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Under Armour Infrared pillowcase bed linen sheets hair growth hair loss help

Name: Carlton

Question: I read about these infrared pillow cases and sheets from Under Armour that are meant to improve recovery. I understand infrared is also used to treat hair loss so is it likely these pillows could help in to regrow hair loss?

Answer: Hi, Carlton. I have looked into the Under Armour Recover bed linen, which the company claims to be based around a “mineral-lined fabric [which] returns infrared energy to your body to restore your muscles faster” and it is certainly innovative!

I believe it is unlikely to have any ‘treatment’ effect on hair loss – as in, it is help to regrow hair – but it may, however, encourage relaxation. This can be good for helping to prevent shedding from stress-related hair loss.

There are different types of infrared and, whilst some have properties that are beneficial to hair growth, others will have little to no effect on this, whatsoever.

Each wavelength of the electromagnetic spectrum has different properties.

The form of infrared used in hair growth supporting products is known as photobiomodulation or ‘near infrared‘. This is the visible red light type used in low-level laser therapy (LLLT) devices, such as the FDA-cleared HairMax LaserBand, at a wavelength of 655nm. This has been shown to stimulate the hair follicles and the manufacturers advise it can strengthen the hair as well as promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss with on-going use, as directed.

electromagnetic spectrum scale - lllt infrared
Diagram of the Electromagnetic Spectrum

Under Armour Recover pillowcases use far infrared (far IR) radiation; this usually has a slightly longer wavelength and is not the same as LLLT. Far IR radiation gives out warmth which relaxes muscles and soft tissue.

Infrared lamps using far IR do appear to give out red light but this is due to the red lightbulbs they tend to use, which emits visible red light. This is still different to the type of infrared used in LLLT. Pure Far infrared waves are not actually visible to humans, but they are thermal and just feel warm, it is also called “radiant heat”

At Belgravia we employ far IR lamps during certain clinical therapy sessions for clients who visit our hair loss clinics in person, this is for far IR’s ability to increase blood circulation, which may bring more nutrient-rich blood to the dermal papilla. Good circulation is, of course, important for healthy hair growth but it cannot combat the effects of a medical hair loss condition, such as androgenetic alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness) for example.

The innovative products you have read about may certainly have benefits – such as those the company claims regarding assisting rest and recovery for fitness fans, but, in answer to your question as to whether the far IR technology used in the Under Armour Recover pillow cases can stimulate hair growth in order to regrow hair you have already lost, I would say there is not enough evidence to confirm whether this is one of them.

If you are looking for hair restoration options, taking a clinically-proven route involving one or both of the MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved hair loss treatments as part of a personalised course based on your diagnosis, level and pattern of shedding and medical profile would be a more reliable way to proceed.

The first step in this instance is to have a consultation, in person or online using a photo-upload tool, with a hair loss specialist who can assess and diagnose you, as well as providing tailored recommendations based on their findings.


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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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There are currently only two hair loss treatments that are both licensed by the MHRA and FDA-approved for androgenetic alopecia, perhaps better known as the common hereditary conditions, Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss.

These are finasteride 1mg – an oral one-a-day DHT-blocker for medically-suitable men only that requires a prescription – and high strength minoxidil, a dose-dependent topical hair loss solution that is available over the counter without prescription only in its 2% and 5% formulations.

low level laser therapy lllt versus high strength minoxidil pattern hair loss solution

What may be less well-known is that an adjunct therapy which can be self-administered at home has also shown successful clinical trial results for promoting hair growth, and comes in a number of FDA-cleared devices, such as the LaserBand.

This is known as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and although it can be used on its own, it is generally recommended to be used in addition to a solid pharmaceutical approach, by professional hair loss specialists.

According to an article in the July 2019 edition of the British Association of Dermatologists journal, a 15% strength minoxidil has been trialled against LLLT to see which provided the best hair regrowth results for patients.

Both found to be effective

The published notes regarding this oral presentation state that the 24-week trial was randomised, with 58 patients diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia (AGA) taking part.

These were split into two groups, one of which was administered 15% minoxidil topical hair loss solution to apply twice per day; participants in the other group received three x 30 minute sessions of LLLT per week for the duration of the trial.

