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If you’re scratching your head about hair loss – stop. Itching caused by dandruff can damage your hair at the scalp’s surface and result in breakage and subsequent thinning. While it may not be the root cause of your hair loss, dandruff symptoms can irritate the condition and damage the quality of your hair. However, the latest shampoo by Head & Shoulders is the solution to male hair loss, according to their International Hairstylist, Ben Skervin.

‘Hair Endurance’ is essentially an anti-dandruff shampoo but it’s giving men the impression that it will prevent hair loss. Head & Shoulders say the product is designed for men to offer relief to stressed and thinning hair and protect it against damage that could lead to breakage and further thinning.
A clean scalp is essential for healthy hair growth but shampoo won't stop hair loss
“Men often tend not to pay too much attention to caring for their hair, and will wash with harsh shampoos or even shower gels, which can do lots of damage,” Mr Skervin said. “Hair Endurance is the ideal solution for men to have great looking hair, as it addresses the issue of hair loss and damage right from the root, restoring great looking hair to men, and in turn restoring their confidence.”

It’s a bit of an exaggerated claim… Dandruff does not directly cause hair loss but the rubbing and scratching as a result of the irritation could aggravate the problem and cause further damage the condition of your hair. Hair care products that reduce scalp inflammation may help reduce the severity of the condition but you shouldn’t count on any shampoo to stop your hair loss. Male pattern baldness is primarily determined by genetics, which is why most balding men lose hair on top and still keep hair on the sides regardless of dandruff or scalp inflammation.

You should consult a hair loss specialist if excessive shedding is causing you concern because, even if you are indirectly losing more hair due to dandruff, there are many other causes which should be ruled out. Furthermore, knowing the direct cause will put you in a better position to know how to tackle the condition head on and effectively manage and control your hair loss. Just as dandruff is manageable but not curable, hair loss can be controlled with the right treatment.

Dandruff varies in severity but is formed mainly as a result of an increase in production of dead skin cells, presumably caused by a fungal colonisation when the cells divide too quickly. Itching commonly accompanies the condition which can cause further irritation but most anti-dandruff shampoos will control the situation. If the itching persists, you should consult a dermatologist to find out why.

Hair loss on the other hand also varies in severity, but, 8 times out of 10 the root cause is a genetic predisposition and no shampoo can work its magic that deep and claim to be the solution to hair loss. Of course a clean scalp is essential for healthy hair growth but to put a stop to hair fall you’ll need to speak to a hair loss specialist. Most of the time hair loss treatment involves a combination of methods to combat the condition because so many factors can influence its progress.

Hair loss and dandruff can be a nightmare but they are both cosmetic inconveniences that can be effectively overcome. Find out what the best combinations of hair loss treatments are for you by calling 020 7730 6666to book an appointment with a Belgravia hair and scalp specialist. Alternatively you could send an email for more information or fill in the online diagnostic form for expert advice and access to a mail-order treatment program.

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Would you rather be obese and have a full head of hair or a be a healthy weight but also bald? The question is not that unusual considering a recent survey asked men and women ‘would you rather have more money, more hair or more friends?’ Surprisingly 58% chose hair, but if you’re a sumo wrestler, you might not have a choice and end up bald with no money, no friends and still grossly overweight.

A new strain of herpes virus spreading among sumo wrestlers is even fiercer than its existing versions, according to researchers. The infectious skin disease, ‘Scrumpox’, is triggered by the herpes virus and is spread through direct skin-to-skin contact. As the fungus spreads during the grappling that is at the heart of sumo wrestling, it enters hair follicles and causes itching, skin to flake off, and baldness. It has even caused death.

Wrestlers have been forced to undertake a three-month course of medication to rid themselves of the disease, but the hair loss is permanent. The sport is now in disarray as some of the top wrestlers are losing their famous ‘topknots’. Hair is of significant cultural importantce which is why baldness is so concerning(Not exactly life-threatening but it’s another case of ‘would you rather?’)

Throughout the sport, hair is recognised as central to a wrestlers’ reputation, and they’re expected to grow their hair long and fix it in a topknot similar to that worn by samurai during the Edo period. In fact, thinning hair is what lead Yokozuna Tochigiyama, Japan’s most successful wrestler, to retire in his prime in 1925.

