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We’ve heard it all before. A healthy individual loses around a hundred hairs a day. Nothing to worry about we’re told, as long as they are constantly replaced and the losses occur evenly around the whole scalp. But when hair loss goes well beyond this level it can become quite a problem – not only superficially but psychologically as well. It seems quite tedious to count each strand that falls out each day so how do we know if our shedding is considered normal or if it’s the start of something more serious?

DIY Test for Hair LossPerforming a standardised 60 second hair count appears to be a reliable method for assessing hair shedding, according to a report in the Archives of Dermatology. The study involving 60 healthy men (half aged 20 to 40 and half aged 41 to 60) without evidence of male pattern baldness or alopecia areata, set out to define the range of normal hair loss count and determine if shedding remains constant with age.

Background information in the report states there is currently no widely accepted or standard method for assessing the number of hairs shed daily and the belief that we lose 100 hairs per day is based on the assumption that the average scalp contains 100,000 hairs and that 10 percent of those hairs are in the telogen (resting) phase, which lasts for 3 months before the hair is shed.

All men in the study were given identical combs and shampoo and were instructed to wash their hair for three consecutive mornings. On the fourth day before shampooing, they were asked to comb their hair forward for 60 seconds over a towel or pillowcase of contrasting colour. The men combed their hair this way and then counted hairs shed for three consecutive days. This procedure was repeated by the men six months later.

Men in the 20 to 40 years age bracket shed 0 to 78 hairs, with an average loss of 10.2 hairs per 60 second test. Men in the 41 to 60 years age bracket shed 0 to 43 hairs, with an average loss of 10.3 hairs per 60 second test. The results were consistent over the three day period and when the procedure was repeated six months later in both age groups, the hair count did not change much.

The research concluded the 60 second hair count to be a simple, practical and reliable tool for monitoring conditions associated with hair shedding and that dependable results over an extended period of time are obtainable.

“Studies of the 60 second hair count in normal women and in the setting of hair disease still need to be performed,” write the authors of the study.

The study has provided a benchmark for measuring hair loss but it’s important to consider all factors that can influence hair loss, including genetics.

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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.


Name: Jay

Belgravia Centre VictoriaQuestion: I am a male aged 26 and losing hair at a fast rate. I was so concerned that I visited a clinic that advertises in the paper (not yours) and was shocked when they told me the cost would be £1200 for six months treatment. When I completed one of your online diagnostic forms I found out your costs are lower compared to other companies I have enquired with.

Does this mean the treatment isn’t as good? To be honest I felt I was being ripped off at the first centre I visited as the guy was a bit pushy and that also put me off. Can you help as I am nervous and quite sceptical even though it was a friend who mentioned your name?

Answer: When costs are low, the first thing that most people naturally think is that the product purchased won’t be as good as a more expensive option. In the case of Belgravia’s hair loss treatment courses this is not the case and I will explain why.

It’s an unfortunate fact that many of the hair loss organisations in the UK aim to make as much money as possible with little effort. Most of the centres do not offer the medically proven treatments for hair loss as they don’t have the medical facilities to do so (pharmacy / medical staff). These facilities take a lot of time, money and effort to set up and in the case of a pharmacy, need to be overseen by certain regulatory bodies.

The fact is, as well as having all of these facilities, which ensures we are able to provide the optimum level of treatment and service, Belgravia genuinely aims to make the products offered as reasonable as possible to the consumer. We’re not looking to make maximum profits from individual patients, but prefer to help a higher number of people at lower costs; this is why Belgravia has the largest client base of any single medical hair loss centre in Europe.

We guarantee that the Belgravia Centre offers the most effective hair loss treatment courses available whilst ensuring safety. These treatment courses include the medically proven treatments for hair loss specially combined to suit the individual, treatment course boosters and other services for which you can find more information on the hair loss treatments page.

In November 2008 the Belgravia Centre recorded its first set of video diaries from a patient using a specialised Belgravia combination treatment course – we believe his results to be the best for hair loss ever recorded on video – you can view his videos here – hair loss video diary. Our site also features hundreds of success stories that are updated and added to on a daily basis. They include comments and before/during treatment photos of Belgravia Centre treatment users. Our Facebook Page is also inundated with frequent wall posts from happy patients.

If you would like to arrange a free consultation at the Belgravia Centre to begin the process of hair loss prevention please contact us by message ot call the centre on 020 7730 6666.  Alternatively, you can complete our online diagnostic form for mail-order if you are unable to visit the centre.

In the exacerbated dog-eat-dog world of employment at present, it’s more vital than ever to have as many strings to your bow – or hairs on your head according to one expert – as possible.

