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Name: Jack

Question: Hi. I’ve been using the usual hair loss treatments (not from you). I started using them 28 days ago and have seen no improvement. Why is this?

Answer: Hi, Jack. Your question involves a little guesswork on our part as you don’t mention your hair loss conditon nor the names of the treatments, so please do bear with us.

When you say ‘the usual hair loss treatments’, we’re assuming you’re referring to the only MHRA licensed and FDA approved hair loss treatments – both topical and oral – for the treatment of Male Pattern Baldness. Therefore, we’ll answer your question based on these assumptions but, if this is not correct, we recommend having a personal consultation with a hair specialist or speaking to your treatment provider for more accurate information.

Based on the assumption that it is male pattern hair loss treatment you are referring to, it is very early on to be looking for results. There are no ‘quick fix’ options or instant solutions for this permanent condition, unfortunately!

The natural timeline of the hair growth cycle means any changes – from stabilisation of hair fall to new hair growth – would usually take around 3 to 6 months to become noticeable.

How long hair takes to grow back varies from person to person and it could take longer depending on the level of hair loss you had before starting treatment, as well as if your condition has been professionally- or self-diagnosed. If you have self-diagnosed, it may be worth having this checked by a hair loss specialist not only to confirm whether the diagnosis is correct, but also to ensure there are no other issues which may be exacerbating the problem.

It is also vital that you are using your treatments exactly as directed in order to get the most out of them – no skipping doses or under/over using, for example.

If the problem you are treating is a receding hairline, it is worth noting that the hairs in the temporal regions are the slowest scalp hairs to grow so patience can be key.

At this stage, as before, it is early on in the process so it’s unlikely to be a troubling sign that you aren’t noticing progress just yet. However if, after continuous use for three months if your hair loss is mild to moderate, or six months if your hair loss is at least moderate, you feel like you still aren’t noticing any effects, please do check in with your treatment provider and/or get the second opinion of a hair loss specialist so they can look into this further with you.


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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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Name: Ashmail

Question: What is FUSS hair restoration? Is it surgery?

Answer: Hi, Ashmail. Yes, FUSS is a widely used type of hair transplant.

Hair Transplant Surgery - Surgical InstrumentsFUSS stands for Follicular Unit Strip Surgery, sometimes referred to as ‘strip surgery’. It is also, perhaps more commonly – certainly in the UK – known as FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation).

It is one of the two most common methods currently used in surgical hair restoration alongside FUE, which used to stand for Follicular Unit Extraction but was recently changed to Follicular Unit Excision.

The key difference between these procedures is the way in which the donor hairs are harvested; whilst FUE involves removing individual donor hairs using a punch device or ARTAS robot, FUT involves taking a strip of skin from the back or sides of the scalp, then carefully dissecting this to obtain the necessary units to be transplanted.

If you are considering ways in which to treat hair loss, it is worth noting that having a hair transplant is not always the ‘quick fix’ solution many people assume it to be. What surgical hair restoration does is take hair from the areas of the scalp that are unaffected by Male Pattern Baldness – namely the sides or the back – and move them to the areas where there is hair thinning or a receding hairline.

It is still quite rare for men to have their whole vertex – along the top of the scalp from hairline to crown – and temporal areas replaced, unsurprisingly given the amount of good quality donor hair this type of extensive surgery would require, not to mention the cost. What this means is that, with the exception of the transplanted hairs, the follicles in these target areas remain susceptible to the ravages of DHT – the hormone which causes thinning hair and hairloss in cases of Male Pattern Baldness.

Therefore, in order to preserve the hair surrounding the grafts, it is important to follow an on-going aftercare programme. Ironically, this involves using the same types of clinically-proven hair loss treatments many men use to help them avoid a hair transplant in the first place. To find out more about the types of treatments which may be best suited to your specific condition, level and pattern of shedding, we would recommend having a professional consultation with a hair specialist before – or whilst – exploring surgical options, as often surgery is not actually necessary – especially if you are under 30 years of age.


