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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…

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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.

New research into women’s risk of developing breast cancer has turned up some significant information, particularly for women of colour.

Findings from a seven-year study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, showed that regularly using permanent hair dye may raise a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer to around 60 per cent.

Furthermore, chemical hair treatments used to straighten the hair were also found to considerably raise women’s chances of getting breast cancer, with black women most harshly affected in each case.

Hair dyes, relaxers and Brazilian blow dry pose increased breast cancer risk

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A North Carolina-based team studied the association between hair products and breast cancer in 46,709 women. Each was aged between 35 and 74, and had a sister with breast cancer, but had no history of breast cancer themselves.

Through the use of questionnaires regarding hair product use over the 12 month period prior to enrolment, it was noted that 55 per cent of participants used hair dye when they started the trial.

At the follow up screenings, approximately 8.3 years after the study began, 2,794 cases of breast cancer were identified among those taking part.

Upon further investigation, researchers made the following associations:

  • an increased breast cancer risk of 45 per cent in black women who regularly use permanent hair dye;
  • an increased breast cancer risk of 7 per cent in white women who regularly use permanent hair dye;
  • risk of developing breast cancer rises with increased frequency of dye or straightener use;
  • an increased breast cancer risk of up to 60 per cent in black women who dye their hair at least every five to eight weeks;
  • chemical hair straightener (such as relaxers or Brazilian blow dry services) use linked to higher risks of developing breast cancer – particularly among black women whose use of such treatments was tallied at 75 per cent among participants, versus just 3 per cent of white women;
  • non-professional application of semi-permanent hair dye or chemical hair straightening products to another person linked to an increased risk of developing breast cancer.

In conclusion, the team stated, “We observed a higher breast cancer risk associated with any straightener use and personal use of permanent dye, especially among black women. These results suggest that chemicals in hair products may play a role in breast carcinogenesis”.

The Guardian published an interesting piece about how breast cancer often hits black women harder, with affected women of colour being 40 per cent more likely to die from the disease than white women in America – the country where this new research was carried out.

Not only is this due to various socioeconomic factors, including many African American women’s traditional ‘need’ to straighten their natural hair in order to conform to Western beauty standards – discrimination against Afro hair is known to be rife, and was only made illegal in some parts of America in late 2019 – but also due to the toxic chemicals numerous hair products aimed at black women have been found to contain.

Additional damage chemical hair treatments can cause

Whilst these figures make for sobering reading, there are a number of less physically impactful, but often emotionally draining adverse events connected to the use of chemical hair treatments.

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Use of chemical relaxers has been linked to endocrine disruption, as well as an increased risk of miscarriage for hairdressers who are regularly exposed to these products at close range.

Over-dyeing and over-bleaching can severely damage hair, causing breakage, where the weakened hair strands snap off. Relaxers, including keratin-based Brazilian blow drys, can also be responsible.

Harsh chemicals such as these, if the solution is too strong or they are left on for too long, may cause hair loss from a condition called Chemical Trauma. This is essentially burns to the scalp and, depending on how badly burned the follicles are, this can result in patches of permanent baldness in extreme cases.

Although the evidence is currently anecdotal, Belgravia often receives enquiries from people who have noticed thinning hair soon after having a Brazilian blow dry – a treatment designed to ensure a smoother, more longer-lasting blow out.

When it comes to hair straightening, whilst heat damage is also a consideration, occasional use of flat irons or a roller brush blow dry are preferable to chemical straightening. Just be careful to use a heat protector product first, to help disperse the heat more evenly, and not to pull too hard when using a brush, as repeated blow-drying which harshly pulls at the hair may cause Traction Alopecia in any hair type. For Afro textured hair, a chemical- and heat-free technique known as African Threading is a great alternative.

For those who still wish to use such hair products, the best advice is to consult a professional and experienced stylist who can properly mix and apply these for you. For those using home-use kits, it is crucial to always follow the instructions to the letter, and if you are in any doubt or have any queries regarding the application process, always contact the brand or retailer for answers first.

