Monday, 21 September 2015

Ancient Alternative Remedies for Hair Loss

Alternative hair loss treatments have long been available, with all sorts of herbs, plants, fruit and vegetables claiming to reduce hair thinning for men or women. However, while it is so easy to search through your kitchen cabinets or to spend huge amounts on suggested remedies, seeking expert help at the first opportunity is the best way to deal with baldness.

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Meanwhile, here’s a brief, fun glimpse at ten organic remedies that were used to tackle hair loss centuries ago. However, it is important to remember it is always best to steer clear of any hair loss treatments that don’t have any scientific basis. Instead, it is important to seek advice from those that are highly trained in hair loss solutions.

Onions – This humble vegetable was one of the ingredients used in the Roman era to spread on the scalp to ‘treat’ thinning hair. Onions were eaten regularly by the Romans who believed they could help cure all sorts of problems including failing eyesight, toothaches, and insomnia. They also brought onions with them on their journeys to England.

Beetroot – This was one of the ingredients used by Greek physician Hippocrates to cure his male pattern baldness. This vitamin and mineral packed vegetable was also mixed with a potent concoction of opium, pigeon droppings, horseradish and spices! Needless to say it was unsuccessful as a treatment for receding hair.

Lemon – Along with cold India tea, rubbing lemon on bald patches or a thinning scalp was a popular option in 19th century Britain. It may have been refreshing, but unfortunately it didn’t give the users the results they wanted.

Roots – In ancient Siberia plant roots were boiled until soft, before they were mixed with cognac and a bit of onion juice and used as a daily hair rinse. Again, despite the time it took to make this concoction, there’s nothing to show that this mixture actually worked to curb hair loss.

Aloe Vera – This succulent plant was an ingredient of a solution for hair loss in ancient Egypt. It was applied at night, combined with castor oil and/or olive oil, and rinsed off in the morning. But there’s little evidence that this combination did the trick. However, Aloe Vera does has lots of uses including to help moisturise the skin. It’s also used to help alleviate the effects of sunburn and burns, and is used to condition hair.

Watercress – This peppery flavoured leafy green vegetable was a bit hit in the Anglo-Saxon period to help restore youthfulness and a healthy head of hair. This vitamin rich vegetable has long been used as a food source and for medicinal purposes worldwide. And, according to a study in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) journal it is the top of the list of the ‘powerhouse fruits and vegetables’.

For effective hair loss treatment, the best port of call is to visit our experienced team of trichologists at the London Centre of Trichology.  As leaders in research and development in our field, we are experienced in diagnosis and treatment for men and women. We have an excellent track record and have helped thousands of men and women regain their locks since our central London clinic was founded in 1956. And, with so many satisfied clients, you know that you can count on us to provide you with the best possible solution for hair or scalp problems.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Hair Loss Solutions Through the Ages

Hair loss has been a major concern for both men and women since ancient times. All sorts of remedies have been tried and tested over centuries, from herbal ingredients spread on the scalp, to the use of chicken dung. Here, the London Centre of Trichology looks at hair loss solutions through the ages, from simple treatments, to the downright bizarre.

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Bronze Age – Hair pieces have been used since ancient times. As far back as 1500 BC they were seen as a solution to cover bald patches.

Roman Era – In early Roman times, men chose an odd solution – they rubbed chicken dung onto their scalp. Another hair loss remedy was to use honey and onions, which were massaged onto the scalp in the hope of stimulating hair growth. The most famous General of Roman times, Julius Caesar, was affected by hair loss. His answer was the comb over, and to sometimes cover his hair with a laurel wreath to disguise his baldness. Wigs were also used during this period, but they stopped being fashionable after the collapse of the Roman Empire.

Anglo Saxon Period – The Anglo-Saxons were extremely fond of their hair and favoured long tresses, flowing beards, and a full head of hair. One of their solutions for baldness was to eat watercress, which was thought to restore youthfulness.

Medieval Times – In the Medieval period hair loss solutions tended to be vegetable, animal or herbal remedies and there were quite a few choices. These included rubbing Aloe Vera mixed with wine onto the scalp, applying onion juice to the top of the head and then laying out in the sun, or boiling Hounds Tongue leaves in pig fat and applying it to the scalp.

Elizabethan Era – According to the Encyclopaedia of Hair: A Cultural History, by Victoria Sherrow, Elizabethan women used various toxic chemicals on their hair and face, which caused their hair to drop out. These included a combination of rhubarb and sulphuric acid, which was used as a hair dye and conditioner. Women also used a cosmetic that contained lead that would lighten their face. However, unfortunately it would also damage their hair, skin and health. As a result it was fashionable for women to have very high foreheads (due to receding hairlines) and not surprisingly, hair loss was common. To disguise their falling locks they used wigs, which were worn by both men and women at the time.

