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Name: Carlton

Question: I read about these infrared pillow cases and sheets from Under Armour that are meant to improve recovery. I understand infrared is also used to treat hair loss so is it likely these pillows could help in to regrow hair loss?

Answer: Hi, Carlton. I have looked into the Under Armour Recover bed linen, which the company claims to be based around a “mineral-lined fabric [which] returns infrared energy to your body to restore your muscles faster” and it is certainly innovative!

I believe it is unlikely to have any ‘treatment’ effect on hair loss – as in, it is help to regrow hair – but it may, however, encourage relaxation. This can be good for helping to prevent shedding from stress-related hair loss.

There are different types of infrared and, whilst some have properties that are beneficial to hair growth, others will have little to no effect on this, whatsoever.

Each wavelength of the electromagnetic spectrum has different properties.

The form of infrared used in hair growth supporting products is known as photobiomodulation or ‘near infrared‘. This is the visible red light type used in low-level laser therapy (LLLT) devices, such as the FDA-cleared HairMax LaserBand, at a wavelength of 655nm. This has been shown to stimulate the hair follicles and the manufacturers advise it can strengthen the hair as well as promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss with on-going use, as directed.

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Diagram of the Electromagnetic Spectrum

Under Armour Recover pillowcases use far infrared (far IR) radiation; this usually has a slightly longer wavelength and is not the same as LLLT. Far IR radiation gives out warmth which relaxes muscles and soft tissue.

Infrared lamps using far IR do appear to give out red light but this is due to the red lightbulbs they tend to use, which emits visible red light. This is still different to the type of infrared used in LLLT. Pure Far infrared waves are not actually visible to humans, but they are thermal and just feel warm, it is also called “radiant heat”

At Belgravia we employ far IR lamps during certain clinical therapy sessions for clients who visit our hair loss clinics in person, this is for far IR’s ability to increase blood circulation, which may bring more nutrient-rich blood to the dermal papilla. Good circulation is, of course, important for healthy hair growth but it cannot combat the effects of a medical hair loss condition, such as androgenetic alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness) for example.

The innovative products you have read about may certainly have benefits – such as those the company claims regarding assisting rest and recovery for fitness fans, but, in answer to your question as to whether the far IR technology used in the Under Armour Recover pillow cases can stimulate hair growth in order to regrow hair you have already lost, I would say there is not enough evidence to confirm whether this is one of them.

If you are looking for hair restoration options, taking a clinically-proven route involving one or both of the MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved hair loss treatments as part of a personalised course based on your diagnosis, level and pattern of shedding and medical profile would be a more reliable way to proceed.

The first step in this instance is to have a consultation, in person or online using a photo-upload tool, with a hair loss specialist who can assess and diagnose you, as well as providing tailored recommendations 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: Sally

Question: I have been having thinning hair for a while which has been upsetting me so went to my doctor who said I have Female Pattern Hair Loss. They weren’t very helpful and I felt they were quite dismissive of my problem even though it is worrying me greatly and affecting my confidence. I didn’t feel comfortable asking them some of the questions I had so wondered if you might be able to help me instead. I wanted to know if this diagnosis means I will eventually go bald? And also I am obviously interested in hearing about ways to prevent this from happening as well as helping to thicken my hair. Many thanks.

Answer: Hi, Sally. Just to put your mind at rest and so you have a good knowledge of the basics of this condition, let me run through a brief overview of genetic hair loss before getting to your questions.

Female Pattern Hair Loss is an extremely common condition which affects the top of the scalp from the hairline and temples to the crown in those with the relevant genetic predisposition. It is permanent but can generally be well-managed using clinically-proven treatments.

It can present any time following puberty, though women generally start to notice the first signs of this type of hair loss – such as their hair having less volume, their ponytail looking thinner than usual, and/or a widening of the parting – from their 30s or 40s.

There is also anecdotal evidence to suggest the trend is moving more towards premature hair loss increasing, with women in their 20s often seeing these signs; this is thought to be down to the increasing pressures of modern life and our diets, given stress and elements such as nutritional deficiencies are established triggers of hairloss. At Belgravia we certainly have many Female Pattern Hair Loss treatment clients in their 20s.

