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A device which uses low-level laser light as a treatment for hair loss has been involved in a new trial in Taiwan.

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) as a way to address thinning hair caused by androgenetic alopecia in men and women has been around for over a decade with the first home-use device to receive FDA-clearance being the HairMax LaserComb in 2007.

There are now several models on the market which range from the LaserComb, which features a patented action which helps to direct the lights directly to the scalp as opposed to just the hair, to headband, helmet and cap versions. However, all are considered to be hair growth booster products, used as an adjunct to pharmaceutical hair loss treatment courses, rather than being primary treatments in their own right.

Confusing trial data

The latest LLLT device to undergo testing is the iRestore, a helmet-type device, not dissimilar in appearance to the Theradome, which was trialled by the National Taiwan University Hospital.

Website Trial Data from iRestorwebsiteA randomised double-blind study tested the iRestore at several locations across the country. Around 100 people appear to have taken part in the study which actually began back in March 2015; researchers are currently analysing the data gathered during the trial, which closed in December 2016. To help evaluate the device’s efficacy, some of the participants were given a dummy model which was indistinguishable from the real iRestore.

Treatment lasted for 24 weeks and was open to both men and women with genetic hair loss . Unsurprisingly, participants were excluded if they had recently used the hair loss drugs minoxidil or finasteride 1mg, the only two clinically-proven medications which typically form the backbone of genetic hair loss treatment courses, though finasteride is suitable for medically-approved men aged 18 years and over.

Results from this study had not been published on the clinical trial records for this research at the time of writing.

Interestingly, however, the device’s website claims that, because all participants using the iRestore noted hair growth during a 16 week trial, it has a 100 per cent success rate. The devices were used by participants for 25 minutes every other day during this time. A side note adds that the figures mentioned are ’rounded’ and are ‘not the real statistics’ underneath a diagram which states that of trial volunteers using the real iRestore device 43.2% ‘grew hair’, versus 5.7% of the placebo users. So, mathematically at least, these numbers are a little confusing, however, the device has now been cleared by the FDA so there must have been enough merit in the actual findings to warrant this being granted.

The company’s 2017 marketing material explains: “This past spring, 40 men and women who suffered from genetic hair loss and thinning hair were selected to be a part of the 16-week study for the iRestore conducted by Dr. Adam Bodian, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York. The goal of the third-party-conducted study was to research the effectiveness of our hair growth device in a clinical setting.

In this double-blind experiment, 20 people were randomly selected to be given a real iRestore System while the other 20 were given a placebo system. The placebo systems were specially made for the study. They looked identical to the real iRestore on the outside but were built with normal incandescent lights instead of the clinical-strength lasers and LEDs (at the wavelength of 650 nm) in the real devices.”

Clinically-proven hair loss treatment

At Belgravia clients who want to address their receding hairline or thinning hair caused by male pattern baldness are offered tailored hairloss solutions in the form of programmes featuring the once-a-day oral pill finasteride 1mg alongside recommended formulations of the topical drug, minoxidil.

Each of these drugs has a complementary action, which Belgravia’s experienced hair loss professionals find makes them the perfect pairing for a two-pronged combination treatment course. Finasteride acts to block the dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which causes hair miniaturisation – and  can ultimately lead to baldness in the affected areas around the top of the scalp – in people with genetic hairloss. Applications of high strength minoxidil can be applied directly to the scalp where needed, either once or twice per day as advised.

These key medications can be further bolstered by adding additional hair growth boosters into the mix. These include premium hair growth supplements developed exclusively by Belgravia, called Hair Vitalics for Men, and the HairMax LaserComb which is included free of charge with most annual Belgravia treatment plans. The well-established device is FDA-cleared, meaning there was sufficient evidence provided to the American Food and Drug Administration following clinical trials to show that the device effectively helps to prevent hair loss, whilst also meeting the relevant safety and tolerability criteria.

Scientific studies on cell cultures have shown that laser light energy penetrates soft tissue and increases the action of a key molecule that is a major carrier of energy from one reaction site to another in all living cells. These findings mean that using the LaserComb can help to improve and speed up hair growth and revitalise, thicken and strengthen existing hair. The device is seldom used on its own, however, as it is at its most effective for preventing baldness when used as part of a tailored treatment course for eight minutes, three times per week.

A slightly different approach is taken when dealing with women’s hair loss. As finasteride is for men-only, female pattern hair loss does not have this option available. Luckily, however, women do not experience the effects of DHT to the same extent as men – this is why the condition is known as female pattern ‘hair loss’ rather than female pattern baldness. Whilst advanced hair thinning is possible if left untreated, women rarely become bald due to androgenic alopecia. Instead, in addition to increased hair fall, they tend to lose volume and develop thinning hair along the top of the scalp, including the crown and temple areas, which can result in an increasingly wider-looking parting.

