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The hair loss process can be tough for those going through it, particularly for young people who may feel alienated and ‘othered’.

In spite of these pressures, 15-year-old student Elisha Appleby has become a brand ambassador for Sunderland-based wig producer Pdollpalace after being recruited by its owner, Jolene Casey.

A line of high-quality synthetic wigs, eponymously named Elisha’s Wigs, is being released in collaboration with the company, and promoted across social media using the hashtag #IAMELISHA.

Cause of hair loss

Hairloss has been a recent phenomenon for Appleby. She spoke to her local North-East newspaper, The Chronicle, about noticing clumps of hair falling from her head around her last birthday.

It continued to shed, taking a heavy emotional toll on the teenager: “As a 15 year old girl, my hair was a priority. I was getting bullied and I locked myself in my bedroom and wouldn’t go to school”.

In a video on the newspaper’s website Appleby explains how she saw a dermatologist who diagnosed her with Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune disorder which causes sudden, patchy hair loss to the scalp.

Medics who assessed her condition believe it was caused by stress as she also experiences severe nose bleeds: Alopecia Areata can be triggered by long-term, chronic psychological stress.

Judging by her pictures, Appleby still appears to have her eyebrow hair and eyelashes, which suggests she may have the scalp-only form of the condition rather than its two more extreme phenotypes – Alopecia Totalis and Universalis. These cause baldness of the entire head, and from head-to-toe, respectively. Though, of course, Elisha may be wearing false lashes and micro-pigmentation eyebrow tattoos.

As a means of coping with her hair loss, the schoolgirl shaved her head and posted the results on Facebook to raise alopecia awareness. She received a lot of support, particularly from Jolene Casey who messaged her afterwards asking her to become a Pdollpalace brand ambassador.

The teenager has been recruiting women with medical hair loss to model her range of wigs and has been inundated with volunteers. She told The Chronicle beforehand, “They can be any age, size, anyone who has suffered hair loss through alopecia, cancer, chemotherapy or hair loss after pregnancy”.

IAMELISHA pdollpalace elishas wigs collection alopecia areata“We want to do a photoshoot, we can all model the Elisha Wigs which will go on the Pdollpalace website… They’ll get a makeover and we will have fun and model all sorts of colours and styles. We want to give the girls the confidence they need. We want people to know bald is beautiful”.

Wigs for children and young people

Unfortunately scalp-only Alopecia Areata treatment is unavailable for those under the age of 16: additionally there are currently no safe and effective treatments for Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis, though options are in development.

Despite this, Appleby demonstrates that wigs are an excellent source of confidence for young people experiencing hair loss.

In the UK, Little Princess Trust offers free real-hair wigs to girls and young women up to 24 years of age who have medical hair loss, usually from autoimmune alopecia or as a result of cancer treatment. Celebrity endorsements include One Direction star Harry Styles and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, who have both donated their hair to the charity.

The charity’s male division, Hero by LPT was set up in 2017 to offer the same service to young men and boys, also up to 24 years of age. The 2017-18 Premier League champions Manchester City are proud supporters and recently auctioned a signed Sergio Aguero kit to raise money for the charity.

Not everyone who loses their hair wants to wear a wig though, and for those who simply want support in dealing with their condition, hair loss charities such as Alopecia UK can prove invaluable. As Appleby reiterates, “Bald is beautiful and I want everyone to know it”.


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


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Dee Armstrong, a much-loved veteran news anchor for the American WLTZ TV station was arrested following a dispute with her son.

After the incident a bald mugshot of the TV personality without her wig went viral on Facebook, revealing her hair loss to a wider audience.

‘Hey Dee, you’re not alone’

Armstrong returned to work nearly a week after the initial event. As reported on the Ledger-Enquirer website, she jokingly commented, “I was eventually going to [talk about losing hair], but they made sure I’m gonna talk about it now”.

The reporter’s hair loss condition is not named, but is described in the article as “hair- thinning and Alopecia“.

