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How far would you go to get the best hair loss treatment? Baldness is not a new concept – since the dawn of time men have concocted some unbelievable remedies to treat hair loss and many in fact have inspired a lot of the alternative hair loss treatments around today. Thankfully, during the past few decades with the emergence of clinically and scientifically proven hair loss treatments, superstition, old wives tales, and guess work has gradually been replaced by science. But the things some people believed …

egyptian hair loss remediesAncient Egypt

Egyptians, famous for their extravagant wigs, were searching for a hair loss cure 4,000 years ago. One ‘cure’ involved reciting a magic spell to the sun god and then swallowing a mixture of onions, iron, red lead, honey and alabaster. Another popular hair loss remedy was to rub the fats of various animals onto the scalp. Clearly these were desperate times for hair growth.

Ancient Rome

We can all thank Julius Caesar for inspiring the worst hair trend in history. Apparently, in an attempt to hide his thinning hair, Caesar grew his remaining hair long at the back and then combed it forward over his bald spot. We should have known the comb over was ancient.

The Amazon

An apple a day keeps the doctor away so could a banana a day keep hair loss at bay? The Taiwano Indians in the South American rainforests believed that scalp problems and hair loss could be treated with the heated extracts of bananas.

17th Century Briton

Keeping themselves fit and fine certainly wasn’t easy for British men in the 17th century. The male health magazines at the time advised them to apply chicken dung to keep from going bald, and apply cat dung to remove hair from unwanted places.

1876-1913 America

If only keeping your hair meant running a brush through it. Today, most people experiencing hair loss today are petrified to see how many extra strands are in the brush. However, in Victorian America the vigorous brushing of hair with a stiff brush was thought to promote soft and shiny hair, while soft hair brushes were believed to promote the hair growth. Also applying a concoction of cologne, spirit of camphor, and a pigment of cantharides each night was believed to prevent hair loss.

Ancient Greece

hippocrates hair lossThe truth is, in the majority of cases, hair loss in men and hair loss in women is caused by male hormones, but it was Hippocrates, the ‘Father of Modern Medicine’, who first recognised a connection. Hippocrates observed that men castrated before puberty did not suffer from hair loss. We know today that this is due to the absence of testosterone, which is normally converted into dihydrotestosterone, or DHT – the active ingredient in baldness. Hippocrates developed a number of different treatments including a mixture of horseradish, cumin, pigeon droppings, and nettles to the scalp. But this and other treatments failed to work and he lost the rest of his hair. Funnily enough, Duke University researchers came to the conclusion in 1995 that “while castration may be a cure, it is not commercially acceptable.”

Modern and Acceptable Hair Loss Solutions

We have come a long way in the treatment of hair loss but unfortunately there are still hundreds of hair loss products that hold about as much hope in restoring hair as the ancient remedies did.

Hair loss is a multi-factorial condition so there is no one guaranteed treatment for hair loss. However, specially prescribed combinations of proven hair loss treatments will ensure hair loss stabilisation and hair regrowth in the great majority of cases. As a hair loss sufferer you can take solace in knowing that today you have treatments for hair loss only dreamed of by the Kings of ancient Egypt and the Emperors of Rome.

For more information on the most effective combination of hair loss treatments, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively, complete an online diagnostic form and receive Belgravia’s mail-order hair loss service from anywhere in the world.

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Lack of Sleep Can Cause Hair LossHair loss and sleep deprivation appear to be equally universal problems but are they related? Sleep plays an important role in allowing the body to repair and regenerate and hair growth can be influenced by a number of factors. Is it coincidence that 80% of men and 40% of women experience hair loss and one in four of us suffers from some form of sleep problem?

Alterations in sleeping patterns have been shown to affect the body’s immune function, hormone secretion, and physical and mental stamina. The hair is very sensitive to changes within the body, and hairloss is nearly always the consequence of an internal disturbance.

“Stress can indeed cause hair loss, particularly diffuse hair loss and telogen effluvium,” says Leonora Doclis, senior trichologist at the Belgravia Centre. During such times and along with other proven treatments, specific hair growth boosters can provide hair with much needed nutrients and support for optimum hair health and growth . 

However, stress can also trigger the onset of hereditary hair loss and accelerate its progression. “In those susceptible to male pattern baldness or female pattern hair loss, stress can instigate, accelerate and aggravate the problem,” Leonora says.

