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You either love it or you hate but there’s always something about this uniquely flavoured tea that has people attempting to down at least a cup a day. With so many apparent health benefits permeating within this little pot it was only a matter of time before someone discovered the advantages could radiate through our scalps. The latest claim is that drinking several cups of green tea or taking it in capsule form on a daily basis will reduce the risk of hair loss but is it true or are we sipping on something unsettlingly familiar to the inside of a dirty dishwasher for nothing?

It was originally believed that the catechins found in the green tea had 5-alpha-reductase inhibiting properties which means DHT (dihydrotestosterone – the substance that causes hair loss in men and women) could be repressed and hair loss could be avoided.* However, more recent studies suggest that it is the anti-inflammatory properties in green tea that are linked to hair growth, but the bottom line question remains – does green tea prevent hair loss?

Drinking Green Tea is Not Helping My Thinning HairIn a study of mice stricken with hair loss, research showed that hairloss was halted in all mice which received green tea in their drinking water and even triggered new hair growth in some of the mice. As for the mice who were not invited to the tea party, their hair loss continued.

“There is abundant evidence that polyphenolic substances are considered as anti-inflammatory and have stress inhibitory characteristics, and there is evidence that stress inhibits hair growth,” the study said.

It is true that stress contributes to hair loss, so have we finally found the great green answer to hair loss? Can a relaxing sip of tea keep the hair on our heads from falling out? Well, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves…

Interestingly, the same study discovered that green tea does not stop hair loss by blocking DHT, as previously thought and as we all know, there are genetic factors in hair loss and no amount of anti-inflammatory tea has yet proven it can work its magic that deep.

The other thing is that humans are a bit different to mice. The green tea given to the mice in this study had extremely high concentration levels of polyphenols and to get results of a similar nature we’d need to be boiling the kettle day and night. There is the supplement alternative but whether or not the effects are as beneficial as the real thing  is uncertain as much of the research has been done with actual tea.

Still, is there any harm in drinking green tea for hairloss? Of course not, there are still plenty of other health benefits circulating in a pot of green tea. Many studies strongly suggests that a regular cup of the green stuff is a practical way of preventing cancer, inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and other illnesses, so there’s no real reason not to drink a cup or two a day. But if you’re really keen on preventing hair loss there are only a few treatments for hair loss that are proven to halt the process and generate re-growth and green tea isn’t currently one of them. So, even if there are a few modest perks in the old cup of tea, don’t be expecting any miracles.

Find out more about herbal remedies for hair loss and the most effective treatments for hair loss. For a professional consultation, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666, send an email or fill in the online diagnostic form for expert advice and treatment from anywhere in the world.

*Study of Green Tea and DHT inhibition


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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 thing about hair loss is that it can occur in anyone at any age – not just to middle-aged men. There is such thing as normal hair loss but it shouldn’t be confused with the more serious forms of hair loss. Often there are no other symptoms other than the physical loss of hair so it’s important to watch out for the early signs of hair loss so it can be dealt with before it gets too far advanced.

Stages of Hair Loss in MenThe Signs of Baldness in Men

Hair loss in men tends to occur on the front hairline and forehead and on top of the head so there are two things men need to be aware of. One is quite an obvious sign of hair loss but you’re friend may start to notice the change before you do. A receding hairline or widow’s peak is a tell-tale sign of the early stages of hair loss but because hair loss is a gradual process, it may take a while before you realise what’s happening. Compare a photo of yourself a year or two ago to now. Look in the mirror and ask yourself if your forehead is more pronounced than before or if the hair at your temples has started to dwindle. Hair loss can also present itself as thinning hair where the hairs aren’t noticeably falling out but they’re getting gradually thinner as a result of shrinking hair follicles. Part your hair down the middle and pull on the hair to reveal your scalp. Do this regularly and see if you notice any changes in the width of the gap between the hairs. A widening gap revealing more of the scalp is an indicative sign of thinning hair which could lead to hair loss and possibly eventual baldness of the crown.

