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Name: Rome

Question: My widows peak is growing after shaving it for 5 years, at 26 my hair was thin in front but seems my peak is still growing, why?

Answer: Hi, Rome. We would need to see your scalp to give you a proper assessment of your hair loss and why this is happening. However, what we suspect based solely on what you say here, is that the hair thinning you mention is caused by Male Pattern Baldness which can display in a number of different ways.

It only affects the hairs along the top of the scalp, from hairline to crown, known as the vertex due to the hairs in these areas having an inherited sensitivity to a hormone known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This can bind to those follicles any time following puberty, gradually weakening them and causing them to produce increasingly thinning hair. Whilst all these areas along the top of the head can be affected, the hairs at the temples and crown are the most sensitive to DHT. Continues below…

This type of genetic hair loss can form different patterns; in some cases there will be a frontal receding hairline whereby the temples are affected, causing them to move backwards – sometimes dramatically – resulting in the appearance of a ‘peak’. If, as in your case, the hairline naturally formed a V-shaped widow’s peak already, this can become more prominent. This is not due to the widow’s peak growing though, it is the visual illusion caused by the receding hairs either side of the peak.

What may also give this appearance is when a man is experiencing thinning on top, affecting the hair along the vertex, that has not yet reached the frontal area where your peak is. In these instances the peak area can become ‘separated’ from the hair along the vertex.

In all these situations, Male Pattern Hair Loss Treatment can be used to help inhibit DHT and promote accelerated hair growth. Clinically-proven topical and oral medications can be prescribed with additional hair growth supporting products, tailored to your specific pattern and level of shedding as well as your medical and lifestyle requirements, by a Belgravia hair specialist.

First, we would advise you to have a private consultation – either online or in person – so that you can receive a confirmed diagnosis and assessment with a professional in order to receive hair treatment advice personalised to your exact needs.


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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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Name: Qudus

Question: hi, I noticed a thinning crown after I used a relaxer and it refused to grow as thick as it use to be, and for the past 5 months my scalp has been itching and tingling and my hair has been thinning.

afro hair itchy scalp mens hairAnswer: Hi, Qudus. We have had a lot of queries regarding hair loss after using relaxers recently. Hair relaxers contain harsh chemicals which, in addition to straightening the hair, can also cause scalp irritation and damaged hair, particularly if they are not used properly and where a patch test is not successfully carried out ahead of time.

We would need to see your scalp in order to offer a confirmed diagnosis and prognosis, however, as a general guide based on the information provided we would recommend that, if there are consistent symptoms of tingling, irritation or itchiness in the area that was relaxed you should see a dermatologist. They can assess your scalp for damage or signs of inflammation then discuss how to proceed, including recommending scalp treatments where necessary.

Breakage is common among people who have chemically-processed hair whether from relaxers, bleach or perming solutions. They can weaken the hair to the point where it becomes so fragile that it breaks, snapping in two along the shaft. If you have been tying your hair back and securing it at the crown, this could be a reason the hair feels thinner in this area.

As it does not affect the root of the hair, it is not technically a hair loss condition, though it can make the hair look and feel dry, frazzled and thinner than normal. If hair breakage is the only issue, this can generally be sorted out by a good haircut to remove the broken ends, and intensive nourishing conditioning treatments.

Making sure you help your hair as much as you can via your diet can also be beneficial. Though not designed to replace a healthy, balanced diet, highly-targeted hair supplements such as Belgravia’s Hair Vitalics for Men are packed with key hair-friendly vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanicals, including selenium, zinc and biotin to help promote normal healthy hair growth.

If the hair thinning you’re experiencing is particularly concentrated on the crown even though the relaxer was used all over, this could indicate the hereditary condition Male Pattern Baldness. Although this genetic issue can affect hair anywhere along the vertex (top of the scalp from hairline to crown), the hairs on the crown and in the temporal regions are the most susceptible to DHT – the hormone which causes thinning hair in these circumstances – and are also the slowest to regrow.

As you can see, there are a few potential explanations for why you may have a thinning crown so we would definitely recommend having a consultation with a hair specialist who can give you a confirmed diagnosis and, depending on the issue, make personalised hair loss treatment course or scalp care recommendations, as necessary.


