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Name: Lowri

Question: I was diagnosed with lichen planopilaris and I would like to know what is usually a duration of LPP (the active period of LPP) and can it occur again later like after a few years. Can the patches get bigger months or years later? And I would also like to ask how much time you usually eat antimalarials, if they are prescribed.

Answer: Hi, Lowri. Lichen Planopilaris is an autoimmune condition and its triggers are still not well understood.

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It can be quite unpredictable and, therefore, I cannot give you the typical duration of the condition, although what is known is that once it damages the hair follicles, it leaves permanent scarring.

There are patients who suddenly notice a tiny patch on the scalp which never worsens and remains stable. There are also patients who struggle with LPP for years as it gradually spreads across the scalp.

It is possible for Lichen planopilaris to recur. Sometimes LPP burns itself out or it is stabilised with treatment and, for many patients, it may never worsen. However, it should still be monitored because this does not prevent it from recurring at any point in the future. It’s different with every patient so, again, unfortunately I cannot provide you with a definitive answer as to whether you will experience a relapse or not.

When the condition is still active, the patches can get bigger later down the line. Your LPP should, therefore, be monitored with regular photos taken of the patches so that you can compare the hair loss and condition of the affected and surrounding areas. This will ensure that any signs of activity can be noticed early and appropriate treatment can be started. As mentioned previously, for some patients the patches never change.

There are various treatment approaches a dermatologist may recommend to Lichen planopilaris patients, depending upon the patient’s severity of hair loss, symptoms and medical history.

With regards to the antimalarial drug Hydroxychloroquine, The British Association of Dermatologists recommends a minimum trial of 4-to-6 months to see whether this is effective.

If it is found to be helpful, the patient may be advised to continue this treatment for longer, until the condition goes into remission. However, such an approach should be thoroughly discussed with the patient’s doctor – ideally dermatologist.

We cannot treat Lichen Planopilaris at Belgravia but we hope this information is helpful and answers your queries fully.


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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: Key

Question: I’m losing my hair – just a NW1 hairline at the moment but I want to stop it receding any further as soon as I can – but there’s no hair loss clinic near where I live so how can I get treatment?

Answer: Hi, Key. The good news is, you don’t need to have a hair loss clinic near you in order to get treatment! You don’t mention whereabouts you are based but if you are based in the UK but outside London, or if you are in many other countries around the world, we are often able to send out hair loss treatment by post or via a courier service.

There are two clinically-proven Male Pattern Hair Loss medications which are both MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved; these are the oral DHT inhibitor, finasteride 1mg, which can be used by medically-suitable men aged 18 and over, and topical applications of high strength minoxidil to help accelerate hair growth.

Some formulations of this dose-dependent hair loss drug are available over-the-counter, whilst others are available only with a prescription; finasteride is prescription-only. Both can be used on their own or together as an on-going way to help in preventing baldness.

As you are particularly concerned about a receding hairline, which is a stubborn area of the scalp as hair grows slower in that region, Belgravia hair loss specialists would generally recommend a combination approach featuring both minoxidil and finasteride.

This is so the one-a-day pill can reduce the amount of DHT in your system – which is what hair follicles along the top of the scalp from crown to hairline become sensitive to, leading to thinning hair and receding in cases of Male Pattern Baldness – while the topical solution can actively encourage localised hair growth.

These men’s hair loss treatments can be further augmented by additional hair growth supporting products, including the FDA-cleared LaserBand device and/or Hair Vitalics for Men food supplement, which was specially developed by Belgravia hair experts to support the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth.

In order to determine which hair loss products are most suited to you, taking into account your condition, level and pattern of shedding, medical profile and any lifestyle needs, the first step is to have a professional consultation.

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This can be done online using the website’s online consultation service which allows you to upload photos which will help your specialist to diagnose your condition and recommend the optimal treatments in line with their findings.

Once your form, including any photo attachments, has been submitted, it is sent directly to a hairloss specialist for review. They will then contact you to discuss their diagnosis and recommendations, which will also be emailed to you, for your consideration along with the relevant prices and payment options.

Should you decide to proceed with treatment, you are then allocated your own dedicated treatment advisor who will have your course components sent out to you at your address of choice. From then on you can contact them at any time throughout the process for advice on things like application reminders and general support, plus they will check in with you regularly for progress updates and to ensure everything is going as well as is possible.

