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Name: Mark

Question: I have an 18 month old baby daughter and am wary of using minoxidil around her. If I wash the application area, does it remove all traces of the drug? Or could I sweat it onto her? I want to ensure she will not be in anyway affected by my hair loss treatment.

Answer: Hi, Mark. I completely understand your concern about using high strength minoxidil around your 18 month old baby.

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All traces of the Male Pattern Hair Loss drug are washed off the scalp when you shampoo, and your sweat is unlikely to contain any minoxidil residue so it should not be a concern if your baby touches your sweat.

There may indeed be a chance that she could come into contact with some minoxidil residue in other ways, though. For instance if you are cuddling her, if she happens to grab hold of your hair or if her face makes contact with trace residue.

This type of contact is generally harmless, however, a baby’s skin is quite sensitive. Ensuring good hygiene practices with regards your hair loss treatment will help to prevent this from happening; these include:

– washing your hands thoroughly after each minoxidil application;

washing your hair daily or at least every other day;

apply minoxidil at least one hour before going to bed to allow it time to absorb and minimise any transference to your pillows or bed sheets;

– not letting your baby lie on your pillow(s);

– washing your pillow cases regularly and changing them daily if your child is likely to come into contact with them. This may also apply to sheets or duvet covers if they are likely to come into significant contact with your scalp soon after you apply your hair loss solution;

– ensure your minoxidil is kept safely out of the reach of your daughter.

Hopefully this information reassures you and gives you some helpful pointers. If you are concerned that your daughter has come into contact with any minoxidil – or topical medication of any kind – it is advisable to wash the area immediately and seek medical assistance as a precaution.


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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: Nigel

Question: I’ve always had an uneven hairline, based on pictures it’s been this way since I was only a year old. My forehead is bigger on the right side by about 1.5 cm due to the uneven hairline. What worries me is that I’ve recently (last year) noticed a slight lack of hair on my right temple area and the hair on only the right side is significantly thinner than the left side. The left side hair has no loss at the temple and is very thick in comparison.

My father and his father are both bald, so pattern baldness could be in my genes but they both tell me their hair loss was symmetrical. Men on mothers side all have very thick hair (like my left side) deep into old age, they also have a widows peak, as do I, but mine skews to the left, thicker hair-side.

Is it possible to have genetic male pattern baldness on only one side and not the other? what do you thinks going on here? Thanks in advance for your time.

Answer: Hi, Nigel. The short answer to your question is, no, Male Pattern Baldness cannot affect one side of your hairline but not the other.

However, is normal for a receding hairline to be asymmetrical, where one side sheds quicker than the other.

An uneven hairline is a common concern, especially among men, whether there is hair loss or not. Whilst it can be due to a receding hairline or widow’s peak where one side of the hairline does not recede at the same rate as the other, it can also just be the natural shape of your hairline.

If you already have a naturally uneven hairline, any receding may make this even more noticeable.

The fact that there is Male Pattern Hair Loss in your family – regardless of which side it is on as it can be inherited from both sides – does suggest you may carry the necessary genetic traits for this hereditary condition. Whilst it can skip a generation, if this were the case, it is unlikely you would then be seeing signs of hairloss.

Therefore, if you have started noticing increasingly thinning hair anywhere where the follicles are susceptible to Male Pattern Baldness, and the effects of DHT – anywhere along the top of the scalp from the crown to the hairline and temples – it is likely your underlying genetic predisposition is now active.

A consultation with a professional hair loss specialist would be required to get a confirmed diagnosis. They could also provide you with recommendations for a personalised hair loss treatment course, based on your age, medical profile, level and pattern of shedding.

When it comes to restoring a receding hairline, Belgravia generally recommends a two-pronged attack, featuring the oral DHT-blocking tablet finasteride 1mg and topical applications of high strength minoxidil to help promote expedited hair growth.

This approach can be further enhanced by the use of appropriate hair growth supporting products, such as the FDA-cleared low-level laser therapy device, the LaserBand. This uses medical-grade laser diodes embedded in an ergonomic headband to stimulate ATP production, and encourage active hair regrowth. This is worn for 3 sessions per week, each lasting 90 seconds to 3 minutes, depending on the model.

