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Hair Loss Belgravia CentreThe Daily Mirror today contacted one of the Belgravia Centre’s senior trichologists, Leonora Doclis, to request some expert advice on Naomi Campbell’s current hair condition. Recent photos show that Naomi’s parting seems to be wider than normal and the Mirror assumed this was caused by some form of hair loss.  Leonora advised that this possible hair loss could be caused by excessive pulling on the hair, but there is no way to tell conclusively by a photo alone.

Leonora told the Mirror, “There is a possibility that Ms Campbell could be experiencing a condition called traction alopecia but, if so, it is a very mild case.

“Traction alopecia is hair loss caused by excessive and long-term pulling on the hair follicles. This can be due to hair extensions or weaves and results in deterioration of the hair’s thickness. It is possible to repair this condition by the use of certain treatments but the results depend on the severity of the condition and extent of the hair loss.”

 You can see the full story here – Daily Mirror Story.

Like men, many women will experience hair loss at some point in their lives. But female hair loss can be helped!  There are various hair loss solutions that can help to prevent shedding and promote hair regrowth, depending on the condition.

The causes of women’s hair loss are more diverse than those of men’s; with men it’s generally a genetic condition, yet with women, hair fall is usually caused by one or more of the following conditions:

Female Pattern Hair Loss

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

The first is genetic hair loss, otherwise known as female pattern hair loss which is hair loss confined to the top area of the head. Many people do not realise that women produce the hormone ‘testosterone’ just like men, only in smaller amounts.  For women who suffer from female pattern hair loss it doesn’t mean that they have more testosterone in their body than other women, but that the balance between testosterone and an enzyme called ‘5-alpha reductase’ is not evenly weighted – when this is the case a hormone derivative called ‘dihydrotestosterone’ is produced which is what attaches itself to the follicles and causes hair to be shed.

Belgravia offers treatments for female pattern hair loss including clinically-proven hair loss solutions shown to stabilise this type of hair thinning and promote regrowth. 

Telogen Effluvium

The second hair thinning issue that is commonly found in women is Telogen Effluvium. This is a temporary hair loss condition that is caused by a sudden event such as stress, shock, illness or an operation, and the hair loss is usually spread diffusely over the whole scalp.

Telogen Effluvium causes the hair to be shed approximately three months after the event, so much of the time it can be shocking for the person experiencing the condition and hard to pin-point the cause. The reason that the hair loss is experienced three months later is that, when the event takes place, the hair is passed into the ‘telogen’ phase – the resting phase of a hair’s life. The telogen stage lasts for three months before hair fall occurs and the hair growth cycle starts again.

Telogen Effluvium treatment is not always required as the hair will usually grow back on its own, with a bout of this condition generally lasting no more than six months. We do, however, usually advise treatment as a precaution for a couple of reasons – first of all, if the cause of the hairloss is on-going (on-going stress / illness etc.) then the hair will carry on shedding without treatment.  Secondly, much of the time Telogen Effluvium can trigger female pattern hair loss in those women (or men) who are prone to it. Once the hair has regrown, Belgravia hair specialists advise stopping treatment to see if the hair carries on shedding. If it does, treatment can be continued, otherwise it can be stopped permanently as it means female pattern hair loss was not triggered and the telogen effluvium is not ongoing.

Diffuse Hair Loss aka Chronic Telogen Effluvium

The final condition that is frequently experienced by women is diffuse hair loss.  The condition involves an increased rate of hair fall and subsequent thinning from all over the scalp, which tends to last for at least six months.

For those experiencing Diffuse Hair Loss, diet should be checked for adequate intake of nutrients. Clinical investigations should be made for thyroid, haemoglobin and hormonal problems. Stress may also be a contributing factor in Chronic Telogen Effluvium.

Women with this condition will usually be advised to visit their doctor in order to discover the underlying cause but treatment can be an effective solution for this temporary hair loss issue, whilst the underlying cause is being researched.

Post-Partum Alopecia

The phenomenon of experiencing hair loss after having a baby – a condition known as Postpartum Alopecia – is both normal and extremely common.