When used as a standalone term ‘alopecia’ is a general descriptor for hair loss of any kind, including Androgenetic Alopecia – also known as Female Pattern Hair Loss – Traction Alopecia and Cicatricial Alopecia. As such, it is unclear which specific condition she is experiencing. However, the fact she is now bald, specifically references ‘Alopecia’ and mentioned in the article that she shaved her head, suggests she may have a form of Alopecia Areata.

Judging by her mugshot, it appears Armstrong has not lost her eyebrow hair nor her eyelashes. Given the more severe Alopecia Areata phenotypes, Alopecia Totalis and Universalis, both involve baldness of the whole head – including facial hair – this indicates it is more likely she may have the scalp-only form of Alopecia Areata, though a proper consultation would be required to provide an accurate diagnosis.

The autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata in this suspected form presents as sudden, patchy hair loss which, when it extends to large areas of the scalp, can be accompanied by thinning hair between the rounded bald spots. This may account for her initial description. There are Alopecia Areata treatment options available for this strain of autoimmune hairloss, which may have been what the popular community figure was exploring when it was reported that she had been speaking to a hair expert in Atlanta about her issues.

Regardless of what had caused her baldness, Dee Armstrong was shocked to see the response of others: “I have had so many women telling me, ‘Hey Dee, you’re not alone” – and she certainly isn’t. A 2017 report conducted by a US-based think tank – the Perception Institute – revealed black women experience higher levels of anxiety about their hair than white women, though women of all races and hair types are increasingly raising concerns regarding increased hair loss.

Women’s hair loss

“One of the hardest things to ever happen to me was to have them post that picture of me… And I wanted to do it on my own terms, you know… when I talk about it I wanted to talk about it the way I wanted to talk about it. But I wasn’t given that option,” says Armstrong.

As she demonstrates, women’s hair loss can be a tricky conversation to have, a topic which is less spoken about than men’s and still has a perceived stigma attached to it which people are gradually working to eradicate. Armstrong did note that she received a lot of help from her local community after the incident: “people were so doggone sweet to me”.

Often becoming informed about a hair loss condition can help to make the process a little easier to manage. Similarly an online or in-clinic consultation with a Belgravia specialist provides a professional diagnosis, advice and personalised treatment recommendations.

A tailored hair loss treatment plan can then be recommended, which typically combines clinically-proven medications and complementary hair growth supporting products, such as the highly-targeted Hair Vitalics for Women food supplement.

Staff ensure clients feel comfortable throughout their course by offering on-going monitoring and support, which has helped many women feel more confident, as documented in the many reviews in Belgravia’s Success Stories gallery. This Belgravia client explained, “I am very pleased with the result. The staff are very friendly and encouraging. I am glad I came. I will recommend it very strongly”.

Armstrong’s experience and her public discussions will hopefully inspire more women to feel comfortable in both talking openly about losing their hair, and seeking help if needed.



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


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alert male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 17 04 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mr B, pictured, has seen an improved general density since he started his Belgravia treatment course.

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


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Name: Jools

Question: Can CBD oil treat hair loss? I have thinning hair and heard this is good for regrowth.

Answer: Hi, Jools. You haven’t mentioned the cause of your hair loss but, regardless, there is no clinical evidence that suggests CBD oil can treat thinning hair.

Cannabiniol oil – also known as cannabis oil and CBD oil – comes in a range of strengths and strains, depending on the type of hemp leaves it is produced from.

CBD oil cannabidiol cannabis oil hemp oilThere are around 113 active chemicals in the cannabis sativa plant, known as cannabinoids. The two key components are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Whilst THC is the banned psychoactive known for getting people high, CBD is considered an anti-psychotic and makes up approximately 40 per cent of cannabis extracts.

Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis sativa plants, but differ in that hemp plants tend to be farmed for their non-psychoactive CBD benefits, whilst marijuana plants have often been modified to ensure high levels of THC.

