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It’s supposed to be one of the best days of your life but for one young couple their wedding day and night was anything but. Nazia Ahmed (not her real name) had the shock of her life on her wedding night when she discovered for the first time that her husband was bald. Daily News & Analysis (DNA) India reported that Akhtar Hussain Sayyed, 27, hid his hair loss from his bride-to-be. Nazia, a 25 year old arts graduate, married Abdul on Thursday 3rd December with the consent of her elders. After the wedding the couple went to a hotel in South Mumbai where Abdul removed his wig and showed Nazia his bald head.

It's best to be honest about hair loss and not reveal it on your wedding night.Nazia was so shocked she immediately left the hotel and went home. She then told her mother and relatives who subsequently lodged a complaint of cheating against Abdul and his father, Aktar Hussein Abdul Sayyed, 53. DNA India reported Nazia’s relative Arif as saying that they also discovered that the gold ornaments given by Akhtar during the ceremony were artificial and not of value as they had believed. Senior police inspector Praveen Gosavi, of Agripada police station, told DNA India, “Abdul and his father were booked under sections 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), 420 (cheating) and 34 (common intention) IPC.” Gosavi also said that the pair had been released on bail of Rs5,000 each by the Mazgaon Metropolitan Magistrates Court on Saturday 5th December.

While some may sympathise with Nazia, who most likely felt cheated in more ways than one, this does raise interesting questions about why her husband to be felt the need to lie about his hair loss.

Recently there have been reports of rising numbers of men developing Male Pattern Hair Loss at a younger age. A recent survey of male clients at the Belgravia Centre revealed an sharp rise in those men aged between 21 and 30. Belgravia’s senior hair loss specialist Leonora Doclis said, “I’d say at least 3 in 5 of our clients are in their early 20s.” This trend was also highlighted at a recent workshop attended by doctors from across India. “Earlier, one would get patients showing signs of baldness in their late 30s or early 40s. Now, we get teenaged boys, some still attending school,” Dr Bela Shah, head of dermatology at Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, told the India Times.

If you are concerned about hair loss, then don’t ignore the warning signs. A receding hairline and thinning hair around the crown area are nearly always the early stages of Male Pattern Hair Loss. This is the best time to seek treatment. A specialist will prescribe an individualised treatment programme which can be started straight away. To see photographs of men who use these treatments, click on the hair loss success stories link.

The Belgravia Centre is pleased to offer a free consultation, 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 diagnosis and mail order treatment service, submit the online diagnostic form.

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The number of men opting for the knife as a way of tackling hair loss has significantly increased over recent years. According to the latest figures released by The Hospital Group, a cosmetic surgery group and the UK’s largest hair transplant provider, the number of men having hair surgery increased 444% between 2004 and 2009.

An increasing number of men are opting for hair transplant surgery but there are other hair loss treatment options.From January of this year until September, a total of 1,166 hair restoration operations were carried out by The Hospital Group.

“There seem to be more younger people losing their hair these days. It has also become more of an issue when men and women suffer from hair loss,” Dr Peter Williams of The Hospital Group told The Telegraph, “Both men and women can be left feeling frustrated about losing their hair. For women, it can be very embarrassing, with stress causing patches to fall out. For men, it is more likely to be hereditary and something they feel they can’t change. The effects of hair loss can cause irritation, anxiety of even suicidal depression.”

“Hair transplants have become more acceptable because celebrities have no problem with talking about it. The technology has gradually improved and the results are a lot more natural. Both men and women have come around to thinking about the alternatives to hair loss and they are now willing to do something about it,” adds Dr Williams.

So hair transplants are becoming more popular, but are they always the best option? Leonora Doclis, senior hair loss specialist at the Belgravia Centre in London, says that while she agrees that cosmetic surgery is very much acceptable in this day and age, and those who can afford it often have it done, she advises younger men to avoid the procedure. “There are non-surgical treatments that are highly effective in controlling hair loss,” says Doclis, “Re-growth is often very successful in younger men since their hair loss is often in the early stage.”

Doclis points out that a man who has a transplant in his 20s needs to have a top-up procedure in his 30s or use a course of hair loss treatments; otherwise there will be hair loss around the transplanted area, creating an uneven look. However, if the man did not opt for a transplant and just used hair loss treatments, he has the option of simply stopping and letting nature takes its course.

