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Beyonce's Sister Solange Shaves Her Hair Beyonce’s younger sister, singer song-writer Solange, has had a drastic image change and shaved her head. The 23-year-old said on her Twitter page that she was going through a “I wanna cut all my hair off and have a fade (cropped haircut) phase’. Solange is no stranger to trying new looks and in the past has worn hair extensions or lace-front wigs (with the wig glued on). Beyonce is also a fan of faking it when it comes to hair.

Solange has said that she resents the comparisons to her big sis and even once said “I have to have fun with it or I’ll turn into Britney – shave my head and go totally crazy”. Back in 2007, Britney Spears was lambasted in the press for shaving her head and, while some say that a woman shaving her head can be a statement of liberation, in Britney’s case it seemed to be a phase of emotional turmoil for the popstar who was, at the time, dealing with drink and drug issues, divorce and legal battles over her children. Although Britney and Solange have shaved their heads, stressful events can be a strong contributing factor to hair loss in women.

The press have also been quick to criticise Solange saying she has done a Britney and flipped out. And while she could be making a statement of her independence, Solange did not want to parade her new look on the red carpet at a recent Dita Von Teese performance in LA, choosing instead to wear a brunette wig for the occasion. It could be that Solange, who released her second album ‘Sol-Angel and the Hadley St Dreams’ last year to mixed reviews, is feeling the pressure of not matching the success of her older sibling in the performing arena despite being in the business since she was just 14 years old.

Beyonce and Little Sis Solange: A Little Hair Rivalry?Comments that Solange herself made to the press about her outlandish behaviour seem to indicate that she sees herself as an outsider especially in the USA where, she says, other women are “scared” of her and think she’s a “little nutty”.

Whatever the reasons behind Solange’s shorn look, if she can put the wigs away for awhile, she will be giving her hair a much needed rest. Constantly wearing hair extensions, wigs and tight ponytails puts a high degree of stress on hair follicles and often leads to traction alopecia. This is a common hair condition that causes thinning hair, bald patches or a receding hairline. Giving the hair a break can allow it to grow back on its own. However, in some cases the hair might be so damaged that a course of hair loss treatments may be recommended to help the hair regrow.

Here at the Belgravia Centre we have a team of hair specialists and over 20 years experience treating hair loss. Please call 020 7730 6666 for a free consultation at the clinic or message the centre. Alternatively you can complete an online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will make contact.

More Information:
Women’s Hair Loss
Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia: Women’s Receding Hairline
Traction Alopecia Success: “…they taught me how to look after my afro hair…”

Interesting Articles:
Famous Bald Celebrities
Celebrity Hair Secrets: The Women Who Wear Wigs
Big Brother’s Sophie Suffers Hair Loss

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Question: Has anyone tried Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)? I’ve tried a few different things but I am curious about this. I’ve been reading www.laserhairgrowthfacts.com/How-It-Actually-Works.html and it presents some good arguments but I don’t want to pay for anything until I have some unbiased thoughts on this.

Belgravia Centre HairMax LaserComb Pro 12 Beam NEW LLLT hair growth device treatmentAnswer: Laser treatment for hair loss aims to stimulate blood flow to the root of the hair follicle which delivers nutrition to the follicle helping it stay strong and encouraging a healthy hair growth cycle.

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence which suggests that low-level laser therapy for hair loss can produce the desired results. The only device that currently shows significant evidence of preventing hair loss (at the time of writing – July 2009) is the FDA-cleared HairMax Lasercomb.

This Lasercomb device is FDA-cleared, which means that it has undergone clinical testing and has been recognised as safe for its intended purpose by the Food and Drug Administration, the medical regulatory body in the USA. In addition to HairMax’s own clinical research results, the Lasercomb has been shown to be effective for many clients at the Belgravia Centre when used as part of a hair loss treatment programme featuring one or both of the MHRA licensed and FDA approved medications, and we are pleased to be able to offer the Lasercomb free of charge with many annual treatment plans when the full 12 months are paid for in advance.

Don’t think that all forms of low-power laser will be as effective as this innovative gadget, however. The HairMax LaserComb was the first home-use LLLT device to obtain FDA clearance for hair loss prevention and it features a unique patented mechanism whereby the combs are specially designed to part the hair so that the therapeutic lasers can shine directly onto the scalp without hair getting in the way. Many helmets, hoods and other forms of ‘hair lasers’ do not sufficiently reach the scalp like this because hair gets in the way.

