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Viviscal is a natural food supplement intended to nourish hair follicles and promotes the growth of existing hair where it has slowed down or temporarily stopped. It contains an AminoMar C™ Marine Complex that Viviscal claims is what helps deliver the nutrients essential for hair growth.

Natural products and supplements must not make medicinal claims, such as that they can “treat hair loss”, but they are not required to prove their claims in clinical trials. Viviscal is not a medicinal product, and as such it is not subjected to approval and licensing by the MHRA or FDA

The Medicines and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency and the Food and Drug Administration are responsible for approving medicinal products in the UK and US respectively, and licensing them for a specific purpose once they have unequivocally demonstrated safety and efficacy in treating that condition. You can therefore only be sure that a product is effective to its stated cause if it has been licensed by these bodies.

The MHRA and FDA have only licensed and approved two products for the express purpose of treating hair loss. You can find more information about those products here – Hair Loss Treatment for Men | Hair Loss Treatment for Women

Viviscal Natural Hair Loss TreatmentThe Belgravia Centre does not offer Viviscal but it can be purchased at most pharmacies, including Boots, and online via its website.

Viviscal Ingredients:
AminoMar C™ (Marine Complex)
Acerola Cherry Extract (Malphigia Glabra L)
Microcrystalline Cellulose (E460)
Horsetail Extract (Equisetum Arvense L.)
Natural Orange Flavor
Magnesium Stearate

Alopecia areata sufferer Julia Crittendon has written a book in hope it will offer encouragement to other female Alopecia Areata sufferers, after she found no literary or any support other than her family when she was diagnosed seven years ago.

Her recent self published book, “Metamorphosis: Inspirational Stories of Women Living with Alopecia”, charts the experiences of 22 women as the dealt with hair loss and what it’s like to be a bald woman.

Bald is beautifulAutoimmune hair loss

Hair loss is not a male-restricted domain, it can affect up to 40 per cent of women and alopecia areata specifically, can affect as many as one person in a thousand at some time in their life and spares no regard for age or gender.

It is a condition of hair loss which falls into the category of autoimmune diseases, which means for one reason or another, the body’s own immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles. The result is rapid and patchy hair loss, usually starting with one or more small, round, smooth bald patches on the scalp which can, in extreme cases, progress to alopecia totalis (total scalp hair loss) or alopecia universalis (complete body hair loss).

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition which, with monitored treatment, can see results. However there is no prognosis to determine its success.

If hair loss is still in the patchy stages there is better chance of regrowth,” trichologist Leonora Doclis said. “Very often it grows back spontaneously by itself but if it hasn’t after six months it might be worth considering treatment.”

Psychological impacts

Despite the statistics, baldness in women remains a very hush-hush issue but the impact cannot be written off as mere vanity.

For all sufferers the condition can be a shocking and traumatic experience,”says Leonora.

A study on the psychosocial impact of alopecia areata found that the condition causes dramatic and devastating emotions in patients, which can negatively affect their self-esteem, body image and self-confidence.

Sometimes doing something about it might be enough to make you feel better,” Leonora explains. “But it is discretionary and sometimes people need further help when general family support isn’t enough. In these cases I would recommend counseling.

The psychological impact can be heightened in women because of social pressures on them to be attractive.

People are still hiding from it,” Julia from Mansfield, Ohio said. “These women are standing up to what was meant to destroy and depress them and are turning it into positive, productive energy so that the next woman who loses her ‘crown and glory’ won’t fall victim to what society deems as ‘normal’.”

Wig‘Take me as I am’

The women who contributed to the book described it as a therapeutic journey. Jenn Pendergrast from Florida who was diagnosed in 2006 said she has finally accepted that she is totally bald.

“It was actually the first time I put my story into words and I cried the entire time I was writing,” she said. “It felt awesome to put all that had happened into words for others to read.