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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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Name: Leah

Question: What about LDN for immune system disorders and diseases? My son has Alopecia Universalis. he is 19. Has anyone tried LDN? (and had success?) Has anyone tested for correlation between metal levels in the body and Alopecia? I am particularly curious about a study that mentioned various immune system disorders appearing in people that had had joint replacement surgeries, where metal joints were put in. My mother is a perfect example, developed Sjogrens Syndrome a few years after getting two knees replaced. My son has had a chest operation and has had two metal bars in his chest now for 2 years. He developed Alopecia Universalis rapidly over the past 6 months.

Pills medication tabletsAnswer: Hi, Leah. There are currently no MHRA licensed nor FDA approved treatments for Alopecia Universalis, however, many are currently in development. Indeed, a number look promising and have been granted ‘fast track’ or ‘breakthrough’ status by the FDA, indicating they will work with companies towards accelerating the development and approvals process. It is currently estimated that the first medications for this autoimmune disorder – which are believed to be both topical and oral – should be ready to release by 2022, if all remaining clinical trials to prove their safety, efficacy and tolerability, go to plan.

With regards to LDN – low-dose naltrexone, which is generally used for treating opiate addiction  – this is not something we offer at Belgravia and not something we are particularly familiar with. However, in a January 2018 article by Natasha Atanaskova Mesinkovska of the Department of Dermatology at the University of California, USA, entitled ‘Emerging Unconventional Therapies for Alopecia Areata’ published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology Symposium Proceedings, a compelling argument is made for treatment with low-dose naltrexone.

That said, many more clinical trials are needed to properly establish a fuller picture of potential benefits and any negatives for autoimmune alopecia, including long-term side effects, safety and tolerability.

If you would like to explore LDN treatment for hair loss further, your son may be able to access this type of treatment via a dermatologist or his GP, particularly if you are based in the USA. As it is a fairly novel approach, patients will need to be monitored closely throughout.

With regards your query concerning metal joints and their links to autoimmune disease, it is not a common concern, however it is possible to be allergic to the metal used in joint replacements. This could then trigger various reactions within the body as it seeks to protect its critical functions. If the reaction came as a shock to the body or caused a ‘traumatic’ reaction, this could certainly trigger Alopecia Areata in any of its forms, however, we are unsure of any other autoimmune disorders may be set off in the same way.

Autoimmune issues are still an enigmatic area of biology and, whilst our understanding of them is slowly increasing, there is a lot that – for now, at least – remains unaccounted for by science.


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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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Name: Elshaday

Minoxidil DropperQuestion: When I leave minoxidil for 24 h with no washing water may it has any problem? Because when I am washing after every spray my hair is fall more. So please tell me something.

Answer: Hi, Elshaday. If you are washing your hair after each minoxidil application, what you are essentially doing is washing off the medication before it can work. This is likely the reason why you are experiencing more hair loss.

The treatment cannot work if it is not allowed to sink into the scalp. Generally, we would advise Belgravia clients to apply their high strength minoxidil solution to their scalps, as demonstrated by their dedicated specialist, then allow it an absolute minimum of half an hour though ideally two hours or more to be fully absorbed by the scalp. If proper absorption does not take place, it is highly unlikely the hair loss treatment will be able to do its job or, at the very least, it may not be as effective as when it is applied following the proper instructions.

This advice also applies to other scenarios which involve getting the head wet, such as swimming.

With this in mind, whilst it is generally absolutely fine to leave minoxidil on the scalp for 24 hours, remember that this is a daily application and in some cases certain formulations may require twice daily applications. In order to get the most out of your hair loss treatment the ideal scenario is to wash your hair and allow your hair and scalp to dry before applying the solution. The reason it is important to apply minoxidil to a dry scalp with dry hair is that when it is wet the moisture may dilute the medication, weakening the hair solution so that you do not get the full benefit of its capabilities compared to its intended use at full strength.

It is also important to wash your hair regularly so as to avoid any build up of the medication or hair styling products on the scalp, so this routine of washing the hair before applying your medication is the one Belgravia hair specialists recommend.

As it appears you are not a Belgravia client, we would recommend speaking to your minoxidil provider for further information, however, the advice we have given here should be beneficial regardless. You may also find our article on Frequently Asked Questions About Minoxidil helpful.