The Signs of Hair Loss in Women

Stages of Female Hair LossThere is generally only one early sign of women’s hair loss and that is thinning hair. Unlike men, women don’t experience a receding hair line and rarely will a woman go bald. Hair loss involves the thinning of hair in general, all over the scalp but mainly at the crown. Because women’s hair is generally longer than men’s, concerning forms of hair loss can be hard for a woman to detect because even normal hair loss is so obvious. The best thing to do is to keep a close eye on your hair brush and hair tie. Ask yourself how often you’re have to clean the hair from your brush and if there is any change in the amount of hair that is on it when you have finished brushing. And when tying your hair up, take note if you have to add another loop than usual to secure your hair in place. If you’re noticing any of these changes or are finding more clumps of hair on the bathroom floor, you could be experiencing above average hair loss.

What to do if you’re noticing signs of hair loss

If you think you may be losing more hair than usual but still aren’t too sure, there is a check you can perform at home to test yourself for hair loss that dermatologists have found to be effective in measuring shedding hair.

There are effective treatments for male and female hair loss but what treatment is needed and what hair growth boosters will make the treatments more effective will depend on the type of hair loss and the extent of the condition. Hair loss is a dynamic condition that is influenced by a myriad of factors so tailored programs that address an individual’s unique condition will generate the most successful hair loss treatment results.

For more information contact the Belgravia Centre . With over 15 years experience in hair and scalp care you can be guaranteed a thorough diagnosis by a trichologist and if required, a personalised hair loss treatment program. Call the centre to book a free consultation on 020 7730 6666 or contact us online. Alternatively, complete an online diagnosis form and after it has been examined by a trichologist, an expert treatment advisor will contact you.

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The number of women seeking help for hair loss has increased two-fold in the past ten years according to a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and experts believe a stressful lifestyle is the culprit.

Stress is seeing more women suffering forom hair lossFemale hair loss is more complicated than male hair loss because a lot more factors tend to come into play but women can manage their hair loss effectively with a number of hair loss treatments. The most commonly observed condition is androgenetic alopecia, or female pattern hair loss, which is caused by genetic and hormonal factors and there are effective treatments that can prevent this type of hair loss and help to re-grow any lost hair. Generally, women won’t notice any thinning or hair loss until the menopause, when changes in hormone levels can start to negatively affect the hair follicles. Although, certain lifestyle factors such as stress can trigger an earlier onset.

Stress causes a rise in adrenaline, which can be converted by the body into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a substance that causes hair loss in women and men. In cases where a woman has a genetic predisposition to hair loss, the loss of hair is permanent and can only be reversed with scientifically proven hair loss treatments.

However, stress is also involved in temporary forms of hair loss. According to the study, there is a marked increase in younger women aged between 18 and 40 who are affected by hair loss. While the details are not entirely clear,  it could be that these women are experiencing temporary forms of hair loss. In most cases, once the source of physical or emotional stress is dealt with, hair loss can be reversed. Sometimes women find hair loss treatments beneficial during recuperation to speed up the results and find that hair supplements can improve the quality of the hair and maintain its condition.

Hair is actually a very good indication of overall health and there are measures you can take to keep your body and hair in tip-top health and avoid stress-induced hair loss. Try to control stress levels by getting enough sleep and incorporating stress-busting activities like yoga and group sports into your lifestyle and keep your hair and scalp nourished with the important foods for healthy hair and optimum hair growth.

If you’re having trouble coping with the stress of hair loss, among other things, find out the best way to put a stop to it and promote re-growth by contacting the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or simply send an email. The online diagnostic form is also available, providing a world-wide mail-order hair loss treatment service.

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Female Hair Loss Should Be Treated

For years, herbal remedies have been popular alternatives to medical treatment, famed for their apparent natural ability to heal, treat and cure just about any ailment. There have been suggestions of the power of herbs in the hair department too but just how can they support hair growth and is there any evidence that they are effective in preventing hair loss?

Ginkgo Biloba may increase blood flow but it won't prevent hair loss

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba is believed to increase blood flow to the brain and is a popular herb for hair loss, thought to generate hair growth by providing more nutrients to the hair follicles. However, this has not been conclusively proven and in majority of cases, hair loss is the result of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) attacking the hair follicles. The only way its effects can be suppressed are with DHT-blockers such as finasteride 1mg and other anti-androgens.