Netherlands resident Tamara Cramer Bornemann, who also contributed to the book, was diagnosed with alopecia areata when she was five years-old. “I only wore a wig once, when I was about seven years-old, and I didn’t feel too good about it,” she said. “So from that moment I went through life without a wig. The teenage years were pretty difficult because I wanted to be normal. In my 20s I felt in bloom and enjoyed life.”

Julia said it took her five years before she went bald in public. At one point she tried wearing a $3,000 wig but these days she shaves her head. She recalls telling herself before her first outing, “This is me, take me as I am.”

(Images courtesy of arianne… at flickr)

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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.


Has anyone ever told you wearing a hat all the time leads to baldness, or do you think if there’s no sign of hair loss on your mother’s side you’ll be safe? Hair loss is a condition that can cause a lot of sleepless nights and with so many myths surrounding the issue it can be hard to get a straight answer to these old wives’ tales and get to the bottom of what can be done to prevent and treat the loss of hair.

Here to debunk the myths and lay down the facts are Dr. Elena Dimitrova and trichologist Leonora Doclis, both experts in hair and scalp care.

Bald old man

True or false?
Hair loss is an old man’s ailment

There are many different types of hair loss and none of them are limited to the elderly or men in general. Alopecia areata, traction alopecia, trichotillomania, pseudopelade, and diffuse hair loss are just some forms of hair loss that are seen frequently in women and sometimes children. Yet the most common form of hair loss is male and female attern baldness which can affect up to 80 percent of men and roughly 40 percent of women.

“All the hair loss sufferers I see think they’re too young for this to be happening to them,” Leonora said. “However, male and female pattern baldness are progressive conditions and can begin as early as puberty.” Still, baldness is not imminent if treatment for the condition is taken early enough.


True or false?
Hair loss is inherited from the mother’s side of the family

Hairloss, in the majority of cases, is a hereditary condition in which the gene can be carried on both sides of the family.

“In 1946 an expert claimed premature baldness, before the age of 40, may be linked to the mother’s side,” trichologist Leonora Doclis said, “but this was disputed shortly after. There was no research to support the dispute, it was merely a suggestion.”

It wasn’t until recently that two genetic variants were identified that can be inherited through either parent. If these two variants are present, along with the gene which has always been recognised from the mother’s side, the risk of baldness, in men at least, increases sevenfold.

“Male and female pattern hair loss is polygenic,” Leonora said. “The tendency can come from either side of the family and can even skip generations. If your father is bald it does not necessarily mean you will go bald but your chances are significantly higher.”

True or false?
Does blow-drying cause hair loss?Excessive washing and blow drying causes hair loss


Regular hair care and maintenance such as washing, combing, dyeing and blow-drying will not result in hair loss. It is good hygiene to wash hair frequently and whilst dyeing and blow-drying can damage the hair itself by pulling on it and burning, it will not cause hair to stop growing.

“High heat from blow-drying will result in dry and brittle hair but not hair loss,” Dr. Dimitrova said. “Using heat protecting serums will prevent this.”

If you’re worried about the amount of hair you see in the sink or your comb after washing or combing, take heed in the fact that shedding about 100 hairs a day is normal. If you think it could be more, take the DIY hair loss test.

Balding man

True or false?
Stress causes hair loss

Diffuse thinning and telogen effluvium are forms of hair loss which are directly caused by stress. These conditions are characterised by an overall thinning of the hair on the scalp when certain hair follicles prematurely stop growing and enter into the telogen (resting) phase before falling out after about three months.

“There are many things that can cause hair loss,” Dr. Dimitrova said, “such as thyroid problems, polycystic ovarian syndrome, severe illness, fever and medication.” Acne treatment such as Roaccutane, Omeprazole (used to treat dyspepsia, stomach ulcers and reflux) and most anti-cancer medications can all cause hair loss.