Some people get along just fine on three to four hours of sleep a night without stress while others cannot cope if their eight hours a night is disturbed over a prolonged period of time. Daytime fatigue and emotional stress are the most commonly reported symptoms of sleep deprivation and stress. A lot of people who do not get adequate sleep are stressed.

“Sleep deprivation is a form of stress, a terrible form of stress,”Leonora says. But hair loss can also be a stressful experience in itself. Hair loss treatment programs for sleep or stress-induced hair loss should be individually tailored and designed to address every aspect of hair loss. 

Stress and lack of sleep go hand in hand. Whatever may be the cause – change of job schedules, heavy workload, family problems – sleep gets hampered under such conditions and in an indirect way you could say that lack of sleep can and indeed does cause hair loss.

Find out more about stress-related hair loss and what can be done.

For a free consultation with a hair loss professional, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666  or send an email. Alternatively, for those who lead a hectic life or can’t get to the centre, the online diagnostic form is available so whatever your location or lifestyle, you don’t have to lose sleep over hair loss.

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Gail Porter's Alopecia AreataA lot of women who suffer from hair loss will contend with their condition rather than seek help but Gail Porter, who once described herself as “bald but not afraid”, has continued to raise awareness about alopecia areata which has rendered her completely bald but not stripped her of her confidence.

Hair loss in women is still very much a mysterious condition and despite upwards of 40 percent of the female population being affected, many suffer in silence. Women will rarely experience baldness, instead hair loss tends to be limited to overall thinning but the psychological effects are no less devastating.

For Gail Porter however, the chirpy British TV presenter went completely bald in a matter of four weeks. In 2005, at the age of 34, Gail had to face up to the probability that she would never have hair again.

Female hair loss can be treated effectively in most cases. FDA-approved hair loss treatments have been proven to generate hair growth but results are vastly improved when administered in the right dose for the individual. Especially when the possible contributing factors are being dealt with and treatment is being complemented with the appropriate hair growth boosters, even alopecia areata sufferers see results.

Alopecia areata is thought to be an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system mistakenly turns on itself. The chronic inflammatory disease affects the hair follicles and presents itself in patches of hair loss over the scalp, but it can affect other hair-bearing skin. In some cases, alopecia areata develops into complete baldness (alopecia totalis) and in rare cases people may lose all body hair (alopecia universalis). The progression of hair loss can happen slowly, developing over weeks or months or, as in Gail’s case, it can be sudden and dramatic.

Gail, Britain’s second favourite bald celebrity after Little Britain’s Matt Lucas, has been hailed for her bravery throughout her ordeal. Refusing to wear a hat or a wig, Gail has maintained a public profile and continued to raise awareness of the condition.

Although it took some time for Gail to come to terms with what was happening, a friend revealed to the Daily Mail. “At first she went into denial and hid herself at home – she didn’t want to go out or see anyone,” the source said. “Initially she cancelled all her appearances… But [she] decided to face her demons and she’s determined not to let this beat her.”

No one is exactly sure about what causes alopecia areata but there is evidence to indicate a genetic predisposition. According to the British Journal of Dermatology, about 20% of people with alopecia areata have a family history of the disease. Stress has also been proven to be a contributory factor and Gail has had no shortage of that in her life.

Gail PorterThe bubbly, once blonde, presenter suffers from bipolar disorder, has been anorexic and when pregnant with her now seven year-old daughter Honey, was border-line obsessive compulsive. She later suffered post-natal depression and discovered she had a thyroid condition. Gail thought her hair loss was a “wind-up”.

“The funny thing was I was in a really good place. I was in America, working, I was with my then-boyfriend James, and I was generally happy,” Gail said. “I had a bit of stress because of the messy divorce, but nothing compared to what I had been through. I have no idea why it happened then. It just did.”

In 2007, Gail published her autobiography Laid Bare: My Story of Love, Fame and Survival, in which she discusses her very public experience of alopecia areata.

“It’s very personal but it has helped me see things in perspective and taught me not to stress about the things that don’t matter,” she said. “I also met other people with alopecia, which was very important to me. I think it’s good to talk to people to let them know that they’re not alone.”

Alopecia areata affects about one in 100 people and although it can be initially quite distressing, hair can spontaneously grow again without any treatment. However because of the unpredictable nature of the condition, specifically tailored hair loss treatment programs can help to deal with the only notable symptom.

