WE CAN HELP
Book a FREE consultation  
For a free consultation or assistance, please call 020 7730 6666

Hair Loss Blog

Browse by Category

Our diet has a huge influence over our health, with good, balanced nutrition helping to maintain the normal functioning of everything from heart health to hair growth.

When there is a significant nutritional deficiency this can impact the body in a number of negative ways, including – in some cases – leading to hair loss.

The reason for this is that when there is an underlying illness, the body prioritises its resources in order to protect the organs responsible for its critical functions, such as the heart and lungs. As a result, those functions considered non-vital – including hair growth – can be disrupted.

When the hair cycle is disrupted in this way it can result in a temporary hair loss condition which causes shedding from all over the scalp, with around 30 per cent of the hair being lost up to three months after it has been triggered. This is called Telogen Effluvium or, in its more intense form, Diffuse Thinning, which is also known as Chronic Telogen Effluvium.

One of the most common deficiencies linked to thinning hair, particularly in women, is iron deficiency, with the World Health Organisation estimating this affects approximately 25 per cent of the global population.

Lipid profile iron levels blood test

10 common symptoms of iron deficiency

Besides hairloss, here are 10 common symptoms of iron deficiency and iron-deficiency anaemia you can look out for, though it is worth noting that some people may not display any signs, even in severe cases:

1 Tiredness – a general sense of lethargy and fatigue;

2 Shortness of breath – also known as dyspnoea;

3 Heart palpitations – being aware of your heart beating;

4 Pallid complexion – your skin may look paler than usual even in mild cases of anaemia;

5 Headaches and/or dizziness – vertigo is a common symptom;

6 Dry skin and hair – skin may start to feel rough; hair may become brittle and prone to hair breakage;

7 Atrophic glossitis – this is characterised by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as a smooth, glossy tongue which may also be painful;

8 Irritability

9 Brain fog’ – cognitive dysfunction such as memory problems;

10 Restless leg syndrome – this is a neurological disorder which compels a person to constantly move their legs and often causes sleep disorders as a result.

Another symptom worth mentioning, although it is considered to be ‘less common’, is koilonychia. This presents as brittle, spoon-shaped fingernails and, is pertinent when discussing iron-related hairloss as the hair and nails have a lot in common. Iron deficiency anaemia can affect the growth cycle of each, they are made from the same protein – keratin – and are both part of the integumentary system.

Womens-hair-loss-consultation-belgravia-centre-hairloss-treatment-regrowth

Dealing with hair loss from anaemia

Iron-deficiency anaemia can be detected via a simple blood test and treated using high strength iron supplements as well as by eating more iron-rich foods. Usually a higher percentage of iron is absorbed from animal-based foods than is from vegetable sources, but of course it’s important to consume both.

It is especially important that vegans and vegetarians monitor their iron intake; whilst they are more likely to be deficient, there are plenty of plant-based options that are high in iron, including dark leafy greens.

Whilst normal hair regrowth should resume naturally within around six months, there are also Telogen Effluvium treatment courses available to help accelerate this process.

If you are experiencing excessive shedding and are worried your hair loss may be related to low iron levels, it is advisable to visit your GP as a first port of call. You can request a blood test and bring your results along to a consultation with a hair specialist. They can then recommend the most appropriate course of hair loss solutions based on these results, your general medical profile and the findings from their assessment of your scalp.

Whilst temporary hair loss conditions are just that, for both men and women with an underlying genetic predisposition to Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair Loss, these can be prematurely triggered, or exacerbated where there was already an existing case of genetic hair loss. Should this be the case, a considered hair loss treatment course can be tailored taking into account both conditions simultaneously.


The Belgravia Centre

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.

Related Stories


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

A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

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

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

VIEW SUCCESS STORY

Treatment information


Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Hair Loss Specialist Free ConsultationThe Belgravia Centre

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.