A consultation with a Belgravia Centre specialist gives clients an opportunity to consider non-surgical hair loss treatments.“Many men prefer to have a transplant because it is a one-off procedure,” says Doclis, “A lot of clients I meet would like to opt for a transplant because it seems simpler and they would prefer not to take ongoing medications however many are not aware that they need to use medications to prevent further deterioration around the hair transplant.”

But what about those who are happy to have top-up transplants? Doclis says, “This is fine if the hair loss progresses gradually but sometimes lifestyle factors can cause it to accelerate, and this is another reason I highly recommend considering a maintenance hair loss treatment programme.”

Individualised hair loss treatment programmes have helped thousands of male and female clients at Belgravia. To see the kind of re-growth achieved, take a look around the large collection of hair loss success stories.

If you would like to find out more about a tailored course of treatment, contact Belgravia for a consultation with a specialist. Appointments are available 7 days a week and are free of charge. To book, call the reception team on 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively, if you are unable to visit the clinic, complete the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch shortly.

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‘Positive Thinking’ has become the major buzzword for people looking to make changes to their lives by ‘re-programming’ their negative thoughts. But how well are women doing at accepting themselves as they are and learning to love themselves? Not that well according to a recent study in which one hundred women carried a clicker and measured how many times they felt anxious about their appearance.

A recent study showed that woman have, on average, 36 negative thoughts about their appearance everyday. Ironically, too much stress can lead to hair loss.Over a seven day period, women aged 35 to 69 had to use the clicker every time they had a negative thought about their face, body, hair or overall image. The average number of times a women thought badly about her appearance was 36 times a day.

The study was devised by keep-fit instructor Irene Estry and psychologist Emma Kenny for ITV’s Tonight programme which aired on 30th November 2009. Estry and Kenny wanted to explore the modern image-obsessed society and the knock-on ageism and pressure to stay youthful it creates.

One of the women in the experiment, Loose Women presenter Sherrie Hewson, 59, told the Daily Mail, “It brought to the fore how many women have issues.” Sherrie, who had a facelift ten years ago, clicked 1,400 times over seven days, experiencing a negative thought about herself approximately every three minutes.

When I look in the mirror, my overriding thought is: “I don’t know this person.” I wake up to this face, and I feel as though it’s someone else’s. All I see in the mirror is age creeping up on me. The worst time for me in terms of clicking was the morning. Just getting up, I’d look in the mirror at my face and hair and think: “Oh dear, now that’s a worry.” I’d click as I put my make-up on, but the more make-up I applied the less I clicked, and by the time my “face” was complete I’d have stopped clicking.”

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Ironically, when a woman gets stressed over her appearance she is more likely to look older and her hair may become thinner. This is because stress makes a physical change to the hormone balance.

This can lead to a temporary hair loss condition called Telogen Effluvium or it can accelerate Female Pattern Hair Loss. This occurs when dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels increase, making the hair follicles shrivel. Many women will begin to see signs in their 30s or 40s and the menopause often makes the thinning more noticeable. It is a permanent condition that may require treatment to prevent severe hair loss.

Hair Loss Treatment

Minoxidil is the only product that has been proven to increase hair growth. It is a dose-dependent medication which means that women will require ongoing treatment and a certain concentration to see results. Various formulations are available, including some that are exclusive to Belgravia – please contact the centre for further information.

If you are concerned about thinning hair, contact the Belgravia Centre for a free consultation with a specialist. This will provide you with a clear diagnosis of the condition and give you the opportunity to ask questions about treatment. To book an appointment, call the friendly reception team on 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. If you are unable to visit the London-based centre, simply submit the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will get in touch with you.

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Many people know the internet is a hot spot for rogue outfits selling unsafe and untested medications for things such as weight loss, sexual dysfunctions and hair loss. But what about TV adverts? A large number of Chinese consumers are complaining about deceptive direct-response ‘infomercials’ – late night adverts for products which are promoted by young, confident TV presenters.

watching tv televisionLast year the authorities in Shanghai received over 4,226 complaints about infomercials. This equates to a 30-fold increase on the number of complaints in 2004. The statistics come from Shanghai’s industry and commerce bureau. More than 3,000 people registered their disapproval in the first quarter of 2009, an increase of 28% on the same period in 2008.