Studies are still underway but CBD has already been found to be beneficial to a range of health problems including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety and inflammation. Furthermore, it has a low side-effect profile, being largely well-tolerated with the main complaint in users being tiredness.  In August 2016 it was reported in The Independent that the NHS is developing a CBD vape pen, known as the MediPen vaporiser, to help people deal with a range of health issues. Despite this, it is not presently MHRA licensed, nor FDA approved for the treatment of any condition.

Cannabiniol use for medical purposes is legal in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Italy and Germany, whilst in America the law varies by state to state. Though cannabis use is illegal in the UK, carrying potential penalties for possession of up to 5 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both, the use of CBD is legal.

In some cases the NHS is actually able to prescribe CBD, commonly referred to as medical marijuana, though this is generally for pain management when other options have been exhausted, and not for issues considered to be ‘cosmetic’ and where its effects are unproven, such as hairloss.

Hair Vitalics Belgravia Centre Hair Growth Supplement Men WomenOne reason CBD oil appears to have been widely touted on the internet as a potential hair loss solution, is due to its nutritional properties. It is rich in the fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6 – something researchers at the University of Seville found to be present in the ‘1/4 ratio’ considered optimal for health. It is also understood to contain good levels of linoleic and gamma linoleic acid (GLA) – essential fatty acids which promote the maintenance of normal hair growth – as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. Additionally, cannabiniol oil is said to be high in vitamin E.

As such, it may help to improve the condition of the hair in the same way following a balanced, healthy diet would. However, CBD oil is highly unlikely to treat a medical hair loss condition, especially if this is a genetic complaint – namely Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair Loss, both of which cause thinning hair anywhere in the vertex area from the crown to the hairline, in those affected.

Despite it usually being taken orally, we are aware of CBD oil being used as a topical treatment for scalp conditions such as eczema and seborrhoeic dermatitis, though the evidence to support this type of therapy is currently solely anecdotal.

Discovering an effective, natural treatment or cure for hair loss would be fantastic but, to date, there are none that have been proven to work in regrowing hair or preventing baldness. There are, however, clinically-proven pharmaceutical hair loss treatments available, which – at Belgravia – are offered alongside additional supporting products and therapies tailored towards maximising hair growth and condition.

These include FDA-cleared low-level laser therapy (LLLT) devices, such as the LaserBand products, and premium Hair Vitalics food supplements, in highly-targeted Men’s and Women’s formulations, comprising a range of beneficial vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts including selenium, zinc and biotin to promote normal, healthy hair growth.

The first step we would recommend you take, however, is to establish the precise reason your hair is thinning. There are a number of reasons that this can happen and a professional diagnosis is usually the best way to ensure you know exactly what is happening, why and how to address it.


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


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Many men worry about going bald but, if you knew you were likely to lose your hair, how far would you go in the hope of preventing baldness?

Would you, for instance, have strong, healthy hairs extracted now and cryogenically frozen until you decided to have the relevant cells injected back into the areas affected by Male Pattern Baldness?

This may sound rather far-fetched and akin to science fiction but, thanks to an innovative new hair loss solution being developed by start-up company HairClone, this could actually be science future.

The Anatomy of a Hair FollicleThe future of hair loss prevention?

Various organisations have already published findings from their hair follicle cloning research, an area that has been pushing medical boundaries over the past 40 years.

These include the Canadian company, RepliCel which is developing stem cell replication techniques to treat Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss, and the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. There, a team has created a technique which allows them to grow functioning hair follicles directly from skin stem cells, in a lab, ready to be implanted into patients. This could potentially provide a method of treating not only genetic hair loss, but also currently untreatable hairloss conditons, such as those caused by scarring.

Taking its lead from such ground-breaking innovations, HairClone has assembled a team of scientists and clinicians – including top surgeon Dr Bessam Farjo dedicated to increasing the efficacy of hair cloning methods, with a view to bringing them into general practice.

