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

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

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

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

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

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


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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:  Alexa

Question: Will silica tablets or supplements help my hair growth if I have anaemia?

Answer: Hi, Alexa. Firstly, it is important to establish whether you are wanting to maintain healthy hair growth or if you are actually experiencing hair loss and looking for a way to regrow hair. Also, we are unsure if you have already been professionally diagnosed as anaemic, or if this is something you are concerned about. As such, this answer will address both issues so do bear with us here.

Anaemia - Can Anemia Cause Hair Loss?For the purposes of answering your query we are also assuming that the ‘anaemia’ you refer to is iron-deficiency anaemia. This is a condition where a lack of iron in the body leads to a reduction in the number of red blood cells. Iron is used to produce red blood cells, which help store and carry oxygen in the blood. Therefore, if you have fewer red blood cells than is normal, your organs and tissues won’t get as much oxygen as they usually would. This could result in a variety of symptoms, one of which is hair loss.

The severity of the symptoms largely depends on how quickly the condition develops. This type of anaemia may be caused by a number of factors, including poor diet, pregnancy or heavy periods. However, it may also be caused by a more serious underlying problem, so it is important to refer to your GP for a proper diagnosis.

Anaemia could cause several symptoms, one of which may be thinning hair and increased hair fall. If you have iron deficiency anaemia your hair may not get as much oxygen and nutrients as it would normally. As a result, if the underlying medical condition is not treated, this can result in dull, dry and brittle hair, as well as hair loss from a condition known as Telogen Effluvium. Whilst this is temporary, lasting no more than six months, and can clear up naturally, professional telogen effluvium treatment may help to accelerate this process.

It is also worth noting that should you be placed on any medication as a result of your anaemia or any other health issues, including contraceptive pills, this may also cause an initial period of increased hairloss from all over the scalp. This is often just while your body adjusts to the new drugs and may take up to three months to become noticeable. Again, normal hair growth should resume within a few months.

Hair Vitalics for women hair growth food supplement The Belgravia Centre LondonWith regards to taking silica tablets or supplements, healthy hair growth requires an optimum dose of vitamins and minerals. One of these trace minerals is silica. Whilst the exact way in which silica affects hair loss and hair growth is unconfirmed, but studies have found it to be important for the growth of our hair and fingernails, as well as our skin due to silica cross-linking strands of collagen.

Your body only needs a very small amount of vitamins and minerals and these requirements are generally covered in a balanced diet.  However, sometimes when we are ill or stressed, for example, our bodies could do with some extra help to keep everything operating smoothly, including the optimum functioning of the hair growth cycle. This is when a food supplement may be particularly beneficial.

Belgravia’s experts have developed a premium hair supplement featuring a unique blend of key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts – including biotin, zinc, selenium and silica – each of which has been identified to provide highly-targeted benefits to the hair. This is called Hair Vitalics for Women and comes as a convenient one-a-day tablet for healthy hair growth. It is suitable for vegetarians and is available for non-Belgravia clients to purchase online from hairvitalics.com. It does contain iron so you should check with your GP before using.

So, as you can see, if you are experiencing shedding it is important to first establish the cause and whether or not you have a hair loss condition, so that you know exactly what is required to ‘treat’ the problem. Hair growth supplements including silica can certainly be used to boost the hair’s health so, if this is the query, as long as you read the instructions and warnings thoroughly and follow the instructions as appropriate, this should be fine regardless of your anaemia. If you are taking any medications or are concerned about your specific situation, you should check with your GP before starting, however. If you are anaemic and take silica, whilst it may help with hair growth, your anaemia must still be treated both for the obvious negative health implications, and to avoid related hair loss.


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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: John

Question: In the recent discovery of stem cell usage to replace hair, can this new stem cell process actually replace the original loss of hair of the actual root of each hair I was born with be replaced in the exact same location where each individual loss of hair occurred.

