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Name: Aarav

Question: Does emu oil make hair loss medication work better when I apply to scalp? Please tell me.

Answer: Hi, Aarav. We understand that this is a popular internet rumour based – we presume – on emu oil’s alleged anti-inflammatory properties, but there is no clinical evidence to support this theory.

Furthermore, according to Medical News Today, there have been reports of emu oil causing irritation when it is applied directly to the skin.

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The purpose of applying oil to the scalp or hair is to nourish and moisturise it – it can help the condition of existing hair, but it cannot treat or prevent a hair loss condition – this is the job of clinically-proven hair loss treatments.

Contrary to helping hair loss treatment to be more effective, in some cases using emu oil or any other hair oil can actually dilute the topically-applied MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved hair loss solution, high strength minoxidil. This may make it less effective.

If you are using a hair oil as well as topical hair loss solutions, it is wise to apply the oil at least an hour after applying minoxidil.

There is no reliable medical evidence regarding the use of emu oil for hair growth or hair care and the quality of the oil depends on how well the emus are raised. This, in turn, can mean the better quality oils are higher in price, and cheaper versions may be of inferior quality.

There are many more affordable and widely suitable scalp and hair oil options, including coconut oil, argan oil and castor oil, it is just important to be mindful of how and when you use them. Not to mention being mindful of the fact that whichever one you use, hair oil is essentially used as a haircare product – not a hair loss treatment or medication.

If you are looking to enhance your current hair regimen, there are a number of steps you can take. One of these is to consider adding appropriate hair growth supporting products to your regime in addition to the authorised medications.

These include FDA-cleared low level laser therapy (LLLT) devices, such as the HairMax LaserComb or LaserBand, which are painless ways to stimulate follicles in order to promote strong hair as well as hair growth.

The one-a-day food supplement Hair Vitalics for Men has also been developed exclusively by Belgravia hair specialists for the maintenance of normal, healthy hair growth. The highly-targeted formula contains a number of key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts, including biotin, zinc and selenium.

If you are unsure as to which options may be open to you, or would like personalised advice as to which may be most suited to you based on your current treatment routine, condition, level and pattern of shedding, and medical profile, a consultation with a hair loss specialist should provide the answers you are looking for.


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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: Blake

Question: I read about this new product called HairGenesis. Do you rate it for Male Pattern Baldness? I’m looking for a men’s hair loss treatment I can use at home.

Answer: Hi, Blake. We have not used this product, nor are we aware of anyone else who has, but we have looked into this for you.

From what we have seen, HairGenesis does not appear to be a hair loss treatment; it seems to be a food supplement or similar.

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Medication which is designed to treat any health issue is required to be authorised by the individual country’s medical regulatory board, such as the MHRA and FDA in the UK and America. HairGenesis is not MHRA-licensed, nor is it FDA-approved to treat Male Pattern Baldness, nor any other type of hair loss.

We can see from the way in which the product is being marketed how there may be some confusion, but company literature detailing information about the ingredients suggest that this is not a hair loss ‘treatment’ in the truest sense. Furthermore, what we have seen of the clinical trial data is vague.

HairGenesis claims to contain natural 5AR, or DHT, blockers – DHT being the testosterone byproduct which causes thinning hair in cases of genetic hairloss. It is likely this reference is in relation to saw palmetto, an natural ingredient thought to lower DHT levels and which also features in the highly-targeted Belgravia hair supplement, Hair Vitalics for Men.

The product does not contain the only clinically-proven, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved Male Pattern Baldness treatments, the DHT inhibiting tablet finasteride 1mg and the topical hair loss solution, high strength minoxidil. Therefore, it is unlikely to significantly prevent hair loss nor actively promote hair growth on its own.

Overall, whilst HairGenesis claims to have established “the effectiveness of naturally occurring 5AR inhibitors against AGA [androgenetic alopecia] for the first time,” it seems this product is a reasonable mix of herbal preparations that would currently probably be better thought of as a nutritional support, in both its topical and oral forms.

The established forms of pharmaceutical treatments outlined above can be used at home, either individually or in tandem, as well as alongside secondary hair growth supporting products – the category we feel HairGenesis is likely best suited to.

If you would like personalised recommendations based upon your condition, level and pattern of shedding, as well as your medical profile, a consultation with a hair loss specialist will provide all of these, as well as answering any further queries you may have.


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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: Malia

Question: I am losing my hair after curling it for nine months. Is this type of hair loss permanent or temporary? And what is the best treatment for this?