The Victorian Period – In Victorian times, all sorts of hair loss solutions were advertised in magazines. For women, solutions included hair pieces and also a mix of rum and castor oil which was to be rubbed into the roots of the hair at night time to stimulate the follicles. Queen Victoria herself drank wine made from the sap of silver birch trees because she felt if would provide a solution to thinning hair.

The 20th Century – In the early part of the century some strange hair loss remedies were introduced. Among the most puzzling was rubbing irritants into the scalp to make it blister. Another seemingly drastic solution was to use vacuum pumps on the scalp to make the hair grow.

To the Present Day – Fortunately, in the mid 20th century to the present day much more effective solutions became available. In 1956, the London Centre of Trichology was founded which is part of the global team of hair loss specialists. The London Centre of Trichology – has helped thousands of people over the years restore their locks and we pride ourselves at being at the forefront of development of hair loss solutions. If you are looking for effective hair loss treatment, just click on the link above to book a free, no obligation hair loss consultation with one of our leading trichologists based at our Central London Clinic.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Caring for Your Hair and Scalp on Holiday

When we leave the London rat race behind and head off on holiday, most of us are hoping to enjoy plenty of sunshine. We're often also looking forward to swimming in the sea or a pool. It's well-known that the sun can take a toll on our skin – but sometimes people forget to think about the effects of sun and water on hair and the scalp. There's a need to take particular care if you are experiencing male hair loss, as this means your scalp is more exposed and can become burnt or irritated.

Here are some top tips to ensure that, while you're relaxing, your hair isn't being unnecessary stressed by the heat and the water. If you are becoming concerned over thinning hair, remember The London Centre of Trichology is here to help and can provide expert hair loss diagnosis and advice.

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Sun Risks – and How to Combat Them 
Effective protection against the sun on holiday for your hair and scalp is vital. The sun and heat can make hair brittle and possibly exacerbate male hair loss, or could also make it greasy. You also risk increasing chances of skin cancer and causing undue pain and peeling to your scalp.

The most effective way of protecting the scalp and hair against the sun and heat is by simply wearing a hat. This isn't just for the beach, but also while sightseeing on a city break, for example, as the risks exist everywhere! Don't worry, since with the huge variety in styles of hat available you will be sure to find something that suits you. Hats are very fashionable and worn for their stylishness, as well as to give protection.

If you have thinning hair, when not wearing a hat, remember to apply sunscreen to your scalp to avoid burning. One option is a clear high factor spray, which can be targeted directly onto the scalp to provide maximum protection.

Protecting Hair in the Water 
A large number of holiday-goers this year will be spending time swimming. However, you may not know that the chlorine found in all pools can make hair dry and cause split ends. So how can you prevent these issues while still being able to enjoy time in the water?

One of the most simple and effective solutions is to not allow your hair to come into contact with chlorine, by wearing a swimming cap. And there's no need to worry, since swimming caps have come on leaps and bounds in recent years, providing much more comfort than in the past

Another protective measure is to rinse your hair in clear water by going under the shower just before getting into the pool. This stops hair from absorbing as much chlorine as you would by getting into the pool with dry hair. Jump back into that shower straight after swimming to wash your hair, and it's equally important to do this after swimming in the sea, as the salt can dry out your hair and make it sticky.

There's also a whole host of products on the market designed to combat the effects of chlorine, such as shampoos formulated for swimming or conditioners to apply before you go in. So keep an eye out for those before setting off on holiday.

Easy Care Styles
Nobody wants to spend a lot of time looking after their hair on holiday, so it's a good idea to keep it simple. There are typically two methods of approaching the holiday hair decision, 'Let it Grow' or 'Cut it Short'.

Typically most men would have their hair cut short just before a holiday in order to minimise the amount of styling required while away, and why not? The hairstyle reduces unsightly tan lines and means less time maintaining and more time in the sun. However there is a second option with a slightly more 'messy look', allowing the hair to grow longer while away. This can  be a refreshing change and give a cool laid back look.

Don't forget your favourite hair products while you are away, since it may be hard to find them while travelling abroad. Most cosmetics products now come in a smaller, more handy size for taking away with you.

If you are concerned about thinning hair, there's no need to feel embarrassed or worry about it on your own. The London Centre of Trichology is here to help and offers expert services  for both female and male hair loss, including male pattern balding and alopecia diagnosis.