Belgravia doesn’t usually recommend the LaserComb as a standalone solution for hair loss, but mostly advises it to be used as a supplementary ‘hair growth supporting product’ alongside licensed medications. For personalised treatment recommendations, a consultation with a hair specialist is always advised as they can tailor suggestions based on their findings as well as each individual’s medical profile and personal preferences.

** UPDATE: As of January 2018, Belgravia now also offers the latest LLLT innovations from HairMax – the LaserBand 41 and LaserBand 82 – which are also FDA cleared and available to both clients and non-clients of The Belgravia Centre clinics * *


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Dont Judge My Hair: Overstyling Can Lead to Hair Thinning and Hair LossFeeling bogged down with all the talk of recession and swine flu? Here’s one way to brighten up your day. Take a look at a new blog called dontjudgemyhair.com which features extraordinary hair styles. While some of the people pictured have obviously invested a great deal of time and money to create an extreme coiffeur, the everyday school and family portrait photographs also reveal some intriguing and amusing hair styles.

While these unique looks make an individual stand out and provide audiences worldwide some amusement, over-styling and over-use of hair products has a detrimental effect on hair growth and is a common reason for hair loss in women.  For example, hair extensions, braiding and weaving all put extra tension on the hair follicles and in doing so pull the hair from the root causing traction alopecia. This can lead to bald patches and a receding hairline and is especially common in Afro-Caribbeans. Furthermore, excessive use of chemicals to straighten, perm or colour hair and over-use of heat to dry or style hair can cause dryness. This results in hair breakage, which also can lead to thinning hair.

Dont Judge My Hair: Braiding Can Lead to Traction AlopeciaHowever, good hair care (less styling, using protective products and good nutrition) can help the situation and to restore hair to its former glory, help is at hand in the form of hair loss treatments. Here at the Belgravia Centre, we have a team of hair specialists who can offer expert advice on the range of treatments available for hair loss in men and in women.

If you would like more information, please message the clinic or call us on 020 7730 6666 where we can arrange for a free initial consultation. Alternatively, if you are unable to make it into the clinic, you can fill out the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch with you shortly.

More Information:
Tips for Preventing Hair Loss
How to Manage Hair Loss
Traction Alopecia Success: “…they taught me how to look after my afro hair…” 

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The Extent of Hair Styling’s Effect on Hair Loss
Hair Relaxers Cause Woman’s Balding

British 10k London RunWhile charitable organisations that raise money for causes such as cancer, suffering children and blindness have high levels of public awareness, perhaps less well known are the charities that work to give support for alopecia sufferers. One such charity, Alopecia UK, hopes to change that and raise their profile at this year’s British 10k London Run on Sunday 12th July.

The annual British 10k London Run has become an international event attracting runners worldwide including current Olympic and World Champions and TV and film celebrities who run alongside charity fun runners and fitness enthusiasts. Last year over 26,000 people ran and history was made when the 2004 Olympic men’s marathon champion Stefano Baldini of Italy became the first male to win two successive Official ASICS British 10k London Run titles.

This year’s Official Race Charity is The Rainbow Children’s Trust however there are numerous other charities people will be running for, including Alopecia UK. The race starts at 9.35am at Hyde Park Corner and continues through some of London’s most famous historic landmarks such as St Jame’s Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, The Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. The course is very similar to the route that will be run in the 2012 London Marathon.

Places are nearly all gone for the popular event. At the time of publishing, there was only one space left on the Alopecia UK team. Anyone interested in running or donating can call Jackie McKillop at Alopecia UK on 01223 513534.

Alopecia Sufferer Gail PorterAlopecia is medical term used to describe hair loss from the head or body, sometimes to the extent of baldness. The defining characteristic of Alopecia areata is sudden patchy loss of the hair. In 70% of cases the hair will either grow back or can be treated with proven hair loss treatments. Alopecia areata affects about one person in every 100, mostly teenagers and young adults, and runs in the family in one in five cases. One in five people with alopecia areata may go on to develop a more severe form of hair loss – alopecia totalis (no scalp hair) or alopecia universalis (complete hair loss on the scalp and body).