Gail Porter is at Peace with her Hair LossGail Porter’s hair loss is an extreme example of alopecia in women but she has come to terms with it. “It was easier than I thought to deal with – I thought it’s just another thing, get on with it, it’s just another part of the journey,” she said.

But you don’t have to live with hair loss and you certainly don’t have to deal with it alone. For more information, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or send an email. The UK’s leading hair loss clinic has been treating hair loss including alopecia areata successfully for 15 years. Consultations and diagnosis are free and their expert trichological advice is also available online via the online diagnostic form.

In the meantime, take heed from Gail who says: “It is a big thing not having hair. But I’m still here, I’ve still got my health.”

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Hair loss is a concerning condition so why put up with it? Unfortunately, some people don’t think they have a choice. Many commonly prescribed prescription drugs can cause temporary hair loss, trigger the onset of male and female pattern baldness, and even cause permanent hair loss. Still, you don’t have to trade your health for your hair.

According to an Italian study, drugs can induce hair loss in two main ways. They can affect the hair follicles whilst they’re in the anagen (growing) phase or in the telogen (resting) phase.

Pills medication tabletsAnagen effluvium is a condition concerning extensive hair loss when the hair shafts are broken at the level of the scalp. Since roughly 90% of the hair on the scalp is in the growing phase at once, anagen effluvium has the potential to cause almost complete baldness. In contrast, telogen effluvium occurs when more hair follicles than usual are pushed into the telogen (resting) phase. The follicles are inactive during this time and eventually the hair falls out but this loss rarely involves more than 50% of the hair on the head.

“In anagen effluvium, hair loss usually occurs within days to weeks of drug administration, whereas in telogen effluvium, hair loss becomes evident 2 to 4 months after starting treatment,” the authors of the study wrote.

The study claims the common cause of anagen effluvium by drugs is from the antineoplastic family of medications used as chemotherapy treatment. However, with the exception of cancer treatments, hair loss as a side-effect (whilst rare) does occur in more than 300 known prescription, over the counter and illegal drugs.

“Telogen effluvium may be a consequence of a large number of drugs including anticoagulants, retinol (vitamin A) and its derivatives, interferons and antihyperlipidaemic drugs,” the authors concluded.

Anticoagulants are blood thinners such as Panwarfin, Sofarin and Coumadin and Roaccutane is an acne treatment derived from vitamin A. Interferons which are used to help the body manage many diseases that involve the immune system such as Roferon-A, Avonex, Betaseron and Actimmune. Antihyperlipidaemic drugs are cholesterol lowering drugs such as Atromid-S and Lopid. All these drugs can cause hair loss in some instances. For a more extensive list, visit WebMD.

It’s important you do your own research when starting the regular use of medications as your doctor may not mention hair loss as a side effect of some drugs. If your doctor prescribes any of these drugs, ask if there is a substitute one that does not have hair loss as a possible side effect.

Drug-induced hair loss is usually reversible after treatment has stopped but the prevalence and severity of hair loss depend on the drug as well as on individual predisposition. Male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss are hereditary forms of hair loss which would probably have developed eventually but these medications can trigger an earlier onset. Unlike anagen and telogen effluvium, these are not self-reversible conditions but FDA-approved hair loss treatments are effective in treating these conditions when administered in the right dose for the individual and supported with the right hair growth boosters. Even in cases of temporary hair loss, these treatments and additional hair growth boosters provide the extra help the body needs in protecting itself drug-induced hair loss and generating new hair growth.

If you’re taking a medication that you suspect is causing hair loss, don’t stop the treatment. Instead, consult your doctor and a hair loss professional. You may be able to tolerate a number of side effects from your medication but hair loss does not always have to be one.


The Belgravia CentreThe Belgravia Centre

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.


Hair loss and baldness may not seem like such a big deal, it’s a natural process that affects a lot of people and besides, hair is just there to look pretty right? Fortunately, our hair has more purpose than you may think. It can act as a warning signal to notify us of something wrong inside the body and any disruption in hair growth patterns should be addressed.

Not all forms of hair loss are the result of genetics or old age, in fact, excessive hair loss or unusual hair thinning can sometimes be a symptom of a disease, especially if you have always had healthy, thick hair.

