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Hair loss is a concerning condition so why put up with it? Unfortunately, some people don’t think they have a choice. Many commonly prescribed prescription drugs can cause temporary hair loss, trigger the onset of male and female pattern baldness, and even cause permanent hair loss. Still, you don’t have to trade your health for your hair.

According to an Italian study, drugs can induce hair loss in two main ways. They can affect the hair follicles whilst they’re in the anagen (growing) phase or in the telogen (resting) phase.

Pills medication tabletsAnagen effluvium is a condition concerning extensive hair loss when the hair shafts are broken at the level of the scalp. Since roughly 90% of the hair on the scalp is in the growing phase at once, anagen effluvium has the potential to cause almost complete baldness. In contrast, telogen effluvium occurs when more hair follicles than usual are pushed into the telogen (resting) phase. The follicles are inactive during this time and eventually the hair falls out but this loss rarely involves more than 50% of the hair on the head.

“In anagen effluvium, hair loss usually occurs within days to weeks of drug administration, whereas in telogen effluvium, hair loss becomes evident 2 to 4 months after starting treatment,” the authors of the study wrote.

The study claims the common cause of anagen effluvium by drugs is from the antineoplastic family of medications used as chemotherapy treatment. However, with the exception of cancer treatments, hair loss as a side-effect (whilst rare) does occur in more than 300 known prescription, over the counter and illegal drugs.

“Telogen effluvium may be a consequence of a large number of drugs including anticoagulants, retinol (vitamin A) and its derivatives, interferons and antihyperlipidaemic drugs,” the authors concluded.

Anticoagulants are blood thinners such as Panwarfin, Sofarin and Coumadin and Roaccutane is an acne treatment derived from vitamin A. Interferons which are used to help the body manage many diseases that involve the immune system such as Roferon-A, Avonex, Betaseron and Actimmune. Antihyperlipidaemic drugs are cholesterol lowering drugs such as Atromid-S and Lopid. All these drugs can cause hair loss in some instances. For a more extensive list, visit WebMD.

It’s important you do your own research when starting the regular use of medications as your doctor may not mention hair loss as a side effect of some drugs. If your doctor prescribes any of these drugs, ask if there is a substitute one that does not have hair loss as a possible side effect.

Drug-induced hair loss is usually reversible after treatment has stopped but the prevalence and severity of hair loss depend on the drug as well as on individual predisposition. Male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss are hereditary forms of hair loss which would probably have developed eventually but these medications can trigger an earlier onset. Unlike anagen and telogen effluvium, these are not self-reversible conditions but FDA-approved hair loss treatments are effective in treating these conditions when administered in the right dose for the individual and supported with the right hair growth boosters. Even in cases of temporary hair loss, these treatments and additional hair growth boosters provide the extra help the body needs in protecting itself drug-induced hair loss and generating new hair growth.

If you’re taking a medication that you suspect is causing hair loss, don’t stop the treatment. Instead, consult your doctor and a hair loss professional. You may be able to tolerate a number of side effects from your medication but hair loss does not always have to be one.


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.


Hair loss and baldness may not seem like such a big deal, it’s a natural process that affects a lot of people and besides, hair is just there to look pretty right? Fortunately, our hair has more purpose than you may think. It can act as a warning signal to notify us of something wrong inside the body and any disruption in hair growth patterns should be addressed.

Not all forms of hair loss are the result of genetics or old age, in fact, excessive hair loss or unusual hair thinning can sometimes be a symptom of a disease, especially if you have always had healthy, thick hair.

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Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease is a condition of the small intestine where a reaction to gluten causes inflammation in the lining of the gut. This stops the gut from working properly and absorbing foods properly and causes symptoms including abdominal pains, tiredness and weight loss. Another common symptom is hair loss. Coeliac disease has been linked to alopecia areata (an autoimmune hair loss condition where the body’s immune system mistakenly attack the hair follicles) but thinning hair and hair loss could also be a result of the nutritional deficiency caused by the disease itself as it can cause malabsorption of vitamin B12 and folate (pernicious anaemia).

Malnutrition

Malnutrition occurs when the body is not given enough nutrients to sustain normal function. Extreme dieting or problems with the body’s digestive and absorption processes can lead to hair loss through malnutrition, resulting in telogen effluvium and diffuse hair loss. Depending on which vitamins, minerals, and nutrients are lacking, many different symptoms can occur but iron, protein, biotin, sulphur, silica, B vitamins and zinc are especially important to hair health.

