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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?

Minoxidil Dropper

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.


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: 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.


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: Anita

Question: My mum told me she read that there are essential oils that can reduce DHT. Is this true and if it is which oils are they and how should I use them? Will they help to prevent hair loss (it runs in my family)? I want to find a way to make my slightly thinning hair return to its previous thickness and would prefer to use natural hair loss treatments.

Answer: Hi, Anita. There are a few essential oils which are often reported as having DHT inhibiting properties.

In short, none have enough reliable scientific research behind them to show that they are safe and effective for use in treating hair loss. Essential oils can also cause skin irritation and may be dangerous when used improperly. However, here is some information on the key contenders, in alphabetical order…

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Lavender oil

A 2016 study (doi: 10.5487/TR.2016.32.2.103) showed that mice grew hair faster and thicker when lavender oil was applied to their coats. This suggests it may extend the active growth phase – the anagen stage – of the hair growth cycle. However, no human trials have been conducted to find out whether this is the case in men and women.

Peppermint oil

This anti-inflammatory oil is known to be a vasodilator – meaning it can stimulate localised blood flow. Given this is the primary action of high strength minoxidil, the only MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved topical hair loss treatment for Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss, some may assume that peppermint oil, applied to the scalp, can have the same effects. Whilst this theory has not been proven, a single, small-scale 2016 study found peppermint oil may be beneficial in cases of the temporary hair loss conditions, Telogen Effluvium and Diffuse Thinning.

Pumpkin seed oil

A 2014 clinical trial explored the links between topical pumpkin seed oil and hair regrowth in men with moderate Male Pattern Hair Loss. It found that 28% of the men taking a placebo had lost more hair at the end of the trial than when they started, and 64% had neither grown nor lost any hair. Researchers noted that 8% experienced “slight or moderate regrowth”. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for what some people believe to be a ‘natural hair loss treatment’, and from what was already a small-scale trial.

Rosemary oil

Although it is used in many traditional hair care products, there is little evidence to show that rosemary oil can promote hair growth. It can, however, irritate the skin and is not suitable for use by a number of groups, including pregnant women, people with bleeding disorders, epilepsy or high blood pressure. For those who are suitable, whilst the oil form is preferably used topically rather than orally, to minimise the risk of side effects, it is unlikely to produce any meaningful regrowth results.

Saw palmetto oil:

Saw palmetto, also called serenoa repens (SR), serenoa serrulata or sabal serrulata, is perhaps the best-known herbal remedy for hair loss.

It is generally taken orally as a food supplement, but can also come in topical oil form. Saw palmetto is thought to slow down hair loss and stimulate new hair growth in cases of androgenetic alopecia, particularly in men. This is because saw palmetto is thought to inhibit the 5-alpha-reductase (5AR) enzyme which causes testosterone in the body to convert to DHT.

According to a 2009 review published in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, “Very few studies exist to support the claims of its efficacy. In a small study of 10 males with AGA (23-64 years) on oral SR, improvement was seen in 60%. In a study of 34 men and 28 women (18-48 years) topically applied SR extract in lotion and shampoo base for three months led to 35% increase in hair density and 67% increase in sebum reduction assessed by sebometry, pH metry, hydration studies and phototrichogram (study presented at the fourth intercontinental meeting of hair research societies, June 17-19, 2004). Addition of extract of 0.5% SR to ketaconazole shampoo was shown to give better results compared to ketaconazole alone (presented at the 13th Annual meeting of the European Hair Research Society, Genoa, Italy).”

It is worth noting that none of these test results apply to saw palmetto oil.

Whilst saw palmetto is understood to have hair benefits, to date, the only clinically proven 5AR and DHT inhibitor that has been both MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved any type of hair loss to date, is finasteride 1mg. This is a once-a-day oral tablet which can only be taken by medically suitable men aged 18 or over, with a clinical diagnosis of Male Pattern Baldness.

Please be aware that essential oils can be extremely harmful if applied directly to the hair or skin. They must be diluted with a carrier oil – coconut or jojoba oil, for example – before use and in accordance with the product’s instructions in order to minimise any potential side effects. Essential oils do not mix with water and therefore water will not dilute them.

According to the Tisserand Institute safety guidelines, essential oils tend to be 50 to 100 times more concentrated than the element is when found in its natural plant form. This makes it a potent product which may be dangerous when used inappropriately, or by those for whom essential oils are not suitable – for example where they are contraindicated with certain medications or health issues.

Whilst natural hair loss remedies may be more appealing, those which are chemical-based are more tightly regulated. This means they have been rigorously tested for safety, efficacy and tolerability, and have to meet a number of regulatory criteria before authorisations, such as MHRA licenses and FDA approvals, can be granted and the medications can be made available.

In cases of female pattern baldness, Belgravia clients often follow a personalised female hair loss treatment course that includes appropriate high strength minoxidil formulations and additional, drug-free hair growth supporting products.

These include the LaserBand which is worn three times a week for up to five minutes per session, to stimulate the follicles into active regrowth. It employs medical-grade lasers embedded in an ergonomic headband-style device for a hands-free thinning hair solution, which Belgravia patients often use alongside their minoxidil.