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Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease is a condition of the small intestine where a reaction to gluten causes inflammation in the lining of the gut. This stops the gut from working properly and absorbing foods properly and causes symptoms including abdominal pains, tiredness and weight loss. Another common symptom is hair loss. Coeliac disease has been linked to alopecia areata (an autoimmune hair loss condition where the body’s immune system mistakenly attack the hair follicles) but thinning hair and hair loss could also be a result of the nutritional deficiency caused by the disease itself as it can cause malabsorption of vitamin B12 and folate (pernicious anaemia).

Malnutrition

Malnutrition occurs when the body is not given enough nutrients to sustain normal function. Extreme dieting or problems with the body’s digestive and absorption processes can lead to hair loss through malnutrition, resulting in telogen effluvium and diffuse hair loss. Depending on which vitamins, minerals, and nutrients are lacking, many different symptoms can occur but iron, protein, biotin, sulphur, silica, B vitamins and zinc are especially important to hair health.

Cushing Syndrome

Cushing’s syndrome develops if your body makes too much cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone which is made by the adrenal glands. Symptoms usually develop gradually, and so the diagnosis may not be clear for some time. There are various causes, and complex tests are needed to find the root cause of the excess cortisol. The syndrome itself won’t cause hair loss but if Cushing syndrome is the result of a non-cancerous tumour on the adrenal gland, it can also produce excess amounts of androgen which can lead to hair loss. Other symptoms include high blood pressure, facial hair in women, muscle weakness, tiredness, low libido, excess thirst and periods may become irregular or stop in women.

thyroid-diagram

Thyroid Diseases

The thyroid gland produces hormones that help control metabolism and growth. If the thyroid is overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism), the body’s metabolic rate will become imbalanced, resulting in sluggish functions of major bodily systems. If the hair growth lifecycle is affected, thinning hair or hair loss can occur.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic lupus erythematosus, commonly called Lupus, is a chronic disease that causes inflammation in various parts of the body and affects about three in 10,000 people in the UK. Symptoms vary but the most common are joint pains, skin rashes and tiredness. In some instances the inflammation can interfere with the hair growth lifecycle, resulting in thinning hair or temporary hairloss.

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Sudden hair loss is never a good sign but the main problem with disease-related hair loss is that other symptoms may be rare.  If you’re the type of person who’s happy to accept their fate rather than look into the cause, a bad hair day might be the least of your worries.

In cases where hair loss is a symptom rather than a condition, the shedding can generally be cleared up once the cause is addressed. This can occur naturally within a few months for some cases, though if it is more long-term or permanent – for instance where a temporary hair loss condition in someone with a genetic predisposition has triggered permanent Male or Female Pattern Baldness, then there are various options for hair loss treatment courses.

Unfortunately, in a lot of cases, people experiencing thinning hair tend to make a self-diagnosis and high-tail it to the supermarket to pick up the latest herbal remedy for hair growth. Not only are they wasting their money on a product that probably isn’t clinically proven to treat hair loss, they’re avoiding dealing with a potentially much more a serious condition.

Prompt professional diagnosis is needed if you do notice a sudden increase in hair fall. A medical professional will be able to rule out any hidden medical disorders. Usually, once the underlying medical condition is treated, the hair loss will stop and hair growth supporting products may help to improve hair strength and quality, as well as promoting the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth.


The Belgravia CentreThe Belgravia Centre

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.


Second only to excessive tanning, hair plugs are the ‘ultimate turnoffs’ for North American women according to the Harlequin Romance Report 2009.

hair-loss-and-dating-relationshipsToronto based Harlequin is the world’s leading publisher of series romance and women’s fiction with over 120 new titles each month. Each year they undertake a survey about an aspect of romantic love which they publish. This years is called the Harlequin Romance Report 2009: Perfect Love? Fantasy meets reality.

So, besides avoiding surgery for hair loss and heading for more natural looks, what can men learn from the survey to improve their love lives? Quick tips include: try harder at birthdays .. most women feel let down by what their partners do. Give up smoking, get fitter, and don’t be afraid to wear your well-tailored suit. Buy a GPS .. navigating coolly with that is much sexier than arguing over directions. And don’t try snogging in public .. holding hands is a much better bet.

Is it all true? Well 44% of American woman get turned on more by their men doing the chores than by foreplay. A likely story.

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You may have heard that stress can cause hair loss, and it’s true.

The condition of our hair can be a strong indication of how well we’re adapting to a certain situation in life.

Stress Eyes Stressed Mens Hair LossExcessive physical or emotional stress can cause one of two types of hair loss. In most cases, stress-induced hair loss is temporary but hair loss treatments can help in addressing the symptoms whilst the cause is being dealt with.

