous for commanding record-breaking fees for their looks. At the time, Evangelista said to Vogue, “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day”. Turlington signed a contract with cosmetics giant Maybelline earning her $800,000 for 12 days work. She went on to win million dollar contracts with Chanel and Calvin Klein and has appeared on over 500 magazine covers.

Despite her continuing success as a model, Turlington rejected the ‘Supermodel’ label and the fanfare that that went with it. She became committed to yoga and vegetarianism (although she now eats meat) and went back to school to study Comparative Religion and Eastern Philosophy. She is married to actor-director Ed Burns and has two children. As well as being an ambassador for humanitarian organisation CARE, she is studying for a Masters degree in Public Health.

'The Big 5' Supermodels of the 1990sDespite Turlington’s more academic pursuits these days, it is good to see ‘fashion bible’ Vogue celebrating older women by featuring the ex-supermodel on the cover. Of course, she is still beautiful and shows very few of the signs of aging that many women face in their forties such as wrinkles and thinning hair. While it may be the healthy lifestyle that keeps Turlington looking so good, hair loss in women is an increasingly common condition.

There are many factors that play a part in womens hair loss including stress, hormones, pregnancy and taking the contraceptive pill. However, the most likely cause is genetics which leads to Female Pattern Hair Loss. This affects up to 1 in 3 women at some stage in their lives and the earlier the condition is diagnosed by a specialist, the more likely it can be successfully treated. There is a proven hair loss product, Minoxidil, which has been shown to be effective at preventing hair loss and restoring it to its former, healthy state.

Christy Turlington in Her Younger YearsIf you would like to see examples of how the Belgravia Centre has helped female clients maintain a healthy, youthful-looking appearance with hair loss treatment programmes, then please take a look at our success stories.

The Belgravia Centre offers free consultations at the London clinic. Please call on 020 7730 6666 or message the centre to arrange a time that suits you. If you are unable to visit the clinic, please complete the online diagnostic form and we can arrange for a postal delivery service of medications once we have made a full diagnosis.

Related Articles:
Wrinkles and Hair Loss – Reversing the Effects of Aging
How Hair Loss Affects Your Image
The Genetics of Hair Loss

Scientific advances means that there are many more medications for ailments than ever before. However, all drugs carry some side effects, and the degree of severity and length of time a patient suffers these side effects varies patient to patient.

Hair loss can be temporarily caused by a large number of commonly prescribed medications. Patients are often unaware that taking a drug can not only trigger the onset of male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss but also lead to permanent baldness.

Doctors sometimes do not mention hair loss as a side effect because some deem it ‘cosmetic’ so it is always sensible read the small print in the drug manufacturer’s warnings. If in doubt, you should ask your pharmacist to explain things fully to you.

painkillers medication ibuprofen drugs pain medsBelow is a list of common conditions that patients are prescribed medications for which may have hair loss as a side effect (excluding drugs for cancer treatment). If you are suffering from any of these issues and are taking medication or considering taking medications, it is advisable to ask you doctor about the subsequent shedding. It may be possible to substitute drugs for a type with less or no risk of hair fall, or it may be possible to supplement the medications with proven hair loss treatments.

Acne (All drugs derived from vitamin A as treatments for acne or other conditions)
Blood Disorders (for which patients are prescribed blood thinners)
Cholesterol (eg Statins)
Depression (anti-depression drugs including commonly prescribed Prozac, Zoloft)
Diet (eg Amphetamines)
Fungus (eg Antifungals)
Glaucoma (eg Beta-blockers)
Heart (including Beta-Blockers)
High Blood Pressure (including Beta-Blockers)
Hormonal Conditions (eg Birth Control Pills, Hormone-replacement Therapy (HRT) for women, Male androgenic hormones and all forms of testosterone, anabolic steroids)
Inflammation (eg many anti-inflammatory drugs including those prescribed for localized pain, swelling and injury)
Parkinson’s Disease
Thyroid Disorders
Ulcer (eg drugs for indigestion, stomach disorders, and ulcers, including over-the-counter dosages and prescription dosages)

While hair loss can be distressing, obviously it goes without saying that you should not stop taking a drug that may improve your state of health just because it causes hair loss. However, it is worth researching as thoroughly as you can and seeing what options are available to you.

The Belgravia CentreThe Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.