During pregnancy, the active growth phase of a woman’s hair growth cycle is extended, but once she has given birth, the cycle starts to resume its normal activity and this includes an extended shedding period.

It is absolutely nothing to worry about and, in most cases, although treatment is possible if desired, the hair will generally return to its pre-pregnancy state within 12 months.

Traction Alopecia

With the popularity of tight hairstyles, such as braids and high ponytails, as well as the increased use of hair extensions, wigs and weaves, hair loss from Traction Alopecia is on the increase.

Traction Alopecia occurs when taut and/or weighty hairstyles are worn too regularly and add excessive tension to the hair follicles. This then causes hair loss, usually around the hairline and at the temples as these are the areas that bear the brunt of the strain.

In mild cases, removing the problematic styles and wearing the hair naturally may help the hair to recover naturally over time, whilst in moderate cases Traction Alopecia treatment may be worthwhile considering. Where the scalp skin has taken on a smooth, shiny appearance – particularly where the condition has been present without intervention for a long time – this can mean there will be permanent baldness in these affected areas.

The Belgravia Centre london clinic Womens hairloss treatmentBelgravia hair loss specialists will recommend the most appropriate treatments for each individual based on their condition, level and pattern of shedding and medical profile. Factors such as lifestyle requirements may also be taken into consideration in order to tailor the optimum hair loss treatment course, generally comprising both medicinal and non-pharmaceutical therapies and hair growth supporting products – that the patient feels comfortable and confident in using.

We understand that hair loss in women can be emotionally difficult and many of those affected may have trouble confronting the situation, finding it hard to talk about.  All our staff are extremely understanding and, please remember, we see many, many women suffering from all kinds of hair loss issues every day, so it is something we are used to and empathetic towards.


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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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Question:  I have a feeling I’m anemic as I get dizzy quite a lot and seem to have some of the other symptoms.  I have also recently started losing my hair – it’s going thin around the top but not the sides and back.  This is confusing me because I have read on your website that hair loss from another medical condition is spread around the whole head, not just the top – do you think this hair loss could be caused by Anemia or just genetic?

Answer:  The first thing I would say is go and see your doctor about your symptoms – Anemia can be treated quite easily and it should be dealt with as soon as possible.

Anemia can be the sole cause of hair loss (diffusely over the scalp) but can also trigger Female Pattern Hair Loss.  If the hair loss you are experiencing is only around the top of your head then it sounds like this may be the case.  My first advice would be to get to the bottom of your medical problem by visiting your doctor; this will probably help with the hair loss as well as the other symptoms.  If genetic hair loss has been triggered you will still require treatment for the hair loss, and there are effective treatments that could help to stop further hair loss and regrow hair – HAIR LOSS TREATMENTS FOR WOMEN.

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stress-hair-loss-womenQuestion:  I am a 40 year old female who has been experiencing hair loss problems for the past 2 years. I was diagnosed with Alopecia Nervousa and began treatment with a trichologist using La Biosthetique treatments, this worked initially and my hair growth percentage went from 8% to 69%. However after a year it began to fall out again and after analysis my growth had went down to 59%. I then began using Nourkrin, and initially this also worked, but my hair is still falling out. I am currently still using Nourkrin as I am now unsure about what to do next. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

Answer:  Alopecia Nervosa is an uncommon term but by this I assume you refer to hair loss caused by stress i.e. Diffuse Hair Loss or Telogen Effluvium.

The treatment that we find most beneficial for certain forms of women’s hair loss is a topical solution known as high strength minoxidil which can be used alone or in conjunction with additional hair growth supporting products. Minoxidil is the only product to be MHRA licensed and FDA approved for pattern hair loss, meaning there have been vigorous clinical trials carried out to prove its effectiveness and efficacy beyond doubt, but it has also been seen to be beneficial when treating other types of shedding.

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 preventing your hair loss.

La Biosthetique products seem to be natural cosmetic products so I am quite surprised that any regrowth at all was experienced.

If you have not already tried minoxidil as part of a I would definitely advise it,  I would however advise a personal hair loss consultation with a specialist for a definitive, professional diagnosis. From there, tailored treatments may be recommended too, as appropriate.