Apparently the balding are at a distinct disadvantage, especially in today’s tight job market. With male pattern baldness affecting more than 50 percent of men, the remaining 50 or so percent are inferably snapped up first.

“If you’re looking for a job right now, if you match up a person with hair to a non-hairy person, the competitive marketplace tends to favour the people with hair,” said Dr. William Rassman, a hair restoration surgeon and author of “Hair Loss & Replacement for Dummies.”

Women are on a more even playing field, with roughly only 40 percent experiencing female pattern hair loss, and usually later on in life.

Dr Rassman says increasing the hairs on one’s head can boost self-confidence and even a career.

“Take a look at all the presidents of the U.S. How many of them were bald? Eisenhower was the last one. Hair like Clinton’s helps a lot, hair like Obama’s got helps a lot”, he said.

Clients of the Belgravia Centre, especially those in the performing arts, say they have greatly benefitted from the available treatments as you can see by viewing our hair loss success stories.

“The Belgravia Centre have added years to my modeling career”, said client Sean Moore, who has been a happy Belgravia patient for almost 10 years.

Male and female pattern baldness are hereditary conditions that can be treated at the Belgravia Centre. Our HAIR LOSS TREATMENTS page will give you an idea of the optimum treatment options and the likelihood of a successful response.

But, as Rassman says, a full mane’s value is incalculable.

“If you land the executive job you want because you look good, I don’t know how you put a value on that.”

If you’re interested in seeing how the Belgravia Centre can help boost your confidence – and hopefully your career – call to book a free consultation on 020 7730 6666, or message the centre. Or if you can’t get to our London centre, complete an online diagnostic form to take advantage of a mail-order hair loss treatment course anywhere in the world.

(This blog is by guest contributor John Allsopp). As a man, I didn’t think I was going to like Breaking the Silence on Women’s Hair Loss. I mean, I’ve read Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus: How to Get What You Want in Your Relationships
, so I’m comfortable being uncomfortable when the book jacket talks about “women who struggle with hair loss and its accompanying emotional toll and shame”. The third sentence in chapter one is “Fairy tales, myths and legends abound with hair central to the story”.

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It turns out, though, that Hoffmann herself, a ‘seasoned medical journalist and editor’ also seems uncomfortable with that and soon gets into her stride talking about what causes hair loss and what you can do about it. Journalists aren’t flowery by nature, they like to report the facts as they see them. That’s their job. I love it.

So, I think what’s happened is the flowery stuff has been forced there by the publisher in order to satisfy their model of what sells the books to women. That’s fine, just don’t get the impression the book deals only with the emotional and social side of hair loss. There’s a load of great information in here that I haven’t seen elsewhere.

I’ve taken a step back. And that’s very slightly annoying 


Hoffmann gets serious with hair loss, providing, for example, the biggest list I’ve seen anywhere of reasons to see your doctor first, from Lupus to statin drugs and SSRIs like Prozac with hair loss as a possible side effect.

There’s advice on who to talk to and how to build a ‘hair loss team’ around you. The largest chapter is probably the one covering a wide range of hair loss treatments. Then it’s hair nutrients, wigs and finally she reaches the book’s basic conclusion which feels like: you may improve your hair but you probably won’t get back your teenage years. You need confidence in you, and your hair isn’t you. The major battle isn’t your hair, it’s you and your attitude towards it.

It’s in the treatments part of the book, however, that I think it falls down. Basically, I’ve read the book and I learned a whole lot about hair loss causes and treatments. But I still don’t know what to do.

If I have hair loss, why should I have to learn about it? 


What I really wanted was for Hoffmann to write a book titled “John’s hair loss, what it is and what he should do next”. I’ve spent maybe four or five hours reading the book and I know more about hair loss, I’m better equipped, I have a more rounded appreciation. But I’m nowhere nearer making a decision about getting my hair back. In fact, whereas before I was looking for a hair loss solution, now I’ve reverted to wondering whether I should just accept me for who I am. I’ve taken a step back. And that’s very slightly annoying.

But isn’t that how life is now? We’re suffering under a weight of choice. Want broadband? You’ve got to understand it before you can buy it. Want a mobile phone? May your God help you. Want something to calm your nerves? First, you have to deal with more information than you can shake a stick at, and nowadays the first place people turn is the Internet. Anyone, even stupid people, can write articles on the Internet.

I have a different view. I think there will be a backlash against the herd, against stupid people you don’t know or trust making stupid online comments. Against DIY. Against information overload. I think the pendulum will swing back towards the expert.