There are a number of hair loss solutions such as these available for regrowing a receding hairline so, we hope the above information is helpful and recommend having a one-to-one conversation with a specialist for further details specific to your situation.


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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: Ade

Question: I have always had a receding hairline as my hair grew longer, since like 15/16, but it had never gotten worse. When my hair was short though, everything looked fine.

A month ago my hair was long, then when I combed it in the shower and came out, the whole area around the hairline was shorter for some reason and I lost a lot of hair. So I cut everything off.

Now that my hair is short, the hairs around my temples are a bit thin, but my hairline is still straight, when there is a lot of light on my hairline the thinness is obvious, but when there is no light, you wouldn’t be able to tell.

Also the right temple is not as thin as the left one. I am trying to let my hair grow again and if after 2 months it is looking bad, I was going to consider finasteride and minoxidil. Or how much would a hair transplant be if its just a small area like the temples? Am I even balding or is this something else? I thought balding was meant to be gradual, but the whole front section became shorter.

Answer: Hi, Ade. The shorter hairs you are noticing around your hairline indicate a shorter life cycle of the hair in this area. It is likely you did not notice it previously as your long hair would have probably covered it.

Both the front and left temple do not thin symmetrically, one side can thin or recede faster than the other side, so this is entirely normal, as is being able to see more of your scalp under light.

You are correct in thinking the balding process is gradual, usually starting with the front of the scalp. However, whilst your hair loss may appear drastic to you, it is often the case that people do not notice the every day effects of the thinning process – such as a drop in hair density and increased shedding – for a period of time, until it is significantly visible.

The reason Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) presents gradually and gets worse over time, without intervention, is due to a hormone byproduct called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Men with MPB have an inherited sensitivity to this, and so the DHT is able to latch on to receptors in the susceptible follicles – those follicles located along the top of the scalp, from the crown to the hairline and temples. Over time this weakens those hair follicles and causes increasingly thinning hair which may result in eventual baldness in those areas. This is known as follicular miniaturisation.

Your description of the symptoms you’re experiencing regarding your receding hairline does indicate the early stages of Male Pattern Hair Loss, but a professional consultation, either in-person or online, would be required to confirm your diagnosis.

In terms of restoring your hairline, at Belgravia we recommend using non-surgical hair loss treatment options for at least 12 months before exploring hair transplant surgery, if you still decide this may be worthwhile.

We do not recommend having a hair transplant as a first option, especially as leading surgeons who specialise in this area advise that this procedure should be avoided in men under 30 years of age.

The reason for this is that using clinically-proven hairloss medications can help to stabilise your hair fall whilst simultaneously encouraging hair regrowth. This not only ensures you can see how you get on with a non-surgical approach to preventing baldness, but it should maximise your hair growth and halt further shedding. Should you then decide to continue with your plans to have a hair transplant, the area should be easier for the surgeon to work with.

It is also worth noting that, if you do have Male Pattern Baldness and opt to have a hair transplant, it is advised that you continue using hair loss treatments on an on-going basis as part of the aftercare. This is because Male Pattern Hair Loss is a permanent and progressive condition.

Just because you are only seeing signs of frontal hair loss at the moment, does not mean the other areas vulnerable to the effects of DHT will remain unaffected. This is why treatment is recommended as a way to maintain the look of your hair regrowth after surgery, by preventing the susceptible hairs surrounding the grafted areas from shedding.

The two key men’s hair loss treatments, as you know, are finasteride 1mg, an oral tablet which inhibits the formation of DHT, and topical applications of high strength minoxidil, which encourages accelerated hair growth. Either or both can be used, whilst additional non-pharmaceutical hair growth supporting products can also be added in, as desired. In addition to diagnosing your condition, a dedicated hair loss specialist will also be able to tailor a course to your specific needs based on your medical profile, condition, level and pattern of shedding. They should also be able to refer you to a reputable hair transplant surgeon for their advice, if you so wish.


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: Gem

Question: My hair looks thin when it’s wet but then looks thicker again when it’s dry. I have noticed it feeling a little thinner recently, like I’m losing hair density in general, but I don’t see any specific signs of thinning so is this normal?

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Answer: Hi, Gem. Hair looks thinner when wet because the hair clumps together creating several partings, hence the scalp looks more visible.