There are some cases where hair loss can be dangerous– that is, a signal for an underlying medical condition. However, for most men (and women), hair loss is purely down to chance – that is, who you’re born to determines whether you’re likely to have the bald genes.  Human hairs are genetically programmed to either be sensitive to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a natural bi-product that causes the hair follicles to shrink which leads to hair loss, or to be permanently immune to it. Other times, hair loss can be brought about by illness, physical or emotional stress, poor nutrition, or childbirth (just to name a few).

Sometimes it’s a completely natural condition, other times it’s a side effect of an unnatural situation but in any case, like the wrestlers, you will need to look into treatment options to address the condition. Unlike the wrestlers however, whose hair loss is permanent, you can effectively reverse various types of hair loss with proven medical hair loss treatments. Although not everyone’s case is the same, these treatments provide the best results when administered in the right situation, in the right amount for the individual and sometimes with the support of one or more hair growth boosters.

In some cases, but not always, you may need to stay on these treatments for life. Then again, would you rather add a 2 minute routine to your daily regime and keep your hair, or spend 2 minutes longer staring in the mirror watching your hairline disappear? Belgravia’s online diagnostic form provides a means for anyone in the world to accept professional advice from the experts in hair loss prevention at no cost, and the opportunity to access an individualised hair loss treatment mail-order program. However, if you can make it in to the London centre, call 020 7730 666 to book a free appointment with a hair loss specialist or send an email and do something about hair loss today.

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We’ve gotten bigger, taller, and smarter over time and we’ve also lost quite a lot of hair. Although, if we’re going to deliberate for a moment on the idea that humans perhaps evolved from apes, we must wonder why we haven’t been able to shake one of the seemingly useless traits we still share with our ancient ancestors  – baldness.

W're bigger, taller and smarter but baldness is still in our genesWhile there is no consensus regarding the details of the evolution of baldness, most theories regard it as a result of sexual selection. A number of other primate species such as chimpanzees, stump-tailed macaques, and South American uakari, show progressive thinning hair on the scalp after adolescence. Some species, such as gorillas, clearly use an enlarged forehead created anatomically and through frontal balding to convey increased status and maturity.

Similarly, humans regard baldness as a sign of wisdom and social maturity. One theory that suggests baldness evolved in males through sexual selection as an enhanced signal of aging and social maturity. The study found that men with facial hair and those with bald or receding hair were rated by other men and women as being older than those who were clean-shaven or had a full head of hair. Beards and a full head of hair were seen as being more aggressive and less socially mature, and baldness was associated with more social maturity and more nurturing behaviours.

Perhaps women tend to chase hairy, irresponsible and aggressive young guys, but settle down and raise a family with balding but stable, mature and nurturing men, even though theoretically they find them less attractive than men with full heads of hair. Of course not all women find baldness unattractive but perhaps a stigma is generated by hair loss products that thrive on the insecurities of men in relation to their attractiveness to women.

Baldness must have some physical advantage though, according to Dr. Leonard Shlain, a San Francisco surgeon and author of ‘Sex, Time And Power’. He figures that 8% of all men are either colour blind, bald, left-handed or gay and therefore, those traits must benefit the entire race or they would have died out by now. For instance, he says, colour blind men have an advantage while hunting because they’re less fooled by camouflage and left-handed male soldiers have an advantage over right-handers when fighting hand to hand. Dr. Shlain thinks homosexuality probably evolved in hunting tribes to ensure that there would be more men to hunt for the food but wouldn’t produce hungry offspring. Unfortunately however, the doc admits he has yet to figure out the need for baldness which has been linked to increased risks of heart disease and cancer.

Despite the extent of unknown physical implications, the psychological implications for individuals experiencing hair loss are common and varied. There’s a general societal anxiety surrounding the process of hair loss, but some people view it as nature taking its course. While some men may feel proud of their baldness with an increased sense of masculinity and power, others fear it greatly affects their personal and work life.

In fact, it affects so many people in such a negative way that, thanks to evolutionary genius, we’re doing something about it. With scientific advances in hair restoration, men and women no longer need to live with hair loss if they don’t want to.
Scientific advances allow men and women to take control of their hair lossScientifically formulated and medically approved hair loss treatments are better than ever and thousands of men and women all over the world have seen results no one would have thought possible even 30 years ago. There’s a reason why we’re the dominant species.