The exact cause of alopecia areata is presently not known, although it is generally agreed that it is a disease of the autoimmune system. In addition there is believed to be a genetic component in some cases and some studies have shown a link with stress. And indeed, coping with hair loss can be extremely challenging. Celebrities such as Gail Porter have helped raise awareness about the condition.

If you are experiencing any of the above, or any of kind of hair loss or thinning hair, please feel free to call us at the clinic on 020 7730 6666 or email us for further information. If you can’t make it into the centre, fill in the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will contact you shortly with the results and recommendations.

More Information:
Alopecia Areata Treatment
Dealing with Alopecia Totalis and Universalis
Hair Loss Treatment Success: “Delighted with the results”

Interesting Articles:

Hair Loss in Women: Gail Porter’s Alopecia
Alopecia Treatment Success: “The big patch of hair loss has gone and I’ve got my confidence back”
Alopecia Treatment Success: “…the hair became very strong and smooth”

Word is spreading of Big Brother contestant Sophie’s hair loss. Pictures of the housemate clearly show bald patches. Glamour model Sophie came into the house showing off long blonde hair extensions, but after just over four weeks they have started to fall out, revealing Sophie’s naturally thin hair which looks very brittle and sparse. It seems as if some of Sophie’s real hair has come out with the extensions.

Big Brother's Sophie Shows Hair Loss Today Sophie’s hair trauma came to light when Lisa found a hair extension resting on her foot and then Sophie sat in a chair in the living room with everyone gathering around to inspect the damage. House mate Nourin remarked, ‘You’re pulling out your hair extensions and the hair’s coming with it! You’re gonna go bald. You’re balding.’ Lisa added, ‘Your scalp’s terrible’.

For the surgically enhanced and image-obsessed Sophie, this could be a real blow to her confidence. Sophie has already told her fellow housemates that her extensions are her security blanket. However over-styling and wearing hair extensions can cause more damage than many women realise, often resulting in thinning hair and even hair loss. Aware of this Charlie warned her housemates, ‘Don’t backcomb it any more, because you’re damaging it.’

Some support for Sophie did come from Siavash who gave her a boost by saying, ‘People, give her a break’, but then he rubbed salt in the wound with the words, ‘There’s nothing she can do now’. However, Siavash is mistaken; there is something Sophie can do to help restore her locks to their former glory – once her condition is more fully understood.

It is possible that Sophie suffers from traction alopecia which is hair loss caused by the pulling of the hair, often by hair extensions. However the fact that she is wearing hair extensions in the first place might indicate that Sophie suffers from female pattern hair loss, a genetic condition that is the most common form of women’s hair loss. Other possible causes of Sophie’s hair loss include conditions such as telogen effluvium, hair loss brought on by a sudden event that causes the follicles to move from the active growth phase to the resting phase or diffuse hair loss, female hair loss that is a result of internal factors other than genetics. Whatever the cause of Sophie’s hair loss, here at the Belgravia Centre we assess each client’s needs individually and can offer a range of ways of treating different types of hair loss.

Big Brother's Sophie With Her Hair ExtensionsIf you are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning and would like to learn more about available hair loss treatments, please feel free to email us or call us at the clinic on 0207 730 6666 where we can arrange for a free initial consultation with one of our hair care specialists. Alternatively, if you are unable to make it into the clinic, you can fill out the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch with you shortly.

More Information:

Best Treatments for Women’s Hair Loss
Hair Loss Success Stories
The Damage of Hair Extensions Revealed

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Peaches Geldof Bald Patch – How Healthy Are Hair Extensions?
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Pete Sampras Watching Mens Wimbledon Final 2009Yesterday’s men’s final at Wimbledon was another epic. To the surprise of many, American Andy Roddick took the first set, refusing to let the ball stay in play long enough for his opponent, returning champion Roger Federer, to do what many had expected him to – dominate the final.

As the match got under way, in the crowd watching were many famous faces such as Russell Crowe, Woody Allen, and Ben Stiller. Rumours were spreading that ‘greatest tennis player of all time’ Pete Sampras would be making an appearance to see if Federer would break his record of 14 Grand Slam wins. Sampras did arrive, fashionably late, after the match had begun, and took his seat in the Royal Box. The sense of occasion was heightened; with Federer looking to take not only the Wimbledon trophy but also the title from Sampras.