The British business is refining an interesting proposition whereby men concerned about going bald could take preventative steps via a straightforward 30 minute procedure.

This entails having around 50 follicular units harvested under local anaesthetic using a small punch device. This part of the process is the same as current hair transplant methods, and the extraction is performed using Follicular Unit Extraction – recently renamed Follicular Unit Excision – more commonly referred to in both instances as FUE.

Traditional hair restoration surgery would then involve grafting each donor hair follicle straight back into the patient’s scalp, wherever needed – to fill in a receding hairline or thinning crown, for example.

Where HairClone differs is in that, once hair units have been extracted, the patient is free to go home straight away. This is because the donor hair follicles are taken years in advance of hair loss occurring – or at least it becoming sufficiently problematic as to warrant immediate action. They are then cryogenically preserved until the patient needs them so that, by the time signs of hair loss become evident, they have already ensured follicles of a suitable quality are available to address the issue.

HairCloneCryogenic hair follicle bank

This type of follicle banking could provide a unique service to people concerned about losing their hair. The business’s aim is for HairClone clients to store ‘a small number’ of follicles in the cryogenic facility, which will then keep them at a temperature f -197C until needed.

The hair follicles can be cryopreserved for ‘many years’, according to the company’s website, which explains the process when the patient decides to use them, as follows:

‘…some of the follicular units would be taken from the bank and processed to isolate the specific cells involved in the production of the hair shaft itself. These cells would be grown in culture in MHRA licensed laboratories and they would divide and multiply rapidly over 2-3 weeks. These expanded cells would then be transported back to the clinic and micro-injected into the patient’s scalp where needed where they would be expected to rejuvenate the thinning vellus hairs causing them to produce thicker terminal hair shafts and regain a more youthful appearance. In a later version of the product injected cells would be able to create brand new hair follicles by a process called follicle neogenesis.’

The ‘specific cells’ isolated via donor follicle micro-dissection are – or at least include, HairClone does not specify – Dermal Papilla (DP) cells. These are found at the base of hair follicles and determine how thick hairs will be. Hairs are then produced by the dermal sheath cells. As researchers from the University of Durham explain in the Lancet, ‘The dermal sheath that surrounds the outside of the hair follicle contains progenitor cells that maintain and regenerate the dermal papilla, a key component for hair growth.’

Scientists at the University of Calgary discovered follicles in bald skin contain dysfunctional DP cells, and dermal sheath cells may have the ability to self-renew. This indicates a role not just in hair thickness, but also in the hair growth cycle.

HairClone’s service is still in development and has established three key areas which require further exploration before it could potentially become a mainstream hair loss treatment offering within the next three years. These are: finding how best to measure ‘hair follicle inductivity’ (the potential levels of efficacy) and to expand cells once in culture in order to maintain these levels, as well as determining precisely how the cells ‘rejuvenate and regenerate’ hair follicles once re-implanted into the scalp.

Hair loss solutions

There are already two well-established, clinically-proven male pattern hair loss treatment drugs which are both MHRA-licensed and FDA approved – one topical solution and one oral tablet. Clients at Belgravia are offered custom treatment solutions, tailored to their precise pattern and level of shedding, and tend to feature appropriate formulas of key medications alongside supporting products and therapies designed to encourage healthy hair growth. 

Though these are widely-used to stabilise hair fall, help regrow hair and prevent baldness, this new approach could come in handy as a potential backup for well-organised, forward-thinkers.

For instance, in some cases a man may not decide he wants to do something about his receding until it has reached an advanced point where the follicles are no longer capable of responding to pharmaceutical treatments. In this case he may decide to explore hair transplant surgery. However, as HairClone advise, ‘There is an increasing amount of scientific evidence that would indicate that hair cells and hair transplant quality decreases with age. Therefore, harvesting and banking hair cells at an early age will be expected to preserve high cell potency for future uses‘.