As you are currently at an early stage of haiross, as a Norwood 1 classification represents, there is plenty of time for you to ensure you get all the details you need to make an informed choice. I hope this information is helpful but if you have any further queries, please do let us know.


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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: Basil

Question: I am losing hair from my body as well as my head – my scalp hair has been thinning for a while then I started to see a couple of bald patches on top. Now I notice less hair on my arms and chest too. Male Pattern Baldness runs in my family but I don’t think anyone of them has experienced body hair loss, just their heads. Does it cause body hair loss too sometimes? Can you give me advice for treatments?

Answer: Hi, Basil. We would need to assess your scalp and take a few more details in order to provide you with a confirmed diagnosis. However, we can give you the following generalised advice regarding your query.

From what you say, it is possible you may have two separate hair loss conditions.

You mention you have had on-going hair thinning for a while and this is a key sign of the hereditary condition Male Pattern Baldness, which you have already advised runs in your family. This causes thinning hair to the top of the scalp only, from the hairline to your crown, and can also present as a receding hairline. It is not known to affect body hair, nor other areas of the scalp.

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Secondly, you note bald patches developing on your scalp plus further hair loss from your body. These symptoms suggest autoimmune-related shedding from a form of Alopecia Areata. This is a condition whereby the body mistakenly attacks its own hair follicles, which can be temporary or permanent, but its duration is currently impossible to predict.

The Alopecia Areata phenotype which is known to cause shedding of body hair is Alopecia Universalis. This tends to cause total baldness from head to toe, so it is extremely important you see a professional trichologist to get an accurate diagnosis, given you do not mention your scalp or body hair falling out completely.

Male Pattern Baldness is a genetic condition where hair loss appears gradually as the result of a biological sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), whereas Alopecia Areata – and Alopecia Universalis – are autoimmune disorders which come on suddenly.

Both Male Pattern Hair Loss and Alopecia Areata can present simultaneously, and whilst Belgravia offers hairloss solutions for the former, we cannot treat Alopecia Areata when it affects the body. This generally requires hospital-based therapies, such as steroid injections or immunotherapy, and your doctor should be able to refer you.

With regards the genetic thinning, there are two clinically-proven, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved male pattern hair loss treatments available – one oral and one topical. These can be used individually or, as our hair loss specialists advise, together, and additional hair growth supporting products can be used alongside this pharmaceutical approach.

However, should you be diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis, it is unlikely to be worthwhile using hairloss treatment for Male Pattern Baldness as the area of your scalp affected by the genetic condition may become hairless as a result of this condition. This is not something we can diagnose or predict without a thorough consultation.

There are other causes of body hair loss which should also be considered; for example, body hair – specifically leg hair – is known to get thinner with age, and thyroid problems have been shown to lead to hairloss from the body as well as the scalp.

Hair growth can also be negatively impacted by certain skin conditions and as a side effect of some medications, too.

To determine if hair loss treatment is appropriate in your case, and – if so – the optimal selection of hair loss products for your specific condition(s), we reiterate the need for a professional consultation, ideally in-person if possible.


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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: Lou

I Need Help with Thin Hair from Hair Breakage

Question: Hello, for the past 10 months my hair has become dry, frizzy, breaking off and noticeably thinning. I saw a trichologist and she has said I have Telogen Effluvium. However, I am querying this diagnosis as I do not and have not experienced excessive hair shedding. Can you still get Telogen Effluvium without having excess hair shedding? Does this condition cause the hair to become dry, brittle, frizzy and unable to hold moisture? She has also recommended a 6 month course of supplements to treat this condition. Will supplements reverse Telogen Effluvium???

Answer: Hi, Lou. Telogen Effluvium (TE) is a disturbance in the hair growth cycle which makes many strong, actively-growing hairs – known as ‘anagen hairs’ – prematurely enter the resting – ‘telogen’ – phase and fall out.

The main feature of this hair loss condition is diffuse hair shedding from all over the scalp, with telogen bulbs.

It is not typical in cases of TE for there to be hair breakage – where the hair snaps along the shaft – without hair loss from the root. This may happen due to poor hair quality or over-processing, however, and may explain the concerns you have regarding dry hair, brittleness and frizzy hair; damaged hair where there is breakage can often present with these qualities. Additionally, some rare hair shaft disorders can also cause breakage to occur.

