Tuesday, 15 November 2016

7 Pros of Hair Weaving as a Natural Hair Loss Solution

Hair loss solution

How we feel about our looks affects our confidence. Of course, some people don’t get worried by thinning hair or baldness and are happy to let their natural look prevail, but for others just the opposite is true. Fortunately, there are surgical and non-surgical treatments available, and at our central London clinic we provide all the latest techniques and solutions for men and women with hair loss.

Hair weaving in London is an extremely popular, non-invasive way of giving the appearance of a full head of hair. Weaves are used to add hair to conceal baldness or in combination with the client’s existing tresses to give thinning strands more volume. If you are looking at undergoing a similar transformation, here our experts at the London Centre of Trichology provide 7 benefits to choosing a hair weave as a natural hair loss solution.

Look Younger
The feedback we get from our clients who have had a hair weave is that it makes them look several years younger. For women, it gives the illusion of a luscious, glossy mane and for men the transformation is just as dramatic, as their hair appears restored to its former glory. With such fantastic results our customers return home after treatment with a spring in their step and look forward to revealing their new look to friends and family.

Immediate Results
A hair weave is the fastest and most natural way to achieve a full head of hair. While customers still have to factor in the time taken for the procedure to be carried out, they don’t have to wait months, or even years, for their hair to grow back; instead the results are immediate. It can be likened to taking time out to pop to the hairdressers or the beauty salon, emerging with a brand new look.

Natural Appearance
Our hair weaves are tailor made for our customers and we use real human hair to provide the most effective results. The end result is hair that looks thick and healthy and the weave is made to blend with real hair so it looks completely natural.

Easy to Style
The quality of weaves has improved considerably over the years and we use the most up-to-date techniques to achieve the best possible results. As we only use human, rather than synthetic hair, you can style your weave in a similar way to your existing locks. Clients can still use water and heated styling appliances on their weave, but it is important to protect the hair first with a heat styling product.

Choice of Hair
Another major advantage of hair weaving for our London clients is that it gives them a choice of hair and style. While our clients will need to go back to the clinic or arrange an at home visit every four to five weeks to keep up the maintenance of their weave, they are free to change the colour, style, length and volume as regularly as they want. This is because our client’s real hair will still be growing at a rate of about half an inch a month. Regular maintenance also gives clients the option to experiment more regularly with different looks.

Maintains Condition
The techniques we use at our clinic does not damage our clients’ natural strands, which is another reason why it is a popular choice for hair loss. We use the latest techniques from America to blend with existing tresses; this also protects existing hair from damage from the elements, such as exposure to harsh sunlight.

Hair weaves are a natural, non-invasive hair loss solution, available to men and women, and are preferred by clients who don’t want a full hair transplant. Compared to hair transplants, which provide a permanent solution to hair loss, weaves are a cheaper option and provide immediate results.

London Centre of Trichology. Are you looking for the perfect solution to hair loss? Book an appointment with one of our friendly hair loss specialists at the London Centre of Trichology for a free initial appraisal. Just click on the link above to book.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Wearing Ponytails without Problems

Girls with ponytails, hair care

If you thought tying your hair back was only for sessions at the gym, think again! Ponytails are highly fashionable at the moment, because they are ideal for women with longer hair who are seeking a look that’s both practical and stylish. Celebrities have even been seen to sport variations of the style at red-carpet events. What’s more, many men are also deciding to tie back their hair.

However, this is a hairstyle that needs to be handled with care, because ponytails which are too tight can cause a range of problems, including hair loss. Every year, a number of women have to consult London clinics for trichology after suffering traction alopecia caused by hairstyling, including ponytails and “up-dos”.

Another problem which can be caused by hairstyling is persistent headaches. If you love to wear your hair up and you notice you are suffering from pains in your scalp, it could be worth considering whether your hairstyle might be to blame.