Cushing Syndrome

Cushing’s syndrome develops if your body makes too much cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone which is made by the adrenal glands. Symptoms usually develop gradually, and so the diagnosis may not be clear for some time. There are various causes, and complex tests are needed to find the root cause of the excess cortisol. The syndrome itself won’t cause hair loss but if Cushing syndrome is the result of a non-cancerous tumour on the adrenal gland, it can also produce excess amounts of androgen which can lead to hair loss. Other symptoms include high blood pressure, facial hair in women, muscle weakness, tiredness, low libido, excess thirst and periods may become irregular or stop in women.

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Thyroid Diseases

The thyroid gland produces hormones that help control metabolism and growth. If the thyroid is overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism), the body’s metabolic rate will become imbalanced, resulting in sluggish functions of major bodily systems. If the hair growth lifecycle is affected, thinning hair or hair loss can occur.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic lupus erythematosus, commonly called Lupus, is a chronic disease that causes inflammation in various parts of the body and affects about three in 10,000 people in the UK. Symptoms vary but the most common are joint pains, skin rashes and tiredness. In some instances the inflammation can interfere with the hair growth lifecycle, resulting in thinning hair or temporary hairloss.

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Sudden hair loss is never a good sign but the main problem with disease-related hair loss is that other symptoms may be rare.  If you’re the type of person who’s happy to accept their fate rather than look into the cause, a bad hair day might be the least of your worries.

In cases where hair loss is a symptom rather than a condition, the shedding can generally be cleared up once the cause is addressed. This can occur naturally within a few months for some cases, though if it is more long-term or permanent – for instance where a temporary hair loss condition in someone with a genetic predisposition has triggered permanent Male or Female Pattern Baldness, then there are various options for hair loss treatment courses.

Unfortunately, in a lot of cases, people experiencing thinning hair tend to make a self-diagnosis and high-tail it to the supermarket to pick up the latest herbal remedy for hair growth. Not only are they wasting their money on a product that probably isn’t clinically proven to treat hair loss, they’re avoiding dealing with a potentially much more a serious condition.

Prompt professional diagnosis is needed if you do notice a sudden increase in hair fall. A medical professional will be able to rule out any hidden medical disorders. Usually, once the underlying medical condition is treated, the hair loss will stop and hair growth supporting products may help to improve hair strength and quality, as well as promoting the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth.


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.


You may have heard that stress can cause hair loss, and it’s true.

The condition of our hair can be a strong indication of how well we’re adapting to a certain situation in life.

Stress Eyes Stressed Mens Hair LossExcessive physical or emotional stress can cause one of two types of hair loss. In most cases, stress-induced hair loss is temporary but hair loss treatments can help in addressing the symptoms whilst the cause is being dealt with.

Telogen Effluvium

Telogen Effluvium appears as generalised thinning throughout the whole scalp and occurs when sudden or severe stress such as a divorce, a lost job, a death in the family, or even childbirth causes an increase in the shedding of the hair. Telogen effluvium is a condition most often seen in women presenting with thinning hair, due to the fact that other precipitating events are more often experienced by women. The reason for so much hair fall is because an excessive amount of hair follicles are pushed into the resting (telogen) stage at once after being held in the growing (anagen) phase of their lifecycle longer than usual.

Telogen Effluvium can be confusing because although some people may notice hair loss during extreme periods of stress, it is more likely that the hair loss will first be noticed after the stressful period has passed. The hair stays in the resting phase for about three months before they’re shed. However, stress induced hair loss is usually temporary in nature and in most cases, once the cause is eliminated the hair growth pattern will return to normal within six months and new hair growth will be visible. It’s all to do with the basics of hair growth.

Telogen effluvium will often correct itself but it can take months,” Leonora Doclis, senior trichologist at The Belgravia Centre says. “Treatment for the loss of hair can help to minimise the damage, particularly if there is a tendency toward female pattern hair loss whilst the body is dealing with the crisis.”

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is a more extreme form of hair loss, characterised by the sudden appearance of patchy, smooth bald spots over the scalp. No one knows much about what causes alopecia areata but it is classified as an autoimmune condition where white blood cells attack the hair follicles, and can be triggered by stress.  Although people who develop the condition may have other autoimmune disorders such as a thyroid condition.

diagram locations areas of scalp affected by stress related hair loss conditions

Hair loss due to alopecia areata might cure itself or it might progress, possibly even leading to complete baldness over the head (alopecia totalis) or even over the whole body (alopecia universalis), however both of these cases are extremely rare. The effects can be seen overnight but hair may grow back.  It can grow back on its own, but treatment may also be required.

