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A candid Instagram post from American reality TV star Toya Wright about Post-partum Alopecia – the shedding which occurs after having a baby – saw fans and Real Housewives jumping in to comment with their own experiences.

Boutique-owner Wright, 34, who is currently starring in Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta, opened up about her hair loss then asked other women if they had been through it too.

Toya Wright Postpartum Alopecia hair loss after having a baby thinning edges‘No need to panic’

Toya Wright wrote on her 9th August 2018 post, “Postpartum Alopecia is so real… I didn’t know why my hair was falling out. I just noticed my edges and the middle of my hair were getting super thin. Every time I would wash my hair it would come out in chunks. I’ve always had full edges. I did some research and found out that new moms are surprised to be shedding more hair than usual the first few months after giving birth, but it’s perfectly normal. There’s no need to panic: Your hair should be back to normal around your baby’s first birthday. That’s way too long to be without edges but it’s a part of the beauty of giving birth. I just wanted to share that with you ladies. Who else is experiencing postpartum hair loss? …..cause I don’t like it ?!!

The post is accompanied by a video of Wright combing her hair through with her fingers and showing her thinning edges – the hairloss around her hairline – to the camera.

Among those who commented were reality TV heavyweights, Kenya Moore and songwriter Kandi Burruss, who are both long-time cast members of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Kandi, who has two children, the youngest of whom is a toddler named Ace, wrote “Mine thinned out after having Ace but I don’t think that it ever got back thick like it was. He’s two now.” Whilst Kenya, who is currently pregnant with her first child, recommended products from her own haircare range.

The hair loss that occurs after having a baby tends to start around three months after giving birth. At any point in time around 90 per cent of the hairs on our scalp are actively growing at any one time. During pregnancy the active ‘anagen’ phase of the hair growth cycle is extended, meaning more hairs are growing at once and for longer without progressing to the shedding phase in order to be replaced by new hairs, as it would ordinarily be the case. When the cycle returns to normal following the birth, these hairs tick over into the telogen – resting – phase and are shed. The result of which is the extra hair shedding – a common and entirely normal issue – known as Post Partum Alopecia.

Kandi BurrussWhilst this can certainly cause intense levels of hair fall, it is common for thinning hair to develop diffusely all over the scalp, rather than just around the hairline. The pattern of hair loss Toya Wright is displaying may suggest more than one condition is present simultaneously, as does Kandi’s comment about not regaining her hair’s full pre-pregnancy thickness.

Is it just post partum hair loss?

Besides being stars in top-rated reality TV shows, another thing both Toya Wright and Kandi Burruss, 42, have in common is their hairstyles. Both women frequently appear to wear their Afro hair straightened and in tight hairstyles such as high ponytails, or sport wigs and hair extensions. Given their punishing schedules of public appearances and TV filming, it is likely that they have their hair styled more often than the average woman, and this can be problematic – especially for the hairline – and could be at least contributing to Toya’s thinning edges and Kandi’s loss of volume.

The types of taut hairstyles and weighty accessories both women seem to favour are known to place tension on the hair follicles. In addition to causing hair breakage, which is where the hair becomes so weakened that it snaps along the shaft, making it look thinner and frazzled, it can lead to hair loss from Traction Alopecia. These issues are particularly common among women of colour due to Afro hair being the most naturally brittle hair type.

Traction Alopecia often displays as a receding hairline due to this area bearing the brunt of the strain caused by high ponytails, braids and adornments such as hair extensions. In severe cases this can lead to permanent hair loss though as long as the follicles are still functioning, Traction Alopecia treatment can generally help to promote regrowth.

Another – and, actually, the most common – cause of thinning hair and temporal hair loss (thinning edges) is Female Pattern Baldness. This can start any time following puberty in women with a genetic predisposition and is a permanent, progressive condition. Postpartum Alopecia can exacerbate this where the condition is already present, and can even prematurely trigger this type of shedding where the susceptibility is present but dormant. This only affects areas along the top of the scalp, from hairline to crown.

Given the many reasons involved in women’s hair loss – and the fact that it is possible to have more than one hair loss condition simultaneously – it is always worth having a hair specialist check you over if you are concerned at the amount of hair you’re shedding. Where Postpartum Alopecia is the sole cause treatment is available to women who are no longer breast feeding or pumping their milk. At Belgravia combination hair loss treatment courses can also be tailored to combat multiple issues at once, based on the conditions diagnosed, pattern and level of shedding, medical profile and lifestyle requirements.