Products that have been found to be fake include mobile phones and medications. Clothes have also been sold at misleading prices.

Buying hair loss treatments online

The best advice for those considering going online to buy hair loss treatments is to make sure that the medications come from a registered pharmacy and that you can verify the details. For example, Belgravia has two Central London hair loss clinics with clients based worldwide; although we do not sell medications online, both these centres have in-house registered pharmacies which can dispense clients’ treatments ordered in-person or, for those based outside London or abroad, following an online consultation. These can then be sent to them worldwide, in almost any country.

Zhang Shuting, a professor in advertising at Communication University of China in Beijing, said purchases from infomercials accounted for upto 60% of all television retail sales each year and that the figure is increasing. However, unlike in the United States, Britain or Japan, where infomercials also run, Chinese buyers are rarely able to obtain refunds for poor quality goods because advertisers don’t usually give customers their real contact details.

Each day, around 200 million people watch TV in China. A 2006 study by CTR Market Research in Beijing found that 94% of all infomercials are aimed at housewives watching daytime TV and people who watch late-night TV. The survey also revealed that less than 50% of the consumers polled were happy with their purchases from direct-response television.

Issue of enforcement

The China Consumers’ Association (CCA) last did a study into this in 2006; this found infomercials made up 61% of all “illegal” advertising – when the products promoted are of poor quality – on 30 major television channels across China. Media experts say that the reason that companies get away with these activities is because advertising standards is a remit that is governed by too many government departments, including the State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC), and State Administration of Radio, Television and Film (SARFT).

Despite a ruling, from August 2008, to ban TV and radio infomercials to promote medicine or medical devices, as well as products that promise weight loss, height gain or bigger breasts, many TV channels continued to run adverts for these products and 12 stations were issued warnings by the authorities as a result.

Part of the problem of enforcing the ruling is that infomercials are, at present, classified as television “shows”, which means they are not required to meet the nation’s advertising standards. However, that will be rectified from 1st January 2010, according to a second notice by the administration on 21st September of this year. This notice led to many stations banning all direct-response advertising despite the loss of revenue this entails.

But some who work in the media are not sure it will have the desired effect. Gong Zhiwei, a Beijing-based advertising agent, works with dozens of provincial television stations and says his clients often run commercials, phone lines and distribution offices in three different cities, making them hard to trace. If their adverts are taken off air, companies simply “skip town” and work from a new location under a new name.

In response, the authorities have stepped up their game and now, before airing, stations are required to check the companies have fixed head offices where they can be traced and have paid a capital fee of at least 10 million yuan. The stations are being urged to refuse advertisers that have been found guilty of fraud in the last three years.

However, infomercials continue to run and include promotions for hair loss creams and mobile phones (which are usually pirated copies of brands such as Nokia, Apple and Motorola).

Despite the CCA publicly condemning 58 illegal infomercials in September, none of the advertisers were punished despite the Law on Advertising that states that violators should face heavy fines. Zeng Jingping, an expert with the China TV Sales Research and Development Centre, was quoted as saying: “China has a huge potential market for TV shopping but we need better regulation to make sure products are genuine.”

While some media experts and consumers want the option of direct-response advertising, not all TV viewers are convinced. A 2008 consumer study run by Beijing-based media research organisation CSM showed only 17% trust direct-response advertisements and over 94% of viewers aged 25 to 60 immediately switch channels when they see an infomercial.

The 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.

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Trying to fit in at school can be tough for any child at the best of times but could you imagine if the child had no hair? Yesterday the Daily Mail ran a feature on two brave sisters, aged just 9 and 11, who suffer from Alopecia Areata and have decided to hang up their wigs and attend school bald. Emily, 11, and Faye, 9, Sandford have said they feel confident enough to show their classmates how they look naturally.

Model and TV presenter Gail Porter suffers from Alopecia Areata and has helped to raise awareness of the hair loss condition.In 2002, Faye, was the first to start losing her hair, aged just two and a half. The girl’s mother, Paula, tried to hide the bald patches with various hairstyles but by the time Faye was five, the hair loss could not be disguised. Emily started to lose her hair at the age of five, the year after Faye.

