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hair-pulling-trichotillomania-hair-lossName: Khloe

Question: I have a cut on the top of my head that I’ve been picking at and it is a scar but it is still an open wound. I pull hairs from around that spot and I have a huge bald spot. What are the best hair regrowth products to use for quick hair regrowth since I’ve been lessening pulling out my hair?

Answer: Hi, Khloe. Your hair loss cannot be treated whilst you still have an open wound on your scalp. You would need to wait until the cut has healed before any treatment could begin.

In the meantime it is important that you stop pulling your hair if you wish to regrow it. Hair loss treatment can only work in cases where the follicles are active and capable of producing hair. Hair cannot grow where there is scarring as the follicles no longer function in those areas.

Hair pulling and twisting is a sign of trichotillomania, a compulsive disorder, which you may wish to speak to your doctor about. There is support available to help you become ‘pull-free’, often in the form of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), if you find it hard to stop by yourself.

Once the wound has healed, your scalp can be assessed by a hair loss specialist in order to determine your chances of regrowth and whether treatment may be beneficial. The hair should grow back naturally once you stop pulling and the wound has healed. If you want to take further proactive steps towards healthy hair growth you could look at ensuring your diet includes the optimum levels of hair-friendly nutrients, or you may like to supplement this with a highly-targeted nutritional support, such as Hair Vitalics for Women.


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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: Liane

Question: I have experienced hair fall since I was in college. My hair became brittle and weak. I have not had a proper sleep ever since and I have been taking a drug named isotretinoin for almost 1 1/2 year (two courses).

Thinning Hair - Thin Ponytail - Women's Hair LossMy hair fall stopped when I was in my sophomore year and then it went back last November. I suspect also that it may have been caused by emotional stress because of the recent events that happened.

I went to my dermatologist and she told me that I have androgenetic alopecia but looking at my aunts (both mother and father side) they don’t have androgenetic alopecia. Is it possible that I am just experiencing chronic telogen effluvium? Hoping for your response. Thank you!

Answer: Hi, Liane. It is possible that your hair loss is due to chronic telogen effluvium or female pattern hair loss – or both, simultaneously. We would need to assess your scalp before making a diagnosis.

Chronic telogen effluvium is also known as ‘diffuse thinning’ and affects the whole scalp. Its onset may seem sudden and the hair fall can be shocking in some cases, but it does in fact take around three months from being triggered for hair loss to become noticeable. Though telogen effluvium lasts for up to six months, this chronic form lasts for at least six months. It is still a temporary condition, however, and can be sparked by a number of factors, including prolonged stress – emotional or physical (including regularly not getting enough sleep), the body adjusting to new medication, dietary imbalances or an underlying illness.

Female pattern hair loss causes more gradually thinning hair and only affects the top of the head and frontal hairline. It is often signalled by a widening of the parting, thinning temples and decreasing hair density over time, such as your hair starting to feel thinner when you gather it into a ponytail, for example. This is a permanent condition which progresses gradually and is the most common form of women’s hair loss in the world. Whilst, unlike androgenetic alopecia in men, it rarely results in baldness for women, advanced hair loss is still possible.

If you had an underlying genetic predisposition towards female pattern hair loss then having telogen effluvium – or experiencing high levels of stress – could have prematurely sped up its onset.

It is worth noting that androgenetic alopecia is passed on from both sides of your family, so it could come from either side and affect male as well as female relatives. In fact, recent research suggests the father’s genes are likely to be more influential when it comes to this particular trait. It is also possible for genetic hairloss to skip some generations where the relevant DNA makeup is present, allowing it to be passed on, but remains dormant whereas it needs to become active in order for the symptomatic shedding to occur.

Without assessing your scalp we cannot provide a confirmed diagnosis as to your hair loss condition so we would advise you to have a personal consultation either at one of Belgravia’s City of London or Central London clinics, or online where you can upload photos of your scalp to assist our specialists. Following this, they can also give you recommendations for a bespoke hair loss treatment plan, should you wish. At the very least, getting a second opinion is likely to put your mind at rest.

