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Hair straighteners have made it into the national press this week to highlight National Child Safety Week. It is believed that the popularity of hair straighteners is partly to blame for the sharp increase in the number of children being admitted to hospital with burns. The number of children hospitalised for burns has risen by more than 50% in the past decade, though the total number of accidents for this age group has decreased.

Hair Straighteners - Flat Irons - Straightening Irons - Heat stylingThe popularity of hair straighteners is partly to blame for the rising numbers of children injuring themselves, according to The Child Accident Prevention Trust which investigated cases and has anecdotal evidence from doctors and nurses.

Hair straighteners can reach temperatures of up to 220C (428F) and can remain scalding hot for up to eight minutes after they have been switched off. As children have much thinner skin than adults, the burns can cause permanent scarring. Moya Sutton, a nurse at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, said an increasing number of children are being treated for burns caused by playing with hair straighteners.

“On average, at least 40 children a year are treated at Alder Hey for these types of burns,” Sutton said.

Modern day celebrity culture seen on the pages of magazines and on television has made hairstyles more exciting and accessible and it is easier than ever to change style at home with hair straighteners. As well as the risks of burning, for adults or children, there is also the potential for hair thinning as a result of the hair breaking caused by over-use of such products.

Heat protective serums and sprays can help avoid the damage, but if you’re hair has lost some volume and is looking a little worse for wear, you may want to consider giving your hair straightener a holiday. However, abstaining from your hair ironing session may not be enough to restore your tresses to their former glory. If you’re having trouble restoring your hair to its premium state, the Belgravia Centre offers a range of hair loss treatments and booster products that can promote healthy hair growth and help your hair to recover. Previous clients’ results can be seen in our dedicated success stories section by way of examples.


Circ - Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinics LondonThe Belgravia Centre

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

When it comes to hairstyling, magazines and television are full of tips for those with locks, be they long or short, but what about grooming for people with balding?

Richard Schiff aka Toby in the West WingJeff Sacino, head hairstylist for popular political drama ‘The West Wing’, recently spoke to Men’s Health magazine and shed (excuse the pun) some light on styling for men experiencing hair loss. He said the first thing to do is understand the importance of choosing between a barber and a stylist. While the traditional barber may cost less, a good stylist will give a man a cut that enhances his face and personality.

Depending on how much hair there is to work with, the hair can be styled to help it appear thicker by using a little gel before blow-drying and fluffing with a round brush. However, Sacino admits this is not an option many men will go for. In such cases, hair loss treatments could be the answer for male pattern baldness. Others may prefer to cut it short and just go natural.

Sacino also recommends growing facial hair as a way to divert attention away from thinning hair and onto the facial area. However, he says that beards must follow a strict set of rules or it could end up drawing more attention to the areas the man is self conscious about.

“You want to wear a beard that shows your face. The less you cover a man’s facial expressions, the better he looks,” Sacino explains. “A structured beard with stiff lines does not look good. Use thinning shears to tailor it so there are no hard lines, so it looks natural.” Sacino recommends avoiding a full beard or the much-dreaded goatee.

Rab C Nesbitt Comb-overThe comb-over is also a complete no-no if men want to avoid looking like they are trying to hide a balding problem. Sacino suggests instead going for the natural, carefully trimmed look or the shaved head a la Andre Agassi, Bruce Willis, and Vin Diesel. A word of warning though from Sacino: “A shaved head is a tough look. Vin Diesel shaves to look stronger and have a more dominant presence onscreen. Frankly, I don’t think the average guy who wears a suit to work should do it.”

If you feel that the shaven look is not for you, there are other options available such as hair loss treatments. Here at the Belgravia Centre clients can discuss their hair loss and receive friendly and professional advice. 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:

Male Pattern Baldness
Success Stories

Interesting Articles:

How Reliable is the Baldness Calculator?
Johnny Vaughan’s Capital Idea about Baldness
When You’re Too Young to Go Bald

Television is known for its attempts to shock and sensationalise issues in order to grab viewers’ attention and increase their ratings for advertising revenue. However, sometimes behind the screaming programme titles lies an interesting story. One such case was an episode of Exceptional People entitled ‘Real Wolf Kids: My Shocking Story’. The Channel 5 documentary was about two children born with Ambras Syndrome, a condition where by thick 5cm long hair covers their heads, faces and other parts of their bodies. The condition is also known as congenital hypertrichosis, or ‘werewolf syndrome’. It is so rare that there have only been 50 documented cases since 1638. In many respects it is the opposite of balding.