To stabilise this type of shedding, topical applications of women’s high strength minoxidil – which are, again, applied directly to the scalp either once or twice a day as advised – are used, in addition to appropriate boosters. Belgravia’s highly-targeted one-a-day Hair Vitalics for Women hair growth supplement is often taken alongside the topical treatment. It not only contains a unique blend of high quality vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts known to promote healthy hair, but also contains the soy isoflavones genistein and daidzein which have been shown to reduce serum DHT. These can all be used alongside the LaserComb device which is also generally included free of charge when purchasing a 12 month female pattern hair loss treatment course from Belgravia.


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


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An unorthodox new way of purportedly tackling hair loss is springing up across America, where some black women claim a household item can help to regrow afro hair.

Vicks VaporubAccording to an article in essence.com, family medicine cabinet staple Vicks VapoRub is just the ticket for women with thinning edges – which is seen when hair is lost at the temples. The most common cause of this is the hair loss condition traction alopecia, which is frequently observed when women choose a hairstyle that places undue stress on the hair follicles. Among the worst offenders are tight braids, high ponytails, dreadlocks and hair extensions which place significant extra weight as well as strain upon the follicles.

Women also sometimes see thinning around the temples if they have the condition female pattern hair loss. This tends to be accompanied by thinning hair along the top of the scalp and at the crown, too as these are the areas affected by genetic hair loss in both women and men.

Can Vicks VapoRub regrow hair?

The essence.com article states that the awareness of Vicks as a potential treatment for thinning edges appears to have begun in March 2016 in Atlanta when it was first mentioned by a vlogger who goes by the name of Just Jocq on YouTube. She talks of one of her followers who mixes it with castor oil and coconut oil before applying it to the scalp and hair. Whilst castor and coconut oil are both beneficial to the condition of the hair – especially for people with afro hair as this hair type is naturally more brittle so can benefit from moisturisation – they are not capable of regrowing hair.

Since then, other women with afro hair have been extolling the virtues of Vicks online, with some of them claiming that around one to two months will be needed before regrowth is seen.

Leonora Doclis, senior hair loss specialist at Belgravia, is skeptical – though she does understand where the claims about Vicks may be coming from. “It’s all to do with the menthol and eucalyptus which can be found in Vicks,” she says. “These ingredients won’t cause hair that has been lost to traction alopecia or female pattern hair loss to regrow, but they may help existing hair to grow in length – although we wouldn’t recommend putting Vicks onto scalps. Vicks contains petroleum jelly, which is not generally advisable for the scalp, although it shouldn’t pose too much of a problem if the scalp is healthy.”

Leonora points out that Vicks would likely give the same kind of sensation as Belgravia’s menthol cream or oil of wintergreen which are used in some tailored clinical treatments that take place in our Central London and City of London hair loss clinics. Though neither ingredients have been proven to stimulate hair growth, they can be beneficial to the health of both the hair and the scalp.

Tailored hair loss treatment

It is important to distinguish between ‘hair growth’ and ‘hair regrowth’ in this context. Promoting hair growth involves optimising or ensuring the normal functioning of the hair growth cycle. This applies to anyone regardless of whether or not they have a specific hair loss condition and is something that can be helped by non-medicinal hair growth booster products. At Belgravia we offer a premium food supplement for healthy hair growth called Hair Vitalics for Women which non-clients can buy online directly from the dedicated website hairvitalics.com. This highly-targeted product has been developed after extensive research by Belgravia’s hair experts and contains high quality, potent vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanicals – including zinc, selenium, biotin and grape seed extract.

Those who do have an actual condition generally want to stop hair loss and encourage hair re-growth – this is a different proposition to simply encouraging non-affected hair to grow stronger and/or longer. Whilst hair growth boosters can certainly be used by people with a hair loss condition, these are considered an adjunct to pharmaceutical hair loss treatment, designed to maximise their hair’s potential in tandem with the relevant medications.

If women’s hair thinning or patchy hairloss becomes a concern, a specialist consultation – either in person or online – can provide an assessment, diagnosis, and – where necessary – personalised treatment recommendations. These are based upon the individual’s condition, pattern of shedding, medical and lifestyle requirements.

For women who have lost their edges to Traction Alopecia, Belgravia specialists use appropriate formulations of high strength minoxidil from those available at the in-clinic pharmacies. These solutions are applied directly to the scalp where needed, either once or twice per day, as directed. Although minoxidil is only clinically-proven as a treatment for female pattern hair loss, it is widely accepted to be useful in treating other types of hair loss in men and women by opening the potassium channels and encouraging localised blood flow.