Over time it causes gradually thinning hair in individuals with an inherited sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is the result of DHT binding to the follicles located at the top of the scalp, slowly weakening them, resulting in increasingly finer hair being produced.

Although some people use the term Female Pattern Baldness, based on the men’s equivalent, Male Pattern Baldness, this is not actually accurate for women’s hair loss.

Whilst this condition in men has the same effects, it can lead to defined areas of complete baldness, such as either side of a receding hairline, at the crown or all the way along the vertex (top of scalp) from the crown to hairline.

It is rare to see this extreme in women; female hairloss tends to stop short of causing baldness though it can lead to significant thinning where the scalp becomes clearly visible in advanced cases. So, in answer to your question about if you will go bald from Female Pattern Hair Loss, in our experience it is highly unlikely.

With regards what you can do to treat female pattern hair loss and prevent further shedding, as before, this is a permanent condition but, although there is no cure for genetic hair loss, there are clinically-proven hair loss treatments available.

Minoxidil is applied topically and is both MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved specifically for this purpose. Using a tailored hair loss treatment course comprising high strength minoxidil can help to successfully manage your symptoms by promoting hair growth as well as helping to prevent hair loss in the future with on-going use.

In addition to this hair loss solution, additional hair growth supporting products such as low level laser therapy (LLLT) home-use devices – for instance the FDA-cleared HairMax LaserBand – which help to stimulate the follicles and strengthen the hair, may be useful, as may highly-targeted nutritional supplements designed to support the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth, such as Hair Vitalics for Women.

What we recommend is having a consultation – either online or in-person – with a dedicated hair loss specialist who can assess your scalp. They can then talk you through their diagnosis, appropriate treatment recommendations based on your medical profile, and additional considerations which may also need to be checked in some cases of women’s hair loss. These can include getting a blood test from your GP to ensure there is no underlying issue with zinc or iron levels, your thyroid function or various other common health problems which can cause excess hair fall.


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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: Farhan

Question: I had bald spot on my beard 9 months ago I noticed my is coming little bit but growing white not black I’m very upset my hair isn’t growing back black.

Answer: Hi, Farhan. The hair loss you describe sounds like a form of Alopecia Areata – an autoimmune disorder whereby the body attacks its own hair follicles.

The type which specifically affects the beard area is known as Alopecia Barbae.

Although its precise cause has not been established, it can be triggered by various factors such as stress, illness, infection or dietary deficiencies, for example. It may also be idiopathic, meaning the reason it presents is unknown.

Alopecia Areata Barbae - Bald Patches in the Beard
An example of Alopecia Areata of the beard, known as Alopecia Barbae

Researchers have a number of theories as to the cause of autoimmune alopecia, from a genetic link to neurological involvement, but – for now – no concrete pathogenesis or pathophysiology has been uncovered to explain it.

Whilst Alopecia Areata, in its mildest form, causes patchy hair loss in the form of rounded bald spots that appear on the scalp, Alopecia Barbae presents, in most cases, as a small round bald patch around the jaw or chin area.

Normal hair growth tends to resume of its own accord within a few months.

This regrowth can be lacking pigment at the start, appearing cream or white as a result, but its original pre-alopecia colouring often returns as the beard hair keeps growing.

Belgravia specialises in non-invasive hair loss solutions and hair growth supporting products, including Alopecia Areata treatment, however these are only recommended for conditions whereby the scalp is the only area affected.

We do not treat forms of alopecia which affect other areas of the head nor the body – such as Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis and do not recommend using hair loss treatments intended for topical scalp use, high strength minoxidil, for example, for the treatment of patchy beards.

As you are experiencing facial hair loss I recommend you consult your GP or a dermatologist so they can firstly confirm the diagnosis of Alopecia Barbae, and secondly, check for any other underlying medical conditions. Once they have done this, they should be able to discuss whether any treatment is appropriate and, if so, what is most suited to you based on your medical profile.