Despite Roddick playing his best ever tactical tennis, Federer held tight and dug deep to come back and win the match in five sets. The players battled it out over 30 games in the final set with Federer winning 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14 to regain the title he lost to Rafael Nadal last year (Nadal did not enter the competition this year due to injury). As the winning and runner-up trophies were handed out, Roddick, showing good sportsmanship and humour, said, “I just want to say congratulations to Roger, he deserves everything he gets, so well done Roger,” and then looked up to the Royal Box and said, “I tried, sorry Pete.”

Pete Sampras In His Younger Years With More Hair On His Head and BodySampras, a Greek-American, was known for his thick hair both on his head and on his body. In 1990, at the age of just 18, he won his first Gland Slam, the US Open. He went on to become known as the greatest tennis player of his time, winning multiple titles at Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open. He became known as Pistol Pete for the speed and strength of his serve.

Despite his ruggish good looks, Sampras was still only in his twenties when there was talk in the media about his hair loss. In the run up to Wimbledon 2001, a BBC article forecast things were changing, with Pete losing not only his hair but also his place at the top:

‘Away from Wimbledon, there is no doubt his powers are diminishing. His last win in any of the other Grand Slams came four years ago and his outings in the smaller tournaments are so rare he could be accused of being semi-retired… Sampras is losing a little more of his hair and his aura of invincibility. But don’t bet on him handing over the keys to the Centre Court to one of his younger rivals just yet.’ However, the reign of Sampras was ended and the winner of Wimbledon 2001 turned out to be none other than the hirsute 19 year-old Federer.

Sampras did win the US Open in 2002 but this was his last Grand Slam win. He played no tour events in the following 12 months and officially announced his retirement from the sport in August 2003, aged 31. But even with the hair loss, he still held the Grand Slam Title for the most number of wins. Until yesterday.

Pete Sampras and Roger FedererAlthough he said he would never play the seniors’ circuit, in December 2008 Sampras came to London to play in the BlackRock Masters at the Albert Hall. Fellow American tennis legend John McEnroe was his first opponent. The Independent ran a feature on Sampras’s return to playing tennis competitively. The opening line read: ‘The hair is a little thinner and the belt around the waist may have gone out half a notch, but the competitive glint still burns brightly in Pete Sampras’ eye.’

It is clear though that 37-year-old Sampras has other priorities in his life now such as being a good father and husband and doesn’t take the tennis too seriously. He said, “It’s not as though I feel I have to come here and win the event. I’d like to, but it’s not like it used to be when I was in my mid-twenties and it was all or nothing”.

It could be that the stress of playing at that level contributed to Sampras’s thinning hair. Either way, hair loss affects 1 in 2 men at some stage in their lives and even the great sporting champions are not immune. Andre Agassi has spoken about his battle with male pattern baldness. What is not so well known, is that there are many hair loss treatments available for men and women of all ages.

If you are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning and would like to learn more about available hair loss treatments, please feel free to email us or call us at the clinic on 0207 730 6666 where we can arrange for a free initial consultation with one of our hair care specialists. Alternatively, if you are unable to make it into the clinic, you can fill out the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch with you shortly.

More Information:

Hair Loss in Men
Hair Loss Success Stories
Hair Loss Product Reviews

Interesting Articles:

Celebrity Hair Loss – Andre Agassi
Why Men Worry About Baldness But Do Nothing

Recession Makes Reading More PopularIt seems that during these tough economic times people are turning to the inexpensive pleasure of reading a book and, with the increase in unemployment, they may have more time on their hands to do so. An article in The New York Times published on March 16th 2009 says that while the recession is causing havoc for the majority of media industries, the oldest mass medium, books, is not being so badly hit.

Nielson BookScan, a company that tracks book sales, is optimistic about recent reports which show Europe as a whole is fairing particularly well. Although in the UK and the USA, book sales have fallen, but only by a fraction of 1% last year and in the USA sales were down 1% in the first 10 weeks of this year. This is still positive news, given that other industries are facing double-digit sales losses and that comparisons with 2007 were expected to be badly hit as this was the year that the last Harry Potter novel in the series was published.

But what about the health and beauty sector? Whereas once this was a booming market, with seemingly a new self-help ‘How-To’ title out every other day, now it would appear things are changing. According to Helen Fraser, Managing Director of Penguin Books in London, books on travel, diet, health, fashion, beauty and fitness are not faring so well and sales are falling.