Though results are not guaranteed, traction alopecia treatment at Belgravia often produces significant hair regrowth for women whose follicles have not been critically impaired. In cases where the damage to the follicles means they are no longer able to produce hair, treatment is not advisable as it will be ineffective. In these instances the hair loss will be permanent. This is why it is so important to be proactive if you suspect there may be an issue with your hairline. By taking advice early you can get all the facts regarding your situation and learn about the options available, in order to make a decision as which you are most comfortable with, whilst the decision is still yours to make.

 


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


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A new survey has confirmed what medical experts the world over have known for some time now: that many of us are working too hard or are too preoccupied with our jobs. But one thing that not everybody knows is that work-related pressures can lead to the kind of stress that causes hair loss.

The survey was conducted by the Wooden Furniture Store and found that today’s family interacts with each other in quite a different way to our predecessors. Specifically, the report reveals that 30% of people admit to not speaking to their loved ones when they get home. Meanwhile, 57% of adults owned up to bringing their work home with them outside of office hours, thus letting their job get in the way of quality family time.

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Stress caused by work is a huge global problem with estimates putting the cost of stress-related sick days in the UK up to £10 billion per year. Almost 26 million days are lost each year to work-related illnesses, with almost half of these caused by stress, anxiety or depression.

One quite telling link between work stress and hair loss came after a poll in which it was discovered that men earning more than £75,000 were twice as likely to blame work stress for their thinning hair than those earning £15,000 or under.

What is likely to be happening in these instances is that the wear and tear of stress upon the body has caused the genetic condition Male Pattern Baldness to initiate earlier than it might have otherwise, or it has worsened an existing case of Male Pattern Hair Loss. It could be argued, of course, that men with better salaries are likely to be older, this putting them in the “hot zone” of hair loss for men (30s-50s). However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that young men are experiencing premature baldness ever earlier – thought to be down to the pressures of modern life – and it is quite common for male pattern hair loss to now start in their early 20’s.

Either way, work stress is certainly not a trivial matter, as one study in the United States found that stress is quite literally killing people. Research into more than 2,000 people from Wisconsin in their sixties found that those who felt they had a little control of their workload had a heightened risk of dying.

Women are certainly not immune from stress-related shedding, either, and are, in fact, more likely to be affected as they have a far greater chance than men of developing a temporary hair loss condition named Telogen Effluvium. A recent survey carried out by L’Oréal, for example, revealed that a third of female respondents had experienced hairloss. One-sixth of the women who took part said they had first shown signs of hair loss before their 30th birthdays. As with men, Female Pattern Hair Loss can also be exacerbated by stress.

Hair loss solutions for men and women

Treatment for genetic hair loss at Belgravia is slightly different for men and for women, and is always tailored to the individual’s personal needs, based on level and pattern of thinning plus a number of other factors.

Treatment for male pattern hair loss is widely used by men interested in stabilising hair fall, encouraging regrowth and preventing baldness. There are two clinically-proven, MHRA and FDA-approved medications which are often used as part of a non-surgical treatment programme: finasteride 1mg and minoxidil.

The first, finasteride 1mg is a once-a-day tablet that inhibits the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is DHT which causes the gradual hair thinning associated with male hairloss. It binds to the sensitive follicles around the top of the head and hairline, slowly destroying them. As they become smaller and weaker, this displays outwardly as thinning hair or receding, with increased hair fall and can lead to eventual baldness if left unchecked. Hair Vitalics for Men hair growth supplements formulated exclusively by The Belgravia Centre’s experts not only includes key nutrients that can benefit hair health – including biotin, zinc and selenium – but also contains saw palmetto. This botanical extract has been shown to reduce DHT in trials.

By minimising the amount of DHT in the system, hair growth should continue unhindered. However, finasteride’s effect on frontal hair loss is unproven. This is one of the key reasons why, at Belgravia, treatment courses often include recommended formulations of the vasodilator high strength minoxidil from those available from at the clinic’s in-house pharmacies.

These solutions are applied directly to the scalp where needed, and help to promote localised blood flow, encouraging healthy hair growth. Belgravia’s hair loss specialists have found this approach, especially as part of a combination treatment course, to be especially effective in cases of stubborn areas, such as a receding hairline or thinning crown.

This two-pronged attack can be further augmented by the use of additional hair growth booster products, such as the follicle-stimulating low level laser therapy (LLLT) device, the LaserComb.

Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Men Women Hair Growth Hair Care 360pxWomen visiting the clinic for Female Pattern Hair Loss treatment find that an equally comprehensive and tailored approach is offered, with regular applications of high strength minoxidil from the recommended formulations available once again a key component.

Women, too, can benefit from hair growth booster products, including a handheld LLLT device and also Belgravia’s premium hair growth supplement Hair Vitalics for Women, the ingredients of which have been researched and selected by the clinic’s hair experts for their beneficial properties. This unique blend of high quality, hair-friendly vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts is not designed to replace a balanced diet, however. It also includes the soy isoflavones genistein and daidzen which have been shown to lower serum DHT – DHT found in the bloodstream – to provide an extra helping hand in the fight against thinning hair.