“The rule of thumb is that if it hasn’t grown back in six months, then it’s time to consider treatment,” explains Leonora.

Treating Stress-Induced Hair Loss

The best way to deal with stress-related hair loss is to learn how to manage your stress levels before they affect your hair growth patterns. However, this is easier said than done – particularly if the stress is physical and caused by something out of your control, such as an underlying illness – and sometimes the added stress of losing your hair is just too much to cope with.

There are hair loss treatment options for stress-induced shedding, but the first step before treatment – if needed – can begin, is to get a professional diagnosis. It is possible for one or more hair loss conditions to present simultaneously so it is vital to know exactly what is causing the problem in order to tackle it most effectively.

One point worth noting here is that stress and temporary conditions such as Telogen Effluvium can be particularly significant for anyone with a genetic predisposition to Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair Loss – even if it has not yet become active. These hereditary conditions can be worsened or have their premature onset triggered by both these factors, however, they can also be treated, with clinically-proven, MHRA licensed and FDA approved medications being well-established for these conditions.

At Belgravia our hair specialists will carry out an assessment and provide not only a diagnosis, but also recommendations for a tailored treatment course based on their findings and the individual client’s medical profile. Ongoing monitoring and advice is important so that progress can be checked and the treatment adjusted if necessary. When it comes to hair loss caused by stress, it is also important to try to solve the underlying problem for general health reasons as well as treating your hair loss.


The Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic - Hair Loss Specialist ConsultationThe 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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Hair loss is one of the most natural things in the world. Whilst some will be exempt from baldness, no one can avoid normal hair loss. Shedding hair is a natural process and it is normal to lose up to 100 hairs a day to make way for new hair. Normal hair loss won’t lead to thinning hair and will not cause baldness but an interruption in the hair growth lifecycle could mean normal hair loss progresses to excessive hair loss. This is when hair loss becomes a problem.

normal hair lossAs people age, they may become more concerned about hair loss and those few hairs which were always in the brush or at the bottom of the shower suddenly become a source of paranoia. But hair has its own lifecycle and the same strand of hair does not continue to grow your whole life. A number of hair strands grow from the one hair follicle, one after another.

Hair is made mostly of tough, structural protein fibres called keratins. Just below the surface of the skin lies a cluster of active cells known as the dermal papilla and it is from here that the hair grows into its follicle. By the time hair grows out from the scalp it is dead, with only the root tip containing living cells.

The hair growth lifecycle consists of three distinct stages:

  1. Anagen – a phase of growth that can last between two and seven years. On average, each hair grows about six inches per year.
  2. Catagen – a phase of transition that lasts roughly two to four weeks. At this time the hair shaft detaches from the dermal papilla and moves up within a shrinking follicle.
  3. Telogen – a resting period that lasts about three months allowing the hair to detach itself from the follicle before falling out. After this, the cycle repeats itself unless other factors intervene to prevent repetition of the cycle.

Nutrition plays a big part in healthy hair growth as vitamins are needed to sustain the dermal papilla so hair grows strong through the hair follicle. A healthy, balances diet should ensure your hair receives all the needed nutrients but sometimes, especially for women, hair supplements are beneficial.

Nutrition alone, however, will not prevent excessive hair loss. Some people have a genetic predisposition to hair loss, sometimes hair loss is caused by stress or medications and other times it is an indication of an underlying medical condition. In any case it’s best to consult a medical professional or hair loss specialist.

female hair loss Hair loss in women is usually characterised by overall thinning hair on the scalp where as men start to recede at the temples and possibly end up bald on the crown. It can be hard to establish whether your loss of hair is normal or in the early stages or excessive hair loss when treatments can be most effective in preventing baldness but there are self-measures you can take to determine this. The Do-It-Yourself Baldness Test may give you an indication if your hair loss is excessive. Also, the Norwood Scale for men and the Savin Scale for women are useful tools in discerning your stage of hair loss and if your hair loss is in fact normal or not.

Most people do not understand the mechanisms of hair growth let alone realise that hair loss can be treated. For more information about hair loss and the most effective hair loss treatments for you, contact the Belgravia Centre. With more than 15 years experience in treating thinning hair and hair loss, the Belgravia Centre offers individualised hair loss treatment programs structured around clinically, scientifically proven and FDA-approved treatments for male and female hair loss, aimed at addressing all aspects of the hair loss condition.

