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Johnny Vaughan shaved his head to deal with his hair lossCall it bravado or call it ignorance but according to Capital Radio’s Breakfast Show host Johnny Vaughan, shaving their heads is the best way for men to deal with baldness.

The balding and quick-talking radio host last year admitted that shaving his hair helped alleviate his sense of insecurity. He’s not the only one either – a lot of men are anxious about their receding hairlines and opt for the shave to conceal the fact that they’re thinning on top.

Scientifically speaking though, hair loss is manageable. It can be stabilised with effective treatment and re-growth is entirely possible with a personalised hair loss treatment program that’s tailored to suit an individual’s circumstances. Hair growth boosters can provide maximised results and there are many simple lifestyle changes you can adopt to encourage healthy hair growth.

Unfortunately for Vaughan, he spent years trying to hide his receding hairline rather than really doing something about it.

“I shaved it all off after realising I was a ‘crafty comber’” Vaughan told Closer last year. “My one big regret is that I didn’t do it years ago. Men need to be upfront about it. As soon as it starts receding, shave it off!”

I’d strongly advise against such measures if you want to keep your hair. Sure you should be upfront about hair loss (to yourself at least), but you don’t have to get all macho and shave your head if you’d prefer to maintain the locks you have or restore the ones you’ve lost. By all means, go ahead with the shave if hair growth boosters and a personalised hair loss program don’t work for you, but at least then you’ll know whether you could be another hair loss success story.

Why shave your head when you can revers the effects of hair loss?

For more information, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or send an email to arrange a free consultation with a hair loss specialist. Or perhaps you’d prefer to fill in the online diagnostic form – a quick, simple and effective way to address your hair loss from the comfort of your own home (or broadcast studio for that matter). Upon completion, a Belgravia specialist with examine the information and you will be contacted with the results and a personal recommendation from the UK’s leading hair loss experts.

More Information:

Male Pattern Baldness
Lifestyle Choices That Affect Hair Loss

James Nesbitt Hair LossRecent photographs taken at the 2009 BAFTAs show a stark improvement in Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt’s previously receding hairline.

What used to be nothing but fluff has transformed into what can only be described as a forehead to be proud of.

Many of the tabloids have reported on the possibility of Nesbitt, who is best known for his part in Cold Feet and Yellow Pages ads, having re-vamped his mop through hair replacement surgery, but Leonora Doclis, senior hair loss specialist at The Belgravia Centre explains that – whilst his thinning hair was clearly at an advanced stage, there may be another reason for the actor’s transformation.

Most people wouldn’t believe that this degree of hair regrowth could be possible without surgery but the fact is, at Belgravia we see people every day who have experienced similar results to Nesbitt’s from medically proven treatments for hair loss.  Our before and after photos say it all,” she explains.

James Nesbitt With Hair“Nesbitt’s pattern of hair loss was one that frequently sees a significant reversal from using a personalised combination of the right medications and booster products. As long as there is some hair in the area of the scalp being treated – a sign that the hair follicles are still active, even if it’s basically just fluff – there’s always a possibility that it could return to its original density.”

Update: James Nesbitt has now confirmed that he did indeed undergo a hair transplant but also stated that he also follows a male pattern hair loss treatment course containing the two clinically-proven, MHRA licensed and FDA-approved medications “to improve the quality of my hair and to prevent further hair loss”.

To see examples of Belgravia clients with patterns of hairloss akin to James Nesbitt’s who have experienced similarly promising levels of regrowth without needing surgical hair restoration – like those pictured below – view our Receding Hairline Treatment Success Stories.

Belgravia Male Hair Loss Treatment Client Josh is 'Amazed by the Transformation'


Example 1: Josh

Josh says, “I’m amazed by the transformation I’ve seen after only three months. Very helpful and approachable staff”

View his full Success Story

Belgravia Client Tom is Seeing Impressive Regrowth to his Thinning Hair from Treatment


Example 2: Tom

Tom says, “Within 3 months I had noticeable re-growth. The medication was simple and straightforward and I’m delighted with the progress so far.”

View his full Success Story

Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Thinning Hair Treatment Client Success Story


Example 3: Jose

Jose says, “Been with Belgravia Centre for 1 year and I am very pleased to see EXCELLENT results in my hair, IT IS AMAZING!!”

View his full Success Story


Circ - Male Pattern Baldness hair loss treatment Belgravia Centre clinic 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.