Whilst not intended to replace a balanced diet, targeted food supplements, such as Hair Vitalics, or ones which address any specific nutrients you are lacking, may be useful.

If you are unsure whether or not you have any nutritional deficiencies, you can check this by arranging a blood test via your GP.

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There are certain vitamins and minerals which are understood to have hair-friendly properties. These include selenium, zinc and biotin, all of which are known to help maintain normal healthy hair quality. This is why Belgravia specialists included them, alongside additional nutrients, amino acids and botanical extracts, in the proprietary blend of ingredients each one-a-day tablet contains.

If your trichologist diagnosed you with Telogen Effluvium, we would assume they saw a number of telogen hairs during your scalp examination. It is possible to have both TE and hair breakage at the same time, though it is unlikely for TE to present without any noticeable hair fall.

If you are not certain about the diagnosis, or if you would simply like some reassurance or clarity on this, I advise you to discuss it again with your trichologist before starting any treatment – whether this is pharmaceutical hair loss treatment or using non-medicinal hair growth supporting products.

When addressing these kinds of issues it is important to find a reputable professional you feel comfortable dealing with. If you feel uncomfortable speaking to your trichologist about her diagnosis, or if you would like a second opinion, I recommend having a consultation with another hair loss specialist.


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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: Cat

Question: Can I put oil and cream in my hair after I use Rogaine? And how often should I wash my hair while using treatment? I am a black woman.

Answer: Hi, Cat. Rogaine, or Regaine as it is known here in the UK, is a brand name for the over-the-counter, genetic hair loss drug, minoxidil.

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When following a hair loss treatment course, you can still use your normal moisturising products – for example hair oil, conditioner, hair masks or hair cream – while using high strength minoxidil. However, you should be aware of the order in which the different hair care products should be used alongside your medication.

If you are referring to products that are used on the lengths or ends of your hair only, but are not applied to the scalp, they should not affect your minoxidil. For example, you can use leave-in conditioners, hair masques or oils as usual, as long as they are not applied to the scalp.

If you are using scalp oils, Belgravia hair loss specialists usually advise patients to apply minoxidil first, let it absorb for up to an hour, and then apply the scalp oil after that. This is so that the medication is properly absorbed into the scalp and the scalp oil does not dilute it as weakening the drug may make it less effective.

As you are not a Belgravia client, we are unsure which specific hair loss solution you are using, but if you are using a once-a-day formulation, it may be best to apply it at night, then wash your hair and apply the relevant hair care and scalp oil products in the morning – or vice versa.

The frequency at which someone should wash their hair is based on the patient’s hair type and scalp condition. For example, those with an oily scalp and finer hair may need to shampoo daily, whilst those with a dry scalp and coarse, thick hair, or tightly curled hair, may only need to shampoo weekly.

Additionally, those with scalp conditions – such as dandruff, or seborrheic dermatitis – may be required to shampoo more frequently depending on the usage instructions of their scalp medication or medicated shampoo.

As we understand you have an Afro hair type and are using minoxidil, we would generally recommend shampooing your hair at least once a week, though you may wish to wash your hair more frequently simply to prevent any potential residue build-up on your scalp whilst using hairloss treatment.

Depending on where you are based, another potential reason to shampoo daily or thereabouts is to help reduce the effects of air pollution on the hair, as this has recently been confirmed to contribute to hair loss and thinning hair.


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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: Nathan

Question: What is the best shampoo and conditioner to use to improve hair growth for men in their 30s? Something that doesn’t cause as much damage to the hair. Is hemp oil the best oil for the hair before using shampoo? Also, what are some of the best foods items to eat to improve hair growth?

Answer: Hi, Nathan. We’re not entirely clear on whether you just want to improve your hair growth or whether you are looking for advice on how to treat hair loss. As such, I have included a few additional responses in addition to your queries regarding the best hair care products for hair growth, and dietary tips.

If you are concerned that you have thinning hair, I advise you to have a consultation with a hair loss specialist who can examine your scalp and hair then discuss suitable, personalised treatment recommendations, where appropriate.

Hair loss from Male Pattern Baldness, a common condition among men in their 30s, is generally treated with medication, specifically either one or both of the only MHRA-licensed and FDA-cleared, hair loss treatments.