Researchers advised that, although both modalities were found to be effective in terms of producing visible hair growth and patient satisfaction, the minoxidil group reported the largest percentage increases, saying:

“The percentage of recovery from AGA and the patients’ satisfaction with their treatment were significantly higher in the minoxidil group than in the LLLT group. A significantly greater improvement from baseline in hair thickness, hair count, hair coverage and IGA [Investigator’s Global Assessment] was also observed with minoxidil 15% than with LLLT at the 12- and 24-week visits.”

In addition to stating that no adverse events were reported during the study, the following conclusion was given:

“As a new dosage of treatment, minoxidil 15% can help improve the percentage of recovery from AGA alopecia and increase patients’ satisfaction with their treatment.”

Wider ranging, larger-scale, longer-term clinical trials are required to confirm the efficacy, tolerability and safety of this higher strength solution, but this is certainly a positive initial step.

Combination hair loss treatment courses

At Belgravia, our genetic hair loss clients benefit from personalised advice from their dedicated hair loss specialist as to which precise formulations and components are likely to be best-suited to their level and pattern of shedding, as well as their medical profile and any lifestyle requirements that may be applicable. After all, there is no point in recommending something a client knows they will never use and, in the majority of cases, there are options and alternatives available that the patient may find more convenient.

A personalised combination hair loss treatment course which mixes appropriate medications with supplementary hair growth supporting products, can be put together following an in-person or online consultation.

These supporting products range from LLLT devices to Hair Vitalics food supplements formulated by Belgravia hair experts to contain a highly-targeted blend of key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanicals, including biotin, zinc and selenium to help maintain normal hair growth.


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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Popular millennial hair supplement brand Hairburst, whose range includes gummy vitamins and haircare products, has fallen foul of the UK’s advertising standards regulator, the ASA due to what it called ‘misleading’ claims.

These claims related to a number of its female-skewed products encouraging hair growth and reducing hair loss.

The retailer had four complaints lodged against it with the ASA relating to a number of products and, according to an August 16th report in Cosmetics Business, these were all upheld.

Unsubstantiated and misleading claims

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The four claims were as follows:

The first questioned whether the “efficacy claims relating to hair growth and hair loss” for the products ‘Volume & Growth Elixir’, ‘Shampoo & Conditioner For Longer Stronger Hair’ and ‘Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum’ could be substantiated and found them to be misleading.

The second claim found the product name ‘Volume & Growth Elixir’ to be misleading and questioned whether this could be substantiated

The third related to claims for the food supplement products ‘Healthy Hair Vitamins’, ‘Chewable Hair Vitamins’, ‘Hair Vitamins For Women 35+’, ‘Hair Vitamins For Men’ and ‘For New Mums’. It stated that these food supplements “were subject to Regulation (EC) No. 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods (the Regulation), as reflected in the CAP Code, and breached the CAP Code.”

The last, fourth, claim stated that “the ad included claims to prevent, treat or cure disease, which were prohibited by the CAP Code.”

Hairburst defended each claim but lost its argument in relation to each point.

Biotin, zinc and selenium

The ASA ruled that the brand was making misleading claims, had breached CAP code and had “exaggerated the claims permitted in relation to the effects that the ingredients biotin, zinc and selenium can have on the hair.

These three key ingredients also feature alongside a number of other key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts in both the men’s and the women’s formulations of the Belgravia food supplement Hair Vitalics.

The permitted claim which specifically relates to these three ingredients is that they can help to maintain normal hair growth. Hairburst’s claims were considered to exaggerate the sanctioned wording which is based on an overview of the actions each element has on hair health.

Biotin, zinc and selenium are beneficial to the hair in different ways.

Biotin zinc and selenium contribute to the maintenance of normal hair

Biotin, also known as vitamin B7, is a water-soluble vitamin and enzyme cofactor which contributes to a normal energy-yielding metabolism. It also contributes to the maintenance of normal hair and skin. It is believed biotin can protect the hair against dryness and help to increase elasticity, potentially helping to deter hair breakage.

Zinc also contributes to the maintenance of normal hair, nails and skin. It contributes to normal protein synthesis, the normal function of the immune system and to the protection of cells from oxidative stress which has been linked to premature hair loss in young men. It also has a role in cell division.

