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Alopecia Areata of some form affects 2-3 per cent of people worldwide at some point in their lives. The condition involves small patches of hair being lost suddenly for most people, but for many it can develop into large areas of hair loss on the scalp and occasionally, loss of all hair on the head (Alopecia Totalis) or loss of all head and body hair (Alopecia Universalis).

Football Referee Pierluigi Collina

Former international football referee Pierluigi Collina is one of the most famous faces that experiences Alopecia Universalis

In this post I wanted to talk to you about the success we see when treating mild-to-moderate Alopecia Areata. Although There has been no treatment officially approved by the FDA for the treatment of Alopecia Areata, we find that most cases of patchy hair loss we see at Belgravia are improved up by the use of topical applications of high strength minoxidil.

The most common treatment for Alopecia is steroid injections to the scalp. Not only is this an invasive and highly uncomfortable procedure, but from what we have seen the success is no better than that seen from the use of high strength minoxidil for growing back patches of Alopecia. You can see the kind of results experienced by Belgravia’s clients by taking a look through our Alopecia Areata Treatment Success Stories. All of these patients were treated with a high strength minoxidil.

This Belgravia Alopecia Areata Client Has Seen Positive Regrowth from Treatment

Just one example of a Belgravia Alopecia Areata Client who has seen positive regrowth from treatment

Alopecia Areata treatment using high strength minoxidil involves applying it directly to the bald patches once a day, probably before bed depending on the user’s preference, which takes between 20-30 seconds. Hair will usually begin to grow back within 3 to 6 months of starting treatment if it is used consistently, as directed. As soon as the hair re-grows fully, treatment can be stopped and the hair will usually remain without the need for further treatment.

If you are experiencing Alopecia Areata please give us a call on 020 7730 6666 or send us an email at info@belgraviacentre.com with any questions you have, or if you would like to arrange a free, no obligation consultation – we’ll be more than happy to assist you. Alternatively, treatment can be prescribed for Alopecia Areata without the need to visit the centre – all you have to do is complete our online consultation form. As soon as the form is submitted, another Belgravia trichologist or I will diagnose your condition and recommend the most effective course of treatment, after which you will be contacted by one of our advisors who will take you through your personalised list of recommended options and answer any questions you may have.

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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.

Like men, many women will experience hair loss at some point in their lives. But female hair loss can be helped!  There are various hair loss solutions that can help to prevent shedding and promote hair regrowth, depending on the condition.

The causes of women’s hair loss are more diverse than those of men’s; with men it’s generally a genetic condition, yet with women, hair fall is usually caused by one or more of the following conditions:

Female Pattern Hair Loss

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Areas of the scalp affected by specific women’s hair loss conditions

The first is genetic hair loss, otherwise known as female pattern hair loss which is hair loss confined to the top area of the head. Many people do not realise that women produce the hormone ‘testosterone’ just like men, only in smaller amounts.  For women who suffer from female pattern hair loss it doesn’t mean that they have more testosterone in their body than other women, but that the balance between testosterone and an enzyme called ‘5-alpha reductase’ is not evenly weighted – when this is the case a hormone derivative called ‘dihydrotestosterone’ is produced which is what attaches itself to the follicles and causes hair to be shed.

Belgravia offers treatments for female pattern hair loss including clinically-proven hair loss solutions shown to stabilise this type of hair thinning and promote regrowth. 

Telogen Effluvium

The second hair thinning issue that is commonly found in women is Telogen Effluvium. This is a temporary hair loss condition that is caused by a sudden event such as stress, shock, illness or an operation, and the hair loss is usually spread diffusely over the whole scalp.

Telogen Effluvium causes the hair to be shed approximately three months after the event, so much of the time it can be shocking for the person experiencing the condition and hard to pin-point the cause. The reason that the hair loss is experienced three months later is that, when the event takes place, the hair is passed into the ‘telogen’ phase – the resting phase of a hair’s life. The telogen stage lasts for three months before hair fall occurs and the hair growth cycle starts again.