Answer: Hi, Malia. It’s unclear from your query whether you have had a perm or been using heated curling tongs to create the hairstyle you believe has caused your shedding.

The type of hair loss you are experiencing is likely to differ depending on which of these two styling methods you used.

Perming solutions involve harsh chemicals being applied to the hair from close to the roots, all the way to the tips. There are a number of pitfalls to be wary of when getting a perm or doing it yourself at home, with regards hair loss and damaged hair. These include ensuring the solution is properly diluted so that it is the correct strength, and making sure it is left on for the appropriate amount of time. Too strong or too long leaves the door open for chemical trauma, where the hair is effectively burnt off at the roots. This can cause permanent hair loss if the follicles have been badly damaged, however, in the majority of mild to moderate instances, it should be temporary.

Hair breakage, whilst not a hair loss condition as such given it involves weakened hair snapping along the shaft, rather than affecting the follicles, is common following regular heat-styling and/or chemical hair treatments.

The regular application of heat – especially if the hair has not been fully dried beforehand – or the too-frequent use of perming solution (or other chemicals, including bleach) can dry out and damage the hair, leaving it so weak that it snaps in two. This can leave behind frazzled strands that look like thinning hair.

If the damaged hair has not affected the follicles, your hairdresser should be able to help by giving you a haircut that gets rid of any damaged ends and blends in shorter, broken strands. If the damage is mild to moderate then dusting, a technique which removes the tiniest amount of hair possible, or layering, plus some TLC in terms of haircare – a course of intensive conditioning and strengthening treatments such as Olaplex, may be beneficial. Again, your hairdresser should be able to recommend appropriate solutions for damaged hair based on your hair type and its condition.

Where the damage is extensive and/or there is hair loss – whether in patches, diffuse thinning from all over the scalp or a general drop in your hair’s overall volume – a consultation with an expert from a specialist hair loss clinic would most likely prove useful.

They will be able to assess your scalp – either in person, one-to-one, or via an online consultation with uploaded photos – and explain their recommendations for suitable hair loss treatments and any supplementary hair growth supporting products, where appropriate, based on their findings and your medical profile.

In the meantime, the first thing you should do is stop curling your hair, avoid heat and chemical styling, avoid tying your hair back too tightly, and add good quality shampoo and conditioner products tailored to damaged hair into your haircare routine.


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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: Sinead

Question: I saw on Instagram you can cover your hair in tomato ketchup and rinse it out like a mask to help it grow more. Is it true and can I use it? I want to grow my hair long.

Answer: Hi, Sinead. There is a reason people use tomato ketchup as a hair mask, but it’s definitely not to promote hair growth.

Tomato ketchup can be used on blonde hair to strip any green discoloration which is fairly common after being exposed to copper in water, for instance in swimming pools. Not chlorine as many people believe. When hard metals and minerals in the water oxidise, they can leave swimmers’ pale hair with a green tinge.

tomato ketchup hair growth

Using the acidic nature of tomato ketchup to remove this discolouration is essentially a cheap hair hack that can keep blonde hair bright and neutralise the green tones.

This approach is not necessarily recommended for bleached hair, however. Firstly – the hair may take on a rosy tint from the ketchup, and secondly due to bleached hair being more susceptible to damage from this type of acidic treatment.

Better advice for growing your hair longer is to ensure it is kept in its best possible condition. This is not simply a haircare issue – which products you use and how often you wash your hair or brush it, for example; it is about ensuring your hair follicles are nourished from within and you minimise any potential issues which could prevent healthy hair growth.

Following a well-balanced diet, rich in all the key nutrients needed for healthy hair, is a great place to start. Whilst not intended to replace a solid approach to nutrition via your meals, a highly-targeted food supplement, such as Hair Vitalics for Women, which contains biotin, selenium and zinc for the maintenance of normal hair growth, can be added in to your daily routine, if desired.

Having a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and plenty of sleep, can help to ensure your body is functioning properly – including good heart health and blood flow, which you need to ensure the nutrients in your blood stream reach your hair follicles.

This can also help to minimise stress – a known trigger of hair loss and something that will definitely not help if you are trying to grow your hair.

Try to avoid smoking, and minimise use of heated hair styling tools – including hairdryers! – as these can contribute to or cause thinning hair and hair breakage – again, the absolute antithesis of hair growth.

Also, whilst your hairdresser will be able to give you advice based on your specific situation, whilst it may seem counter-productive, it is wise to get regular trims when growing your hair in order to get rid of any split ends. If left, these can split further up the hair shaft, leaving the hair in poor condition that can appear lank, weak and frazzled. This can mean having to have more inches cut off in the long run.