A zinc deficiency can cause hair loss in the form of thinning hair from the temporary condition Telogen Effluvium. Recent research has also shown that women with Female Pattern Hair Loss could benefit from increasing their intake of zinc.

A separate study also showed that men with Male Pattern Baldness may benefit from upping both their zinc and biotin levels. As with all nutrients, it is best to get these naturally by consuming a varied, balanced diet. Whilst supplementation may be helpful for some, it should not be used to replace healthy eating.

Selenium is a trace element which plays an important role in the function of our immune system. It also helps protect cells and tissues from oxidative damage, as well as contributing to the maintenance of normal hair. It has been studied as a potential therapy for dandruff, however, the results were inconclusive.

gummy bear hair vitamins

No stranger to controversy

Hairburst is no stranger to controversy with regards to its advertising. The brand also came under fire with the ASA in January 2019 after celebrity influencers, including Hollyoaks actor Stephanie Davis, failed to disclose they were being paid to post about their hair vitamins.

They were pulled up by the Federal Trade Commission in the USA for similar reasons of social media influencer advertising non-disclosure in March 2017.

Furthermore, in March 2019 BBC reporter Omar Hamdi investigated claims and marketing tactics used by both Hairburst and SugarBear Hair, a similar American gummy hair supplement brand which is promoted by the Kardashians and Kylie Jenner who have also received official warnings from the relevant watchdogs over their failure to disclose their paid advertising relationships with the brand.

A BBC News report at the time of the X-Ray programme the investigation aired on stated that nutritional claims behind the gummies’ claims to promote hair growth were “based on “pseudoscience”” according to British Dietetic Association member and dietician Aisling Pigott-Jones.

The BBC also asked each of the brands whether it had any qualms about using social media and celebrity influencers who were clearly wearing wigs or hair extensions, to promote their ‘hair growth’ products.

The report states: “Asked whether it was misleading to plug their products using celebrities with hair weaves and wigs, the spokesperson [for Hairburst] said hair extensions could be a short-term solution for people waiting for their hair to grow… SugarBearHair declined to comment.”

The full list of complaints, arguments and the ASA’s ruling in this latest case against Hairburst can be found, here.


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.

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Name: Sally

Question: I have been having thinning hair for a while which has been upsetting me so went to my doctor who said I have Female Pattern Hair Loss. They weren’t very helpful and I felt they were quite dismissive of my problem even though it is worrying me greatly and affecting my confidence. I didn’t feel comfortable asking them some of the questions I had so wondered if you might be able to help me instead. I wanted to know if this diagnosis means I will eventually go bald? And also I am obviously interested in hearing about ways to prevent this from happening as well as helping to thicken my hair. Many thanks.

Answer: Hi, Sally. Just to put your mind at rest and so you have a good knowledge of the basics of this condition, let me run through a brief overview of genetic hair loss before getting to your questions.

Female Pattern Hair Loss is an extremely common condition which affects the top of the scalp from the hairline and temples to the crown in those with the relevant genetic predisposition. It is permanent but can generally be well-managed using clinically-proven treatments.

It can present any time following puberty, though women generally start to notice the first signs of this type of hair loss – such as their hair having less volume, their ponytail looking thinner than usual, and/or a widening of the parting – from their 30s or 40s.

There is also anecdotal evidence to suggest the trend is moving more towards premature hair loss increasing, with women in their 20s often seeing these signs; this is thought to be down to the increasing pressures of modern life and our diets, given stress and elements such as nutritional deficiencies are established triggers of hairloss. At Belgravia we certainly have many Female Pattern Hair Loss treatment clients in their 20s.

Over time it causes gradually thinning hair in individuals with an inherited sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is the result of DHT binding to the follicles located at the top of the scalp, slowly weakening them, resulting in increasingly finer hair being produced.

Although some people use the term Female Pattern Baldness, based on the men’s equivalent, Male Pattern Baldness, this is not actually accurate for women’s hair loss.

Whilst this condition in men has the same effects, it can lead to defined areas of complete baldness, such as either side of a receding hairline, at the crown or all the way along the vertex (top of scalp) from the crown to hairline.

