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This Christmas the Belgravia Centre are donating to ActionAid UK to help prevent poverty in some of the less fortunate areas of the world.


Together with more than 2,000 civil society partners worldwide, ActionAid work with and support the poorest and most vulnerable people to fight for and gain their rights to food, shelter, work, basic healthcare and a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. Founded in 1972, ActionAid has been fighting poverty worldwide for over 30 years. In 2003, ActionAid’s work reached almost 13 million people in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

If you would like to make a donation you can visit the ACTIONAID WEBSITE.

Tricologic is a hair supplement that can be used by both men and women produced by Wellman.  It’s a relatively new line for Wellman but the name has spread rapidly because of the vast amounts of advertising carried out for the product.

Wellman TricologicTricologic is an herbal product that contains vitamins, minerals and nutrients.  It’s a similar product to Hair Vitalics, and a number of other well-known hair supplements.

But what is the purpose of Wellman Tricologic? Will it help prevent hair loss like the proven treatments do?

As stated on the Wellman website, Tricologic helps to ‘maintain healthy hair growth and hair follicles’.  Like all other non-proven hair supplements, Tricologic is designed to maintain the condition of the hair, but will not significantly help to reduce, prevent, or reverse hair loss. There are a number of similar supplements for healthy hair, but only two medical treatments that have been proven to prevent and reverse hair loss.

The two medically proven hair loss treatments are Finasteride 1mg and Minoxidil. They have undergone vigorous clinical testing and are the only ones to have been licensed for the prevention of hair loss by both the MHRA and FDA in the UK and USA respectively, for the treatment and prevention of hair loss. You can find more information on these treatments on the HAIR LOSS TREATMENTS PAGE.

Put “hair growth” into Google and you’ll see the best of the worst. There are Chinese factories offering to manufacture your own brand hair loss product, and there are shampoos guaranteed to make your hair grow faster.

What can we say? All life is on the Internet.

A survey came out today that says almost half of hair loss sufferers would spend their life savings to get their hair back, and more than a third said they would give up sex. Very curious, that; we thought part of the point of getting your hair back was … anyway.

Another survey of women showed that hair loss is the body issue they feel would make them least attractive to men.

Hair loss is incredibly important to those dealing with it. People will do a lot, and give up a lot, to get good hair growth.

Of course, that makes it an area ripe for sharp practice.

Our approach has always been what everyone’s should be: we use our comprehensive expertise and years of experience to deliver only what works. By cutting out everything else, we save you money. We take our knowledge from proven studies, not conjecture, hearsay, touched-up photographs or made-up testimonials written by the sales guys.

So when you walk in through the doors of the Belgravia Centre, you’re free of all that. We just treat your hair loss. It works. Job done.

John Cleese has had a hair transplant

You will have probably read by now that John Cleese has had a hair transplant. So, why did he choose surgery and not the established hair loss treatments?

Well, it’s not actually a choice.

Male Pattern Baldness affects the hair follicles over the top of the scalp, often leaving thick and bountiful hair around the sides .. the ‘power doughnut’ look of President Ford.

The idea of hair transplants is to take hair follicles from the side of the head and transplant them into the bald areas on top. Because those follicles aren’t genetically sensitive to DHT, the chemical derived from testosterone that causes all the hair loss trouble, they grow quite happily in their new site. Clearly once the evidence of surgery dies down this will look natural because it really is the person’s own hair.

So, what’s obvious about that? Well, if you take hair from the sides, there will be less hair there .. you’re just moving hair around. Sure, it’s probably better to have it up top than hidden around the back, but still.

If, say, you’ve lost 80% of your hair, moving the remaining 20% of your hair around isn’t going to give you the full head of hair you probably had when you were 18.

For hair transplantation to be successful, you really need to increase the hair you have, both because that will lessen the areas you need to transplant into, and it will provide more hair for you to harvest for transplantation. Maybe if less transplantation is required, the cost will be less too.

So if you’re trying to choose between a hair transplant and drug-based hair loss treatment, it’s the wrong question. It’s not a choice. Established hair loss treatment is a necessary first step. Once you’ve done that for a while, if you still want a hair transplant, you’ll have much better results. And if you’re having a hair transplant for a small area of hair loss (i.e. the hairline) you will need to use treatment to maintain the rest of your hair, which will most probably otherwise be affected in the future.

(Pic courtesy Luc Van Braekel on Flickr, some rights reserved)

I just found a great bit of information on the internet. It’s straight from the FDA website and although it was written a good few years ago, the information is still very relevant. The main body of the article talks about the treatments and options available but it’s the following section that caught my interest…

‘The mythology of hair loss is a book unto itself. Wearing hats won’t cause it, doctors say. Nor will standing on your head to increase blood flow cure it. Massaging your scalp and brushing your hair won’t save you. Toweling off your head lightly rather than vigorously will only postpone the inevitable for a few days.

