Are you noticing more hair coming out in the shower or on your comb? When looking in the mirror, can you see more scalp than usual? Hair loss expert Dr David Kingsley says, “The first thing to do is don’t panic. Find out why you’re losing your hair and see a specialist if you need to.” In his book ‘The Hair-Loss Cure: A Self Help Guide’, Dr Kingsley describes what he calls the ‘7 H’s of Hair Loss’: heredity, health, hunger (nutrition), hassle (stress), healing (medication), hormones and hairdressing. The most common cause of male and female hair loss is heredity, followed by hassle and hunger. In some cases hair loss is a result of multiple factors.
The factors may be temporary. For hunger, give your diet a rethink so that it includes more protein, vitamins and minerals. For hassle, take specific measures to reduce your stress levels such as exercise, meditation and practicing a hobby you find fulfilling.
Certain health problems can cause hair loss. Alopecia areata is caused by an autoimmune disorder, while thyroid problems, blood disorders and anaemia can all lead to Diffuse Hair Loss. There are also a number of medications (healing) people take that have hair loss as a side effect. Hormonal changes, rapid weight loss, stress and illness can all trigger a type of hair loss called Telogen Effluvium. While this is usually a temporary condition where the hair growth cycle returns to normal 6 – 12 months after the event, in some cases it can trigger genetic hair loss.
When it comes to treating heredity, Dr Kingsley points out that there are treatments that can help slow the onset of hair loss and regrow hair. Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss are the result of an increase in levels of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – the hormone that attacks the hair follicle causing hair growth to slow and stop. Kinglsey recommends using Propecia (for men only), Minoxidil (for men and women) and light laser therapy. Propecia and Minoxidil are the only hair loss products to have shown sufficient evidence in large scale clinical trials to be effective at treating hair loss. As a result these products have been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA, the medical regulatory bodies in the UK and USA respectively. The majority of Belgravia’s treatment courses are based around proven products Propecia and Minoxidil and complimented with various hair growth boosters such as the HairMax LaserComb and a nutritional supplement called Hair Vitalics.
The HairMax LaserComb is the only Lasercomb to be FDA-cleared for the treatment of hair loss which means that it has undergone rigorous testing and been shown to be effective at promoting hair growth when used correctly. Belgravia does not recommend the LaserComb as a stand-alone hair loss treatment however it can improve the efficacy of Propecia and Minoxidil when used as part of a tailored treatment programme.
After studying hair loss and attaining his doctorate, Kingsley started treating each of his own H’s and saw positive results within a few months. Kingsley advises “Don’t give up, there’s a lot out there to help hair,” and reminds people that they “have to be proactive about it”.
If you are concerned about hair loss, then taking early action is an important factor in seeing good results from treatment. The Belgravia Centre offers a consultation with a specialist where you will have the condition diagnosed, have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss treatment options. To book an appointment, just call the centre’s friendly reception team on 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. If you are unable to visit the London-based clinic, simply fill out the online diagnostic form and an advisor will be in touch over the next 2 working days.