The nutritional supplement Hair Vitalics for Women is also a patient favourite, with its exclusive blend of key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts designed to support the maintenance of healthy hair growth and the normal functioning of the hair growth cycle. It comprises a bespoke blend, developed by Belgravia’s hair experts, which features biotin, zinc, selenium, grape seed extract, soy isoflavones, copper and many more hair-friendly ingredients.

Whilst essential oil products may also be used, as long as you are medically suitable and they are properly prepared and administered, there is little reliable scientific evidence available that shows they would have any significant impact on treating hair loss on their own.


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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: Madeleine

Question: Can stemoxydine treat hair loss? I have thinning hair, most likely inherited from my father’s side of the family, and would like to know what is best to help make my hair thicker again.

Answer: Hi, Madeleine. Stemoxydine is a topical medication understood to shorten what has been referred to as the kenogen phase of the hair growth cycle. This describes the post-shed (telogen) and pre-regrowth (anagen) period when the follicle is left temporarily empty.

Although there have been some small-scale clinical trials into its usage for Male Pattern Baldness, there is little reliable scientific data of any significance to show whether it is a safe and effective hair loss treatment. As such, it is not something Belgravia hair loss specialists would recommend as a treatment, though there appears to be little harm in trying it as an everyday hair thickening product.

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The fact that it is available as an ingredient in cosmetic hair thickening products suggests that it has been developed into a form which may have temporary benefits for making hair look thicker, but it is not a medication to treat genetic hair loss.

Furthermore, as it is not a drug, it has not been licensed by the MHRA in the UK nor approved by the FDA in the USA for the purpose of treating genetic hair loss. These are the medical regulatory authorities charged with thoroughly reviewing each medication before it is allowed to be prescribed or otherwise made available to the public.

Therefore, as it has not achieved these important authorisations for the function of treating thinning hair in men or women with genetic hairloss, it cannot be deemed a ‘hair loss treatment’. It would be interesting to see the precise trial data hair care brands promoting the use of Stemoxydine to thicken hair.

It is notable that many of these products state they are to be used for ‘denser looking hair’ – this suggests it may provide the illusion of thicker ‘looking’ hair without treating any underlying hair thinning or hair loss condition.

Interestingly, usage directions also state for some of these formulations that it should be applied to the lengths of the hair, which are dead, as well as the scalp.

The kenogen stage is longer in men and women with androgenetic alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss). This can lead to a decreased hair density and contribute to the symptomatic thinning hair.

A clinical trial carried out in 2014 on men between 18 and 55 years with moderate Male Pattern Hair Loss, found that topical applications of the prolyl 4 hydroxylase competitive inhibitor, Stemoxydine, could shorten this period of the hair cycle. As such, researchers concluded in their findings, published in the International Journal of Trichology, that the drug “could act as a hair kenogen phase shortener, leading to an increase in visible scalp hair density.”

For now, the only clinically-proven female pattern hair loss treatment – which is also topical – is high strength minoxidil. This is a dose-dependent hairloss solution which encourages localised, accelerated hair growth.

It can be used alone either once or twice per day, as directed, and may also be paired with additional drug-free hair growth supporting products, such as the follicle-stimulating HairMax LaserBand and/or Hair Vitalics for Women food supplements. This is the category we would suggest stemoxydine products belong in as they are rather an adjunct to proven medication, not an alternative.

If you feel unsure which is the best way to treat hair loss, having a consultation with a dedicated hair loss specialist who can provide you with a professional diagnosis and personalised treatment recommendations is often a wise first step.


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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: Jamie

Question: Is there anything that helps hair growth on a thinning crown? I need ideas before it gets too noticeable.

Answer: Hi, Jamie. For the purposes of answering your query we’re assuming your thinning crown is the result of Male Pattern Baldness as this is a classic symptom. However, we recommend having a consultation in order to receive a personalised diagnosis, as well as tailored men’s hair loss treatment recommendations.

Belgravia patients with this pattern of hair loss are often advised to follow a combination course featuring both of the only two MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved medications for Male Pattern Hair Loss. These are high strength minoxidil and finasteride 1mg.

Minoxidil is a topical drug which encourages accelerated hair growth, whilst finasteride 1mg – often referred to as Propecia, which was its first brand name in the UK – is a DHT-blocker.

DHT – full name, dihydrotestosterone – is a testosterone-derivative which causes gradually thinning hair and/or a receding hairline in genetically-sensitive men. It binds to receptors in predisposed hair follicles located along the top of the scalp, anywhere (or everywhere) from the crown to the hairline and temple areas.

Finasteride, taken once per day by medically-suitable over 18s, inhibits the formation of DHT, helping to remove the cause of this common hereditary condition.

In the case of crown thinning, this – like the hairline – can be a stubborn area to treat. Hair growth may be slower here, which is why a two-pronged approach, using both clinically-proven hair loss solutions, is often advised.

Additionally, hair growth supporting products may be of further benefit when used alongside these medications. The LaserBand, in particular, has been shown to stimulate hair growth and strengthen the hair, whilst supplements such as Hair Vitalics for Men may help maintain hair quality and the normal functioning of the hair growth cycle.

You can find examples of clients treated for a thinning crown in our dedicated Male Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery. These may be helpful in giving you an idea of the kinds of regrowth results that have been achieved and the timelines involved in each case.


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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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