Knock-on effects of stress

Because the human body is so complex and so many functions are interlinked, the knock-on effects of stress can be hard to overestimate. Sleep, for instance, is not something that many people necessarily associate with stress, but the strain that insomnia or simply regular lack of sleep or disturbed sleep patterns can place upon the body has been linked to dull, brittle hair and increased hair fall.

Lack of Sleep and Hair LossVarious surveys from around the world have shown that many people are not getting enough sleep (one showed that women have a deficit of around 15 days sleep per year; for men the figure is 10 days), and the London Sleep Centre has said that around 30 to 40% of adults suffer from insomnia every year.

Researchers in South Korea have discovered that on top of stress-related hair loss that may arise from lack of sleep, missing out on crucial shut-eye also heightens the risks of several diseases, some of which can cause hair fall in their own right. Among them are diabetes, which can lead to Telogen Effluvium. Even heart disease, the risk for which can be increased by a chronic lack of sleep, has been linked to hair loss in at least six historic studies.

All of these studies paint a pretty compelling picture that an individual’s overall health and lifestyle play an enormous part in a multitude of biological functions. While it might be stretching things to state that a good night’s sleep and a stress-free job will equate to a full head of hair for the rest of your life, it is not too great a stretch to suggest that a proactive approach to reducing stress levels and making sure that the body is well looked after can help give a degree of protection from some of the things that can lead to thinning hair for both men and women.


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


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alert female pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 13 11 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Miss P, pictured, is thrilled with her progress to date.

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


The perils of over-styling have once again been in the news following a disastrous episode in the US in which a young American vlogger found clumps of her hair falling out.

21-year-old Hannah Forcier is a popular YouTube star with 100,000 followers based in Los Angeles, who made the mistake of adding a powerful chemical relaxer product to her already bleached blonde hair. The tragic irony of her resultant hair loss is that she was hoping the product would save her from having to inflict further damage from heat styling tools such as hair straighteners.

Chemical Trauma Hair Loss CausesHair relaxers can be punishing

What Hannah failed to do was read the label which stated that the product should not be used on bleached hair. This is because chemical relaxers can be famously punishing both the strands and the scalp – and when coupled with already-weakened hair that has suffered damage from bleaching the results can be disastrous.

For Hannah, the effects of her styling blunder were felt almost immediately when she got in the shower after applying the relaxer cream. Talking about the traumatic episode on her YouTube channel, she explains that her hair started to feel “really clumpy” as she was washing the product out. “And it started falling out,” she said. “I could feel my hair coming out and going down my back and you could hear it splashing in the water. It just started coming out in patches.”

She continues: “The more I tried to wash the product out to make sure it was gone, the more I felt like it [the hair] was coming out. I didn’t realise how bad it was until I got out of the shower and I already knew it was really bad because I could see that the water wasn’t going down the drain any more.”

The clogged shower tray was the result of large clumps of Hannah’s hair – particularly from the sides – having fallen out. When she approached her local salon to see if they could add hair extensions to hide the damage, she was told that her hair was not salvageable. The best course of action, it was decided, was to shave off the rest of her hair so it would match the shortest parts.

In her video, which has now been watched almost five million times, Hannah sums up her experience of the unnamed product: “I guess I just didn’t know how damaged my hair was until I used it,” she says. Continues below…

Breaking off mid-shaft

Losing hair to chemical trauma like this is far from uncommon, and while not a hair loss condition as such, it can be equally as distressing when damage is so extreme. In fact, in cases where the chemicals also burn the scalp this can, if the damage significantly effects the follicles, cause permanent baldness from scarring hairloss, also known as cicatricial alopecia.

Belgravia Centre Womens hair loss treatment alopecia areata traction alopecia female pattern baldness hair growth supplementsWhat seems to have happened in Hannah’s case is that her bleach-damaged hair was pushed to the point of no return by the additional chemicals contained within the relaxer, causing countless hairs to break off mid-shaft – something that is known as hair breakage. She has certainly done the right thing by cutting it short in order to chop off the frazzled ends and start to restore her hair’s health. Former One Direction singer Zayn Malik recently admitted to doing the same after frequent over-bleaching damaged his famous thick, black hair, whilst Wolf of Wall Street and Suicide Squad actor Margot Robbie is one of many who has discussed the negative impact repeatedly colouring and styling their hair for film roles has.

By carefully selecting some deep conditioning, strengthening treatments that will not irritate her scalp and, perhaps, starting to take hair growth supplements such as Belgravia’s premium, one-a-day Hair Vitalics for Women, she can further aid her hair’s recovery.