Email the centre or call 020 7730 6666 for more information or fill in the online diagnostic form to see what the Belgravia’s professional trichologists make of your hair loss.

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Hair Loss Treatment for Men and Hair Growth Boosters - Belgravia CentreOn Belgravia’s website and in our literature we often talk about ‘hair growth boosters’, but what exactly are hair growth boosters?

These are an integral part of Belgravia’s effective treatment programmes for hair loss and are one of the reason’s why Belgravia’s treatment regimes are superior to most other treatment options available.

As you may notice, we spend more time dwelling on the licensed and medically proven hair loss treatments, which are the basis to most of Belgravia’s treatment courses.

However, here we introduce you to each of Belgravia’s hair growth boosters, and explain why they play such a vital part Belgravia’s treatment courses for both men and women.


HairMax LaserBand 41 hair growth LLLT device buy from The Belgravia Centre hair loss clinic LondonHairMax LaserBand devices

The LaserBand devices are the newest FDA-cleared low-level light therapy (LLLT) delivery systems for hair growth. LLLT is the only hair loss product other than Finasteride 1mg and Minoxidil that has shown significant evidence that it can assist in encouraging hair growth and preventing hair loss.  It has a different mechanism to both Finasteride 1mg and Minoxidil, meaning that you are tackling hair loss from a different angle, adding to the effectiveness of the treatment combination. The HairMax LaserComb was the first ever home-use LLLT device to have been ‘FDA cleared’ for hair loss in men and women, following successful clinical testing in the USA. FDA clearance is similar to FDA approval, but for a device as opposed to a medicine. The LaserBand 41 and LaserBand 82 devices are the latest innovations based on the original LaserBand technology. They employ photobiostimulation technology via medical-grade lasers to stimulate the follicles at a cellular level, which HairMax advises improves hair growth, hair strength and reverses hair thinning. The company also claims a 93% success rate for these ergonomic devices which are used for 90 seconds (LaserBand 82) to three minutes (LaserBand 41), three times per week.

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Hair Vitalics food supplement

Hair Vitalics is Belgravia’s exclusive hair growth supplement, produced and developed exclusively by the Belgravia pharmacy hair growth experts in Men’s and Women’s formulations. Both Hair Vitalics for Men and Hair Vitalics for Women contain a number of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are thought to help with the condition of the hair and assist in promoting healthy hair growth. There is no firm evidence to suggest that any supplement for hair loss will individually assist in the prevention or reversal of hair loss but we find Hair Vitalics works superbly as a hair growth ‘booster’ and improves the results achieved from proven hair loss treatments.

Hair Vitalics is available for £25 for a 1 month supply, or £10 off when purchasing a 3 month supply, 1 free box when purchasing a 6 month supply or 3 free boxes when ordering a 12 month supply. Belgravia patients can purchase these alongside almost all Belgravia’s hair loss treatment courses. Non-clients are able to buy online directly from hairvitalics.com

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MPG / Azelaic Acid / Caffeine

MPG, azelaic acid and caffeine are potentially beneficial ingredients which can be added to Minoxidil. These products are added with the aim of helping to block DHT, which is the product that destroys hair follicles in both men and women. These products are particularly beneficial for women, who are unable to use Finasteride 1mg. As with all unproven products, MPG and Azelaic Acid are not recommended as an individual solution to hair loss.

Belgravia Centre Shampoo and Conditioner Hair Care RangeAlso available, and usually included in Belgravia’s hair loss treatment programmes, are specially formulated shampoos, conditioners, and scalp products which are designed to maintain the condition of the hair and help to clear up certain scalp complaints such as dandruff or seborrhoeic dermatitis.

More information on all of Belgravia’s hair and scalp products and the treatment option that would be best for you, can be obtained by calling 020 7730 6666, visiting the centre for a free consultation or completing an online consultation form for Belgravia’s worldwide mail-order service.

Belgravia’s treatment regimes are easy to use and will ensure hair regrowth in most cases. View our ‘hair loss success stories‘ for an idea of the unparalleled results that are so frequently achieved from the use of Belgravia’s treatment combinations.

Bald ChimpThe unexpected death of Cinder the hairless chimpanzee at the St. Louis Zoo, Missouri, USA is being investigated by Zoo officials.

Cinder was 14 years old and suffered from alopecia universalis. The death is likely to be unrelated to that condition. She had recently recovered from a cold.