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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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cornrows traction alopecia hair loss tight hairstyles extensions braidsQuestion: I am an afro-caribbean 26 year old woman and have had my hair in a cornrow style since I was about 12 years old. Where the hair has been pulling there are areas of hair loss that are getting wider and wider. How can I stop this?

Answer: Hi there. The type of hair loss you describe is a common issue where tight hairstyles have been worn repeatedly. It is also frequently seen in women of colour due to Afro textured hair being naturally brittle and popular protective hairstyles within the Black community, such as cornrows, contributing to this condition.

It is called Traction Alopecia and it is the result of excessive strain placed on the hair follicles, with hair loss and breakage often concentrated around the sites where styles are fixed, as well as at the hairline and temples, which may start to recede.

The first, and most obvious step to stop hair loss in this instance is to remove the source of the issue – your cornrows. This should prevent the balding areas from expanding. Try to give your follicles a break by wearing your hair naturally without any additional tension from other problematic hairstyles or weight – for example, from hair extensions.

Although in many cases Traction Alopecia can be prevented, when it does occur whether hair regrowth is possible or not depends on the extent of the damage to the follicles.

A consultation with a hair loss specialist should be enough to determine whether your follicles are likely to respond to a course of Traction Alopecia Treatment, though a quick way to tell in many cases is by the appearance of the scalp in the affected areas. If the scalp is smooth and shiny – truly bald – in places, this indicates the follicles are no longer functioning and hair growth is unlikely. Where there is thinning or damaged hair, however, there is still hope that regrowth may be possible with the right approach, as it is a sign that the follicles are capable of producing hair.


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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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Question:  I’m 27 years old and have been losing my hair for about a year now.  I’ve tried Nourkrin but it hasn’t really done much to help.  The thinning seems to be confined to the top of my head as my hairline seems to be further apart than it used to be but round the back and sides my hair looks thick.

I also see a lot of hair on my pillow and the back of my clothes which I find quite embarrassing.  I really want to do something about it but the things I’ve tried have sort of dashed my hopes.  Can anything else be done?

Answer:  Hi, there. We can’t be certain just from what you say here, however, it sounds from your description as if you’re most likely experiencing genetic thinning or ‘female pattern hair loss‘.

There are established hair loss solutions for treating thinning hair in women caused by this hereditary condition; the topical medication minoxidil is both MHRA licensed and FDA approved for treating female pattern hairloss, whilst the LaserComb is an FDA-cleared low-level laser therapy (LLLT) device designed to stimulate the follicles. These can be used as part of a fully-rounded approach which features the established clinically-proven treatment alongside complementary hair growth supporting products.

Appropriate female pattern hair loss treatments can be recommended to you by a specialist, however, we would encourage you to have a consultation first as it is obviously crucial to establish whether this is actually the condition you have, first.


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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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On Thursday of last week I was interviewed about the hype that had been circulating regarding discoveries in America of a gene that could possibly help to replace lost hair in bald men. Scientists have proven for the first time when testing on mice that it is possible to create entirely new follicles from which hairs can be grown, meaning it may be possible to replace hair follicles that have become dysfunctional in humans.

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I talked to Sky News and Channel 5 about impact a future
cure for baldness would have, but also discussed the effective
treatments that are already available for hair loss.

Reports claim it will be 10 years before we can even begin to consider this ‘baldness cure’ becoming available, but what kind of a difference will it really make if and when it does come about?

As you will see in David Teather’s Guardian newspaper article; he explained how I was flinching with annoyance when I looked at a statement in an article I had ripped out of a newspaper. The statement read, ‘finally, a baldness cure that actually works’ – I have to say, statements like this do tend to get me hot under the collar. This statement is highly misleading to the general hair loss sufferer as it gives the impression that there is currently no hope – something that couldn’t be further from the truth!