Telogen Effluvium

Telogen Effluvium appears as generalised thinning throughout the whole scalp and occurs when sudden or severe stress such as a divorce, a lost job, a death in the family, or even childbirth causes an increase in the shedding of the hair. Telogen effluvium is a condition most often seen in women presenting with thinning hair, due to the fact that other precipitating events are more often experienced by women. The reason for so much hair fall is because an excessive amount of hair follicles are pushed into the resting (telogen) stage at once after being held in the growing (anagen) phase of their lifecycle longer than usual.

Telogen Effluvium can be confusing because although some people may notice hair loss during extreme periods of stress, it is more likely that the hair loss will first be noticed after the stressful period has passed. The hair stays in the resting phase for about three months before they’re shed. However, stress induced hair loss is usually temporary in nature and in most cases, once the cause is eliminated the hair growth pattern will return to normal within six months and new hair growth will be visible. It’s all to do with the basics of hair growth.

Telogen effluvium will often correct itself but it can take months,” Leonora Doclis, senior trichologist at The Belgravia Centre says. “Treatment for the loss of hair can help to minimise the damage, particularly if there is a tendency toward female pattern hair loss whilst the body is dealing with the crisis.”

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is a more extreme form of hair loss, characterised by the sudden appearance of patchy, smooth bald spots over the scalp. No one knows much about what causes alopecia areata but it is classified as an autoimmune condition where white blood cells attack the hair follicles, and can be triggered by stress.  Although people who develop the condition may have other autoimmune disorders such as a thyroid condition.

diagram locations areas of scalp affected by stress related hair loss conditions

Hair loss due to alopecia areata might cure itself or it might progress, possibly even leading to complete baldness over the head (alopecia totalis) or even over the whole body (alopecia universalis), however both of these cases are extremely rare. The effects can be seen overnight but hair may grow back.  It can grow back on its own, but treatment may also be required.

“The rule of thumb is that if it hasn’t grown back in six months, then it’s time to consider treatment,” explains Leonora.

Treating Stress-Induced Hair Loss

The best way to deal with stress-related hair loss is to learn how to manage your stress levels before they affect your hair growth patterns. However, this is easier said than done – particularly if the stress is physical and caused by something out of your control, such as an underlying illness – and sometimes the added stress of losing your hair is just too much to cope with.

There are hair loss treatment options for stress-induced shedding, but the first step before treatment – if needed – can begin, is to get a professional diagnosis. It is possible for one or more hair loss conditions to present simultaneously so it is vital to know exactly what is causing the problem in order to tackle it most effectively.

One point worth noting here is that stress and temporary conditions such as Telogen Effluvium can be particularly significant for anyone with a genetic predisposition to Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair Loss – even if it has not yet become active. These hereditary conditions can be worsened or have their premature onset triggered by both these factors, however, they can also be treated, with clinically-proven, MHRA licensed and FDA approved medications being well-established for these conditions.

At Belgravia our hair specialists will carry out an assessment and provide not only a diagnosis, but also recommendations for a tailored treatment course based on their findings and the individual client’s medical profile. Ongoing monitoring and advice is important so that progress can be checked and the treatment adjusted if necessary. When it comes to hair loss caused by stress, it is also important to try to solve the underlying problem for general health reasons as well as treating your 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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Hair loss is one of the most natural things in the world. Whilst some will be exempt from baldness, no one can avoid normal hair loss. Shedding hair is a natural process and it is normal to lose up to 100 hairs a day to make way for new hair. Normal hair loss won’t lead to thinning hair and will not cause baldness but an interruption in the hair growth lifecycle could mean normal hair loss progresses to excessive hair loss. This is when hair loss becomes a problem.

normal hair lossAs people age, they may become more concerned about hair loss and those few hairs which were always in the brush or at the bottom of the shower suddenly become a source of paranoia. But hair has its own lifecycle and the same strand of hair does not continue to grow your whole life. A number of hair strands grow from the one hair follicle, one after another.

Hair is made mostly of tough, structural protein fibres called keratins. Just below the surface of the skin lies a cluster of active cells known as the dermal papilla and it is from here that the hair grows into its follicle. By the time hair grows out from the scalp it is dead, with only the root tip containing living cells.