In cases of male and female pattern baldness (the most common form of hair loss), stress will not cause hair loss. It is a condition where its sufferers carry the gene which will eventually cause them to lose hair but there are a number of factor which may trigger its onset. Stress could be one of these. Other triggering factors could include hormones (which is why hair loss can sometimes occur as early as puberty or as late as post-menopause), physical trauma, infection and even smoking and other chemicals.

True or false?
Wearing tight braids, ponytails or buns causes hair loss

Traction alopecia is a hair loss condition that is caused by excessive amounts of tension on the hair shafts which can damage the hair follicle. Over long periods of time under these circumstances, Traction Alopecia will cause the production of hair to slow down and finally stop growing all together. Early treatment for this condition is vital if natural regrowth is to occur.

“All hair loss problems have to be treated at the right time, that is, early,” Dr. Dimitrova said.

Do hats cause hair loss?

True or false?
Hats and caps cause hair loss

Though wearing a tight fitting cap or hat can interfere with blood circulation to the hair follicles, there is no scientific proof that they are capable of causing hair loss.

“This myth comes from the pattern of hair loss which is most likely to be seen on the crown,” Leonora said. “I’ve also heard myths about water and high pressure when washing your hair but of course these are not true causes for hair loss.”

Tried and true hair loss treatments

With literally hundreds of hair loss products on the market today, the truth of their claims can be as difficult to verify as the myths stated above. Mousse, gels and shampoos all promising to help hair grow thicker, supplements and all other types of potions claiming to be the miracle cure and increase hair growth are all simply scams with no scientific evidence. These potentially unsafe remedies are targeted at people who are desperately seeking a true solution.

The fact is there are only two FDA approved treatments and one FDA cleared device for hair loss which are medically and scientifically proven to stop hair loss and promote regrowth. It’s time to stop worrying about hair loss and sifting through the shelves for a cure when we already have one – or technically three. More information on HAIR LOSS TREATMENTS.

Did you know..?

British men in th 17th century were told to slap on some chicken dung to keep from going bald! Thank goodness we’ve come a long way since then.

(Images courtesy of J Wynia, malias and Steven Fernandez at flickr)

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Is it a myth that nothing can be done about hair loss?

According to Candace Hoffmann’s Breaking the Silence on Women’s Hair Loss one in four women in the US are coping with hair loss. That’s not “will get hair loss sometime in their lives” .. it’s “are currently coping”.

That’s just short of 30 million people (Wikipedia) at any one time in the US, and about 5 million in the UK.

“For every five men with hereditary hair loss, there are three women who are also losing their hair”.

Some treatments for hair loss in women and here’s a blog on women’s hair loss.

We recorded video diaries for the first 6 months’ of a patient’s hair loss treatment programme. Like many of our patients, Diya has experienced amazing results. Here we have compiled the best of Diya’s video diaries his direct hair growth video comparisons from day 88 and day 191, compared to his first day of treatment.

Please be sure to check through all the videos – we believe these to be the best hair growth results ever captured on video.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel if you have an account. We have lots of success stories and information videos up there and subscribing will ensure you are kept up-to-date with any future videos that are added to the channel. Here’s our channel – Belgravia Centre YouTube Channel.

Video 1 – Diya Treatment Review Day 1

Video 2 – Diya Treatment Review Day 88 (month 3)

Video 3 – Day 1 to Day 88 Hair Growth Comparison

Video 4 – Diya Treatment Review Day 157 (month 5)

Video 5 – Diya Treatment Review Day 179 (month 6)

Video 6 – Day 1 to Day 191 Hair Growth Comparison

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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Last week I posted Diya’s newest hair loss video diary, and a comparison of his hair at day one of treatment and day 179. As I pointed out in the post, even though his hair was noticeably thicker on day 179, it was clear that his hear was quite a lot shorter, so it wasn’t an accurate comparison. Well as promised, I made sure he came in again for another comparison. I think his hair was close to the length it was at the beginning… perhaps a bit shorter in my opinion, but as you can see, there has been a massive improvement. Anyway, here it is:

Diya Hair Comparison Day 1 to Day 191

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Our mothers will tell us it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but it’s hard not to take notice of our exteriors in certain situations, especially when first impressions count. A survey conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration discovered just what hair loss means to some people.

