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As companies seek to develop ever more innovative hair loss solutions for men and women, it is becoming increasingly important to gain a deeper understanding of how hair growth actually works.

To this end, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, USA, have been exploring the phenomenon of hair distribution.

feet foot relaxTheir hope was that, by exploring the regulation of hair growth and why some areas of mammals’ bodies are hair-bearing, whilst others are hair-free, they may gain valuable insights. These may then have useful applications in areas such as future hair loss product development.

Effects of Wnt inhibition on hair growth

Findings from the team’s research were published in the Cell Reports medical journal on 30th November 2018.

Through mouse and rabbit trials they showed that, although hairless areas, such as the soles of our feet and palms of our hands possess the necessary attributes to grow hair, the Wnt inhibitor Dickkopf 2 (DKK2) “suppresses plantar hair follicle development and permits the formation of hairless skin.”

It was therefore found that, as a result of evolutionary changes to its regulation, naturally-produced DKK2 specifies whether areas of skin will be hairy or hair-free in species-appropriate patterns.

“Plantar skin retains all of the mechanistic components needed for hair follicle development, as genetic deletion of Dkk2 permits formation of fully functional plantar hair follicles that give rise to external hair, contain sebaceous glands and a stem cell compartment, and undergo regenerative growth,” write the study authors in a summary of their discoveries.

Regional Control of Hairless versus Hair-Bearing Skin by Dkk2 Graphic Abstract Diagram Cell Reports“In the absence of Dkk2, Wnt/β-catenin signaling activity is initially broadly elevated in embryonic plantar skin and gradually becomes patterned, mimicking follicular development in normally haired areas. These data provide a paradigm in which regionally restricted expression of a Wnt inhibitor underlies specification of hairless versus hairy skin.”

Exploiting the Wnt pathway to treat hair loss?

In recent years the Wnt pathway has been identified time and again as playing a significant role in hair growth. Similarly, the DKK2 gene has been associated with Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss in other studies. Therefore, it is fair to say this latest information backs the theory that their properties could potentially be exploited in order to treat hair loss.

Discussing the decision to focus on the Wnt pathway, co-senior author of the Perelman School’s report, Professor Sarah E. Millar, Ph.D, told Medical News Today:

“We know that WNT signaling is critical for the development of hair follicles; blocking it causes hairless skin, and switching it on causes formation of more hair… In this study, we’ve shown the skin in hairless regions naturally produces an inhibitor that stops WNT from doing its job.

We hope that these lines of investigation will reveal new ways to improve wound healing and hair growth, and we plan to continue to pursue these goals moving forward.”

This is certainly an exciting area of exploration, however, given androgenetic alopecia is both permanent and progressive, coupled with the fact that developing new medications can take many years, anyone concerned they are losing their hair now, is best advised to seek advice as soon as possible. A consultation with a specialist will result in a timely diagnosis as well as personalised hair loss treatment recommendations, featuring clinically-proven medications, tailored to the needs of each individual.


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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: Jordan

Question: Is too much potassium likely to cause hair loss or hair thinning? Thanks.

Answer: Hi, Jordan. Regular excessive potassium consumption may lead to hair loss in extreme cases, however, shedding is more likely to occur as a result of a potassium deficiency.

Potassium regulates the balance of fluids in the body, as well as the hair’s pH balance. It also plays a key role in heart health, ensuring good circulation which is critical for healthy hair growth. The UK government recommends adults aged between 16 and 64 years old, inclusive, consume 3,500mg of potassium per day. This should be easily achieved via our diet, with many everyday foods being good sources of potassium.

banana potassium nutrition food dietWhilst bananas tend to be one of the most commonly-cited examples, there are a number of other foods which are rich in potassium. A medium-sized banana tends to clock up around 442mg of potassium; in contrast half an avocado contains around 487mg, whilst a medium-sized sweet potato has approximately 541mg. Spinach, potatoes, edamame, butternut squash, beetroots and cannellini beans are all even more potassium-dense.