Wolf Kids - PrithvirajAttempts by researchers in America to find the genetic code that leads to the rare Ambras Syndrome have thus far been unsuccessful. However, there has been a lot of headway made in the search for genes which cause the opposite condition. Hair loss or thinning hair affects 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women worldwide which is why huge efforts have been made to develop scientifically formulated and clinically proven treatments for hair loss.

For now, the only way for these children to treat their rare, extreme hair growth condition is to use a combination of shaving and laser hair removal treatment. It was inspiring to watch as 11-year-old Prithviraj Patil, from India, talked about his dreams for the future, how he wanted to be a business man to gain respect in the world. The brave boy never complained about his condition but rather was happy to undergo laser treatment to have the hair semi-permanently removed (laser treatment can only treat dark hair, so the lighter hair re-grows). And while it was upsetting to watch him in pain as he underwent the first treatment without any anesthetic, it was good to see Prithviraj happy and confident playing football with his friends afterwards.

Wolf-kids-Supatra ‘Nat’ SasuphanLikewise Supatra ‘Nat’ Sasuphan, from Thailand, has excessive hair growth. Again, it was fascinating to watch as the brave girl went to school and played with her friends and got on with enjoying her life. She smiled at her reflection in the mirror as her father carefully shaved her face in preparation for her performance in a school play.

Both families of the children are anticipating what the future holds for Prithviraj and Nat and are desperate for science to come up with the answers. In the programme, Professor Angela Christiano said she hopes her continued research in genetic science will find a definitive cure that will help not only those with hypertrichosis, but also those with baldness.

For more information about the more common condition of hair loss and to find out what can be done, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. If you are unable to make it to the London centre, fill in the online diagnostic form and one of our experts will contact you shortly to discuss treatment options.

More Information:
Hair Loss in Men
Women’s Hair Loss
Hair Follicle Regeneration – The Stem Cell Research Story
Hair Follicle – The Key to Organ Regeneration

Interesting Articles:
Stem Cell Hair Loss Treatment in the Making
Gene Linked to Early Hair Loss in Men and Women
Stem Cell Hair Regeneration – A Cure for Baldness?

Every week seems to be a national ‘something or other’ week, and while ‘British Sandwich Week’ may have passed under your radar, did you know that last month was National Hair Loss Awareness Month? Not week, but month! Hair loss obviously holds some place of importance to be granted a whole month for raising awareness. This is understandable given that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will experience some degree of hair loss or hair thinning in their lifetime.

Hair Loss Awareness MonthThe annual campaign is designed to increase understanding of hair loss and provide advice and support on the complete range of ways to manage it, including hair loss treatments.

‘The Hidden Impact of Hair Loss’ report by Dr Nigel Hunt, Associate Professor in Health Psychology at the Institute of Work, Health and Organisations at the University of Nottingham, examines the extent to which personal and working relationships are affected by hair loss and whether there is a stigma in today’s society for people with hair loss.

Interestingly, the report highlights that, while it is common for people with hair loss to approach their doctor for assistance and guidance, many do not feel that they are taken seriously. GPs have been known to say things like, ‘It’s normal for your age’, ‘You should just go home and forget about it’, or ‘As there are no life-threatening symptoms, it does not matter’. This attitude can make people who are self conscious about their hair loss, feel even more isolated and more distressed, which in turn can make the problem worse.

Here at the Belgravia Centre clients can discuss their hair loss and receive friendly and professional advice from a team of experts. 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:
Hair Loss in Men
Hair Loss in Women
Hair Loss Success Stories

Interesting Articles:
Doctors’ Opinions on Hair Loss
Hair Loss Myths and Facts
Hair Loss – What Can You do About it?

There are many well-known ways of tackling hair loss and thinning, such as hair loss treatments and products, hair pieces and hair transplants, however did you know that apparently music is now being added to the list?