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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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Name: Rachel

Question: My three daughters and I are in our second round of extreme hair thinning. The first time, we had moved into a home with lead. Now, we are 5 months into moving into a house with tap water with extremely high chlorine and fluoride. Our scalps are dry, burning and our hair is falling out severely. PLEASE HELP. What do you recommend??? We can’t move again.

Shampoo shower hair wash advice waterAnswer: Hi, Rachel. We understand how distressing this hair loss must be for you and your family.

High levels of lead or chlorine in the water can cause hair to become dry and weakened but this usually results in brittle or damaged hair, with hair breakage along the shafts seen, rather than hair loss from the follicle. This type of breakage can make the hair appear thinner and more frazzled than usual, but it is not technically a hair loss condition so should be fairly easy to remedy via haircuts and strengthening, nourishing intensive conditioning treatments in addition to not using tap water for washing your hair until the issues with the water have been fixed.

However, we would certainly advise you to have a professional consultation – either in person at a hair loss clinic, or online where you can upload photos – in order to get a confirmed diagnosis of the problem from a hair specialist. In some severe cases chemical trauma may be present either instead of breakage or in addition to this.

Furthermore, the stress of these incidents as well as that caused by moving homes, could have contributed to thinning hair from a temporary condition known as Telogen Effluvium. This tends to present around three months after being triggered, and can cause shedding from all over the scalp. However, as long as the cause is removed, will generally resolve itself in up to six months, though certain treatments may help to accelerate this process.

You do not say which country you live in but if you are in the UK, you can ask for a report of your water quality from the local water board. If this is found to be in any way unsafe, they will be obligated to address this and you can speak to the water board and the council about getting this matter resolved. Either way, in the meantime we would recommend using bottled water whilst you explore water filters for your home, or the use of tablets designed to remove chlorine from the water, as a longer term solution.


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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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Name: Olivia

Question: Do you treat genetic thinning hair not just hair loss?

Answer: Hi, Olivia. Interesting question! The thinning hair you mention and genetic hair loss are actually both symptoms the same thing – the hereditary condition Female Pattern Hair Loss.

Also known as androgenic alopecia, this involves hair follicles in certain areas of the scalp – along the top of the scalp from hairline to crown, and at the temples – being sensitive to a testosterone byproduct called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). In women with Female Pattern Hair Loss the DHT binds to these follicles and gradually weakens them, resulting in the outward appearance of ever thinning hair. It is often coupled with extra shedding and a decrease in hair volume, which can be felt with your hands – particularly when putting longer hair into a ponytail – and your parting may also start to appear wider.

Although the affected areas remain the same, the way this permanent hair loss condition develops is different for women than it is for men.

Men with Male Pattern Baldness will most likely develop highly defined areas of hair loss that, without intervention, may go bald over time – such as a receding hairline or thinning crown. Women, on the other hand, tend to have increasingly thinning hair which is diffusely spread over the whole of the affected areas but, whilst it can become quite advanced, actual baldness – where the scalp takes on a smooth, shiny appearance – is rare. This is why, at Belgravia, we refer to the condition as Female Pattern Hair Loss, not Female Pattern Baldness.

So, in answer to your question, we do indeed treat both! There are clinically-proven women’s hair loss treatments for thinning hair caused by androgenic alopecia and a custom course can be tailored based on your diagnosis, level and pattern of hair fall, and your medical profile.

There are a number of other conditions which can cause thinning hair in women which are not genetic and are often temporary. If you have noticed or are concerned about changes to your hair, and would like some expert advice from a hair loss specialist, we recommend having a consultation – in person at a hair clinic or online with the ability to upload explanatory photos of your scalp – so that a proper assessment can be carried out. From there a diagnosis can be provided along with hair loss treatment recommendations, where appropriate.


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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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Name: Jake

Question: I can’t use minoxidil or finasteride due to side effects. Are there any other options?

Answer: Hi, Jake. Due to the medications you mention we are assuming you are looking for alternative treatments for Male Pattern Baldness.

Minoxidil and finasteride 1mg are currently the only clinically-proven, MHRA licensed and FDA approved hair loss treatments for this condition. As the side effect profile of minoxidil is generally considered to be low, we would recommend speaking to a hair loss specialist to ensure you have explored and exhausted all options available to you here. They will be able to recommend suitable formulations based on your medical profile as well as your level and pattern of shedding, and answer any questions you may have about them.

