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Name: Jay

Belgravia Centre VictoriaQuestion: I am a male aged 26 and losing hair at a fast rate. I was so concerned that I visited a clinic that advertises in the paper (not yours) and was shocked when they told me the cost would be £1200 for six months treatment. When I completed one of your online diagnostic forms I found out your costs are lower compared to other companies I have enquired with.

Does this mean the treatment isn’t as good? To be honest I felt I was being ripped off at the first centre I visited as the guy was a bit pushy and that also put me off. Can you help as I am nervous and quite sceptical even though it was a friend who mentioned your name?

Answer: When costs are low, the first thing that most people naturally think is that the product purchased won’t be as good as a more expensive option. In the case of Belgravia’s hair loss treatment courses this is not the case and I will explain why.

It’s an unfortunate fact that many of the hair loss organisations in the UK aim to make as much money as possible with little effort. Most of the centres do not offer the medically proven treatments for hair loss as they don’t have the medical facilities to do so (pharmacy / medical staff). These facilities take a lot of time, money and effort to set up and in the case of a pharmacy, need to be overseen by certain regulatory bodies.

The fact is, as well as having all of these facilities, which ensures we are able to provide the optimum level of treatment and service, Belgravia genuinely aims to make the products offered as reasonable as possible to the consumer. We’re not looking to make maximum profits from individual patients, but prefer to help a higher number of people at lower costs; this is why Belgravia has the largest client base of any single medical hair loss centre in Europe.

We guarantee that the Belgravia Centre offers the most effective hair loss treatment courses available whilst ensuring safety. These treatment courses include the medically proven treatments for hair loss specially combined to suit the individual, treatment course boosters and other services for which you can find more information on the hair loss treatments page.

In November 2008 the Belgravia Centre recorded its first set of video diaries from a patient using a specialised Belgravia combination treatment course – we believe his results to be the best for hair loss ever recorded on video – you can view his videos here – hair loss video diary. Our site also features hundreds of success stories that are updated and added to on a daily basis. They include comments and before/during treatment photos of Belgravia Centre treatment users. Our Facebook Page is also inundated with frequent wall posts from happy patients.

If you would like to arrange a free consultation at the Belgravia Centre to begin the process of hair loss prevention please contact us by message ot call the centre on 020 7730 6666.  Alternatively, you can complete our online diagnostic form for mail-order if you are unable to visit the centre.

In the exacerbated dog-eat-dog world of employment at present, it’s more vital than ever to have as many strings to your bow – or hairs on your head according to one expert – as possible.

Apparently the balding are at a distinct disadvantage, especially in today’s tight job market. With male pattern baldness affecting more than 50 percent of men, the remaining 50 or so percent are inferably snapped up first.

“If you’re looking for a job right now, if you match up a person with hair to a non-hairy person, the competitive marketplace tends to favour the people with hair,” said Dr. William Rassman, a hair restoration surgeon and author of “Hair Loss & Replacement for Dummies.”

Women are on a more even playing field, with roughly only 40 percent experiencing female pattern hair loss, and usually later on in life.

Dr Rassman says increasing the hairs on one’s head can boost self-confidence and even a career.

“Take a look at all the presidents of the U.S. How many of them were bald? Eisenhower was the last one. Hair like Clinton’s helps a lot, hair like Obama’s got helps a lot”, he said.

Clients of the Belgravia Centre, especially those in the performing arts, say they have greatly benefitted from the available treatments as you can see by viewing our hair loss success stories.

“The Belgravia Centre have added years to my modeling career”, said client Sean Moore, who has been a happy Belgravia patient for almost 10 years.

Male and female pattern baldness are hereditary conditions that can be treated at the Belgravia Centre. Our HAIR LOSS TREATMENTS page will give you an idea of the optimum treatment options and the likelihood of a successful response.

But, as Rassman says, a full mane’s value is incalculable.

“If you land the executive job you want because you look good, I don’t know how you put a value on that.”

If you’re interested in seeing how the Belgravia Centre can help boost your confidence – and hopefully your career – call to book a free consultation on 020 7730 6666, or message the centre. Or if you can’t get to our London centre, complete an online diagnostic form to take advantage of a mail-order hair loss treatment course anywhere in the world.