For those with a full head of hair – whether because they have won the genetic lottery and avoided hereditary genetic hair loss, or because they have actively sought out preventative or restorative solutions – it can be easy to joke about Male Pattern Baldness.

Gary Lineker with Alan Shearer MOTD bald jokes controversy

Up and down the country men with thinning hair often find their disappearing locks the subject of ‘friendly banter’, sometimes leading to low self esteem and desperate attempts to disguise a receding hairline before a night out.

But is what is said between friends permissible on a larger scale? At least one BBC viewer doesn’t believe so.

The broadcaster has received a complaint regarding ‘bald jokes’ directed at pundits Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy, by hirsute presenter Gary Lineker on its popular football highlights show, Match of the Day.

“It’s a strong start to the premier league season. Real hair-raising stuff at times – unless you’re Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy,” Lineker quipped at the expense of his bald co-stars.

From bad to worse…

As if to compound the matter, an unrepentant Linker took to Twitter to address these accusations in the tongue-in-cheek manner fans will be accustomed to, saying:

“The BBC has received a complaint about bald jokes on @BBCMOTD (genuinely). Very unfair I feel to call @alanshearer @IanWright0 & Danny Murphy jokes.”

Gary Lineker Bald Joke Tweet Match of the Day Male Pattern Hair Loss Alan Shearer Ian Wright Danny Murphy football

Unsurprisingly, the tone of the message – which was liked by Alan Shearer – did not sit well with everyone… whilst some took it as harmless fun, berating the complainant as being ‘too sensitive’, others noted this hereditary condition can be a tough emotional burden for those affected.

One Twitter user replied “On the one hand, I guess all topics are valid comedy-themes, and on the other, there aren’t many parts of a person’s body that people would openly ridicule (especially if it’s something they haven’t chosen, or can’t change). It depends on the kind of world you want to live in…”

Others wrote, “If it’s not ok to call someone ginger then it shouldn’t be okay to call someone bald”... ” it was right at the start of the show, childish and not funny”“Damn right too, you’re sexist, racist and all sorts nowadays so why not baldist?? I went bald at 21 and it was a terrible time, depression was a part of this. Yet people still take the p*ss out of bald people. Not clever, it’s 2019 people, were all different. We’re all equal.”

Not just a cosmetic issue for some men

Although some people do still consider hair loss conditions to be a purely cosmetic issue, this does not acknowledge the considerable psychological effects that losing their hair can have.

Whilst concerns about thinning hair may be dismissed as a sign of vanity, this is not only untrue, it is ignoring the deeper emotional impact hair loss is known to have on a man’s self-esteem and the significant stress it can cause.

Ironically – as the popular meme says – ‘worrying about hair loss can cause hair loss’ is pretty much spot on. Stress is known to trigger Male Pattern Baldness where there is a dormant underlying genetic predisposition, or exacerbate existing active cases.

Belgravia clients often tell us how they became self-conscious about their hair after being teased by friends about their hairline or thinning. Our hair specialists have heard of a number of cases were this type of ‘joking’ started in high school, at an impressionable age when kids already have enough to worry about. This feeling of depression and inadequacy can stay with them for far longer than just the moment of a fleeting joke.

The negative effect this can have on young men’s self-confidence should not be dismissed lightly and it’s easy to see how jokes about this, even if they are laughed off at the time, can hit harder than those affected may let on publicly.

It is true that there are clinically-proven hair loss treatments which can be useful in promoting hair regrowth and preventing baldness but how a person handles going bald is an incredibly personal decision and one that no-one should not be made to feel bad about – whatever they decide.

The following articles provide more examples of the impact hair loss can have on men’s mental health:

Anyone who is concerned about symptoms, such as a drop in hair density, excessive shedding or obvious signs of hair loss developing, who is interested in finding out about the range of hair loss solutions available should contact a specialist for a professional consultation as their first port of call.