Video footage seems to show Hannah is experiencing thinning hair at her temples which may be a sign of the genetic condition female pattern hair loss  or, if she regularly wears tight hairstyles or hair extensions, traction alopecia is also possible – but a full consultation with a specialist would be needed to provide a confirmed diagnosis. Indeed, if her hair does not start to regrow normally within three months or so, then a visit to a specialist would enable Hannah to receive a professional diagnosis and be advised upon a custom hair loss treatment programme that would help promote healthy regrowth, if necessary. This would also be advisable if the returning hair appeared to be thinner than before.

One positive from Hannah’s experience – aside from the fact that her short crop really suits her, as can be seen on her Instagram: @hannahforcier – is that she has recently updated her video channel with a posting about all she has learned about how to make hair grow as healthily and quickly as possible. “Number one,” she says, “is to stop messing with your hair! No more chemicals, no more bleaching, no straighteners. Stop doing that to your hair.”


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


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In a recent study into the daily calcium intake of people from 74 different countries, the United Kingdom ranked 7th highest. This is potentially good news in terms of hair loss – which can be influenced by calcium levels – but the data found that we still might not be getting enough.

Calcium is important for strong, healthy hair as it aids hormone and enzyme secretion, including the androgen hormones and biotin enzymes involved in healthy hair growth. It can also help you to absorb iron, which is vital for strong, healthy hair – especially for women who are of a child-bearing age.

So while the data, which was compiled by the International Osteoporosis Foundation, suggests that the people of the UK are doing far better than those in most other nations, it also shows that the average British person’s calcium intake does not meet some guidelines.

Calcium - milk - dairy - nutrition - hair growth - hair loss - dietRecommendations vary

UK citizens ingest just under 1,000mg of calcium per day based on data from 1992 to 2004 –  which is infinitely better than the likes of Nepal where the intake is just 175mg per day – but when some recommendations say that teens need 1,800 mg and that the over-50s are advised to have at least 1,200, then the findings may leave little to shout about.

However, Dr Walter Willett, a nutritionist from Harvard, states that the WHO’s recommendation of 500mg day for adults is actually probably acceptable. The UK’s RDA of 700 micrograms is deemed likely to be OK, too.

The big worry is that certain sectors of society have a very low intake of calcium – those who choose a vegan or plant-based diet that avoids dairy (a primary source of calcium) are likely to be the worst affected. As the popularity of these types of diet increases, so too does the importance of people ensuring that a good daily supply of calcium is forthcoming, and the best way to do so is through choosing non-dairy items that are calcium rich – things like sardines, collard greens, kale and broccoli.

When this is not possible, an alternative is a premium food supplement such as Belgravia’s Hair Vitalics which is available in specific Men’s and Women’s formulations in order for the ingredients to be as highly-targeted as possible. Containing key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts identified by the clinic’s experts for their beneficial effects on hair health and hair growth, these are not just simply advantageous to people whose diets are lacking key nutrients.

In addition to the wealth of high quality nutritional elements included within both Hair Vitalics for Men and Hair Vitalics for Women, there are also ingredients specifically included for their ability to reduce serum levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the hormone which is what causes hair loss from Male Pattern Baldness and, in women, Female Pattern Hair Loss.

DHT is used by the body up until puberty but after this time it can start to bind to the hair follicles along the top of the scalp and hairline in genetically predisposed men and women. The gradual weakening of these follicles causes an outward display of thinning hair – in men a receding hairline may also present – and is known as hair miniaturisation. Without intervention – at Belgravia this usually takes the form of a tailored hair loss treatment course featuring clinically-proven medications and appropriate hair growth boosters – this can lead to advanced hair thinning in women and baldness in men.

Osteoporosis and tooth decay

As well as hairloss, calcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis and tooth decay – though a previous understanding that a higher intake of calcium would be beneficial to postmenopausal women has recently come into question. Several studies have now found that the notion of increasing calcium intake for postmenopausal women in order to reduce the risk of hip fractures and also preserve their calcium balance does not stack up.

What is interesting is that certain factors can cause calcium absorption to be increased or decreased. Vitamin D is known to aid calcium uptake, whilst consuming large amounts of caffeine, sodium or protein, for example, can cause calcium to be secreted from the body, meaning it may not be absorbing as much as intended.

Silica, a trace mineral micronutrient which appears in both Hair Vitalics formulations due to its hair growth and strengthening properties, helps to maintain the balance of calcium levels in the body.


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


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

alert female pattern hair loss traction alopecia the belgravia centre 10 11 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s women’s hair loss treatment Success Stories gallery.

This client has two separate conditions – Traction Alopecia and Female Pattern Hair Loss which are being treated simultaneously, thanks to a personalised treatment plan, based around a high strength minoxidil product available from Belgravia, as devised by her dedicated hair loss specialist.

