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Name: Sal

Question: Hi, I was on accutane for 7 months starting on 20mg I went up to 50mg but have androgenetic alopecia as a side effect. As I’ve seen a dermatologist. I’m wanting to know is laser hair therapy the best way to get blood flow to my roots to enable hair growth?

Answer: Hi, Sal. There are two things to consider here regarding your hair loss and both involve assessing where the shedding is coming from on your scalp.

The reason for this is that androgenetic alopecia – better known as Male Pattern Baldness and, in women, Female Pattern Hair Loss – is an inherited, genetic condition, not a side effect of prescription drugs. That said, there are cases of hair loss from medication and this has links to hereditary shedding. So, it’s important to establish precisely what is causing your hair fall in order to know how best to approach treating it.

Firstly, Accutane is known to cause thinning hair as a side effect – this is listed on the medication’s patient information leaflet. This form of hair loss is known as Telogen Effluvium and causes diffuse shedding from all over the scalp.  It tends to present around three months after it has initially been triggered and is a temporary condition. The reason it occurs is due to excessive strain being placed on the body – either physical or emotional. It can also be caused as a side effect of medication, often whilst the body adjusts to this new drug in its system.

When new medication is introduced, or where there is an illness – whether it has been diagnosed or not – the body seeks to protect itself by ensuring the proper maintenance of its critical systems, such as the heart and kidneys. In order to do this, attention is diverted away from other non-vital functions, such as the hair growth cycle. This can result in hairs that were actively growing being prematurely forced into the telogen phase, which is the resting period of the cycle, during which hairs are shed – something which can take around three months to happen.

Once the underlying issue has been dealt with or passed, and the body realises it is no longer in danger, regular hair growth will generally resume naturally. In cases of Telogen Effluvium this is generally within six months; though when it extends beyond this, the condition may be Chronic but still considered temporary.

Where this becomes relevant to androgenetic alopecia – which is permanent – is in that people with an inherited predisposition to genetic hairloss may have their rate of shedding increased if they also experience Telogen Effluvium. Additionally, for those without active signs of hair loss but with the relevant genetic trait, it may speed up its onset, bringing this on prematurely. It is also possible to have both Telogen Effluvium and Male or Female Pattern Baldness simultaneously.

Telogen Effluvium causes hair fall from all over the scalp; Androgenetic Alopecia causes hair loss only from the top of the scalp – the vertex area from hairline to crown. In men this can appear in more well-defined patterns, such as a receding hairline, whilst in women this tends to affect the whole vertex and thinning at the temples. In cases where both conditions are present there is likely to be diffuse thinning from all over the scalp that is more pronounced along the vertex.

It is important to ascertain the precise cause of your hair loss because if you have temporary shedding, the hair fall is likely to clear up naturally. In this case low-level laser therapy (LLLT) via an FDA-cleared, home-use device such as the LaserBand or LaserComb may indeed be helpful in accelerating hair regrowth, as too may Telogen Effluvium treatment.

If, however, you are experiencing genetic hairloss then using LLLT is unlikely to be beneficial it used on its own, though Belgravia specialists find it can be helpful for supporting the work of the clinically-proven medications used in dedicated Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss treatment courses. Whilst low-level laser therapy can help to stimulate the hair follicles with the aim of encouraging accelerated hair growth, this regimen is considered secondary to the MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved topical and oral medications designed to combat hairloss from a pharmaceutical angle.

You can of course try the LLLT to see how you get on – remember to allow at least three months to see any changes due to the natural timeline of the growth cycle – and if you find it is not having the desired effect, you can try another option.

We would encourage you to have a consultation with a specialist – either in-clinic or online – who can provide you with a thorough diagnosis and, following that, recommended treatment options based on their findings and your medical profile.


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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: Jools

Question: Can CBD oil treat hair loss? I have thinning hair and heard this is good for regrowth.

Answer: Hi, Jools. You haven’t mentioned the cause of your hair loss but, regardless, there is no clinical evidence that suggests CBD oil can treat thinning hair.

Cannabiniol oil – also known as cannabis oil and CBD oil – comes in a range of strengths and strains, depending on the type of hemp leaves it is produced from.