With regards the health of your hair, as you mention it becoming brittle and weak, you may want to consider nourishing conditioning treatments as well as ensuring your diet is full of hair-friendly nutrients. You could also top up with a premium food supplement for healthy hair growth. Belgravia produces an exclusive one-a-day product called Hair Vitalics for Women which contains optimal doses of key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts known to boost hair health. Furthermore, in addition to being a great nutritional support, they also include ingredients specially chosen for their ability to lower DHT in the bloodstream – DHT being the hormone, extraneous post-puberty, which causes hair to thin in cases of androgenetic alopecia. These can be purchased by non-Belgravia clients directly from the dedicated website hairvitalics.com.


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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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teen-teenager-male-pattern-baldness-hair-loss-worriedName:  Jacob

Question: Hi, I am a 16 year old that has a high probability of becoming bald due genetics. Due to my father, uncle, grandfather and recently my cousins have hairs that are thinning. Even though I have thick hair, I can see that when I was younger I had even thicker and longer hair. Now I see a decrease. I was wondering if this male pattern baldness can be stopped permanently forever? and would I have a chance to grow my hair out really long?

Answer: Hi, Jacob. It sounds like you have a clear family history of genetic hair loss and, whilst this does not necessarily mean you will also be affected, it is likely.

It is common for our hair density to change as we age but this is not necessarily a sign of male pattern baldness, especially in your early teenage years. A receding hairline, thinning hair along the top of the scalp or a thinning crown are key signs to look for as male pattern hair loss only affects the top of the head and tends to appear in these distinct areas.

Whilst it is predominantly found in men from their mid-to-late 20’s and 30’s upwards, male pattern baldness can develop any time following puberty in those with an active inherited predisposition – which can come from either side of your family, not just your father’s side.

You mention that you hair is currently thick, which is a great sign. At this stage you should have little problem with growing your hair. Even if you were to develop genetic hair loss later on, this would not significantly impact how long you could grow your hair. The hair around the sides and back of your head, from the top of your ears downwards, will remain unaffected, though the hair in the affected areas may appear thinner than the rest, which may not produce the look you want naturally.

With regards stopping it permanently, there is no cure for male pattern baldness yet, we’re sorry to tell you!

There are, however, well-established, clinically-proven hair loss treatments which can help to effectively manage the condition in cases where the follicles are still capable of producing hair, even if it is thinning. These are finasteride 1mg and minoxidil which help in stabilising shedding, regrowing hair and preventing baldness, and are the only drugs to have been approved by both the MHRA in the UK, and the FDA in the USA, for the treatment of pattern hair loss in men.

Finasteride 1mg is an oral one-a-day tablet which blocks the formation of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone in the system. Commonly known as ‘DHT‘, this testosterone byproduct is important for the development of sexual characteristics during puberty. After this time, however, it is largely extraneous and instead binds to the follicles around the top of the scalp and hairline, gradually weakening them, which is why thinning hair occurs. Without intervention, this can lead to hair loss and even eventual baldness in the affected areas.

Sometimes known as ‘Propecia’, which was the medication’s first ever brand name, finasteride 1mg is only suitable for medically-appropriate men aged 18 years and over.

Belgravia specialists often recommend men follow a combination course where finasteride is taken alongside using appropriate formulations of high strength minoxidil, though it can also be used on its own. This is a topical drug which is applied directly to the scalp in order to promote hair regrowth. We have found it to be particularly beneficial when treating areas of stubborn hairloss, such as a receding hairline or a thinning crown. This is available to patients from 16 years of age, following a consultation with one of our specialists.

Both these medications tend to be used in conjunction with other hair growth booster products. These are non-medicinal but use other elements, such as low level laser therapy or nutritional supports, to encourage healthy hair growth. One such product is Belgravia’s exclusive food supplement Hair Vitalics for Men which not only includes a highly-targeted range of key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botancial extracts in optimal doses to promote healthy hair, but also feature saw palmetto which has been shown to reduce levels of DHT in the bloodstream.

If you feel you are starting to notice other signs of hair loss and would like an assessment in order to receive personalised advice, the best thing to do is to have a consultation either in person or online. Time is certainly on your side though so do try not to let the possibility of losing your hair later in life worry you. Should you want them, there are options once the condition becomes active – if you aren’t one of the lucky ones for whom baldness skips a generation.


