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Question: What kind of treatments would you suggest for hair loss in the back of the head from 3 years of very heavy weaves/extensions turned into dreds (originally done to make my hair fuller and disguise a scar from an earlier accident). I tried men’s rogaine for a few months (thought it would work as it’s stronger than women’s) and it caused facial hair growth in spots that I never had before (like around chin, lower face, and a little bit of neck area).

I also have a long scar on the scalp from a bad car accident 7 yrs ago, the worst part of it being at the front which is about the size of a quarter where there’s no hair. Is there anything I can do this many years later to shrink the scar? Hair can not be transplanted too well to old scar tissue like that right?

Answer: It sounds like the hair loss condition you are experiencing is Traction Alopecia. This is caused by long-term pulling on areas of hair until the follicles shrink and eventually become dysfunctional. Minoxidil should be helpful for this. Facial hair growth is an unlikely side effect but is experienced by some women whilst they are on minoxidil – we do however have an FDA approved cream that counteracts this excessive hair growth once applied to the areas.

With regard to your scars – please see this post – https://www.belgraviacentre.com/blog/question-can-you-offer-any-hope-of-hair-recovery-from-scarring-alopecia/.

Question:  Hi.  I want to shave my head but my hair dresser told me that some of the thin hairs won’t grow back.  What is your opinion on this?

Answer:  Shaving your head will not prevent thin hairs from growing.  If your hair is thinning then the hairs may stop growing on their own at some point if you are not using treatment, but shaving your head should have no effect on this.

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Question:  I started to have thin hair around the age of puberty. I would continually pick my dandruff, eventually the thinning spread from my crown to overall thinning of the hair. I’ve had thin hair now for 7 years, do you think the picking of the dandruff caused to widespread thinning? I have lost hope in fixing my problem as i have had it from such an early age. My belief is that the hairs have come out of the root. Is this possible? My grandma also had this problem, what are the chances that i could be cured with Belgravia.

Answer:  It’s a possibility that continually picking an area of dandruff could cause hair loss in that area but unlikely that this would cause hair loss spread over the head.  As the hair loss came about at puberty it is likely that this is a genetic condition or something related to hormones – if it is restricted to the area at the top of the head then it is most likely genetic, if it’s all over the top as well as the sides and back there’s probably another cause.  We would advise an examination – there are treatments available for each of these conditions but you would initially require a diagnosis.

Are You Getting a Good Deal on Your Hair Loss Treatment?Question:  I visited a hair clinic in London where they asked for £1800 for 1 year’s worth of minoxidil and a natural tablet – I can’t remember the name.  What kind of a deal is this, do you think it’s a rip off?

Answer:  It’s not really our place to say whether you are getting ripped off or not. We would, however, advise you to take a look at a hair loss product guide so you can get an idea of the kinds of products that are available. 

Minoxidil is one of two clinically proven hair loss treatments and natural hair supplements, like Belgravia’s own Hair Vitalics, can help improve the quality of your hair, although the latter won’t singularly stimulate regrowth.

Depending on an individual’s diagnosis, minoxidil is often administered in various doses and this, as well as where you purchase it from, can alter the price. And, while minoxidil can individually work to stimulate hair loss again, depending on your personal diagnosis, there may be ways to achieve superior results. We hope that the links below might also be able to assist you further:

A Guide To Choosing The Best Hair Loss Products

How Much Does a Full Hair Loss Treatment Course Cost?

How To Get The Best Results From Hair Loss Treatments

Question:  I’m in need of some help – I constantly pull and twist my hair.  It’s been a habit since I was a kid and it’s almost like an addiction, kind of like biting your nails.  It’s something that’s really worrying me because my hair is being affected by the pulling and I know it sounds stupid but I can’t stop doing it!

Answer:  This sounds like a condition called Trichotillomania which involves constant twisting and tugging of areas of hair and is more common that you may think, be it to different degrees for different people.  It is a habit, or an obsession, that can be hard to give up but there are ways of assisting the process.  More information on TRICHOTILLOMANIA and how to kick the habit.