These clinically-proven drugs are the oral DHT-blocking tablet, finasteride 1mg and topically-applied solutions of high strength minoxidil. Although they are pharmaceuticals, they can be used alongside non-medicinal hair growth supporting products.

One of these which may interest you, whether you are concerned about hair loss or hair growth is the HairMax LaserBand, an FDA-cleared device that is worn three times per week for between 90 seconds and 3 minutes per session, depending on the model.

This gadget has patented teeth embedded into its curve, alongside medical-grade red lasers. The teeth part the hair, allowing the light therapy to get straight to the scalp. There, it penetrates into the skin, stimulating natural ATP production and, as a result, hair growth.

It is a popular hair loss product, generally used alongside pharmaceutical treatments, which manufacturers claim not only helps to treat thinning hair and prevent baldness, but also strengthens the hair and promotes healthy growth.

There are a number of misleading claims when it comes to shampoo and conditioner ranges targeting those worried about hair thinning, but it’s important to note that these types of hair care products do not treat hair loss.

However, a good quality shampoo is still important for its role in the maintenance of scalp and hair health. I cannot recommend any specific shampoo without examining you because everyone’s scalp is different.

As some general advice, the type of shampoo you should use will depend on the condition of your scalp. For example, if you have a very dry scalp, you should be using moisturising shampoos; if you have a skin issue that affects your scalp, for example dandruff or seborrhoeic dermatitis, you may find medicated shampoos that contain ingredients such as coal tar, zinc pyrithione, or ketoconazole, beneficial.

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It is also important to keep the hair in good condition, especially if you are trying to grow your hair, or want to maximise the hair you already have. If you worry that your hair tends to be dry or tangled, you can try including conditioner into your routine.

After shampooing, this is applied often just to the lengths and ends of the hair. You can also apply it to the roots though not everyone likes to do this as applying conditioner to the roots of the hair can make it appear lank or greasy – especially if the hair is thin on top – and make any signs of hair loss look worse.

We offer a range of professional Belgravia shampoos and conditioners which you may want to consider. These are highly concentrated so that patients can thoroughly wash their hair and scalp to remove any medication residue.

The frequency we recommend for how often people should wash their hair is based on the patient’s hair type and scalp condition. As a guide, those with an oily scalp and people with finer hair may benefit from shampooing frequently – daily or every other day. This is because finer hair gets oily quicker and loses its volume. We often see this with the finer Caucasian or Asian hair types.

On the other hand, those with a dry scalp, thicker hair or tightly curled hair may need to shampoo less frequently. For example, many people with Afro textured hair shampoo once weekly.

Those who use minoxidil may need to shampoo more frequently to keep the scalp healthy and remove any medication residue.

However, in all cases I would not advise leaving the scalp unwashed for more than a week as this increases your chances of irritations, or developing a flaky and itchy scalp.

With regards using hemp oil before shampooing to promote hair growth, there is no significant scientific evidence to support the use of any hair oil for this purpose, nor to prevent or treat hair loss, regardless of when in your regimen you apply it.

If you are concerned about damaged hair or hair breakage, use good quality hair care products that do not contain large amounts of harsh chemicals, avoid or limit your use of heated hairstyling tools – which includes hair dryers – and get your hair trimmed regularly so that any split ends are dealt with.

The answer to your food-related question is also very similar, in that a good diet for one person may not be suitable for another.

Having a well-balanced healthy diet will contribute to healthy hair and skin, too. Dietary deficiencies, on the other hand, can trigger disturbances in the hair growth cycle and lead to increased shedding or the worsening of pre-existing hair loss conditions.

Some people may have to avoid certain foods for health reasons, therefore it is difficult to generalise the meaning of a ‘suitable diet for healthy hair’ as this should ideally be considered alongside the individual’s medical profile information.

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There are a number of nutrients associated with the maintenance of healthy hair growth. These include biotin, selenium and zinc, all of which are included in the highly-targeted formulation for the Belgravia food supplement, Hair Vitalics for Men, alongside amino acids and botanicals, such as saw palmetto.

My overarching advice to you on this is to make sure you have a balanced, healthy diet, which means ensuring you receive the optimal amounts of vitamins and minerals recommended for men your age from your food. This should then give you the best chance of avoiding dietary deficiencies and preventing hair loss from these types of issues. You can find further details on this from the NHS website, your GP or a qualified nutritionist.