Lindsay Lohan's latest extensions are more damaging to hairWhat’s with all that hair? I mean, we’d all love to have long, luscious locks but we know the damage of hair extensions and aren’t about to reach for them just to get bum-length hair. After everything Lindsay’s subjected her hair to, she should definitely know better.

Ms. Lohan’s hair has always been a source of enviable attraction but she puts it through the wringer quite a bit and inevitably ends up with some degree of hair loss.

Many lifestyle choices can have a significant effect on our hair growth and when Li-Lo’s eating disorder spiralled out of control in 2004, the damage was clearly affecting more than just her waistline. Her hair wasn’t getting the vital nutrients for hair growth it needed and we definitely saw the effects as her normally gorgeous, bouncy hair was limp, lifeless and thinning.

Women’s hair loss is often overlooked as normal because a myriad of factors can influence the hair growth cycle, but the psychological effects are hard-hitting and thinning hair can result in anxiety, social withdrawal and depression.

Eating disorders affect every part of your body - including hair growth The Mean Girls starlet has had bouts of depression ever since… well, can anyone remember? And stress and depression can have a vicious cycle effect on hair growth. Stress affects hormone levels and this can wreak havoc of our locks, resulting in telogen effluvium or even female pattern hair loss.

Hair loss in women is quite common but there is still a lot of societal anxiety and women are often hesitant to seek professional treatment for hair loss. Much of the time they’ll resort to weaves or hair extensions to cover the problem in the hope it will rectify itself soon enough – little do they know the extent of hair styling’s effect on hair growth.

So far Lindsay’s been lucky that her hair loss isn’t permanent but then again, what would we know. According to one insider who spoke with Star Magazine, Li-Lo “is hiding her over-processed hair” and that “the beautiful, shiny hair you see is not her own.”

If you’re lifestyle or styling habits are affecting your hair growth, don’t hide behind wigs or extensions. You may need medical treatments to control and reverse the effects and aid healthy hair re-growth. Contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or fill in the online hair loss diagnostic form for expert advice, care and treatment from anywhere in the world.

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You can't make hair grow faster but you can make it grow healthierYou can fertilise your scalp as much as you like but in short – pardon the pun – there’s not a lot you can do about the length of your hair or the speed of its growth.

Hair grows at a rate of about half an inch per month and typically spends between 2 to 7 years growing before it sheds, meaning the maximum length you could grow your hair would be about one metre. It’s normal to lose up to 100 hairs per day and still maintain healthy hair growth, but any more than this could indicate a problem.

For optimum hair growth, follow these few tips to maintain the health of your hair, minimise damage and help prevent hair loss.*

Let it loose
Your arm would probably pop out of its socket if someone pulled it hard enough, and constant pulling on the hair shaft can damage the follicle to such an extent that it ceases to produce hair. Receding hair lines and bald patches are common in people who wear tight braids, pony tails and extensions so give your scalp and hair a break by wearing it loosely as much as possible. Ask your hair stylist about ways to manage uncontrollable hair if you regularly wear braids for this reason.
More tips: The Extent of Hair Styling’s Effect on Hair Growth

Eat meat
If you don’t get enough iron and protein, it shows in your hair, skin and nails. Protein is essential for the maintenance of hair growth as your hair is essentially made up of protein and amino acids. Lean red meat is the most easily absorbed source or iron and packed with protein. There’s a strong correlation between anaemia and hair loss, especially amongst women who tend not to eat as much red meat as men. Try and incorporate it into a healthy balanced diet or if you’re vegetarian, load up on leafy greens such as kale and spinach for iron and beans and raw nuts for protein.
More tips: Foods for Healthy Hair

Breathe more
Stress is a killer and it can wreak havoc on your locks and even result in excessive hair loss. Deep breathing techniques are an excellent way to balance stress and can be done anywhere, anytime. Whether you’re out for a walk or sitting at your desk, breathe in for five seconds, slowly filling your lungs and abdomen, hold for one second then breathe out slowly for five. The extra oxygen helps release endorphins and aids in circulation, promoting relaxation and helping the hair follicles receive vital nutrient through the blood supply.
More tips: Reduce Stress, Prevent Hair Loss

Lack of sleep can affect hair growth - get your 40 winks Get your 40 winks
Many people would be surprised to know that sleep deprivation can contribute to hair loss. However, the daily stresses and strains that result from insufficient sleep affect your body’s systems, including the hair growth function. An average of 6-8 hours is generally recommended for active adults. However, you may need more or be able to survive on a little less depending on your age, health conditions and other factors. Listen to your body and get enough rest so it has the necessary energy for optimum performance.
More tips: When Sleep Deprivation Causes Hair Loss