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Celebrities Speak Out to Raise Awareness of Hair Loss

Hair loss has in the past often proved a taboo subject for both women and men. Women in London and across the UK suffering from female hair loss often feel ashamed and isolated. Men can also feel upset and embarrassed about the fact that they are worried about hair loss, since it's something they are expected to take in their stride.

However, the problem is becoming more widely discussed, with famous names leading from the front in raising awareness. Both female and male celebrities have recently been speaking out in public about their experiences. Among those who have spoken frankly are breakfast TV presenter Ranvir Singh and finalist on TV's X Factor Christopher Maloney..

If you, like many others, are concerned about thinning hair, it's best to get advice instead of worrying alone in silence. Contact the London Centre of Trichology to find out just how quick and easy treatment could be.

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TV Presenter's Battle with Alopecia
ITV's Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir Singh recently told how she has been battling alopecia since the age of eight. She said that after her father passed away her hair fell out due to the emotional turmoil, and after that it had never fully grown back. Alopecia affects men and women alike and can vary in appearance from tiny bald patches to total loss of hair.

Ranvir admitted she has often felt anxious about the condition, but said people were often surprised to hear about her problem. She explained how she is able to make her hair look its best through expert hairdressing techniques. The presenter avoids styles such as tying her hair back, because this would reveal small patches of bare skin on her scalp. While Ranvir hasn't always found it easy to cope with the condition, she has lived with it over most of her life and says it now isn't a major worry.

Ranvir's experience gives hope to other women who have found themselves feeling embarrassed and being worried about female hair loss. Alopecia can be caused because of a whole host of reasons, including stress, as in Ranvir's case, as well as genetic factors. An alopecia consultation is the first step on the road to treatment.

X Factor Finalist's Stress-Related Hair Loss
In 2012 Christopher Maloney finished third on the X Factor, but he believes stress from the show caused clumps of his hair to fall out during his time on the show. This turned into a vicious circle for the singer from Liverpool, as the strain caused by losing his hair made the hair loss itself become even worse.

The singer told how his confidence was hit when he was targeted by mocking comments from “trolls” on the web. He said that, by looking back at shows from the series, he could see how his hairline had altered over the period that he was competing. After appearing on the series, he underwent treatment for depression. Once he had recovered, he decided to undergo three hair transplants, as well as other cosmetic surgery treatments.

Christopher says he now feels “much more confident” and that he has been given “a new lease of life”. His career is going well and he is planning a tour. The singer has spoken out about his experiences because he wants to raise awareness and ensure that future contestants on TV talent shows have more support if they suffer similar problems.

His experiences show how people can experience stress related hair loss if they are put under pressure for too long. Usually this is a temporary problem and hair grows back, but, if you are concerned about hair loss, it's best to seek expert help and get a diagnosis as early as possible, since early treatment is more effective.

Famous Names Raising Awareness
Many other high profile names have also in recent years spoken out about their personal experiences of losing their hair, including MP Nadine Dorries, golfer Tiger Woods, actress Geena Davis and TV presenter Oprah Winfrey. In addition to this, nine women recently spoke out in a special feature for Vogue magazine about their experience of hair loss, in the aim to raise awareness.

Some celebrities have decided to live with their hair loss, while others have sought treatments. Either way, their openness about their experiences has certainly helped other people in similar situations by breaking through the taboo. They have demonstrated that there is no longer any need to suffer in silence.

As with these celebrities, it's up to each individual how they react to male or female hair loss, but if you feel unhappy or uncomfortable, you can get in touch with London Centre of Trichology for expert hair loss diagnosis and help.

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

The X-Men Factor: Shaved Heads Get the Superhero Treatment

One of the most eagerly-awaited blockbuster films is X-Men: Apocalypse, due to hit cinemas in summer 2016. Superstar actor James McAvoy, who stars as Professor X, has had his head shaved for the role this time round. This news, revealed by director Bryan Singer, could be a boost for some people with male hair loss, as it's likely the superhero film will make the shaved head look more fashionable.

However, not everybody with thinning hair will want to opt for this kind of style. If you are noticing hair loss but don't want to shave it all off, there are other styles you can choose to make the most of your remaining hair. For any man who is concerned about hair loss and seeking solutions, it's important to get advice as soon as possible, since early treatment is likely to be more effective. Contact the team at London Centre of Trichology for more information.

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Comic Book Icon
The X-Men, a band of superheroes, were first created in a series of Marvel comic books before making it to the cinema screen. Patrick Stewart originally played the role of the group's founder, Charles Xavier, also known as Professor X, with a shaved head – but McAvoy played him with a shaggy head of hair in the more recent movie prequels. Now he is losing his locks in a move to the character's iconic look. As McAvoy is a heart-throb, it's likely that his bald look will lead to shaved heads being seen as more fashionable and sexy.