The hair growth lifecycle consists of three distinct stages:

  1. Anagen – a phase of growth that can last between two and seven years. On average, each hair grows about six inches per year.
  2. Catagen – a phase of transition that lasts roughly two to four weeks. At this time the hair shaft detaches from the dermal papilla and moves up within a shrinking follicle.
  3. Telogen – a resting period that lasts about three months allowing the hair to detach itself from the follicle before falling out. After this, the cycle repeats itself unless other factors intervene to prevent repetition of the cycle.

Nutrition plays a big part in healthy hair growth as vitamins are needed to sustain the dermal papilla so hair grows strong through the hair follicle. A healthy, balances diet should ensure your hair receives all the needed nutrients but sometimes, especially for women, hair supplements are beneficial.

Nutrition alone, however, will not prevent excessive hair loss. Some people have a genetic predisposition to hair loss, sometimes hair loss is caused by stress or medications and other times it is an indication of an underlying medical condition. In any case it’s best to consult a medical professional or hair loss specialist.

female hair loss Hair loss in women is usually characterised by overall thinning hair on the scalp where as men start to recede at the temples and possibly end up bald on the crown. It can be hard to establish whether your loss of hair is normal or in the early stages or excessive hair loss when treatments can be most effective in preventing baldness but there are self-measures you can take to determine this. The Do-It-Yourself Baldness Test may give you an indication if your hair loss is excessive. Also, the Norwood Scale for men and the Savin Scale for women are useful tools in discerning your stage of hair loss and if your hair loss is in fact normal or not.

Most people do not understand the mechanisms of hair growth let alone realise that hair loss can be treated. For more information about hair loss and the most effective hair loss treatments for you, contact the Belgravia Centre. With more than 15 years experience in treating thinning hair and hair loss, the Belgravia Centre offers individualised hair loss treatment programs structured around clinically, scientifically proven and FDA-approved treatments for male and female hair loss, aimed at addressing all aspects of the hair loss condition.

Email the centre or call 020 7730 6666 for more information or fill in the online diagnostic form to see what the Belgravia’s professional trichologists make of your hair loss.

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The most valuable asset a balding man has is his confidence. In fact the same is true for a man with a full head of hair, according to Samantha Brett. The Sydney Morning Herald writer and author of “Confidence Equals Sex Appeal” says it doesn’t matter how balding, grey, fat, thin, tall or short you are because attracting the opposite sex is all about confidence.

Hair loss is still, however, a major concern for most men. In fact, one study revealed men are more concerned about losing their hair than their minds. Women on the other hand are relatively unconcerned about whether a man is losing his hair (only 13 percent would be very upset if their man lost their hair), despite the majority of men assuming it would be a major turn-off (52 percent thought women would generally find bald men unattractive).

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The Psychology Today study found that men assumed their appearance had a greater impact on women than women acknowledged. In the study, women were asked to rank four personality variables and four physical variables in order of importance when selecting a man for a relationship, and personality won hands down.

Proactive steps can improve confidence

The thing about confidence though, is that it’s a matter of being comfortable within our own bodies. Whilst some people get along quite fine without a full head of hair others are so worried about hair loss that it invariably affects their confidence. If your confidence and self-esteem are suffering as a result of hair loss, there is no better way to make you feel better than by dealing with the root of the problem.

“Most people feel better about themselves just by knowing that they’re doing something to correct the situation,” Leonora Doclis, senior Belgravia trichologist and hair loss specialist, explains.

But that doesn’t mean making a quick dash to the closest health food store in the misguided belief that any of the miracle cures found on the shelf will work for you. Because simply speaking, most of those hair loss products probably won’t work. They have not been subject to the same clinical and scientific testing the real hair loss treatments have, and they have not been formally approved by any recognised medical regulatory organisation to say they are safe or effective for their claimed uses. If you are serious about exploring hair loss solutions can save time and money by getting the right advice from a hair loss professional so you can choose from the most effective, proven hair loss treatments right off the bat.

“A lot of men that come in think they’re too young to be here when in fact, if they’ve noticed their hair starting to thin or recede, it is the best time to do something,” Leonora notes.

Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Trichocheck Consultation AssessmentSeek professional advice

Hair loss can be caused by a number of factors so that’s why it’s important to consult a professional. A diagnosis will inform you whether your hair loss is purely hereditary or if it is a sign of a more serious condition. Most male hair loss is due to a hereditary predisposition and is known as male pattern baldness. In fact, up to 80 percent of men over the age of 70 are affected by this type of hair loss, although its time of onset varies quite a lot, as does its rate of shedding. You could start to notice your hairline receding when you’re still in high school or it might not start to emerge until you’re in your 40s.