It is rare to see this extreme in women; female hairloss tends to stop short of causing baldness though it can lead to significant thinning where the scalp becomes clearly visible in advanced cases. So, in answer to your question about if you will go bald from Female Pattern Hair Loss, in our experience it is highly unlikely.

With regards what you can do to treat female pattern hair loss and prevent further shedding, as before, this is a permanent condition but, although there is no cure for genetic hair loss, there are clinically-proven hair loss treatments available.

Minoxidil is applied topically and is both MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved specifically for this purpose. Using a tailored hair loss treatment course comprising high strength minoxidil can help to successfully manage your symptoms by promoting hair growth as well as helping to prevent hair loss in the future with on-going use.

In addition to this hair loss solution, additional hair growth supporting products such as low level laser therapy (LLLT) home-use devices – for instance the FDA-cleared HairMax LaserBand – which help to stimulate the follicles and strengthen the hair, may be useful, as may highly-targeted nutritional supplements designed to support the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth, such as Hair Vitalics for Women.

What we recommend is having a consultation – either online or in-person – with a dedicated hair loss specialist who can assess your scalp. They can then talk you through their diagnosis, appropriate treatment recommendations based on your medical profile, and additional considerations which may also need to be checked in some cases of women’s hair loss. These can include getting a blood test from your GP to ensure there is no underlying issue with zinc or iron levels, your thyroid function or various other common health problems which can cause excess hair fall.


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.

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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

This client has two separate conditions – Chronic Telogen Effluvium and Female Pattern Hair Loss which are being treated simultaneously.

Find out what this client had to say and see her regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating hereditary hair loss in women by clicking the buttons below…

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

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Chronic Telogen Effluvium Treatment


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.

A clinical study investigated the hair growth effects of high strength minoxidil – the only current MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved topical hair loss solution for both men and women with androgenetic alopecia.

The findings showed that, when patients with Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair Loss were predicted to be unresponsive to the minoxidil alone, using the prescription acne medication tretinoin alongside it significantly increased the number of patients who responded to treatment after five days by almost 50 per cent.

Acne spots tretinoin

Tretinoin effect on hair growth

Tretinoin is a prescription medication used in cream or lotion form for the treatment of acne; it is a vitamin A derivitive known as a retinoid.

This skincare ingredient was used in an April 2019 hair regrowth study designed to find a way to improve patients’ response to minoxidil hair loss treatment by teams of researchers from America, India and Croatia.

The corresponding study author, John McCoy of the Department of Research and Development at Applied Biology in Irvine, California, USA, wrote in the Dermatologic Therapy journal (doi.org/10.1111/dth.12915) of the minoxidil and tretinoin relationship:

“Minoxidil sulfate is the active metabolite required to exert the vasodilatory and hair growing effects of minoxidil. For hair growth, sulfotransferase enzymes expressed in outer root sheath of the hair follicle sulfonate minoxidil…

Retinoids have been reported to increase minoxidil response. The purported mechanism of action was retinoid modulation of skin permeation to minoxidil; however, evidence to the contrary supports retinoids increase dermal thickness.

In order to elucidate the effect of topical retinoids on minoxidil response, we studied the effect of topical tretinoin on follicular sulfotransferase. In this study, we demonstrate that topical tretinoin application influences the expression of follicular sulfotransferase.”

What researchers found was that, of their clinical trial participants who were initially predicted to be non-responders to minoxidil hair loss treatment for Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss, 43 per cent ‘converted’ to responders after 5 days of using additional topical tretinoin applications.

Useful information for developing future hair loss treatments

The researchers believe this novel study is the first to bring this interaction to light and, as such, its findings may be useful for the development of future pattern hair loss treatments for both men and women.

One consideration that is likely to need additional consideration, given we do not know the scope nor size of this multi-centre study, is the side effect profile of tretinoin.

Tretinoin is potent so is generally used in extremely small doses of 0.025% when treating acne. It is a known irritant which can cause side effects including skin redness, itching, dry skin, scaling and/or mild burning when applied to the skin.

However, many users tolerate this well, either straight away or after building up to the required daily dose in order to help increase their tolerance gradually.

Another aspect of Tretinoin’s use which may be particularly of concern, given this method would require it to, presumably, be applied directly to the scalp, is the question of photosensitivity.