If it is only the discolouration of the hair regrowth in your beard that you are concerned about, as before, this should return to normal within a few months, but in the meantime you could consider dying it. That way, if it is done properly, it should blend in with the rest of your facial hair while you wait for its natural colour to return. If you are unsure about doing this, a reputable barber’s which offers this service – often listed as ‘beard grooming’ or ‘beard styling’ – should be able to help 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: Mark

Question: Hi I really appreciate your blog – it has some very reliable advice on various hairloss treatments and related research. I am curious about a hairloss treatment called Regenera Activa – it claims to be FDA and EU certified and seems to be very popular in terms of facilities offering it but I cannot find any research or press on the subject and it is not mentioned on your blog. Unless I have missed it somewhere. What is the Belgravia in-house view on this treatment (presumably you have chosen not to offer it?)

Answer: Hi, Mark. Many thanks for your kind words about the Belgravia blog, we’re glad you find it useful.

I have looked into Regenera Activa for you and this is an overview of my thoughts on the matter…

Regenera Activa rigenera micrografting hair restoration system

Although it may initially look like a type of harvesting tool used in hair transplant surgeries, the Regenera Activa system – called Rigenera (pictured) – though it does also collect hair follicles – breaks these donor follicles down to cells.

I believe the theory behind this micrografting method, which comes from Barcelona, is for these cells to act as stem cells and regenerate hair follicles when injected into the scalp. According to hair loss research information on the company website:

‘In this preliminary study, the authors have developed a new method to isolate human adult stem cells by mechanical centrifugation of punch biopsy from human hair follicles without culture condition, and they reported for the first time, up to our knowledge, the counting of these cells and the preliminary results obtained by the human follicle stem cells injections in the scalp of patients affected by AGA [androgenetic alopecia aka genetic hair loss], improving hair density.’

Regarding the FDA and European authorisations you mention this device having, the FDA clearance from the USA and CE kitemark it has been awarded for Europe relate to the marketing of the product.

CE kitemark certification is awarded to show that devices meet the relevant necessary EU directive criteria. Usually for medical devices this relates to their safety and, essentially, acknowledging they have been shown to do what they claim to. When they have been awarded CE certification – or FDA clearance – the devices can then be marketed for this specific purpose.

What these marks and clearances do not necessarily indicate is how effective a device is at doing what it claims to.

Regenera Activa rigenera micrografting hair restoration system certifications

Regenera Activa literature claims the technique produces new hair growth. Although it does show convincing photos, in my opinion I am still quite sceptical that the technique can create new hair growth, until actual hair follicles can be regenerated.

One of the good things about this novel procedure – as with existing FUE and FUT hair transplantation methods – is that they all use the patients’ own blood or tissues for the treatment. This helps to eliminate allergic reactions or rejection.

The idea appears to be sound and it is likely there is future in the concept. However, at the moment that’s all it is – a concept – as despite on-going research into this, no-one has yet been able to regenerate hair follicles in vitro.

Should it become possible to regenerate follicles in this way, assuming it was shown to be both safe and effective, how hair loss – including both Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss – is treated will change quite significantly. This would be a great breakthrough.

With regard to using Regenera Activa’s system, assuming that it works, as a means for preventing baldness from Male Pattern Hair Loss, patients would face the same issues that those who undergo hair transplants do in relation to long-term preservation of their results.

Namely, they would still need to use on-going aftercare which, at present, takes the form of either or both of the only MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved hair loss treatments. These are topical applications of high strength minoxidil to encourage hair growth, and one-a-day tablets of finasteride 1mg which inhibits the hormone which causes genetic hair thinning – dihydrotestosterone, better known as DHT.

DHT binds to susceptible hair follicles – those located from crown to hairline and temples – in men (and women) with pattern hair loss as they have an inherited sensitivity to the testosterone byproduct. This is a process known as follicular miniaturisation.

Even after any form of surgical hair restoration, DHT will continue to attack these hair follicles in genetically prone individuals, however, it will only result in further hair loss in the original follicles – not those replaced during surgery.

As these grafting procedures are rarely carried out on the entire area that is susceptible to Male Pattern Baldness, failing to deter further hairloss in this type of way may result in hair thinning and shedding around the restored areas. This can lead to extremely unnatural looking hair growth patterns, such as developing ‘islands’ of transplanted hairs surrounded by thinning areas or a receding hairline.