Perhaps the most important point in both cases, whether you are getting your hair done at a salon or doing it yourself, is to carry out a patch test at least 48 hours in advance. This is key even if you have used the same product before as intolerances can build up so you may react differently, even to the same product, at different times.


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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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Name: Gem

Question: My hair looks thin when it’s wet but then looks thicker again when it’s dry. I have noticed it feeling a little thinner recently, like I’m losing hair density in general, but I don’t see any specific signs of thinning so is this normal?

why does wet hair looks thinner than dry hair

Answer: Hi, Gem. Hair looks thinner when wet because the hair clumps together creating several partings, hence the scalp looks more visible.

This can also be the case when gel, wax or other hair products which ‘stick’ the hair together are used.

When hair is dry, it separates; this provides the scalp with more coverage.

The moisture from the water also weighs the hair down, giving wet hair the appearance of having less volume than dry hair, whether you have a hair loss condition or not.

However, the fact that you are noticing this hair thinning alongside a reduced hair density does suggest a form of hair loss. The fact that you mention not seeing any specific signs of hair loss indicates a generalised thinning.

If this thinning hair and drop in hair density – sometimes referred to as invisible hair loss – is mainly found along the top part of your scalp known as the vertex, which could mean in any, or all of the areas from crown to hairline and temples, this is most likely to be androgenetic alopecia. This is more commonly known as Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair Loss.

This is an incredibly common hereditary condition and there are clinically-proven, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved hair loss treatments available for this, as well as a number of additional hair growth supporting products.

Where there is a decreased hair volume all over the scalp, a diagnosis of temporary hairloss from Telogen Effluvium would be more likely, though if this were the case, you would have almost certainly also have noticed a period of intense hair fall. As you have not mentioned this, it seems more likely that genetic hair loss may be at play here.

We recommend having a professional consultation, either in-person or online to determine precisely which condition is present. That way, personalised hair loss solutions can be recommended, based on your condition, medical history, level and pattern of shedding, and age, if appropriate.


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 Women’s Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

This client has two separate conditions – Diffuse Hair Loss 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 Female Pattern Hair Loss and Diffuse Hair Lossby clicking the buttons below…

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

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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.

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

A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s women’s hair loss treatment Success Stories gallery.

This client has three separate conditions – Female Pattern Hair Loss, Traction Alopeciaand Follicular Degeneration Syndrome which are being treated simultaneously, thanks to a personalised treatment plan available from Belgravia, as devised by her dedicated hair loss specialist.

Find out what she had to say about her regrowth results so far and see them close up, or find out more about treating Female Pattern Hair Loss, Traction Alopeciaor Follicular Degeneration Syndrome by clicking the buttons below…

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

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Traction Alopecia Treatment

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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.

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Name: Drew

Question: Do you still get seasonal shedding on hair loss treatment? I’m using fin + minox for MPB and wanted to know if the hair fall I’m noticing at the moment is normal or if it means my treatment isn’t working.

Answer: Hi, Drew. Yes, you can still experience seasonal shedding if you’re using hair loss treatment.

It still happens even when using minoxidil as it is a normal part of the hair growth cycle.

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For Belgravia patients who’ve been with us for many years, we can often see its effects at the same time every year. However, the seasonal shedding may present differently in each person.

Although many people notice shedding in autumn, others may find they experience this hair fall in a different season. It is just a normal function of the hair growth cycle and nothing to be concerned about.

Once a year we might have a slightly higher percentage of hair follicles being in the telogen phase than usual, which then leads to slightly more hair loss than the usual daily amount.

It is an interesting area of study and certainly does seem to have some seasonality to it, as confirmed by research into Google search trends from 2004 to 2016. Analysis of this data was carried out by a team at John Hopkins Medicine in the USA and published in the British Journal of Dermatology in 2017.

The researchers concluded: “Maximal proportions of telogen hair have been found to occur in the summer, whereas lowest rates of telogen hairs occur in the winter. Additionally, a recent study demonstrated that maximal hair shedding occurs in August and September, and that the percentage of hairs in the anagen phase peaks at the beginning of spring.

