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May Bank Holiday Opening Hours - The Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinics London 2015If you’re planning a trip into town or visiting London over the two long Bank Holiday weekends coming up this month, it’s the perfect time to pop in for a free hair loss consultation.

Both the Belgravia Centre clinics in Central London, conveniently located opposite Victoria Station and Liverpool Street Station, will be open on both May Bank Holidays.

We are also open on Saturdays and Sundays, not to mention having late night appointments available during the week.

Initial consultations take no longer than an hour so they’re easy to fit in around your other plans.

To book your appointment, please call us on 020 7730 6666 or send us a message. You can also find our normal opening hours for each of our hair loss clinics, here. Please note that the final appointment time each day is one hour before closing.

For men or women concerned by signs of hair loss who live outside London, or abroad, and wish to become a Belgravia client, simply complete our quick and easy Online Consultation. This allows you to upload photos and provide the information needed in order for our specialists to get back to you with a diagnosis of your condition and their personalised recommendations for effective hair loss treatments.

May Bank Holiday Opening Hours:

Friday 28th April Grosvenor Gardens clinic (Victoria) Open 9am – 6pm
City of London clinic (Liverpool Street) Open 9am – 5pm
Saturday 29th April Grosvenor Gardens clinic Open 9am – 5pm
City of London clinic Open 9am – 5pm
Sunday 30th April Grosvenor Gardens clinic Open 10am – 4pm
City of London clinic Closed
Monday 1st May – Bank Holiday Grosvenor Gardens clinic Open 10am – 6pm
City of London clinic Open 10am – 6pm
Tuesday 2nd May Grosvenor Gardens clinic Open 9am – 8pm
City of London clinic Open 9am – 8pm

Friday 26th May  Grosvenor Gardens clinic (Victoria) Open 9am – 6pm
City of London clinic (Liverpool Street) Open 9am – 5pm
Saturday 27th May Grosvenor Gardens clinic Open 9am – 5pm
City of London clinic Open 9am – 5pm
Sunday 28th May Grosvenor Gardens clinic Open 10am – 4pm
City of London clinic Closed
Monday 29th May – Bank Holiday Grosvenor Gardens clinic Open 10am – 6pm
City of London clinic Open 10am – 6pm
Tuesday 30th May Grosvenor Gardens clinic Open 9am – 8pm
City of London clinic Open 9am – 8pm

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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See Inside The Belgravia Centre Clinics - Google ToursEver wondered what goes on inside The Belgravia Centre? Now’s your chance to have a look!

Google are hosting virtual tours of both our Central London hair loss clinics which allow you to go inside and have a look around as part of their Google Maps service.

You can explore our hair loss treatment advisors’ and consultation rooms. You can also view our clinical treatment areas and check out our receptions so you know what to expect when you arrive, whether you’re visiting our City of London centre opposite Liverpool Street station, or our flagship Belgravia location, opposite Victoria station.

To access these tours simply Google ‘Belgravia Centre Victoria’ or ‘Belgravia Centre New Street’ then on the right hand side of your screen (from a desktop, scroll down on a mobile) you will see a map come up with images of inside the centre of your choice along with the option to ‘See Inside’ – choose this and away you go! Alternatively you can select from the buttons below to take you straight to the tours for each clinic.

Navigate through our clinics by clicking on the screen where you want to see, just as you would when using Google Maps. For our New Street centre which has three floors for you to explore, simply click on the key on the right hand of the screen to select which floor you wish to look around – G(round), 1 or 2.

As Google doesn’t allow people to appear in the tours, if you’d also like to find out more about the Belgravia team, you can visit our Meet the Team page.

BELGRAVIA CLINIC TOUR                      CITY OF LONDON CLINIC TOUR


The Belgravia Centre City of London Hair Loss Treatment Clinic

The 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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We are pleased to announce that The Belgravia Centre range of high quality, professional hair care products is now paraben-free.

All Belgravia’s shampoo, conditioner and scalp treatment products that are designed for home-use have been expertly reformulated and no longer feature this commonly used ingredient.