Clinical testing and follicle banking has already started but estimates as to when the procedure may be ready to obtain necessary approvals from medical regulatory boards in order, vary. Given that Male Pattern Baldness is a permanent condition which causes on-going follicular miniaturisation in the affected areas from the hairline to the crown, those with thinning hair now may find it’s not feasible to wait at least another three years.

Whilst HairClone is certainly an exciting proposition, anyone concerned about going bald now should start to explore their options as early as possible.


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


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“Rali was very nice, very knowledgeable and calm. Helped explain everything clearly and concisely. Farzana was also very knowledgeable and had a lot of advice to share about the treatments and explained the prices very clearly. Receptionists were quick to respond and very helpful to not only me, but other visitors. In general, nice environment, clean and enough food and drink whilst you wait. discreet too. Good service, would recommend.”

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“Delecia was excellent! Friendly, professional, very informed and honest. Information was presented with integrity and from the perspective of care, not sales. Pam was also excellent. Very experienced and informed. Treatments were suggested but in the absence of any hard sell. Reception staff were polite and professional and the clinic was well presented and maintained. Good to have high quality complementary drinks.”

“Marina was so welcoming and very helpful she really gave me knowledge on alopecia and my condition. Pam was very helpful and very considerate of my situation she was very understanding and so supportive. We were greeted very well and offered coffee and tea – lovely ladies and the hot chocolate was lovely I would recommend it! I had a treatment with Nikki and she was so lovely too, she spoke to me through all the treatment I was having gave me tips on how to handle my hair.. was so nice to talk to her!!”

An American study has investigated potential treatment for hair loss caused by endocrine therapy for breast cancer patients, with a view to improving the lives of those receiving it.

This research marks the first time endocrine therapy-induced alopecia (EIA) has been officially explored in this way.

A study sponsored by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York is also aiming to explore the impact of cancer treatment on a patient’s quality of life. It has been gathering data from women with breast cancer since 2015.

Tamoxifen breast cancer endocrine induced alopecia hair lossEndocrine-induced alopecia

As noted on the JAMA Dermatology website, the study was carried out from 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2016.

It involved 112 patients with breast cancer who had also been diagnosed with endocrine-induced alopecia. Subjects ranged from 34 to 90 years of age. Findings from the study reported ‘Alopecia was attributed to aromatase inhibitors in 75 patients (67%) and tamoxifen in 37 (33%)’.

The patient’s quality of life was measured using the Hairdex Questionnaire. Despite most cases of EIA being mild, the researchers explained how patients reported a ‘significant negative emotional impact’, testament to the negative psychological effects losing hair can have on women.

Hairloss during cancer treatment, particularly chemotherapy, is usually caused by Anagen Effluvium. However, as this study’s investigators revealed, the appearance of ‘vellus hairs and intermediate- and thick-diameter terminal hair shafts’ suggests the participants’s pattern of hair loss was similar to Androgenic Alopecia, more commonly referred to as Female Pattern Hair Loss.

What exactly is meant by this isn’t specified in the study, though whilst it could refer to the location – genetic hair loss only affects the vertex – it is more likely to be referring to the fact that this hereditary condition causes thinning hair.

Researchers emphasise the role androgens and estrogens, the male and female sex hormones, play in the hair growth process and why endocrine therapy – also known hormone therapy – which adds, blocks or removes hormones, may cause hair loss:

‘When endocrine receptor activation and pathway signaling are blocked, dihydrotestosterone levels increase, and this action may contribute to the induction of alopecia in susceptible women receiving ET [endocrine therapy]’.

Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, is found to be a key cause of hair shedding in genetically-predisposed individuals. As a result the investigators hypothesise that those receiving endocrine therapy may benefit from current treatments for hereditary hair loss, such as minoxidil.

Minoxidil Dropper with liquidFindings of the study and current options

Of the 46 patients who were assessed for their response to the drug, hair growth was observed in 37. Given the negative correlation between hair loss and quality of life, this medication may improve the lives of women undergoing endocrine therapy in the future.