Advantages of Ponytails
One of the main reasons for tying hair back is that this is a simple style which fits in well with today’s busy lifestyles. Instead of spending ages with a hairdryer, straighteners or curling tongs, you can quickly sweep back your crowning glory and you are ready to go. Even if your hair really needs a wash, this will be less noticeable when it is tied back, and it won’t be blown around by the wind, either.

Ponytails are especially practical for various jobs, including cooking and working with machinery, keeping hair safely out of the way. They also mean you can keep your hair away from your face and neck during a workout, helping to keep your cool.

As well as the practicalities, ponytails are also very stylish, making long hair more manageable. Some of the most popular ways to wear hair tied up include a high ponytail or a ponytail worn slightly to one side, a look favoured by superstar singer Beyoncé. Another option is a loose style with some tendrils of hair left untied to frame your face.

You can also accessorise your hair with a whole range of different ties, from ribbons to scrunchies. For a more glamorous look, it’s even possible to divide a ponytail off into different sections, or to slick back your tresses with gel.

Disadvantages of Ponytails
Although ponytails may look good, they can cause problems, especially if the hair is drawn too tight. This type of style can put strain on hair and cause traction alopecia, through persistent pulling on your roots. The tension caused can lead to hair becoming broken and eventually to bald patches occurring.

This can affect both women and men who wear their hair in tight ponytails or buns. If you have hair tied back, or wear hair extensions, weaves or braids which pull your hair continuously, these styles can be causes of hair loss problems. Choosing an unduly harsh hair tie presents another risk factor. However, there are also many other possible causes, so you need to seek an expert diagnosis from a trichologist to find out what the right treatment is for you.

Headaches are another problem which could potentially be caused by your ponytail. As well as pulling your hair, a tight hairstyle also pulls on the nerves in your scalp, and this can cause pain. According to medical experts, those of us who suffer from migraines are especially prone to headaches triggered by tight hairstyles.

So, if you find yourself having to take headache pills more frequently than in the past, it could be worth trying out a looser hairstyle. You might well find that this is the answer. Keeping tight ponytails for special occasions rather than wearing your hair in this way everyday will avoid building up strain on both your hair and your nerves.

Are you looking for London clinics for trichology to provide a male or female alopecia consultation? If so, the team at the LondonCentre of Trichology  can give the guidance you need. Your initial consultation will be free of charge, enabling a quick diagnosis.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Can Argan Oil Help to Strengthen Your Hair?

Argan fruit, natural oil, hair loss benefits
There is a growing interest in the many benefits of essential oils, including their potential as hair conditioners and treatments. Argan oil is one of the natural products which has been coming into the spotlight recently, and it is increasingly being used in hair care products and as a moisturiser.

If you are concerned about either female or male hair loss, it can give your confidence a boost if you improve the condition of your hair and make it look its best. Choosing products rich in essential oils is one way to do this. However, the only real answer for anybody seeking hair loss solutions is to get an expert diagnosis of your specific problem. Our team at the London Centre of Trichology can advise you and help you to find the best way forward.

Where Does Argan Oil Come From?
Argan oil normally comes from Morocco, although the trees grow in smaller numbers in some other countries. The oil is a natural product derived from the hard-shelled nuts found within the fruit of the Argan tree, which is traditionally extracted by hand by Berber women. The usual method of production involves cracking the nuts to remove seeds, which are then roasted, ground together with water and squeezed to remove the oil. Each nut can contain up to 3 oil-rich seeds.

Argan oil has traditionally been used for combating skin diseases, including conditions such as dandruff and irritation of the scalp, and for giving protection against the drying effects of the sun. It is naturally rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant which protects the membranes surrounding cells and maintains skin health. The oil also contains carotenes and fatty acids.

As interest in natural cosmetics has grown over recent years, there has been a growing call for argan oil to be used in skin and hair products. The forests in Morocco where these trees are grown have shrunk in size over the past century. But they have now been designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO and efforts are being made to conserve the trees. The government of Morocco is stepping up production of the oil to meet the demand, and this could help to preserve forests for the future.