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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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Receding Hairline Widow's Peak Male Pattern Baldness diagram picture hair loss

1 shows the areas which may first start to thin and recede if you have a widow’s peak and are developing a receding hairline. 2 shows the areas that can be affected by Male Pattern Baldness over time. 3 shows the hair which is immune to this type of hair loss

Name: Rom

Question: Hi. I have a V shaped hairline and I’m worried it looks like I’m losing my hair. How can I tell if my hairline is receding? I’m a male aged 18.

Answer: Hi, Rom. What you describe sounds like a widow’s peak. This is a common hairline type whereby a point is formed in the centre and creates two peaks either side, often referred to as being V or M shaped. It does not necessarily indicate hair loss unless the angles become more pronounced over time or the ‘peak’ rounds off.

In order to determine whether you have a receding hairline yourself you would need to be able to compare your hairline to how it has looked previously, ideally from the same angles. Do bear in mind that during puberty it is possible for a man’s hairline to change slightly due to a maturing hairline. You can monitor whether it appears to be receding over a few months as, even if you are experiencing hereditary hair loss, your rate of shedding may be quite slow.

Additionally, you could also check for a general lack of hair density – how thick your hair feels compared to previously – excessive hair fall and/or thinning hair around the temples – or, in fact, anywhere along the top of the scalp from crown to hairline, including the temporal areas, as these are the places which can be affected by Male Pattern Baldness. Although all these areas can be affected in cases of genetic hairloss, they may not all start at once – or even at all – but they are other common signs to look out for.

As you are 18 years of age, you have time on your side and can monitor this yourself over the next few months to see if any clear signs of hairloss become obvious. What may be obvious to you may not be as clear to other people so do try not to worry about this. We are often scrutinise our appearance far more than others do and can also be our own worst critics! However, if you would prefer to have peace of mind by getting a professional opinion now, you are very welcome to have a consultation with one of Belgravia’s hair specialists, either in person at one of our City of London or Central London hair loss clinics, or online.

Should it be the case that you do have a hair loss condition, whether this is Male Pattern Baldness or something else, all the options will be discussed with you. If you decide to proceed with Belgravia recommendations, either straight away or after taking a while to consider which is the best route for you, a personalised treatment course can be put together for you, comprising clinically-proven medications as well as non-pharmaceutical hair growth supporting products.


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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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Name: Ty

Question: Hi, I’m a 21 years old black male. When I was 15 I relaxed my hair for a few months. Since then, around the crown of my head has gradually began to get thinner and thinner over the years. Similarly my hair is pretty weak and doesn’t hold its shape. I could get a haircut today and tomorrow it’d look a week old. I feel as if it’s getting worse now as it’s now much easier to see my scalp and it’s not just at the crown of my head but also closer towards my forehead hairline. Any help or recommendations? Thank you

Answer: Hi, Ty. Relaxing your hair six years ago is unlikely to be the cause of any hair loss you are experiencing now.

We would need to assess you properly in order to provide you with a confirmed diagnosis, however, the pattern of hair thinning you describe is consistent with a diagnosis of Male Pattern Baldness.

This hereditary condition can start any time following puberty and causes thinning hair along the top of the scalp, anywhere from the crown to the hairline and temples. It also causes a drop in hair density and means the hairs in the affected areas become weaker and thinner. This is possibly the reason you find your hair isn’t holding its shape as well any more. Continues below…

If this is the case, there are two clinically-proven treatments for Male Pattern Hair Loss that are both MHRA licensed and FDA approved. At Belgravia we tend to tailor customised courses featuring these medications in their optimum formulations alongside non-pharmaceutical hair growth supporting products, based on the client’s individual requirements.

The best thing to do as a first step is to have a consultation with a hair specialist who can give you a confirmed diagnosis as to your condition. From there, the appropriate hair loss treatment recommendations can be made, based upon your pattern and level of shedding, as well as your medical and lifestyle needs.

You can do this by either booking in at one of our City of London or Central London hair loss clinics, or by filling out the Online Consultation form on our website if that is more convenient due to your location. We are able to send treatments to the UK and internationally if you do decide to go ahead with the recommended hair regimen prescribed.