Belgravia Centre Hair Care Range - Paraben Free Shampoos and ConditionersParabens are a popular preservative and are widely used across the cosmetic and beauty industries. They appear on the ingredients label of product packaging as methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, and/or butylparaben. However, you will no longer find them on the labels of Belgravia shampoos and conditioners as we have removed these ingredients as a response to client feedback.

Whilst considered safe to use in the small amounts found in hair care products, a number of clients – in attempt to rid their lives of any non-essential chemicals – said they would prefer paraben-free formulas.

As a result – and given this change makes no change to the efficacy of Belgravia’s products, the formulas are still as efficient and effective as ever – we are happy to be able to make this change. We have worked with a team of specialists to ensure that removing the paraben preservative does not affect the shelf-life of the product and there is no difference in the level of quality, to make this transition as smooth as possible. The replacement ingredients – Propanediol and Salix alba bark extract – are both natural.

The new formula products will be used during clinical treatment therapy sessions as well as provided directly for at-home use.

For existing clients who receive a supply of these products as part of their annual hair loss treatment course, your next delivery will switch to the new formulas automatically – some of you may even have started using them already. New clients will also be provided with the paraben-free formula products.

Belgravia’s shampoos and conditioners are also available to non-clients and can be purchased from both of our Central London hair loss clinics, either in person or by contacting the centre.


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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Team Belgravia Centre Complete Charity Step Count Week For Care International Walk In Her Shoes Campaign

Hair Loss Specialist Nurses Mariana and Elly Counting Their Steps Outside The Belgravia Centre’s City of London Clinic

We are delighted to announce that Team Belgravia successfully completed its mission to have each member walk a minimum of 10,000 steps per day for one week as part of the ‘Walk In Her Shoes’ fundraiser. They have raised over £2,100 to help Care International already, and donations are still coming in.

What is the ‘Walk In Her Shoes’ campaign?

The charity Care International helps to fight poverty in the world’s poorest areas. Each year they run a fundraising week called ‘Walk In Her Shoes’ where participants are sponsored to walk at least 10,000 steps per day (approximately 5 miles), with the proceeds going to Care.

The reason behind the step-count challenge is in recognition of the girls and women in areas affected by poverty, such as Ethiopia, who often miss out on an education due to having to spend their days walking long distances to collect water for their family. These daily trips are made on foot by adults and children as young as 3 years old.

About Team Belgravia

Team Belgravia features our Chairman, Mike Harris, MDs Marilyn and Jonny Harris, and Specialist Hair Loss Nurses Mariana Almeida, Elly McCormick, Patricia Goncalves and Edyta Wener.

I first heard about the ‘Walk In Her Shoes’ campaign when I was reading the Big Issue” said Elly. “The campaign really stood out for me because I feel very lucky for the life I have and the endless opportunities I have at my doorstep. So it is important to me to give back to those who have so little.”

Being an Everyday Hero

Belgravia Centre MD Marilyn Harris - Left - Completes the Maratona Di Roma 2015

Belgravia Centre MD, Marilyn Harris (Left) Completes the 2015 Maratona di Roma

Whilst keen walkers like Marilyn, who has recently completed the Rome Marathon, as well as a 60k walk in India and a 100 mile walk in Belgium, may have found it easy to meet the 5 mile-per-day step count, others had to find ways to fit it in to their daily routine in order to become one of the campaign’s ‘Everyday Heroes’.

Elly explains, “By adding extra steps into our daily routine over the last week, Team Belgravia has been able to raise enough money to provide a water well close to the village where the children and women live so that they will no longer have to spend much of their day walking to find basic necessities of living. Instead, these children will be able to attend school and gain an education which they would have otherwise missed out on.”

Belgravia MD, Jonny Harris added, “I didn’t realise what a challenge it would be until I got started! However it was definitely worth it for a great cause and I’m glad we managed to raise so much money.

We hope you’ll join us in saying a huge congratulations to all involved. You can see how this money will be used in the video below, and if you would like to make a donation, simply click here then press the green ‘Give Now’ button.


Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic - City of LondonThe 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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They say moving house is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life but a new survey finds that those who rent rather than own their home may be hit the hardest. Renters are 75% more likely to experience serious anxiety and depression than homeowners, and this could in turn lead to stress-related hair loss.

‘Precarious existence’ causing depression

Renting Your Home May Cause Hair LossAccording to a poll commissioned by campaign group Generation Rent, 37% of people renting their home have experienced serious anxiety or depression in the past twelve months. Just 21% of those who own their homes reported similar experiences.

Alex Hilton, Director at Generation Rent, explained a possible reason for this, “Renters live in a precarious existence where they have no idea if they’ll be living in their home in a year’s time, or if they’ll be able to afford to”. Alex added, “That lack of stability and comfort erodes their wellbeing so it is no surprise that levels of anxiety and depression are higher than for home owners.”

Depression and hair loss

Depression has been linked with hair loss in two ways:

  • a small number of people taking particular anti-depressants could develop a type of Alopecia that causes hair to shed at the start of the telogen (resting) phase (in contrast to Alopecia Areata, which usually causes hair to be shed around 3 months after the start of the resting phase). Such hair loss is likely to be temporary, and hair growth should resume once the medication course in completed although it may be possible to speed this process up with the use of minoxidil.

 

 

Junk Food Can Lead To Hair LossDepression can also have a negative effect on a sufferer’s diet and social habits such as smoking and excessive drinking, which can all cause thinning hair and either trigger temporary hair loss conditions. They can also exacerbate genetic hair loss in those who are already predisposed to male pattern baldness or female hair loss.

Anxiety disorders can also cause Trichotillomania, a psychological condition where the individual is compelled to pull or twist at their own hair until it comes out. This can lead to bald patches, cause irreversible scarring and permanent hair loss.

Managing stress and hair loss

There are many ways to help manage stress caused by lifestyle issues such as renting, and you can thus avoid hair loss from stress-related conditions or depression. However, in dealing with stress caused by renting, a full solution may require an overhaul of the legal system relating to renting. Alex Hilton confirmed, “Better rights for renters would not only create a fairer housing market, but there’d be public health benefits too.”

If you are experiencing depression, stress or are concerned about trichotillomania, speak to your GP who will be able to help you with coping strategies and, if need be, medication. Anyone experiencing excessive hair fall should make an appointment with a hair loss expert, who will assess you and advise on any suitable hair loss treatments needed to restore your hair to its full health.


Belgravia Centre Hair Loss ClinicThe 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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“Loida could not have been more informative or thorough in her explanation – the photographs really helped me to understand the situation.  I did not at any point feel rushed or like my questions were silly. As I shared with Deborah at the appointment, I was really pleasantly surprised at how friendly and warm the experience was. I was genuinely expecting a ‘hard sell’ technique. Deborah explained the potential treatment plan with simple and easy to understand language, plus detailed the finances with simplicity, no big words or pushy sales attitude.  Reception were friendly, polite and were attentive to ensure no person was left bored or unattended to, whilst managing busy phone lines. Easy to reach location (though google puts the address on the other side of the square).   The centre was clean, spacious and well laid out. There was a selection of up to date magazines and newspapers – (which most office underestimate what a bonus this is for visitors!).  I loved the inclusion of big screen televisions to view your scalp photos – this was a really modern, current way to present concrete evidence of my situation.  I also liked that the specialist treating me was not the same person who discussed finances.  Obviously whoever mapped out the client journey on a consultation considered all of this and the experience felt very well conceived.  Impressed.”

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“Lindsay was very warm and understanding and made me feel at ease when expressing my concerns about my hair.  Deborah was very friendly and welcoming and could answer all of my questions.  I was very happy with reception’s service.  My appointment was bang on time and the receptionist was lovely. I had my first appointment and treatment yesterday and can say that I am very contented with the experience. The general atmosphere of the centre is very welcoming and made me feel like I am in safe hands and I am looking forward to my next visit in three months. The lady who washed my hair and gave me my first massage was also lovely and I felt at ease with her.”