CBD oil cannabidiol cannabis oil hemp oilThere are around 113 active chemicals in the cannabis sativa plant, known as cannabinoids. The two key components are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Whilst THC is the banned psychoactive known for getting people high, CBD is considered an anti-psychotic and makes up approximately 40 per cent of cannabis extracts.

Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis sativa plants, but differ in that hemp plants tend to be farmed for their non-psychoactive CBD benefits, whilst marijuana plants have often been modified to ensure high levels of THC.

Studies are still underway but CBD has already been found to be beneficial to a range of health problems including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety and inflammation. Furthermore, it has a low side-effect profile, being largely well-tolerated with the main complaint in users being tiredness.  In August 2016 it was reported in The Independent that the NHS is developing a CBD vape pen, known as the MediPen vaporiser, to help people deal with a range of health issues. Despite this, it is not presently MHRA licensed, nor FDA approved for the treatment of any condition.

Cannabiniol use for medical purposes is legal in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Italy and Germany, whilst in America the law varies by state to state. Though cannabis use is illegal in the UK, carrying potential penalties for possession of up to 5 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both, the use of CBD is legal.

In some cases the NHS is actually able to prescribe CBD, commonly referred to as medical marijuana, though this is generally for pain management when other options have been exhausted, and not for issues considered to be ‘cosmetic’ and where its effects are unproven, such as hairloss.

Hair Vitalics Belgravia Centre Hair Growth Supplement Men WomenOne reason CBD oil appears to have been widely touted on the internet as a potential hair loss solution, is due to its nutritional properties. It is rich in the fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6 – something researchers at the University of Seville found to be present in the ‘1/4 ratio’ considered optimal for health. It is also understood to contain good levels of linoleic and gamma linoleic acid (GLA) – essential fatty acids which promote the maintenance of normal hair growth – as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. Additionally, cannabiniol oil is said to be high in vitamin E.

As such, it may help to improve the condition of the hair in the same way following a balanced, healthy diet would. However, CBD oil is highly unlikely to treat a medical hair loss condition, especially if this is a genetic complaint – namely Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair Loss, both of which cause thinning hair anywhere in the vertex area from the crown to the hairline, in those affected.

Despite it usually being taken orally, we are aware of CBD oil being used as a topical treatment for scalp conditions such as eczema and seborrhoeic dermatitis, though the evidence to support this type of therapy is currently solely anecdotal.

Discovering an effective, natural treatment or cure for hair loss would be fantastic but, to date, there are none that have been proven to work in regrowing hair or preventing baldness. There are, however, clinically-proven pharmaceutical hair loss treatments available, which – at Belgravia – are offered alongside additional supporting products and therapies tailored towards maximising hair growth and condition.

These include FDA-cleared low-level laser therapy (LLLT) devices, such as the LaserBand products, and premium Hair Vitalics food supplements, in highly-targeted Men’s and Women’s formulations, comprising a range of beneficial vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts including selenium, zinc and biotin to promote normal, healthy hair growth.

The first step we would recommend you take, however, is to establish the precise reason your hair is thinning. There are a number of reasons that this can happen and a professional diagnosis is usually the best way to ensure you know exactly what is happening, why and how to address it.


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Name: Noriel

Question: Is it safe to use hair tonic while using minoxidil? not applied on the same time, but just to rest your hair and scalp for two days and use hair tonic as source of biotin and other nutrients.

Belgravia Centre Womens hair loss treatment alopecia areata traction alopecia female pattern baldness hair growth supplementsAnswer: Hi, Noriel. We would never advise stopping using your hair loss regimen as per the instructions you received with the treatment, and we are unaware of any women’s minoxidil solutions which can be used less regularly than once per day, every day. Whilst alternating in this way may be safe, it is likely to render your treatment less effective.

As you are not a Belgravia client we do not know which formulation of this popular hair loss treatment you are using, so we recommend asking your provider. However – as with any medication – we would certainly advise you to follow the usage directions precisely as set out in the instructions or accompanying patient information leaflet. These are likely to state that applications must be either once or twice daily, depending on the product, but do check this yourself.

Consistency is key to getting the most out of your treatment and failure to use your medication exactly as directed can lead to disappointing results. The hair follicles and scalp do not require rest in this situation, unless there is another element involved that you haven’t mentioned.

Furthermore, if you wish to use a hair tonic you can do this in addition to using your treatment. You just need to ensure you apply your minoxidil first and leave sufficient time for it to properly absorb into the scalp – an absolute minimum of 30 minutes but the longer you can leave it, the better.