With so many natural sources of potassium around, before taking into account any enriched foods or potassium-containing food supplements, it may be the case that the recommended intake is exceeded sometimes. Whilst this is generally inadvisable, if you go over slightly occasionally it is unlikely to cause serious problems. However, if you exceed this limit by a long way and/or should it become a regular occurrence, there are known effects from taking too much potassium that can make you ill. These include nausea, diarrhoea and stomach pain.

Thinning hair is more common in cases where people experience a potassium deficiency, also known as hypokalemia. This is a recognised adverse reaction associated with not having enough potassium in the blood stream, as are extreme fatigue, muscle spasms, digestive issues, shortness of breath, tingling and numbness.

The type of hairloss that results from a nutritional deficiency – or an illness – is called Telogen Effluvium and it causes diffuse shedding from all over the scalp. It generally presents around three months after being triggered but, once the underlying cause has been addressed and rectified, normal hair growth should resume naturally within six months. Treatment for Telogen Effluvium may be beneficial and a consultation with a hair specialist can determine the best option for each individual.

Whilst temporary hair loss may not sound particularly worrisome, around 30 per cent of scalp hair can be affected, resulting in noticeably thinner hair and more scalp being visible. This can be shocking to see and anyone experiencing significant levels of hair fall should consult a professional for advice. Furthermore, for those with a genetic propensity to androgenetic alopecia (Male or Female Pattern Baldness), if this is active their hair loss may worsen, whilst for those where the condition has not yet presented, its premature onset can be sparked by Telogen Effluvium. A hair loss expert will be able to identify precisely which conditions are at play and recommend suitable hair loss treatments accordingly.


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

alert female pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 30 11 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

After seeking the advice of a Belgravia specialist, this happy client is showing encouraging signs of improvement.

Find out what she 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.


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

alert female pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 28 11 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

This client recently visited the clinic for her first check-up and was pleasantly surprised by her progress saying “I already can see the results”.

Find out what else she 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.


In the search for natural hair loss solutions, it is common for people to turn to what they find in their home – particularly fruit, vegetables and spices, with onions, garlic and ginger leading the way.

There are many myths regarding home hair growth remedies, which – largely thanks to the internet – refuse to die, despite being dis-proven by experts.

The latest addition to this list appears to be pomegranate seed oil, which some companies – notably those selling it – are claiming can make hair grow quicker.

pomegranate hair growth nutritionFull of nutrients and antioxidants

Pomegranate seeds, known as arils, are rich in vitamins C and K. The fruit is renowned for its antioxidant profile, but also has beneficial quantities of potassium, folate and fibre, though it is also high in naturally-occurring sugars.

Vitamin C aids collagen production, helping to produce strong, healthy hair, whilst vitamin K contributes to heart and bone health as well as supporting the immune system. Folic acid, the synthetic form of folate, is a B vitamin involved in the production of red blood cells, with good circulation being important for hair growth.

Being potassium deficient can cause hairloss, The potassium channels in the body are also thought to be linked to hair growth; minoxidil, the only clinically-proven unisex genetic hair loss treatment that is both MHRA licensed and FDA approved, and which has been shown to accelerate regrowth, is thought to work by stimulating the potassium channels. This is currently the only treatment established for encouraging hair growth, though there are FDA cleared low level laser therapy devices, such as the LaserComb, which are also proven for this purpose.

The two key antioxidants found in pomegranates are highly-potent unicalagins and punicic acid which is found in pomegranate seed oil. These are essentially forms of conjugated linoleic acid and are the source of many of the claims regarding how good pomegranates are for you. These fatty, omega-rich acids are considered advantageous for both scalp and hair health, plus punicic acid is thought to be anti-inflammatory.