To check if you have any dietary deficiencies, you can speak to your GP about having a blood test. Additionally, if you have any medical conditions or follow specialised diets, I advise you to consult with them for guidance as to suitable foods.

You may also find our previous articles on the Best and Worst Foods for Hair Loss, Foods that Help to Prevent Hair Loss and Foods Which Can Lead to Hair Loss, helpful.

If you do not have hair loss or scalp problems and simply want to keep your hair in good condition, my advice, in summary, is to shampoo and condition your hair regularly and limit the use of heated hairstyling tools. Plus keep yourself healthy via your diet and exercise, avoid or learn to manage any stress, stay hydrated, get plenty of sleep on a regular basis and don’t smoke, as the state of your health is often reflected in the hair’s condition.


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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: Erick

Question: I am a 17 years old male and my hair extremely thinned in only a few days. I am not sure but the reason might be overdosing myself with my multivitamins that I bought recently. I stopped using it now, and my question is, will my hair grow back to how it was before? I had kind of a thick hair. If I need any tests to find out more, which ones would I need?

Answer: Hi, Erick. If you’ve noticed increased shedding over a short period of time, this may be a condition called Telogen Effluvium (TE).

This is a disturbance in the hair growth cycle where many actively growing hair follicles – up to 30-40 per cent – are being pushed from the anagen (growing) phase into the telogen (resting phase). The result is hair loss from all over the scalp, and reduced hair density.

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TE can be triggered for many reasons, including recent stress, changes in your health or diet. Overdosing on medication may also spark this off.

Overdosing on food supplements can lead to other side effects and complications, so I advise you contact your GP or regular doctor as soon as possible. They may arrange a blood test to see if you require any treatment or whether the fact you have stopped taking the supplements is enough.

However, whatever the cause, if you have Telogen Effluvium the shedding is temporary and the hair usually grows back shortly after the initiating factor has been eliminated; it tends to take roughly three months for the hair regrowth to become noticeable.

If you wish to be on the safe side and your doctor does not already suggest one, it may be worthwhile asking for a blood test where a number of factors can be checked out.

The blood tests we would normally recommend to adults worried about hair loss include getting a full blood count, iron, ferritin, vitamin D, vitamin B12, folate, zinc, and thyroid function screening.

These are investigated because anaemia – iron-deficiency anaemia or pernicious anaemia, dietary deficiencies or thyroid problems are all known to be associated with diffuse hairloss.

As, in your case, you mentioned you have been overdosing on multi-vitamins, I recommend you showing the multivitamin ingredients list to your doctor. They can then determine the best course of action, particularly as they will have knowledge of any relevant information from your general medical profile. If they decide it is worthwhile, they can arrange tests including a blood test to check your liver function as well as vitamin levels, depending on which vitamins you were taking, in case they are above their normal range.

It is so important to always ensure you follow the intake and usage directions to the letter, whether it is nutritional supplements such as multi-vitamins, or medication that you are taking.

Although many people assume it is safe to take lots of ‘natural supplements’ or vitamins, this is not the case and dosage information is provided with good reason. For example, vitamin A is just one nutrient which, when taken regularly in excessive quantities can build up in a person’s system and hair loss may occur as a side effect of this.

Therefore, if you do decide to start taking food supplements again, it may be worthwhile discussing this when you speak to your doctor and, if you do go ahead, ensure you stick to the recommended dose per day.


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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: Dina

Question: Are there any foods that reduce DHT levels in women? I have been diagnosed with female pattern hair loss and would like to treat it naturally if possible.

Answer: Hi, Dina. In order to answer your question fully, let us briefly explain the role of DHT in genetic hair loss.

DHT – or dihydrotestosterone to give it its full name – is an androgen hormone which is derived from testosterone in both men and women.

It is created when a certain amount of testosterone reacts with an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase (5aR), producing DHT.

During puberty DHT plays a key role in the development of sexual characteristics. However, once puberty has finished, those with a genetic predisposition to Female Pattern Hair Loss or Male Pattern Baldness will find some of their follicles will be susceptible to some negative effects of DHT.

This involves the DHT latching on to receptors in the hair follicles located along the top of the scalp, from hairline and temples to the crown, gradually weakening them. This results in thinning hair in the affected areas, a loss of hair density, and excessive hair fall through a process known as follicular miniaturisation. Women with this condition tend to eventually experience advanced thinning but, unlike men, do not usually go bald.