Telogen Effluvium treatment is not always required as the hair will usually grow back on its own, with a bout of this condition generally lasting no more than six months. We do, however, usually advise treatment as a precaution for a couple of reasons – first of all, if the cause of the hairloss is on-going (on-going stress / illness etc.) then the hair will carry on shedding without treatment.  Secondly, much of the time Telogen Effluvium can trigger female pattern hair loss in those women (or men) who are prone to it. Once the hair has regrown, Belgravia hair specialists advise stopping treatment to see if the hair carries on shedding. If it does, treatment can be continued, otherwise it can be stopped permanently as it means female pattern hair loss was not triggered and the telogen effluvium is not ongoing.

Diffuse Hair Loss aka Chronic Telogen Effluvium

The final condition that is frequently experienced by women is diffuse hair loss.  The condition involves an increased rate of hair fall and subsequent thinning from all over the scalp, which tends to last for at least six months.

For those experiencing Diffuse Hair Loss, diet should be checked for adequate intake of nutrients. Clinical investigations should be made for thyroid, haemoglobin and hormonal problems. Stress may also be a contributing factor in Chronic Telogen Effluvium.

Women with this condition will usually be advised to visit their doctor in order to discover the underlying cause but treatment can be an effective solution for this temporary hair loss issue, whilst the underlying cause is being researched.

Post-Partum Alopecia

The phenomenon of experiencing hair loss after having a baby – a condition known as Postpartum Alopecia – is both normal and extremely common.

During pregnancy, the active growth phase of a woman’s hair growth cycle is extended, but once she has given birth, the cycle starts to resume its normal activity and this includes an extended shedding period.

It is absolutely nothing to worry about and, in most cases, although treatment is possible if desired, the hair will generally return to its pre-pregnancy state within 12 months.

Traction Alopecia

With the popularity of tight hairstyles, such as braids and high ponytails, as well as the increased use of hair extensions, wigs and weaves, hair loss from Traction Alopecia is on the increase.

Traction Alopecia occurs when taut and/or weighty hairstyles are worn too regularly and add excessive tension to the hair follicles. This then causes hair loss, usually around the hairline and at the temples as these are the areas that bear the brunt of the strain.

In mild cases, removing the problematic styles and wearing the hair naturally may help the hair to recover naturally over time, whilst in moderate cases Traction Alopecia treatment may be worthwhile considering. Where the scalp skin has taken on a smooth, shiny appearance – particularly where the condition has been present without intervention for a long time – this can mean there will be permanent baldness in these affected areas.

The Belgravia Centre london clinic Womens hairloss treatmentBelgravia hair loss specialists will recommend the most appropriate treatments for each individual based on their condition, level and pattern of shedding and medical profile. Factors such as lifestyle requirements may also be taken into consideration in order to tailor the optimum hair loss treatment course, generally comprising both medicinal and non-pharmaceutical therapies and hair growth supporting products – that the patient feels comfortable and confident in using.

We understand that hair loss in women can be emotionally difficult and many of those affected may have trouble confronting the situation, finding it hard to talk about.  All our staff are extremely understanding and, please remember, we see many, many women suffering from all kinds of hair loss issues every day, so it is something we are used to and empathetic towards.

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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

Good afternoon from Korea. Just to let your team know that after using your treatment for 6 weeks my hair is growing back slowly and steadily. My bald patches are not as noticable and sightly as before and my confidence has been restored.

Thanks you for your centre’s support. I have been reccomending Belgravia to colleagues here at Hankuk University where I am teaching for a year.

Best regards,
Miss Shahnaz Khan

Diagnosis: Alopecia Areata

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Name: Len

Question: If I were to undergo a course of high strength minoxidil to grow hair – could I maintain that growth with finasteride 1mg and or a Laser Comb combination or will the new hair disappear immediately after I stop using the Minoxidil? If the latter is the case… why might this happen?

Answer: Hi, Len. In many cases, cutting down to just one medication may maintain the hair that has been restored from the combination of both medications, but this is something that we usually advise a trial period for. This could be for a period of three to six months or 12 months – it depends on your specific situation.

Everyone can react differently and it depends on many additional factors – including your medical profile and whether you are particularly exposed to any health, environmental or lifestyle triggers which may influence your rate of shedding. It also depends on the pattern and level of hairloss you are currently experiencing.