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


One small but important thing that frequently crops up when clients are speaking to the hair loss experts at Belgravia concerns a subtle difference between the male and female versions of genetic thinning. Why, some people wonder, is the condition in women always referred to as female pattern hair loss and not female pattern baldness?

The key to understanding the answer requires a basic knowledge of how, exactly, the two conditions manifest themselves – for while each may have a genetic trait that lies behind their thinning, the pattern of the shedding is markedly different.

The reason both men and women with androgenetic alopecia experience gradually thinning hair is due to an inherited sensitivity to the testosterone by-product, DHT. This causes the affected follicles, located around the top of the head, to become increasingly weak, producing finer and finer hair.

Pattern of shedding is different

In men, male pattern baldness usually begins with thinning hair in specific areas. Typically these are around the crown, along the top of the head and/or a receding hairline. Men’s hair loss may involve one, two or all three of these patterns, and they may join up to form larger bald patches. A measuring tool known as The Norwood Scale provides a guide to “how far gone” a man’s hairloss is.

When women have female pattern hair loss, the pattern of the shedding is completely different. While it is still located around the top of the head, it affects the vertex more diffusely, as opposed to being confined to defined areas. While thinning can certainly be significant, the chances of it forming noticeable bald areas are much less likely than with men. Instead, hair tends to look less voluminous than it once did, and the severity of the loss is recorded on something called the Ludwig Scale, which can be seen here.

The important distinction between male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss is that, whilst men may develop absolute baldness – when the damaged follicles can no longer function so hair growth stops, and the skin takes on a smooth, shiny appearance – this is rare in women. Women’s hair loss may become advanced, but true baldness – as men experience it – is highly unlikely.

Some intuitively know

The warning signs for men and women with genetic hair loss are slightly different. For men, the two “danger zones” are the crown and the hairline, which are usually where evidence of thinning hair can signal the start of male pattern hairloss – although less eagle-eyed or image-conscious individuals may take many months or even years to notice the gradual changes.

One of the first signs of hair loss in women occurs at the parting; this may start to appear wider than usual, with more scalp becoming visible. Another frequently seen symptom is hair thinning at the temples, which can be especially noticeable when the hair is worn up or pushed back off the face. This does not cause a receding hairline in the same way that men often experience it, rather it causes thinning hair on one or both sides but without baldness developing.

Another of the key clues is a feeling that the hair is not as thick as usual – for instance when putting the hair into a ponytail, it may seem less dense. Although this may make it difficult for any obvious changes to be observed, many women intuitively know when something is different – and this would be a good time to see a hair loss expert to ascertain exactly what is going on.

What sometimes surprises women is that female pattern hair loss has the same cause as male pattern baldness: an inherited sensitivity to the testosterone-byproduct dihydrotestosterone (DHT). While men’s hair loss treatment for makes use of a clinically-proven drug named finasteride 1mg to block its production, this is not a suitable option for women.

However, both men and women are able to use the MHRA and FDA-approved minoxidil – a dose-dependent drug which is applied topically to the scalp where needed to promote hair growth. At Belgravia, recommended formulations of high strength minoxidil are available for men and women and usually form part of a personalised treatment course aimed at stopping shedding and encouraging regrowth.

Further help is available from additional hair growth booster products, which bring additional armaments to the fight against thinning hair. One of which – Hair Vitalics for Women – is a food supplement for healthy hair growth developed exclusively for The Belgravia Centre by our hair experts. Following research, they identified crucial vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts that were beneficial the the hair’s health. In addition to key nutrients including biotin, zinc and selenium, these highly-targeted one-a-day tablets feature something unlikely to feature in a normal diet. The soy isoflavones genistein and daidzen were specifically chosen for the Women’s formulation due to their proven ability to reduce levels of DHT in the bloodstream. Whilst not intended to replace a balanced diet or hair loss treatment, this convenient product can help to give the hair a boost from the inside out.


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


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Most people know that eating well is good for the body and can help with everything from digestion to minimising certain hair loss risks. Now it seems there may be a simple way to ensure that essential nutrients in healthy food are put to optimal use.

According to new research from Iowa State University, adding a couple of spoonfuls of soybean oil to salad can have a remarkable effect. They claim this small step makes the body much better equipped to absorb eight different micronutrients commonly found in leafy greens. Wendy White, an Associate of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University, says that eating the same salad without the added soybean oil reduces the chance of the body absorbing the nutrients.

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The links between diet and hair loss are well-documented; indeed, it is not uncommon for Belgravia clients presenting with an all-over hair thinning condition named Telogen Effluvium to find that one of the possible causes of their temporary shedding may be, in whole or in part, imbalanced nutrition.

As with every part of the body, the hair and scalp are greatly influenced by food intake and the vitamins and minerals that are ingested. In simple terms, bad or even simply unbalanced diets can equate to poor overall health which may cause the hair growth cycle to suffer.