Surgery hair transplant medicalAnswer: Hi, John. We are assuming for the purposes of answering your query that the type of hair loss you are referring to is male pattern baldness.

The most advanced types of stem cell hair replication, whereby entire hair follicles capable of normal hair growth are artificially reproduced in vitro and transferred to the scalp, do absolutely make this a technical possibility. However, until the process is fully developed, medically approved and rolled out properly – as opposed to being tested solely in clinical trials – its capabilities cannot be confirmed for certain.

Grafting individual hair follicles into the scalp is something which is already done in a type of hair transplant procedure known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). It is a painstaking, long and costly affair, especially when there are expansive areas to be filled – for example, if a man is losing vertex hair, the hair along the top of his head from hairline to crown, which is the area affected by Male Pattern Hair Loss, as opposed to a smaller area such as a receding hairline. As the follicles are inserted into incisions by a human surgeon – as opposed to a robot such as the ARTAS machine which can be used to harvest donor hairs in some cases – matching up the precise location for each follicle you have ever had may be somewhat unrealistic.

If you are concerned about male pattern baldness and want to explore options for regrowing hair from existing follicles, this is something clinically-proven hair loss treatments can be used for.  As long as the follicles are still functioning – meaning there is still hair growing from them, no matter if it is thinning, and the scalp has not taken on a smooth, shiny bald appearance – this is a viable and often effective option for many men.

The Belgravia Centre london clinic Mens hairloss treatmentYou can find out more about how the two MHRA and FDA approved male hairloss treatments work in this article about finasteride 1mg and minoxidil. Belgravia courses are tailored to each client’s individual requirements based on their condition, pattern and level of shedding, medical history and lifestyle. Typically these include both the oral DHT-blocking tablet, to be taken once a day, finasteride 1mg, and applications of appropriate, topical formulations of high strength minoxidil to promote regrowth.

Additional hair growth booster products can be used to help maximise potential results, including Belgravia’s premium Hair Vitalics for Men hair growth supplement. In addition to a wealth of highly-targeted, key nutritional elements included for their effects on hair health, the botanical extract saw palmetto is also included as it has been shown to reduce serum levels of DHT in tests.

Whilst it may be a few years yet until stem cell hair loss treatments become a readily available option, these can be offered right now to those deemed medically suitable following a consultation. So, if you are worried about thinning hair or any receding now, we would recommend investigating options that are open to you sooner rather than later given Male Pattern Baldness is a permanent and progressive condition.


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Name: Adel

Question: Does spironolactone help with female pattern hair loss?

Answer: Hi, Adel. There is only one treatment for genetic hair loss in women which is clinically-proven and approved by both the UK and US medical regulatory boards, the MHRA and the FDA. This is minoxidil, which has a history of providing hair growth results and boasts a minimal potential side effect profile.

Spironolactone is a diuretic that is more commonly taken in pill form for the treatment of hirsutism (excessive hair growth) and acne. It is also understood to inhibit the formation of dihydrotestosterone, known as DHT, the hormone which causes thinning hair in cases of Female Pattern Hair Loss.

Pills medication tabletsAccording to a Feburary 2017 review of Hormonal therapy in female pattern hair loss published in the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology, one retrospective study showed that almost 75 per cent of women with female pattern hair loss found spironolactone to show ‘stabilization or improvement’ at 100- to 200-mg daily doses. However, at present, various previous clinical trials investigating the use of spironolactone as a treatment for female hair loss have either been withdrawn or the results have not been published.

The main concern regarding the use of spironolactone – aside from the fact that it is not a medically approved hair loss product – are the side effects associated with its use. These range from having to urinate more frequently (given that the drug is a diuretic), dehydration, dizziness, breast swelling and mild low blood pressure, to far more serious issues. The most serious is the increased risk of developing high potassium levels, a condition known as hyperkalemia which can be life-threatening in severe cases. Spironolactone is also linked to a greater susceptibility to gastrointestinal problems including vomiting and diarrhoea, as well as having a suspected link to bleeding from the stomach and duodenum.