The Belgravia Centre allows people to take control of their hair loss by providing free, expert advice and the most scientifically advanced, individually tailored hair loss treatments. To find out more or to book an appointment, call the centre on 0207730 6666 or send an email. The UK’s leaders in hair loss prevention have been successfully treating hair loss for more than 15 years to people all over the world via their online diagnostic form and mail-order programs. So you don’t have to suffer hair loss, even you still live the life of a nomad.

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Hair loss in women isn’t something that’s socially acceptable but it is something that can be overlooked as a normal occurrence. Gradual thinning hair is often associated with aging, temporary hair loss is common with pregnancy, and often women have pattern hair loss that runs in the family. However, hair loss should never be considered normal, especially when it can have a devastating influence on a woman’s quality of life.

Hair Loss from Stress and DepressionToo often, women’s hair loss is not taken seriously, but its importance in a woman’s life should never be underestimated. Losing hair can, in itself, inflict emotional problems but the failure of others to recognise the seriousness of these problems may further contribute to the psychological effects of hairloss.

Thinning hair is common and relatively easy to treat with medical hair loss treatments and the support of various hair growth boosters, but many women are embarrassed to seek help. Just as people with acne might try every product on the shelf before consulting a dermatologist, many women will try an array of hair loss products and volumising shampoos before seeking the advice of a dedicated hair loss specialist.

Many hundreds of women report negative feelings as a result of losing their hair, ranging from decreased self-esteem to anxiety and depression. They have mixed feelings about it – like their family doesn’t take their hair loss seriously while they feel others are always looking at their hair – and it affects their social life. Women with thinning hair may be constantly comparing themselves to others, feel that it’s affecting their career, and go out less because it affects their self-esteem.

Even when a woman’s increasingly thin hair is seemingly ‘normal’, treatments are available and should be considered when hair loss influences a woman’s quality of life. In any case, excessive shedding or sudden hair fall should not be taken at face value and seen as ‘normal’ because it can be an indication of an underlying medical problem that needs urgent addressing. Such conditions where hair loss is a common side effect include polycystic ovarian syndrome, thyroid and other autoimmune diseases, psychological or physical stress, and dietary deficiencies, just to name a few.

A woman’s hair loss should always be taken seriously and they should consult a hair loss specialist to learn how to treat and manage the problem effectively. For a free consultation with a hair loss specialist, call the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or send an email for more information. Alternatively, fill in the online diagnostic form for free expert advice about your condition and get access to the best individualised treatment, without the need to come into the centre.

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

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She may be arguably one of the hottest Bond girls to have ever graced the big-screen, but even Halle Berry couldn’t evade the dramas that come with the assignment of childbirth.

Halle Berry experienced post-pregnancy hair lossAs many women know, when you fall pregnant, you fall victim to some decidedly unpleasant physical and emotional symptoms. The only thing you might have going for you is your hair, which tends to be its healthiest during pregnancy. After childbirth however, when a few things may be still a bit off kilter, the tables can turn and your hair may suffer as your body tries to get back to normal.

Hair loss after childbirth is extremely common and is normally seen about three months later. This image of Halle Berry is from September 2008, six months after the birth of her daughter, Nahla Ariela, and shows typical thinning that is experienced by most women who suffer telogen effluvium after childbirth.

However, it is the pregnancy itself that first affects the hair growth cycle. Higher levels of female hormones prevent the natural loss of hair and cause an above average number of follicles to continue to produce hair. The appearance of thinning hair results after the birth, when your body and hormones start to get back to normal and all the excess hair that continued to grow during
A year after the birth of her daughter, Halle Berry's hair is back to normal pregnancy falls with that which is naturally ready to fall.

The good news is that telogen effluvium is a temporary form of hair loss and any shedding post-childbirth will generally correct itself within a year. At the 2009 Oscars, just short of a year after Ms Berry gave birth, we saw the movie star and former model glowing again and boasting the luscious, thick hair we envy her for (among other things). The bad news is this isn’t always the case – you’re your hair can be just as hard to get back as your pre-baby figure. Sometimes you need hair loss treatments and hair growth boosters to get your hair back to its optimum, pre-baby condition.