Perhaps the biggest myth is that cleaning your scalp of sebum (the semifluid secretion of glands attached to the follicle) will unclog those follicles and allow hair to grow. Surgeons will tell you that when they’re performing transplants, there’s no trapped hair to be found.

In 1989, FDA banned all nonprescription hair creams, lotions, or other external products claiming to grow hair or prevent baldness. And it has taken action against companies that continue to sell such products. In 1996, the agency sent a warning letter to Daniel Rogers Laboratories Inc., of Paramus, N.J., the manufacturer of “Natural Hairs,” for claiming its product could promote hair growth and prevent hair loss. Two years earlier, after an FDA investigation, a U.S. district court judge enjoined the marketing of “Solution 109 Herbal Shampoo” because of claims that the product warded off hair loss.

Advertisements for “hair farming” products and others that hint they can regrow hair are still plentiful. But if you’re desperate, keep one thing in mind: “There will be never be a secret [ingredient] that works for hair loss,” NYU’s Washenik says. And, if they were to find it, he says: “It will be on the cover of the New York Times. It will be on the nightly news. … When this happens, it’s going to be wildness. You’re not going to need an expert to tell you the name of the drug.” ‘

… today we still have the same situation. There are so many products advertised that claim to stop and reverse hair loss, making it difficult for anybody losing their hair to know what actually works and what doesn’t. Our PRODUCT REVIEW page will help you with this – we’ve listed a number of products that you may have come across whilst researching hair loss solutions. Only two of them are proven to work, and are endorsed by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration – USA). The others are unproven and there’s no evidence to support their effectiveness for hair loss prevention or hair regrowth.

You can find the full FDA article here – http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/1997/397_hair.html.

What is hair restoration? To what degree can thinned hair be restored?

There’s a slight difference between thinning hair and hair loss. Once a hair has been ‘lost’, it can’t be restored without surgery. The process of hair loss consists of each hair becoming thinner with each growth cycle (each growth cycle lasts between 2 and 8 years and is different for each person). Eventually the hair becomes so thin that it can’t be restored… tiny fluff-like strands almost invisible to the human eye. When this happens the area becomes shiny, commonly referred to as baldness.

So on the way to hair loss, the hair thins more and more over time. Hair restoration is very possible without surgery. It is these thinned hairs that can be restored, and much of the time, with the correct combination of primary hair loss treatments and hair growth boosters, can be thickened up considerably. You can see examples of the different degrees of hair restoration Belgravia patients frequently experience by visiting our hair loss before / during treatment photo pages. All patients who visit the centre are monitored with photos.

Hair Restoration

A lot of the time ‘hair restoration’ refers to surgery. Surgery (a hair transplant) is the only way to restore hair to completely bald areas, but if there are still signs of hair growth then there is every chance of hair restoration. As you’ll see from the photos, results vary from person to person… some will only experience hair loss stabilisation, but most will also see some degrees of hair restoration, whether it’s vast amounts of regrowth or a slight increase in visual density of the hair.

Here’s some more information on RESTORING YOUR HAIR. It’s very possible for most people with thinning hair. You can arrange a free examination at the centre so that we can recommend the most effective course of treatment for you, or you can complete our ON-LINE DIAGNOSTIC FORM if it’s difficult for you to get to London.

We’ve also recently monitored a patient with videos – HAIR LOSS VIDEO DIARIES. And he’s due to film his next video diary soon so keep a lookout.  Here’s the direct comparison between his hair at day 1 and day 88 of treatment but you can click on the link above for his bi-monthly diary reviews…

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RooneyUPDATE 4th June 2011 – Rooney Tweets about Hair Transplant (click for story)

The Sun is running a cheeky story about Wayne Rooney’s new shaved head, saying both that Rooney is “sensitive about losing his hair”, and that he was “fed-up with being ribbed about his thinning hair”, so asked Rio Ferdinand to shave his head before the West Ham game last Wednesday.

This doesn’t ring true somehow. Clearly for footballers of Rooneys’ calibre hair loss treatment is affordable .. it’s affordable for most people nowadays. And footballers often lead the way with hairstyles .. my first football memory was of Kevin Keegan getting a perm.

Keegan PermSo if he really was fed up and sensitive about his hair loss, he’d have done something about it.

The issue is more likely that, being in the public eye, rather like Richard Hammond being ribbed about whether he’d has his teeth whitened, if Rooney did get successful treatment the papers would start to wonder how come his hair was starting to grow back. That would reveal him to be sensitive about his looks (which are widely regarded as secondary to his skills). Revealing weakness simply leads to more relentless ribbing.