As spironolactone is not sufficiently proven in relation to treating thinning hair – either in pill or cream formats – and comes with a host of potential side effects we would not recommend this hair loss product. Especially not when effective, medically-proven alternatives exist.

At Belgravia we recommend personalised hair loss treatment courses featuring appropriate formulations of high strength minoxidil to women experiencing genetic thinning. The reason for this is that the drug has been clinically tested for safety, efficacy and tolerability, and our experts have continually seen significant regrowth results from taking this approach to women’s hairloss.

Additional hair growth boosters are also used regularly alongside regular high strength minoxidil applications, to complement this non-invasive regime. These include a handheld LaserComb device which is brushed through the hair to stimulate the follicles, to taking Belgravia’s exclusive, highly-targeted hair growth supplement Hair Vitalics for Women. This contains premium quality vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts identified and chosen for their ability to maximise the hair’s potential. More than just a nutritional support, Hair Vitalics for Women also contains the soy isoflavones genistein and daidzen, which have been shown to reduce levels of DHT in the bloodstream.


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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: Sean

Question: Hi I’m in my mid 20s and have begun to use minoxidil prophylactically as my dad is bald and 2 older brothers are balding. I have zero hair loss but would like to add propecia. The purpose for this is to prevent the need for a transplant, preferably indefinitely.Is that possible?

Brothers

Just because your brothers have male pattern hair loss does not necessarily mean that you will

Answer: Hi, Sean. Preventing hair loss by using treatment before you develop any signs of male pattern baldness is a fairly unusual approach. It is also potentially unnecessary; although genetic hair loss is hereditary, it does not necessarily affect every member of the family.

We receive many queries from men whose brothers and fathers have no hairloss but they have a receding hairline or thinning hair. Whilst it is likely that you are a carrier of the relevant genes for androgenetic alopecia, these have to be active for balding to actually occur – and sometimes they can remain dormant, hence how hair loss may appear to ‘skip’ a generation.

Whilst treating hair loss early on can often provide superior results, we would not necessarily recommend you waste your time and money on preventing baldness before you know if you are actually affected. It is likely that you will be – but not certain.

What we would advise is to monitor your hair over time, looking for any excessive shedding, drop in the general thickness or receding.  You can do this yourself or have a consultation at a hair loss clinic who can keep photos on file for you for a specific period of time – then, if you start to develop signs of hair loss, that would be the time to seek help. This, rather than before a confirmed diagnosis, would be the optimum time to start a personalised programme designed to stabilise hair fall and promote regrowth. A specialist would be able to recommend a bespoke hair loss treatment course tailored to your specific pattern of shedding and medical suitability.

Then you could start a combination course involving both the clinically-proven male hair loss treatments, minoxidil and finasteride 1mg, as well as additional hair growth boosters as appropriate. Finasteride 1mg is the medication often referred to as Propecia as this was the DHT blocker’s first brand name. Since the manufacturer’s patent expired it is now available from a number of different brands. As you are over 18 years of age you may be eligible to use this one-a-day tablet, however at Belgravia a hair loss specialist would assess your medical suitability before prescribing this medication to ensure suitability. They would take you through the most effective treatment recommendations for your needs, including discussing the option to use finasteride and the various solutions of high strength minoxidil formulations available.

If you are particularly concerned then a consultation – either at one of our Central London or City of London hair loss clinics, or online if you are based elsewhere in the UK or abroad – so you can talk directly to a specialist may be useful, even just to put your mind at rest.


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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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How Do You Apply Minoxidil Hair Loss Treatment - The Belgravia CentreName: Seb

Question: When you apply the liquid onto your scalp with the syringe, are you supposed to rub the head with your hand after to make a uniform coating of the product on your scalp? Because if not, I bet that with such a little amount (1 ml), some area of the scalp might not receive any Minoxidil?