Natiral Audio Sounds to Help Prevent Hair Loss‘Natural Audio Sounds to Help Prevent Hair Loss’ is a collection of music that would appear to be designed to do exactly what it says on the cover, promote hair growth. As well as generic ambient music with titles such as, ‘Re-growth With Healing Sounds of the Ocean’ and ‘Waterfalls of Hair Re-growth’, there are also classical tunes played by The London Philharmonia Orchestra including Mozart’s Overture ‘The Magic Flute’, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 7 ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’, Schumann’s Symphony No 1 in B Flat, Op. 38 ‘Spring’ and Beethoven’s Bagatelles Op. 126, No 25 in A minor ‘Fur Elise’.

It’s been out since July 2008 but as there is not usually a ‘hair loss’ section in HMV, the album is classified as ‘New Age/General’ and is something that you will be more likely to find online than in the high-street.

While the music is very soothing and calming, hair loss can affect men, women and children at different ages and if you are suffering from hair loss, listening to Beethoven or the sound of waves lapping gently against the shore may not be your thing. A third of all 30 year-old men, for instance, will have  male pattern baldness, women could see the beginnings of female pattern hair loss in their early twenties (although it’s usually more noticeable after the menopause), and alopecia areata affects mostly teenagers and young adults (but it can happen at any age).

Even if this chill-out classic mix is for you, don’t be fooled by the title into thinking that it’s going to stop hair loss. There’s no evidence to suggest that music can help retain one’s hairline – just take a look at Will Young. Some people thought he’d had a transplant after his previously receding hairline appeared restored, but it wasn’t surgery and it certainly wasn’t music that played a part. Will uses a clinically proven hair loss treatments to prevent hair loss.

Just take a look at the hundreds of before and during treatment photos and hair loss success stories of men and women who have tackled hair loss from every angle with Belgravia’s combination treatment courses.

If you are experiencing hair loss, please feel free to message the centre or call us here at the clinic on 0207 730 6666 where a friendly member of the reception team will be happy to arrange a free consultation with one of our hair specialists. Alternatively, you can fill out the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will contact you to discuss your treatment recommendations which are available to you by mail-order without a visit to the centre.

More Information:
Hair Loss in Men
Hair Loss in Women
Hair Loss Product Reviews

Interesting Articles:
Celebrity Hair Loss
Phil Spector – What’s Wig the Bald Mug?
What Would Amy Winehouse do Without Her Hair?

Alopecia SeriesA new exhibition of works entitled ‘The Alopecia Series’, which explores the changes and effect that hair loss has on personal image and identity, opened today at the Red Gate Gallery in Brixton.

The works by artist Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf, which examine three females with alopecia, focuses on the human form and the how women relate to themselves and continue to feel feminine and confident with hair loss.

Rebecca explores these ideas by using images of feminine beauty as points of departure from where she can delve into zones of feeling, as well as colour, texture, and surface. She works with oils and other media, exploring paint through form and vice versa.

Alopecia SeriesAlopecia is medical term used to describe the loss of hair from the head or body, sometimes to the extent of baldness. Alopecia areata is when hair loss occurs on only one section. 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).

Telogen effluvium is another type of hair loss often seen in women, but is more common than alopecia areata. It involves relatively sudden and excessive shedding, but results in widespread thinning rather than specific bald patches. Alopecia SeriesIt tends to go away on its own after a few months but if it’s a prevailing problem, you should see your doctor or a hair loss specialist to rule out any underlying medical concerns and get the right treatments that can help correct the situation.

If you are experiencing any of the above, or any other type of thinning hair or hair loss, please feel free to call us at the clinic on 020 7730 6666 or message 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 the results and recommendations.

‘The Alopecia Series’ at the Red Gate Gallery
Exhibition runs from: Friday 12th to 18th of June 2009
Gallery Opening Hours: Fri, Sat, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs: 2.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Last day of Exhibition: Thurs 18th of June: 11.00am to 5.00pm

Further Reading:
Bald Women Reveal What Life is Like with Alopecia
Alopecia Areata Cleared up in Most Cases
Dealing with Alopecia Totalis and Universalis