This will give them a confirmed diagnosis and, if appropriate, personalised treatment recommendations based on their level and pattern of shedding, as well as their medical profile. For those whose hairloss is so extensive that they may be best-suited to a hair transplant, rather than non-surgical hair loss treatment which requires active hair follicles to be effective, a referral to a highly respected surgeon can be arranged.

Although many clients tell us that their confidence came back along with their hair regrowth, eliminating unkind ‘jokes’ would be a great step in helping people to feel more comfortable in themselves, regardless of their appearance. As an Alopecia UK spokesperson told The Telegraph, “Jokes about anyone’s physical attributes are extremely outdated and this includes ‘banter’ about hair loss.”


Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Hair Loss Specialist Free ConsultationThe Belgravia Centre

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.

Related Stories


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

A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

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

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

VIEW SUCCESS STORY

Treatment information


Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Hair Loss Specialist Free ConsultationThe Belgravia Centre

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.

HairlossANSWERS - Click to Submit Your Query to Our Hair Loss Experts
Under Armour Infrared pillowcase bed linen sheets hair growth hair loss help

Name: Carlton

Question: I read about these infrared pillow cases and sheets from Under Armour that are meant to improve recovery. I understand infrared is also used to treat hair loss so is it likely these pillows could help in to regrow hair loss?

Answer: Hi, Carlton. I have looked into the Under Armour Recover bed linen, which the company claims to be based around a “mineral-lined fabric [which] returns infrared energy to your body to restore your muscles faster” and it is certainly innovative!

I believe it is unlikely to have any ‘treatment’ effect on hair loss – as in, it is help to regrow hair – but it may, however, encourage relaxation. This can be good for helping to prevent shedding from stress-related hair loss.

There are different types of infrared and, whilst some have properties that are beneficial to hair growth, others will have little to no effect on this, whatsoever.

Each wavelength of the electromagnetic spectrum has different properties.

The form of infrared used in hair growth supporting products is known as photobiomodulation or ‘near infrared‘. This is the visible red light type used in low-level laser therapy (LLLT) devices, such as the FDA-cleared HairMax LaserBand, at a wavelength of 655nm. This has been shown to stimulate the hair follicles and the manufacturers advise it can strengthen the hair as well as promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss with on-going use, as directed.

electromagnetic spectrum scale - lllt infrared
Diagram of the Electromagnetic Spectrum

Under Armour Recover pillowcases use far infrared (far IR) radiation; this usually has a slightly longer wavelength and is not the same as LLLT. Far IR radiation gives out warmth which relaxes muscles and soft tissue.

Infrared lamps using far IR do appear to give out red light but this is due to the red lightbulbs they tend to use, which emits visible red light. This is still different to the type of infrared used in LLLT. Pure Far infrared waves are not actually visible to humans, but they are thermal and just feel warm, it is also called “radiant heat”

At Belgravia we employ far IR lamps during certain clinical therapy sessions for clients who visit our hair loss clinics in person, this is for far IR’s ability to increase blood circulation, which may bring more nutrient-rich blood to the dermal papilla. Good circulation is, of course, important for healthy hair growth but it cannot combat the effects of a medical hair loss condition, such as androgenetic alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness) for example.

The innovative products you have read about may certainly have benefits – such as those the company claims regarding assisting rest and recovery for fitness fans, but, in answer to your question as to whether the far IR technology used in the Under Armour Recover pillow cases can stimulate hair growth in order to regrow hair you have already lost, I would say there is not enough evidence to confirm whether this is one of them.

If you are looking for hair restoration options, taking a clinically-proven route involving one or both of the MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved hair loss treatments as part of a personalised course based on your diagnosis, level and pattern of shedding and medical profile would be a more reliable way to proceed.

The first step in this instance is to have a consultation, in person or online using a photo-upload tool, with a hair loss specialist who can assess and diagnose you, as well as providing tailored recommendations based on their findings.


Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Hair Loss Specialist Free ConsultationThe Belgravia Centre

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.