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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 09 08 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mrs Y, pictured, is making great progress saying “I am now 3 months into treatment and have seen a lot of improvement in hair growth”.

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Researchers at America’s respected John Hopkins University medical school have released findings from studies they conducted into ‘extensive’ hair loss, greying hair and skin damage caused by high fat and high cholesterol diets.

The paper, published on 30th July in the Scientific Reports journal, reports how these mice trials also showed that, by using an experimental compound known as D-threo-1-phenyl-2-decanoylamino-3-morpholino-1-propanol (D-PDMP), they could also reverse these effects.’

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Whilst the exact hair loss condition in question is unspecified, it does not appear to be androgenetic alopecia – Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair Loss. However, the team hopes that this discovery may one day help in accelerating wound healing, treating skin disorders such as psoriasis, and preventing baldness, which does suggest a link between the genetic hairloss conditions may be forthcoming.

Hair loss, greying hair and skin lesions

This latest John Hopkins research builds on previous studies linking human diets that are heavy in fat and cholesterol – particularly Western diets – to hair loss, hair whitening and skin inflammation.

It shows that the man-made compound D-PDMP was capable of stopping production of glycosphingolipids (GSLs). These are fats that play a major role in the skin’s cellular make-up, being concentrated in the uppermost layer, as well as being found in other cells, including keratinocytes. These are involved in pigmentation and help to determine eye, skin and hair colour.

The animal trials involved two groups of mice, all of which were genetically modified to have the clogged artery disease, atherosclerosis, ahead of time. The groups were fed on different diets for a period of eight weeks, with all mice being 12 weeks of age at the start; one diet was high in fat and cholesterol, one consisted of ‘standard chow’.

When the two groups were compared at the end of this period, researchers noted that those mice fed a Western diet experienced hair loss, hair whitening and developed skin lesions. When results were compared after each group continued on their allocated diets for a total of 36 weeks, this became even more obvious with a reported 75 per cent of the Western diet mice displaying these severe symptoms. Continues below…

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Phenotypes of Apo E−/− mice skin and hair fed with and without western diet. (A) represent mice fed normal chow diet. (B,H) ApoE−/− mice fed a western diet from 12–20 weeks with moderately increased hair whitening, loss of hair, skin inflammation and lesion formation. (D,I) shows extensive loss of hair, skin lesion when the western diet was continued to 36 weeks of age, compared to ApoE−/− mice fed chow for 36 weeks (C,I). (E,F) mice fed a combination of western diet and 1 mpk BPD (E) and 10 mpk BPD (F), from 20 weeks to 36 weeks, with ameliorated hair discoloration, hair loss, and skin inflammation 1 G. Mice treated with 10 mpk unbound D-PDMP and fed western diet. This treatment also reduced the occurrence of these pathologies (G,I). Note treatment with 1 mpk BPD was as efficient as 10 mpk of native /un-encapsulated D-PDMP in regard to hair discoloration and hair loss (I). (N = 5 p < 0.05). Quantitative analysis shows 75% of skin area had hair loss, discoloration and inflammation (I) in placebo mice. Treatment with BPD or D-PDMP interfered with this phenotype in dose-dependent. And 1 mpk of BPD was as effective (87%) as 10 mpk of D-PDMP (83%) in wound healing (I,J). A nonparametric one –way ANOVA using the Bonferroni’s comparison test was performed. *p < 0.05, **p < 0.001, ***p < 0.001; n = 3–5.  (Source: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-28663-9)

Reversing hair loss and inflammation in mice

Following the initial 8 week assessment, when the mice were aged 20 to 36 weeks old, some from each group were given varying amounts of D-PDMP. These were administered in capsule or liquid form and all mice continued on the same diet they had been placed on originally. The following discoveries were made:

– Western diet mice receiving 1 milligram and 10 milligrams of D-PDMP per kilogram of body weight in capsule form started to regrow hair, their original hair colour began to return and their skin inflammation lessened.

– Treating the mice with 1 milligram capsules of D-PDMP per kg of body weight was just as effective as 10 milligram liquid doses per kg of body weight. Therefore it can be inferred that D-PDMP is more effective when administered in capsule form.