You can, of course, ensure your hair receives the kinds of benefits you describe by following a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, and avoiding issues and situations which may cause stress given this may exacerbate hair fall.

If you are looking for a more convenient nutritional support for hair health, whilst not intended to replace the aforementioned balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, a dedicated product such as Belgravia’s Hair Vitalics for Women may be advantageous. This highly-targeted, one-a-day food supplement has been researched and developed by our hair experts to contain a range of key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts – including selenium, biotin and zinc to encourage normal, healthy hair growth. You do not need to be a Belgravia client to purchase Hair Vitalics as these are available to buy online from the dedicated website hairvitalics.com.


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Name: Ali

Question: I’ve heard that mesotherapy hair loss treatment can be good for thinning hair – can you tell me what it involves and does mesotherapy work well for regrowing hair?

Injection Syringe Vaccination MedicalAnswer: Hi, Ali. Mesotherapy for hair loss is a popular topic at the moment thanks to the technique becoming more widely available, though there appears to be little evidence regarding the scalp injections’ supposed benefits.

The practice was initially used in 1976 to treat asthma and hearing loss but has since been co-opted into ‘treating’ a number of other issues. It has not been sanctioned in any way, for the treatment of any condition, by the UK or USA’s medical regulatory boards the MHRA and FDA. The American Center for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) has recommended: “providers should adhere to recommend standard precautions, follow safe-injection practices with appropriate aseptic techniques, and inject only FDA approved products that are prepared following guidelines to ensure sterility as described in the FDA’s good manufacturing practices.”*

Going by a number of names – including biomimetic mesotherapy and nanopeptide mesotherapy – this cosmetic procedure involves a solution, usually featuring ingredients thought to boost blood circulation, being injected into various locations in the scalp. Ingredients used in this mixture tend to include vitamins such as biotin, amino acids and growth factors though the precise components depend on the brand and practitioner.

The aims of this are widely stated as being promoting hair growth, treating hairloss in cases of thinning, and preventing baldness – though we are unaware of mesotherapy being recommended in cases of autoimmune disorders such as alopecia areata.

Generally it is used on men and women with androgenetic alopecia – more commonly known as male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss. These hereditary conditions cause thinning hair in the area of the scalp affected by follicular miniaturisation caused by a genetic sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is the vertex area from the hairline to the crown, inclusive.

In men, hair thinning locations tend to be more well defined – for instance, they may develop a receding hairline or a thinning crown. Conversely, women’s hairloss tends to be more diffuse, causing shedding all along the top of the scalp, frequently noted by an increasing widening of the parting. The reason this is important is that mesotherapy involves scalp injections in the affected areas. So, the larger these are, the more injections will be required and, in some cases at least, the more you will pay.

Hair Vitalics Belgravia Centre Hair Growth Supplement Women MenAlthough it is a quick day-patient procedure, taking around half an hour to perform each session, after-effects can include bruising, swelling and itching. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Conservative politician and TV personality Nadine Dorries admitted applying a hot water bottle to her head after undergoing nanopeptide mesotherapy for her hair thinning.

The most recent clinical trial information regarding this elective procedure comes from the University of Egypt, whose December 2017 study was published in the respected Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. The findings showed there were associated ‘late onset’ side effects of mesotherapy for alopecia – including scarring and, ironically, hair loss.

When it comes to thinning hair caused by male and female pattern baldness, there are already two MHRA licensed and FDA approved hair loss treatments. One, for men aged 18 or over only, comes as an oral tablet, and one unisex option, a topical solution which is applied directly to the scalp. At Belgravia, patients are offered tailored courses using the most appropriate components their dedicated specialists recommend, based on their pattern and level of shedding, as well as their medical profile. This may include non-medicinal hair growth supporting products being used alongside established drugs.

Two of these – Hair Vitalics for Men and Hair Vitalics for Women – are premium food supplements which contain a number of highly-targeted vitamins, minerals, botanical extracts and amino acids, including selenium, biotin and zinc to promote healthy hair growth.