Soon after the girls decided to wear wigs and kept them on all the time. Paula and the girl’s father, David, said the school and the Alopecia Areata Support Community had helped the girls learn to live with the condition.

Maude Blight, the founder of the Wales-based support organisation, told the Daily Mail: “It’s difficult for anybody to lose their hair but I think Faye and Emily can support each other  –  those two girls are very strong.

Alopecia Areata is a type of hair loss caused by an autoimmune disorder however what triggers the immune system to attack the hair follicles, is not known for certain. Some experts and sufferers believe that stress can act as a trigger. For some the hair re-grows on its own within a year, while for others the condition can develop into Alopecia Totalis (total loss of scalp hair) or Alopecia Universalis (total loss of scalp and body hair). It affects children and adults although it is more common among young people. There is a genetic link in approximately 25% of cases.

Unfortunately, there is no suitable treatment for children at present, however, adults who develop the condition may be able to use a course of hair loss treatments. The Belgravia Centre has had success treating mild and early-stage Alopecia Areata using tailored treatment programmes based mainly around high strength minoxidil.

If you would like to find out more about treatments for Alopecia Areata, or for any other type of hair loss, contact Belgravia for a free consultation. To book an appointment, call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively, complete the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will contact you to discuss matters further.

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Sarah Palin recently gave a speech in which she poked fun at Vice President Joe Biden's hair loss.Hair seems to be increasingly important in the world of US politics, at least for the Republicans. Following on from Andy McKenna’s bid to be Illinois Governor with his Hair Campaign video, Sarah Palin has been making comments about the hair loss of Vice President Joe Biden, her counterpart in last year’s elections.

At a recent dinner in Washington, attended by a number of famous journalists and considered to be a ritual for those aiming for Presidency, Palin attempted to be simultaneously humorous and self-deprecating in front of the gathering of opinion makers. Making reference to her recently published memoir, Going Rogue, which she is currently promoting at full pelt across the states, Palin mocked that if last year’s election had turned out differently, “I could be overseeing the signing of bailout cheques and Vice President Biden could be on the road selling his book ‘Going Rogaine’.” Rogaine is a brand name for the hair loss treatment Minoxidil.

Minoxidil is used the world over by hair loss sufferers and is one of only two products that have been licensed by the MHRA and FDA-approved for the treatment of hair loss in the UK and USA resepctively.

Biden has thinning hair and it’s been reported that he has undergone a series of hair transplants in a bid to retain his crowning glory. While hair loss is not uncommon for someone of Biden’s age (67), in the world of modern politics, image is increasingly becoming an important tool used to connect with voters across the age spectrum and many men are turning to hair loss treatments and hair transplants.

Vice President Joe Biden is said to have had a number of hair transplants to treat his thinning hair.Despite her jokes, Palin was also reported to suffering from thinning hair last year, as the stress of the presidency election race ramped up. At one point Palin was criticised for spending too much on her appearance with reports that the campaign attributed at least $150,000 to her wardrobe. At the recent dinner Palin made a joke about this and said that she had originally thought of entitling her book ‘How To Look Like a Million Bucks, For Only $150,000’. Minoxidil can be used by women as well as men, although it is not known whether Palin herself used the treatment.

If you are suffering from thinning hair or hair loss and would like to find out more about hair loss treatments, contact the Belgravia Centre for a consultation. Appointments are free-of-charge and available seven days a week. To book, simply call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. If you are unable to visit the London-based clinic, fill out the online diagnostic form for a consultation via the website and a mail order treatment service.

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Grey. Silver. White. Hair colours you may associate with old age, but did you know that some people can go grey as early as their teens? Dr Ang Chee Beng, a consultant dermatologist at Ang Skin & Hair Clinic at Mount Alvernia Medical Centre, Singapore, describes premature greying, in The Straits Times, as “greying that usually occurs before 20 years of age”.