These treatments have been used for many women who lose a bit of hair after childbirth and generally they’re only needed for as long as it takes to get your hair to the required state.

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Find out how you can get the boost you need to get your hair back in tip-top shape by calling the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666. Alternatively you could fill in the online diagnostic form for a free diagnosis or send an email for more information – because we all want to be yummy mummies!

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In tough times, it’s important to know where your priorities lie. Money isn’t everything as one survey has discovered. When everything’s said and done, men and women are both aware of the value of their hair.

According to an online survey of 1,407 people conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), hair loss is at the forefront of peoples’ concerns with a staggering 59.8% of people rather having more hair than money or friends.

Hair loss is more of a worry in poor economic timesAccording to William M. Parsley, M.D., president of the ISHRS, in dire financial times the importance of a good head of hair is more valuable than ever.

“This survey confirms that even during tough economic times, the desire for more hair is undeniably strong and seen by many as an investment with real dividends – both personally and professionally,” Dr. Parsley said.

There’s not much of a difference between the men and the women either – only 3% more women than men indicated they wanted more hair than more money or friends.

You’d assume physical appearance would be less concerning than other things in times where jobs are hard to come by and friends, perhaps even more so, but surprisingly only 26.2% of people would prefer more money and unimpressively just 13.9% said they would rather have more friends.

“These days, men and women are looking for any edge in this tight job market,” Dr. Parsley said. “Getting their hair restored can help make people more marketable to employers in looking more youthful, not to mention more confident in their overall appearance.”

Almost half the UK’s male population suffers male pattern baldness and an estimated eight million women are affected by female hair loss. This survey highlights the extent of emotional concern hair loss can inflict on an individual, to the point where their condition becomes all consuming.

At least it’s reassuring to know that if you can’t control the economy, you can at least control your hair growth. Hair loss is a manageable condition and hair restoration is possible these days thanks to proven medical treatments. A combination of hair loss treatments, administered in the right dose for the individual, and a mix of appropriate hair growth boosters has proven to be the most beneficial method of treating thinning hair and restoring lost hair.

If hair loss is a concern for you, don’t let it take control of your life – contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 to arrange a meeting with a hair loss specialist or send an email for further information. Alternatively, the UK’s leaders in hair loss prevention also offer an online diagnostic form, allowing anyone access to expert advice, recommendation and treatment, from anywhere in the world.

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The most important thing you need to remember when seeking a solution for hair loss is that there is no cure. However there are ways around it and you can effectively manage and even reverse the effects of hair loss.

worriedmanabouthairlossa1Hair loss is a natural condition affecting 8 in 10 men and at least 4 in 10 women. Hair growth is a bodily function that is affected the same way as any other – if something interrupts its function, you’re bound to notice a change. Not everyone’s condition will be the same though. Hair loss can be the result of stress, hormones, diet, illness, medication and chemotherapy or poor hair styling habits. It’s not something that can be cured and will never occur again, but the good news is that hair loss is a manageable condition.

Sometimes hair supplements can help get the vital nutrients to the hair follicles for optimum growth but if your diet is causing your hair to thin, you’ll need to give it an overhaul. Stay away from the foods that can aggravate hair loss and switch to the foods for healthy hair and learn which ones prevent hair loss.

Stress can contribute to androgenetic alopecia so take up yoga, meditation or something similar to keep your stress levels under control and ask a professional for expert styling tips to care for your hair if your styling habits are leading to hair loss.

If you suspect an underlying medical condition is contributing to your hair loss, consult your doctor and remedy the situation. Any hair loss experienced should be reversed once the main problem is dealt with but sometimes hair loss treatments can help get the hair back on track.

If your medication has hair loss as a side effect, ask your doctor about switching to alternatives. If you’re considering chemotherapy, talk to your doctor about cancer treatment options that don’t induce hair loss. If chemotherapy still is the best option for you, get in touch with a hair loss specialist that offers hair replacement systems. These days they can create a super natural looking wig and match it to your natural hair colour before its starts to fall out which will help you cope during the treatment. Keep in mind the whole time that chemotherapy-induced hair loss is rarely permanent and your hair should grow back within a year of treatment. However, if you’re hair has trouble obtaining its original lustre, hair loss treatments may help. Additionally, hair growth boosters can offer the support the proven treatments need to provide optimum results.