Rooney doesn’t seem to have many options, but you may well have. The answer really is to start treatment as soon as you notice your hair is thinning. Then you can keep your hair and no-one’s going to notice. If you’re out of the public eye, a gradual return of your healthy hair isn’t going to shock anyone, you’ll just look younger.

Every hair is grown by a hair follicle, we have about 100,000 of them set deep into our scalp growing hair at the rate of about 0.4mm per day (about 1.2cm per month). The shape of the follicle partly determines whether we have straight or curly hair.

Hair itself is made mostly of tough, structural proteins called keratin which also form the nails and, in other animals, things like horns, beaks, claws, and sometimes exoskeletons. Silk is also related. Only mammals have hair. Because hair is made of protein you’ll sometimes get advised to check your protein intake if you’re suffering hair loss. We’re not sure that’s a big concern.

Each hair follicle goes through a hair growth lifecycle which is more interesting than it sounds so bear with me. There’s anagen (growth), catagen (regression), and telogen (resting) and then it’s back around to anagen. It’s at the end of telogen (resting) that the hair is normally shed… up to 100 hairs a day is normal.

Hair Growth Cycle DiagramSo that answers the question of why hair on some parts of your body is longer than others, and how come you can’t grow your hair longer and longer forever. The length of your hair is determined by how long that whole lifecycle is. A typical scalp hair follicle spends between 2 to 7 years in anagen (growth), making the normal maximum hair length about a metre. For eyebrows the growth phase ends after at most 7 months.

The sudden loss of hair about three months after a big shock, telogen effluvium, happens because all the hair follicles go into telogen (resting) together at the time of the shock, and after that ends, all the hair falls out at once.

By far the most common cause of thinning hair and eventual baldness is male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness and they are both caused by the same thing… a genetic sensitivity to a chemical derivative of testosterone. The result is that each time the hair follicle comes back around to anagen (growth) the hair is a little thinner and the follicle weaker until one time, no hair is produced at all.

So long as this is caught in time, hair growth can be preserved and baldness prevented. No, really, it’s official… the MHRA has licensed and the FDA has approved two drugs for this purpose. Minoxidil is available to men and women and it stimulates bloodflow, and – by means unknown – gets hair growing. Finasteride 1mg is only available for men, and that blocks the effect of testosterone on hair follicles. If you’re a man, you have the option of using both at the same time.

Remember that when using these treatments it’s important that your hair growth progress is monitored by a specialist in order to ensure optimum response and safety whilst using these treatments. And there are other hair loss products that can be used to supplement the effects of these proven treatments and are recommended based on each individual’s requirements.

The trick to retaining hair growth is catching thinning hair early. There’s not a lot that can be done to revive hair follicles that have ceased to function. But those still working can often be stimulated and revived.

circ - Mens and womens hair vitamins Hair Vitalics for Men Women Belgravia Centre hair growth supplementThe 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.

The World Anti-Doping Agency has agreed to lift the ban on Propecia for professional athletes as of 1st January 2009.

The male pattern hair loss product was banned from use by professional athletes in 2005 because of research that suggested finasteride, the active ingredient in Propecia, could mask steroids in the doping control process.

World Anti Doping Agency Lifts Hair Loss Treatment tablet banA few of the athletes that have been penalised for use of Propecia whilst taking part in professional sport are Ahmet Coskun, a basketball player who recently got thrown out of the paralympics, Mark Neilsen, the tennis player from New Zealand who received a 2 year ban, French runners Nordine Gezzar and Latifa Essarokh, Jose Theodore – a goalie from the NHL, Argentine tennis player Mariano Hood, Italian golfer Alessandro Pissilli, Sebastien Gattuso – the Olympic bobsledder, and – probably the most famous of them all – footballing legend Romario, who was banned from Brazilian football for four months for taking this prescription medication.

More information on the news can be found here.

Propecia is the original brand name for the medication finasteride 1mg which is the only oral drug that has been both MHRA licensed and FDA approved to treat Male Pattern Baldness. It is one of two clinically-proven men’s hair loss treatments, the other being a topical solution – high strength minoxidil – designed to stabilise shedding, promote hair growth and, with on-going use, help in preventing baldness.

These well-established hair loss solutions are popular with men both in and out of the public eye due to the simplicity and discretion they offer via a gradual progression as the treatments get to work.

Hair Vitalics for Men food supplement healthy hair growthThe 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.

Related Stories

Belgravia’s ‘hair loss success stories’ blog category is frequently updated with comments written by happy Belgravia patients.  The posts also include the patients’ photo-scans and / or a profile shot showing the results that have been achieved during their treatment course so far.  The site was launched to give hair loss sufferers a real chance to see exactly what they can expect from the use of a Belgravia Centre treatment course first-hand from actual patients.

Success stories from happy hair loss patients are generally added on a daily basis so be sure to check-back frequently.

Want to see the results yourself? Here they are – HAIR LOSS SUCCESS STORIES.