This may no longer be a concern should follicle regeneration become possible in humans as over-harvesting and having sufficient donor hair to carry out hair restoration involving the entire area affected by genetic hair loss would be less of an issue, if at all. The price may still provide a barrier though, at least while the procedure was new and limited in its availability – not to mention being in high demand should it be the first, or among the first, to offer hair replication techniques.

We will follow the development of Regenera Activa and publish updates on our blog as more information becomes available. Belgravia will not, however, be offering this type of invasive procedure as we specialise in non-surgical hair loss solutions and hair growth supporting products.


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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: Sujitha

Question: I’m a dentist and working in paediatric dental clinic where we use NO2 daily, and the clinic has very poor ventilation. Since last month I’m having severe hair loss, plus I’m a PCOS patient. Do I have any kind of remedy or treatment for this??

Hair Loss After Dental Treatment

Answer: Hi, Sujitha. We would need to examine your scalp, or at least see photos, in order to give you an accurate diagnosis, as well as taking some medical information to assist our hair loss specialists with this process.

For now, we can give you some general information based on the query you have sent us but we do recommend you having a professional consultation, either in person or online, to ensure you receive the most appropriate advice.

The severe hair loss you mention is an indication of a temporary condition known as Telogen Effluvium. This causes a period of intense shedding from all over the scalp.

Although having a temporary hair loss condition may not sound too concerning, it can cause those affected to lose an average of 30 to 40 per cent of their hair density within a short period of time, which can obviously be extremely stressful.

This type of hair loss becomes noticeable approximately three months after a stressful event, whether this is emotional or physical stress.

In this regard, potential hair loss triggers you may wish to consider include factors such as hormonal issues, underlying illnesses or dietary problems such as nutritional deficiencies.

It is more likely that the stress of working in an uncomfortable environment would trigger hair loss than the regular administering of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) to patients.

However, as you mention frequent administration of NO2 and the dentists clinic you work in being poorly ventilated, if there is a chance you are regularly inhaling the gas yourself, you may want to see your doctor for a general check-up, particularly concentrating on your respiratory health.

Various previous clinical studies have linked the inhalation of NO2 to asthma, COPD and other respiratory issues. Should you have an undiagnosed illness, this may be placing added strain on your body and overall health, which is known to cause Telogen Effluvium.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is also associated with thinning hair so, if you are having any particular trouble managing this, or have switched to a new medication recently, this may also spark or exacerbate any hairloss.

A check-up with your doctor is a good place to start, then, if you continue to experience increasing levels of shedding, a consultation at a dedicated hair loss clinic should provide you with the help you need, both in terms of a diagnosis and recommendations for appropriate hair loss treatments.

Telogen Effluvium treatment courses at Belgravia generally consist of two separate elements, the first of which is topical applications of suitable high strength minoxidil formulations, in order to encourage hair growth. Although this medication is MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved for the treatment of Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss, its use has seen promise for other conditions, including Telogen Effluvium.

Additional hair growth supporting products can also be used; These range from highly-targeted Hair Vitalics for Women food supplements to support the maintenance of normal healthy hair, to follicle-stimulating laser devices, such as the FDA-cleared LaserBand.

Do let us know if you require any further advice or information on this.


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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: Michelle

Question: Hi, I read about oxygen scalp treatments and wondered if they might treat my hair loss – what do you think? I just have a bit of thinning around my temples and my hair doesn’t feel as thick as it used to be but it’s not terrible. I’d appreciate your advice.

Answer: Hi, Michelle. Oxygen scalp treatments are a fairly new innovation, similar to oxygen facials which have been around for quite a while, and are designed to thoroughly clean the pores and improve circulation.

We have looked in to Oxilogica – who claim to have developed this technique – briefly and its cosmetic procedures are being touted as beneficial for hair growth, however, we are unaware of any clinical research into this type of therapy for this purpose, or any verified scientific evidence to support such claims.

With that said, the idea behind this four-step process is solid and seems to have good quality, well thought out ingredients. These include biotin, azelaic acid, saw palmetto and vitamin E all applied directly to the scalp.