The University’s new findings suggest that everyone could boost their intake of nutrients simply by adding a dash of soybean oil to their salad. As simple steps go, it sounds like something we could all at least contemplate.

Among the nutrients that soybean oil is said to promote the absorption of are vitamin K, commonly found in rhubarb and which is essential to blood clotting and the absorption of other nutrients such as vitamin D (which itself helps to regulate hair growth). Vitamin D can also help with scalp conditions like eczema.

Next on the list are two forms of vitamin E, a vitamin which increases the oxygen levels in the blood and improves the circulation to the scalp. Vitamin E also boosts the immune system, and is thought to further help maintain healthy hair this way.

Beta-carotene is also mentioned in the report, which is of interest because it is something that helps to promote healthy cell growth. Likewise, lycopene – the absorption of which is aided by soybean oil – has been mentioned in a positive light in terms of its contribution to hair health. In fact, in one study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, lycopene was listed as one of five ingredients offered to women with the hereidtary condition female pattern hair loss as part of a small trial to see if a dietary supplement could reduce their shedding. The study’s authors claimed it was a success.

At Belgravia, both women’s and men’s hair loss treatment programmes typically include a premium food supplement to encourage healthy hair growth, named Hair Vitalics. This can be used alongside clinically-proven hairloss medications and is a highly-targeted product containing a superior range of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts. Available in for Men and for Women formulations, the ingredients for each were selected especially by Belgravia’s hair experts for their beneficial effects relating to healthy hair growth.

Hair loss treatment at Belgravia typically includes Hair Vitalics as an adjunct to MHRA and FDA approved pharmaceutical elements. For example, thinning hair in women is generally treated with a bespoke treatment course focused around appropriate solutions of high strength minoxidil from the recommended formulations available. This is applied topically to the scalp where it is needed and is a unisex treatment which is also used to promote hair regrowth in cases of male pattern baldness, especially in stubborn areas, such as a thinning crown or receding hairline.

Male pattern hair loss treatment courses may also include the additional one-a-day oral tablet, finasteride 1mg. This men-only prescription drug is a DHT-blocker; this means that it inhibits the formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – the hormone which causes hereditary hair loss by binding to the follicles around the top of the scalp and hairline in men and women with a genetic predisposition, gradually weakening them, leading to thinning hair and – in men – eventual baldness.

Hair Vitalics for Men contains the botanical extract saw palmetto, whilst Hair Vitalics for Women features the soy isoflavones genistein and daidzen, both of which have been shown to reduce serum levels of DHT.

Balanced nutrition 

Unfortunately, when it comes to medical matters, nothing is ever straightforward – and a potential pitfall pertaining to these new findings relates to the information that soybean oil may also boost the body’s ability to absorb vitamin A, too much of which has recently been anecdotally linked to hair loss when used topically in addition to regular dietary consumption. While the body certainly needs vitamin A, it is very easy to absorb too much of it.

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If persistent hair shedding becomes worrying, a consultation with a hair loss specialist may help to put your mind at rest

Says Belgravia superintendent pharmacist Christina Chihaker: “The study was only done on 12 women of ‘college’ age, which I assume would mean early twenties, so this is a very limited study with regards to age range and number of participants. I don’t think that the absorption referred to would be harmful, and could be potentially quite beneficial.”

She continues: “Carotenoids can act as antioxidants and studies show that they may have cancer-fighting properties; vitamin A is essential for vision and normal growth and development. It would appear from the article and research paper that the absorption was measured from nutrients taken as part of a balanced diet.

However, if the fat from soybean oil was taken along with an intake of extra vitamin A – from a supplement, from example – and the absorption of this was increased, then there may be a potential for excess vitamin A absorption, leading to toxicity – something which has been linked to hair loss.”

As with everything, ensuring balance is the key here. A healthy diet can help to boost your mood as well as promoting healthy hair growth. However, if you are experiencing excessive hair fall over a prolonged period, it is often worthwhile getting a professional opinion to ascertain the cause as, whilst good nutrition can help people to avoid certain hair loss conditions, there are many more which cannot be treated through dietary methods alone.


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


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Women who are experiencing hair loss often don’t know where to turn, and it appears that media influence is leading some to think that a transplant procedure would be the best course of action.

Reality TV celebrity Maria Fowler recently underwent a his-and-hers transplant with her boyfriend Kelvin Batey, and both Chanelle Hayes (Big Brother) and one of this year’s X Factor hopefuls, Grace Davies, have admitted to wanting a transplant in interviews.

While it could be that their comments were of a throwaway nature, there is little doubt that the notion of a woman’s hair transplant is starting to become more popular than it once was. While not necessarily a trend, history has proved time and time again that when celebrities start talking about something in the media it gives people ideas.