Tretinoin can increase users sensitivity to the sun, making them more likely to experience sunburn and potentially placing them at a higher risk of melanoma.

The recommendation is currently that users limit their time in the sun, wear sunscreen daily and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Given the scalp is so exposed, users would almost certainly need to wear a hat whilst outdoors whilst using any tretinoin-based hairloss treatments.

Although this trial has seen positive results, there is still a long way to go before it can be fully established whether or not a beneficial, safe and tolerable relationship between minoxidil and tretinoin exists for hair growth in cases of Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss.

It should go without saying but for the sake of clarity, Belgravia does not advise any current tretinoin users to try this as a hair loss treatment, certainly not without the recommendation and close supervision of a dermatologist or medical professional.


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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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Find out what this client had to say and see her regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating hereditary hair loss in women by clicking the buttons below…

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

VIEW SUCCESS STORY

Treatment information


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.

Swiss apple stem cells as hair loss fighting ingredient appears to be enjoying something of a resurgence.

The introduction of these plant stem cell culture extracts to cosmetic products was pioneered by Mibelle Biochemistry, which released its breakthrough PhytoCELLTECH Malus domestica range in 2008.

Now, the company has started promoting Swiss apple stem cell extracts for its hair benefits, again. But does this ingredient really treat thinning hair? We looked into these claims to find out how it may be of use and precisely which conditions may it be beneficial for.

swiss apple stem cell extract for hair loss hair growth

First pioneered in 2008

Mibelle’s patented approach involved using extracts from the endangered Malus domestica cultivar Uttwiler Spätlauber variety of Swiss apples, which boasts the ability to be stored for long periods without showing signs of ageing and whilst still retaining its flavour.

The company’s research is said to show that this ingredient may help to delay onset of the hair thinning associated with ageing. This is something known as senescent alopecia which has since been shown, in 2016, to be related to humans’ collagen production decreasing in line with their age.

Whilst this may be a concern for some, age-related hair thinning is unlikely to be the first hair loss condition people think of when they see that a product described as benefiting ‘thinning hair’.

This is especially likely given thinning hair is the key symptom of the two most common permanent hair loss conditions, Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss, as well as temporary issues such as Post-Partum Alopecia and Telogen Effluvium.

This is why, particularly for consumers who don’t want to waste their money on the wrong products for their needs, it is important to understand the difference between hair loss treatments and hair care products.

Difference between hair care products and hair loss treatments

In addition to being used in anti-ageing skincare to protect cells, plant stem cells are also often added to hair products such as conditioners, serums and hair oils. Whilst companies using this ingredients have sometimes advertised its purpose as being to ‘treat hair loss’, this is not an accurate claim – particularly for cosmetic haircare products.

Minoxidiil and Finasteride 1mg tablets - hair loss treatment SMALL

There are only two genetic hair loss treatments that are both licensed by the MHRA and FDA approved for this purpose; these are finasteride 1mg (men only) and high strength minoxidil.

The first is a once-a-day oral tablet which helps to prevent baldness by inhibiting DHT, whilst the second encourages active hair growth.

These approved hair loss solutions involve medication and, therefore, the medical claims that can be made about their purpose and efficacy cannot be applied to cosmetic products. In short, cosmetic products cannot make medical claims about ‘treating’ hair loss.

Whilst cosmetic products cannot treat a hair loss condition, they may be able to improve hair health, making it look healthier and, in some cases, temporarily conceal thinning hair by creating an illusion of volume, making it look thicker.

If you are concerned your hair isn’t as thick as it once was, or if you are worried about unusual levels of shedding or signs of thinning, a consultation with a professional hair loss specialist can be an easy route to peace of mind. Following a scalp assessment – either in-person or using photo-uploads – they will be able to offer a diagnosis, advice and, where appropriate, personalised recommendations for treatments and hair growth supporting products.


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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Name: Mark

Question: Hi I really appreciate your blog – it has some very reliable advice on various hairloss treatments and related research. I am curious about a hairloss treatment called Regenera Activa – it claims to be FDA and EU certified and seems to be very popular in terms of facilities offering it but I cannot find any research or press on the subject and it is not mentioned on your blog. Unless I have missed it somewhere. What is the Belgravia in-house view on this treatment (presumably you have chosen not to offer it?)