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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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Name: Asu

Iron tablets - anaemia - iron levels - nutrition - anemiaQuestion: Hello, I am a 24 year old female, I was on iron capsules in the previous 3 months for treating iron deficiency anemia. After 2 months of iron intake my hair starts falling in a progressive manner and becomes incredibly knotted when wet, it takes me about an hour to brush it after a shower! (previously it’d take only 10 min). I stopped the iron tablets but the tangling and falling is progressively deteriorating.

The same condition had occurred to me 3 years ago after 2 months of taking iron for iron deficiency anemia but I didn’t stop iron tablets that time and had continued 6 months of iron intake. My hair was falling and tangling when wet for several months then stopped but my hair texture was changed since that to become rough and curly.

Now the condition is repeated again so I’m wondering what is the possible cause of it (especially the tangling in shower)? Knowing that I was taking 2 capsules/day in the first month then 1 capsule/day in the 2nd and 3rd months (iron in one capsule=100mg and it’s written in the drug packet that overdose occurs when taking 20 mg/Kg and I’m 50 kg so I’m at safe dose!) – (tangling doesn’t resolve by combing before shower,or during shower,or by conditioners!)

Answer: Hi, Asu. Hair loss and tangling can happen for many reasons and these are not necessarily due to your iron supplements. You should certainly follow your doctor’s advice regarding your iron intake as iron-deficiency anaemia can have a serious impact on your health and hair if left untreated.

Hair Cuticle Health - Damaged hair v healthy hair diagramYou describe your hair texture as being rough now. Usually this is because the hair cuticle – the outermost layer – has been damaged. This can happen when the hair is dry, brittle, over-processed and/or porous, and makes it easy for individual hair strands to tangle. Additionally, when your hair is wet the cuticle scales lift up, causing the hair to tangle further.

The hair’s condition can deteriorate from simple things such as every day styling methods, particularly heat styling or chemical treatments such as perms, bleaching or the use of relaxers. This can make it more prone to tangling. Additionally, dietary deficiencies, including iron deficiency, can also worsen the hair’s condition, making it more likely to tangle or break.

You can try applying conditioner then gently combing your hair with a wide-tooth comb or specific detangling brush, such as a Tangle Teezer. If your hair is porous, using a conditioner will not repair the cuticle layer, but it can help to seal the cuticle scales to the hair shaft so there is less tangling while healthier hair grows through.

Assuming iron-deficiency anaemia is the only factor negatively affecting your hair, this should improve as your iron levels do. Iron deficiency anaemia can cause changes in the hair growth cycle – which, in turn, can result in a temporary hair loss condition called Telogen Effluvium. Now that your iron levels are improving, it is possible that new hair is being encouraged to grow and this may be pushing out the old hairs that were in the resting phase (Telogen stage) of this process. This would explain the shedding and is hopefully a good sign that healthier hair is on its way.

Please do bear in mind that if you have Female Pattern Hair Loss, iron deficiency anaemia can aggravate this, so if you have any concerns about thinning hair or hair loss, it is advisable to consult with a specialist. This can be done either in person at a hair loss clinic, or online, and once a hair specialist has taken details of your symptoms, medical profile and assessed your scalp – you can upload photos if using the online consultation form – they will provide you with a professional diagnosis and recommendations for hair loss treatment, where appropriate.


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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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Name: Brook

Question: I have an ok diet, it’s not great because I work a lot and often end up eating late or grabbing a take away but I’m worried this might be why I’m shedding a lot of hair at the moment. Can you tell me specifically which vitamin deficiency causes hair loss?

Answer: Hi, Brook. Any dietary issues severe enough to lead to a significant nutritional imbalance can cause hair loss. However, there are a few key vitamins and minerals that are more likely to cause thinning hair that others.

vitamins minerals diet nutrition supplements tablets healthy hair growthA study was published in the Dermatology Practical and Conceptual medical journal in January 2017 detailing precisely which vitamin and mineral deficiencies were most likely to cause hair loss. Their findings were taken from looking at other studies into the subject and collating them. The outcome, as many hair specialists suspected, pinpointed deficiencies in iron, zinc, selenium or vitamin D as the key culprits.

Iron is important for haemoglobin production, which allows oxygen to be efficiently transported around the body. In cases of iron deficiency (anaemia) this process is hindered, causing the body to divert energy towards conserving oxygen and away from non-essential functions, such as the hair growth cycle. As a consequence, hair fall may occur from all over the scalp which tends to take around three months to become noticeable.