Further studies evaluating the seasonality and hair loss relationship, as well as exploring the effect of other potential mediating factors, are needed.

Additionally, according to previous research findings from February 1991, which touched on body hair as well and was also published in the British Journal of Dermatology, “Various parameters of hair growth were determined every 28 days for 18 months in 14 healthy Caucasian men aged 18–39 with indoor occupations in Sheffield, U. K. (latitude 53.4°N). In the scalp the proportion of follicles in anagen reached a single peak of over 90% in March, and fell steadily to a trough in September.

Hair Growth Cycle Diagram

The number of shed hairs reached a peak around August/September, when least follicles were in anagen. At this time the average loss of hairs was about 60 per day, more than double that during the preceding winter.

The rate of growth of the beard was lowest in January and February and increased steadily from March to July to reach a peak about 60% above the winter level. The rate of growth of thigh hair showed a similar pattern though with less pronounced differences. No seasonal fluctuations in finger ‐ or toenail growth were detected.”

As you can see, this is a regular occurrence and nothing to be startled by, but if you have noticed increased hair fall over a period of more than one month, or if you have developed sudden hair loss, especially if it is leaving behind bald spots, it is best to consult a professional.

A dedicated hair loss specialist will be able to tell the difference between temporary seasonal shedding and different hair loss conditions, and can also provide you with personalised advice and recommendations for appropriate hair loss solutions and hair growth supporting products, where relevant.


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.

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


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.

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


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: Robin

Question: I am currently using hair loss treatment and I want to know how long should I leave between doses when using minoxidil twice a day?

Minoxidil Dropper

Answer: Hi, Robin. If you are applying minoxidil twice daily, Belgravia hair loss specialists advise our clients to leave a significant gap between both applications.

There is no official time period, however, the gap between applications should ideally be somewhere between 8 and 12 hours, depending on your lifestyle, convenience or daily routine; this is to ensure your consistency of use.

The reason for a gap of no less than 8 hours between high strength minoxidil applications is to help avoid irritations, side effects, overdosing and to ensure a more regular stimulation of the follicles.

You should have been advised of this when purchasing your hair loss solution so it may be worthwhile consulting your provider or the manufacturer to find out why this crucial information was not included with your treatment.

If there’s a chance you purchased your hair loss treatment from an unreliable source – such as an unregistered online pharmacy – we would recommend taking it back, or disposing of the product safely, and purchasing a replacement from a licensed pharmacy or dedicated hair loss clinic.

You can find out more about the dangers of using out-of-date, improperly stored or counterfeit hair loss medications, here, or on the MHRA website.


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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As a new year begins peoples minds often turn to making changes in their lives, particularly when it comes to their diets.

Belgravia specialists are often asked how certain foods can affect hair loss – either by causing it, or, conversely, by encouraging healthy hair growth – specifically in relation to the genetic conditions, Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss.

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Whilst there is no dietary solution that can treat a hair loss condition that is not the result of a nutritional imbalance, there are various vitamins and minerals which are known to support the maintenance of a normal healthy hair growth cycle. Most notable among these are zinc, biotin and selenium.

Additionally, researchers have found numerous ways in which the way we eat is linked to thinning hair and hairloss in both men and women. Here is a brief run down of some of their findings…

Increased sugar consumption linked to thinning hair

In 2015 a Copenhagen hair company published dermatological research which it claimed linked excess sugar consumption to thinning hair. As sugar leads to a rapid glucose spike which “causes an overreaction by several hormones, most notably insulin and steroids”, the findings suggest this can cause direct damage to the follicles.

As this results in severely fluctuating levels of glucose, insulin, steroids, adrenaline, testosterone and other hormones. One of these is dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – the testosterone derivative which binds to receptors in the hair follicles located along the top of the scalp, from hairline to crown, in people with a predisposition to genetic hair loss, causing gradually thinning hair and, in the case of men, can lead to baldness.