Related Stories


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

A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

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

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

VIEW SUCCESS STORY

Treatment information


Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Hair Loss Specialist Free ConsultationThe Belgravia Centre

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.

There are currently only two hair loss treatments that are both licensed by the MHRA and FDA-approved for androgenetic alopecia, perhaps better known as the common hereditary conditions, Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss.

These are finasteride 1mg – an oral one-a-day DHT-blocker for medically-suitable men only that requires a prescription – and high strength minoxidil, a dose-dependent topical hair loss solution that is available over the counter without prescription only in its 2% and 5% formulations.

low level laser therapy lllt versus high strength minoxidil pattern hair loss solution

What may be less well-known is that an adjunct therapy which can be self-administered at home has also shown successful clinical trial results for promoting hair growth, and comes in a number of FDA-cleared devices, such as the LaserBand.

This is known as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and although it can be used on its own, it is generally recommended to be used in addition to a solid pharmaceutical approach, by professional hair loss specialists.

According to an article in the July 2019 edition of the British Association of Dermatologists journal, a 15% strength minoxidil has been trialled against LLLT to see which provided the best hair regrowth results for patients.

Both found to be effective

The published notes regarding this oral presentation state that the 24-week trial was randomised, with 58 patients diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia (AGA) taking part.

These were split into two groups, one of which was administered 15% minoxidil topical hair loss solution to apply twice per day; participants in the other group received three x 30 minute sessions of LLLT per week for the duration of the trial.

Researchers advised that, although both modalities were found to be effective in terms of producing visible hair growth and patient satisfaction, the minoxidil group reported the largest percentage increases, saying:

“The percentage of recovery from AGA and the patients’ satisfaction with their treatment were significantly higher in the minoxidil group than in the LLLT group. A significantly greater improvement from baseline in hair thickness, hair count, hair coverage and IGA [Investigator’s Global Assessment] was also observed with minoxidil 15% than with LLLT at the 12- and 24-week visits.”

In addition to stating that no adverse events were reported during the study, the following conclusion was given:

“As a new dosage of treatment, minoxidil 15% can help improve the percentage of recovery from AGA alopecia and increase patients’ satisfaction with their treatment.”

Wider ranging, larger-scale, longer-term clinical trials are required to confirm the efficacy, tolerability and safety of this higher strength solution, but this is certainly a positive initial step.

Combination hair loss treatment courses

At Belgravia, our genetic hair loss clients benefit from personalised advice from their dedicated hair loss specialist as to which precise formulations and components are likely to be best-suited to their level and pattern of shedding, as well as their medical profile and any lifestyle requirements that may be applicable. After all, there is no point in recommending something a client knows they will never use and, in the majority of cases, there are options and alternatives available that the patient may find more convenient.

A personalised combination hair loss treatment course which mixes appropriate medications with supplementary hair growth supporting products, can be put together following an in-person or online consultation.

These supporting products range from LLLT devices to Hair Vitalics food supplements formulated by Belgravia hair experts to contain a highly-targeted blend of key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanicals, including biotin, zinc and selenium to help maintain normal hair growth.


The Belgravia Centre

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.

Related Stories


Popular millennial hair supplement brand Hairburst, whose range includes gummy vitamins and haircare products, has fallen foul of the UK’s advertising standards regulator, the ASA due to what it called ‘misleading’ claims.

These claims related to a number of its female-skewed products encouraging hair growth and reducing hair loss.

The retailer had four complaints lodged against it with the ASA relating to a number of products and, according to an August 16th report in Cosmetics Business, these were all upheld.

Unsubstantiated and misleading claims

gummy hair vitamins heart shaped

The four claims were as follows:

The first questioned whether the “efficacy claims relating to hair growth and hair loss” for the products ‘Volume & Growth Elixir’, ‘Shampoo & Conditioner For Longer Stronger Hair’ and ‘Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum’ could be substantiated and found them to be misleading.