Effects on hair growth

So, given each of these nutrients can contributes to healthy hair growth, eating the seeds and/or drinking the juice as part of a generally balanced diet and lifestyle, it could be said that pomegranates may be useful in this regard. However, on their own, and certainly when applied topically, they are unlikely to make hair grow faster.

Hair Growth Cycle DiagramVarious research projects have studied whether there are any real benefits to taking supplements of pomegranate seed oil; you can find a summary of these studies, here, however, there is no mention of hair growth in any of the findings.

Whilst natural remedies, including common foods such as fruits, are often thought of as safe to consume, this is not always the case. For example, in the case of pomegranate, some people can be allergic to the berry whilst others may have a sensitivity to pomegranate extract. Furthermore, pomegranates’ skin, root and peel all contain poisons and are widely considered unsafe to consume in large quantities. Therefore, if you wish to try taking pomegranate seed oil to see if it has any effect on your hair growth, we would recommend taking it in supplement form from a reputable brand and retailer. Also ensure you read and follow the instructions and, if you have any concerns or queries, ask the provider to answer these before taking any.

One word of caution we would offer is to be wary of any products touted as ‘quick fix’ solutions for making hair grow quicker, especially those promising results within weeks as this is simply unrealistic.

Each phase of the hair growth cycle takes a certain length of time to complete and there are no natural methods known for extending the active growth (anagen) stage, at present. As such, whilst some food supplements, such as Belgravia’s exclusive Hair Vitalics, may promote the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth as part of a balanced diet, they are intended as a nutritional support rather than a treatment designed to alter the natural rhythm and timeline of this function.


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

alert female pattern hair loss chronic telogen effluvium the belgravia centre 29 11 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

This client has two separate conditions – Chronic Telogen Effluvium and Female Pattern Hair Loss which are being treated simultaneously, thanks to a personalised treatment plan devised by her dedicated hair specialist.

Read her feedback and see her regrowth results close up in her Success Story, or find out more about treating 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.


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Name:  Jay

Question: When will Prof Brotzu’s hair loss remedy be released in the UK? I think it’s only available in Italy at the moment. And is it now called Trinov? I’ve heard it called both names.

Answer: Hi, Jay. The penultimate official update from Brotzu Lotion’s manufacturers, Fidia Farmetceuti, was published on 10th January 2017; as this press release stated that the company aimed to have product development completed by 2018, social media and hair loss forums became been abuzz with anticipation.

Wait delay release patience date whenThis was followed on 28th September 2018 with an update advising that the product’s efficacy and tolerability studies had been completed and the company was gearing up for a 2018 release in Italy. “Other international markets will follow next,” it states, confirming that “full-scale production” has begun.

Although this press release said that the precise release schedule would be confirmed within the “next few weeks”, this information has still not been made available.

Given we are now in December 2018 and there has been no further news regarding the purported hair growth product‘s release in Italy or elsewhere, it’s fair to say that it’s unlikely to become available this year.

There is little official information available regarding the Italian product, so we can’t give you many specifics yet, unfortunately. This includes which specific hair loss conditions the product is designed to treat; the company has claimed its “study was conducted productively and efficiently, to offer all patients who are affected by the problem – men and women equally – a real treatment option, effective, safe and stable.” This suggests it may be for androgenetic alopecia – Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss, but this has not been officially clarified nor confirmed, as far as we are aware.

Once a medication has been developed it still needs to obtain the relevant licenses and approvals from medical regulatory bodies in each country – such as the UK’s MHRA and the FDA in America – in order to be able to make the treatments available there. This can further delay drugs from being made available given those where there is a critical or currently unmet need tend to be given priority.

However, at this point we do not know if this hair loss lotion will be considered a medication – and therefore require regulatory assessment – or cosmetic haircare, which is not currently regulated in the UK. If it is what is considered a ‘borderline’ product – one which advertises both a cosmetic effect and a preventative, not a treatment, action – then, in the UK, the MHRA will decide whether it falls under its remit and, if so, will consider it for licensing.