The Growing Wig & Hair Extensions Market Is Seeing An Increase in Demand for Human HairSo, you know about ethical coffee and chocolate, but do you know where the hair in your hair extensions comes from? The demand for human hair is growing as the demand for real and authentic-looking hair extensions and wigs increases. As the recession bites worldwide, it seems more people are selling their locks in a bid to raise some cash. A recent article in The Guardian said that the UK’s main hair buyer, Banbury Postiche (Wigs UK), pays £3 an ounce if your hair is 6-12 inches long and £5 an ounce if it is more than 12 inches long.

While selling one’s locks may seem like a trivial practice, in some parts of the world many women are tricked into cutting off their hair and then paid a pittance. Earlier this year, the popstar Jamelia made a BBC documentary that investigated the human hair trade in India and Russia. After witnessing the dubious industry practices, she vowed never again to wear hair extensions made from real human hair.

After Making A BBC Documentary on Hair Extensions, Popstar Jamelia Has Vowed Never Again to Wear Extensions Made From Real HairHair extensions, which may be sourced and produced unethically, can also damage the hair follicles. Placing excessive tension on the hair, by wearing tight ponytails, hair extensions and wigs, can lead to thinning hair and a condition called Traction Alopecia. Giving the hair a rest from this type of styling can allow it to grow back on its own, although in some cases women will benefit from hair loss treatment. Proven treatments such as Minoxidil can help the hair grow back faster and encourage strong, healthy locks.

Here at the Belgravia Centre we have a team of experts with over thirty years experience treating hair loss in women. If you are suffering from hair thinning or hair loss, please contact us on 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic where we can arrange a free consultation. Alternatively, you can complete an online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch shortly.

More Information:
The Extent of Hair Styling’s Effect on Hair Loss
The Damage of Hair Extensions Revealed
Hair loss from weaves – Can anything be done?

Interesting Articles:
Big Brother’s Sophie Suffers Hair Loss
Close Shave: Beyonce’s Bald Sister Solange
Peaches Geldof Has Bald Patches? What Really Happened To Her Hair

Cornrows, Braiding & Weaves Often Put Excessive Stress on African HairAuthor: Yomi

Question: Do hair loss treatments work for African hair loss?

Answer: Here at the Belgravia Centre we have successfully treated African hair loss for many years; the treatment combinations we offer are effective for all hair types regardless of race. All of the main forms of hair loss have underlying causes that affect people from all cultures in the same way (genes, stress, hormones, pregnancy, medical conditions), so the treatments used are effective for many races.

Some examples of the success we have had treating African hair loss can be found here:
African Success Story 1  African Success Story 2 African Success Story 3

If you are suffering from hair thinning or hair loss and would like to discuss an individualised treatment plan, please call on 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. Alternatively you can complete an online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch.

African Hair Loss Before African Hair Loss After 1 African Hair Loss After 3
Month 1                                       Month 6                                       Month 34

Name: Dickson

An Active Sex Life Will Not Cause BaldingQuestion: Is sex related to bald condition?

Answer: There are two ways to interpret this question so we will give you answers for both!

Firstly, if your question refers to whether an active sex life can cause hair loss, you will be pleased to know that the two are not linked. If you want to know more about this, please read the articles below (if you have time to that is!).

Alternatively, if you are referring to whether or not gender can make a difference to hair loss, then the answer is that hair loss can affect both sexes but is more common among men (affecting up to 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women at some point in their lives). However, baldness is usually a feature of male pattern baldness, a genetic condition caused by the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which inhibits the growth of new hair cells which in turn leads to hair loss and, for some men, baldness.

On the other hand, female pattern hair loss, while also genetic, usually starts to present itself as thinning hair. Other types of hair loss in women can develop as a result of a multitude of factors (lifestyle, diet, stress, hormones, pregnancy, overstyling of the hair). These include Telogen Effluvium (hair loss bought on by a sudden event that causes the hair follicle to move from growth phase to resting phase) and Diffuse Hair Loss (hair loss brought on by internal factors other than genetics).

However women do sometimes suffer baldness as a result of genetic hair loss and also as a consequence of  Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune disease which leads to partial or total hair loss. With the latter condition, in up to 70% of cases, the hair will regrow of its own accord, however for some of those men, women and children with the condition, the hair does not regrow. As with most types of hair loss, hair loss treatments may help in these situations.

If you are noticing thinning hair or bald patches, it is recommended you see a hair specialist for a diagnosis and advice on treatment. The Belgravia Centre offers free consultations. To book an appointment, please call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively, complete the online diagnosic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch.

Further Reading:
The Truth About Sex, Masturbation and Hair Loss
Is Masturbation Causing My Hair Loss?
The Balding Process – How Far Will It Go?