It must be noted the shedding caused by chemotherapy differs from endocrine therapy-induced hair loss: patients looking to prevent hair loss during treatment, or at least minimise chemo-related hair fall, can often use scalp cooling systems known as cold caps. These chill the scalp to extremely low temperatures which restricts the flood of blood – and thus chemo drugs – to the hair follicles.

Minoxidil is MHRA licensed and FDA approved to treat Female Pattern Baldness. However, results have also been seen when treating other hairloss conditions, including Alopecia Areata and Traction Alopecia, with the topical medication.

If concerned about losing hair during hormone therapy then speaking to an oncologist should be the first priority. If wanting to explore hair loss treatment then they can provide a letter of recommendation. At Belgravia an oncologist’s letter of authorisation is always required for anyone who has received cancer treatment.

Hair lost to cancer tends to grow back naturally within 12 months of treatment ending, but for anyone looking for help in accelerating the hair regrowth process, it is advisable to speak to a hair loss specialist who, with the relevant oncologist’s assistance, can provide a suitable solution tailored to the precise needs – including level of shedding and medical profile – of the affected individual.

Larger clinical trials would be needed to prove the efficacy, safety and tolerability of minoxidil when treating endocrine-induced alopecia, and anyone with cancer-related hair loss is advised not to try over-the-counter medications in a bid to regrow their hair, without consulting their doctor or oncologist first.


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


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Name: Noriel

Question: Is it safe to use hair tonic while using minoxidil? not applied on the same time, but just to rest your hair and scalp for two days and use hair tonic as source of biotin and other nutrients.

Belgravia Centre Womens hair loss treatment alopecia areata traction alopecia female pattern baldness hair growth supplementsAnswer: Hi, Noriel. We would never advise stopping using your hair loss regimen as per the instructions you received with the treatment, and we are unaware of any women’s minoxidil solutions which can be used less regularly than once per day, every day. Whilst alternating in this way may be safe, it is likely to render your treatment less effective.

As you are not a Belgravia client we do not know which formulation of this popular hair loss treatment you are using, so we recommend asking your provider. However – as with any medication – we would certainly advise you to follow the usage directions precisely as set out in the instructions or accompanying patient information leaflet. These are likely to state that applications must be either once or twice daily, depending on the product, but do check this yourself.

Consistency is key to getting the most out of your treatment and failure to use your medication exactly as directed can lead to disappointing results. The hair follicles and scalp do not require rest in this situation, unless there is another element involved that you haven’t mentioned.

Furthermore, if you wish to use a hair tonic you can do this in addition to using your treatment. You just need to ensure you apply your minoxidil first and leave sufficient time for it to properly absorb into the scalp – an absolute minimum of 30 minutes but the longer you can leave it, the better.

You can, of course, ensure your hair receives the kinds of benefits you describe by following a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, and avoiding issues and situations which may cause stress given this may exacerbate hair fall.

If you are looking for a more convenient nutritional support for hair health, whilst not intended to replace the aforementioned balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, a dedicated product such as Belgravia’s Hair Vitalics for Women may be advantageous. This highly-targeted, one-a-day food supplement has been researched and developed by our hair experts to contain a range of key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts – including selenium, biotin and zinc to encourage normal, healthy hair growth. You do not need to be a Belgravia client to purchase Hair Vitalics as these are available to buy online from the dedicated website hairvitalics.com.


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


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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

alert male pattern hair loss the belgravia 16 04 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mr T, pictured, has maintained his results after an initial period of regrowth when he started treatment three years ago.

Find out what he had to say and see his regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating Male Pattern Baldness by clicking the buttons below…

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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.


Researchers from the Wake Forest University Health Sciences department have announced a clinical trial which seeks to understand whether platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can treat hair loss caused by Androgenic Alopecia – better known as Female Pattern Hair Loss. It will also explore whether this treatment improves the quality of life of the participants.