– Western diet ‘experienced an infiltration of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell implicated in inflammation, in various skin areas’. The number of neutrophils were ‘significantly reduced’ when treated with D-PDMP in capsule form, implying this type of treatment can also reduce skin inflammation and help with wound healing.

– Western diet mice had decreased total levels of ceramide and glucosylceramide – types of fat which retain the skin’s moisture – and almost three times more lactosylceramide (involved in causing inflammation), that the mice on a regular diet.

– Treating these Western diet mice with 1 milligram capsules of D-PDMP per kg of body weight or 10 milligrams of liquid D-PDMP, also per kg of body weight, ‘noticeably increased’ ceramide levels, returning them back to normal.

Investigators’ comments

Whilst these findings represent significant discoveries, given these were drawn from mice trials, human trials may not necessarily produce the same results. Subroto Chatterjee, Ph.D., M.S., M.Sc., professor of pediatrics and medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and one of the study’s lead authors commented on the research:

Diet and Hair Loss: Sugar, Fats and CaffeineFurther research is needed, but our findings show promise for someday using the drug we developed for skin diseases such as psoriasis, and wounds resulting from diabetes or plastic surgery. Our findings show that a Western diet causes hair loss, hair whitening and skin inflammation in mice, and we believe a similar process occurs in men who lose hair and experience hair whitening when they eat a diet high in fat and cholesterol.

Hopefully someday in the future this can mean faster, more effective recovery from baldness, hair whitening in ageing populations and wound healing.

Diet and hair loss have many links which can contribute to temporary forms of shedding from all over the scalp – such as Telogen Effluvium – or can exacerbate cases of Male and Female Pattern Baldness where genetics is the main driver and only the vertex and temporal areas of the scalp are affected. It is worth remembering too that hair loss is certainly prevalent across the world and not limited solely to Western countries. Previous research has linked the rising average amount of sugar consumed as in people’s diet worldwide, including hidden sugars in food and drink, to thinning hair, though it is an extremely complex problem and may involve many different factors. Anyone worried about losing their hair should consult a specialist in order to obtain a timely diagnosis, from which a prognosis and hair treatment options can be recommended.


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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 traction alopecia and hair breakage the belgravia centre 06 08 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Traction Alopecia  and Hair Breakage Treatment Success Stories galleries.

Ms Z, pictured, is happy with the improvement she has seen in her hair since she started using treatment.

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It is widely acknowledged that regularly using chemicals or heat to straighten your hair tends to lead to, at best, damaged hair and, at worst, scalp burns and hair loss.

Whilst this applies to all hair types, the most at risk is Afro hair due to it being both the most naturally brittle and – for reasons ranging from style preferences to societal pressure – Black hair from type 3a to 4c, with its kinks and coils, are among those most likely to be artificially straightened. This is one of the reasons that various studies have found there are a number of hair loss conditions which disproportionately affect Black women.

Hair straightening product claims to increase strength

Chemical Relaxers straight hair damaged hair lossUsing heated hair straighteners can reach searing temperatures high enough to boil moisture in the hair, melting the hair shaft and causing breakage, whilst hot comb alopecia is a form of hairloss specifically caused by an old method of Afro hair straightening using traditional straightening methods involving hot oil, which could burn the scalp.

Modern options using chemical relaxers to change the hair structure may provide a poker-straight look, but these products are frequently associated with health risks as well as hair loss from chemical trauma, especially with regular use.

Now, American hair therapy development company Chemyunion has created a new solution as an alternative to these damaging practices, using Raman spectroscopy technology. Not only does the New Jersey-based brand say its innovation – named Seriliss RA – can straighten Afro hair, it also claims it can protect the hair, improving its strength, health and shine with repeated use.

“This effect is possible due to a highly effective protein complex that promotes the preservation of cystine and permeation of sericin, a double mechanism of action responsible for increasing hair strength, also confirmed by an advanced image hair analysis,” Chemyunion states in a press release regarding this new product dated 16th April 2018.

It further advises that the product can offer a ‘Superior immediate and long lasting straightening effect… Increased strength by 14 per cent… Increased cross sectional area by 11 per cent… 24 per cent straighter hair after 10 washings… 20 per cent shinier hair after 10 washings.”