Although there is an MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved oral DHT-inhibiting male hair loss treatment, unfortunately this is not suitable for women.

There are certain additives and natural ingredients believed to help with lowering DHT levels, which are appropriate for women, though.

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Whilst not a foodstuff you’ll find in many people’s every day diet, the herb saw palmetto is believed to have DHT-lowering properties. This is generally taken in supplement form and features in our Hair Vitalics for Men food supplement.

Women can also take saw palmetto but Belgravia made the decision to substitute this in the Hair Vitalics for Women formulation because we contraindicated it for women who are trying to conceive (this does not apply to men trying to start a family), simply as a precaution.

The ingredients added to the women’s Hair Vitalics supplement in place of saw palmetto are the phytoestrogens genistein and daidzein. These soybean isoflavones have been shown in studies to inhibit 5 alpha-reductase, therefore reducing the amount of DHT in the body, which should help to also reduce hair loss.

Stinging nettles and panax ginseng, also known as red ginseng, are also believed to have DHT-reducing properties, although their effects have little clinical evidence to support these, often anecdotal, claims.

Although it will not reduce hair loss in genetic cases, ensuring you have a good diet, full of all the nutrients needed to maintain the normal, healthy functioning of your body and hair growth cycle, can help you to make the most of your hair, keeping it in good condition.

Unfortunately there are not yet any scientifically-proven natural hair loss solutions for any hair loss condition; the only female pattern hair loss treatment that is clinically-proven, licensed by the MHRA and authorised by the FDA, is a medication known as high strength minoxidil.

This is a topical product applied directly to the scalp, either once or twice per day, depending on the instructions and formulation of this dose-dependent drug.

Another option which is neither natural nor pharmaceutical but which may be worth considering is the use of low level laser therapy (LLLT).

There are a number of LLLT devices available; those we recommend are the FDA-cleared LaserBand devices which contain medical-grade red light lasers embedded in a convenient headband, which also features patented teeth to ‘comb’ through the hair. This parts the hair, allowing the LLLT to get straight to the scalp where it stimulates the follicles.

Depending on the model, the LaserBand is worn three times per week for between 90 seconds and 3 minutes each session. This causes the light to be absorbed deep into the scalp where it can stimulate production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which can promote hair growth.

Belgravia hair specialists normally recommend using such LLLT devices as an additional hair growth supporting product to be used alongside authorised medication for the best chance of seeing results, but it can also be used on its own.

If you would like further information or personalised treatment recommendations based on your medical profile plus your level and pattern of shedding, we recommend having a consultation either in-person or online.


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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: Brittany

Question: I’m 30 years old. I received an injury in November which led me into depression for a month but I recovered by the end of December. Before then, also in December I experienced severe, unexpected trauma due to a death in the family.

By late February-March I noticed I was shedding everywhere and my parting became more visible. My scalp had severe flaking. It’s now October and although this flaking has gone and I’ve seen small improvements to my shedding, I’m concerned about my hairline which doesn’t seem to be regrowing as well.

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The back of my hair seems to be thickening up and I’m getting back some density, but my fringe and front hairline were hit hard. I also have some thinning in my temples. Could this be Telogen Effluvium? Also my mum has the same hair as me and she is 50 with a lot of hair, the same as her mother.

Answer: Hi, Brittany. It sounds like you have had a lot to deal with over the past 12 months and this could certainly have resulted in hair loss.

It is likely you did indeed experience Telogen Effluvium (TE) earlier this year when you were shedding hair diffusely from all over your scalp. This temporary hair loss condition can be triggered by emotional or physical stress and the associated hair fall tends to present around three months it is set in motion.

Given the stressful issues you experienced occurred initially approximately 2-3 months before you started experiencing diffuse thinning, it seems to fit with this diagnosis.

TE is the result of a disturbance to the hair growth cycle, which causes many of the actively growing (anagen) hairs – up to 30-40 per cent – being prematurely pushed into resting (telogen) phase. This results in excess shedding.

Whilst Telogen Effluvium treatment courses are available, normal hair regrowth should spontaneously resume shortly after the trigger factor has been removed. This will involve the shedding slowing down and short regrowing hairs becoming noticeable all over your scalp, with your hair density also improving.