Back in August, The Times ran a Dear Sarah story about Viviscal, a supplement that purports to restore hair.

Does caffeine prevent hair loss?

The author wrote that they’d never tried it and it may or may not work. She recommended trying to find a trichologist and that Boots might have something that worked. Anyone could have written that. Fine, no problem.

Then J D Erhlich responded on the website with “I thoroughly checked out Rushton, Kingsley and other ‘experts’. These people are making money promising much– delivering NOTHING, BECAUSE THERE IS NO REMEDY FOR THIS COMMON KIND OF HAIR LOSS!”

Now, you see, that’s just plain rubbish. When a drug has gained FDA approval, it’s been scientifically proven to work. So saying it doesn’t involves a complete denial of science. Now, that’s become quite fashionable in the wibbly wobbly world we live in nowadays as people grasp at straws that might provide some extra stability. We all want some certainties in life, but actually one of the biggest source of certainty is science and research based knowledge.

Not only that, we create hair growth every single day and have done for years, and for thousands of people. Erhlich is just so wrong.

So we added our own comment.

And then we added another.

And then we tried again.

And The Times didn’t print any of those responses.

Why? We’ve no idea. Maybe for The Times it’s old news. Maybe they think we were promoting ourselves (we really weren’t, just trying to set the record straight).

So, for whatever reason, you can’t believe all you read in the papers.

But we know you know that. We know you’d take one look at Erhlich’s comments and disregard them. It’s an obvious case. What’s interesting is how much of this is happening in a much more subtle way across the whole of the press.

We’re not complaining, we’ve had good press coverage. We’re just saying it’s hard to find the information you need to make a great decision. That’s partly why we ran our secret shopper tests on hair loss clinics. We know we’re not an independent source of information, but we don’t know of any other direct comparison.

As for Viviscal, our view is: start with what’s proven to work. All the time you spend trying to work out whether this or that natural remedy is working or not, your hair follicles are dying off and your hair is getting thinner. The proven remedies work better if they are applied earlier. The Belgravia Centre offers medically proven hair loss treatments that work every day for our clients.

hair loss & weight trainingLet’s face facts, weight lifting in many cases is a visual endeavour. So what good would a youthful, muscular physique be if we had to sacrifice a full head of hair? Some research will claim you’ll have to sacrifice one for the other when in fact you can have your pie and eat it too.

Research states that a 45 minute weights session can elevate testosterone levels by an average 25 percent. Science will tell you that when testosterone reacts with the enzyme 5-alpha reductase (naturally found in our hair follicles) it is converted into the dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is what causes the hair follicles to shrink and inhibit the growth of new hair cells.

Theoretically then, it is plausible that weight lifting and the consumption of supplements such as protein and creatine could lead to hair loss. However, two and two rarely makes four in the human body. The Sun quoted a specialist from the Rogers Medical Group as saying: “We have seen an increase in men in their twenties and thirties who regularly circuit train. There’s no doubt it is often a factor in hair loss.”

This could be highly coincidental though as male pattern baldness affects around 80 percent of men. The condition is an hereditary one and can affect men from puberty up to the age of 70. The Belgravia Centre’s Senior Trichologist Leonora Doclis, says weight training and supplement consumption will not cause baldness.

“Elevated levels of testosterone and excess stress, in some cases, may accelerate the condition,” Leonora said. “But only if there is a genetic predisposition to male pattern baldness.”

Basically, weight lifting and using supplements to enhance the results of your sessions are likely to have little to no effect on your hair loss. If you are suffering from male pattern baldness, the Blegravia Centre has a number of treatment options to stabilise the hair loss and promote its re-growth.

Call the centre to book a free consultation on 020 7730 6666 or click here. Alternatively, fill in the online diagnostic form and a trichologist from the centre will be in touch.