Hair can turn grey at a young age. Causes of greying hair include genetics, genetic diseases and autoimmune diseases.In the same way that hair loss is often a result of genetics, grey hair can run in families. “The age at which greying begins seems to be due to genetics,” says Dr Neoh Ching Yin, a consultant dermatologist at the National Skin Centre, Singapore. “Human hair colour is determined mainly by melanin pigmentation within the hair fibre cells. The greater the amount of melanin, the darker the hair,” explains Dr Neoh. And as the production of melatin pigments within the hair fibres is regulated by a set of genes, there are people who will inherit grey locks.

Grey hair can also indicate certain genetic or autoimmune diseases. Dr Neoh said that genetic diseases such as albinism and piebaldism may be linked to the condition. Albinism is an abnormality in the production of melanin that usually leads to lighter skin and hair and affects vision. Piebaldism occurs in patches of skin or hair that have no pigment.

Premature graying can also be a result of autoimmune disorders such as pernicious anaemia, said Dr Ang. Pernicious anaemia occurs when the body is unable to absorb vitamin B12, which is needed for the production of red blood cells. This results in a shortage of red blood cells, which can make the person feel tired and short of breath.

Thyroid disorders, such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, can also be linked to premature greying. Other symptoms of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) include constipation, depression, tiredness, muscle aches, dry skin, and brittle nails and hair. Other symptoms of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) include itchy skin, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, fatigue and patchy hair loss.

Actor Richard Gere, 60, apparently died his hair for many years before opting for his natural silvery grey colour.For those affected by vitiligo, a pigmentation disorder, Dr Ang said there may be a whitening of hair in the affected scalp area. “This condition results in white hair rather than grey or lighter pigmented hair.” Vitiligo is the condition Michael Jackson was reportedly diagnosed with in 1986. It wasn’t until 1993 that the late Jackson said publicly he had the condition on the Oprah Winfrey show. The singer helped raise awareness of the condition, which was until then relatively unknown.

Although it was thought that stress made people go grey early, it seems to have more of an indirect effect. Dr Neoh said, “Stress is not directly related to the development of white hairs, although there is an autoimmune condition known as alopecia areata in which stress is thought to be a triggering factor.” If a person with this condition re-grows hair, it may be white. There is no treatment to reverse or prevent grey or white hair; hair dye is the only option at present.

While grey hair may not be treatable, it can look very distinguished on men and elegant on women. So if you want to make the most of your silver locks, and are concerned about losing hair, then contact the Belgravia Centre for a free consultation to discuss hair loss treatment. To book an appointment, call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively, complete the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will contact you to discuss matters in more detail.

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An obsession with dieting and weight loss is causing stress-related hair loss in women.How long has it been since you last saw an image of a slim or skinny female celebrity? Hours, minutes? It’s probably not been that long. The internet, television, films, newspapers and magazines are all full of photogenic women from the worlds of music, film, fashion, sport and television. And while most, if not all, of these women have personal trainers and invest many hours into their daily body maintenance, it does not stop women the world over feeling less than adequate when bombarded with these images on a regular basis.

And now new research has revealed the pressure for women to stay thin is leaving 1 in 3 suffering from hair loss. In the pursuit of skinniness, women are increasingly following restrictive diets which rob the body of essential nutrients which in turn causes excessive hair loss, leading to an all-over thinning. An article in today’s Daily Mail revealed figures from new research which showed that 37% of women have experienced hair loss to some degree and that 4.8 million British women have severe thinning.

The poll questioned 3000 women aged 25 and over, nearly all of whom said they would be ashamed to admit that they suffered from hair loss. A third of women said losing hair made them feel depressed and 25% said that their personal lives had been affected. Unfortunately, these knock-on effects can increase stress levels which can further exacerbate the shedding.

Strict diets may make the inches fall off but they can lead to nutritional deficiencies and hair loss.Trichologist Sara Allison told the Daily Mail, “We are all leading more emotionally stressful lives and are more nutritionally deficient than previous generations. The pressure on women to stay thin often means that they simply don’t eat enough to get all the nutrients or they are not eating the right foods. Hair is essentially the least important tissue of your body; therefore, your hair only receives nutrients if there are any remaining in the body after your vital organs have taken what they need.”

Dr Linda Papadopoulos, a psychologist, told the Daily Mail, “In Western culture, hair is bound up in notions of femininity, youth and sexual attractiveness. Because a woman’s hair plays a big part in value judgments made about youth and attractiveness, the experience of thinning hair is bound to be anxiety provoking.”