Mesotherapy is not a clinically-proven hair loss treatment and it is hard for us to comment on its efficacy given the lack of credible data available and the fact that, due to this, it is not a service Belgravia provides. Of the medical studies that have been carried out, the general consensus is that it is a ‘controversial practice’** for which ‘proper regulation’*** is needed. Given a quick Google search of UK mesotherapy practitioners returns a number of entries claiming – highly dubiously given the natural timeline of the hair growth cycle – that results can be seen in as little as two days, we would certainly agree with these statements.

* Source: American Society for Dermatologic Surgery; Mesotherapy and phosphatidylcholine injections: historical clarification and review – DOI: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.2006.32100.x
** Source: International Journal of Trichology; Mesotherapy in the Management of Hair Loss – DOI:  10.4103/0974-7753.66914
*** Source: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology; Hair Loss at Injection Sites of Mesotherapy for Alopecia – DOI: 10.1111/jocd.12320

 


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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: Neil

Question: Hi, I’m 17 years old and i have noticed that i have started to lose hair just above my temple area. It is only a small amount and I’ve tried to compare pictures of the area where I think there is hair loss and can’t tell if it is actually being lost or not. I don’t smoke and have a healthy diet. I’m not to sure how stressed I am. Is there a way to measure stress?

Also do I need to be worried if i am losing hair above my temple? Its also only on one side of my head as well where I think that there is a bit of hair loss.

And finally I have 2 front cowlicks on my head, do these prevent you from having a receding hair line? because I think I read something about that. Also my dad is partially bold as well. However my grandad is not. How does this affect my chances of becoming bold? Thanks x

Teenage hair loss premature baldness receding hairline young men male pattern baldness helpAnswer: Hi, Neil. There are a lot of different questions here so we’ll answer them in order but the upshot is, given your age and the potential hair loss you describe, we don’t think you have anything to worry about at present.

Developing a receding hairline: from what you say here, as you cannot tell whether you are losing hair or not, chances are this is not a receding hairline – which occurs in the frontal hairline and temple areas and is caused by Male Pattern Baldness. There may be nothing more than regular shedding as a normal part of the hair growth cycle going on, or you may be experiencing a maturing hairline – neither of these should be of concern.

Stress issues: it’s great that you do not smoke and have a healthy diet. You would need to speak to your doctor about measuring stress levels, though if you were stressed enough for it to cause hair loss it’s unlikely you wouldn’t realise.

Emotional stress – the feeling of being stressed out – would be extremely clear and any forms of physical stress – for instance exhaustion, nutritional imbalances or an underlying illness – would present additional symptoms so you would generally be aware that something was not right.

Stress-related hair loss usually takes around three months from being triggered to becoming noticeable.

Hereditary male pattern baldness: we are often asked by young men ‘will I go bald like my dad?’ and the answer is slightly more complex than yes or no, though it is extremely likely. Male pattern hair loss is inherited from genes that can be passed on from either side of the family – so, your mum or your dad. If either of your parents or close relatives – brothers, uncles, grandfathers – show signs of hair loss then it is probable that you will develop this too, but it is not 100 per cent certain.

The reason for this is that androgenetic alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness) can skip generations. This happens when the relevant balding genes are inherited but they remain dormant, as the the genetic predisposition needs to be active for the symptomatic thinning hair to develop anywhere in the affected areas (along the top of the scalp from the hairline to the crown).  If your dad is losing his hair but your grandfather is not, this may be a good  example of how the effects of active versus inactive genes display. Continues below…

It is worth noting that a dormant genetic predisposition can become active at any time in the future, following puberty, though for the majority of men this will be in their 30’s and 40’s onwards. The rate at which hair is lost to this condition is also gradual and differs from person to person so, even if this does happen, it is certainly nothing to worry about and time is very much on your side!

You can explore the various options open to you if you want to try keeping your hair; Male pattern hair loss treatment is available from 16 years of age for some clinically-proven options and 18 years old for others. Also, if the time comes, a specialist can assess you and provide personalised recommendations as appropriate. Please do bear in mind that treatment cannot be used as a way of preventing baldness until you actually start to show signs of shedding.

Cowlicks and hair loss: we have not heard about cowlicks – also known as hair whorls – meaning someone was less prone to going bald and, unfortunately, this is untrue. Cowlicks are simply areas, usually at the crown or – as in your case – along the hairline, where the hair is confused as to which way to grow so forms a spiral pattern. They affect men and women equally and, though studies by the prominent geneticist Amar Klar have found a correlation between the direction of a person’s hair whorls and their dominant hand – in 2003 he discovered of the people who are right handed, at least 90 per cent had clockwise rotating cowlicks – we are unaware of any research into cowlicks and the likelihood of their relevance to any hair loss conditions.