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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Name: Sheppard

Question: I have seen reference to ‘follicular miniaturisation’ being the cause of hair loss. Could you tell me more about this please? What is it and who does it affect?

Answer: Hi, Sheppard. Follicular miniaturisation, also known as ‘hair follicle shrinkage’ is a process involved in androgenetic alopecia. This is the genetic condition more commonly known as Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair Loss.

When a person has the relevant genetic disposition, the hair follicles along the top of their scalp, from crown to hairline, will have an inherited sensitivity to a hormone by-product, called dihydrotestosterone. This testosterone-derivative, which is largely futile after puberty, is perhaps more widely known as DHT.

DHT binds to the healthy ‘terminal’ hair follicles in the susceptible areas, gradually weakening them. This causes them to produce increasingly thinning hair, and/or a receding hairline, as well as slowing down hair growth until they are no longer capable of normal hair production.

These DHT-induced effects on genetically sensitive hair follicles make up the process known as follicular miniaturisation.

Diagram of Follicular Miniaturisation hair follicel shrinkage from genetic hair loss male pattern baldness
A quick visual overview of the Follicular Miniaturisation process which precedes shedding from genetic hair loss and can lead to eventual baldness

This hormone-influenced follicular shrinkage occurs in both genetically predisposed men and women, however, the end result – without any intervention – tends to differ in each.

Men usually develop defined areas of hair loss, focused on the hairline, a thinning crown, or along the top of the scalp, and the shedding may result in total baldness in any – or all – of these regions.

In contrast, women rarely go bald from genetic hairloss. Rather they can develop severe hair thinning which is spread along the top of the scalp and temple areas, rather than being confined to specific areas.

There are clinically-proven hair loss treatments which are authorised by both the UK’s MHRA and the FDA in the USA. When used individually or – as is often recommended for medically-suitable men – together, these can help to stabilise this kind of shedding and promote hair growth.

When used on an on-going basis to address this permanent hair loss condition, this approach can also be helpful in preventing baldness.

If you are concerned about losing your hair or have noticed a drop in volume, a consultation with a hair specialist should prove useful. This can provide you with a professional diagnosis, advice and personalised recommendations for a tailored hair regimen involving the most appropriate treatments and supplementary hair growth supporting products, based on your condition, pattern of shedding and medical profile.


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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: Pat

Question: I’m still losing my hair even though I take Loniten oral minoxidil 5mg every day which I order online. What can I do to stop the hair loss and hopefully grow back some of the hair I’ve lost? I have MPB and am a Norwood 3.

Answer: Hi, Pat. You don’t mention whereabouts you are based but, whilst minoxidil is one of the only two clinically-proven male hair loss treatments to be both MHRA licensed and FDA approved for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia, it is only authorised for use topically in this regard.

Oral minoxidil is not an authorised hair loss medication in the UK, nor the USA. However, low dose oral therapy is sometimes recommended to patients who fail to respond to topically administered high strength minoxidil as a novel treatment under the guidance of medical professionals.

In such instances the dosage is generally set at 0.625mg per day – substantially lower than the amount you say you are taking.

Even then, at this low dose, it is still not suitable for some people, including those with heart or kidney problems, phaeochromocytoma or acute porphyria. Additionally oral minoxidil is unsuitable for use by men trying to start a family; this is not the case with topical formulations.

Even when taking such low-dose oral therapy, there are a number of lifestyle elements to be wary of, which are usually monitored by the medical team prescribing the drugs. These include minimising alcohol consumption to avoid significant lowering of blood pressure, monitoring caffeine consumption as high amounts from drinks or certain cold or flu medications may increase the risk of a rapid heart rate or palpitations.

Official prescription Loniten users are monitored during their usage, with pulse and blood pressure readings being regularly taken.

Topical minoxidil was developed as a superior hairloss treatment to oral minoxidil, which was discovered when used to treat high blood pressure where it was seen to encourage hair growth as a side effect in patients.

By administering the drug directly to the scalp it is absorbed precisely where it is needed, rather than entering the blood stream via the digestive system, then circulating in the hope of reaching the genetically-sensitive follicles along the top of the scalp. It also reduces the side effect profile of the drug.

We must caution that buying any medication or hair loss treatments online carries a number of risks, especially when self-medicating without proper professional assessment and guidance. Treatments for any condition should only ever be prescribed based upon an expert diagnosis that takes into account your full medical history.

Furthermore, as the MHRA has repeatedly warned, buying medications online is an especially risky business. The drugs could be counterfeit, out of date and repackaged, or stolen.