What are the Benefits of Argan Oil?
When used as a conditioning treatment for hair, Argan oil can bring a number of different benefits. These include combating frizz, helping to keep the scalp healthy and balancing skin hormones, as well as replenishing lost oils in the hair to give it gloss and shine.

In general, the best way to apply the oil is to put a few drops on your hands and run them through damp hair after washing. Leave it on the hair for the time specified by the brand concerned, following the instructions, and then rinse it out to give your hair an intensive conditioning treatment. Rather than applying argan oil direct, you may prefer to buy a shampoo or conditioner containing the oil as a key ingredient and there are a number of these on the market.

However, despite the popularity of argan oil, there is no scientific evidence that it can actually be used as a treatment for hair loss. So if you are concerned about your hair becoming thinner or falling out, you will need to talk to trichologists in order to arrange a consultation, as a first step towards being given an expert diagnosis and arranging effective treatment.

Some brands suggest massaging your scalp with the oil. However, while this might be pleasurable and relaxing, there is no medical evidence that it will actually stimulate hair growth or help to stop hair loss.

At the London Centre of Trichology, we offer a wide range of hair loss solutions for both men and women. Our first consultation is free. We will talk to you at our premises in Blandford Street, central London, and look in detail at your problems to achieve an accurate diagnosis, before arranging a hair loss treatment geared to your specific condition.  

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Hairstyles for Women Over 40

Are you looking for a new hairstyle? Most women like to change their look occasionally, but finding a new style you can live with can become harder as you get a bit older. Some high-fashion styles which look great on teenagers are not quite so ideal for over-40s, at an age where hair can often start to become drier and you might also be noticing some hair thinning.

If you are worried about women’s hair loss, it is important to get advice as early as possible to achieve the best results. When deciding between London clinics for trichology, you will want to find a centre with a good reputation. The London Centre of Trichology is ideal, since we have decades of experience and offer expert diagnosis and treatment.

In the meantime, there are some styles which are especially flattering for those of us with thinning hair and can help to make locks appear thicker. In particular, shorter styles can often look good on older women. Here we discuss some of the best on-trend hairstyles for more mature hair.

Pixie cut, hairstyle for older women, female hair loss

Pixie Cuts: One reason for the enduring popularity of this style is that layering and texturing can make hair look more interesting and individual. A pixie cut is also ideally suited to finer hair, helping to give it extra body. There are many ways to vary the pixie style to suit your face shape and individual taste, for instance by choosing a full fringe or one which is swept over to the side. Fringes are popular with women over 40 because of their ability to cover up facial lines, but unfortunately if a fringe looks too straight and heavy it can have an ageing effect. Pixie cuts avoid this by giving the fringe a softer, feathery look.

Bobs: A popular short style with all ages, bobs are the choice of many celebrities. If your hair is straight and fine, or if you have noticed thinning locks, it can be difficult to find a style which gives you both volume and shape. A well-cut bob can do this, however, making a striking impression. There are also various ways of adapting the look, such as by opting for a slightly longer, tousled bob which perhaps has soft layers around your face.

Asymmetric Cuts: Uneven haircuts are very fashionable and can be regarded as an edgy younger style, but they can also look great on those over 40. One popular look is an asymmetric bob with longer hair on one side, curving softly around the chin. Alternatively, you could have your hair cropped at the back and wear it longer at the front, perhaps with a long fringe swept forward to the side. There are a number of other asymmetric styles to choose from, which can be varied to suit your face shape and the colour and thickness of your hair.

short layered women's hairstyle, grey hair, thinning hair

Short Layered Cuts: If you are looking for a practical hairstyle which you can live with, a shorter layered style will give volume and help to make your hair look thicker. Often with this type of cut your hair will be swept away from your face, giving texture and volume. This is a look that can be flattering for women of all ages, including those with grey hair. You could also use a decorative slide to help hold your hair back.

Shoulder length hair, older woman

Shoulder Length Hair: While many over-40s might choose to wear their hair short, longer hairstyles are still popular with this age group too. Layering can be the key to making this type of cut look good, defining the hair and making it appear thicker. With any longer cut, however, it is more important than ever to keep hair in good condition, not letting it grow straggly or wispy, and to ensure it is regularly trimmed. 