Answer: Hi, Seb. I have been a Belgravia hair loss treatment user for more than 10 years. I never rub the high strength minoxidil liquid onto my scalp.

Once I apply the minoxidil with the syringe – with my head tipped slightly backwards – I move my head from side to side, so gravity guides the liquid around my scalp.

The problem with rubbing liquid minoxidil into the scalp is that some will be lost on the fingers and it is also likely that some will be absorbed into the hair, depending on how much hair you have.

Minoxidil does not need to be spread over the whole scalp in order to treat hair loss effectively; just try your best to apply it as evenly as possible. Once it is absorbed into the skin, the capillaries will spread it around. If you feel like one area has not been sufficiently covered on one application, just make sure you ensure that area is properly covered on the next application – do not over-use the medication.

I hope this helps to answer your query but if you are a Belgravia client and would like further information, your Treatment Advisor will be happy to help you and demonstrate the best way to use minoxidil. Alternatively, if you are not a client of the centre but are interested in finding out more about male hair loss treatment, a consultation – either in person at one of our Central London or City of London hair loss clinics – or online if you are based elsewhere in the UK or abroad – is a good place to start.


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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: Tanya

Question: Hi, I’m in my early 40s and have covered my hair for religious reasons for 15 years. Whilst I’ve always naturally had fairly thin blonde hair, since covering I have been experiencing extreme thinness all over – as well as excessively greasy. Would any treatment still work even though my hair would remain covered even after regrowth, or is there not much point in me trying?
Many thanks.

Religious head covering hair loss womenAnswer: Hi, Tanya. You head covering is unlikely to have any effect either on your hair loss nor diminish the effects of any treatment.

The first thing to do would be to establish why you are experiencing thinning hair. Given the length of time you have been noticing hair fall and your age we would suspect this was due to female pattern hair loss, a common, permanent genetic condition that is inherited and affects the top of the scalp and hairline. However, a consultation would be required in order to provide an accurate diagnosis following assessment by one of our specialists.

On the question of whether or not there is any point in trying hair loss treatment, this is entirely up to you. What we can tell you is that a personalised treatment regime can help to maintain current hair density and improve hair growth as much as possible. Women’s hair loss treatment is based around topical applications of a solution called high strength minoxidil. Although this can cause temporary hair shedding in some people when it is first used, this is generally a good sign that old thin hairs are being shed to make way for stronger regrowth.

In addition to using direct applications of minoxidil, hair growth boosters can be employed to further maximise results, scalp and hair health. These products range from the FDA-cleared LaserComb LLLT home-use device, to nutritional support via Belgravia’s exclusive Hair Vitalics for Women hair growth supplements. These contain a potent blend of high quality, key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botancial extracts identified for their hair-friendly properties, including zinc, biotin, selenium and soy isoflavones – the latter of which have been shown to reduce serum DHT. DHT being the testosterone by-product which causes female pattern hair loss in women with an inherited sensitivity to it.

Belgravia clients following custom hair loss treatment courses generally tend to see improvements within the first three months of starting their course – though this can vary from person to person and depends on the extent of the shedding when starting treatment. If you are curious as to the levels of hair regrowth you may experience from using a personalised treatment course, you could start with a 6 to 12 month regime to try it out. We would certainly, however, recommend a consultation as your first port of call in order to ascertain a confirmed diagnosis as to your hair loss condition so that suitable treatment recommendations can be made accordingly.

With regards oiliness, we recommend washing your hair daily or every other day with a shampoo specifically designed for oily hair. If you wish to use a conditioner, apply it only to the ends of your hair as applying it to the roots will only encourage oiliness.