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Click here to see the Guardian Newspaper Article about a possible hair loss cure

As I pointed out to Teather, there are a number of cures for ‘hair loss’ available already, although the only thing that could be disguised as a cure to ‘baldness’ at present is non-surgical hair replacement, better known as a toupee. So you may ask what the difference between hair loss and baldness is: A bald person is somebody who has lost all his or her hair (in the area that is affected by Male Pattern Hair Loss this would be the top of the head). We refer to ‘bald’ as the smooth areas of skin where hair once appeared but now appears shiny and absent of hair. However, a man or woman suffering from ‘hair loss’ can have thick and healthy locks of hair, be it for a limited amount of time! Over time his or her hair will slowly but surely become thinner and the scalp will become increasingly visible through the hair, leading to eventual baldness in the case of many men.

So when I refer to a ‘cure’ for hair loss I’m talking about effective treatments that can prevent most men and women from ever having to reach the stage of ‘baldness’ with the possibility of thickening up the hair if there has already been a degree of thinning. There are three proven hair loss treatments available and The Belgravia Centre fine tunes its hair loss treatment courses for each individual case, deciding on which of these treatments, and at what strength they will be most effective depending on the specific condition and stage of hair loss each person has reached.

We have found about 9 out of 10 men will experience hair loss stabilisation from the use of a Belgravia Centre ‘combination’ treatment course. By ‘combination’ I refer to a combination of the proven hair loss treatments, as well as added ‘boosters’ that increase the effectiveness of the ‘primary’ treatments. Treatment is also very effective for women suffering from various forms of female hair loss.

So in 10 years time, if further research proves that a cure for baldness is possible, would it really make a difference? I don’t think many young men or women would want to wait until they’re bald, or until their hair’s visibly thinner to do something about it so I believe hair loss sufferers will still seek preventative treatments. I do however imagine a cure to be an exciting prospect for those who have already lost their hair – ensuring areas of complete baldness could one day be replaced with thick and healthy hair. However, until a cure for baldness comes about (if ever) it is important that people who are worried about hair loss know that something can be done as long as they act sooner rather than later.

This month a man lost his court battle against a hair loss organisation after they promised him his hair would be completely restored and charged him £4,000 over 18 months for laser treatment and minoxidil 5%.  According to the un-named victim, although they promised him his hair would be restored and maintained permanently, a contract was signed which included small print stating that the hair loss treatment could not be guaranteed.  Unfortunately as well as being highly overpriced, the treatment was ineffective but the court ruled that the money should not be reimbursed due to the signed contract.

We hear of many hair loss centres making promises to hair loss sufferers but the fact is when it comes to hair loss there is no treatment that can be 100% guaranteed.  Unfortunately in this case the client did not read the small print which contradicted the promises of the consultant he saw.

You should always look out for the following signs when purchasing hair loss treatment – these are some of the things that are carried out by sales organisations in order to ensure you buy their treatment and cannot claim any compensation should it not work.

1. HAVING TO SIGN A CONTRACT
Only a sales organisation will want you to sign up so that you are committed and they are protected

2. PAYING FOR TREATMENT UP-FRONT
Many companies will require payment up-front.  If this is the case most will refuse to reimburse you for the treatment you have not used should you wish to pull out during the treatment programme if you are unhappy with results.

3. NATURAL PRODUCTS AS A PRIMARY TREATMENT
Our research over many years has shown that herbal products to stop hair loss or re-grow hair have little or no benefit if used as a primary treatment. Many companies who sell these types of products as their treatment basis pay little for them and yet charge extremely high prices.  We only advise the proven prescription treatments as a basis for hair loss as these are the only ones which are medically proven to work.

4. CLAIMS THAT HAIR LOSS TREATMENT IS ONLY NEEDED FOR A LIMITED TIME
There is no cure for male or female hair loss which means that treatment is always on-going should you wish to maintain your hair.  We hear of hair loss organisations telling people that treatment is only required for a limited period of time, usually 6-12 months, only to find out that they must carry on at the end of this time period.  If a hair loss centre that you visit makes claims like these we advise you not to purchase treatment as if they are making claims such as these then this gives a clear indication of the kind of company you are dealing with.

For more information visit Belgravia’s Awareness Site.  It’s sole purpose is to prevent you from purchasing hair loss treatments that are overpriced, ineffective or could be dangerous.