Saw Palmetto is thought to slow down the balding process

Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto is another high-profile herbal remedy for hair loss that is thought to slow down the balding process and stimulate new hair growth. It is believed to be a safe herbal product but does have a primary side effect of mild gastrointestinal distress. It’s thought that saw palmetto inhibits the 5-alpha-reductase (5AR) enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. One study claimed that extracts of the herb repressed 5AR levels by 32% without affecting testosterone levels in men. However, clinical trials in humans showed that saw palmetto supplements did not result in any clinically significant alterations in laboratory parameters. The only clinically and scientifically proven 5AR and DHT inhibitor that has been MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved for the safe treatment of male pattern hair loss to date, is finasteride 1mg.


Stinging Nettle is thought to slow down hair loss

Stinging Nettle

This course-toothed plant has long been preferred as a means of curbing balding. Stinging nettle is also thought to prevent testosterone from being converted into DHT and slow down the loss of hair and stimulate hair growth. It is said to be more effective when used together with saw palmetto, however, as it is an unproven treatment for hair loss, any benefit it has for the hair would be best seen when combined with any or all of the proven treatments for hair loss and other hair growth boosters. We also wouldn’t recommend using this plant without medical supervision, given it is known to cause adverse skin reactions.


Panax Ginseng is a natural stimulant but can't stimulate hair growth alone

Panax Ginseng

It was used in Asia for thousands of years before making its mark on western shores as a natural stimulant with metabolism and circulatory benefits and memory-boosting properties. Panax ginseng is now believed by some to stimulate hair growth by nourishing and strengthening the hair. No conclusive evidence exists to support these claims or to suggest it is an effective treatment for thinning hair.


Horsetail is important for healthy hair but it won't stop hair loss

Horsetail

Horsetail is said to rejuvenate the hair through improved circulation and blood flow. Horsetail extract does have high silica and sulphur content which are vital for strong, healthy hair growth but it has not been proven to prevent baldness or fight hair loss.

 

The Verdict

According to the Belgravia Centre’s senior trichologist, Leonora Doclis, while these herbs can help make hair healthier, they will not generate hair growth or prevent hair loss.

“We use some of these supplements in some of our products and the saw palmetto and the ginkgo biloba are added in our Hair Vitalics supplement,” says Leonora. “Where suitable herbal products can be used to boost the medications as a nutritional supplement to help make hair healthier but they cannot stimulate hair to grow back. None of these herbs will help prevent hair loss let alone resolve.”

Caution should also be exercised when trying natural methods given side effects and contraindications with certain health conditions and prescription medications may exist which could make them unsuitable for certain individuals.

Hair Vitalics contain a lot of the same ingredients as the more expensive supplements such as Provillus and Procerin but unlike these, Hair Vitalics is not marketed as a treatment for hair loss. Hair supplements and herbs may help to encourage the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth but they are not advised as an standalone treatment for or solution to hair loss.


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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.


Nutrition has a key role in hair growth and good nutrition radiates in your hair, skin and nails. However, some people have hereditary tendencies to hair loss and the only way to prevent the genetic time bomb is to look at clinically-proven treatments for hair loss. But there are some foods that can help to fight against hair loss and promote healthy hair growth and the best known ones are….

Eggs for Hair HealthRed Meat

Lean red meat is probably the most beneficial food in the prevention of hair loss. It is the most easily absorbed source of iron, which is needed to help create haemoglobin to carry oxygen to the body’s organs and tissues and contains sulphur to keep the hair follicles in good health. Iron allows other nutrients to be more easily absorbed by the hair follicles by allowing your scalp to get a good flow of blood, and sulphur promotes hair growth by improving circulation in the blood to the scalp and decreases inflammation, helping prevent hair loss.

Minoxidil is a  proven treatment for hair loss that works in a similar way. The topical vasodilator generates new hair growth by increasing circulation to the scalp and opening up potassium channels. Red meat, especially liver, also contains vitamin A which reduces oil in the scalp and vitamin B3 which enhances circulation in the scalp.