(Image courtesy of alan_weinrantz on Flickr, some right reserved)

One of the most common questions we are asked is “how do you prevent hair loss?” Clearly people are searching the Internet for an answer. The difficulty is that anyone can publish on the Internet, so it’s hard to know who is credible and who is simply being a good, persuasive, sales person. We successfully treat thousands of people with hair loss every year, so we really do know what works.

People ask all sorts of things: “does caffeine prevent hair loss” or “does scalp oil prevent hair loss”. Even “can testosterone help prevent hair loss”. So let’s tackle some of these queries…

Coffee and Hair LossDoes caffeine prevent hair loss?

The caffeine one is interesting. In January 2007, the International Journal of Dermatology (skin) published a study that showed caffeine did significantly stimulate hair growth in hair follicles that had been removed from 14 people and were kept growing in the lab.

Let’s be clear, this isn’t about drinking coffee. You’d have to drink enough coffee to kill you before it had any significant effect on your hair. The idea is to apply it topically (ie. on your scalp) in sufficient concentration.

Now, we know that substances can be absorbed through the skin. Rub garlic on your skin and your breath will smell of it. Nicotine patches are another example. And caffeine will certainly harm you in a large dose. So there’s a big difference between steeping hair follicles in caffeine in the lab, and working out a way safely to deliver enough caffeine to the hair follicles to make a difference to your hair growth.

We have seen caffeine shampoos. But we’ve not seen anything that demonstrates it works as a hair loss treatment. We think it’s likely the development of caffeine shampoos has been driven by marketing departments who saw that same study and know that we’ll make the link between coffee as a friendly everyday stimulant and our hair’s need for stimulation. We have to buy shampoo, so why not buy the coffee one? Coffee is even associated with mornings, which is when many people shower. It’s a way for them to gain market share. No problem with that, we just are not convinced it will prevent hair loss.

Can testosterone help prevent hair loss?

Lack of testosterone might. In male pattern baldness (and in some instances of female pattern baldness), some hair follicles are genetically susceptible to a derivative of the male sex hormone testosterone. The effect is that those follicles gradually get weaker and eventually stop, causing baldness.

One of the recognised treatments (medically proven, actually works) is finasteride 1mg because it gets in the way of testosterone affecting the hair follicle, so preserving its life and indeed, preventing hair loss.

Does oil prevent hair loss?

I think we are squarely in the world of ‘snake oil’ here. Even if someone once got a benefit from massaging an oil into their scalp, that doesn’t mean it will work for you. And there are hundreds of things you could try. Meanwhile, you’ll be getting more bald. We say: start with what’s proven to work, you might save yourself a whole lot of time. If you get insufficient joy from proven treatments, you can try massaging oil into your scalp if you like.

Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Men Women Hair Growth Hair Care 360pxSo what is the best treatment to prevent hair loss?

Some illnesses cause hair loss and some drugs have hair loss as a side effect, so the first thing is to check with your doctor.

Hair loss treatment is not available on the NHS, however, so once ‘illness’ is removed as a cause, doctors won’t have spent much time thinking about how to cure thinning hair and will often just recommend a hair loss shampoo, so you need to see a specialist.

The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has approved two medical treatments for hair loss, finasteride 1mg (for men only), and Minoxidil. Whilst everyone responds differently – which is why each solution is tailored to the individual client’s requirements – Belgravia specialists find the most effective treatment outcomes tend to arise from using both these complementary medications with the right combination of formulations, paired with suitable hair growth supporting products.

circ - Mens and womens hair vitamins Hair Vitalics for Men Women Belgravia Centre hair growth supplementThe 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.

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It may seem bizarre that a tooth infection could cause hair loss but according to research, if you’re like the one in every thousand who suffers from seemingly random bald patches on your scalp or even your beard, eyebrows and eyelashes, you may need to consult your dentist.

In most circumstances hair loss is genetic, in fact an estimated 80 percent of cases are hereditary. However, sudden patchy hair loss with no apparent cause may be due to alopecia areata – an enigmatic autoimmune condition. Alopecia areata can be triggered by a number of factors and new research reveals a tooth infection may be one of them.