Promotional material for this service says it has been proven to encourage hair growth but, in my opinion, oxygen scalp treatments are more likely to be useful for improving the hair texture and quality, maintaining a healthy scalp and possibly good circulation, than they are for promoting hair growth in any meaningful way.

Whilst the concept of using stem cells from the Stella Alpina’s roots to stimulate hair growth is a good one, I have looked into this and there does not appear to be any independent evidence to support this.

These treatments are generally offered by hairdressing salons or clinics as part of an on-going course, rather than as a one-off. From what I have seen of them, it is unlikely oxygen scalp therapy would show sufficient effects on hair growth to warrant this being the primary reason anyone would undergo such a course, and – in answer to your question – it is extremely doubtful that they would have any effect on hair loss.

The thinning hair you describe sounds consistent with a diagnosis of Female Pattern Hair Loss; This is an hereditary genetic condition that is both permanent and progressive, but can generally be successfully managed with an appropriate hair loss treatment course.

At Belgravia we offer patients presenting with this condition tailored hair loss solutions featuring topical applications of high strength minoxidil, often paired with additional hair growth supporting products.

Minoxidil is clinically-proven, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved for the treatment of genetic hair loss in women and helps to stimulate hair growth in the affected areas.

This is currently the only women’s hair loss treatment that has been authorised in these ways by both the UK and USA medical regulatory boards as being both safe and effective.

A consultation, either in person at a hair loss clinic or online, will help you to determine the precise cause of your thinning and receive professional treatment recommendations tailored to your diagnosis and needs.

Whilst we don’t believe there to be any substantial hair growth benefits, nor any hair loss treatment elements to oxygen scalp treatments, if you’d like to try them, we don’t think it’s a bad thing to do for your hair.

As before, it may help to improve your hair’s texture and quality whilst also keeping your scalp clean and healthy – which is important – but if the aim is to treat thinning hair, we would recommend using this cosmetic therapy in addition to taking a more established, medically-sound route.


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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: Sai

Question: Worried about my hair, it’s thinner than it used to be and it’s getting worse. Can thinning hair get thick again? I used to have thick hair when I was at school (I’m 23 now).

Answer: Hi, Sai. We’d need more information to give you a thorough answer to your question so the details that follow are simply for guidance.

In order to receive a confirmed diagnosis of any hair loss condition you may have, and personalised treatment recommendations based on this and your medical profile, where appropriate, a consultation is advisable.

For now, we can explain what causes thinning hair in men and the solutions currently available.

At 23 you are of an age where Male Pattern Baldness, the most common type of hair loss in men, is a consideration. This is a genetic condition, passed down through families, whereby you inherit a sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

The condition may present any time following puberty; when it does become active, the DHT attacks hair follicles located along the top of the scalp, from hairline to crown. This causes their gradual weakening, which can then cause thinning hair in these areas, a receding hairline and hair loss.

If Male Pattern Hair Loss is left to run its course, the thinning hair will not get thicker of its own accord, instead – as it is a permanent, progressive condition, the affected areas will continue to thin, usually resulting in eventual baldness.

Should your hair thinning be affecting your entire scalp – not just the top, vertex areas associated with Male Pattern Hair Loss – this suggests a temporary condition known as Telogen Effluvium.

Consider what happened approximately three months prior to you noticing the hair loss you are currently experiencing; Telogen Effluvium causes a temporary disruption to the hair growth cycle and, as a result, there may be significantly more hair fall than normal approximately three months after a trigger event.

This generally concerns some form of physical or emotional stress, including intense personal or work pressures, an underlying illness or dietary deficiencies.

Whilst thinning hair caused by Male Pattern Baldness will not ‘get thicker’ again of its own accord, where Telogen Effluvium is the only issue, normal hair growth can resume without intervention so the hair should return to its previous density within approximately six months.

It is worth noting that if you have the relevant genetic predisposition, this condition can also spark the premature onset of Male Pattern Hair Loss.

This is not always the case, but if you have been experiencing thinning hair for a significant period of time, it is certainly worth having a professional hair loss specialist assess your scalp to determine the precise cause.

In either situation – or if both conditions are present simultaneously, which is entirely possible – a customised hair loss treatment course can be tailored to your needs by a specialist.