If you still prefer to avoid these established medications, there are two routes you could consider: hair restoration surgery or non-pharmaceutical hair growth ‘boosters’.

Mens Hair Loss Treatment Male Pattern Baldness Belgravia CentreDepending on your age, how extensive your hairloss is and your medical suitability, a hair transplant may be worth considering. This surgery involves having donor hairs harvested from the areas of the scalp that are not affected by Male Pattern Baldness, namely the back and sides (only the hairs located along the top of the scalp, from the crown to the hairline and temples are susceptible to genetic hair thinning).

One important point about this option, and one a reputable surgeon should discuss with you if you choose to explore this route, is how the operation often goes hand-in-hand with pharmaceutical treatment use. Many hair restoration experts recommend following a male hair loss treatment course for at least six months prior to the procedure. This is to maximise hair growth and minimise shedding, making the area cleaner to work with.

The course is generally resumed following the op as part of an aftercare and upkeep hair regimen. The reason for this is that the original hairs in the susceptible areas surrounding those replaced during transplantation will remain subject to the effects of DHT – the hormone which binds to the vulnerable follicles, causing gradual weakening, thinning hair and hair loss or baldness in the affected areas. For instance, if a man has a hair transplant to fill out a receding hairline, even though these implanted hairs should be immune to Male Pattern Baldness and start to show their final results around 12 months after surgery, he may still experience shedding along his vertex and/or crown area.

Another avenue you may wish to explore is the world of secondary or supplementary therapies. These are generally used to best effect alongside the appropriate hair loss medications but can also be used on their own. Whilst unproven therapies such as scalp injections – PRP and mesotherapy – fall under this category, there are a range of non-invasive hair growth supporting products that Belgravia hair specialists prefer to recommend.

This includes LLLT devices such as the FDA-cleared LaserBand which uses laser diodes to stimulate the hair follicles to encourage hair growth, but we would suggest having a consultation with a specialist first to ensure whichever options you decide to try are suitable for you.

One thing you can do, in the meantime, is to ensure you are reducing the number of hair loss triggers – factors which can exacerbate shedding – such as stress, a poor or unbalanced diet and smoking. Whilst these steps won’t stop hair loss where the cause is purely genetic, they may help by not aggravating the condition or speeding up the rate at which you are losing your 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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Name: Sneha

Question: hi, in 2011 I had a hair fall problem. It got controlled after 3-4 months. since then I have no hair fall problem no thinning of hair but hair loss on mainly the crown which is not growing at the amount which it should. my partings are wider. is it androgenetic alopecia, as I researched, or is it something different?

Answer: Hi, Sneha. We would need to run through a proper consultation with you – in person or online – before providing you with a confirmed diagnosis of your hair loss condition. However, what you describe here does sound symptomatic of Female Pattern Hair Loss, also known as androgenic alopecia.

This occurs in women with an inherited sensitivity to a testosterone by-product known as dihydrotestosterone, or – more commonly – DHT. Once this genetic condition becomes active, any time following puberty, the DHT binds to the susceptible hair follicles. These are the ones located around the top of the scalp in the region from crown to hairline and temple areas.

It is a permanent hair loss condition which gets progressively worse over time, without intervention. In addition to a drop in volume and increased shedding, women most often notice signs, as you have done, such as their parting getting wider and their scalp becoming more visible on top. These are totally normal signs of hair loss from androgenic alopecia.

The fact that you had issues with temporary hair loss a few years ago may be related. Sometimes an episode of increased hair fall that lasts a few months, indicates something called Telogen Effluvium. This is often triggered by stress – physical or emotional – and in genetically predisposed individuals, can exacterbate exisiting cases of pattern hair loss or bring about its premature onset.

Either way, the important thing is to deal with your present situation. There are clinically-proven women’s hair loss treatments which can be used in courses tailored to your precise needs and medical profile. These generally comprise a key topical medication paired with supplementary hair growth supporting products.