This can also be the case when gel, wax or other hair products which ‘stick’ the hair together are used.

When hair is dry, it separates; this provides the scalp with more coverage.

The moisture from the water also weighs the hair down, giving wet hair the appearance of having less volume than dry hair, whether you have a hair loss condition or not.

However, the fact that you are noticing this hair thinning alongside a reduced hair density does suggest a form of hair loss. The fact that you mention not seeing any specific signs of hair loss indicates a generalised thinning.

If this thinning hair and drop in hair density – sometimes referred to as invisible hair loss – is mainly found along the top part of your scalp known as the vertex, which could mean in any, or all of the areas from crown to hairline and temples, this is most likely to be androgenetic alopecia. This is more commonly known as Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair Loss.

This is an incredibly common hereditary condition and there are clinically-proven, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved hair loss treatments available for this, as well as a number of additional hair growth supporting products.

Where there is a decreased hair volume all over the scalp, a diagnosis of temporary hairloss from Telogen Effluvium would be more likely, though if this were the case, you would have almost certainly also have noticed a period of intense hair fall. As you have not mentioned this, it seems more likely that genetic hair loss may be at play here.

We recommend having a professional consultation, either in-person or online to determine precisely which condition is present. That way, personalised hair loss solutions can be recommended, based on your condition, medical history, level and pattern of shedding, and age, if appropriate.


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: Drew

Question: Do you still get seasonal shedding on hair loss treatment? I’m using fin + minox for MPB and wanted to know if the hair fall I’m noticing at the moment is normal or if it means my treatment isn’t working.

Answer: Hi, Drew. Yes, you can still experience seasonal shedding if you’re using hair loss treatment.

It still happens even when using minoxidil as it is a normal part of the hair growth cycle.

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For Belgravia patients who’ve been with us for many years, we can often see its effects at the same time every year. However, the seasonal shedding may present differently in each person.

Although many people notice shedding in autumn, others may find they experience this hair fall in a different season. It is just a normal function of the hair growth cycle and nothing to be concerned about.

Once a year we might have a slightly higher percentage of hair follicles being in the telogen phase than usual, which then leads to slightly more hair loss than the usual daily amount.

It is an interesting area of study and certainly does seem to have some seasonality to it, as confirmed by research into Google search trends from 2004 to 2016. Analysis of this data was carried out by a team at John Hopkins Medicine in the USA and published in the British Journal of Dermatology in 2017.

The researchers concluded: “Maximal proportions of telogen hair have been found to occur in the summer, whereas lowest rates of telogen hairs occur in the winter. Additionally, a recent study demonstrated that maximal hair shedding occurs in August and September, and that the percentage of hairs in the anagen phase peaks at the beginning of spring.

Further studies evaluating the seasonality and hair loss relationship, as well as exploring the effect of other potential mediating factors, are needed.

Additionally, according to previous research findings from February 1991, which touched on body hair as well and was also published in the British Journal of Dermatology, “Various parameters of hair growth were determined every 28 days for 18 months in 14 healthy Caucasian men aged 18–39 with indoor occupations in Sheffield, U. K. (latitude 53.4°N). In the scalp the proportion of follicles in anagen reached a single peak of over 90% in March, and fell steadily to a trough in September.

Hair Growth Cycle Diagram

The number of shed hairs reached a peak around August/September, when least follicles were in anagen. At this time the average loss of hairs was about 60 per day, more than double that during the preceding winter.

The rate of growth of the beard was lowest in January and February and increased steadily from March to July to reach a peak about 60% above the winter level. The rate of growth of thigh hair showed a similar pattern though with less pronounced differences. No seasonal fluctuations in finger ‐ or toenail growth were detected.”

As you can see, this is a regular occurrence and nothing to be startled by, but if you have noticed increased hair fall over a period of more than one month, or if you have developed sudden hair loss, especially if it is leaving behind bald spots, it is best to consult a professional.

A dedicated hair loss specialist will be able to tell the difference between temporary seasonal shedding and different hair loss conditions, and can also provide you with personalised advice and recommendations for appropriate hair loss solutions and hair growth supporting products, where relevant.