You mentioned that you are now seeing some improvements to your hair and there is thicker hair at the back of your head, but that it has remained thinner towards the front, around your hairline and temples.

It is common to inherit genetic hair loss – more commonly known in women as Female Pattern Hair Losss – and the traits involved in this hereditary condition can come from the male side of your family as well as the female side.

This condition causes thinning hair in the region along the top of your scalp from the crown to the hairline and temples. This is known as the vertex; the rest of the scalp – the back and sides of the head – are not affected so the hair will feel thicker there.

Common signs of female pattern hairloss include your parting getting wider and your hair having less density than usual. This is often most noticeable when trying to put your hair into a ponytail as it will feel much thinner than usual.

Genetic hair loss can start at any age following puberty and tends to come on gradually, as it is a permanent, progressive condition. It can also be exacerbated or even prematurely triggered in women with an underlying genetic predisposition, by various additional factors. These include stress, some medical conditions and dietary deficiencies.

If you did notice any signs of Female Pattern Hair Loss prior to your eye operation or the sudden death of your family member, it could be that you have the necessary genetic make-up and the stress these incidents caused, which led to the Telogen Effluvium, also sparked off this hereditary shedding.

Of course, whilst this is the most likely conclusion based on the small amount of information you have provided here, we advise you to have a professional consultation, online or in-person at a dedicated hair loss clinic, in order to receive a confirmed diagnosis.

From there, a personalised course of women’s hair loss treatment products can be recommended to you, based on your condition, medical profile, age and any lifestyle requirements.

This is likely to involve appropriate formulations of the clinically-proven hair loss solution high strength minoxidil, as well as supporting non-pharmaceutical elements such as the use of an FDA-cleared LaserBand low level laser therapy device to stimulate the follicles, and Hair Vitalics for Women one-a-day nutritional supplements.

It may also be beneficial to find ways to help manage your stress; grieving is often an on-going process over many years after the bereavement, so getting support with this may help too.


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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: Nathan

Question: I bought some minoxidil treatment for my receding hairline but I know MPB can affect other areas of the scalp too. Do I just apply the treatment to my hairline or should I apply it all over the whole scalp as a preventative measure?

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Answer: Hi, Nathan. If you are treating a receding hairline as a result of MPB (Male Pattern Baldness) then it is likely you may have signs in the other areas this condition affects.

This is not your entire scalp but along the top of it – the area known as the ‘vertex’ which runs from the crown to the hairline and temples.

Although thinning hair at the temples may be more obvious – after all, the hairline is far more immediately obvious to us given we see it a lot more than the top of our head! – you should check for other signs of hair loss, too.

These can include increased hair fall, thinning on top, a thinning crown, and a general decrease in how thick your hair feels when you run your hand through it. These additional symptoms may appear singularly or you may have a few, or even all, of them simultaneously.

As Male Pattern Hair Loss is a permanent, progressive condition, they may not all present at once to start with, but may develop over time; we presume this is where your extremely valid concern regarding preventing baldness comes from.

If, after checking, your only hair loss concern is your hairline, you should still start treatment by applying minoxidil to the temple and frontal hairline areas that are thinning or receding but also using it to cover the rest of the vertex. Keep to the dosage advised in the directions which you should find printed on the packaging and/or in the patient information leaflet.

Ensure you follow the instructions provided with your product, strictly and, if you have any queries about these, we recommend you contact the vendor or manufacturer for further advice, given you are not a Belgravia patient.

Using additional medication on other areas of your scalp even if you do not notice any further signs of shedding or decreased hair density can be a preventative measure.

It is not unheard of for Male Pattern Baldness to develop in all affected areas but only be visible in one or two – in this case the hairline – initially. This is a phenomenon that has been dubbed ‘invisible hair loss‘.

It is important to note that you will be using the same amount of medication per application regardless of whether you are using it to treat the entire vertex or just the hairline. The dosage should not be increased, it should remain the same and simply be spread over the larger surface area.

Do not increase the high strength minoxidil dosage as over-using your medication will not make it more effective and may lead to an increased risk of your developing adverse events.

We hope this information is helpful but should you require a second opinion on your current hair loss treatment or details of which additional hair growth supporting products may be best-suited to your specific level and pattern of shedding, you are welcome to have a consultation with a dedicated specialist, either online or at one of Belgravia’s City of London or Central London hair loss clinics.


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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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