I hope all this information answers your queries, and if you do want to have someone assess you now simply to put your mind at rest, please do contact us to arrange a consultation at one of Belgravia’s City of London or Central London hair loss clinics, or fill out the online consultation form on this website.


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


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Name: Eunice

Question: Does alopecia give you headaches? Am losing my hair and I do get headaches frequently – have just had an MRI scan but it came back normal – any help?

Answer: Hi, Eunice. We are unsure of the specific type of hair loss you are referring to when you say ‘alopecia’, however, there are only two forms which we are aware of being related to headaches: Traction Alopecia and autoimmune-related alopecia.

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Traction Alopecia is a hairloss condition which occurs when frequent, excessive strain is placed on the follicles. This is often the result of wearing tight hairstyles – such as braids, high ponytails or hair extensions – which is where the link to headaches comes in. However, the pain is not caused by the hair fall or the condition itself, they are due to the tension brought about by the damaging hairstyle. If Traction Alopecia is suspected, the first step is to stop styling the hair in any potentially harmful way and wear it naturally in order to let the follicles recover.

If the hair loss, which often presents around the frontal hairline and temple areas and sometimes significant hair breakage is seen at the site(s) where the style has been fixed, is substantial then Traction Alopecia treatment may be beneficial. Although this condition is fully preventable, in severe cases it can also cause permanent baldness.

The other issue which can cause both hair loss and headaches is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), which is related to inflammation in the body. If you are losing your hair to SLE, which is also known as Lupus and thought to be autoimmune in nature, or another form of autoimmune disorder – such as Alopecia Areata  it is worth talking to your GP about this as people with one autoimmune disorder have an increased risk of developing others.

You may find the 2014 medical research paper investigating links between headaches and autoimmune diseases of interest. Whilst no concrete evidence has yet been established, the possible propensity towards migraine in people with autoimmune disorders is also being explored by researchers.

There are no other hair loss conditions that have any substantive correlation with headaches as far as we are aware; they all tend to be physically painless.

If you are experiencing thinning hair from all over the scalp this may be an indication of an underlying health issue. Telogen Effluvium causes temporary shedding that may seem sudden and intense but is generally triggered around three months prior to hair fall becoming noticeable. Common provocateurs of this condition include illnesses – which may or may not have been diagnosed – or starting a new regime, be it medications or significant dietary changes.

Another common cause of Telogen Effluvium is stress and it may well be the case that worrying about your headaches, or the stress placed on the body by an unrelated illness, that is behind your hair loss.

This issue may resolve itself naturally within around six months, though should the condition become chronic, it often takes longer. If this diffuse thinning becomes a concern then it may be worth considering exploring telogen effluvium treatment to help accelerate the process.

We would encourage you to visit a hair loss specialist who, following a thorough assessment, can diagnose why you are losing your hair, what options you have to combat this, and may also be able to shed light on the cause of your headaches.


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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: Shay

Question: Do you believe in natural hair loss treatments for alopecia areata such as detox tea drinks? Many manufacturers claim I should try them but I have not seen any scientific basis for this.

Answer: Hi, Shay. As far as we are aware there is absolutely no reliable clinical trial data or scientific proof that detox tea can treat any form of hair loss. We would be interested to hear which brands are making these claims, which ingredients they are in relation to and what clinical evidence there is for them.

There are a number of vitamins, minerals, botanical extracts and amino acids known to support normal healthy hair growth – including selenium, biotin and zinc as per Belgravia’s premium Hair Vitalics food supplements – but these are nutritional products, not hair loss treatments. Whilst these types of ingredients, when taken in the recommended amounts, may benefit the condition of existing hair, we are unaware of any ‘natural remedies’ which have sufficiently compelling trial-based evidence to warrant them being called ‘hair loss treatments’, especially when it comes to autoimmune alopecia.