As such, changing up the components of your hair loss treatment course is best done under the supervision of and with the advice of your doctor, treatment provider or hair specialist. Should the trial period go well, you can obviously continue on your new regimen, but if you start to notice increased shedding, noticeably thinning hair or any other negative changes as a result of this change, you have the option to restart after you have been medically cleared to do so.

One thing that is worth mentioning is that a LaserComb is unlikely to treat hair loss if used on its own. In order to actively treat male pattern baldness we recommend using at least one of the only two clinically proven, MHRA licensed and FDA approved genetic hair loss treatments for men. A low-level laser therapy (LLLT) device, such as the FDA-cleared HairMax LaserComb can be a useful addition to these medications – either/or, or both – as it can help to stimulate the follicles, but we would not recommend trying to maintain regrowth using solely this approach. If you went from using one or two clinically-proven treatments to none, it is likely that shedding of the hair growth you have seen may occur within a few months.

We hope this information is helpful but do urge you to seek personal advice that takes into account your medical history and other factors we cannot discern from the information you have provided here, in order to get the most accurate guide for your specific case of hair loss.

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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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cornrows traction alopecia hair loss tight hairstyles extensions braidsQuestion: I am an afro-caribbean 26 year old woman and have had my hair in a cornrow style since I was about 12 years old. Where the hair has been pulling there are areas of hair loss that are getting wider and wider. How can I stop this?

Answer: Hi there. The type of hair loss you describe is a common issue where tight hairstyles have been worn repeatedly. It is also frequently seen in women of colour due to Afro textured hair being naturally brittle and popular protective hairstyles within the Black community, such as cornrows, contributing to this condition.

It is called Traction Alopecia and it is the result of excessive strain placed on the hair follicles, with hair loss and breakage often concentrated around the sites where styles are fixed, as well as at the hairline and temples, which may start to recede.

The first, and most obvious step to stop hair loss in this instance is to remove the source of the issue – your cornrows. This should prevent the balding areas from expanding. Try to give your follicles a break by wearing your hair naturally without any additional tension from other problematic hairstyles or weight – for example, from hair extensions.

Although in many cases Traction Alopecia can be prevented, when it does occur whether hair regrowth is possible or not depends on the extent of the damage to the follicles.

A consultation with a hair loss specialist should be enough to determine whether your follicles are likely to respond to a course of Traction Alopecia Treatment, though a quick way to tell in many cases is by the appearance of the scalp in the affected areas. If the scalp is smooth and shiny – truly bald – in places, this indicates the follicles are no longer functioning and hair growth is unlikely. Where there is thinning or damaged hair, however, there is still hope that regrowth may be possible with the right approach, as it is a sign that the follicles are capable of producing hair.

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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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In our mission to ensure the Belgravia website and Blog provide the most current and helpful information to people experiencing hair loss, we are giving everybody the opportunity to send in their questions (openly or anonymously) to a Belgravia expert and have them answered – something that we believe ensures the blog will contain information highly relevant to anyone experiencing hair loss.

All you have to do is hit the orange ‘ASK A QUESTION’ button (to the right of this page) and complete your question. this will be submitted instantly to the Belgravia Centre for a hair loss expert to read. A reply will be posted or emailed usually within 48 hours.

We hope this is a helpful resource for you, and hope you check back to read the useful information that I’m sure will be added to the blog thanks to our on-going Q & A. VISIT hairlossANSWERS

On Thursday of last week I was interviewed about the hype that had been circulating regarding discoveries in America of a gene that could possibly help to replace lost hair in bald men. Scientists have proven for the first time when testing on mice that it is possible to create entirely new follicles from which hairs can be grown, meaning it may be possible to replace hair follicles that have become dysfunctional in humans.

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I talked to Sky News and Channel 5 about impact a future
cure for baldness would have, but also discussed the effective
treatments that are already available for hair loss.

Reports claim it will be 10 years before we can even begin to consider this ‘baldness cure’ becoming available, but what kind of a difference will it really make if and when it does come about?

As you will see in David Teather’s Guardian newspaper article; he explained how I was flinching with annoyance when I looked at a statement in an article I had ripped out of a newspaper. The statement read, ‘finally, a baldness cure that actually works’ – I have to say, statements like this do tend to get me hot under the collar. This statement is highly misleading to the general hair loss sufferer as it gives the impression that there is currently no hope – something that couldn’t be further from the truth!