One thing the last Fidia press release did clarify is that Prof Brotzu’s hair loss lotion will not go by that name; as you mention, the brand name which has been chosen for the product is Trinov and it is being marketed as a ‘hair loss remedy’.

Once the UK release date has been confirmed, we will publish details here on the Belgravia hair loss blog. However, if you are interested in exploring other solutions in the meantime, there are clinically-proven hair loss treatment options that are already well-established, available and both MHRA licensed and FDA approved, plus a number of hair growth supporting products which can be used in tandem with the pharmaceutical elements.


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

ALERT success story female pattern hair loss treatment belgravia centre women hr 01 12 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Like many women, this client says she was so worried the first time she came to Belgravia’s Central London hair loss clinic but, thanks to the “nice and supportive” staff, at her first check-up she was much more positive, and happy with the way her custom treatment course is going.

Read her full review and see her regrowth results up-close in her full Success Story, 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.


A noticeable phenomenon has been developing amongst enquiries received by the Belgravia team over the past month…

Significant numbers of both men and women have been asking what to do about hair loss they are noticing following one common issue: extreme diets and/or rapid weight loss over the Summer.

As we enter December, the more body-conscious Summer months ended approximately three months ago, making a perfect diagnostic fit with two key temporary hair loss conditions.

Food diet weight loss hair nutrition cutleryHair loss following extreme diets

Although generally more prevalent in women than men, in these particular circumstances the likely diagnosis is Telogen Effluvium in its regular or chronic form (known as Diffuse Thinning).

These temporary hairloss conditions can be triggered by stress to the system, including that caused by excessively over-exercising and nutritional deficiencies which can arise from unnecessarily restrictive or crash diets. When an unbalanced approach to fitness or weight loss veers into either, or both, of these territories, hair fall can be a sign from the body that all is not well. When it feels threatened in this way, the body diverts its resources into protecting critical functions, disrupting non-essential operations such as hair growth.

Should this happen, around 30 per cent of hair that would normally be actively growing can be shunted prematurely into the resting phase of the hair growth cycle when these conditions present. Both result in hair shedding from all over the scalp approximately three months after being prompted, and can last for up to six months in mild cases, with more extensive Chronic Telogen Effluvium lasting for a minimum of six months.

Although they can clear up naturally, often once the underlying spark has been dealt with, a visit to a hair specialist is often advisable. This is not only because there are Telogen Effluvium treatment options that can be explored, but also because these temporary conditions can lead to permanent hair loss in those with the relevant genetic predisposition.

Links to permanent hair loss conditions

Hair Loss Consultation Trichocheck at The Belgravia CentreWhere androgenetic and androgenic alopecia – more commonly known as Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss – are already active, these hereditary conditions can be exacerbated by either form of Telogen Effluvium. Where they are dormant, their premature onset may be set off following – or during – a bout of Telogen Effluvium or Diffuse Thinning.

These progressive conditions only affect the top of the scalp, with the areas being more well-defined in men – for instance, forming a receding hairline or a thinning crown – whilst women tend to experience more generalised thinning hair evenly affecting their vertex.

There are, however, clinically-proven hair loss treatments available to help with stabilising shedding, promoting regrowth and preventing baldness over time, for those affected. Additional appropriate hair growth supporting products may also be incorporated – from highly-targeted food supplements to low-level laser devices to stimulate the follicles – based on the individual’s specific needs and medical profile.

Anyone who has recently become concerned about losing their hair after following a punishing dietary or exercise regime over the Summer should firstly try adjusting their routine to one that is healthy and balanced. Take professional advice from a trainer regarding effective workouts that can help you to see the results you want, without taking a negative toll on your health – or hair – for example. You could also speak to a nutritionist or your doctor for their input on healthy eating to ensure you are working towards your goals efficiently but aren’t damaging your body.