Eggs

Hair is mostly made of keratin and protein so a diet rich in protein is your fastest ticket to encourage hair growth and prevent hair loss. Eggs are a great source of protein and biotin to help produce keratin and sulphur to help prevent hair loss. Other protein and biotin sources are chicken, kidney, low-fat cheese, beans and some fruit and vegetables.

Oats

Healthy DietNot only do oats provide sustained energy levels, they also assist in maintaining the natural hair colour by aiding in the creation of melatonin and can help prevent hair loss.

Oats contain important minerals for hair growth such as potassium, phosphorus and magnesium, not to mention iron. It seems oats are an all round super food for hair.

Dried fruit and nuts

If you’ve got a sweet craving, dried fruit and nuts are the healthy alternative and more beneficial for you than you probably realise. Packed with iron, sulphur and biotin, dried fruit and nuts (and almonds in particular) are a great source of vitamin E which enhances blood circulation on the scalp and inositol which maintains healthy hair follicles.

Bean Sprouts

Bean sprouts contain an important nutrient for hair health known as silica and a must on your shopping list for foods that prevent hair loss. The body uses silica to help it absorb vitamins and minerals so even if you’re eating plenty of vitamins but not consuming silica, they might not be helping much. Hair grows from follicles within the skin at the base of the hair root and need nutrients to form new cells and generate healthy hair growth. Silica can also be found in the skin of cucumbers, red and green peppers, and potatoes.oysters The belgravia centre

Seafood

Seafood is essential for hair growth and maintenance. Fish contains sulphur and provides essential fatty acids necessary for the maintenance of healthy hair and skin zinc-rich foods such as mussels, shrimp and oysters can help prevent hair loss by strengthening the hair follicles. Zinc plays a key role in many of the body’s functions, including hair growth, helping to build cells, keep hormones in check and assist with the absorption of various other vitamins.

Hairloss is a complex condition and nutrition can, to a certain degree, influence hair growth and the quality the hair. However, it’s important to remember that sometimes other factors can influence hair loss.

If you are worried you are not getting the necessary nutrients for good hair health via your diet, a targeted natural food supplement such as Hair Vitalics may help to fill in these gaps. If your hair is suffering despite following a healthy diet, there is more that can be done and it may be beneficial in discussing your concerns with a hair loss specialist.


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


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Diabetes has been a recognised condition for more than 3,500 years and its link with hair loss is not a new concept. There are two types of diabetes and both can have many adverse effects on your body, including thinning hair and hair loss. Hair growth is one of the many cycles in the complicated systems that are our bodies. If this cycle is disrupted, hair that is shed may not regrow right away, or it may not regrow at all without treatment.

Hair loss as a result of diabetes can be controlled and treated with the FDA-approved and clinically proven treatments for hair loss but to understand how they work we need to understand how hair loss can be caused by diabetes.

Diabetes and Hair LossWhat is Diabetes?

Insulin is important in utilising the carbohydrates present in the body. Diabetes occurs because the body can’t use glucose (blood sugar) properly, either owing to a lack of the hormone insulin (Type 1 diabetes), or because the insulin available doesn’t work effectively (Type 2 diabetes).

Diabetes puts the body under huge physical stress and the hair growth cycle can take a battering.  According to Leonora Doclis, senior hair loss specialist at the Belgravia Centre, diffuse hair loss and telogen effluvium are conditions of hair loss that can be directly caused by diabetes.

Diabetes mainly causes temporary hair loss,” says Leonora. “The problem should correct itself once the hormones are functioning properly again following diabetic treatment, if diabetes is the sole cause of hair loss.”

However, diabetes can trigger a lot of diseases and hormonal imbalances.

A diabetic’s hormonal balance and hair loss

In a lot of cases, hair loss is a direct result of hormonal imbalances. Because diabetes affects hormone levels it can lead to hair loss in predisposed persons (that is, those who would have probably developed hair loss in time) by crippling the hair follicle regeneration process.

A lot of people will solely blame their hair loss on diabetes when there could be another reason. Diabetes may have only been the trigger for an ongoing form of hair loss,” says Leonora.

Male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss are hereditary hair loss conditions that are caused by dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a chemical derivative of testosterone. This type of hair loss can be prevented, controlled and reversed with effective hair loss treatments that work to inhibit DHT formation in the scalp and enable the hair follicle to function normally.