“Cinder’s unusual appearance never affected her relationships with the other chimps” said Curator of Primates Ingrid Porton.

The full story and photograph is reported in STLToday.com.

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The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has warned people to be vigilant when buying medicines online after more than £250,000 of counterfeit, unlicensed and withdrawn medicines were seized during raids in Stoke-on-Trent.

counterfeit drugsThe MHRA said the drugs were the “tip of the iceberg” of an expected multi-million-pound illegal online medicine business.

“This online pharmacy has been supplying a massive range of medicines from weight and hair loss tablets, to anti-depressants, powerful painkillers and even anabolic steroids,” Head of Operations Danny Lee-Frost said.

The raids, carried out with help of Staffordshire Police, resulted from an MHRA investigation into the website Pharma2u.com which sells popular prescription drugs.

“The dangers of purchasing medicines online are that you just don’t know what you are taking,” Mr Lee-Frost said.
He warned buyers to be cautious and said medicines should only be purchased from registered websites following a medical consultation.

The Belgravia Centre is a professional, medically recognised hair loss clinic with the UK’s only registered in-house pharmacy purely dedicated to hair loss treatments. The Belgravia Centre’s pharmacy is registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and is licensed to sell all the medically proven hair loss treatments as well as formulate its own prescription forms of extra-strength minoxidil with added anti-androgens.

The Belgravia Centre ensures all clients receive the best expert advice. All Belgravia Centre trichologists have medical backgrounds and are either certified trichologists or doctors or nurses with trichological training.

Their expert care and advice is available to anybody around the UK and the rest of the world without the need to visit the London clinic. Belgravia’s online diagnostic form provides the Belgravia Centre’s trichologists with all the information required to diagnose a hair loss condition and make suitable recommendations based on your particular condition and stage of hair loss. Or you could just arrange a free hair loss consultation. Individual hair loss treatment programs are based around clinically and scientifically proven, FDA-approved treatments for hair loss.

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Perhaps the biggest myth relating to hair loss is that age and balding are proportional. The truth is that hair loss is a process that can begin as early as puberty. Like any process, it can be rapid or slow. It can progress in a predictably inevitable fashion, or it can seemingly stabilise, and then continue to progress. So what is actually going on and what can be done?

hair loss & ageAssuming the condition is male or female pattern hair loss – the most common forms of hair loss – then it is the continuous exposure of genetically predisposed hair follicles to DHT (or dihydrotestosterone). DHT  is a compound in the body that causes a miniaturisation of the hair follicles in those whose follicles are particularly sensitive to its effects. This means the anagen (or active growth) phase of the hair life-cycle becomes gradually briefer and the hair becomes finer and shorter. The result is thinning hair – this should set the warning bells ringing as it is the precursor to more extensive hair loss and the point at which hair loss tends to be noticed first. It’s not that there are fewer hairs on the head, but that their diameter is so diminished that they no longer provide as much coverage for the scalp as before.

Hair loss is a concerning issue, regardless of age, but the good news is that if you treat the condition as soon as you notice you hair starting to thin, it can be side-stepped all together. After all, prevention is better than cure and never has the phrase been more true than if you’re young and on the way to possible baldness.

The Belgravia Centre has been treating hair loss in men and women of all ages for more than 15 years. The FDA-approved treatments are safe, effective and complemented by a range of specially formulated booster treatments. The treatments form part of a specifically tailored treatment course program which is composed upon determining your particular condition and stage of hair loss.

To book a free hair examination and consultation with a Belgravia Centre hair loss specialist, call 020 7730 6666 or send an email to find out more. Alternatively their expert care and treatment is available to you by completing their online diagnostic form which will give you the opportunity to have an effective home-use treatment course delivered to you in a matter of days.

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Results of a five-month clinical trial of a new hair loss product released by a small biotechnology firm appear promising but researchers say it’s early stages and the trial is currently still in progress, which means another effective hair loss treatment may be years away, if at all.

The current hair loss treatments  that prove successful are so because they’ve been through years of controlled, clinical trials to demonstrate how they work and their results. They are then subject to approval by the FDA and licensing by the MHRA – the regulatory bodies in the US and UK, respectively, that are responsible for granting licenses to new drugs so they can be sold publicly – before they are deemed not only effective, but also safe to use. There are currently two hair loss treatments that have  have demonstrated continuously good results.