Tea Detox tea for hair loss help nutrition drinks health hair growthThere are currently no MHRA licensed or FDA-approved treatments for alopecia areata in any of its various phenotypes. However, there is only one clinically-proven, topical treatment for genetic hair loss in both men and women and it is widely understood by professionals to have possible applications outside this scope. Belgravia’s hair loss experts have used it to significant effect in many clients with the scalp-only form of Alopecia Areata, examples of which can be seen in the dedicated Alopecia Areata Success Stories gallery.

This solution is available to medically-suitable people who are 16 years of age and over, and is generally used as part of a custom treatment course personalised to the needs of each individual with additional hair growth boosters where appropriate.

Alopecia Areata in this mild to moderate form when it only affects the scalp can often clear up of its own accord, usually within a year. Its more severe phenotypes – Alopecia Totalis and Universalis – cause the whole head to become hairless, and baldness from head to toe, respectively. These versions currently have no truly effective treatment options and if or when hair regrowth may resume is impossible to predict.

Commonly touted ‘natural hairloss remedies’ tend to involve drinking certain teas – for instance, green tea – or applying certain foodstuffs directly to the scalp – onions and turmeric being two of the most frequently asked about on the Belgravia blog. Whilst these suggested ‘magic cures’ are unlikely to be remotely effective at regrowing hair, they are often harmless, though this is not always the case so caution is always recommended.

It is obviously beneficial to follow a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle as good nutrition can contribute to the normal functioning of various bodily systems, including the hair growth cycle. Sadly though, this does not mean that certain foods or drinks will cure hair loss – it simply means the hair you have should look and feel healthier. If you are looking to regrow hair lost to a medical hair loss condition such as alopecia areata, then we are certain that having a professional consultation with a specialist is a better place to start than detox tea.


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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: Jack

Question: Hi, I am currently 17 and have noticed slight thinning at my right temple alongside slight recession whereas my left temple has only receded a little, I had noticed this when I was 14 and since then it has progressed little… I also noticed that the sides of my head this refers to the area that is connected to the side burns has thinned a bit on the left and not on the right side…

Men's Hair Male Hair Loss Thinning Hair Nape Back of HeadI have also noticed that the nape area of my head tends to excessively lose hair when I due a stress test pull to see if I will lose any hairs. However this has been the case for a couple of years now and I worry that it will worsen, what can I do to counteract said developments. No doctors prescribe me fin, avodart, etc and the use of minoxidil is fairly limited as its a tedious procedure and must be carried indefinitely.

Answer: Hi, Jack. We cannot diagnose the cause of your hair loss just from what you say here, however, if you are losing hair from your nape this will not be male pattern baldness as genetic hair loss only affects the top of the scalp from hairline to crown.

It may be possible that you have Telogen Effluvium which causes temporary shedding from all over the scalp and is often stress-related. This can present on its own or alongside other hair loss conditions and tends to take around three months to become noticeable, lasting no longer than six months. In its chronic form, this can last for at least six months.

Another consideration in relation to your hairline is that it is simply a maturing hairline rather than a receding hairline but we would need to assess you in order to provide a confirmed diagnosis. Once the reason for your shedding has been established, a personalised hair loss treatment course can be put together where appropriate.

With regards the treatments you mention avodart – also known as dutasteride – which is not a licensed hairloss medication. It is used to treat an enlarged prostate and is not something we would recommend for anything other than its intended use, as prescribed by the appropriate medical professional. The two MHRA licensed and FDA approved treatments for male pattern baldness are minoxidil and finasteride 1mg; their use is on-going because MPB is a permanent condition and there are currently only authorised treatments to help manage it, there is no one-off cure. You should also be aware that finasteride is only available to medically-suitable men aged 18 and over.

You mention doing a ‘stress test’ – we are assuming that by this you mean either the 60 second test or a pull test. It is worth noting that the guidelines for pull tests were revised recently as the amount of hairs that come out was noted as being far too high and could have led to false assumptions of a hair loss condition when, in fact, it was simply regular shedding.

As before, we recommend having a professional consultation – either in person or online, whichever is best for you – in order to get to the bottom of what exactly is causing your hair fall. This can provide you with the personalised information you need to decide how you feel most comfortable moving forward, as well as putting your mind at rest.


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Name: Luke

Question: Are there any solutions for treating a bald spot caused by Male Pattern Baldness? I have gone completely bald on the side and have a bald spot caused by it too. I want to know what I can do to treat it

Answer: Hi, Luke. We are unsure as to how you know the cause of your hair loss and would query this as what you describe does not sound like Male Pattern Baldness. Your query is similar to another we received recently, the answer to which you may find helpful.