“All I can say about the clinic is that everyone seems to be very helpful, knowledgeable and thoughtful about patients conditions. I was really pleased and thankful I went for a free consultation and since I would like to get one of your treatments I will certainly come back.”

“I thought all of your staff were very helpful, informative and had a pleasant nature including the lady who washed and treated my hair.  I am looking forward to returning and will certainly recommend the company to my friends.”

“Edyta Wener was very professional, tactful but straight to the point (which I liked), explained about my hair condition in detail which she recognised straight away and also what could be done regarding treatment. She was also very friendly and made me feel at ease!  Deborah Sutton was very professional answered my queries regarding the treatment and also explained what I would receive as part of the treatment plan that I had decided to go for which I thought was excellent value for money!! Again I was made to feel at ease.  Reception staff – first class professionalism! I was greeted straight away and dealt with promptly.  I liked the appearance and atmosphere of the clinic because I didn’t feel as if I was attending a clinic!”

Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Staff Christmas Party Photos 2Due to an exceptionally busy period over the festive holidays and New Year, welcoming lots of clients – old and new – to our London clinics, we’ve only just managed to fit in a Christmas party!

But, efficient as ever, the Belgravia staff managed to fit a whole festive season’s worth of fun into our belated night out last weekend.

Both our Victoria and Liverpool Street centre teams came together at Bayswater’s All Star Lanes for a night of bowling, cocktails and karaoke, as can be seen in this small selection of snaps below…

Click over to the Belgravia Facebook page for more photos from the night.

Belgravia Centre Staff Christmas Party

Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Staff Christmas Party Photos 14 (2)


Belgravia Centre
The 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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Team Belgravia are taking part in the ‘Walk In Her Shoes’ charity challenge this March and we’d like to invite you to join us!

Mariana Is Heading Up Team Belgravia For Walk In Her Shoes FundraiserWhat is ‘Walk In Her Shoes’?

Walk In Her Shoes is an initiative designed to raise money and awareness whilst walking in solidarity with women and girls who are missing out on education and a chance to earn an income because of the time they have to spend collecting water and food, accessing healthcare or seeking refuge from conflict.

From 23rd – 29th March inclusive, Team Belgravia, led by hair loss specialists Mariana Almeida (pictured right) and Elly McCormick, will join many others from around the UK in counting their steps, making sure we each hit 10,000 steps every day that week.

Much like a sponsored walk, we welcome anyone who would like to, to sign up to walk with us, or make a donation towards our target fundraising goal of £5,000 which will all go to the event’s charity.

Who is the charity?

‘Walk In Her Shoes’ is held to raise awareness and funds for CARE International UK, a non-religious, non-political charity organisation that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to anyone in need, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age, religion, politics or sexual orientation. The charity also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people to rebuild their lives in the aftermath.

CARE advise that at least 83p in every pound raised is spent directly on their poverty fighting programmes, whilst the rest goes towards fundraising and the organisation’s running costs.

Team Belgravia Take Part In Charity Walk In Her Shoes Fundraiser For Care International UKHow do I get involved?

There are two ways to get involved – you can either join Team Belgravia by taking part in the step counting week with us, or you can make a donation towards our team’s fundraising goal.

If you decide to get active with us, you don’t need to join up with the team in person or take any time out from work or leisure activities, all you need to do is make sure you take 10,000 steps per day, every day during challenge week. You can walk, jog or run – it’s up to you, every step counts no matter how you take it!

You can tweet or instagram @BelgraviaCentre a picture of your pedometer reading each day using the hashtag #WIHS, or post your progress to our Facebook or Google+ pages to share your accomplishments with the rest of the team.

To join Team Belgravia:

Press the ‘Join Team Belgravia’ button below which will take you to our Team page, then click on the brown ‘Join Team’ button to register your details. Once you have registered you just need to start raising funds and remember to count your steps every day between 16th and 22nd March inclusive, making sure you hit at least 10,000 steps per day. It is free to join our team or, if you would like to receive a pedometer and a T-shirt, it costs £10.