In majority of cases, hair loss is hereditary but even then it is manageable. Not curable, but manageable. Dihydrotestosterone is a chemical derivative of testosterone that causes hair loss in genetically predisposed men and women, but there are hair loss treatments that control the activity of this hair loss-causing bi-product. You’ll need to stay on the treatment for life but these treatments are extensively proven to work and are supported by regulatory organisations which mean they’re safe to use and they’re the best at what they’re made to do.

To find out more about the best management option for your hair loss condition, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666, or send an email. Alternatively the online diagnostic form is available, offering expert advice, recommendations and treatment for anyone in the world.

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Worried a hair transplant will leave you with a scar?Name: Aaron

Question: What is the situation with hair implants nowadays? I’ve seen people with large scars at the back of their head and poor hair growth but have no idea what the new techniques are nowadays. I am worried about making my head look even worse!

Answer: The concept of hair transplants tends to conjure a lot of negative connotations but in fact, hair implant techniques have greatly improved over the years and the most recently advanced technique mimic the way that hair grows naturally.

Gone are the days of the “doll punch-hole” grafts and fake-looking, super defined hairlines. Hair naturally grows in follicles that contain groupings of 1 to 4 hairs so by implanting individual follicular units in their natural groupings, these days hair transplants give a much more natural appearance where scarring is very minimal and re-growth success is very high.

However, before considering surgery it’s always advisable to try the medically proven hair loss treatments first to see the kind of results you get. Even if a transplant is your preferred way to go, you may still need to use medical treatments after the surgery to prevent further hair loss.

A hair transplant procedure under the hands of a competent surgeon will not make your hair worse but you should get a referral to a reputable surgeon first, which you can at the Belgravia Centre. Some surgeons practice outdated hair restoration methods, but generally they’re rare. I’d say most of what you have seen is the results of procedures that were done in the late 80s to early 90s.

Finally, there are certain criteria that one has to meet before they’re considered as a candidate for hair transplant surgery.

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Never mind if you’re noticing thinning hair, it seems the porcupine look is in. Acupuncture is an ‘alternative’ therapy but one of the most widely recognised and respected Chinese medical practices. It’s apparently used to treat anything from muscular aches and pains to stress relief and hair loss. Did I just say hair loss?

Acupuncture for hair lossAccording to Dr. Stuart Mauro, L.Ac., O.M.D., who has been practicing acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for over 30 years, acupuncture has been successfully used to treat his patients for all types of hair loss problems “including various forms of severe alopecia”.

Both acupuncture and massage are known to improve circulation, although there is little evidence to prove they can prevent or reverse hair loss. And because hair loss is mulit-factorial, even if acupuncture worked for brother, there’s no saying that it will work for you.

Oriental medicine practitioners believe that the condition of the hair follicles is directly affected by the toxicity in the blood and that the hair follicles are responsible for the nourishment of the hair as well as supporting hair growth. According to TCM, excess energy escapes the body through the top of the head, causing the hair follicles to expand and as a result, they lose their grip on the hair, allowing it to fall out.

This theory is of course medically unfounded. It may be the belief of TCM but the scientific explanation of why people experience male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss is because the hair follicles are shrinking. The miniaturisation of the follicle is what causes gradual thinning of the hair and the eventual cessation of hair growth.

Acupuncture to the scalp is directed on increasing blood flow and stimulating new hair to grow as well as drawing the energy back into the body to restore vitality to the hair follicles and allow them to regain their ability to contract tightly around the roots of the hair, holding it in place.
Acupuncture for hair loss claims help the follicles grip the hairA special plum blossom hammer – an instrument with several needles protruding from its face – is the latest tool used by contemporary acupuncturists. Gently pressing the hammer against various areas of the scalp, making several needles stimulate your epidermis and dermis at the same time is said to increase the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy for hair loss.

Certainly, not everyone is ready to feel needles being inserted into the body and scalp, so talk to a hair loss specialist about your options and find out about the most effective and proven methods of preventing hair loss and restoring hair.

Scientifically formulated hair loss treatmentsare pain-free and have proven to effectively combat the root cause of hair loss for many thousands of people. Still, there’s no harm in giving acupuncture a go as well as part of a combined approach. It’s known for its stress-relieving abilities so it could well be something to consider when managing hair loss.