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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: Lo

Question: Would a scalp biopsy in the thinning area where FFA is suspected, give a certain pattern in the findings? Thanks

An Example of Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia which Causes a Receding Hairline in Women

An Example of Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia which Causes a Receding Hairline Most Commonly Seen in Women

Answer: Hi, Lo. We are unsure as to whether you have spoken to a specialist regarding your hair loss or whether you are enquiring following self-diagnosis. As such, and because you are not a Belgravia client, the following advice is general and we would advise you to speak to your doctor concerning this issue as well as any potential biopsy.

Biopsy is usually a very good diagnostic method if Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA) is suspected as it gives your specialist plenty of useful information which then helps them to determine the best treatment for you.

FFA is a type of scarring which occurs in a band around the hairline. It is part of a group of conditions known as cicatricial alopecia and cannot be treated in the same way as more common hair loss conditions.

FFA is not something we treat here at Belgravia and is something a doctor should be consulted about as sometimes the condition can be managed using prescription drugs including oral steroids or anti-malarials. In some cases a hair transplant may also be a possibility, though this is decided very much on a case by case basis following assessment by a highly specialised hair restoration surgeon.

It is important to be aware that biopsies, as with any diagnostic tests, can sometimes come back with inconclusive results and may have to be repeated. However, if you suffer from frontal fibrosing alopecia, there are other signs to look for – a biopsy is not the only way to diagnose this condition. Your doctor will examine your scalp and hair shafts too, in order to further inform their final diagnosis.

You can find out more about the condition, the pattern it takes and signs to look for on our dedicated Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia page.


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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: Solomon

Question: Hi I am 18 years old and around 4 weeks ago I noticed a massive increase in hair shedding. Around 2015 I crash dieted and lost 4 stone in about 4 months. After I just lost 4 stone my hair, out of nothing, started shedding so much and so much of my scalp on top became visible when I showered. I researched the reasons for this and all I saw was MPB which I thought I had. This lead me to depression however I recovered and about 7 months later my hair regrew and re-thickened without me noticing until I looked in the mirror and realised.

Diet food hair loss meal eating nutritionNow to 2017; after maintaining my weight for about a year I decided to diet again and lost another stone in 3 weeks. Since then till now I eat less than 500 calories on a Monday and the rest of the days in the week I starve the whole day and only eat dinner. A couple of weeks ago I noticed my hair falling out way more than normal, also on my pillow. In the space of a couple of weeks I went from thick head of hair to thinning. I got a haircut as I had enough of seeing my hair everywhere and noticed just behind my hairline has become very thin, My hairline is unchanged and my crown, however my hair has become thinner and especially just behind the hairline.

Please help me I do have relatives who have gone through MPB all on my mum’s side. And I’m afraid I’m going through it. Nobody notices my thinning only me especially when I shower, my scalp is visible when it was thicker a couple of weeks ago. Also just before I cut my hair I done a slight test, I combed the top of my head and a lot of hairs came out and combed the back of my head which is normally unaffected by MPB and a lot hairs also came out. My hairs are 90% long strands with a White bulb in them. What is happening to me? Please help.

Answer: Hi, Solomon. Although we would need to examine you to give a confirmed diagnosis, from what you say here there two issues potentially at play which could be causing your hair loss. One is genetic and one is related to your extreme weight loss and restrictive eating practices, though both are connected.

The first is Telogen Effluvium and this is a temporary form of hair loss which presents as hair fall from all over the scalp. It can lead to a drop in hair density of around 50 per cent in some cases, though there are reports of this figure being as high as 70 per cent. Your crash dieting and weight loss maintenance eating plans are likely to be, if not the sole cause, then an important factor in triggering this condition.

The body needs a balanced approach to nutrition, with food eaten regularly that contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals essential to support its normal functioning – including the running of the hair growth cycle. If you want to top up on the nutrients needed for healthy hair growth then a dedicated food supplement can be taken. Links between nutritional deficiencies and hair loss are well known, as are the risks of shedding associated with rapid weight loss. Starving yourself – whether you are consuming no food or severely restricting your calorie intake – can push the body into ‘fight or flight’ mode. Not only does this cause fat stores to be hoarded, but it can also lead to production of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol – this, in turn, may result in thinning hair across the entire scalp.