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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: Ally

Question: My 10 year old daughter hit her head a month and a half ago I did her hair and she had braids. I had her putting ice on it. I noticed it when I was doing her hair maybe a week after she hit it. The more she iced the more her knot puffed out and she said it hurt. We noticed her braid had hair disappearing around it when we took them out she ended up with a bald patch where she hit her head but now it is like the knot flattened out. Please tell me what happened to my baby’s hair and should I consult a dermatologist.

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Answer: Hi, Ally. A bang, blow or knock to the head can trigger Alopecia Areata. This is an autoimmune disorder which can be triggered by such a force and is likely unrelated to the braided hairstyle your daughter wears.

Hair loss caused by frequently wearing tight hairstyles, such as braids, is known as Traction Alopecia and, as banging your head does not pull out the hair, Alopecia Areata is the more likely diagnosis here.

It could be the case that when she hit her head it disrupted her hair growth cycle, pushing some hairs that were in the active growth stage prematurely into the shedding phase. The cycle may remain paused for some time, however, in many cases of mild Alopecia Areata, such as you seem to be describing, the hair will regrow within 12 months.

With this in mind, I recommend you wait it out for around three months if possible. Given where there is a sole bald patch, or small amount of patchy hair loss, hair regrowth will often resume naturally of its own accord, after three months you should be able to see signs of hair growth occurring in the affected area.

It is worth noting that this hair regrowth may be white or cream in appearance, regardless of the natural hair colour your daughter has, when it first comes through. This is because of a lack of pigmentation in the new hair, which may take a little while to catch up. The hair generally returns to its original shade, however.

At Belgravia we only offer Alopecia Areata treatment to adults and are unable to treat any type of hair loss in children.

Should you wish to have a definitive diagnosis and potentially explore treatment options, as your daughter is under 16 years of age, we certainly do recommend taking her to a local dermatologist; if you cannot find one you feel comfortable with, your doctor should be able to refer your daughter to one. We hope she’s feeling better soon.


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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: Robin

Question: I am currently using hair loss treatment and I want to know how long should I leave between doses when using minoxidil twice a day?

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Answer: Hi, Robin. If you are applying minoxidil twice daily, Belgravia hair loss specialists advise our clients to leave a significant gap between both applications.

There is no official time period, however, the gap between applications should ideally be somewhere between 8 and 12 hours, depending on your lifestyle, convenience or daily routine; this is to ensure your consistency of use.

The reason for a gap of no less than 8 hours between high strength minoxidil applications is to help avoid irritations, side effects, overdosing and to ensure a more regular stimulation of the follicles.

You should have been advised of this when purchasing your hair loss solution so it may be worthwhile consulting your provider or the manufacturer to find out why this crucial information was not included with your treatment.

If there’s a chance you purchased your hair loss treatment from an unreliable source – such as an unregistered online pharmacy – we would recommend taking it back, or disposing of the product safely, and purchasing a replacement from a licensed pharmacy or dedicated hair loss clinic.

You can find out more about the dangers of using out-of-date, improperly stored or counterfeit hair loss medications, here, or on the MHRA website.


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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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The Belgravia hair loss blog has been bringing you the latest developments, treatment Success Stories and answering readers’ queries, since 2006.

It is an extensive encyclopaedia of hair loss news and information, which is regularly updated by a team of writers, which includes trichologists and pharmacists.

As we kick off 2020, we take a look back at some of Belgravia’s most popular blog articles from the past decade, from 2009 to 2019, in no particular order…

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Can McDonalds Chips Regrow Hair and Cure Hair Loss?

This story, from February 2018, detailed how a chemical found in McDonald’s french fries played an important role in a technique trialled for mass-producing hair follicle germs, from which to regrow hair. The discovery is still being developed and has potential applications for a number of hair loss conditions, including androgenetic alopecia in men and women, Cicatricial Alopecia and Alopecia Areata. Sadly, it does not involve eating any chips.

How to Prevent and Regrow a Receding Hairline

One of Belgravia’s earliest posts on the timeless subject of preventing hair loss around the hairline, with advice on restoring a receding hairline, is still among its most popular.

When Will Trinov / Prof Brotzu Lotion Hair Loss Remedy Be Released?