Answer: Hi, Mark. Many thanks for your kind words about the Belgravia blog, we’re glad you find it useful.

I have looked into Regenera Activa for you and this is an overview of my thoughts on the matter…

Regenera Activa rigenera micrografting hair restoration system

Although it may initially look like a type of harvesting tool used in hair transplant surgeries, the Regenera Activa system – called Rigenera (pictured) – though it does also collect hair follicles – breaks these donor follicles down to cells.

I believe the theory behind this micrografting method, which comes from Barcelona, is for these cells to act as stem cells and regenerate hair follicles when injected into the scalp. According to hair loss research information on the company website:

‘In this preliminary study, the authors have developed a new method to isolate human adult stem cells by mechanical centrifugation of punch biopsy from human hair follicles without culture condition, and they reported for the first time, up to our knowledge, the counting of these cells and the preliminary results obtained by the human follicle stem cells injections in the scalp of patients affected by AGA [androgenetic alopecia aka genetic hair loss], improving hair density.’

Regarding the FDA and European authorisations you mention this device having, the FDA clearance from the USA and CE kitemark it has been awarded for Europe relate to the marketing of the product.

CE kitemark certification is awarded to show that devices meet the relevant necessary EU directive criteria. Usually for medical devices this relates to their safety and, essentially, acknowledging they have been shown to do what they claim to. When they have been awarded CE certification – or FDA clearance – the devices can then be marketed for this specific purpose.

What these marks and clearances do not necessarily indicate is how effective a device is at doing what it claims to.

Regenera Activa rigenera micrografting hair restoration system certifications

Regenera Activa literature claims the technique produces new hair growth. Although it does show convincing photos, in my opinion I am still quite sceptical that the technique can create new hair growth, until actual hair follicles can be regenerated.

One of the good things about this novel procedure – as with existing FUE and FUT hair transplantation methods – is that they all use the patients’ own blood or tissues for the treatment. This helps to eliminate allergic reactions or rejection.

The idea appears to be sound and it is likely there is future in the concept. However, at the moment that’s all it is – a concept – as despite on-going research into this, no-one has yet been able to regenerate hair follicles in vitro.

Should it become possible to regenerate follicles in this way, assuming it was shown to be both safe and effective, how hair loss – including both Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss – is treated will change quite significantly. This would be a great breakthrough.

With regard to using Regenera Activa’s system, assuming that it works, as a means for preventing baldness from Male Pattern Hair Loss, patients would face the same issues that those who undergo hair transplants do in relation to long-term preservation of their results.

Namely, they would still need to use on-going aftercare which, at present, takes the form of either or both of the only MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved hair loss treatments. These are topical applications of high strength minoxidil to encourage hair growth, and one-a-day tablets of finasteride 1mg which inhibits the hormone which causes genetic hair thinning – dihydrotestosterone, better known as DHT.

DHT binds to susceptible hair follicles – those located from crown to hairline and temples – in men (and women) with pattern hair loss as they have an inherited sensitivity to the testosterone byproduct. This is a process known as follicular miniaturisation.

Even after any form of surgical hair restoration, DHT will continue to attack these hair follicles in genetically prone individuals, however, it will only result in further hair loss in the original follicles – not those replaced during surgery.

As these grafting procedures are rarely carried out on the entire area that is susceptible to Male Pattern Baldness, failing to deter further hairloss in this type of way may result in hair thinning and shedding around the restored areas. This can lead to extremely unnatural looking hair growth patterns, such as developing ‘islands’ of transplanted hairs surrounded by thinning areas or a receding hairline.

This may no longer be a concern should follicle regeneration become possible in humans as over-harvesting and having sufficient donor hair to carry out hair restoration involving the entire area affected by genetic hair loss would be less of an issue, if at all. The price may still provide a barrier though, at least while the procedure was new and limited in its availability – not to mention being in high demand should it be the first, or among the first, to offer hair replication techniques.

We will follow the development of Regenera Activa and publish updates on our blog as more information becomes available. Belgravia will not, however, be offering this type of invasive procedure as we specialise in non-surgical hair loss solutions and hair growth supporting products.


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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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This client has two separate conditions – Chronic Telogen Effluvium and Female Pattern Hair Loss which are being treated simultaneously.

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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.