In some cases, the hair loss will be temporary and re-grows. Telogen Effluvium, caused by a ‘shock to the system’ such as rapid weight loss, childbirth, an illness, taking certain medications or stress, leads to certain hair follicles prematurely entering the resting phase. After three months these hairs are shed, so that the hair loss can occur after a person has ‘recovered’ from the event. However in some individuals the situation can be on-going and it would be wise to see a hair loss expert who can advise on treatments. A particuarly stressful episode may even trigger the early onset of Female Pattern (genetic) Hair Loss. Although this is a permanent condition, it can be successfully managed using a hair loss treatment programme suited to the individual.

Diffuse Thinning is another type of hair loss often seen in women and occurs as a result of internal factors other than genetics. Common causes include anaemia, thyroid problems and hormone problems. Again, stress can play a contributing role. It is essential to see a doctor and find a way to manage the underlying condition in order for a hair loss treatment to have an effect.

Don't worry in private about thinning hair. It is possible to treat hair loss.

The Belgravia Centre has experience in treating all of the above conditions. For women, the centre bases most of its treatment programmes around Minoxidil, the only product proven to be effective in tackling female hair loss. Belgravia’s in-house registered pharmacy prepares three types of Minoxidil with added hair growth boosters. The unique treatments have helped thousands of women. To see the results these women have achieved, take a look at the range of before/during hair loss photos. Or watch one woman’s video diary of hair loss treatment for Female Pattern Hair Loss.

If you would like to discuss hair loss treatment, contact Belgravia for a consultation. A specialist will diagnose the type of hair loss you have and advise you on the best method of treatment. To book an appointment, just call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. If you are unable to visit the London-based clinic, simply submit the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will contact you at your convenience.

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How did you look at your last job interview?

Most likely, you made an effort to wear appropriate attire and took care to ensure you looked clean and tidy. That’s normal; everyone wants to make a good impression and stand out from the crowd when meeting a potential employer. But can such things as clothes and hairstyles affect your ability to move up the career ladder once you’ve got the job?

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A 2009 article in Management Today suggests that they might and looks at a range of factors that workers seeking promotion should pay attention to.

First impressions

While dress sense may seem an obvious factor, would you consider height, weight and hair to make a difference to your career prospects? Apparently they do; tall people earn more than shorter people while thinner employees earn more than their obese counterparts. When it comes to hair, Corrinne Mills, MD of Personal Career Management, pointed out that men and women should keep their hair tidy and in a current style. But what about hair loss?

While some experts say that bald men are at a disadvantage in the job stakes, others say that hair loss is not a barrier to promotion. No doubt, it varies between companies, and when thinning hair is not a problem, this can be due to the fact that Male Pattern Baldness affects over two-thirds of men that are of working age, so balding men may have dominated senior jobs for many years.

So does female hair loss affect a woman’s promotion prospects? Female Pattern Hair Loss affects approximately 40-50% of women and leads to an all-over thinning around the top of the scalp and hairline. The hair thinning often becomes more severe during the menopause and can easily affect a woman’s confidence; for some it may be so distressing that it becomes difficult to exceed expectations and push for a promotion. This is largely to do with the fact that a woman’s appearance and self-image can be so closely tied to her hair.

‘Good looking people earn more’

The article in Management Today made reference to some research undertaken by the University of Florida that showed that ‘good-looking’ people earn more and go further in their professional lives.

The author of the research, Timothy Judge told the publication, “Little is known about why there are income disparities between the good-looking and the not-so-good-looking. Even accounting for intelligence, a person’s feeling of self-worth is enhanced by how attractive they are and this, in turn, results in higher pay.”

Judge does not say how he determined what qualifies a person to be ‘good-looking’ or ‘not-so-good-looking’. However, it is easy to see how thinning hair can make some women – and men – feel unattractive, as well as how this in turn, can lower their self-confidence and chances for promotion.

There are bald women out there, such as TV presenter and Alopecia Areata sufferer Gail Porter, who show how beautiful women can be without hair, but the fact remains that many men and women prefer the way they look with their locks.