What the press release and company website does not make clear, however, is the precise clinical trial details and how these figures and claims were arrived at. As this is considered a cosmetic product, it is not eligible for review or approval from the US regulatory board, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Continues below…

Chemyunion Seriliss RA hair relaxer straightening treatment afro hair

Belgravia Superintendent Pharmacist and Senior Hair Loss Specialist, Christina Chikaher, advised caution for anyone trying out this product, which is currently offered on a trial basis via the Chemyunion website:

Any new development that can offer the flexibility of changing hairstyles whilst reducing the risks of associated damage, particularly for Afro hair which tends to be far more fragile than Asian and Caucasian hair types due to its make-up, would be extremely welcome, especially if it has these added benefits such as strengthening and improving hair health. BUT, what I would stress is that – in my experience – anything that seems to good to be true usually is, so anyone trying this should be very careful to follow the instructions provided to the letter.

Also, never apply anything to your hair or scalp if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. Furthermore, if you have any kind of scalp condition or open cut, I would not recommend applying any kinds of chemical styling product to the hair or scalp as it may aggravate these issues.

Always do a patch test at least 24 hours in advance, and should you notice any unusual feeling in your scalp during the application – a tingling or burning, anything out of the ordinary – wash it off immediately with lukewarm water and a gentle shampoo.

It can also be a good idea to test the product on a small strand of hair prior to full application as this will give a better indication of the final outcome and could potentially reduce the risk of any damage. Should you develop an extreme reaction, depending on the severity, get assistance as soon as possible from the emergency services or your GP.

natural hair movement curly hair afro hair african american woman black hairI personally would want to see more evidence before trying this myself given it is a virtually unknown product, but for anyone who does want to give it a go, just be sensible and proceed with caution.”

Avoiding damaged hair and hair loss

There are, of course, other ways of wearing Afro hair in order to completely avoid the heat styling and chemical relaxer conundrums. The Natural Hair movement has been growing exponentially in recent years as women of colour in particular, begin to understand the damaging effects of chemical and heat styling, not to mention traditional protective hairstyles, and take power from wearing their hair in its natural state.

Perhaps surprisingly, this can involve ‘straightened’ hair – but in this case the hair is painstakingly woven using a method called African Threading, and requires neither heat nor chemicals but, depending on hair length, can take a significant amount of time. Hair is often prepared in the evening so the threads can be taken out the next day, though some people make styles out of the woven bunches, meaning they can be left in during the day too.

Whilst it will not give the poker straight look of relaxers or flat irons, it is a solid alternative for people of colour looking to change up their look without compromising their hair health. Due to the tight banding required, it is still inadvisable to use this styling method too frequently without giving the hair a restorative period in between otherwise hair breakage can occur.

Anyone concerned about thinning hair, a receding hairline, sudden or unusual levels of hair fall, should consult a specialist as soon as possible. A quick diagnosis can result in a timely, personalised course of hair loss treatment being administered where needed, as well as professional advice regarding how to prevent hair loss in future.


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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 02 08 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Miss N, pictured, is feeling the benefit of her results saying “9 months into treatment and there is a vast improvement.”

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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.


Model and Victoria’s Secret Angel, Sara Sampaio has spoken openly about having the hair pulling disorder, Trichotillomania.

Although it can cause hair loss, it is not classified as a hair loss condition; rather it is considered a psychiatric impulse control disorder. This presents as an obsessive compulsion whereby those affected repeatedly twist or pull out their own hair – scalp, facial or body hair.

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Worse when stressed or bored

Sampaio revealed she has been pulling out her eyelashes and eyebrows since she was 15 years old in a candid social media Q&A. The condition is more common among teenagers and young adults, particularly females.

The 27 year old explained that she is grateful to have a ‘mild’ form of Trichotillomania given she does not pull her scalp hair. Doing so can cause permanent bald patches in cases where the hair follicle becomes sufficiently damaged.

Although Sara Sampaio says she first started pulling out her eyelashes and moved on to her eyebrows, she now only pulls on her brows. “The episodes are worse under a lot of stress or when I’m not doing anything, like watching TV or reading a book,” she told her followers in Stories that are saved to her Instagram.

Dealing with Trichotillomania

The Portuguese model explained that she fills in her patchy brows with a pencil and takes the prescription drug NAC (N-acetylcysteine) to help control her pulling urges. She said that this has reduced her pulling a little but stressed that these were simply her experiences and anyone else also experiencing Trichotillomania should speak to their doctor before trying any form of medication.