An update from December 2018 which outlined the latest information regarding a new, Italian hair loss product – known as both Trinov and Professor Brotzu Lotion, which claimed to treat Male Pattern Baldness.

Replicel Shiseido Treatment Update

A Summer 2018 update on where the hotly anticipated Replicel/Shiseido hair loss treatment for Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss was in its development process. The injectable hair loss solution was initially expected to be made available in 2015 but Replicel seemed to suggest Shiseido may have caused delays to the still unreleased product.

Thinning Hair May Signal Rare B12 Deficiency Disease

This article reported the findings of a 2017 study which explained how a rare condition known as cblC can stop people processing vitamin B12, leading to severe health problems, thinning hair and hair fall.

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‘Can You Take Finasteride 3 Times a Week?’

One of the 2010’s most popular hairlossANSWERS article concerned the only oral Male Pattern Hair Loss Treatment to be clinically-proven, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved – finasteride 1mg. A thorough answer to this blog reader’s query about the proper use of this DHT-inhibitor was provided by Belgravia superintendent trichologist, Rali Bozhinova.

FUE Follicular Unit Extraction Hair Transplant Technique, Renamed

The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) announced the change in terminology relating to FUE hair transplant surgery in early 2018. Instead of standing for Follicular Unit ‘Extraction’, it was advised that this would stand for Follicular Unit ‘Excision’ from now on.

‘How Do I Apply Minoxidil?’

A constant favourite, Belgravia’s instructions on how to apply minoxidil – the only MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved hair loss treatment which can be used by both men and women – are clear, concise and easy to follow, no matter which formulation of this topical hair loss solution, you use.

The Truth About Sex, Masturbation and Hair Loss

Written in 2009 but still as relevant as ever, this article provides the facts of the matter regarding one of Belgravia’s most frequently asked hairloss questions, from men at least: does masturbation cause hair loss (spoiler: it doesn’t, or is at least incredibly unlikely).

How to Spot the Early Signs of Hair Loss in Men and Women

A self-explanatory article from 2009 details the key signs of Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss, so readers worried they may be losing their hair, know what to look out for.

If you have a question you would like our hair loss specialists to answer, here on our blog, click here to submit it. Thank you for reading and we hope to keep you fully informed throughout the new decade – remember to check back daily for new updates.


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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: Stephen

Question: What is it that causes thinning of hair strands and diffuse hairloss from every part of body not just head… shedding numbers of hair are high…. if take section of hair and tug telogen effluvium style numbers wise shed..its quite significant everytime hair touched. 80 percent volume on head lost…..but all body hair affected same…what can do this?

Answer: Hi, Stephen. Telogen Effluvium is a disturbance in the hair growth cycle where a high percentage of your strong, growing (anagen) hair is prematurely pushed into its resting (telogen) phase, causing hair fall. It can affect any hair on your scalp or body, as can its chronic form, Diffuse Thinning.

This is a temporary hair loss condition and was most likely triggered three months prior to the shedding becoming noticeable. It is worthwhile looking back to see what may have triggered this blip in the hair cycle to ensure the underlying cause – usually stress-related – has been resolved.

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Alopecia Areata can also cause hair loss all over the body and scalp. This is an autoimmune condition with very unpredictable nature. It has various iterations, from patchy hairloss on the scalp only in its mildest phenotype, to complete baldness of the head and/or body in its most severe forms, Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis.

Whilst hair loss from the scalp-only Alopecia Areata phenotype generally clears up of its own accord within 12 months, this does not apply to those forms which affect the body as well.

There are also some rare types of scarring hair loss – known collectively as Cicatricial Alopecia – that can leave permanent patches of baldness on the scalp and body.

There can be numerous reasons for all of these and it is important to discuss this thoroughly with your doctor. Some medical conditions, medications and severe dietary deficiencies can trigger such thinning hair and your doctor may wish to arrange a blood test for you to investigate further.

At Belgravia we do not treat hair loss on the body, so we advise you to speak with your doctor or dermatologist. With regards to shedding from the scalp, we may be able to offer hair loss treatment but this will be limited to the scalp hair only.

Additionally, we would first need to asses your medical history and the severity of the hair loss on your scalp to ascertain the best approach and whether pharmaceutical treatment is most suited to your overall situation. This is why a consultation with a hair loss specialist, dermatologist or doctor is vital.