For those, investigating appropriate hair loss treatment options can be helpful; many people are unaware that there are clinically-proven options, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved for the treatment of pattern hair loss, and a specialist can help to find those best-suited to each individual’s specific situation.

The 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.

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The festive season is upon us and many people will be going to parties, as well as work and family Christmas dinners. And as we head toward 2010, many people will be thinking of New Year Resolutions and a healthier diet with the aim of losing weight. But would you consider a healthier diet to prevent hair loss? As you contemplate what to have from the menu or what to cook over the holidays, remember there are certain foods that are essential to ensure healthy hair and skin and would be good to include in your diet.

Eggs & Chicken
Eggs Are a Good Source of Protein Which is Essential for Hair Growth.As hair is mostly made of protein, it is important to include good sources of protein such as eggs and chicken which will help to produce keratin. If protein levels drop too low or if the protein in your diet is of a poor quality, then the hair becomes weak and brittle. This can make it prone to breakage. Other good sources of protein include kidney, cheese and beans. Chicken is also the most-easily absorbed source of iron, which plays an important role in creating hemoglobin to carry oxygen to the body’s organs and tissues. By ensuring the scalp receives a healthy blood flow, iron ensures other key nutrients are easily absorbed by the hair follicles. Eggs are a good source of sulphur which maintains healthy hair follicles and helps hair grow by improving the blood circulation to the scalp and reducing inflammation. Eggs also provide biotin and vitamin B12 which also help keep hair growth strong. Given the time of year, turkey is another good source of protein and B vitamins and will help keep hair healthy.

Seafood Can Play an Important Role in Preventing Hair Loss and Keeping Hair and Skin Looking Healthy.
Seafood is considered by some to be essential for hair growth and maintenance. Fish contains sulphur and provides essential fatty acids necessary for the maintenance of healthy hair and skin. Essential omega-3 fatty acids keep the scalp healthy; a deficiency usually leads to a dry scalp and hair. If you are vegetarian, then there are plant based omega-3 fatty acids – include one or two tablespoons of ground flaxseed in your daily diet.
Zinc-rich foods such as mussels, shrimp and oysters strengthen the hair follicles, which helps prevent hair loss. Zinc plays a key role in many of the body’s functions, including hair growth, and helps to build cells, keeps hormones balanced and assists with the absorption of various other vitamins.

Dried Fruit & Nuts
Nuts Will Help Maintain Strong Healthy Hair and Skin and May Help to Prevent Hair Loss.Don’t ignore those nibbles at Christmas time; dried fruit and nuts are full of iron, sulphur and biotin. They also great sources of vitamin E which encourages good blood circulation on the scalp. Brazil nuts are one of the best natural sources of selenium, a mineral which is essential for a healthy scalp. Walnuts, cashews and almonds are fantastic sources of zinc; if your zinc levels are too low, the hair can start to shed excessively.

Dark Green Vegetables
Spinach and broccoli are good sources of vitamin A and vitamin C. These vitamins are essential for the production of sebum, an oily residue secreted by the hair follicles which helps keep the hair moisturized. Dark green vegetables also provide iron and calcium which are important for strong, healthy hair.

Winter is a great time to include porridge as part of your daily diet; oats provide a range of minerals that help hair grow such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron.

Alcohol consumption at Christmas time often increases which means you should up your intake of water to keep the skin and hair hydrated. If the body becomes too dehydrated, the hair can become brittle and weak and may break.

By including plenty of the above foods in your diet and drinking plenty of water, you will help keep your hair looking its best. By maintaining a good intake of minerals and vitamins you can help prevent nutritional deficiency which is one cause of a type of hair loss called Diffuse Thinning.

However, even a healthy diet cannot prevent the most common type of hair loss, Androgenetic Alopecia. More commonly known as Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss, approximately 80% of men and 50% of women develop the condition at some point during their lives. If you are concerned about this, or any other type of hair loss, then contact the Belgravia Centre. The clinic has a team of hair loss specialists who will diagnose the condition and discuss treatment options, if required. To see the type of conditions treated and photos of the results, take a look around the Hair Loss Success Stories.

To book an appointment (which is free) just call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively complete the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will contact you over the next two working days.

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