Histogen, an 18-person company which opened in 2007, is excited about the initial results from their independent study which involved 25 men aged 18 to 45 with varying stages of male pattern baldness.

“These results appear to be phenomenal, although this trial is still in the very early stages,” Dr Craig Ziering, the principal investigator of the study said.

Hair Loss TreatmentWhilst there are no published results and the trial is still on-going, Histogen has reported that they are planning to meet with the FDA.

The formula, called ReGenica, was developed using man-man fibroblasts and early stem-cells, grown in an environment that mimics embryonic conditions. The fibroblasts are thought to cause certain proteins, named WNT proteins, to be produced. In mice, WNT has been shown to be responsible for initiating the formation of new hair follicles and improving function in existing follicles.

Histogen had previously conducted independent research that suggested ReGenica stimulated hair growth in animals. The current trial is to test the products safety in humans.

“Histogen’s clinical trial was designed to assess the safety of its product over a five month period,” Dr. Ziering said. “In addition to seeing no adverse reactions, we were delighted to see more hair, thicker hair shafts, and what appears to be the growth of completely new hair follicles in the areas that received the ReGenica treatment.”

The trial is ongoing but Histogen expects to release full results from this first clinical study in the first half of 2009.

There are hundreds of hair loss treatments and products currently available to the public but there remain only three which have the FDA’s tick of approval. Experimentation with products that are not clinically proven or supported by medical bodies may not only be a waste of time and money, but potentially unsafe. We will await further information regarding Histogen.

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hair loss in womenYou may have thought you were one up on men in the biological war but not only testosterone-strong males experience hair loss. In fact (and unfairly), up to 50% of women will experience some form of hair loss in their lifetime. You might have heard that pregnancy, the contraceptive pill and menopause are possible causes of hair loss, but are they really? Well, yes and no. An understanding of why female hair loss happens and what role estrogen plays in hair growth may help to make this answer clearer.

Oestrogen is the dominant female sex hormone and is essential in the development of female characteristics. It can be found in men as well but in smaller quantities. It is the opposite the primary male sex hormone testosterone, which is also found in women but again in smaller quantities.

What does oestrogen have to do with hair loss?

While testosterone converts to DHT to destroy the hair, estrogen promotes hair growth by counteracting the testosterone that leads to female pattern hair loss and lengthens the hair growth phase (anagen).

During pregnancy, high concentration of estrogen levels in women result in the development of thicker, stronger, longer and healthier looking hair. Following pregnancy however, women tend to fret and think that they’re losing their hair when in fact they’re merely shedding the excess hair that the excess oestrogen created. The hair that was in a prolonged anagen stage are now all shifting into telogen (resting phase) to make way for new hair growth. This type of hair loss is comes under the condition known as telogen effluvium but the good news is that when oestrogen levels have returned to normal, your hair will too.

During menopause however, your oestrogen levels might drop. This will result a hormonal imbalance which can pave the way for the male hormone DHT to flood the hair follicles. It’s important to note however that not all hormonal imbalances are related to oestrogen. Some can be caused by other conditions such as a thyroid problem. 

Hormone replacement therapy, contraceptive pills and eating foods high in oestrogen (like chicken and eggs) can increase oestrogen levels but you should always seek specialist medical advice first. Research indicates excess oestrogen can promote various conditions such as breast cancer, gall bladder problems and heart disease.

Women using oestrogen supplementation or taking birth control pills will also experience hair loss when they cease supplying their body with extra oestrogen. These forms of hair loss may be temporary but this, however, does not mean that there is no link between oestrogen and permanent hair loss. Scientists have noted up to 30 hormones that could play a role in female pattern hair loss – the genetic kind of hair loss – and oestrogen, whilst poorly explored, may be one of them. It’s alright if the excess hairs are the ones that are lost but when normal hair falls out, there’s a problem.

What can be done?

If you’re losing more than 100 hairs a day it may be worth seeking the help of a hair loss professional. Oestrogen and hair loss may or may not be problematic but there is still the chance that your hair follicles may become damaged in the process. There is currently no concrete evidence that links an increase in oestrogen to the effective treatment of hair loss, but there are hair loss treatments that have FDA-approval for the specific purpose of regrowing hair. Topical products like minoxidil are proven to promote hair growth and there are also anti-androgen products that could help to deflect the creation of DHT. Early treatment is the key to successful hair restoration so if you’re concerned, contact the Belgravia Centre to ensure that you will keep your head of hair full, healthy, and strong.

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