A diabetic’s circulatory system and hair loss

Diabetes adversely affects the circulatory system, if only indirectly, and can cause improper blood flow and poor circulation. The hair follicles rely on good blood circulation to deliver enough nutrients to generate healthy hair growth.

Leonora explains, “Without proper circulation to the scalp, it is possible that the hair follicles won’t get the nutrients they need could even die.

A lot of hair loss products are promoted on their circulatory benefits but only the FDA-approved hair loss treatments have been scientifically proven to generate hair growth through improved circulation to the scalp.

A diabetic’s immune system and hair loss

The immune system is affected when levels of blood sugar levels rise above normal. As a result, people with diabetes are at an increased risk for developing an infection and the body is less capable of fighting it.

Not all illnesses lead to hair loss but illness and infection can affect your hair growth by disrupting the cycle,” says Leonora. “It depends on one’s individual tendencies, not all diabetics are bald.

Leonora says hair loss as a result of illness and infection should correct itself once the cause is addressed but established hair loss treatments and hair growth boosters can support the hair during such times and help to minimise the damage caused by hair loss.

If hair loss or thinning hair is causing you concern, a hair loss specialist will be able to diagnose the condition and advise you on the most appropriate treatment. It may also be beneficial to bear in mind that some medications can cause hair loss. You may need to ask your doctor to adjust or change your prescription.


The Belgravia CentreThe Belgravia Centre

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


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A note about the following question and answer: This is a perfect example of the unfortunate truth about a large segment of the hair loss industry in the UK (and probably the rest of the world). We have encountered a prime example on the internet of the fraudulent tactics so frequently used to sell a product marketed for hair loss prevention.

Name: Albert

Question: Hi, has anyone ever heard of Stimuhair? I read about it on healthwatch.info. Is the site genuine or is it a promotional site for Stimuhair?

Stimuhair ScamAnswer: Stimuhair is the product being promoted on healthwatch.info. After carrying out some research, I have found that healthwatch.info (the website in question), herbalmagician.com (the website selling the product) and stimuhair.com (the website of the product itself) are all registered to the same person. I found this out by searching whois.net. No surprise to me after reading the website’s message, which is mostly fabricated or exaggerated.

The website talks about minoxidil, saying it doesn’t work for hair regrowth and side effects are high. All of the information about minoxidil is vastly exaggerated or simply untrue – you can find legitimate and accurate information about minoxidil on our MINOXIDIL page. It’s the only proven hair loss treatment for men and women and is FDA approved following extensive and recognised clinical trials, with a very low rate of mild side effects.

There are also a number of other comments throughout the passage aimed at turning people off other products and services for hair loss, that eventually lead to the promotion of their own product.

Stimuhair is an unproven product and the website’s approach to selling their product is highly unethical as I’m sure is clear to most from reading the information provided. I’d say Stimuhair’s approach epitomises the term ‘hard-sell’ and is something that any hair loss sufferer needs to be aware of when searching for a hair loss solution.

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How far would you go to get the best hair loss treatment? Baldness is not a new concept – since the dawn of time men have concocted some unbelievable remedies to treat hair loss and many in fact have inspired a lot of the alternative hair loss treatments around today. Thankfully, during the past few decades with the emergence of clinically and scientifically proven hair loss treatments, superstition, old wives tales, and guess work has gradually been replaced by science. But the things some people believed …

egyptian hair loss remediesAncient Egypt

Egyptians, famous for their extravagant wigs, were searching for a hair loss cure 4,000 years ago. One ‘cure’ involved reciting a magic spell to the sun god and then swallowing a mixture of onions, iron, red lead, honey and alabaster. Another popular hair loss remedy was to rub the fats of various animals onto the scalp. Clearly these were desperate times for hair growth.

Ancient Rome

We can all thank Julius Caesar for inspiring the worst hair trend in history. Apparently, in an attempt to hide his thinning hair, Caesar grew his remaining hair long at the back and then combed it forward over his bald spot. We should have known the comb over was ancient.