Question:  Can you offer any hope of hair recovery from scarring alopecia?

Answer:  Non-surgical hair replacement is the most effective solution for this, where a non-detectable hair replacement system (hairpiece) which is matched to your hair colour can be attached to the area of scarring with a skin base to cover the area up.  More information on HAIR REPLACEMENT.

We also hear of certain surgeons experimenting with hair transplantation on areas of scarring but this is not a widely recognised technique – I would advise you to search around and speak to hair transplant doctors about this and make sure you take advice from a reputable surgeon.

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cornrows traction alopecia hair loss tight hairstyles extensions braidsQuestion: I am an afro-caribbean 26 year old woman and have had my hair in a cornrow style since I was about 12 years old. Where the hair has been pulling there are areas of hair loss that are getting wider and wider. How can I stop this?

Answer: Hi there. The type of hair loss you describe is a common issue where tight hairstyles have been worn repeatedly. It is also frequently seen in women of colour due to Afro textured hair being naturally brittle and popular protective hairstyles within the Black community, such as cornrows, contributing to this condition.

It is called Traction Alopecia and it is the result of excessive strain placed on the hair follicles, with hair loss and breakage often concentrated around the sites where styles are fixed, as well as at the hairline and temples, which may start to recede.

The first, and most obvious step to stop hair loss in this instance is to remove the source of the issue – your cornrows. This should prevent the balding areas from expanding. Try to give your follicles a break by wearing your hair naturally without any additional tension from other problematic hairstyles or weight – for example, from hair extensions.

Although in many cases Traction Alopecia can be prevented, when it does occur whether hair regrowth is possible or not depends on the extent of the damage to the follicles.

A consultation with a hair loss specialist should be enough to determine whether your follicles are likely to respond to a course of Traction Alopecia Treatment, though a quick way to tell in many cases is by the appearance of the scalp in the affected areas. If the scalp is smooth and shiny – truly bald – in places, this indicates the follicles are no longer functioning and hair growth is unlikely. Where there is thinning or damaged hair, however, there is still hope that regrowth may be possible with the right approach, as it is a sign that the follicles are capable of producing 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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Question:  I’m 28years old and have been using an herbal treatment for hair loss.  The ingredients seem to block DHT and supply the proper nutrients to body.  My question is can I use high strength minoxidil along with my present treatment?

Answer:  Yes you can.  High strength minoxidil can be used with any other hair loss treatment as long as you are suitable for the medication.

We are always interested in feedback on hair loss products and would appreciate information on which product you are using, how long you have been using it for, and how it has worked.

Question:  When i started to have thin hair around the age of Eight years old i was not extremely self conscious but i was aware of it. I had acne on my head and grew into a habit of picking at it. I don’t think that my condition has gotten worse over the years but if it has do you think picking at it may have caused it? Also have you ever had a patient who started the thinning of their hair at such an early age as myself? Has the treatment worked for them and is it abnormal for my condition to have started from such an early age?
Thank you

Answer:  I have never heard of anybody beginning to lose their hair at such an early age unless it is related to alopecia areata (patchy hair loss that can lead to complete hair loss).  I have also never heard of a person experiencing acne at such an early age – this is usually a condition that begins at puberty.  There could be a number of reasons for the hair loss – alopecia areata (as explained above), traumatic alopecia caused from the scarring of whatever skin disorder you were experiencing or as a result of pulling on the hair.  I would advise that you either visit the centre for a tricho-check or complete an on-line diagnostic form in order for a Belgravia trichologist to have more information in order to work out the reasons for your hair loss and recommend a suitable course of treatment if applicable.

Question:  I am a Nigerian, and very interested in using your products for my hair loss.  How can this happen?

Answer:  We have many patients overseas that have never visited the centre.  We can offer the same products to people out of the UK than those who visit the London centre.  It is required that you complete an on-line diagnostic form (click here) which provides Belgravia’s hair loss experts with all of the information required in order to diagnose your condition and recommend an effective course of treatment.  Following your diagnostic form submission you will be contacted by a Belgravia treatment advisor who will discuss all of your treatment options with you.