A number of other celebrities are already known for shaved or part-shaved heads, including Hollywood star Matt Damon, who adopted the look for the sci-fi thriller Elysium. Vin Diesel, star of the Fast and Furious film series, decided to go for the shaved look after experiencing natural male hair loss, and has made it his trademark. Others have opted not to go for a complete close shave, but instead have gone for a buzz cut, or close crop. Jake Gyllenhaal, Christian Bale and Twilight actor Robert Pattinson are among the A-listers who have been seen wearing this type of style.

Wearing the Shaved Head Look
Shaved heads and buzz cuts have an obvious appeal to men who are experiencing male pattern baldness or other types of hair loss. However, the look also appeals to many other men, who feel that it shows off the shape of their head and looks young and striking. Often a shaved head is teamed with a moustache or beard to create a great combination.

A close shave or crop has the advantage of keeping cool, making it a popular look for summer, and there are also other advantages, such as the need to spend less time on grooming. However, although one advantage of a shaved head is that you don't have to have your hair styled, a bald head still needs to be looked after.

After having your head shaved, you will need to apply sunscreen to avoid getting your scalp sunburnt, or alternatively wear a hat for protection. It's also advisable to wash and moisturise your scalp daily. There are some products available specifically for washing bald heads which combine both of these functions.

What If It's Not For You?
If you fancy the idea of a shaved head but are not sure it's for you, you could start off with a closely-cropped hairstyle or buzz cut before deciding whether to go all the way. While this style is increasingly popular, not all men will want to try a shaved head. You may feel that it wouldn't suit you, maybe because hair is important to your confidence or self-image, or because it would be frowned on in your particular workplace.

If you don't want to go the close shave route, there are many alternative styles which are also flattering for those with male hair loss, such as the undercut, a short layered style or a quiff. Which particular style will work for you depends on your personal taste and also your type of hair loss, but a hair stylist will be able to advise you.

If you're losing your hair and aren't happy about it, the best chances of success will come if you seek advice right away, rather than waiting. Trichologists at the London Centre of Trichology have many years of experience in advising people with both female and male hair loss, and specialise in natural hair loss treatments. Contact us for a free consultation in the first instance and you can find out what the best way forward is for you.

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Monday, 22 June 2015

Growing Demand: What's Behind the Boom in Male Hair Care and Grooming?

Male grooming, including hair care, has become a major industry in London and throughout the UK over recent years. Against this background, a new research study found that hair care and keeping a full head of hair are priorities for modern men nationally. Two in three of those taking part in the survey said that having well-groomed hair boosted their confidence in how they looked. Many of those taking part were also concerned about hair loss in men.

It's currently predicted that sales of male grooming products in the UK will reach £1 billion by 2018. Within this, sales of male hair care items, from mousses and gels to conditioners, sprays and pomades, are all big business. With more pressure on men than ever to look good, those who have noticed their hair thinning or receding can all too easily feel more self-conscious than ever.

If you are in this situation and are worried about men's hair loss, you can contact the London Centre of Trichology, a leading clinic in the capital, for a free initial consultation. The sooner you get an expert diagnosis, the higher the likelihood of successful treatment.

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Celebrity Styles Fuel Male Grooming Boom
Years ago, it was mainly female stars who appeared on the screen and in magazines promoting the latest shampoo or perfume. But now all that has changed, and many male film, TV and sports stars are relaxed about advertising this type of product.

Actor Hugh Laurie accepted a deal to be the face of skincare giant L'Oreal, while film star Brad Pitt agreed to advertise Chanel number 5 perfume and Gerard Butler was happy to promote Hugo Boss. Meanwhile, football legend David Beckham, known for his ever-changing hairstyles, has given his name to a range of fragrances, with products differing from aftershave to hair and body wash.

As well as advertising hair and skin care products, male celebrities also regularly hit the headlines because of their latest looks. The newest hairstyles sported by film stars like Johnny Depp, Ryan Gosling, or by male models on the catwalk, are all constantly in the spotlight and eagerly discussed and dissected on social media.

Arrival of the 'Yummy'
The growth of interest in male hair and grooming has led to Bloomberg Business Week coming up with a new acronym, the “Yummy” – or Young Urban Male. This is a group who are keen on looking good and prepared to spend time and money on their appearance.

Hair and beard colouring are among the techniques in demand from the current generation of fashion-conscious men, along with long hairstyles and undercuts. As well as a rise in men going to hairstylists to seek out the latest styles, there is also more demand for hair care products, including shampoos for hair loss.