The second claim found the product name ‘Volume & Growth Elixir’ to be misleading and questioned whether this could be substantiated

The third related to claims for the food supplement products ‘Healthy Hair Vitamins’, ‘Chewable Hair Vitamins’, ‘Hair Vitamins For Women 35+’, ‘Hair Vitamins For Men’ and ‘For New Mums’. It stated that these food supplements “were subject to Regulation (EC) No. 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods (the Regulation), as reflected in the CAP Code, and breached the CAP Code.”

The last, fourth, claim stated that “the ad included claims to prevent, treat or cure disease, which were prohibited by the CAP Code.”

Hairburst defended each claim but lost its argument in relation to each point.

Biotin, zinc and selenium

The ASA ruled that the brand was making misleading claims, had breached CAP code and had “exaggerated the claims permitted in relation to the effects that the ingredients biotin, zinc and selenium can have on the hair.

These three key ingredients also feature alongside a number of other key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts in both the men’s and the women’s formulations of the Belgravia food supplement Hair Vitalics.

The permitted claim which specifically relates to these three ingredients is that they can help to maintain normal hair growth. Hairburst’s claims were considered to exaggerate the sanctioned wording which is based on an overview of the actions each element has on hair health.

Biotin, zinc and selenium are beneficial to the hair in different ways.

Biotin zinc and selenium contribute to the maintenance of normal hair

Biotin, also known as vitamin B7, is a water-soluble vitamin and enzyme cofactor which contributes to a normal energy-yielding metabolism. It also contributes to the maintenance of normal hair and skin. It is believed biotin can protect the hair against dryness and help to increase elasticity, potentially helping to deter hair breakage.

Zinc also contributes to the maintenance of normal hair, nails and skin. It contributes to normal protein synthesis, the normal function of the immune system and to the protection of cells from oxidative stress which has been linked to premature hair loss in young men. It also has a role in cell division.

A zinc deficiency can cause hair loss in the form of thinning hair from the temporary condition Telogen Effluvium. Recent research has also shown that women with Female Pattern Hair Loss could benefit from increasing their intake of zinc.

A separate study also showed that men with Male Pattern Baldness may benefit from upping both their zinc and biotin levels. As with all nutrients, it is best to get these naturally by consuming a varied, balanced diet. Whilst supplementation may be helpful for some, it should not be used to replace healthy eating.

Selenium is a trace element which plays an important role in the function of our immune system. It also helps protect cells and tissues from oxidative damage, as well as contributing to the maintenance of normal hair. It has been studied as a potential therapy for dandruff, however, the results were inconclusive.

gummy bear hair vitamins

No stranger to controversy

Hairburst is no stranger to controversy with regards to its advertising. The brand also came under fire with the ASA in January 2019 after celebrity influencers, including Hollyoaks actor Stephanie Davis, failed to disclose they were being paid to post about their hair vitamins.

They were pulled up by the Federal Trade Commission in the USA for similar reasons of social media influencer advertising non-disclosure in March 2017.

Furthermore, in March 2019 BBC reporter Omar Hamdi investigated claims and marketing tactics used by both Hairburst and SugarBear Hair, a similar American gummy hair supplement brand which is promoted by the Kardashians and Kylie Jenner who have also received official warnings from the relevant watchdogs over their failure to disclose their paid advertising relationships with the brand.

A BBC News report at the time of the X-Ray programme the investigation aired on stated that nutritional claims behind the gummies’ claims to promote hair growth were “based on “pseudoscience”” according to British Dietetic Association member and dietician Aisling Pigott-Jones.

The BBC also asked each of the brands whether it had any qualms about using social media and celebrity influencers who were clearly wearing wigs or hair extensions, to promote their ‘hair growth’ products.

The report states: “Asked whether it was misleading to plug their products using celebrities with hair weaves and wigs, the spokesperson [for Hairburst] said hair extensions could be a short-term solution for people waiting for their hair to grow… SugarBearHair declined to comment.”