Sugar is also believed to inhibit the body’s ability to deal with stress – which is a well-established cause of hair loss, albeit usually more temporary forms.

Whilst a sweet tooth alone is unlikely to result in balding, it is worth noting the negative effects excessive sugar in the diet may have on the hair, as a poor diet that is high in sugar is also known to cause oxidative stress. In turn, this has been seen to trigger premature Male Pattern Baldness in young men.

Fried foods may exacerbate Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss

A Brazilian study from 2014, which was published in the PLoS One journal, tested the effects of a diet rich in saturated fats and/or polyunsaturated fatty acids on rats. The findings suggested that these, and especially canola oil which is often used for frying foods in, could cause elevated levels of DHT.

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Furthermore, various studies have shown the link between regularly eating fried food and type 2 diabetes – a condition which is known to cause hair loss as a side effect. As the Harvard School of Public Health in America and the National University of Singapore’s joint research, published in 2014, found, that “people who ate fried food at least once per week had a greater risk of both type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and that the risk increased as the frequency of fried food consumption increased. For instance, participants who ate fried foods 4-6 times per week had a 39% increased risk of type 2 diabetes, and those who ate fried foods 7 or more times per week had a 55% increased risk, compared with those who ate fried foods less than once per week.”

Encouragingly, separate research published on 30th July 2018 in the Scientific Reports journal found that hair loss linked to a high fat diet could be reversed in clinical trials which used an experimental compound.

Eating too much meat may increase risk of hair fall

Another Singaporean study, this time in 2017 and carried out by the Singapore Chinese Health Study, folloewd the dietary habits of over 63,000 people for 11 years. One of the most significant findings from the resulting data was how the quartile which had consumed the most red meat was 23 per cent more likely to have developed diabetes than those in the quartile that had eaten the least. The biggest poultry eaters were also more likely to get diabetes, with an increased risk of 15 per cent.

There are two temporary hairloss conditions which are linked to diabetes – Telogen Effluvium and Diffuse Thinning (Chronic Telogen Effluvium). Each causes hair fall from all over the scalp, which appears to come on suddenly – and, as such, the shedding may seem alarming – but actually occurs around three months after being triggered. In addition to being caused by the hormonal fluctuations associated with diabetes, it can also arise as an adverse effect of diabetes medication.

Whilst these conditions may last for around six months or so, they can make existing cases of Male or Female Pattern Hair Loss worse, or – where there is an underlying genetic predisposition – can spark the premature onset of these types of hereditary hair loss.

Dairy-free milk trend may contribute to hair loss

As plant-based diets become more prevalent, the trend for dairy-free milk has really taken off. But, unlike its dairy counterparts, whether coconut milk, oat milk, soy or rice milk, none of these ‘mylks’ contain iodine.

Iodine is important for the normal functioning of the thyroid gland and, in 2017, researchers at the University of Surrey advised that thousands of people, especially women, were at risk of developing thyroid disorders if they did not replace their iodine source. This applied not just to vegans, but to anyone reducing their dairy intake and regularly drinking these ‘free from’ substitutes.

Thyroid problems, such as hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, and some of the medications used to treat them are well-known to cause thinning hair and hair loss.

Whilst genetic hair loss is – as the name suggests – hereditary and the result of many different genes, there are a number of factors which can influence its effects. Whilst the odd burger and chips, sugary treat or almond milkshake is likely to have little to no effect on your hair’s health, regular consumption may well do. Therefore, it is wise to follow a balanced, healthy diet and lifestyle, at least the majority of the time, if you wish to help yourself to maintain a healthy mind, body and – of course – a healthy head of hair.

Although dietary changes may not reverse hair loss, they could help by at least not make things worse. And for those concerned about losing their hair, as soon as any shedding, receding, or a drop in hair density becomes apparent, a consultation with a dedicated hair specialist can provide you with a diagnosis, prognosis, advice and recommendations for a personalised hair loss treatment plan, so that you can take proactive steps towards preventing baldness.


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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