Should increased levels of hair fall persist, a consultation with a dedicated specialist can provide an expert diagnosis and tailored recommendations for hair loss solutions, as well as peace of mind.


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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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Today’s hair loss news brings with it, not only the potential for future treatments to preventing thinning hair caused by ageing, but also some top pub quiz trivia.

sonic hedgehog pathway hair growth hair loss age cap hatDid you know that humans have a signalling pathway known as the Sonic hedgehog gene? The thorny-looking protein was named after the spiky blue cartoon character when he was a comic star, before becoming an icon of modern pop culture via the world of video gaming. Scientists even suggested changing the protein’s name to something with more gravitas once the speedy ring-collector become such a global phenomenon.

After on-going investigations into its effects on hair growth over the past two decades, a breakthrough study has now discovered that by activating our sonic hedgehog we may be able to prevent hair loss related to ageing.

What is the Sonic hedgehog in humans?

Officially classified as a protein belonging to the mammalian signalling pathway, the sonic hedgehog is a protein which is encoded by a Sonic hedgehog gene (SHH); together they are referred to as Shh.

It is responsible for cell division of adult stem cells and plays a key role in human development, particularly that of the brain, spinal cord, central nervous system, teeth, lungs and growing digits. As such, it is especially active in foetuses but can slow or stall as we age, or where the skin becomes wounded.

How does the Sonic hedgehog pathway affect hair growth?

sonic hedgehog pathway diagramOne of the affects of ageing is thinning hair which can present in both men and women. This includes those who are not already losing their hair to the hereditary conditions Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair Loss, which are genetic but become increasingly prevalent from middle-age onward.

Often known as senescent alopecia, various clinical studies have linked age-related hairloss to decreasing collagen production as we get older, given collagen is vital for strong, healthy hair. This is not to be confused with ‘hair ageing‘ which can happen at any time and tends to be more environmental.

The Sonic hedgehog pathway carries messages between cells, including communicating with fibroblasts – those responsible for collagen production.

Can the Sonic hedgehog regrow hair or prevent hair loss?

Researchers from the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology and Department of Cell Biology at the New York University School of Medicine have now discovered that hair loss and hair thinning as a consequence of ageing is a ‘signalling issue’. This conclusion was arrived at after animal trials were carried out by the team, investigating healing responses to wounds in mice.

Given wounds in mammals often heal without affected hair follicles (HF) being restored, in their finished paper – published in the Nature Communications medical journal – it states the aim of the study was to “determine if scar could be remodeled to promote healing with HF regeneration.” Noting that, at the point before their research began, “Fibrosis and regeneration are currently considered the opposite end of wound healing”.

By activating the Sonic hedgehog pathway so that it would communicate with the fibroblasts and activate signals in Wnt active cells at the point of hair follicle growth – the dermal papillae – only, both wound healing and hair follicle regeneration were observed. “These studies demonstrate that mechanisms of scarring and regeneration are not distant from one another and that wound repair can be redirected to promote regeneration following injury by modifying a key dermal signal,” concludes the paper.

Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Men Women Hair Growth Hair Care 360px“Now we know it’s a signalling issue in cells that are very active as we develop in the womb, but less so in mature skin cells as we age,” comments lead study author, Dr. Mayumi Ito in the Mail Online. “Our results show stimulating fibroblasts through the sonic hedgehog pathway can trigger hair growth not previously seen in wound healing.”

Whilst the authors hope this new information could lead to novel ways of treating hair loss as a result of ageing, it also has the potential applications for another – and currently untreatable – condition, Cicatricial Alopecia. This is baldness caused by scarring, generally as a result of underlying inflammation or environmental factors such as burns from fire or radiation.

Although it is likely to be some years before this initial information is put to use as any recognised hair loss treatment, it is certainly an interesting development and one which could help a great many people who currently have limited options. For those with thinning hair that is non-scarring, there are a number of clinically-proven hair loss solutions available and personalised recommendations can be made following consultation with a specialist.


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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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