ToothacheTooth infection and alopecia areata

The study conducted by the professors at the University of Grenada uncovered a close relationship between tooth infection outbreaks and the presence of alopecia areata. Doctor Elena Dimitrova of the Belgravia Centre says it is possible that alopecia could be connected to dental infection.

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease and there are a number of factors that could cause the immune system to weaken. If the tooth infection were extreme it could have an effect on hair loss,” Dr Dimitrova said.

It is understood that alopecia areata occurs when white blood cells mistakenly attack the hair follicles, weakening them to the point where hair growth can no longer occur. When a tooth becomes infected, white blood cells work overtime to attack and destroy the infection. These cells can sometimes migrate to nearby cells, such as those found in the hair follicles.

The association of alopecia areata and tooth infection is often detected close to the affected area. Hair loss may be seen in the beard, eyebrow and neck area, on the crown or lower portions of the scalp. In about 50 per cent of alopecia cases patients will experience spontaneous hair regrowth without any treatment within a year, but the likelihood of total regrowth diminishes as the severity of the condition increases. A study reported in the European Journal of Dermatology also estimates that seven to 10 percent of patients may experience more extensive and chronic forms of the disease.

Treating alopecia areata

In light of this recent discovery, many dentists are now being trained to look for sudden patchy hair loss in patients experiencing tooth infections. The good news about infection-induced alopecia is that, because a cause is linked, it can be treated and reversed. If the symptoms are caught in early stages of development, both the infection and hair loss can be easily treated.

Whilst science has not yet demonstrated a cure for alopecia, there are some options available to help treat the symptoms (that is, sudden patchy hair loss). A course of steroid injections into the scalp can help in cases where the bald patches are quite small. The treatment involves several injections about 1cm apart (however the number of injections is often limited by pain) and is repeated every four to six weeks.

However, Belgravia patients have found alopecia areata treatment based around regular, non-invasive applications of high strength minoxidil – a topical drug available from our clinics’ in-house pharmacies – to be as effective, if not more so than these injections.

This approach also provides a much more comfortable alternative, with clients frequently seeing significant regrowth results within three to six months of starting their bespoke treatment course, instilling a renewed sense of confidence.

Circ - The Belgravia Centre Treatment for Hair LossThe 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.

(This blog is by guest contributor John Allsopp). As a man, I didn’t think I was going to like Breaking the Silence on Women’s Hair Loss. I mean, I’ve read Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus: How to Get What You Want in Your Relationships
, so I’m comfortable being uncomfortable when the book jacket talks about “women who struggle with hair loss and its accompanying emotional toll and shame”. The third sentence in chapter one is “Fairy tales, myths and legends abound with hair central to the story”.

women's hair loss

It turns out, though, that Hoffmann herself, a ‘seasoned medical journalist and editor’ also seems uncomfortable with that and soon gets into her stride talking about what causes hair loss and what you can do about it. Journalists aren’t flowery by nature, they like to report the facts as they see them. That’s their job. I love it.

So, I think what’s happened is the flowery stuff has been forced there by the publisher in order to satisfy their model of what sells the books to women. That’s fine, just don’t get the impression the book deals only with the emotional and social side of hair loss. There’s a load of great information in here that I haven’t seen elsewhere.

I’ve taken a step back. And that’s very slightly annoying 


Hoffmann gets serious with hair loss, providing, for example, the biggest list I’ve seen anywhere of reasons to see your doctor first, from Lupus to statin drugs and SSRIs like Prozac with hair loss as a possible side effect.

There’s advice on who to talk to and how to build a ‘hair loss team’ around you. The largest chapter is probably the one covering a wide range of hair loss treatments. Then it’s hair nutrients, wigs and finally she reaches the book’s basic conclusion which feels like: you may improve your hair but you probably won’t get back your teenage years. You need confidence in you, and your hair isn’t you. The major battle isn’t your hair, it’s you and your attitude towards it.

It’s in the treatments part of the book, however, that I think it falls down. Basically, I’ve read the book and I learned a whole lot about hair loss causes and treatments. But I still don’t know what to do.

If I have hair loss, why should I have to learn about it? 