Indeed, a recent search on Amazon for new books under hair loss produced only 2 results for 2009 publications. And the most recent of these, published in June 2009, was for not for humans, but for their pets, ‘Hair Loss Disorders in Domestic Animals’. While the hair loss of beloved Buster or Truffles is important, it is surprising to see such a poor range of choice for a condition that affects up to 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women at some stage in their lives.

The Hair Loss Cure: A Self-Help Guide by Dr David KingsleyThe good news is that the most recent publication found for human hair loss, ‘The Hair-Loss Cure: A Self-Help Guide’ by Professor David H. Kingsley, looks like an interesting read. Dr. Kingsley has 30 years experience as a specialist in hair loss and has widely published and presented medical papers on his research about hair loss treatments, working with many physicians, research teams, and cosmetologists in the promotion of hair and scalp care.

In his book, Dr. Kingsley looks at finding the cause, choosing the right treatment, monitoring improvement and coping with emotional effects of hair loss. As well as providing expert advice on men’s hair loss and women’s hair loss, Dr. Kingsley also gives an insight into his personal battle with baldness.

Among the products that Kingsley recommends for hair loss and hair thinning are treatments containing Minoxidil, the first FDA-approved medicine for hair re-growth, and the FDA-cleared HairMax LaserComb.

It seems that boom and bust has led many to seek a retreat in more simple pastimes such as reading. And as more people are becoming concerned about hair loss amidst the recession, it is good to have this type of helpful literature available.

Belgravia Centre director Jonny Harris says, “the only problem with books is that they date. In this day and age we have something much more up-to-date and extensive than a book at our fingertips – the internet. There’s an endless amount of information on the internet and here at belgraviacentre.com we have a dedicated team that provides up-to-date information and advice on hair loss on a daily basis. You can search our website for anything from caffiene’s effects on hair loss to obsessive pulling of the hair or information on the most effective treatments available, and the one’s that aren’t so effective.”

You can arrange a free consultation to discuss hair loss and receive friendly and professional advice from our team of experts by calling 020 7730 6666 or messaging the centre for further information. If you can’t make it into the centre, fill in the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will contact you shortly with details of your diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

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Clinically Proven Hair Loss Treatments
Hair Loss Product Reviews
Hair Loss Success Stories

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Neil Young at Glastonbury 2009

This year’s biggest music festival ended last Sunday night and going by the coverage on the BBC and online, a good time was had by all. The weather was mostly good and the music offered was a diverse mix with something for everyone. However, a few eyebrows were raised when, back in May, the full line-up was announced for this year’s main stage. With Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Blur holding the main spot on the Pyramid Stage over the weekend and other headlining acts including Crosby, Stills and Nash, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, and Status Quo, the emphasis, with perhaps the exception of Blur, seemed to be on what some were calling ‘dad rock’. And even Blur have semi-retired from being full-time rock stars.

However, the man in charge is Glastonbury head honcho Michael Eavis and not only a bald man himself, but also a man loved by the hundreds of thousands of music fans who attend or watch the festival on TV. The man knows what works and this year, with its fine array of musicians with receding hairlines confidently gracing the main stage, Eavis declared it ‘the best year ever’.

Nick Cave at Glastonbury 2009One of those acts, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, has been playing for 26 years. The members of the Bad Seeds have changed over the years with the current line-up comprising Thomas Wydler, Conway Savage, Ed Kuepper and Cave’s Grinderman partners. Australian singer-songwriter Cave has been at work for over two decades by making music that is full of doom and gloom. He is best known for a 1996 duet with Kylie Minogue, “Where the Wild Roses Grow”, in which he imagines smashing, with a rock, the head of his petite partner.

Grinderman is a side-line project formed by Cave in 2007, the year he turned 50. For those that are unfamiliar with the group’s music, they like to describe it as “foul-mouthed, noisy and hairy”. Grinderman’s debut self-titled album was released in February 2007. In his review, Alexis Petridis of The Guardian particularly praises ‘No Pussy Blues’ describing it as ‘hilarious’ and ‘thunderously exciting’. He describes how Cave “howls his way through a tale of unrequited lust, scarred by the ravages of middle age” with the line “I combed the hairs across my head, I sucked in my gut and still she said she just didn’t want to.”