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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Actors and women of colour are among the groups of people most likely to be affected by Traction Alopecia. This is a form of hair loss caused by excessive strain being frequently placed on the follicles, often as a result of tight hairstyles, hair extensions or weaves.

Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox, the actor, LGBTQI+ activist and all-round glamazon, spoke to InStyle magazine about how she and her stylists take steps towards preventing Traction Alopecia.

Extra care of the edges

The former Orange is the New Black star and regular wig-wearer, who has a tightly coiled 4C Afro hair type, stopped relaxing her hair in 2011 after the chemical process “destroyed” her hair. She chose to go natural, but still flits between extensions, lace-front wigs and braids – all known to cause hair breakage and Traction Alopecia.

Cox gave InStyle readers the following advice on preventing Traction Alopecia without compromising on hairstyles…

“You want to make sure that under your weave, your hair is braided down – and not too tight… When we’re braiding, we braid around [the perimeter] of the hair to really be protecting my edges as much as possible. With wigs, the rubbing of the lace is real, so sometimes changing the position of your wigs helps, also.”

In terms of looking after her hair, she explained her haircare routine, saying: “I probably wash my hair every two weeks with the braids, and then, depending on my schedule, ideally once a month – sometimes six weeks – I take my braids out. We wash, deep condition, sometimes do a hot oil treatment, and then we braid her back up.”

What the experts say…

Researchers from the John Hopkins School of Medicine found that traditionally protective hairstyles, such as braiding, can damage hair and cause hairloss. However, they came up with some hair-styling guidelines to help people, specifically those with Afro hair, which is naturally more porous and brittle than the other hair types.

Belgravia superintendent trichologist and senior hair loss specialist, Rali Bozhinova, has the following Traction Alopecia prevention advice for people…

For all types of hair, but especially those with a very tight curl and Afro textured hair I would advise:

  • Avoid chemical trauma – this includes treatments like perms, relaxers and bleach. Most of these products are strong alkali and, if used incorrectly, can cause severe damage to both the hair and scalp. Occasionally, this might result in permanent hair loss if there is a chemical burn on the scalp. They are very strong irritants, so for some people this may trigger contact dermatitis. The constant scratching can cause hair breakage and carries the additional risk of secondary infection;

  • Avoid thermal trauma – this includes hot combs, high heat hair dryers and hair straighteners. The strong heat, especially if used just after a relaxer (e.g. blow drying the hair after it’s been relaxed to make it smoother), can also cause permanent damage to the hair – and, of course, to the scalp – if it is transferred to the scalp which may happen with hot combs;

  • Avoid or severely restrict physical trauma – this includes all taut hair styles, such as tight braiding but also extensions and weaves, tight pony tails, buns, and tight pulling and twisting of the hair using hair rollers or whilst blow drying.

Hair loss may not occur just from one use of the above-mentioned treatments. It is often due to repeated trauma to the hair and very frequently it is a combination of a few types of trauma, for example the person might be relaxing their hair (chemical trauma), then blow drying it to make it nice and smooth (thermal trauma), and pulling on the hair tightly with the round brush while doing so (physical trauma). All of this while the hair is already weak can lead to trouble; It doesn’t take much for the hair to be overprocessed and hair breakage can be experienced for weeks after overprocessing.”

In terms of how best to prevent Traction Alopecia, Rali says, “I encourage patients to keep the hair in good condition and for every patient this might involve a different routine, depending on their lifestyle or medical history. But overall, keep the hair well hydrated, especially in these harsh temperatures. Afro textured hair really benefits from regular steaming and also regular use of leave—in conditioners. If the hair needs to be braided, I would advise that the braids are loose so they don’t cause further physical trauma. And I would definitely advise against any chemical trauma or the use of additional extensions or weaves.”

For those who do find themselves experiencing thinning edges, a receding hairline or other signs of hair loss they suspect may be hairstyle-related, help is available. The obvious first step is to remove the source of the tension and wear the hair naturally; a haircut to tidy up damaged ends and breakage is also wise in many cases. If this is not enough to allow normal healthy hair growth to start to come through, recommendations for Traction Alopecia treatment can be sought from a professional hair loss clinic.


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