There is also increased male interest in skin care, deodorants and even perfume. Long gone are the days where men just used soap and water. While shaving products have been hit by the fashion for beards, there has been an accordingly high demand for beard and stubble trimmers. Meanwhile, some pundits predict the clean-shaven look may soon make a comeback and so shaving products may be in more demand again.

Adding Pressure to Look Good
Celebrity culture and the growth of interest in male grooming have led to greater pressure on men in terms of looks. In particular, hair loss in men can often hit confidence and cause anxiety about appearance.

If you are experiencing this problem, it may help to try to take a step back and relax. You could try to think about finding a look which you are personally happy with, rather than trying to conform with other people's expectations. Confiding in your loved ones about your concerns could also help, and often you will find that others have similar worries, so you can support each other.

Once you have thinning or receding hair, such as male pattern balding, then it may not be practical to go for a long-haired look. But you can still look great by choosing another flattering style – or even go for a shaved head or buzz cut. Hats are also very on-trend at the moment, with a wide range of headgear to choose from on the market. You could also concentrate on other aspects of your appearance, such as getting in shape at the gym, or just treating yourself to a new outfit or pair of sunglasses. The key here is to work out what's important for you personally in terms of looks.

However, if you are concerned about men's hair loss and looking for a diagnosis, the best way forward is to speak to trichologists as soon as possible, so that you can start treatment. If you get in touch with the London Centre of Trichology, you can arrange your first consultation free of charge.

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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Can Over-Styling Put Women's Hair Under Strain?

Advances in hair styling have given women far more choice about how to wear their crowning glory. Many people in the fast-moving London fashion scene now change their style almost as often as they change their outfit or make-up. However, while it is fun to experiment with different looks, the downside is the risk that some new techniques can put stress on our locks and even lead to or worsen women's hair loss.

If you are worried about thinning hair, your first instinct may be to disguise it with yet another change of style. This could possibly help your confidence in the short term, but there is a danger some new styles could even make things worse, by adding to the strain on your hair. The best way forward is to get advice and a quick hair loss diagnosis. Experts at the London Centre of Trichology can talk through your options and look at what is the best treatment for you.

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The Heat Is On for Our Hair
Many of us take heated hair tools for granted as an everyday beauty aid. These gadgets undoubtedly have many advantages, as they enable us to dry hair quickly after a shower and rush off to our next appointment, or to change our looks quickly and easily. If you fancy instant waves or want to straighten your hair, tongs or straighteners are likely to be the answer.

However, experts warn that heat can weaken hair, sapping away its natural oils, and lead to breakage. This is an especially worrying prospect if you are already suffering from female hair loss and need to take extra care of your locks. Products such as creams and serums are available which can give a degree of protection against heat, and many experts advise these should always be used in conjunction with dryers, hair irons or other heated tools. But it is still better for hair health to dry naturally where possible.

If you do need to use a hair dryer because of time constraints, the best advice is to hold the dryer at least 15cm away. Towel drying should also always be carried out gently, rather than rubbing your head too vigorously.

Risks of Brushing 
Despite the persistent myth that brushing your hair a lot will make it glossy and healthy, the fact is that over-brushing can cause harm. Using a hairbrush on the outer layer of your hair can all too easily end up damaging the cuticle or causing split ends, especially if you have long locks. Rather than brushing your hair too hard, it's better to comb out any tangles and then just brush over gently with a quality brush, preferably one with pure bristles.

If you are tempted to style your hair with a brush while using a dryer, be aware that using a “barrel brush” can result in damage. Brushes of this type are designed to stretch hair, and top stylists have warned that this means finer hair will be put under strain and weakened.

Other Techniques
It's well-known that bleaching causes damage to hair's structure by removing its natural pigment, and can therefore spoil the condition. But many other techniques also carry risks. This includes colouring, whether it's an all-over tint or highlights or lowlights, for instance to cover patches of grey. Although less damaging than bleach, dye can still affect your hair's condition and make it dry.

Perms might make hair look thicker, but they can also have the effect of weakening it, as can straightening it. There are also risks from styles which involve pulling hair tight, whether it's something as simple as back-combing or a pony tail or a more elaborate style such as a hair extension. If extensions aren't put in properly, they can even result in traction alopecia, which is among the reasons for women's hair loss.

Too much shampooing is another risk factor, because it removes natural oils and moisture within the hair. Modern shampoos are much gentler than in the past, and contain many nutrients, but, even so, if you notice your hair getting duller it could mean you are over-washing. And, however often you wash, it's important not to be too rough with your scalp, as this can end up damaging the cuticle.