Despite what Petridis describes as a ‘tumultuous racket’ of guitars, drums and a ‘relentless scream of feedback’, he says there are moments of ‘ethereal loveliness’ in the album that “seem as indicative of maturity as No Pussy Blues’ ruminations on hair loss and paunches”.

This is not the first time that The Guardian music journalist & GQ music editor Petridis has reflected on the locks of rock. Back in 2003, he was a little more forthright in describing musicians and their hair: “A receding hairline is no fun whoever you are, but for the rock star, hair loss induces mania. Deranged solutions are sought, ones involving headbands, or, in the case of Elton John, a transplant apparently based on the coiffure of homely northern playwright Alan Bennett. The late Maurice Gibb spent his last decade wearing a fedora at all times, under the mistaken impression that this would fool the world into believing he had a full head of hair underneath it.”

However hair, or lack of it, did not seem to bother this year’s main bands at Glastonbury nor their fans. Status Quo at Glastonbury 2009Indeed, the reviews of this year’s set at Glastonbury have been full of praise for Cave and his motley crew. Full marks were given for appearance and music with Dafydd Goff of The Guardian commending them for setting the standard for “sartorial splendor with black pin-striped numbers, aquamarine shirts, gold cufflinks and pendants. Think 1970s Miami Mafiosi. Or Scarface meets Pulp Fiction”.

Goff says that, even minus instrumentalist Mick Harvey, the Bad Seeds are “still an accomplished, versatile backing band” and that Cave continues to push himself as an artist and performer, producing some of his best work. And going by the large number of positive comments made on Twitter, the fans seem to agree.

If you are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning and would like to learn more about available hair loss treatments, please feel free to email us or call on 0207 730 6666 where we can arrange for a free initial consultation with one of our hair care specialists. Alternatively, if you are unable to make it into the clinic, you can fill out the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch with you shortly.

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Hair Loss Success Stories

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Entertainment Daily recently reported that Kelly Osbourne was devastated to find out she was losing her hair after she changed her hair colour from black to blonde. The 24-year-old celebrity, who is engaged to model Luke Worrall, explained to FOX News: “I went to dye my hair blonde from black and it was going really well and then something happened during that last process where they put the toner on and it made all my hair fall out and I was just like, ‘Cut it!’

kelly osbourne“Luke laughed at me and told me he wasn’t going out with me if I looked like that! He went and bought me some blue shampoo so that my hair would not be so yellow.”

This isn’t the first time that the daughter of notorious rock legend Ozzy Osbourne has suffered from hair loss. Back in 2003, the same thing happened when she dyed her hair.

“What happened was I went from black to a weird colour blond, and I didn’t like it. It was too orange. So I went and bleached it again and it fell off, so I just shaved it into a mohawk.”

At the time, Kelly was only 18 and found the experience quite a shock. Hair dye does not always lead to hair loss but over-colouring can stress the hair and may cause breakage. Then again, Sharon Osbourne was rumoured to be experiencing hair thinning so perhaps it simply runs in the family.

Female pattern hair loss is hereditary and is most common in post-menopausal women. However it’s not uncommon in younger women and any number of factors, such as a lack of nutrients, hormonal changes, stress, and even damage caused by over-coulouring could instigate an earlier onset.

If you feel you are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning and would like to discuss the range of treatment available, please email us or call us at the clinic on 020 7730 6666 where we can arrange for a free initial consultation with one of our hair care specialists. Alternatively, if you are unable to make it into the clinic, you can fill out the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch with you shortly.

More Information:
Best Treatments for Women’s Hair Loss
Hair Loss Success Stories

Interesting Articles:
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Hair Loss in Women – A Summary of Causes and Treatments

Earlier this week Radio 4 ran a documentary called ‘The Age of Ming’. While this might sound like a sci-fi series on Flash Gordon’s evil arch enemy, it was in fact a look at how age and image affected the political career of Sir Menzies Campbell during his brief spell as leader of the Liberal Democrats from March 2006 to October 2007.

Sir Menzies 'Ming' CampbellIn the programme, broadcaster Robert Orchard explains how many people thought that Campbell, affectionately known as Ming, was hounded out of office by a media “obsessed with his age and appearance”

Ming’s CV makes for an interesting read. A former Olympic sprinter, a successful barrister and a well-respected politician who has overcome cancer in recent years, Ming look all set to confidently assume the role as party leader when Charles Kennedy was forced to resign amid revelations of his problems with alcohol.