You mention suffering from depression and this, along with other forms of stress and lifestyle habits such as excessive exercise and a lack of sleep, can also contribute to causing this condition.

The Belgravia Centre london clinic Mens hairloss treatmentTelogen Effluvium may seem sudden when the hair falls out, but this shedding does not tend to happen until around three months after the hair loss condition has been triggered. Whilst normal hair regrowth should resume naturally, it can take up to six months. A specialist hair loss clinic will be able to assess you and, if necessary, provide you with suitable Telogen Effluvium treatment to help speed this process along. It is advisable, in order to prevent recurrences of this condition, that you identify and rectify the issues that are most likely to have caused the hair loss.

A key piece of information regarding Telogen Effluvium – and its more intense form, Chronic Telogen Effluvium, also known as Diffuse Thinning – is the relationship to hereditary hair loss. If you have a genetic predisposition, inherited from either side of your family, to Male Pattern Baldness, then it is possible for Telogen Effluvium to effect this. In cases where there are not yet signs of male pattern hair loss, Telogen Effluvium may bring about the early onset of this condition. Alternatively, where male pattern baldness is already an issue, Telogen Effluvium may speed up the rate of hair loss, intensifying the shedding in the areas affected by genetic hair loss, namely the top of the scalp and the hairline.

It is possible to experience both Telogen Effluvium or Chronic Telogen Effluvium hair loss at the same time as having Male Pattern Hair Loss. It is also possible to treat these conditions, either separately or simultaneously through the use of a customised hair loss treatment programme devised by a specialist to fit your precise needs. These courses tend to feature clinically-proven components, including finasteride 1mg and minoxidil, in recommended high strength formulations, alongside additional hair growth booster products. However, as you have a history of depression, finasteride 1mg would not be recommended to you and a high strength minoxidil-only course, with appropriate boosters would be the most likely route.

As before, we cannot diagnose you simply from the information provided here – you may have one, both, or even neither of these conditions. As you mention no-one else can notice your hair thinning the chances are that any hair loss you are experiencing is minimal and nothing to worry too much about. Even if you have are affected by any of these issues, there is help, support and treatment available should you need it. So, if you would like a personalised diagnosis and recommendations from our experienced hair loss specialists, we would recommend having a consultation either in person or online.


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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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Shower shampoo hair wash hair lossName: Keenan

Question: Can using too much shampoo cause hair loss? I saw it says on the bottle to use a coin size amount but I use two or three times that and now my hair is falling out when I shower. I think it’s cos of my shampoo. Can you tell me? If I use less shampoo will it stop my hair falling out?

Answer: Hi, Keenan. It is absolutely normal to notice hair loss when you shower or wash your hair, but this does not necessarily mean you have a hair loss condition.

As long as you are rinsing the shampoo out properly so that there is no residue left behind, it is extremely unlikely – barring an allergic reaction, which would cause other symptoms in addition to hair fall – that using too much shampoo has anything to do with your shedding.

It is normal to lose up to around 100 hairs per day. Often we don’t even notice them going but in cases where your attention is more focused on your hair – such as in the shower, when you’re washing your hair or when you’re brushing it – it can be a shock to see these hairs shed. Some may even have been shed from the scalp but remained stuck in amongst your other hairs so the hair fall may seem more intense at times but it’s likely just because you are moving the hair around.

If you continue to experience hairloss at a level which concerns you for a period of six months, or if you start to see signs of thinning hair – such as your ponytail becoming thinner or your parting becoming wider – or sudden hair fall in patches, then a specialist consultation may be helpful. This way a professional can assess your scalp and provide you with a diagnosis, as well as any hair loss treatment recommendations if needed. However, for now, based solely on the information you give here, it does not sound like the hair fall you are experiencing is out of the ordinary, nor related to your shampoo use.


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