Zinc is one of the key minerals involved in hair health due to its role in cell production and regrowth. A lack of zinc can cause the same type of disruption to the hair growth cycle as is seen with iron deficiency anaemia, but – in addition to causing hairloss – it can lead to hair shafts becoming brittle and weak, making them more prone to hair breakage.

Selenium deficiency is rare, except in certain regions of the world including China and Tibet, as it is only required in relatively small amounts which can generally be found in a varied diet. However, as selenium contributes to the maintenance of healthy hair, the normal functioning of our immune system and the protection of cells from oxidative stress – a factor identified as being linked to premature hair loss in men – if there are low levels of this mineral in the body, hair health may suffer as a result. Furthermore, selenium is critical in order to convert the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4) into triiodothyronine, so if there is a deficiency, hypothyroidism symptoms may present – one of which is hair loss.

Vitamin D’s role in the process of cell division and helping to maintain the normal functioning of the immune system also assists with the maintenance of healthy hair. Various studies have linked ‘the sunshine vitamin’ to improved hair growth in cases from hereditary hair loss to the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata. As such, when vitamin D levels are depleted, thinning hair may occur.

Vitamin D3, in particular, was only recently hailed as playing a far more crucial role in hair growth than other forms of the vitamin. This is why vitamin D3 appears, alongside zinc, selenium, biotin and other key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts identified by Belgravia’s hair specialists as being beneficial to hair health, in the Centre’s highly-targeted Hair Vitalics for Men and Hair Vitalics for Women food supplements.

Biotin, whilst not mentioned in the 2017 study, is well established as being important for the maintenance of normal, healthy hair growth. It is a water soluble B vitamin (B7), active in many enzyme systems in the body, that is necessary for the production of normal skin and scalp secretions and ensuring hair and skin health is maintained. As with selenium, biotin deficiency is rare but when present can cause hair loss or thinning hair.

Hair Vitalics for Women and Hair Vitalics for Men healthy hair supplement hair specialist Belgravia CentreThe hair loss condition these deficiencies tend to present as is temporary, generally lasting no more than six months, and is called Telogen Effluvium. In more persistent cases it may last longer and be reclassified as Chronic Telogen Effluvium, but is still considered temporary. The only time when the hair thinning may be permanent is in cases where there is an underlying genetic predisposition to Androgenetic Alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss) as its onset can be accelerated by these temporary conditions.

When considering nutritional deficiencies it is important not just to review your diet in terms of what you eat and drink. Of course it is vital to ensure you are feeding your body a healthy balance of key vitamins, minerals and fatty acids etc, but it is also beneficial to look at whether there are any other symptoms that could suggest an underlying health issue or undiagnosed illness, meaning your body may not be able to absorb some nutrients properly. For example, the autoimmune disorder Coeliac’s disease – where those affected are intolerant to gluten – can hinder absorption of vitamin B12 and folate, resulting in pernicious anaemia.

There are in fact a number of dietary factors that can influence both hair growth and hair fall. Sugar consumption – which can be unexpectedly high due to the rise in ‘hidden sugars’, particularly in convenience foods – has been linked to thinning hair. As, conversely, have diet drinks and foods. Eating too much red meat is another dietary minefield when it comes to general health concerns as well as hairloss, though those with highly restrictive or elimination diets, such as vegetarians or vegans, also need to be particularly mindful of their nutrition in order to maintain healthy hair growth.

Whilst all these are theoretical possibilities, in general, as long as you eat a well-balanced diet and have a relatively healthy lifestyle, including a decent amount of exercise, these issues should not be too much cause for concern.

Two other pertinent non-nutritional factors which may be worth monitoring are your lifestyle and stress levels. Stress is a well-established cause of hair loss in men and women, and lifestyle issues such as regularly not getting enough sleep, and smoking, all place strain on the body and have been shown to result in unusual levels of shedding.

This is why, when considering what causes hair loss it is rarely as simple as pinpointing one specific vitamin deficiency. It is important for hair specialists to take an holistic view, including looking at a person’s overall wellbeing, given the many factors – besides genetics – that can be involved, in order to correctly diagnose the problem and recommend appropriate hair loss treatments where necessary.