Consult a professional
If you’re still shedding in excess of 100 hairs a day, consult a professional immediately. Hair growth is affected by a number of factors so get an expert opinion to help determine what’s hindering your hair growth or causing thinning hair. It could have something to do with your medical history or a genetic disposition. A combination of scientifically proven medical hair loss treatments are sometimes needed to prevent hair fall and stimulate the follicles to generate hair growth. Other times your body may have a deficiency and lack the vital nutrients it needs, and hair supplements could be beneficial. Or you could need to address and an otherwise unnoticeable medical condition. If you’re worried about the condition of your hair, a hair loss specialist will be able to diagnose the cause of hair loss and tell you why your hair isn’t growing to its maximum capability, as well as provide you with the best options you have to tackle the problem.

More information: Call 020 7730 6666 for a free consultation with a Belgravia hair loss specialist or fill in the online diagnostic form to find out what you can do about your thinning hair.

Consider adopting some of the above tips to support the hair growth function and encourage the growth of healthy hair that’s less prone to damage, and if that fails consult a specialist for individual advice.

*Please note; these measures may not singularly prevent hair loss and you may need to look into a combination of proven hair loss treatments to address this issue.

Baldness is not in this man's vocabulary - David Beckham's thinning hair is a thing of the pastIs it just us, or does David Beckham get even better looking with age? He sported some rather unflattering hair styles over the years – from mohawks to braids and shoulder-length crops to facial hair combos.  He even started thinning at age 29, but now appears to have the perfect amount of thick light-brown hair.

The man clearly cares about his hair and last year it was revealed he was terrified of turning into a “fat, bald old man.” The football star was apparently doing everything in his power to maintain his youthful appearance and it seems to us as though whatever he’s doing is working.  

There was speculation that stress instigated Beckham’s hair loss but the true cause is more likely to be linked to male pattern baldness, something that happens to plenty of men as they get older – he is only human after all (isn’t he?).

Male pattern baldness is influenced by the body’s reaction to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – a potent by-product of testosterone that causes the gradual miniaturisation of the hair follicles and shortening of the hair growth lifecycle.

Hair loss in men is generally easily controlled with medical hair loss treatments that inhibit the formation of DHT in the scalp but sometimes lifestyle factors, like stress, can accelerate the condition. Due to its multi-factorial nature, the balding process is best controlled and reversed using a combination of effective hair loss treatments that are individually tailored and administered after a personal diagnosis with a hair loss professional.

Hair Loss Success StoryBeckham seems to have treated his hair loss well, so if you want similar results you should act early like he did. Like the many thousands of men who are combating hair loss, you can have more control over your appearance than you thought. Contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or send an email to arrange an appointment with a hair loss specialist of fill in the online diagnostic form for an effective, individualised and world-wide available solution to hair loss.

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DHT’s Role in Hair Loss
Why Men Worry About Baldness but do Nothing

Name: Patrick

Question: I’m confused – I’ve been on every review site on net and can’t find a bad comment about Provillus, only rival brands. All blogs come out good. Could there be something in this product that works? I just want the best. please be honest.

Confused about Hair Loss*the above question was a comment in reply to our ‘PROVILLUS – UNPROVEN FOR HAIR LOSS‘ article*

Answer: Hi Patrick. Thanks for your comment. On belgraviacentre.com we state the facts about hair loss products, we’re not looking to make negative remarks about a product for any reason other than ensuring the general public are aware of the ones that are likely the work and the ones that aren’t. If you research yourself you will see that all of our information on Provillus is completely accurate. Most of the websites that recommend Provillus either sell the product themselves or receive commission for every click they get to a website that sells the product. Unfortunately we find this causes many websites to exaggerate the effectiveness of the product they are selling. Here is a story related to HAIR LOSS PRODUCT RANKING WEBSITES that will be useful to you.

Provillus is a supplement and has similar ingredients to a number of other supplements including Procerin and Hair Vitalics. Hair Vitalics is Belgravia’s own hair loss supplement and as you will see in all of our literature about Hair Vitalics, we do not advise it as a suitable product to use alone for preventing hair loss. For hair loss prevention there are only two treatments and one device that are proven – you can find more information on the proven treatments on our hair loss treatments page.

There are products in Provillus that could help to maintain and improve the condition of the hair but there is nothing proven for hair loss prevention. Saw Palmetto is a product contained in both Provillus and Hair Vitalics that is thought to assist in the slowing of hair loss, but there is no firm evidence to say that it is effective to this cause.