When it comes to our careers, it seems that most find what’s on our heads to be as important as what is in them. Three-quarters of adults claim they would be very or somewhat concerned if they were just starting out in their career and experiencing unexplained, noticeable hair loss. Hereditary forms of hair loss affect 80 percent of men compared to roughly 40 percent of women but the survey revealed the experience would have a stronger impact on women (88 percent) than men (65 percent).worried about hair loss

The survey further suggests that our crowning glory is as important to us as feathers are to a peacock. Two thirds of adults said they would be very or somewhat concerned if they were recently divorced and started dating again and were experiencing hair loss. Those aged 18-34 are more likely than those 35 and older to be concerned with hair loss in this situation and it is a far greater concern for women (76 percent) then men (50 percent).

Both male and female pattern hair loss can begin as early as puberty but for women it mainly occurs post-menopause. Of those surveyed, 82 percent correctly identified heredity as a cause of hair loss. The condition can be passed down through either the mother’s or father’s side and it can even skip generations. Nearly six in 10 adults believe stress and medical causes can trigger hair loss, which they can but the genetic predisposition for hair loss would need to be present in the first place in order for these factors to influence the thinning hair process.

Interestingly, less than one in five respondents associated wearing a hat (19 percent), over-brushing hair (13 percent) or shampooing too much (10 percent) with hair loss – all of which are not causes of hair loss. It appears that those aged 18-24 are the most likely age group to think stress, over-brushing hair and shampooing too much cause hair loss.

Alopecia areata is a hair loss condition that is most readily associated with stress. It can affect men women and children of any age but again the genetic predisposition would need to be present. It is an autoimmune disease which means the body’s own immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, resulting in sudden patchy hair loss.

The idea that over-brushing hair leads to baldness is a myth but traction alopecia is a hair loss condition that can occur in people who wear tight braids, especially dreadlocks that lead to pulling, tension and breaking of hair. This excessive amount of tension on the hair shafts cause the hair to be pulled can damage the follicle and over long periods of time will cause the production of hair to slow down and finally cease.

Hair thinning is an inevitable condition for most and the negative psychological effects of baldness can be deeply penetrating. Most people do not understand the mechanisms of hair growth let alone realise that hair loss can be treated. There are a number of hair loss treatments that are proven to stop hair loss and regrow hair. In cases of complete baldness, surgical and non-surgical hair restoration options prove it’s never too late to do something about baldness.

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Nourkrin is a supplement advertised for the prevention of hair loss. Nourkrin’s main ingredient (as stated on their website) is ‘cartilage from deep-sea fish’, as well as other minerals and vitamins. It is these ingredients that Nourkrin claim prevent hair loss and promote hair growth for those experiencing hair loss.

Nourkrin is not a medicinal product, and is not licensed in the UK or USA by the medical regulatory authorities – the Medicines and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) respectively. Click on the links to find out the importance of the medical regulatory bodies – MHRA and FDA.

There are only two medicinal products that have been licensed in the UK and USA for the prevention of hair loss. These two products are currently the only ones proven to prevent and reverse hair loss in most cases. For more information visit our Hair Loss Treatment pages. Hair Loss Treatment Men | Hair Loss Treatment Women.

NourkrinThe Belgravia Centre does not offer Nourkrin but it can be purchased from highstreet health stores such as Holland and Barrett or Boots.

Nourkrin Ingredients:
Extract Compound of Marine Origin (Shark cartilage and other shellfish)
Acerola Cherry Extract (Vitamin C 30mg)
Silica Kieselguhr (special soluble naturally occurring silica)
Horsetail extract
Immunoglobulin G (IgG) Protein
Microcrystaline Cellulose
Magnesium Stearate
Fatty acids

Continued from the story underneath (‘An Introduction to Hair Loss’)

… Unfortunately, from what I have experienced from working at the Belgravia Centre, most people who suffer from hair loss come into the same or similar category as Paul. The first question I always get asked when I tell somebody what I do is “Does it work”. And of course the answer’s always the same – yes!