The consequences of taking medication that is not what it purports to be, and where it has not been prescribed and sold for a specific person and purpose by a reputable vendor – where treatment is first checked for contraindications against any existing medication or supplements being taken, or any existing health issues, including a family history of certain concerns – can have extremely serious consequences.

We cannot recommend strongly enough that you have consultations with experts, whether a hair loss specialist or dermatologist, to garner specialised advice, a confirmed diagnosis and personalised treatment recommendations. It could be that your treatment is not working because it is not what it says it is, or that it is simply unsuitable for your level of hair loss which these consultations would help you to establish.

It is also worthwhile discussing your plans with a doctor such as your GP before ordering prescription medication online. As you do not have the on-going support of a dedicated treatment advisor, take every precaution possible to ensure what you are taking is genuine and as suitable and safe for you as possible.


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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: Cameron

Question: Is it true you can treat hair loss with aloe vera?

Answer: Hi, Cameron. Firstly, there are many different hair loss conditions so it is always crucial to get a professional diagnosis before deciding on treatment options.

With regards aloe vera as a hair loss treatment, although the plant certainly has beneficial properties, there is little reliable clinical evidence to support any suggestion that it can prevent hair loss or promote hair growth.

aloe vera plant

Aloe vera was listed circa 70 AD in the Greek Herbal of Dioscorides for the treatment of hair loss. Since then it has generally only been listed in medical and naturopathic journals with regards its skin healing properties.

An Iranian clinical trial, carried out on animals in 2012, investigated the therapeutic and healing benefits anecdotally associated with aloe vera use, as well as thyroid hormone cream and silver sulfadiazine.

From their small-scale mice trial, researchers concluded that topical application of aloe vera gel, or the jelly-like substance taken directly from inside the plant’s leaves which they state “consists of several pharmacologically active ingredients”, could improve wound healing. It was thought to do so by stimulating fibroblasts during skin tissue formation, increasing collagen concentration and tensile strength.

Whilst collagen plays an important role in maintaining strong, supple, healthy hair, it was the thyroid hormone cream, not aloe vera, which was found to potentially stimulate hair growth.

Where oral consumption of aloe vera is concerned, the only potential connection we are aware of between the popular succulent and hairloss is nutritional.

Aloe vera contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B12, and choline. A deficiency in any of these vitamins can cause thinning hair from a condition called Telogen Effluvium. This disrupts the hair growth cycle, causing diffuse thinning from all over the scalp which lasts roughly six months but only becomes noticeable roughly three months after being triggered. It is also worth noting that regular excessive vitamin A consumption can also cause this temporary shedding.

Whilst cases of Telogen Effluvium will generally right themselves naturally once the underlying cause has been identified and dealt with, treatment is often possible.

If unusual levels of hair fall become apparent, it is worthwhile consulting a hair loss specialist as this temporary issue can exacerbate existing, or trigger dormant cases, of Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss.

There are clinically-proven hair loss treatment options available – though aloe vera is not one of them – and specialists can recommend appropriate courses based upon your condition, pattern of shedding and medical profile. As such, whilst trying aloe vera on your scalp should not be harmful, it is also not likely to address the problem so we advise getting a timely, professional diagnosis.


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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Name: Josh

Question: Could you tell me if I would need to shave my head before starting hair loss treatment for male pattern baldness?

Answer: Hi, Josh. The answer to your question is no – there is no need to shave your head, or even cut your hair, in order to start using male hair loss treatment.

Mens Hair Loss Treatment Male Pattern Baldness Belgravia Centre

There are two MHRA licensed and FDA approved treatments for Male Pattern Baldness, one of which is a tablet taken once a day (finasteride 1mg), the other is a topical medication – high strength minoxidil.

This is applied directly to the scalp via a dropper, so you can simply part your hair and drip the solution on. You can then slowly tilt your head backwards and from side to side in order to ensure the area is sufficiently covered.

Your hair loss specialist should be able to give you a full demonstration of this and provide additional information if you have any further queries about applying minoxidil. They can also give refresher demonstrations if you need them further down the line into your treatment course.

The application process can take a few goes to get the hang of, but Belgravia clients tell us they do this quickly and after that it tends to take them a minute or two each time.

There are a number of additional hair growth supporting products which can be used alongside either or both of these authorised medications. These include food supplements, such as Hair Vitalics for Men, which is a one-a-day tablet containing key nutrients, including biotin, zinc and selenium for the maintenance of healthy hair growth, and low-level laser therapy (LLLT).