These courses are based around clinically-proven hair loss solutions and, where appropriate, additional hair growth supporting products, in order to help encourage healthy hair regrowth and prevent baldness with on-going use.


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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: Carol

Question: : I am 75 yo female with thin, fine, straight, body-less hair. I use a laser helmet for 20 minutes every other day for the past 5 months. I have had two PRP sessions. I still have areas that are thin and sparse. Since my hair is so flat it accentuates my bald areas. I was thinking of getting a perm to increase a look of fullness. I have been reading and I think an acid perm would be better. What would be your suggestions?

Answer: Hi, Carol. As we are hair loss specialists, we can only give you general advice on which perm is best for your hair.

You would be better off directing your question to a hairdresser with specific experience and expertise in this area, especially as they are likely to need to examine your hair in order to assess its potential responsiveness and suitability.

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Whilst perming can be harmful to the hair, causing chemical trauma hair loss, in some cases, we understand the acid perm you mention is supposed to be the least damaging. This is because it should have a pH level similar to that of the hair’s natural pH.

However, because even acid perms have added ingredients to speed up the processing time, these are still not recommended by Belgravia hair loss specialists for anyone with weak, brittle or thinning hair as these additives can change the perming solution’s pH to approximately 7-7.5 which means that it is no longer acidic and may even be alkaline, if it is above a pH 7.

This already risky processing technique is then more likely to cause additional damage, particularly to already weak or thin hair. However, if you do decide to go ahead with this, do make sure it is carried out by an experienced hairdresser who is specially trained in this area.

Acid perms require heat to be added as part of the process, otherwise the acidic pH won’t penetrate the hair’s cortex. With this in mind, there is a risk of thermal trauma, particularly if it is done by someone who does not have the requisite level of specialist training.

Furthermore, perming involves breaking some of the strongest keratin bonds in the hair and will, therefore, change the hair’s keratin structure. When disulphide bonds are broken, there is always a risk of hair breakage, which can cause it to look even thinner and more frazzled, especially if carried out by someone inexperienced.

If you believe you have a particular issue with hair loss, it is worth consulting your doctor or dermatologist in case this is related to an underlying health issue. They may be able to offer you treatment for this problem which may then help your hair growth to return to normal.

Although the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) trend it is having something of a moment, currently no significant, reliable scientific proof exists that suggests PRP can treat hair loss or encourage regrowth.

As you are over the upper limit for non-invasive hair loss treatment, we would recommend sticking with low-level laser therapy (LLLT) but do ensure you are using an FDA-cleared device.

At Belgravia we offer HairMax LaserBand LLLT devices as the company has a good reputation of producing products that have been cleared by the FDA for safety and efficacy, and – as the originators of authorised home-use LLLT devices – have a solid track record in this area.

There are now many products on the market that claim to offer low level laser therapy but, instead of medical grade lasers, use at least some LED lights. These do not treat hair loss or encourage hair growth so it is important to ensure you get the most effective LLLT hair loss solution you possibly can.

Other hair growth supporting products you may want to try include highly-targeted hair supplements, such as Belgravia’s proprietary one-a-day Hair Vitalics for Women. These contain a specially-formulated blend of key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts including biotin, selenium and zinc, known to contribute to the maintenance of normal healthy hair.

There are also a range of cosmetic tricks you could try to make your hair appear temporarily fuller, including using hair loss concealers, or even using dry shampoo on the roots after washing your hair which can give an instant injection of volume to otherwise limp hair.

If you do try this option, remember not to use dry shampoo regularly instead of washing your hair as this may further contribute to hair loss.

As before, it is worth having a chat with your hairdresser as they are likely to be able to recommend styling products, and possibly a new hairstyle, that will help you to hide thinning and make the most of 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: Ray

Question: What is a hair loss concealer? Is it another word for a toupee?

Answer: Hi, Ray. Concealers and toupees are different products, even though they are both used for the same purpose – to hide hair loss.

A toupee is a hairpiece or small wig which covers the top of the scalp, whilst hair loss concealers are cosmetic products applied to the wearer’s own hair to make it appear thicker.

There are three main types of concealers: microscopic fibres, coloured sprays and a scalp dye. These are all cosmetic products that may help to make thinning hair look fuller for men and women.