The modern world puts many stresses on women's hair, and can lead to hair breakage or weakening and thinning. If you have noticed your hair getting thinner or perhaps a bald patch appearing, and are concerned about female alopecia or women's hair loss, contact the friendly and expert team at the London Centre of Trichology. We have many years of experience in treating both female and male hair loss, and specialise in natural solutions.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Male Hats of the Moment for Summer 2015

If you are seeking male hair loss prevention, London Centre of Trichology are the experts in the diagnosis and treatment of male pattern baldness. Our friendly and experienced team have helped thousands of people regain their hair- and their confidence - and are one of the longest standing male hair loss treatment centres in Central London. In the meantime, if you are fashion conscious and are looking for a temporary way to cover male pattern baldness, you could follow in the footsteps of celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Jude Law and choose a selection of stylish hats that work for you. This article looks at some of the trendiest hats on the market this summer.

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Four Fashionable Summer Hats for Men

Hats are soaring in popularity as so many celebrities are pulling off this look…and looking great with it. Here are some of the hats that you might want to add to your wardrobe this summer.

The Lightweight Flat Cap

Worn by actors (Matthew McConaughey), footballers (David Beckham), and even the aristocracy (HRH Prince Charles has been known to wear a flat cap), there has been a huge take-up in the sale of these hats in recent years. A fashion choice in spring and summer, flat caps are no longer a North Yorkshire stereotype and instead are enjoying somewhat of a fashion revival. Take a look around the streets of London and you will see flat cap wearers teaming this versatile accessory with suits, stubble, beards, scarves, cardigans, jackets and jeans…And whatever they are doing, it works! Buy flat caps in wool or tweed in winter and linen in summer.

The Straw Trilby

While the fedora has a wider brim, the trilby has a narrower brim and ribbon. It is a classic choice worn by famous names such as Johnny Depp and provides a chic, clean look to any outfit. If you like your summer outfit to be bang on trend, the straw trilby is a fantastic style choice…and if you are on the smaller size, it adds extra height too. A top tip is that the shorter you are, the smaller the brim you can get away with, as large brims will swamp your look. Wear the straw trilby with a work outfit, and in your time off you can dress it down slightly with jeans and a smart shirt.

The Wide Brimmed Panama 

This is an excellent look for summer as it is not only sleek, but it also keeps the sun’s rays at bay. Brad Pitt is one of the most famous wearers of the wide brimmed panama, and this type of hat is actually among the most popular summer styles. Wear it on the beach or about town and you’ll soon become a trend setter! This style of hat originated from Ecuador in the 1600s and is a great choice for holiday attire. Wear it with shorts and a polo top or a jacket with chinos in slightly breezier weather.

The Bucket Hat

This look doesn’t seem like it is going away anytime soon. The floppy hat comes in a variety of colours and materials, and it is easy to clean – you just stick it in the wash. Wear it with shorts and a T-shirt on the beach, or with jeans and a jacket. It is a practical choice of hat for the summer, especially if you travel quite a bit, as you can easily pack it in your suitcase when you jet off on your holidays. From high street bands, to designer names such as Gucci, you can buy this hat in all styles and budgets.  

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Monday, 20 April 2015

Dos and Don'ts of Wearing Hats

Hats are becoming increasingly popular thanks to A-Listers such as Johnny Depp, star of Pirates of the Caribbean, who professes to owning a collection of hats that spans two rooms. If, like Johnny Depp you have a receding hair line, wearing a hat is one option…and if you are an expert at pulling off this look, a few well-chosen accessories could be your signature style. However, wearing a hat is not a practical, long-term solution, so it is best to seek hair loss treatment for men at the London Centre of Trichology if you do feel self-conscious about male pattern hair loss.

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From baseball caps to beanies, the great thing about wearing hats is that there is headgear available for every season. And, if you have male pattern baldness, your chosen accessories can keep your head warm in winter and keep the rays off your forehead in summer. Meanwhile, if you are thinking of investing in a hat, here’s some dos and don’ts about buying headgear.

Hats – Fashion Must-Dos

Do try lots of hats on first before you buy – If you like the idea of hats, the good news is that they are extremely fashionable at the moment and there is an accessory to suit any face shape. You would need to try quite a few on to get the right one for you. However, if you find the perfect fit, a hat could be a regular part of your wardrobe! If you have a round face, choose a hat with height and a brim as this will give the illusion of elongated features. Those with a large forehead might want to go for a hat with a rim that will balance out the top and bottom half of your face.

Do buy a few hats to match the seasons – One hat won’t go the distance, as in the UK there isn’t just one type of hat that will see you all year round and through all weather conditions. It may be that you want to opt for a beanie in winter (so it keeps your head warm and won’t blow off in the wind) and a fedora for the milder months.