Firstly, it is highly unusual that a 16 year old would have such severe Male Pattern Hair Loss that it would cause actual baldness. Secondly, you mention that one side has ‘gone completely bald’ – this is also inconsistent with a diagnosis of genetic hair loss.

We recommend having a professional consultation with a specialist who can determine the precise hair loss condition you are experiencing as it sounds more likely, based solely on what you say here, that you may be experiencing something called Alopecia Areata.

Male Pattern Baldness causes gradually thinning hair and affects the area along the top of the head from the hairline to the crown, though it does not necessarily the whole area at once. For instance, it is possible to have a receding hairline or just a thinning crown without the whole of the vertex being affected. Baldness – the most advanced stage of hairloss, where the head takes on a smooth, shiny appearance and hair is no longer capable of growing – generally takes many years to develop. As hereditary balding can only start to affect genetically-predisposed men once they have been through puberty, it is unlikely that, at 16 years of age, you would have bald areas already.

Alopecia Areata, on the other hand, does cause bald patches which can appear anywhere on the scalp. There can be one or many; they can be as small as a £1 coin or far larger and may join up to form larger areas. This is an autoimmune disorder which can present in men, women and children of any age. Although it comes on suddenly and leaves smooth, bald spots behind, in many cases hair regrowth will resume spontaneously within 12 months. Alopecia Areata treatment may also be used to help accelerate this process.

Once the cause has been established, hairloss solutions can be explored based upon the condition, level and pattern of shedding, as well as your medical suitability. Hair loss treatment courses for male pattern baldness and alopecia areata are available for approved patients from 16 years of age and, as you can see from Belgravia’s Success Stories gallery, these can be highly effective (though we never guarantee results given everyone responds differently).


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Name: Samit

Question: Hey I am 17 years old. I have got a bald spot, it’s male pattern baldness – how can I treat it? My one side has completely gone bald, are there any solutions for this?

Answer: Hi, Samit. The pattern of hair loss which you describe is inconsistent with a diagnosis of androgenetic alopecia, more commonly known as Male Pattern Baldness.

A bald spot and hair loss that affects one side of the head only suggests it is more likely to be the autoimmune disorder alopecia areata.

Male Pattern Baldness causes thinning hair and/or a receding hairline gradually, over time. It is a permanent condition but can take many years to develop to where points in the affected areas – the top of the scalp from hairline to crown – could be described as ‘bald’. Whilst not impossible, given male pattern hairloss can begin in genetically-predisposed individuals any time following puberty, it would certainly be somewhat unusual for a 17 year old to have developed such advanced baldness already. This, along with the location and shape of the hair loss, as you have described them, suggest that it is more likely to be autoimmune in nature. Continues below…

Alopecia areata causes temporary hair loss in many cases, with the scalp-only form often lasting no longer than 12 months, and hair regrowth starting naturally of its own accord. It happens when the body effectively turns on its own hair follicles. The reason for this autoimmune disorder is unknown though a number of triggers, including sudden shock, trauma, intense long-lasting stress, and allergies, are all suspected. When it kicks in, the hair growth cycle is disrupted, causing it to pause in the Telogen phase – the resting state – causing sudden hair fall in rounded patches from anywhere on the scalp.

This can cause hair fall as small as a coin, in one singular bald spot, or far larger patches all over the scalp which may join up – it may also come and go then recur again. In more extreme cases of autoimmune alopecia, this can affect the entire head, including eyebrows and eyelashes, or cause the entire body from head to toe to become hairless.

Given the need to be certain as to the cause of hair loss before treating it, we recommend having a professional consultation. Once a specialist has assessed you, they will be able to determine the precise hair loss condition you are experiencing and recommend a personalised course of treatment accordingly. There are effective, clinically-proven Male Pattern Hair Loss Treatment options available should this prove to be the case, whilst Alopecia Areata treatment is also possible if your shedding does turn out to be caused by this.

Either way, there are certainly a range of hair loss solutions that you can explore, but – as before – the most important thing to do as your first step is to ensure you have a confirmed, professional diagnosis of your condition so you know exactly what is causing the bald spot before you start treating it.


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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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