Hair Loss Product Reviews – Reviews of most of the well-known hair loss products.

If sex or masturbation lead to hair loss, just about everyone on the planet would be bald. Still, there are many theories that claim there’s a link between sexual activity and hair loss so they’re worth noting just to clear the air. If we can set the record straight and no man or woman need complain about their partner’s libido any longer.

Masturbation Does Not Cause Hair Loss

Despite Popular Myths, Masturbation Does Not Cause Hair Loss

One of the main theories regarding sexual activity and hair loss is that ‘excessive’ ejection of seminal fluid may lead to a protein deficiency in the body, and thus hair loss. Seminal fluid is composed of around 90% water and 10% protein and protein is responsible for the growth and repair of many of the body’s tissues, including hair. As hair is also essentially fibrous protein, it makes sense that depleted protein levels will affect hair growth.

However, over 50% of the dry weight of your body consists of protein so even ‘excessive’ expulsion of seminal fluid will not reduce the overall protein levels of most men. Although protein has many roles to play in the body (structurally, metabolically and protection of the immune system), the hair generally gets the protein it needs to maintain a healthy condition through proper nutrition and perhaps supplements for hair growth. The average daily need for protein is estimated at around 56g per day but the average intake for men in the UK is higher than this, at 84g per day.

Hair loss affects 8 in 10 men at some point in their life and male pattern baldness is the main offender. It’s not the result of a lack of protein (although nutrition does play a part in hair growth) that causes the progressive condition, it is a little by-product of the male sex hormone, testosterone, called DHT. I hear the bells ringing in your head – ‘there’s the word sex again!’

Cue another popular sex-related hair loss theory – sex and masturbation increase testosterone levels which lead to the production of more dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which in turn causes hair loss. Again, this theory is very ‘Confucius says’, but it is not true. High testosterone levels aren’t the root problem and are not what instigate DHT to cause hair loss. It’s all to do with your genes – and I’m not referring to how tight you wear them.

The fact of the matter is that a lot of men are genetically predisposed to hair loss. It’s a common, hereditary condition passed down from either side of the family where the selected person’s hair follicles are more sensitive to the adverse effects of DHT than others. It’s the genetic sensitivity of the hair follicles toward DHT which cause their miniaturisation and lead to thinning hair, not your enlarged libido.

If you are losing your hair, your sex life does not have to suffer. It’s not what’s causing your hair to fall out and there are treatments for male hair loss that deal with the root problem.

Fill in the Belgravia Centre’s online diagnostic form to get expert advice on your condition. You can also gain access to the recommended treatment without the need to come into the centre. Or if you do wish to book and appointment or have a chat with a hair loss specialist, call 020 7730 6666 or send an email.

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The Belgravia CentreThe Belgravia Centre

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

Hair loss has the power to affect your whole imageAge is just a number and you’re only as old as you feel, but other’s perceptions of your age is apparently what counts the most in your personal and professional life. One of the most common reasons for men and women to consider doing something about their hair loss is to overcome what they perceive to be an age-inappropriate appearance.

Most of the time people can’t accurately guess someone’s age, which just goes to show its subjective and perceptive nature. However, research has found that first impressions do indeed last and if someone perceives you as being older than you actually are, it can have a considerable influence on your self-regard, and your interpersonal and work-related relationships.

The sun isn’t the only thing that causes premature ageing. Loss of hair can add years to your look and while it may work for some, most people don’t want to appear older than they are, or feel. Power, wisdom, authority – the bald look can conjure associations that may work to some men’s advantage, but in most cases hair loss is a frustrating condition that can have a potent negative effect in overall assessment of age and age-related values.

Particularly in the current economic climate, appearance can mean the difference between getting a job and not, and hair is more valuable to people than ever. In fact, more than half of people would prefer to have more hair than more money or friends.* People are quick to make judgments regarding your appearance of age and unfortunately in some cases, hair loss may be the dominant factor in how a person is assessed.

Some men may appear to be uninflected by others perceptions but research has found hair loss is a major concern for them. As far as women are concerned, thinning hair is an age-related cosmetic detriment with psychological implications, no matter at what age it occurs.

Help, advice and effective treatment is available though – speak to a hair loss specialist by contacting the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666, send an email, or fill in the online diagnostic form.

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It’s something that most women have to deal with at some point but as soon as a man sheds some hair after dyeing it, someone must pay. British actor Danny Dyer went for the carrot top look in his role in All in the Game but threatened to sue Channel 4 when his hair soon started falling out.