The first step, before you make any decisions about how to proceed, however, is to have a professional hairloss consultation to establish the precise condition you are dealing with and to identify any exacerbating factors. For instance, if you regularly wear your hair in a style that is tightly fixed at your crown – such as a high ponytail, bun or plait – this could be causing breakage or Traction Alopecia.

Both can present in addition to Female Pattern Hair Loss, as well as on their own, and could account for thinning hair at your crown. The fact you are experiencing a widening of your parting in addition to the hairloss at your crown does still suggest a genetic element, but it is important to clarify if there are any other issues contributing to the problem. Once this has been done, a hair specialist can tailor a suitable course of treatment based on their findings.


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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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Name: Samantha

Question: I have a lot of short hairs around my hairline. Can you tell me what are these baby hairs and why won’t they ever grow properly to a normal hair length?

what are baby hairs grow longAnswer: Hi Samantha, ‘baby hairs’ can vary in length and can occur for a number of reasons…

Vellus hairs

Those that are no more than 2 mm in length and not visible from a distance are vellus hairs. These are the short, downy hairs that cover all hair-bearing areas of our skin. Vellus hairs and regular hairs (known as terminal hairs) follow similar growth patterns, however, although both go through the same stages of the hair growth cycle, vellus hairs’ is much shorter in duration.

Vellus hair has a similar structure to terminal hair in that both grow from a hair follicle. Each hair follicle contains a gland that secrets sebum, an oil that lubricates the skin and hair. Sebaceous glands of vellus hair follicles are not as active as terminal hair follicles; they are smaller and produce significantly less sebum.

New hair growth

When baby hairs are longer in length and darker in colour, enough to be seen from a distance, this can be due to the growth of new terminal hairs – normal scalp hair – around the hairline. These strands tend to be healthy-looking with blunt or slightly tapered ends.

How long these fly-away hairs can grow can vary from person to person. In some it will grow to a similar length to that seen throughout the rest of the scalp, whilst some individuals may find the hair around their hairline just does not seem to grow particularly long with many people saying theirs never grow past an inch in length. Kim Kardashian is a famous example of this, having become so frustrated at the fine hairs around her hairline that she admitted having laser hair removal to get rid of them permanently.

Hair grows at an average rate of half an inch per month, but how long your hair can grow is determined by the length hair stays in the active, Anagen phase of the hair growth cycle. At any point in time approximately 90 per cent of our scalp hairs are growing, with 10 per cent resting and shedding, ready to start the process again.This factor is largely controlled by genetics so you could take a look at your family tree – on both sides – to see if your close relatives also have these shorter baby hairs.

Hair Growth Cycle Diagram

Furthermore, not all hairs will grow at the same rate – the growth period may be shorter for some areas than others; the hair around the hairline and temples is known to be the slowest to grow.

Damaged hair

One common reason for this is hair breakage. It can be caused by everyday styling practices, from blow-drying the hair or frequently using other forms of heat-styling, to over-brushing, weakening the hair until it snaps along the shaft.

When baby hairs are the result of damaged hair the ends of the hair will likely look split, frizzy and the shaft may appear weak or thin. As these symptoms may only become visible under a magnifying lens or trichoscope, it can be hard to tell without a professional’s input which is the cause – new hair or breakage.

Baby hairs are found in men and women of all races, however, the Black community in particular has developed a trend for styling them, often into waves, to celebrate them. Even Beyonce has touched on the subject, singing “I love my baby hair, baby hair and Afros” in her hit, Formation. Interestingly the Afro hair type is the most naturally brittle and may, therefore, be more prone to baby hairs from breakage.

Hair loss

There are a number of hair loss conditions which can cause shorter hairs, which may be especially noticeable around the hairline.

If tight hairstyles – such as braids, hair extensions or wigs – are worn regularly, this can place excessive strain on the hair follicles, with those around the hairline and temples being the most affected. This leads to a weakening of these follicles, followed by hair loss and thinning and is known as Traction Alopecia. Should the use of harsh chemicals such as bleach, hair relaxer or perming solution be a factor, short hairs and hairloss may be the result of chemical trauma.

Hair breakage is often seen alongside these fully-preventable conditions which are both treatable, as long as the follicles are still functioning.