Do choose a hat for the summer – Whether you are male or female, a hat is an important warm weather accessory as it protects your skin from the sun’s strong rays. If you have a receding hairline, it can also help prevent your forehead, or the top of your head, from getting burned.

Do think of balance – Be realistic about your facial features. A large hat with a wide brim will swamp a small head with delicate features, and equally a small cap will look disproportionate on a large head. You want your chosen hat to enhance your best features, not diminish them, as this will give you style.

Do look at the bigger picture – Unless you are a movie star (and your hat is part of your signature look), bear in mind that headgear can be impractical at times and hats don’t look so great worn indoors.

Hats – Fashion Don’ts

Don’t wear a hat that isn’t suitable for your age – It is important to choose a hat that is fitting for your age. A baseball cap on an older man can look silly if you are not wearing it to support a particular sporting event. Equally, a straw fedora might not be the best choice for a teenage boy.

Don’t forget to buy a hat that is a comfortable fit – Buy a hat that fits the size of your head: one that is too large or too small will not only look odd, but won’t feel comfy and could make you feel self-conscious.

Don’t be afraid to follow fashion – Study the hats that are fashionable at the moment, and give this trend a try. You never know, you may be surprised about how well your new hat suits you.

Don’t shop alone – If you are shopping for a hat, try to bring along a friend or loved one and ask their opinion. If you can’t rope in a friend to help, or find yourself looking at hats when you are out shopping by yourself, ask the shop assistant about what they think about your preferred accessory.

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Do You Need Hair to be Stylish?

Can you be stylish without a fashionable hair style to top off your look? What do people really feel about losing their hair? We photographed a handful of fashionattas in various hot spots out and about in Ipswich and asked about their thoughts on hair loss. From the architecturally renowned Willis Faber building to the main thoroughfare, we give a brief insight what men and women really think about hair loss – sometimes with surprising results.

Azwar and Anna Mackhdum 

“Yes you do need hair to be stylish,” said student Anna Mackhdum outside the town’s Buttermarket Shopping Centre. “I always take pride in my hair and use hair straighteners to make my hair look good. I have had hair loss…when I am really stressed, I lose lots of hair which makes me feel really sad.”

Support worker Azwar Makhdum said losing hair is sometimes inevitable but does affect how you feel: “Hair loss is natural,” he said. “But it does make you feel younger and more attractive with hair.”

Cherese Sadler

“So many people are experiencing hair loss. A lot of our clients are cancer patients and the NHS wigs are not very good. When people lose their hair, they feel upset, and feel that they are only ones going through it. But giving them a solution it makes people feel good about themselves. It makes them feel like a whole new person.”

Albert Southgate

Albert Southgate, Premium Technician at Willis Faber, said: “I am losing my hair, but am not too worried about it. My philosophy is to grow old gracefully.”

Simone Dorset

Musician Simone Dorset said that her hair sets her apart from the crowd and defines who she is: “For me, hair is one of my main things – people know me because of my hair. Today I have just put my hair up (I usually don’t have it like this). If my hair isn’t done I don’t feel so good.”

Nick Circelli

Nick Circelli, a barber at Adam and Eve’s hairdressers, said:  “Your hair is important as it is your crowning glory and gives you a confidence boost. If you feel good about your hair, you feel good about yourself. It finishes off an outfit as you are not ready to go out until your hair is done.”

“Men do get very self-conscious about their hair and ask me if they are losing their hair. If someone is I would say not to brush their hair over (the comb over look) as it makes it look worse.

“You can make the hair shorter, have a messy and textured style and finish it off with products (the bed head look). But I would advise not to use wet gels as this lumps the hair together and emphasises hair loss. For people who have a receding hairline, you can cover it up by bringing the hair forward.”

Tom Cotterill

Personal trainer Tom Cotterill, of the newly opened Anytime Fitness at the waterfront, said: hair is important to style and overall body image. “I know people who have suffered with alopecia and lost their confidence.

“Some men can carry it off without hair…certainly if they have a nice face and strong jaw. If I lost my hair I would definitely do something about it. I’d undertake hair loss treatment or do what Wayne Rooney did and get a hair transplant!”

Anthony Bannister

By the Giles Circus Statue on the Cornhill, personal trainer Anthony Bannister, also of Anytime Fitness, said your hair isn’t essential to the overall look. “Whether or not you are stylish really depends on how you feel on the inside. This is what comes across to other people, making you look and feel attractive.”