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The Ludwig Scale of Female Pattern Hair Loss

Differences between male and female hair loss

It could be that the women involved don’t really understand the key difference between male and female pattern hair loss. The former tends to affect specific parts of the head such as the hairline or crown and, left untreated, can cause baldness in these distinct areas. These may also join up to form a larger bald area from hairline to crown along the vertex. Female pattern hair loss, however, typically results in diffusely thinning hair across the whole of the top of the head – as opposed to just at the hairline or crown – though it rarely ends in baldness. This is why we refer to androgenetic alopecia in men as male pattern baldness and in women as female pattern hair loss – not baldness.

As such, it is more difficult for women’s hair transplant procedures due to the large area affected and, correspondingly, the large amount of donor hair needed.

Hair restoration surgery to address genetic hairloss starts by harvesting hair, known as ‘donor hair’, from the areas of the scalp where follicles are not susceptible to DHT – the hormone which causes hair miniaturisation, thinning hair and worsening hair fall in those with an inherited predisposition. These are located around the sides and back of the scalp as DHT only affects the top of the head and the hairline in both genetically predisposed men and women.

These donor hairs are then grafted into small incisions in the top of the scalp wherever hair loss is occurring. The newly transferred follicles will remain immune to DHT, however, those around them will still be subjected to its effects. As such, men who undergo surgical hair restoration are usually advised to follow a hair loss treatment course on an on-going basis in order to prevent the hairs surrounding the transplanted areas from shedding. When this type of hair fall does occur, it can leave ‘islands’ of hair which often look extremely unnatural. Surgeons generally recommend following this type of pharmaceutical course for a minimum of six months prior to surgery too in order to maximise hair regrowth.

Hair loss surgery tends to be priced per graft so, while men may opt to have a receding hairline or thinning crown filled in, for women the larger area affected can mean significantly higher prices. So, women considering hair transplant surgery run this risk if they decide to go for a smaller area than that which is actually affected – especially if they also fail to follow a proper aftercare programme to prevent hair loss moving forward.

Other issues which can make hair transplants for women trickier than for men are being able to find enough suitable donor hair, and women agreeing to shaving their heads where necessary.

Non-surgical solutions for thinning hair in women

The apparent hike in interest in hair transplants for women may be a result of the increase in awareness of this costly surgical route that has been generated by so many male celebrities sharing their surgery stories recently. Women may actually be simply wishing for a solution to their thinning hair – and may be unaware of the other options available.

Female pattern hair loss is extremely common, with a Loose Women episode last year stating that it remained something of a taboo subject. A poll on the show’s website indicated that a massive 94 per cent of respondents said they were worried about thinning hair.

Whilst thinning hair in women can have a number of causes, genetic hair loss is by far the most common. Once associated with ‘older women’ from their 40’s onwards, there is a trend for the condition starting to develop increasingly early – from early 20’s up. Millennials are suspected to be more prone to premature hair loss than previous generations for a number of reasons, including the increased stress of modern living – something known to trigger genetic alopecia.

This general lack of awareness about hair loss in women is perhaps the best answer to the burning question: why would women opt for a painful and expensive hair transplant surgery when there are much less invasive solutions? Female Pattern Hair Loss treatment is well-established, widely used and features a clinically-proven, MHRA and FDA-approved drug named minoxidil that is applied topically to the scalp.

Belgravia Centre Womens hair loss treatment alopecia areata traction alopecia female pattern baldness hair growth supplementsAs women’s hair loss treatment tends to be less spoken about than it is for men, many don’t know it is an effective option; Belgravia clients are often delighted to hear there are easy-to-use, convenient and effective solutions available. Clients presenting with female pattern hair loss are offered a custom treatment programme based around applications of high strength minoxidil from the recommended formulations available, alongside several complementary hair growth boosters.

One such element is Hair Vitalics for Women, developed exclusively by Belgravia’s expert team. Though not intended to replace a balanced diet, modern life is such that some people find it difficult to get what they need via their everyday food intake and often find it convenient to top up with a highly-targeted hair supplement. As such, these one-a-day food supplements are also available to non-clients wanting to give their hair a boost, and can be purchased online.

Hair Vitalics hair growth supplements contain a proprietary blend of essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts. This bespoke selection of high quality nutrients, identified for their influence on hair growth, includes zinc, biotin and selenium, as well as L-Methionine – an essential sulphur amino acid which is involved in the body’s synthesis of L-Cysteine, a building block of proteins. Hair Vitalics for Women also contains premium hair-friendly components unlikely to be found in a normal diet, including the soy isoflavones genistein and daidzein. These have been shown to lower serum levels of DHT.

This covert approach to dealing with hairloss has been incredibly successful for many women – especially those who want to avoid the pain, price and lack of privacy that comes with surgical options!


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


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