What I really wanted was for Hoffmann to write a book titled “John’s hair loss, what it is and what he should do next”. I’ve spent maybe four or five hours reading the book and I know more about hair loss, I’m better equipped, I have a more rounded appreciation. But I’m nowhere nearer making a decision about getting my hair back. In fact, whereas before I was looking for a hair loss solution, now I’ve reverted to wondering whether I should just accept me for who I am. I’ve taken a step back. And that’s very slightly annoying.

But isn’t that how life is now? We’re suffering under a weight of choice. Want broadband? You’ve got to understand it before you can buy it. Want a mobile phone? May your God help you. Want something to calm your nerves? First, you have to deal with more information than you can shake a stick at, and nowadays the first place people turn is the Internet. Anyone, even stupid people, can write articles on the Internet.

I have a different view. I think there will be a backlash against the herd, against stupid people you don’t know or trust making stupid online comments. Against DIY. Against information overload. I think the pendulum will swing back towards the expert.

If I have hair loss, why should I have to learn about it? Surely I just want to turn up to an expert, get it treated, walk out and get on with what I want to do.

Our life is just the hours we get given. We shouldn’t waste them. Do what you want with your life. Learn about hair loss if that’s what you really want to do. Otherwise, consult a hair loss expert, get it sorted to the best of their ability (and let them worry about that), then get on with your life. Hair loss can’t stop you.

(Pic courtesy Dawn Ashley on Flickr, some rights reserved)

Delicious.com is a social bookmarking site. That means that instead of keeping bookmarks (web pages you like and would like to remember) on your computer, in your browser, you can now keep them online at Delicious.

Delicious.com logo

The benefit to you is partly that you get to keep your bookmarks when you change computer, and you can access them from other computers too. So you’ll never lose your bookmarks.

But the real benefit is that you get to share great websites with your friends. So if you’re a gardener, manager, taxi driver, performer or whatever you do, you can see what your friends have discovered online, and you can share great sites with them.

Underneath all that, however, is something that benefits us, the Belgravia Centre, as well as you. When you bookmark a website with Delicious, it’s as if you’re voting for it. You give it human approval. If enough people do that to a site, it’s clearly a useful or popular site. The search engines watch what people bookmark and that influences how high in the search results sites are placed. It makes the Internet interactive.

Clearly, then, we’d like you to bookmark us in Delicious. You could even comment on our service there. But equally, as you bookmark sites you like, you’re influencing the Internet, making it more your kind of place, helping those you like.

So, take a look at Delicious.com. Open an account, and start bookmarking web pages you like. Connect with your friends and share your bookmarks. Get into the habit of bookmarking good sites as you browse the Internet. And if you think one of those good sites is ours, bookmark your favourite pages here too.

Step by step:

  1. open an account at Delicious.com go through the setup process
  2. bookmark a few sites just to get the hang of it (dare we suggest ours?)
  3. start building a network of friends and start sharing your bookmarks

Get your friends into Delicious then you can share bookmarks, especially if you have friends who share a hobby, a course, you’re in a band, or just others in your town. Click People->Go_To_A_User and enter their Delicious username, then add them to your network (top right). Click People->myNetwork each day to see what your friends have discovered across the Internet.

Get new friends by checking who else bookmarked the pages you hold dear (click the number that represents how many people bookmarked the site). Click on each username. When you find someone who bookmarks stuff you like, add them to your network too.

Network with us, our username is JonnyBe.

Check out the Delicious blog to get in the loop.

And remember, when you see the Delicious logo (for instance at the end of each of our blog posts), that’s a shortcut quick way for you to bookmark that blog. Easy.

There’s a blog about Digg too, check that out.

This Christmas the Belgravia Centre are donating to ActionAid UK to help prevent poverty in some of the less fortunate areas of the world.


Together with more than 2,000 civil society partners worldwide, ActionAid work with and support the poorest and most vulnerable people to fight for and gain their rights to food, shelter, work, basic healthcare and a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. Founded in 1972, ActionAid has been fighting poverty worldwide for over 30 years. In 2003, ActionAid’s work reached almost 13 million people in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

If you would like to make a donation you can visit the ACTIONAID WEBSITE.