The Amazon

An apple a day keeps the doctor away so could a banana a day keep hair loss at bay? The Taiwano Indians in the South American rainforests believed that scalp problems and hair loss could be treated with the heated extracts of bananas.

17th Century Briton

Keeping themselves fit and fine certainly wasn’t easy for British men in the 17th century. The male health magazines at the time advised them to apply chicken dung to keep from going bald, and apply cat dung to remove hair from unwanted places.

1876-1913 America

If only keeping your hair meant running a brush through it. Today, most people experiencing hair loss today are petrified to see how many extra strands are in the brush. However, in Victorian America the vigorous brushing of hair with a stiff brush was thought to promote soft and shiny hair, while soft hair brushes were believed to promote the hair growth. Also applying a concoction of cologne, spirit of camphor, and a pigment of cantharides each night was believed to prevent hair loss.

Ancient Greece

hippocrates hair lossThe truth is, in the majority of cases, hair loss in men and hair loss in women is caused by male hormones, but it was Hippocrates, the ‘Father of Modern Medicine’, who first recognised a connection. Hippocrates observed that men castrated before puberty did not suffer from hair loss. We know today that this is due to the absence of testosterone, which is normally converted into dihydrotestosterone, or DHT – the active ingredient in baldness. Hippocrates developed a number of different treatments including a mixture of horseradish, cumin, pigeon droppings, and nettles to the scalp. But this and other treatments failed to work and he lost the rest of his hair. Funnily enough, Duke University researchers came to the conclusion in 1995 that “while castration may be a cure, it is not commercially acceptable.”

Modern and Acceptable Hair Loss Solutions

We have come a long way in the treatment of hair loss but unfortunately there are still hundreds of hair loss products that hold about as much hope in restoring hair as the ancient remedies did.

Hair loss is a multi-factorial condition so there is no one guaranteed treatment for hair loss. However, specially prescribed combinations of proven hair loss treatments will ensure hair loss stabilisation and hair regrowth in the great majority of cases. As a hair loss sufferer you can take solace in knowing that today you have treatments for hair loss only dreamed of by the Kings of ancient Egypt and the Emperors of Rome.

For more information on the most effective combination of hair loss treatments, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively, complete an online diagnostic form and receive Belgravia’s mail-order hair loss service from anywhere in the world.

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Lack of Sleep Can Cause Hair LossHair loss and sleep deprivation appear to be equally universal problems but are they related? Sleep plays an important role in allowing the body to repair and regenerate and hair growth can be influenced by a number of factors. Is it coincidence that 80% of men and 40% of women experience hair loss and one in four of us suffers from some form of sleep problem?

Alterations in sleeping patterns have been shown to affect the body’s immune function, hormone secretion, and physical and mental stamina. The hair is very sensitive to changes within the body, and hairloss is nearly always the consequence of an internal disturbance.

“Stress can indeed cause hair loss, particularly diffuse hair loss and telogen effluvium,” says Leonora Doclis, senior trichologist at the Belgravia Centre. During such times and along with other proven treatments, specific hair growth boosters can provide hair with much needed nutrients and support for optimum hair health and growth . 

However, stress can also trigger the onset of hereditary hair loss and accelerate its progression. “In those susceptible to male pattern baldness or female pattern hair loss, stress can instigate, accelerate and aggravate the problem,” Leonora says.

Some people get along just fine on three to four hours of sleep a night without stress while others cannot cope if their eight hours a night is disturbed over a prolonged period of time. Daytime fatigue and emotional stress are the most commonly reported symptoms of sleep deprivation and stress. A lot of people who do not get adequate sleep are stressed.

“Sleep deprivation is a form of stress, a terrible form of stress,”Leonora says. But hair loss can also be a stressful experience in itself. Hair loss treatment programs for sleep or stress-induced hair loss should be individually tailored and designed to address every aspect of hair loss. 

Stress and lack of sleep go hand in hand. Whatever may be the cause – change of job schedules, heavy workload, family problems – sleep gets hampered under such conditions and in an indirect way you could say that lack of sleep can and indeed does cause hair loss.

Find out more about stress-related hair loss and what can be done.