However, Ming’s leadership was clouded with negative comments about his image. His press secretary at the time, Puja Darbari, recalls that every interview contained questions about her boss’s age.

Steve Bell Cartoon of Lib Dem Conference 2006In the radio programme Ming says, “No cartoon ever appeared without me looking totally bald and derelict, with a Zimmer!” One cartoonist, Steve Bell of The Guardian, was particularly vicious about his wrinkles and hair loss. The jibes didn’t come just from cartoonists, who are sometimes known for their cruelty, but also from high-brow journalists. “The new leader is guilty of the most dreadful of all modern political crimes. He is not young,” said The Financial Times. “His age is, sadly, also a factor,” stated The Independent.

Even members of his own party pitched in. Senior Lib Dem Lord Steel remarked that he “acted old, he looked old, he looked Establishment”. Kinder words came from deputy leader Vince Cable who said that Sir Ming was “kicked to death” because of his age or his manner, and noted that it was “very unfair and very damaging”.

Sir Ming would have been 69 if Gordon Brown were, and as he indeed has, to delay the next general election until 2010. With his age overshadowing every other issue on the agenda, Ming decided to bow out and left his deputy, economics expert Vince Cable, in temporary charge. Although he was another balding man in his 60s, Cable had the (now much-needed) experience for the job. However the Lib Dem MPs wanted someone more youthful and Ming’s resignation had added fuel to the fire. According to The Sun, that there was “No room for pensioners” in today’s cut-throat politics. The Mirror described Ming as “an Edwardian gentleman in the internet age”.

But is this the world of modern politics in the media age? Do politicians need hair to attract the voters and impress the establishment?

The Sun's Front Page of Neil KinnockDaniel Hannan, a writer, journalist and Conservative MEP for South East England, thinks so. In an article he wrote in September 2007 for The Telegraph, he points out that the last three Tory leaders, William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard, although “impressive and inspiring” were unable to “match Tony Blair follicle for follicle”. He even puts the failure of balding Labour candidate, Neil Kinnock, to beat Conservative candidate John Major in 1992’s general election down to The Sun’s front page which portrayed Kinnock as a lightbulb.

It is not all bad news for bald politicians. As Hannan points out, there are instances of baldies beating other baldies such as Churchill and Atlee, Salisbury and Gladstone. But are there any occasions when a bald man has beaten a hairy man? Hannan digs deep into British history but the only examples he can find of success for the balding over the hirsuite, are Russell (PM 1846-52) and Canning (PM 1827) both of whom were not directly elected into office.

In his book, ‘Vote for….How?’, Jonathan Maitland, a journalist and presenter, examines what makes politicians attractive to the voting public. Maitland is of the opinion that the converging of policies of the major parties in recent years has led to the image of their leaders becoming more significant. He highlights polls that were carried out around 2005 and says it is clear that of the 800,000 crucial swing voters, 60% say the most important thing for them is image. “Forget health, education and transport, and think hair, elocution and teeth,” he said.

In a lead article for BBC News online, published in April 2005, Leonie Roberts, of the Federation of Image Consultants, agreed that baldness can trigger a powerful reaction and can make people seem older than they are. However, on a more positive note, Roberts also points out that baldness may also be associated with virility, truth and wisdom.

Maitland agrees with the idea that image is more complex than mere physical attributes. Indeed, a recent article in The Times by Clinical Bio-Chemist and Vice Chancellor of Buckingham University, Dr Terence Kealey, looks at how the evolution of art and hairlessness were interdependent. The story, entitled ‘Guys, be glad to be grey or thinning on top’, explains how a girl with less hair could paint her skin, tattoo it, decorate it and wear different clothes thereby attracting more men. As a result her children, even the males, were less hairy. This is how we became the ‘naked ape’.

Vince CableDr Kealey explains that hair plays a social signaling role in many older mammals; grey hair on men can reinforce an alpha message of chiefdom, as can baldness. But he goes on to say, “The biology of baldness is complex. Men have evolved to attract women…and because only some men go bald, we must assume that different women are attracted differently”. So while Ming and Cable unfairly lost political support as a result of their baldness, it seems that, in terms of evolution, they may be the winners.

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