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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: Jemma

Question: My husband had a bald patch, (the size of a small fingernail) in he’s beard area for at least a year, we ignored it as was only visible if he wasn’t clean shaven and it didn’t really bother him. However after a very stressful time at work he noticed a bald patch appear on the back of he’s head, then another. Within 4 weeks he lost all he’s head hair, followed by body hair, then his facial hair.

Oscar Pistorius Displays Signs of Stress-Related Hair Loss During Murder Trial

Disgraced athlete Oscar Pistorius was photographed during his initial murder trial with white spots of hair, suggesting regrowth following Alopecia Areata – an autoimmune condition which can be triggered by stress and sudden shock, causing the hair to fall out in rounded patches.

This was 18 months ago. My husbands hair has started to grow back, in fact it started to grow back soon after his loss, it started off as peach fuzz but is now fairly thick, however his scalp and facial hair have grown back white.

Of course we are delighted that his hair has grown back at all, but I was wondering if you could advise if anything could be done to promote the return in pigment? It seems a bit odd as quite a bit of his body hair has returned to normal colour.

Answer: Hi, Jemma. That is great news that your husband’s hair loss has remedied itself.

In cases of Alopecia Areata, it is often the case that the hair will grow back naturally although when or if this will happen is frustratingly impossible to predict. The same is true of Alopecia Barbae – the name given to this form of the autoimmune disorder when it affects the beard. It can also occur in cases of Alopecia Universalis – which is when the condition causes hairloss from head to toe, though this tends to be a rarer occurrence.

The issue of hair growing back white is well established and nothing to worry about. Sometimes the pigmentation may take a while to restore itself to the hair’s original colour but in the majority of cases this will happen in around two hair growth cycles or less. Occasionally the pigmentation does not return to the same colour as before the hair loss occurred – it may be lighter or stay white – but this is not usual. Due to differences in the length of time this cycle is in its active growth phase for, for the head and body hair – which is the reason body hair does not grow as long as scalp hair – it is normal for body hair to return to its normal colour quicker than head hair.

We are not aware of any clinically-proven medical treatment to restore the pigmentation quicker, assuming you are not looking for cosmetic solutions such as dyes. However, ensuring everything is done to maximise healthy hair growth on the scalp – and avoiding stress, which is a well known trigger for autoimmune alopecia, as well as other hair loss conditions, and can prompt its return even once it has cleared up – should be helpful.

Belgravia offers a range of hair growth boosters and, following a consultation with one of our specialists, appropriate products could be recommended to your husband, based on his medical profile. This assessment is a free service and can take place either in person, at one of Belgravia’s City of London or Central London hair loss clinics, or – if you are based elsewhere in the country or abroad – then you may find an online consultation is more convenient.


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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: Dez

Question: I was diagnosed in 2008 with AA but I started losing my hair around 2005. I am still losing hair today. Due to the pattern that I am losing it, which is at the top in the “W” form like a male and also with diffused thinning all over, can I be helped without fake hair? I believe I have androgenetic, areata and ccc.

Answer: Hi Dez, we very rarely advise using ‘fake hair’ to cover or disguise hair loss as, in many cases, this approach can actually make the problem worse.

It is absolutely possible to have two or more hair loss conditions simultaneously, including Alopecia Areata, Pattern Hair Loss and Chronic Telogen Effluvium, Traction Alopecia or Central Centrifugal Alopecia.

Alopecia Areata will display as patchy hairloss anywhere on the scalp, with bald spots or rounded patches often appearing suddenly. This is an autoimmune disorder and in some cases can clear up naturally, though alopecia areata treatment may help to speed this regrowth progress along. This form of hair loss may reoccur though if or when is impossible to predict.

Female pattern hair loss causes thinning hair along the top of the scalp and at the temples. It differs from male pattern baldness in that the areas affected are less defined. Men tend to experience a receding hairline and thinning crown which may link up to form a balding strip along the top of their head, whereas women’s hair tends to thin more generally along the vertex and rarely results in baldness. This is the reason the condition is referred to as female pattern hairloss rather than ‘female pattern baldness. This is a permanent, hereditary condition that requires on-going management to prevent the thinning hair it leads to. A female pattern hair loss treatment course can offer the chance to stabilise existing shedding and promote hair regrowth.