Regardless of how old you are when you start to notice your hair thinning, if you think hair loss could eventually start to affect your confidence, it’s best to have a consultation with a hair specialist to get a diagnosis and professional treatment advice.

Most people don’t realise that genetic hair loss is treatable and baldness is not an inevitable outcome. It’s a natural process for a lot of men but all the while their confidence can be suffering. There are MHRA licensed and FDA approved male pattern hair loss treatments which can be administered and supplemented, where appropriate, with additional hair growth supporting products.

A lot of men may assume that baldness is just something they’ll have to live with but, with the right professional advice and by gathering information about the recognised and clinically-proven options suitable for their specific situation, it is possible to make an informed choice that can prevent hair loss and promote hair growth.


Circ - Male Pattern Baldness hair loss treatment Belgravia Centre clinic LondonThe 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.


If your hair has started to thin and you’re afraid that you could be headed for significant hair loss, there are a number of treatments available to you but the secret is in knowing which ones are worth your while.

A hair transplant springs to mind for a lot of people and has been a popular choice for older celebrities including John Cleese and Francis Rossi – interestingly both largely thought of as having thinning hair.

They, and a lot of other men, may have tried hair supplements and herbal remedies before resorting to transplants, but very often medical hair loss treatments can provide a much better and more effective alternative. Francis Rossi’s missing ponytail confirms just how ineffective hair transplants can sometimes be long-term, especially if the proper after-care is not followed on an on-going basis.

Can Women Have Hair Transplant Surgery?A hair transplant is usually a four-to-six hour procedure that costs from around £6,000 a session (they tend to be priced per graft so the more extensive the area to be filled in, the more expensive it gets…). The final results tend to become noticeable around 12 months after the operation, however, sometimes two or three procedures may be necessary in order for patients to get the look they want.

What is less known is that hair loss may still occur after a hair transplant; this can present in the susceptible areas surrounding the grafts if precautions, in the form of hair loss treatments, are not taken.

There are two medications proven to prevent and reverse hair loss – finasteride 1mg and minoxidil – which are widely established, not to mention MHRA licensed and FDA approved, for the treatment of Male Pattern Hair Loss.

Faulty Tower’s icon John Cleese admitted to a hair transplant: “Because I have got a very strange shaped head. It’s very pointy. And I don’t like wearing wigs.”

Similarly, Status Quo’s Francis Rossi was initially happy with his hair transplant but the 59-year-old eventually said farewell to his trademark ponytail because there wasn’t enough pony to form a decent tail. It was at the age of 49 that the rocker said he noticed his hair was thinning and decided to do something about it.

“I never worried that I was becoming thin on top, but pictures of me tended to let the band down,” Rossi said.

Rossi splashed out on a hair transplant at a Harley Street clinic where surgeons took hairs from the back of his head and replanted them in areas where he was going bald.

“I am a founder member of the ‘No Way Toupee Club’, so it had to be a transplant,” Rossi said after the surgery. “It was quite painless and I am happy with the result.”

A decade later however and the showman says he couldn’t avoid male pattern baldness with a transplant.

“In the past few years my hair has got so thin that there’s not enough to work into a decent ponytail,” he said. “So I decided to forget about clinging to my youth and that it was time to grow old gracefully.”

A hair transplant is an extreme measure of uprooting still active hair follicles and transplanting them to the areas of the scalp which need a bit of attention but there are still areas of hair that are susceptible to hair loss around the area of transplanted hair, so over time these hairs will continue to thin. Hair loss medications work to stimulate the withering hair follicles and generate new hair growth as long as you use them.

Not only do hair loss medications prevent further hair loss and generate new hair growth but the results are maintained. Unfortunately Rossi and so many other hair loss sufferers don’t know that there are hair loss products that work. Many herbal and cosmetic products, such as Nourkrin, Provillus or Toppik, are often inferred as solutions to hair loss when in fact they are not conclusively proven to treat hair loss at all. The only treatments that have been extensively proven to stabilise and reverse the effects of hair loss, are those licensed by the MHRA (UK) and approved by the FDA (US).


Circ - Male Pattern Baldness hair loss treatment Belgravia Centre clinic LondonThe 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.