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Click here to see the Guardian Newspaper Article about a possible hair loss cure

As I pointed out to Teather, there are a number of cures for ‘hair loss’ available already, although the only thing that could be disguised as a cure to ‘baldness’ at present is non-surgical hair replacement, better known as a toupee. So you may ask what the difference between hair loss and baldness is: A bald person is somebody who has lost all his or her hair (in the area that is affected by Male Pattern Hair Loss this would be the top of the head). We refer to ‘bald’ as the smooth areas of skin where hair once appeared but now appears shiny and absent of hair. However, a man or woman suffering from ‘hair loss’ can have thick and healthy locks of hair, be it for a limited amount of time! Over time his or her hair will slowly but surely become thinner and the scalp will become increasingly visible through the hair, leading to eventual baldness in the case of many men.

So when I refer to a ‘cure’ for hair loss I’m talking about effective treatments that can prevent most men and women from ever having to reach the stage of ‘baldness’ with the possibility of thickening up the hair if there has already been a degree of thinning. There are three proven hair loss treatments available and The Belgravia Centre fine tunes its hair loss treatment courses for each individual case, deciding on which of these treatments, and at what strength they will be most effective depending on the specific condition and stage of hair loss each person has reached.

We have found about 9 out of 10 men will experience hair loss stabilisation from the use of a Belgravia Centre ‘combination’ treatment course. By ‘combination’ I refer to a combination of the proven hair loss treatments, as well as added ‘boosters’ that increase the effectiveness of the ‘primary’ treatments. Treatment is also very effective for women suffering from various forms of female hair loss.

So in 10 years time, if further research proves that a cure for baldness is possible, would it really make a difference? I don’t think many young men or women would want to wait until they’re bald, or until their hair’s visibly thinner to do something about it so I believe hair loss sufferers will still seek preventative treatments. I do however imagine a cure to be an exciting prospect for those who have already lost their hair – ensuring areas of complete baldness could one day be replaced with thick and healthy hair. However, until a cure for baldness comes about (if ever) it is important that people who are worried about hair loss know that something can be done as long as they act sooner rather than later.

This month a man lost his court battle against a hair loss organisation after they promised him his hair would be completely restored and charged him £4,000 over 18 months for laser treatment and minoxidil 5%.  According to the un-named victim, although they promised him his hair would be restored and maintained permanently, a contract was signed which included small print stating that the hair loss treatment could not be guaranteed.  Unfortunately as well as being highly overpriced, the treatment was ineffective but the court ruled that the money should not be reimbursed due to the signed contract.

We hear of many hair loss centres making promises to hair loss sufferers but the fact is when it comes to hair loss there is no treatment that can be 100% guaranteed.  Unfortunately in this case the client did not read the small print which contradicted the promises of the consultant he saw.

You should always look out for the following signs when purchasing hair loss treatment – these are some of the things that are carried out by sales organisations in order to ensure you buy their treatment and cannot claim any compensation should it not work.

Only a sales organisation will want you to sign up so that you are committed and they are protected

Many companies will require payment up-front.  If this is the case most will refuse to reimburse you for the treatment you have not used should you wish to pull out during the treatment programme if you are unhappy with results.

Our research over many years has shown that herbal products to stop hair loss or re-grow hair have little or no benefit if used as a primary treatment. Many companies who sell these types of products as their treatment basis pay little for them and yet charge extremely high prices.  We only advise the proven prescription treatments as a basis for hair loss as these are the only ones which are medically proven to work.

There is no cure for male or female hair loss which means that treatment is always on-going should you wish to maintain your hair.  We hear of hair loss organisations telling people that treatment is only required for a limited period of time, usually 6-12 months, only to find out that they must carry on at the end of this time period.  If a hair loss centre that you visit makes claims like these we advise you not to purchase treatment as if they are making claims such as these then this gives a clear indication of the kind of company you are dealing with.

For more information visit Belgravia’s Awareness Site.  It’s sole purpose is to prevent you from purchasing hair loss treatments that are overpriced, ineffective or could be dangerous.