Belgravia Centre Womens hair loss treatment alopecia areata traction alopecia female pattern baldness hair growth supplementsChronic Telogen Effluvium is also known as ‘Diffuse Thinning’ and is a temporary form of hair loss. It affects the whole scalp and causes thinning hair which, though it may appear to come on suddenly, is actually triggered around three months before the hair fall becomes noticeable. Often this condition is caused by a shock to the body, generally brought about by issues such as stress, an underlying – sometimes undiagnosed – illness or dietary imbalance, or as a reaction to the body adjusting to new medication. Whilst this tends to last for a minimum of six months, it is not permanent and treatment can be stopped once the hair growth has normalised. For those with an active genetic predisposition to female pattern hair loss, however, telogen effluvium can exacerbate or trigger the early onset of this condition.

Traction Alopecia is becoming increasingly common due to the popularisation of the hairstyles which cause this entirely preventable hair loss condition. It occurs when too much strain is placed on the hair follicles, causing them to weaken. If it gets to the point where the follicles are destroyed completely, this will lead to areas of permanent baldness which cannot be treated except for, in some cases, via hair restoration surgery. Traction Alopecia can be avoided by wearing the hair naturally and loosely as often as possible and not wearing any tight hairstyles which place undue tension on the follicles too frequently. These include braids, high ponytails, buns and the use of all forms of hair extensions. Should the damage have already been done – usually most visible at the front of the scalp in the form of a receding hairline as this area bears the brunt of the tension – then a custom Traction Alopecia treatment course can be useful in cases where the follicles are still active and capable of normal hair growth.

Central centrifugal alopecia is considered synonymous with Follicular Degeneration Syndrome which is part of a group of hairloss conditions known as cicatricial alopecia or ‘scarring alopecia’. Whilst the majority of conditions in this group cause permanent baldness due to the follicles being severely damaged and scar tissue forming, CCA/FDS can sometimes be treated if caught in time.  It displays as a specific and well-defined patch of diffuse hair loss on top of the scalp which then spreads outwards in a radial fashion, examples of which can be seen in our page regarding Treatment for Follicular Degeneration Syndrome.

The key here is to have a professional diagnosis in order to establish precisely which conditions are at play. Once that has been ascertained, a bespoke hair loss treatment course, featuring proven medication and additional hair growth booster products tailored to your personal needs, can be devised to treat all these issues at once, where treatment is possible.


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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: Laura

Question: Hi there, if I am colouring my hair at home when is the best time to apply Minoxidil? Thanks.

Answer: Hi, Laura. There are two points that are important to note regarding the use of hair dye and hair loss treatment.

Applying-Minoxidil-For-Women-hair-loss-treatment-Belgravia-CentreFirstly, we recommend that the scalp is free from any minoxidil residue before applying hair dye. This means it is important to thoroughly cleanse the scalp prior to dyeing your hair.

Secondly, when you use any kind of hair dye, bleach or chemical treatment, for example perming solutions or hair relaxers, it temporarily makes the scalp much more sensitive. Because of this it is important to skip the next dose of minoxidil after colouring your hair if you follow a twice-a-day minoxidil treatment course.

So the first steps in this recommended routine would be:

  • Apply minoxidil as normal in the morning (if you are a once-a-day user and usually apply your solution at night, it is fine to switch application to the morning for the day you dye your hair)
  • Ideally wait at least two hours before washing the hair in order to receive the maximum benefit by allowing the solution a good amount of absorption time. If this is not possible, wait an absolute minimum of half an hour
  • Wash your hair, ensuring your scalp is clean and free from any minoxidil residue
  • Dye hair according to instructions

 
Then, if your hair loss treatment features once-a-day minoxidil applications:

  • Apply your minoxidil as normal the next day.

 
If you are using twice-a-day applications of high strength minoxidil, then:

  • Skip your evening application on the day you dye your hair – as long as you only miss this one dose, you should not experience any adverse hair loss effects from doing so
  • Resume your normal minoxidil application routine from the next morning after dyeing your hair.