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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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Name: Will

Question: I know you can initially shed extra hair when first starting minoxidil but is there such a thing as finasteride shedding?

male pattern baldness tablet mens hair loss treatment finasteride propecia aindeemAnswer: Hi, Will. Yes, some hair shedding is commonly associated with starting to use finasteride and this tends to occur around two months after starting treatment for Male Pattern Baldness. It can last for around two weeks and is entirely normal so is not generally anything to worry about.

Many men follow courses featuring both the MHRA-licensed and FDA approved hair loss treatments – minoxidil and finasteride – and start using both medications simultaneously. As such, it can be difficult to distinguish the well-documented process of minoxidil shedding from that caused by taking finasteride. It should be noted, however, that in each case this type of temporary hair loss does not actually happen to everyone or, if it does, it may be so insignificant as to be indistinguishable from regular hair fall so those who don’t find themselves experiencing extra shedding should not worry either!

One aspect worth considering when assessing your level of hair fall is whereabouts the hair is actually shedding from as Male Pattern Hair Loss only affects the top of the scalp from crown to hairline and temporal regions. If thinning is occurring in areas besides these, it could be a sign of a temporary hair loss condition being present simultaneously, especially if there are triggering factors such as being under intense or prolonged stress, having an unbalanced diet or undiagnosed illness, or having started a new prescription medication recently – aside from the aforementioned hair loss treatments.

It is possible to have more than one hair loss condition at the same time, but any temporary shedding will generally right itself naturally once the cause has been removed or successfully managed. Alternatively, personalised treatment courses can be tailored to treat both issues at once.

If you are concerned about additional, sustained hairloss after starting any kind of hair loss treatment we would certainly recommend speaking to your provider about this as a first port of call, even if it is just to put your mind at rest.

Also, if you would also like a second opinion, a Belgravia hair specialist can provide you with their expert opinion via an in-person consultation at one of our London hair loss clinics, or – if more convenient – via the online consultation form on this website.


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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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Name: Evelyn

Question: I am nearly 60 years old. I lost all my hair almost 15 years ago but the final straw was the eyelashes and the lack of these is magnified by my spectacles. Every so often I apply false eyelashes but with hot flushes they have come off in embarrassing situations both at work and during family gatherings. My eyes seem to have shrunk in size and often run in all weather conditions. Although I use thick black waterproof eye pencils these come off the minute I get into the pool and I now shun shared public facilities. I have read about eyelash transplants, but I am concerned about the likely risks. I would be grateful for an expert opinion.

false eyelashesAnswers: Hi, Evelyn. Eyelash transplants are a highly specialist area. They involve using scalp follicles to use as the donor hair. Due to your hair loss – which we are assuming is the result of a severe form of Alopecia Areata, namely either Alopecia Totalis or Alopecia Universalis – we are unsure if you would be a suitable candidate. It may be possible to use donor hair follicles from someone else but this is something you would need to discuss with a specialist surgeon.

As head-hair is used to replace eyelash hair, the newly-grafted eyelashes would grow in the same manner as scalp hair. As such, they would need regular trimming, as well as regular curling or perming in order to ensure they look natural.

This is not an area we are particularly familiar with given we specialise in non-surgical hair loss treatment of the scalp only. However, we are aware of one well-respected surgeon in the UK who is involved in this procedure, and was in fact the first in the UK to carry out this type of surgery in 2009. He recently stated at London’s FACE conference, that the procedure tends to take 3-4 hours at a cost of around £4,000. You can find out more on page 134 of the FACE abstracts document.

When investigating any type of hair transplant, but especially one that is such a newly developed procedure, it is incredibly important to find a reputable, highly-skilled surgeon. Not just because you want them to do the best possible, most professional job of carrying out the operation, but also to ensure you get the best pre-op advice as to whether or not you would be suitable and what the possible positives and negatives, including side effects, of having an eyelash transplant could be.

There are JAK inhibitor hairloss treatments for both scalp and eyebrows currently being developed and showing promising results, so we would hope eyelash regrowth will also be positively affected.

These are unlikely to become available until around 2021, but in the meantime it may be worthwhile considering other options such as medical tattooing or permanent makeup, if you are unhappy with the appearance of your eyes. Eyebrows can be microbladed on, which can help to add definition to the eye area, whilst permanent makeup can be used to provide eyeliner which will not sweat off, nor be affected by runny eyes.