The full list of complaints, arguments and the ASA’s ruling in this latest case against Hairburst can be found, here.


Circ - Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinics LondonThe Belgravia Centre

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.

Related Stories


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

A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

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

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

VIEW SUCCESS STORY

Treatment information


The Belgravia Centre

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.

HairlossANSWERS - Click to Submit Your Query to Our Hair Loss Experts

Name: Sally

Question: I have been having thinning hair for a while which has been upsetting me so went to my doctor who said I have Female Pattern Hair Loss. They weren’t very helpful and I felt they were quite dismissive of my problem even though it is worrying me greatly and affecting my confidence. I didn’t feel comfortable asking them some of the questions I had so wondered if you might be able to help me instead. I wanted to know if this diagnosis means I will eventually go bald? And also I am obviously interested in hearing about ways to prevent this from happening as well as helping to thicken my hair. Many thanks.

Answer: Hi, Sally. Just to put your mind at rest and so you have a good knowledge of the basics of this condition, let me run through a brief overview of genetic hair loss before getting to your questions.

Female Pattern Hair Loss is an extremely common condition which affects the top of the scalp from the hairline and temples to the crown in those with the relevant genetic predisposition. It is permanent but can generally be well-managed using clinically-proven treatments.

It can present any time following puberty, though women generally start to notice the first signs of this type of hair loss – such as their hair having less volume, their ponytail looking thinner than usual, and/or a widening of the parting – from their 30s or 40s.

There is also anecdotal evidence to suggest the trend is moving more towards premature hair loss increasing, with women in their 20s often seeing these signs; this is thought to be down to the increasing pressures of modern life and our diets, given stress and elements such as nutritional deficiencies are established triggers of hairloss. At Belgravia we certainly have many Female Pattern Hair Loss treatment clients in their 20s.

Over time it causes gradually thinning hair in individuals with an inherited sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is the result of DHT binding to the follicles located at the top of the scalp, slowly weakening them, resulting in increasingly finer hair being produced.

Although some people use the term Female Pattern Baldness, based on the men’s equivalent, Male Pattern Baldness, this is not actually accurate for women’s hair loss.

Whilst this condition in men has the same effects, it can lead to defined areas of complete baldness, such as either side of a receding hairline, at the crown or all the way along the vertex (top of scalp) from the crown to hairline.

It is rare to see this extreme in women; female hairloss tends to stop short of causing baldness though it can lead to significant thinning where the scalp becomes clearly visible in advanced cases. So, in answer to your question about if you will go bald from Female Pattern Hair Loss, in our experience it is highly unlikely.

With regards what you can do to treat female pattern hair loss and prevent further shedding, as before, this is a permanent condition but, although there is no cure for genetic hair loss, there are clinically-proven hair loss treatments available.

Minoxidil is applied topically and is both MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved specifically for this purpose. Using a tailored hair loss treatment course comprising high strength minoxidil can help to successfully manage your symptoms by promoting hair growth as well as helping to prevent hair loss in the future with on-going use.

In addition to this hair loss solution, additional hair growth supporting products such as low level laser therapy (LLLT) home-use devices – for instance the FDA-cleared HairMax LaserBand – which help to stimulate the follicles and strengthen the hair, may be useful, as may highly-targeted nutritional supplements designed to support the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth, such as Hair Vitalics for Women.

What we recommend is having a consultation – either online or in-person – with a dedicated hair loss specialist who can assess your scalp. They can then talk you through their diagnosis, appropriate treatment recommendations based on your medical profile, and additional considerations which may also need to be checked in some cases of women’s hair loss. These can include getting a blood test from your GP to ensure there is no underlying issue with zinc or iron levels, your thyroid function or various other common health problems which can cause excess hair fall.


Circ - Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinics LondonThe Belgravia Centre

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.

Related Stories