For a free consultation with a hair loss professional, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666  or send an email. Alternatively, for those who lead a hectic life or can’t get to the centre, the online diagnostic form is available so whatever your location or lifestyle, you don’t have to lose sleep over hair loss.

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Gail Porter's Alopecia AreataA lot of women who suffer from hair loss will contend with their condition rather than seek help but Gail Porter, who once described herself as “bald but not afraid”, has continued to raise awareness about alopecia areata which has rendered her completely bald but not stripped her of her confidence.

Hair loss in women is still very much a mysterious condition and despite upwards of 40 percent of the female population being affected, many suffer in silence. Women will rarely experience baldness, instead hair loss tends to be limited to overall thinning but the psychological effects are no less devastating.

For Gail Porter however, the chirpy British TV presenter went completely bald in a matter of four weeks. In 2005, at the age of 34, Gail had to face up to the probability that she would never have hair again.

Female hair loss can be treated effectively in most cases. FDA-approved hair loss treatments have been proven to generate hair growth but results are vastly improved when administered in the right dose for the individual. Especially when the possible contributing factors are being dealt with and treatment is being complemented with the appropriate hair growth boosters, even alopecia areata sufferers see results.

Alopecia areata is thought to be an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system mistakenly turns on itself. The chronic inflammatory disease affects the hair follicles and presents itself in patches of hair loss over the scalp, but it can affect other hair-bearing skin. In some cases, alopecia areata develops into complete baldness (alopecia totalis) and in rare cases people may lose all body hair (alopecia universalis). The progression of hair loss can happen slowly, developing over weeks or months or, as in Gail’s case, it can be sudden and dramatic.

Gail, Britain’s second favourite bald celebrity after Little Britain’s Matt Lucas, has been hailed for her bravery throughout her ordeal. Refusing to wear a hat or a wig, Gail has maintained a public profile and continued to raise awareness of the condition.

Although it took some time for Gail to come to terms with what was happening, a friend revealed to the Daily Mail. “At first she went into denial and hid herself at home – she didn’t want to go out or see anyone,” the source said. “Initially she cancelled all her appearances… But [she] decided to face her demons and she’s determined not to let this beat her.”

No one is exactly sure about what causes alopecia areata but there is evidence to indicate a genetic predisposition. According to the British Journal of Dermatology, about 20% of people with alopecia areata have a family history of the disease. Stress has also been proven to be a contributory factor and Gail has had no shortage of that in her life.

Gail PorterThe bubbly, once blonde, presenter suffers from bipolar disorder, has been anorexic and when pregnant with her now seven year-old daughter Honey, was border-line obsessive compulsive. She later suffered post-natal depression and discovered she had a thyroid condition. Gail thought her hair loss was a “wind-up”.

“The funny thing was I was in a really good place. I was in America, working, I was with my then-boyfriend James, and I was generally happy,” Gail said. “I had a bit of stress because of the messy divorce, but nothing compared to what I had been through. I have no idea why it happened then. It just did.”

In 2007, Gail published her autobiography Laid Bare: My Story of Love, Fame and Survival, in which she discusses her very public experience of alopecia areata.

“It’s very personal but it has helped me see things in perspective and taught me not to stress about the things that don’t matter,” she said. “I also met other people with alopecia, which was very important to me. I think it’s good to talk to people to let them know that they’re not alone.”

Alopecia areata affects about one in 100 people and although it can be initially quite distressing, hair can spontaneously grow again without any treatment. However because of the unpredictable nature of the condition, specifically tailored hair loss treatment programs can help to deal with the only notable symptom.

Gail Porter is at Peace with her Hair LossGail Porter’s hair loss is an extreme example of alopecia in women but she has come to terms with it. “It was easier than I thought to deal with – I thought it’s just another thing, get on with it, it’s just another part of the journey,” she said.

But you don’t have to live with hair loss and you certainly don’t have to deal with it alone. For more information, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or send an email. The UK’s leading hair loss clinic has been treating hair loss including alopecia areata successfully for 15 years. Consultations and diagnosis are free and their expert trichological advice is also available online via the online diagnostic form.

In the meantime, take heed from Gail who says: “It is a big thing not having hair. But I’m still here, I’ve still got my health.”

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