Whilst Female Pattern Hair Loss, the permanent, genetic condition which affects the top of the scalp and hairline area causes thinning hair in women, if you have always had baby hairs it is unlikely that this is the cause. However, if you have noticed a drop in the volume of your hair in addition to these shorter hairs around your hairline, we would advise you to see a professional so that this can be either confirmed or ruled out.

If you are troubled by your baby hairs and would like to find out the cause, as well as – if necessary – getting advice on hair growth solutions or hair loss treatment – we recommend having a professional consultation with a specialist.


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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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Instagram aromatherapy shower head filter hair careName: Della

Question: I keep seeing aromatherapy shower filters and shower heads advertised on social media that claim to be for dry, damaged hair and thinning hair. On instagram the advert says it uses aromatherapy oils to help the water smell nice and to reduce chlorine in the water which is bad for hair. Can you tell me if it’s true? Will getting one of these filters reduce hair loss or at least make my hair look healthier?

Answer: Hi, Della. We know the adverts you mean! The short answer is no – these products are unlikely to have any effect on hair loss unless you live in an area where the tap water is highly chlorinated.

Chlorine is certainly bad for the hair in large amounts and can lead to it becoming weak and brittle, leaving it prone to hair breakage. The resulting snapped ends can, in turn, cause the hair to look thin and frazzled. In extreme cases, chemical trauma hairloss may also occur, though this is unlikely when washing your hair using regular tap water.

According to the World Health Organisation’s guidelines, the maximum amount of chlorine that should be permitted as a residual disinfectant in drinking water (tap water) in terms of health reasons, is 5 mg per litre. The organisation also reports that the amounts found in tap water in England and Wales are well below this guideline, stating ‘most water companies aim to keep the level below 1 mg/l’. As such, the effect on the hair is likely to be negligible, making a shower filter that reduces chlorine is unnecessary.

Vitamin C – which these products often say they use in their filters to neutralise chlorine – is good for the hair due to the part it plays in maintaining the normal functioning of the immune and nervous system, and supporting collagen production for healthy skin. Unfortunately only tiny amounts of vitamin C – if any – will absorbed by the body from the shower head, given it is highly diluted and washes away, not staying on the skin for long enough to be of any meaningful benefit.

The effects of the promised aromatherapy may help to relax you which is certainly beneficial as part of a wider approach to reducing or preventing hair loss from stress. However, we always advise caution when using aromatherapy essential oil products.

The shower heads these companies sell are likely to provide the same level of benefit without any of the filters, especially in areas where water pressure is low. Shower heads with this design – without any filters or aromatherapy add-ons – are known as ‘ionic’ and are both inexpensive and widely available. They are often marketed as environmentally-friendly, water-saving gadgets. They can also make your hair feel softer due to helping to reduce limescale; something that is particularly prevalent in hard water areas and can cause the hair to feel dull and the scalp to become dry.

Shower head wash hair

An example of a basic ionic shower head

The neck of these types of shower head is filled with mineral balls; as the water shoots up the hose it filters through these balls, which can result in a more powerful spray. Surprisingly this tends to feel gentle and provide better saturation than when the water shoots straight from the hose attached to the shower head. We have tried them and the effect is similar to the difference between the softness of champagne bubbles versus the harsh bubbles you find in fizzy drinks such as cola, or the soft rain that always leaves you soaked through, versus normal heavy rain fall, for example.

Though these types of gadgets appear to be more gimmicky than scientific, as long as the ingredients – particularly those used to provide fragrance – are not drying or likely to irritate the scalp, it’s improbable that they would worsen the condition of your hair, and you may enjoy using them.

If you are experiencing thinning hair or excessive hair fall we would recommend consulting a professional so you can get a confirmed diagnosis as to what’s causing it. From there, a specialist can also recommend a custom hair loss treatment course tailored to your needs, if appropriate.

They can also suggest ways to improve the condition of your hair, whether that means dealing with breakage by getting a trim and using intensive restorative conditioning treatments, switching up your hairstyling practices, avoiding regular heat-styling, or looking at aspects such as your diet and how you can improve your intake of hair-friendly vitamins and minerals. In this respect, whilst not a substitute for a balanced diet, targeted food supplements may be worth considering.


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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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