If I have hair loss, why should I have to learn about it? Surely I just want to turn up to an expert, get it treated, walk out and get on with what I want to do.

Our life is just the hours we get given. We shouldn’t waste them. Do what you want with your life. Learn about hair loss if that’s what you really want to do. Otherwise, consult a hair loss expert, get it sorted to the best of their ability (and let them worry about that), then get on with your life. Hair loss can’t stop you.

(Pic courtesy Dawn Ashley on Flickr, some rights reserved)

I just found a great bit of information on the internet. It’s straight from the FDA website and although it was written a good few years ago, the information is still very relevant. The main body of the article talks about the treatments and options available but it’s the following section that caught my interest…

‘The mythology of hair loss is a book unto itself. Wearing hats won’t cause it, doctors say. Nor will standing on your head to increase blood flow cure it. Massaging your scalp and brushing your hair won’t save you. Toweling off your head lightly rather than vigorously will only postpone the inevitable for a few days.

Perhaps the biggest myth is that cleaning your scalp of sebum (the semifluid secretion of glands attached to the follicle) will unclog those follicles and allow hair to grow. Surgeons will tell you that when they’re performing transplants, there’s no trapped hair to be found.

In 1989, FDA banned all nonprescription hair creams, lotions, or other external products claiming to grow hair or prevent baldness. And it has taken action against companies that continue to sell such products. In 1996, the agency sent a warning letter to Daniel Rogers Laboratories Inc., of Paramus, N.J., the manufacturer of “Natural Hairs,” for claiming its product could promote hair growth and prevent hair loss. Two years earlier, after an FDA investigation, a U.S. district court judge enjoined the marketing of “Solution 109 Herbal Shampoo” because of claims that the product warded off hair loss.

Advertisements for “hair farming” products and others that hint they can regrow hair are still plentiful. But if you’re desperate, keep one thing in mind: “There will be never be a secret [ingredient] that works for hair loss,” NYU’s Washenik says. And, if they were to find it, he says: “It will be on the cover of the New York Times. It will be on the nightly news. … When this happens, it’s going to be wildness. You’re not going to need an expert to tell you the name of the drug.” ‘

… today we still have the same situation. There are so many products advertised that claim to stop and reverse hair loss, making it difficult for anybody losing their hair to know what actually works and what doesn’t. Our PRODUCT REVIEW page will help you with this – we’ve listed a number of products that you may have come across whilst researching hair loss solutions. Only two of them are proven to work, and are endorsed by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration – USA). The others are unproven and there’s no evidence to support their effectiveness for hair loss prevention or hair regrowth.

You can find the full FDA article here – http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/1997/397_hair.html.

New drug for longer eyelashes may help hair lossAs you know, we love proven, medically tested, officially approved hair loss treatments. Not because we have any particular axe to grind. It’s just .. those are the treatments that work and we like happy clients.

So we read with interest about Latisse which appears to be about to get FDA approval as a treatment to encourage the growth of eyelashes.

Latisse comes from Allergan, the company that brought us Botox. They say they will investigate the hair loss gains further because .. what makes eyelashes grow makes hair grow. Whatever makes hair grow gets us all excited.

They say it should become available in the UK next year, but, let’s see if they get approval first.

(Pic courtesy the prodigal untitled13 on Flickr, some rights reserved)

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Belgravia’s ‘hair loss success stories’ blog category is frequently updated with comments written by happy Belgravia patients.  The posts also include the patients’ photo-scans and / or a profile shot showing the results that have been achieved during their treatment course so far.  The site was launched to give hair loss sufferers a real chance to see exactly what they can expect from the use of a Belgravia Centre treatment course first-hand from actual patients.

Success stories from happy hair loss patients are generally added on a daily basis so be sure to check-back frequently.

Want to see the results yourself? Here they are – HAIR LOSS SUCCESS STORIES.

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Name: Lorraine

Question: I have been doing some research on Minoxidil and it states that once you stop using Minoxidil your hairloss will continue, is that true?

Answer: If the hair loss you are experiencing is a continuous condition (Female Pattern Hair Loss) then Minoxidil usage needs to be on-going in order to maintain hair loss stabilisation.  If the condition is a temporary one such as Telogen Effluvium or Diffuse Thinning then it is possible that Minoxidil usage can be stopped once the underlying cause of the hair loss (stress / illness etc.) is dealt with.

For more information on the hair loss conditions mentioned please visit the following links:

Female Pattern Hair Loss
Telogen effluvium
Diffuse Thinning

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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.

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.