People with Trichotillomania may benefit from psychotherapy, particularly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This can help them to identify their pull triggers – which can be unique to each individual though stress and boredom are often mentioned – and develop coping strategies to help them avoid pulling when they feel this compulsion. Samapaio says in another Instastory video that she visits a psychiatrist as part of her treatment.

Once a person is ‘pull-free’ the hair will generally regrow naturally, though any areas where the hair follicles have been damaged may take longer or, in severe cases, not grow back at all.

This condition, especially when the areas of hair being pulled are visible to others, can cause low self-esteem and shame, with those affected often keeping it a secret as far as possible. Sara Sampaio urges people not to do this, “I’m not ashame[d] of it, it’s a part of me… it’s who I am! So if you have it don’t be ashame[d] to talk about it and don’t be ashame[d] of it!” She also encouraged everyone to be more tolerant and less judgemental of people who were or looked ‘different’ as “Being understanding and kind goes a long way!”


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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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Of all the proposed hair loss solutions currently being developed, the one that was estimated to have the earliest release date was one from Replicel in partnership with Japanese beauty brand, Shiseido.

The injectable treatment for male and female pattern baldness was estimated in July 2015 to be introduced in 2018. So, given it is now August 2018, many of you have been asking us something we’d like to know too – where is it..?

replicel shiseido hair loss treatment tweet 2018Potential delay

According to Replicel, the product known as RCH-01 is still scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2018 – meaning any time between October and December. In answer to a 23rd July 2018 Twitter query regarding when this would be released, a Replicel representative responded: “It’s all up to Shiseido in Asia”.

This suggests it may be that Shiseido has other ideas about this product pipeline as, whilst no information is forthcoming from the company, its March 2018 business forecasting information covering the 2018-2020 period suggests novel hair growth innovations will play a part in its new product releases some time in the next two years. No more specific details are provided, including any potential pricing estimates.

Replicel states in its January 2018 shareholder update that these investors can expect to see within the year, “Data from the clinical research being funded by Shiseido in Japan measuring the benefit of RCH-01 injections in men and women suffering from hair loss due to androgenic alopecia.” The results from its initial clinical trials into this injectable Male Pattern Baldness treatment were previously released in March 2017.

What this could mean is that Replicel has completed the necessary trials and the drug itself is ready to be put forward for the crucial medical regulatory board certifications in the relevant countries, but Shiseido is holding off introducing the product to market. The reason products – including medications such as hair loss treatments – are not always released as soon as they are finalised can often come down to business strategy, logistics and marketing requirements.

It can also be due to delays in obtaining the necessary sign-offs required from medical regulatory boards, such as the licensing from the UK’s MHRA and approval from the FDA in America. If the product is originating in Japan, a local sign off from the PMDA (the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency) may be necessary before these other international confirmations are sought. As yet, no such assurances have been listed on the websites for any of these bodies.

Worth the wait?

Whilst we cannot comment on the efficacy of the RCH-01 product in relation to regrowing hair given we have not tried it and the details of the latest clinical trial results have not yet been released, what we can say is that if you are a man or a woman concerned about thinning hair or a receding hairline, it is best to seek assistance as soon as possible. The reason for this is that both Male and Female Pattern Baldness are permanent, progressive forms of hair loss – they will not clear up of their own accord and will gradually worsen over time.

There are already clinically-proven topical and oral treatments available – with both MHRA licenses and FDA approvals – for both these common conditions. Whilst men aged 18 and over can use both, men and women from 16 years of age can use the topical treatment only. These can be bolstered by non-pharmaceutical products to support healthy hair growth, which – at Belgravia – means options from home-use low level laser therapy devices, to highly-targeted Hair Vitalics food supplements.

As long as the hair follicles remain responsive and capable of normal hair growth, this route can be worthwhile exploring. In cases where the shedding has become too severe and baldness has developed, surgical intervention in the form of a hair transplant – as long as there is sufficient good quality donor hair around the back and/or sides of the scalp – may be the only hair restoration option left open.