Hair Concealer Fibres

Microscopic fibres come in a variety of colours and are applied to the hair via a shaker-style container, with leading brands including Nanogen Nanofibres and Kerafibre. They cling to the users’ existing hairs, helping to make them look thicker, and are set in place with a spray. They can generally withstand some rain after being set properly but have to be reapplied every day as they are intended as a temporary hair loss solution. This product is rumoured to be used by the likes of Wayne Rooney and David Beckham.

Coloured sprays are used to darken the scalp, making it appear the same colour as the hair, so that the skin becomes less obvious. This method has often been used on actors with Male Pattern Baldness during their performances – when beauty work isn’t an option – as the hair only needs to look thicker from a distance as this option can look quite unnatural close up.

Bigen is a jet black dye traditionally used in barbers which specialise in Afro hair. It is generally suitable for anyone whose hair is black and often gives a more natural appearance on darker skin tones.

Using Bigen involves painting the mixture onto the scalp and hair so that, as with the sprays, the scalp is less defined and a thicker area. It can be used to create more defined edges than coloured sprays which can be a good feature but, if used to create too harsh an edge, can create extremely unnatural-looking hairlines. Bigen fades over time so regular applications are needed.

Another, more long-term procedure that can help to hide hair loss is scalp micropigmentation. This is a form of medical-grade tattooing, whereby tiny dots in a number of shades are tattooed onto the scalp, over a number of sessions, to mimic the appearance of real hair in a buzzcut style.

Due to the light exposure the scalp receives, this needs to be re-done a few times a year. It must be done by a specialist in this specific type of tattooing, which uses different needles and ink to regular tattoos, as it can go very wrong in untrained hands.

None of these options will regrow hair or help in any way to prevent baldness, they are simply temporary measures to make hair look thicker.

If you are looking for a longer term solution for addressing hair thinning, a consultation with a specialist will provide a diagnosis of your condition and recommendations for appropriate, clinically-proven hair loss treatments, as well as additional hair growth supporting products to use alongside them.


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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: Gene

Question: Why is my hair loss in patches one at the back of my head just above the nape and left a bit, and another just above my ear? The one at the back’s golf-ball sized and the other one’s more like 50p sized. My dad is bald, is this how it starts? I’m only 18!

Answer: Hi, Gene. We would need to see you to make a confirmed diagnosis, but what you describe here sounds very much like hair loss from the mildest form of the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata.

Normal Hair Growth Cycle versus Hair Growth in Alopecia Areata

This occurs when the hair growth cycle is disrupted and becomes stalled. Reasons for this include sudden shock or trauma, allergies and a genetic aspect is also suspected in some cases.

The patches the hair fall causes can be singular or in multiples, and can be small – around the size of a £1 coin – to far larger, and may even join up, causing larger bald areas across the scalp.

In instances where the patchy hair loss comes on suddenly and only affects areas of the scalp, it will generally clear up of its own accord, with usual hair regrowth resuming within 12 months. To help accelerate this process, or where the bald spots are more stubborn, Alopecia Areata treatment is possible.

At Belgravia this involves the use of topical applications of high strength minoxidil directly to the affected areas. As Alopecia Areata bald patches on the scalp are temporary, treatment does not need to be on-going once normal hair growth has resumed.

Although, as before, a genetic element is suspected, unless your dad is bald due to one of the more extensive types of Alopecia Areata which can cause total baldness of the head, or from head-to-toe, it is unlikely your father’s hair loss is related to your own.

If your dad went bald after years of thinning hair and/or a receding hairline, it is likely he has the hereditary condition Male Pattern Baldness, which is unrelated to Alopecia Areata in any of its forms. It also happens gradually and only affects the area of the scalp from hairline to crown, plus it does not cause rounded bald spots – the hallmark of Alopecia.

That is not to say you will not develop Male Pattern Hair Loss in the future – this is entirely possible if the relevant genes are in your blood line – but what you are currently experiencing does not appear to be this.

We recommend having a consultation with a professional hair loss specialist who can confirm this diagnosis and explain your options for treatment, should you decide to explore this.


The Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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