 
Always make sure that your scalp is dry before applying minoxidil so that it doesn’t get diluted. This will allow the solution to be absorbed at its maximum potency in order to help do its job of encouraging hair growth most effectively. If you are a Belgravia client and have any further queries regarding this or any other hair loss issue, please do contact your dedicated Treatment Advisor who will be happy to provide personalised advice.


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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: Ali

Question: I have a receding hairline and losing hair on top of my head I’ve been using Finasteride for a month! Do you think it could help?

Answer: Hi Ali, finasteride 1mg tends to be effective at blocking the hormone DHT, which latches on to follicles around the top of the scalp and hairline in cases of Male Pattern Baldness and causes thinning hair and hair loss. Whilst this is useful in treating hair thinning – like that which you say you are experiencing along your vertex – its efficacy in relation to treating a receding hairline is unknown.

Belgravia specialists find that using a combination treatment course featuring both finasteride 1mg and appropriate formulations of high strength minoxidil can be more beneficial than finasteride alone for treating male hair loss, particularly in relation to a receding hairline and a thinning crown. Minoxidil is a topical drug which promotes hair regrowth and has shown to be particularly advantageous in areas of stubborn hairloss, including the hairline which is the slowest area of the scalp to regrow hair.

Generally we would advise waiting at least three-to-four months after starting treatment in order to see what results it starts to provide – though this timeline depends on how advanced the shedding was when treatment was first started. This is because, due to the natural timing of the hair growth cycle, it is unlikely that you would see any significant progress before this. However, as you are only using one of the key clinically-proven treatment options, you can certainly explore adding in applications of high strength minoxidil, as well as additional hair growth boosters, at any time in order to help maximise your approach.

If you would like more information on the formulations of minoxidil available from Belgravia’s in-clinic pharmacies, or personalised hair loss treatment recommendations, please contact us for a consultation. This can take place at one of Belgravia’s Central London or City of London hair loss clinics, or – if you are based outside London or the UK – you can complete our online consultation form.


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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: Damien

Question: Hi there I’m a 36 year old man from Ireland. I started using regaine extra strength last month. I use a little less than one capful a day ‘so I’m not over doing it’. I almost immediately noticed that my facial skin feels tight and dry and that under my eyes have become darker. I checked out online to see if others have had the same experience and I discovered countless people are saying the same thing. That minoxidil ages the skin, causes bags under the eyes and dark rings under the eyes etc. I am now in a real dilemma as although Rogaine does not list any of these symptoms as side affects, it seems to be happening to me and many other people have had terrible experiences after prolonged use and say it’s aged them drastically. Can you give me some advice? Is it true that minoxidil reduces collagen production? Help please

Answer: Hi, Damien. As you are not a Belgravia client we can certainly help you with your hair loss dilemma, however, we can only provide you with general advice.

For personalised advice tailored to your specific situation, including your unique medical profile, you would need to have a consultation with one of our team of specialists. As you are based in Ireland, this can be done online – there is no need to visit our UK-based hair loss clinics.

Minoxidil Foam Hair Loss TreatmentMinoxidil, regardless of whether it is a foam, cream or liquid, should not contribute to skin ageing however, swelling, dry or sensitive skin on the scalp and areas near the scalp – ears, face, neck – may happen, either as side effects or due to an allergic reaction. As a result, some of these may contribute to dark circles under the eyes temporarily while the skin is recovering, but not because of skin ageing.

These symptoms may also be unrelated to minoxidil. If the reaction is due to Regaine, it should completely wear off once you stop using it.

As far as we are aware, studies into minoxidil and skin ageing used much higher concentrations of minoxidil than those contained within Regaine, and concluded that their relevance in relation to topical minoxidil when used as a hair loss treatment for androgenic alopecia remains unknown.

In the rare instance when our male pattern baldness patients report such a reaction, we always ask them about how they apply minoxidil. For example, we would ask questions such as, is the solution dripping onto your face? do you wait for the minoxidil to fully absorb before going to bed (as residue on the pillow may touch the face)? do you wash your hands after application?

It is also worth noting that allergies can develop over time, even where no problems presented within the first few days of minoxidil use.

In your specific case, you could stop using Regaine then try a gradual reintroduction approach. For instance, stopping treatment completely until the reaction wears off then, once the skin has recovered, try using the minoxidil again but in smaller than usual amounts for one week. Monitor how you get on during this period then, if everything appears to be okay, increase the dosage gradually up to the recommended amount, and never overuse.