Again, it is incredibly important to go to specialists in these fields, they require a high level of training and expertise to ensure a natural-looking finish, so make sure you do your research before going for consultations with a range of different practitioners, and see examples of their previous work, before making a decision if you do decide to investigate.

If you are looking for recommendations in any of these areas, your GP or a hair loss charity, such as Alopecia UK, may be a good place to start.


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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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Name: Charlotte

Question: I had six CT scans within six weeks, now my hair is coming out, I use to have thick hair now now each time I comb my hair it comes out, is there anyway to stop this? Is it permanent?

MRI CT scan machineAnswer: Hi, Charlotte. CT scans can often lead to hair loss but it is generally only temporary shedding, which occurs diffusely from all over the scalp.

Whilst this condition – known as Telogen Effluvium – tends to only present around three months after being triggered, the hair fall can begin sooner or later than this average timeline.

It is worth knowing that it also be caused by an underlying illness or health concern, so it may be the case that the CT scans have simply exacerbated hair thinning that had already been sparked. Telogen Effluvium usually lasts no more than six months and clears up naturally, with normal hair growth resuming of its own accord. Sometimes it may be slightly worse, lasting more than six months, in which case it is reclassified as Chronic Telogen Effluvium, but it is still only temporary.

Whilst there are treatments for Telogen Effluvium available, given your on-going medical investigations and potential health issues, whilst you would be very welcome to come in for a consultation with our hair specialists, there is a chance that you would be deemed unsuitable for treatment at this time. However, at least receiving a confirmed, professional diagnosis of your hair loss condition may prove something of a relief.

If you are still experiencing unusual levels of hairloss after this time, it is worth checking with a specialist in case you have concurrent Female Pattern Hair Loss. This is a permanent, hereditary condition which causes thinning hair to the top of the scalp and temporal regions only.

There are clinically-proven hair loss treatments available to help manage this shedding and promote regrowth, with further non-pharmaceutical hair growth supporting products also forming an important part of Belgravia courses. Though – as before – given your situation, you would need to be deemed suitable by your GP and or specialist healthcare team before a personalised hair regimen could be tailored for you, and medications could be dispensed.


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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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Name: Declan

Question: I’m a coeliac so am completely gluten-intolerant. I have recently seen TV adverts for gluten free shampoo – do I need to use this? I wasn’t aware shampoo had gluten in, how can I tell if my shampoo is gluten free or not?

Hair Washing - Hair loss - ShampooAnswer: Hi, Declan. We have seen these commercials too and, as far as we are aware, advertising shampoo as gluten free is little more than a marketing gimmick. We have had a lot of queries on this subject recently – most likely the result of such widespread marketing of the products.

People with the autoimmune disorder, coeliac disease are intolerant to gluten when it is ingested – so when it is consumed orally. Obviously, shampoo is not for drinking and when used as intended it is only actually on the scalp for a matter of minutes, in this case it is also diluted by water both in the hair and during rinsing via a shower or similar.

The only potential reason a coeliac would need to use a gluten free shampoo would be if they find a formula containing gluten is irritating their scalp – however, it may be difficult to tell if it is actually the gluten or something else contained within the shampoo that the scalp is reacting to.

Common allergens that can be found in many shampoos include fragrance, cocamidopropyl betaine, methylchloroisothiazolinone/methylisothiazolinone, formaldehyde releasers, propylene glycol, vitamin E, parabens, benzophenones, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, and methyldibromoglutaronitrile/phenoxyethanol. This is according to the results of a 2009 clinical trial published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology.

Gluten has actually been found to be good for strengthening damaged hair, so we would recommend using your discretion and simply finding a shampoo formulation you are happy with. There is certainly no need to change your shampoo if you are happy with the one you currently use and have not noticed any adverse effects.

In order to find out if your shampoo is gluten free you should check the ingredients list on the label. Ingredients which may indicate the presence of gluten in shampoo include the following: oats, avena sativa, wheat germ oil, colloidal oatmeal, beta glucan, hydrolyzed wheat protein, triticum vulgare, secale cereale, hordeum vulgare, stearyl dimonium hydroxypropyl, laurdimonium hydroxypropyl and vitamin E as this is often wheat-derived as well as being a common allergen generally.

However, if you wish to be 100 per cent sure as to whether a shampoo is gluten-free or not, we recommend contacting the manufacturer directly.


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