Contact the Belgravia Centre to talk to a hair loss expert on 020 7730 6666, send an email for more information, or fill in the online diagnostic form to find out you recommended treatment options.

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It’s one of the most common practices in the world but for the longest time, hair styling has been blamed for the occurrence of hair loss. It’s time to set the record straight about the extent of damage hair styling can inflict on your luscious locks.

Hair loss is largely the result of genetics and hormones, however, lifestyle and environmental factors such as nutrition, hair styling and chemical exposure can come into play. Some methods of hair styling are universally damaging to the hair but most of the time, once the insult has stopped, the root portion should grow back.

Hair Cuticle Health - Damaged hair v healthy hair diagramHair breakage and hair loss as a result of styling can often be reversed once the underlying cause is dealt with, however, poor hair styling can instigate female pattern hair loss. Still, in any case, medically proven hair loss treatments such as minoxidil can be used to generate new hair growth while supplements and hair growth boosters will support the treatment and repair the damaged hair.

Hair colouring and using heat will not cause hair loss but it is damaging to the quality of your hair. Chemicals and heat used to dye, bleach, straighten or perm the hair can cause the shaft to break off, resulting in temporary hair thinning but the root is rarely affected to such an extent that it would result in permanent hair loss. However, since hair growth slows down with age, cosmetically damaged hair will be present longer on older people. For this reason, it is advisable that all chemicals used on mature hair should be weaker than those used on younger hair.

“Hair is basically a textile – it looks the best when new and degrades with age and use,” says American dermatologist Zoe D. Draelos, M.D. “The basic rules of hair dyeing are always staying within your colour group, preferably dyeing the hair no more than three shades from the natural colour.”

If you must change your hair colour, choose a temporary dye or one that is formulated with natural ingredients. These alternatives are not as harsh and will not present the extent of damage chemical dyes do.

Heat styling products like curling and straightening irons can dry out even oily hair if they’re used too much. Use a heat protective spray or serum every time you use them and never use these styling tools on wet hair or high settings. You should really give your hair at least a two day break each week from styling.

Pulling the hair tightly in a ponytail and the constant grip of hair extensions and tight braiding can cause some hair loss, especially in the temple area. This is called traction alopecia and if not corrected, the hair follicle may be permanently damaged.

Hair loss as a result of traction alopecia can be stopped by adapting your hair care to a more nourishing regime. Get the hair extensions removed, take out the braids and let your hair be in its natural state for a while. For those who wear ponytail styles, Dr. Draelos recommends switching from an elastic hair tie to a loose-fitting fabric scrunchie.

“[Women] who wear ponytails report that their hair is no longer growing, when in fact it is repeatedly broken at the same distance from the scalp due to the trauma caused by the tight rubber band,” Dr. Draelos said. “That is why I recommend that rubber bands should never be used.”

Hair relaxing and having a perm can also be damaging to hair and they should only be used on a limited basis, with a patch test being carried out first whether they are done at home or in a salon.

For people with damaged hair, the perming solution should be weak and left in contact with the hair for as short a period as possible. The relaxing procedure straightens the hair and can make it easier for some people to groom. However, Dr. Draelos cautioned that the grooming should be done gently to avoid hair fracture.

NEW vitamin supplements iron zinc Hair Vitalics for Women food hair growth supplement Belgravia Centre“The myth that the hair should be brushed 100 strokes a day and the scalp vigorously massaged with the brush is simply untrue,” says Dr. Draelos.

Some hair supplements are beneficial for circulation and the delivery of nutrients to the hair follicles, but high strength minoxidil is the only proven hair growth stimulant. It is the only hair loss solution currently both MHRA licensed and FDA approved for the treatment of female pattern baldness.

Brushing or combing should be limited to when the hair is dry to avoid stretching the moist fibres to the point of fracture, and when selecting a brush, look for bristles that are smooth, ball-tipped, coarse and bendable. Additionally, brushes used while blow drying should have widely spaced bristles to prevent increased heat along the brush, which could damage the hair.

“If you notice that your hair is becoming brittle or looking dull or damaged, you should consult [a specialist] immediately to determine the cause and how to treat it. Repairing damaged hair takes time, so the sooner you address it, the sooner you’ll notice results.”

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.