If the reaction reoccurs, or another side effect becomes apparent, stop using the Regaine as you may be allergic to the product. Should any negative symptoms persist while the product is not being used, then the symptoms may be unrelated to minoxidil and we would advise that these are reported to your GP.

As you are a Regaine user we would recommend both contacting the company directly to discuss your concerns with them, and reporting any side effects not listed in the Patient Information Leaflet, which accompanies the product, to the MHRA via its Yellow Card Scheme.

Minoxidil is a dose-dependent drug with a generally low side effect profile, though some formulations may work better for some than others. As before, if you would like personalised hairloss advice regarding male hair loss treatment options, including combination courses and which solutions of high strength minoxidil may be best suited to you, please complete our online consultation form and one of Belgravia’s specialists will be in touch to discuss this with you.


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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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Widow's Peak - Receding Hairline at the TemplesName: Joshua

Question: How much is it to get the V put back into my hairline?

Answer: Hi, Joshua. Firstly we would need to understand a little bit more about your hair loss in order to provide a definitive answer to your question.

We are assuming that the ‘V’ you are referring to is a widow’s peak and that you used to have this type of pointed hairline previously. There are a few different reasons why this point may no longer be present, or is now less defined.

The hairline can change shape as we age, notably during puberty when it may soften and round out, which may lead to the point being less defined. This is not a hair loss condition, it is simply a maturing hairline which is adjusting to the body’s changing characteristics, and these can be more pronounced in some than in others.

If you have a receding hairline, where the hair either side of the peak is thinning, this can make the general V-shape more severe, but can also cause the actual tip of the peak to become more rounded as the hair thins. This is caused by male pattern baldness which is a permanent and progressive hereditary hair loss condition.

If this is the cause of your concern, there are clinically-proven hair loss treatments which can be used to help prevent further shedding and to promote hair regrowth. At Belgravia, we customise courses to the precise needs of each client’s individual situation, and have found that using topical applications – once or twice a day depending on the formulation – of high strength minoxidil solutions. These can be provided by Belgravia’s in-clinic pharmacies, and our specialists believe these can be extremely beneficial when treating stubborn areas of hairloss, such as the hairline, which has the slowest hair growth on the scalp. Combining this with finasteride 1mg and additional hair growth boosters can provide a fully rounded approach and is one which has produced many successes for the clinic.

The cost depends entirely on the treatment required and which options you choose to include within your course, as well as factors such as the length of your course and whether you pay annually or monthly, for example. However, as a general guide, Belgravia male hair loss treatment courses tend to start from £600 per year to around £2,000 per year.

It is worth noting that if your hairline did not form a natural peak previously, only surgery would be able to achieve this for you, and this is not something we would normally advise.

Without seeing your hairline now and how it looked previously, we can only provide you with general hair loss advice but if you would like personalised information and a quote based on the resulting recommendations, please do get in touch to arrange a consultation either in person or online.


The Belgravia Centre Hair Loss ClinicThe Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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Using Coconut Oil Applying Minoxidil - Belgravia Centre Hair Loss AdviceName: Mouli

Question: Can I mix the minoxidil solution with coconut oil?

Answer: Hi, Mouli. No – any medication, including that provided to treat hair loss, must be used exactly as directed.

When applying minoxidil you must use it on its own, as you were instructed. For this particular form of hair loss treatment that will usually mean applying it directly to the scalp either once or twice per day in its original form, without mixing it with anything.

If you wish to use coconut oil as well, you may apply it to the ends and lengths of your hair at any time but if you are applying it to or near your scalp, you must allow the minoxidil to sink in for the appropriate amount of time first. As you are not a Belgravia client we are not sure which formulation you are using but we advise waiting for an absolute minimum of half an hour, but ideally an hour or as long as possible, before applying any products to the scalp.

Mixing haircare or scalp products such as coconut oil with minoxidil – either directly or by applying products before the minoxidil has been properly absorbed – may compromise its efficacy. So, in order to get the most from your hairloss treatment it is important to always follow the instructions and the recommendations of your specialist to the letter.


The Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic - Hair Loss Specialist ConsultationThe Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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