It looks as if 2020 may be a remarkable year for hair loss breakthroughs as, not only is it likely we will see this Shiseido/Replicel product released then, but the first JAK inibitor hairloss treatments are also estimated to have a release date of 2020-2021. Whilst other potential treatments being developed – including Shiseido/Replicel – have had wavering timelines throughout their progression, the JAK inhibitor treatments, particularly those coming via the partnership of the medical school at New York’s Columbia University and Aclaris Therapeutics, have regularly released updates at each stage of the development process, all seemingly showing them to be on course for the predicted release date. Again, whether it remains on course depends on the last stages of the clinical trial process currently underway all going to plan, then obtaining the necessary regulatory certification in a timely manner.

Should future treatments come along that out-perform established, existing methods not just in terms of efficacy but also in safety and tolerability, then it should be easy for people to switch from the old (current) form to the new treatment if they want to. However, given hereditary hair loss in men and women will cause thinning hair to continually deteriorate, it can be wise to start treating it as early as possible with existing methods in order to get a head start in the meantime.


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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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When it comes to hair loss in women, the causes and influencing factors generally have a far wider-reaching scope than is commonly seen in men.

Genetics, hormones, stress, hairstyles and chemicals are just a few of the elements that can either cause or exacerbate various forms of thinning hair in women.

In July 2018 regenerative medicine company Histogen Inc, announced the launch of a Phase I clinical trial into a stem cell solution designed to be injected into the scalp to address these multitudinous types of hairloss.

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Areas of the scalp affected by specific women’s hair loss conditions

Scalp injections of Hair Stimulating Complex

Known as Hair Stimulating Complex, or HSC660, the product had an Investigational New Drug (IND) application approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May 2018. This allowed the company to move on to the first clinical trial stage, which will be held in Southern California under the direction of Principal Investigator, Dr. Kimberly Butterwick, and is currently recruiting participants.

This will be a small-scale randomized, blind trial – using a placebo control – consisting of 27 volunteers who will have their scalps injected with HSC660. The frequency and number of injections per session have not yet been divulged.

The team hopes to establish how effective this novel treatment, which involves a growth factor solution to stimulate hair follicles into new hair growth and ‘sustained hair viability’ – is in treating diffuse women’s hair loss. This term usually refers to a condition known as Chronic Telogen Effluvium, which presents as thinning hair from all over the scalp, as opposed to just the top of the scalp, as is the case in genetic hair loss, or in suddenly occurring patches, as per Alopecia Areata.

Given Chronic Telogen Effluvium, also known as Diffuse Thinning, is a temporary hair loss condition that can clear up of its own accord, it will be interesting to see how the efficacy of this solution is measured.

A previous version of HSC660 has already been tested in two completed clinical trials outside the USA which were smaller than this new women’s study. Although this was used to predominantly treat men with Male Pattern Baldness, five of the participants were women. It was previously assumed that these women all had Female Pattern Hair Loss, however, it is now apparent that they had what the company has described as ‘varying types of hair loss’.

Women’s hair loss treatment preferences

Consumer research has shown that when it comes to anything to do with our appearance, women are more likely to invest time in a solution they are comfortable with, whereas men look for a ‘quick fix’. Men will undergo injections for treatments where non-invasive options are available, if they think it will give them instant, or near-instant results worth the temporary discomfort. Women are generally less likely to agree with this approach.

Given there is currently no cure for hair loss, only effective options for its management, there isn’t such as thing as a ‘quick fix’ for thinning hair in men or women. Even a hair transplant – something women are increasingly exploring – requires daily maintenance in order to preserve results.

At Belgravia the first step before tailoring a custom women’s hair loss treatment course, is to establish the precise condition and cause of an individual’s shedding. Female clients are often advised to have a blood test to assess the likelihood of some common underlying issues which may be causing or aggravating hair thinning, including low iron levels. Once the hair fall’s trigger has been identified, it can be dealt with – for instance a dietary concern can be rectified, or an illness can be diagnosed and treated. With this under control, it may be the case that the hair will grow back naturally. Alternatively, topical treatment combined with additional hair growth supporting products may help to accelerate this process.  In cases of permanent hair loss, the treatment is on-going, however, where the diagnosis is for a temporary hair loss condition, treatment is only used until the hair has fully recovered.

We look forward to hearing more about the Histogen trial results and whether these Hair Stimulating Complex scalp injections may be deemed sufficiently safe and efficient to be considered a primary treatment in their own right, or – as is currently the case with PRP injections – a secondary therapy which is only truly beneficial when used alongside the current MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved hair loss treatment medications.


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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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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.