JOIN TEAM BELGRAVIA

To make a donation:

If you don’t wish to take part but would still like to support our fundraising efforts for this worthwhile cause, you can sponsor us via the Team Belgravia donation page. Just click the button below then press any of the ‘Give Now’ buttons to input your payment details.

DONATE NOW

Remember, £100 can provide water and sanitation for a school for a class of children for two years, saving their daily walk for water and allowing them to receive an education. £1,500 could build a water well close to a community providing an abundance of fresh, clean water and, again, reduce their daily walk. Together we can make a difference so please consider supporting us in whatever way you can, and feel free to share this link with your friends and family.

If you have any questions about this fundraiser or difficulty with the team’s donation page, please do leave us a message in the comments below and we’ll get right back to you. We will also bring you updates on the team’s progress next month so do check back to see how they get on!


Belgravia Centre Hair Loss ClinicThe 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.


A new test which could detect cancer, Alzheimer’s and possibly even hair loss has hit shelves in the UK. The product, developed by a company backed by Google, will retail for £125 and uses saliva to assess genetic information. Over 100 pieces of information are assessed in order to determine how likely you are to develop various different health conditions.

Google-funded tests

DNA Testing Kit Could Predict Hereditary Hair LossSold by 23andMe, a Google-backed company run by the wife of Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, the test requires you to send saliva samples in the post to the company. Samples are then analysed and tested (this takes between four to six weeks) before a detailed report is sent back. The saliva test could predict how likely it is that you’ll experience genetic hair loss, and can even offer information about your ancestry.

Genetics by post

But, provided you feel secure enough sending your genetic material through the post to a firm you’ve never even heard of, are the tests accurate?

Medical Director for the Pharmacy2U Online Doctor Service, Dr Nitin Shori, gave his views on the £125 test, “It’s an interesting proposition and something that could spark an interest with many people, particularly those who know about an inherited medical condition running in their family. However, it’s important to be aware that a genomics test like this isn’t going to definitively answer whether or not you’re going to develop a particular condition. Patients may be unclear about what the results mean or unsure what to do in response to them.”

Uncertainty still abounds as to the reliability of the test, which has been banned by the FDA in America after the company failed to provide evidence as to how accurate the tests were.

Funmi Lampejo, pharmacy manager at The Belgravia Centre’s City of London hair loss clinic advises, “Genetic testing for traits such as the likelihood of developing alopecia will probably become more commonplace in the future. The validity of this particular test has not yet been established so it is impossible to gauge how useful the test is. It is also worthwhile to note that the test will only establish if a person has the gene. It will not indicate what will trigger the expression of that gene, or the chances that the gene will ever be activated“.

Ascertaining hair loss potential

As Funmi explains, this test won’t actually tell you whether or not you will develop a hereditary hair loss condition, but it may give you an indication of the likelihood. Genetic thinning can be inherited from either side of the family, so if your mother experienced hair loss, or your father had male pattern baldness, it’s likely you will have inherited ‘the balding gene’ too.

hair-loss-treatment-for-men-and-women-hair-growth-boosters-and-minoxidilThe tests could allow you to find out earlier whether you’re likely to be affected, which could give you the opportunity to start using hair loss treatments early in order to prevent premature balding and boost regrowth. Whether it’s worth spending £125 on a test of this nature is a personal decision, although people should remember not to take the results too seriously.

Male pattern balding and female hair loss can both be treated using the MHRA licensed and FDA approved pharmaceutical products: minoxidil and finasteride 1mg (although finasteride 1mg is for men only). Many of our clients experience significant results – which they often marvel at in disbelief! – from following personalised hair loss treatment courses featuring appropriate high strength minoxidil formulations from those available at our clinic pharmacies. You can see hundreds of examples of how these treatments have helped both male and female Belgravia clients to regrow thinning hair and restore receding hairlines in our extensive collection of photographic Hair Loss Success Stories.


The Belgravia Centre Hair Loss ClinicThe 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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