So here’s my theory – the most common reason for on-going hair loss is one thing and one thing only – scepticism. Genetic hair loss may be the most common diagnosis but it doesn’t have to be a problem – the main problem these days is people being unaware or not believing that it can be stopped.

I myself was diagnosed with male pattern hair loss over 3 years ago, but I don’t see it as a problem, or consider myself a victim of this condition, purely because I acted sooner rather that later. When I got to the age of about 20 I’d notice hair all over the pillow in the morning, on the floor of the shower and my hands would fill up with hair every time I applied my wax in the morning. So because I knew what could be done and had seen the kind of results that most people who use Belgravia’s treatments achieve, I didn’t hesitate to begin using treatment. Within about a month the hair shedding had completely stopped, and all it took was about 10 seconds of my time each morning and evening.

Almost four years have gone by and I am still applying treatment daily. Any hair that had been lost was replaced, which you can see in my photo-scans, and the thickness has been maintained until this day. Had I not used treatment I am sure that my hair would be considerably thinner by now, and it wouldn’t be long before I followed in my grandfather’s footsteps and became completely bald.

6th November 2003 (First Day of Treatment)   15th August 2005   12th March 2007
Month 1                                Month 22                            Month 41

So 3 out of 4 of the examples I have given are perfectly happy with their outcome! Me and Danny have acted and achieved results, the results being thickening and keeping our hair! Stewart’s lost his hair gracefully and wouldn’t have had it any other way. Paul is the only person who’s lost out – because of his own decision he’s still losing his hair, which is noticeably thinner each time I see him. I’m hoping that one day he’ll give it a go but just hope he makes that decision before it’s too late!

This article was originally posted on March 12th 2007

Hair loss is something that is experienced by 50% of men and women at some point in their lives.  The cause will usually be genetic but there are also a number of other common hair loss conditions that affect many people.  Today we will be covering the most widespread problem – genetic hair loss, otherwise known as male or female pattern hair loss.

Today I won’t be going into too much detail about the science behind the causes of the condition because I’m sure this won’t be of too much interest to most of you! However, if you do want more information on this you can have a look at our male and female pattern hair loss pages.

I’m 24 years old and over the last few years have had many friends whose hair I have slowly noticed deteriorating.  From my experience there are three different kinds of people when it comes to those who are experiencing hair loss – here are some examples:

There’s my friend Stew – Stewart’s been losing his hair since he was about 18 years old – I have been telling him for years that “it can be stopped!” And to “do something about it before it’s too late!”  Now it is too late – his hairline has receded almost to the middle of his head and the hair that he does have is almost invisibly thin.  But for Stew it doesn’t matter – he’s always been perfectly comfortable with the fact that he is going to go bald and simply doesn’t mind.

Then there’s my friend Paul – Paul has also been losing his hair since he was about 18.  I’ve always said to him, “Paul, come in and speak to a trichologist, we can help you”.  The answer from Paul has always been , “yeah right! Course there’s no magical potion that can stop my hair loss – as much as I’d love to, I’m just not going to waste my time and money on something that’s not going to work”.  As much as Paul would love to have kept his previously lush and thick head of hair, he just doesn’t think that treatment will work.

And finally, my friend Danny – Danny is slightly younger than me and his hair began to thin about two years ago at the age of 20.  Danny went traveling and I hadn’t seen him for a while, but when I did his hair looked considerably thinner than it did when he left.  So, as I always do I told him that treatment would help.  Unlike the others, Danny decided to begin a course of treatment.  Luckily for him, results have been superb and his hair is almost back to the thickness it originally was. .. to be continued.

This article was originally posted on 9th March 2007