Amanda Cresswell  

Writer Amanda Cresswell, near the historic Ipswich Unitarian Church building, agreed that style depends on what you wear and how you feel.

“There are lots of people who either have lost their hair or are losing their hair, but still look they great with it – Kyle Minogue for instance. My mum lost a lot of her hair when she had cancer, but she wore some really stylish head bands.”

Chris Stevens

“My hair is about who I am. I did have really long bleached hair and now it is shorter and darker,” said Chris Stevens outside the shopping area, The Walk.

“Everyone has their own style and hair is important to that, but if I did lose my hair I would wear hats and bandanas.”

Kaylan Hogan 

Outside the landmark building Ancient House in Ipswich, Kaylan Hogan, who works as a health advisor, said style goes hand in hand with confidence. “It really depends on who you are and how you feel (and right now I’m rocking it!)

“Sometimes have a skin head and sometimes I have it longer…I really don’t care. But having said that, if I did have a hair loss problem yes it would upset me.”

David Simpson

Claims technician David Simpson, posing outside the famous Willis Faber building where he works, is losing his hair but still tops the fashion league. “You don’t need hair to be stylish – grow a beard!”

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Top Beard Trends for 2015

With ever more celebrities embracing the look, 2015 has been described as the “Year of the Beard”. Many stars have turned up wearing different variations of facial hair at awards ceremonies such as the Golden Globes. The good news is that beards and moustaches look great worn by men with male hair loss. Indeed, some people with full heads of hair in London and other cities are deliberately shaving their heads to focus more attention on their beards.  

Beards, stubble and moustaches are all currently in fashion, with many men looking for new ways to wear their facial hair. Some trend-setters are even colouring their beards for a different look, using semi-permanent or henna dyes.

Many men find that thinning locks hit their confidence. If you have this problem, it's best to seek advice from London Centre of Trichology immediately, as early hair loss treatment is likely to prove the most successful option. But, in the meantime, growing a beard can be a way of giving yourself a boost and creating a new look which makes you feel good.

The best beard style for you depends on factors such as your face shape and hair texture, but here is a look at seven top beard and moustache styles of the moment.

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The Goatee – One of the most popular current styles, this involves letting the hair below your bottom lip grow, and is usually the width of your mouth or chin. Stars who have tried this type of beard include Robert Downey Jr in his Iron Man role, as well as Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Gary Lineker. A goatee looks especially good on men with an oval or square face.

French Beard –  A variant on the goatee, this look sees a small beard around the chin, together with a moustache. There are different versions of this style, but they all rely on the hair being well trimmed. Will Smith has been seen sporting a French beard, and they are also popular with many Bollywood actors.

Chin Curtain  – This style is in effect a full beard, but without a moustache. The most fashionable spin on this look is trimmed to create a strip of hair running down from the ears and round the jaw. A chin curtain is especially effective if you have a longer face shape. Actor Zac Efron is one of the famous names who has worn this facial hair fashion.

Petit Handlebar Moustache – A bushy handlebar moustache is instantly recognisable – but have you come across a petit handlebar? This daringly different 'tache is shorter than the traditional handlebar, but still has the curved ends, usually created with styling wax. Johnny Depp wears this look in his 2015 spy film Mortdecai, with slicked-back hair for added retro glamour.

Anchor Beard – As you might guess from its name, this sailor-style beard resembles an anchor, with a line of hair coming down from under the lower lip, to meet a triangular shape running from the jawline around the chin. It looks great with a bald head, as X-Men star Hugh Jackman will demonstrate in his role as pirate Blackbeard in the forthcoming film Pan.

Short Boxed Beard – This sculpted beard cropped around the jaw is especially flattering for rounder face shapes. Because of its smart appearance, it is ideal for men who need to look well-groomed for the office. Keeping the look relies on regularly shaving under your beard to avoid it getting straggly. George Clooney and Jude Law are among the actors who have adopted this beard.

Soul Patch – If you aren't sure you want to go very far with the bearded look, this mini-beard could be the way to go. Actors Kevin Costner and John Travolta and singer Bruce Springsteen have all sported a soul patch. It is just a small patch of hair below the lower lip, constantly trimmed to keep the chosen shape.

Beards are so popular at the moment that glamorous models even wore a “crystal beard” for women, a lower face mask studded with jewels, at Paris Fashion Week in January 2015. However, it remains to be seen whether this particular look will ever make it off the catwalk and into the shops!

If you are concerned over male hair loss, including the onset of male pattern baldness, get in touch with experts as soon as you notice the problem. A free initial consultation at the London Centre of Trichology will mean we can provide a quick hair loss diagnosis, and set about arranging treatment. We also diagnose and treat female hair loss.

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