Question: When I first noticed my hair loss I decided to just accept it since nothing can be done about because it’s natural to some people, am I right in saying that? Moreso, am almost bald now, can you still help me regain my hair? Just to add, I am African and I live in the UK.
Answer: Hi, Ade. You are right in saying that hair loss is natural, but not that nothing can be done about it.
We are assuming, for the purpose of answering your question, that you are talking about male pattern baldness – the common hereditary condition which can cause thinning hair and a receding hairline in men with a genetic predisposition. You would, of course, need a professional diagnosis in order to confirm this before seeking any treatment.
Male pattern hair loss is indeed a naturally occurring condition and one which can present any time following puberty in those who have the active ‘balding genes’. It is a permanent hair loss condition which gets progressively worse over time but only affects the top of the scalp and hairline.
There are two MHRA and FDA-approved treatments for men – finasteride 1mg and minoxidil. These drugs can help to stabilise hair fall, promote hair growth and prevent baldness, as long as the hair follicles are still active when treatment is started. If the scalp has taken on the smooth, shiny appearance associated with baldness, this is indicative of non-functioning follicles. In these cases hair loss treatment is futile as it will not regrow hair due to there being no follicles capable of producing hair, left to stimulate. In these instances, depending on how much good quality donor hair there is, a hair transplant may be a viable option.
If it is simply that there is thinning hair or a receding hairline where the hairs are fine but still present, a custom treatment course is certainly worth considering. At Belgravia we often recommend a rounded approach in the form of clinically-proven medications and complementary non-medicinal hair growth boosters.
These centre on the one-a-day oral tablet finasteride 1mg, which blocks the production of the hormone responsible for causing follicular miniaturisation in cases of genetic hair loss – DHT, and topical applications of the vasodilator high strength minoxidil can help to promote accelerated hair growth.
These treatments and additional booster options including home-use LLT devices such as the LaserComb and LaserBands, and the premium hair growth supplement Hair Vitalics for Men – which combines key nutrients with a DHT-lowering botanical extract – are all suitable for use on all hair types, including Afro hair.
If you would like to receive a confirmed diagnosis and personalised treatment advice, we recommend either visiting one of Belgravia’s City of London or Central London hair loss clinics for a free consultation. Alternatively, if you are unable to come to London, you can receive an online consultation via the form on our website.
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.