Dyer said his hair started falling out in patches and blamed the ginger hair dye. The now 31-year-old believed Channel 4 was responsible for his rapid hair loss, but, could it possibly just be that the Severance star was having a hard time facing up to the fact he was starting to experience male pattern baldness like many men his age? At the time, Dyer was adamant the colouring was the cause of his sudden hair loss. Continues below…

Danny Dyer bleached ginger hair

“I couldn’t get it out of my hair. It took me six months. I couldn’t f***ing get it out. I kept washing it,” he said. “I think I started losing my wig after that. I’m receding a bit but it only started after I dyed it. If the worst comes to the worst, I’ll sue. It’s down to Channel 4 I’m losing my [hair].”

There’s been no legal action taken against the baldness wielding Channel 4 bosses so presumably Dyer had a change of heart. While dyes can damage the hair quality and make it liable to breakage, it’s only surface hair loss and doesn’t affect the follicles to cause a cessation in hair growth.

He may have thought he only started to recede after the incident but looks to us as though his hair was starting to thin in 2007. Thinning hair and a receding hairline are the first signs of hair loss and warn a man that if he wants to maintain his crowning glory he’ll need to high tail it to a hair loss specialist. It’s a multi-factorial condition but generally, hair loss in men in the result of a genetic disposition that requires individually tailored and administered hair loss treatments to stabilise the loss and reverse the effects.

The short style he sports these days make his widow’s peak more prominent but one can only hope he’s addressing the condition which caused him so much grief.

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Be aware - dramatic changes in diet and weight can lead to hair lossWith warmer weather on the horizon and summer just around the corner, ladies beware – the bright idea of strict diets generally accompanies the thoughts of sunshine and swimsuits, but consider the unpleasant side effects if you take your weight loss too far. Your hair isn’t something you should exchange for weight loss.

Any number of things can affect hair growth, including when the body is malnourished. When your diet is lacking in proper nutrition, or when you make drastic changes to your current diet, hair loss can result. It’s your body’s way of telling you that something’s wrong.

Not having enough of a certain vitamin in your diet can affect the quality of the hair and contribute to hair loss, but extreme dieting is the number one cause of diet related hair loss. Taking up a “fad diet” or making any drastic changes to the way you eat may help you achieve instant result on the hips, but weight is not the only thing you’ll be shedding.

Many extreme diets can cause severe health issues, including hair loss. Extreme diets that cut out whole food groups such as the Atkins Diet, or heavily restrict the amount and types of food you eat such as the South Beach Diet, or any milkshake replacement, pill-taking diets are completely unrealistic, are dangerous in the short and long term. Also, if you’re using laxatives as a weight loss booster, your body may not be able to retain all the nutrients it needs to keep your body and hair healthy, even if you take supplements for hair growth, and can cause a myriad of problems.

You may have heard that some diet-related problems, like hair loss, are reversible but the fact is that genetic hair loss affects women too. Generally women won’t experience permanent hair loss until menopause but a number of factors can trigger it to occur earlier, such as extreme diets and weight loss.

Female pattern hair loss isn’t the same as male hair loss, which can sometimes lead to baldness. Most of the time women’s hair loss is limited to a generalised pattern of thinning hair which strips them of at least 50% of their normal volume. Hair loss affects 4 in 10 women at some stage of their life and it can be controlled and managed with the proven hair loss treatments for women, but female pattern hair loss isn’t something that can be reversed through a change in lifestyle.

In short, losing too much weight in a short space of time can wreak havoc on your locks. Eating too little or completely cutting out one of the food groups can cause nutritional deficiencies, which in turn cause the body to react by shedding hair and instigate to permanent types of hair loss.

If you’re looking to lose weight, it’s best to avoid extreme diets that promise instant results and instead stick with a healthy eating plan that features foods that will promote general health and the health of your hair. Eating an array of foods in moderation and getting regular, vigorous exercise at least four times a week will give the body its best chance of slimming down and toning up without the unpleasant effects of rapid weight loss. If you have trouble motivating yourself to visit the gym then a personal trainer might be a better option – someone that will push you to achieve your goals. The same goes for nutrition – consider visiting a nutritionist to let you know exactly what’s best for you.

Not many people would choose hair loss over a few extra pounds but if you have noticed a change in your hair that you can’t seem to remedy, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or send an email. The UK’s leaders in hair loss prevention have been treating all forms of hair loss for years and also provide free advice and recommendation through their online diagnostic form.

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