PRP therapy involves taking blood from a person and re-injecting enriched elements of that blood back into targeted areas, in this case the scalp. It is used as a popular cosmetic treatment – often known as a Vampire Facelift – as a result of its alleged anti-aging properties.

Prior research conducted by the International University of Catalonia in Barcelona revealed it could be useful for treating hereditary hairloss when used in conjunction with clinically-proven treatments.

This interventional study is due to be carried out from May 2018 under the direction of Principal Investigator Rita Pichardo, MD.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)

A diagram explaining Platalet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)

Research criteria

The trial’s official title is registered on the ClinicalTrials.gov website as ‘Evaluating the Efficacy of Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy in the Treatment of Androgenic Alopecia’.

Researchers are recruiting 16 female participants aged 18 years and over who must have proof of an Androgenic Alopecia diagnosis as explained by “one or more clinical features”.

Volunteers cannot be on any hair loss treatment, or have “undergone 2-week washout period if recently on medication(s) for alopecia”.

Exclusion criteria includes being pregnant or breastfeeding, experiencing ‘an infection, metastatic disease or certain skin conditions which could worsen or spread with injectionsor being diagnosed with anaemia, having a blood/bleeding disorder and receiving anticoagulant therapy.

At the first ‘baseline’ visit, the participants will be randomly assigned to either Group A or Group B; while Group A will receive PRP on the left side of the scalp and a placebo injection on the right side, Group B will receive PRP on the right side and a placebo on the left.

Measuring hair regrowth

Treatment visits will take place once every month for three months; a follow-up, non-treatment visit will take place after six months. Trichoscan images will be captured to document clinical progress.

In order to gauge how much PRP improves hair growth and quality of life for the participants, many factors will be analysed throughout the trial. These include: hair count, hair growth, hair density, and readings measured against the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI), the Alopecia Density and Extent Score (ALODEX) and the Severity of Alopecia Tool (SALT).

The team hypothesises that ‘PRP will improve DLQI, SALT, ALODEX, hair count (number of hairs/0.65 cm2), hair density (number of hairs/cm2), hair diameter, anagen to telogen ratio, and vellus hair to terminal hair ratio in female subjects with androgenic alopecia’.

Interestingly, although the trial is investigating Female Pattern Baldness, which is usually measured via the Ludwig Scale, researchers have chosen to use the SALT index which is generally seen when assessing Alopecia Areata.

Useful as a booster?

Despite the rising interest in PRP for hair regrowth, clinical trials have not been able to demonstrate it can effectively treat hair loss in women – or in men. Furthermore, Female Pattern Hair Loss is progressive and will continue to cause thinning hair unless the root cause is dealt with.

PRP injections may be useful as a booster when used alongside clinically-proven medications but they would need to be on-going as genetic hair loss is a permanent condition. However PRP can often be expensive and painful; non-invasive LLLT treatment, such as the HairMax LaserComb, may be a more convenient option.

For women looking to prevent hair thinning and promote regrowth, female hair loss treatment is centred around an MHRA licensed and FDA approved topical medication which opens up potassium channels in the scalp – this is thought to stimulate follicles into accelerating hair growth.

Belgravia also offers complementary hair growth boosters as part of its customised treatment courses, where appropriate. These include clinical treatment therapy – which combines therapeutic scalp treatment, low-power laser therapy, infra red light therapy and massage – and the one-a-day premium food supplement, Hair Vitalics for Women. This contains key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanicals, including selenium, zinc and biotin which are known to promote healthy hair growth.

The estimated primary completion date of the study is May 2020, which may tell us more about the viability of PRP as a hair loss treatment going forward. If the therapy improves the quality of life of participants, then this would be another important finding, given the psychological effects losing hair can have on women.

However, the small scale of the study indicates much larger clinical trials would need to be conducted to find out how effective PRP may be more broadly.


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