LLLT is delivered to the scalp and the beams help to encourage healthy hair growth. Whilst there are a number of FDA-cleared delivery systems for LLLT, some devices shine the light onto the scalp through the hair. This is why Belgravia hair specialists tend to recommend the HairMax LaserComb and LaserBands as these models contain patented teeth which help to part the hair, making it easier for the lasers to get straight to the scalp.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding which is the best hair loss treatment for you, regardless of your current hairstyle, a consultation with a dedicated hair specialist should be helpful, whether in person or online.


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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: Manon

Question: I have no hair on my head from Alopecia Areata. Can I get a hair transplant? Will this correct it?

Answer: Hi, Manon. The hair loss you describe suggests you have one of the more extensive Alopecia Areata phenotypes, all thought to be caused by an autoimmune disorder.

Alopecia Areata causes patchy hair loss which, whilst it may be widespread across the entire scalp, does not lead to total baldness. Both Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis, however, do lead to a bald scalp. In the case of Alopecia Totalis facial hair, including brows and lashes, may also be lost, whilst Alopecia Universalis causes the entire head and body to become hairless.

In order to have a hair transplant it is necessary to have donor hair follicles; these should be of good quality, capable of normal healthy hair growth and they should be available in sufficient quantity to fill the required recipient site.

The problem with hair restoration surgery for any form of Alopecia Areata, but particularly the more severe forms, is the lack of properly functioning hair follicles to act as donors. Although some highly-specialised surgeons may use body hair as donor follicles where scalp follicles are unsuitable or missing, this is a novel and far from widespread approach, and therefore one which you would need to seek advice on directly from a reputable practitioner. Given chest hair is typically used, it is also not likely to be viable for women or those with hairless chests.

Due to the loss of body hair, in cases of Alopecia Universalis this would not be an option, however, in any patient with these kinds of autoimmune-related hair loss, the procedure is unlikely to produce satisfactory results. The reason for this is the volatility of these conditions. Especially where the scalp-only mild-to-moderate phenotype is concerned, Alopecia Areata hair regrowth may spontaneously resume, though bald spots may reappear at a later date and may present anywhere on the scalp – not necessarily in the same position each time. If or when this may happen cannot be predicted and the chance of natural hair growth re-starting lessens in line with the severity of the form of Alopecia experienced.

For these reasons in particular, we consider a hair transplant for Alopecia Areata to be inadvisable regardless of the particular phenotype. However, there are alternative, non-surgical hair loss solutions which may be worth exploring via your GP; they can also update you on the treatments currently in development – the first of which are expected to be released by 2022 – to treat Alopecia Totalis and Universalis.

Although Belgravia clinics offer Alopecia Areata treatment, this is for adults with the scalp-only phenotype and is not suitable for those with the more extensive forms.


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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: Jax

Question: I have male pattern baldness in the shape of an M. Can you give me some tips for how to regrow hair around my hairline?

Answer: Hi, Jax. The M-shaped pattern of hair loss you describe is extremely common and is known as a widow’s peak.

receding hairline can be one of the trickier areas to treat as the hair around the temples is the slowest growing scalp hair. In cases of advanced Male Pattern Baldness where it has been left unchecked for a significant length of time, and where the skin that is now visible at each temple has taken on a smooth, shiny appearance, it may not be possible to treat at all. This is because it is a sign that the hair follicles have deteriorated to the point where they are incapable of producing normal hair growth, even with treatment.

That said, in the majority of instances where hair is still present in the receded areas – even if it is fine and thinning – there are solutions available.

There are two clinically-proven, MHRA licensed and FDA approved male hair loss treatments, one oral and one topical. Either or both can be used by those deemed medically suitable, in order to help stabilise shedding, promote regrowth and prevent baldness. No other treatments or natural remedies exist that have been proven and officially recognised for this purpose.

The oral tablet finasteride 1mg is taken once per day to help inhibit the formation of DHT – the hormone responsible for causing thinning hair and receding in cases of genetic hairloss. Whilst finasteride’s action helps to deter the cause of Male Pattern Baldness, its effect on the hairline is unproven.

Topical formulations of high strength minoxidil are applied directly to the scalp where needed in order to encourage accelerated hair growth. These can be particularly useful when treating stubborn areas, such as the hairline.

Additional hair growth supporting products can also be used alongside the established medications in order to further enhance the approach and hair quality.

In order to receive personalised recommendations as to the types of treatment best suited to your specific situation, we advise having a consultation with a specialist. This can be done in person at one of Belgravia’s Central London or City of London hair loss clinics, or remotely via our website Online Consultation form which allows you to upload photos.


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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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