Anybody concerned about women’s hair loss needs to arrange an expert consultation, but the first question is which of the London clinics for trichology to choose.  The London Centre of Trichology  has an excellent reputation, after 60 years of helping people to overcome hair loss.

Click the link above to arrange a free initial consultation and find out more about our services. We work with both men and women and offer a whole range of expert treatments, including hair replacement treatment.

Monday, 12 September 2016

7 Top Hair Care Tips for Men Over 40

Man with receding hair, male hair loss
As we get older, our hair can change in many ways. For most men the most obvious signs of ageing are when they notice hair turning grey and start to experience male hair loss. But there are also other changes which can affect the condition of hair, making it drier and more brittle.

With the growing focus on male grooming, men are increasingly concerned to care for their hair at all ages, and to make sure it looks its best. The London Centre of Trichology has a team of experts in male hair loss treatments. Here we have put together some top tips to help care for your hair as you get older.

1.      Shampoo Regularly – If you have hair loss, it can be tempting to shampoo less often, especially if you are worried about hair falling out when you comb it while wet. However, regular shampooing is important because it avoids clogging hair follicles with dirt. It is also essential to rinse well and avoid excess shampoo building up in the follicles. There are some shampoos which will add volume to hair and also specific shampoos for hair loss and grey hair. An additional factor to bear in mind is that grey hair can be damaged by the sun more easily, so, if you have grey or white hair, it is a good idea to choose shampoos and other hair products with built-in sun protection.
2.      Choose the Right Conditioner – Younger men may be able to get away without conditioning hair on occasion. But as you get older, it is more important to guard hair health and protect the scalp against extremes of temperature and other environmental factors. Some conditioners are available which are specifically designed to boost older hair. Again, it is essential to rinse properly and avoid blocking hair follicles with conditioner.
3.      Get Advice Early over Hair Loss – While some men may just regard thinning hair and male pattern balding as part of ageing, others are upset by losing hair and find it affects their confidence. If you are worried about losing your hair, getting advice as soon as you notice the first signs means there is a higher chance that preventive treatments will be successful. Contacting the trichologists at the London Centre of Trichology means we can diagnose your type of hair loss and ensure the right treatments are started early.
4.      Consider a New Haircut – Often a decision to change your look is made because of hair loss. There are a number of cuts which will look more flattering if your hair is thinning or receding, such as the undercut, which is very much on-trend at the moment. Even if you haven’t experienced hair loss, however, wearing the same style you did many years ago may not achieve the best look. It can often be harder to keep longer hair in good condition as we get older, so again a shorter cut could be the answer.

5.      Be Careful Over Styling – Some strong gels and other styling products can actually make hair look thinner and show up any bald patches. This means, if your hair is already thinning, it is best to avoid these products and choose those which will add volume. Gentler products are kinder to our hair as we grow older, and a hairdresser can advise you on which professional styling products will be most effective for you. It’s also advisable to be cautious over using hair dryers and other heat styling equipment such as straighteners, ensuring you use a protective spray whenever you use these products to guard the condition of your hair.

6.      Caring for Dyed Hair – If you are going grey, a big decision is whether to dye your hair or embrace the look. If you decide on dyeing, having treatments done at a hairdressing salon will help to ensure a more natural look, especially if you have a lot of grey hair. Choosing naturally formulated colouring products and using conditioners specifically formulated for dyed hair can also protect the condition of your hair. Grey roots need topping up frequently to avoid them showing, which is a reason why many men decide not to colour their hair.

7.      Look After Facial Hair Too – When hair starts to thin or turn grey, some men decide to focus on beards. However, if a beard is scraggy and untidy, it won’t help your overall look. So, if you have decided to grow some facial hair, it is important for regular male grooming sessions to include keeping beards and moustaches in trim. Even designer stubble needs regular attention to ensure it keeps that designer look!

Our experts at London Centre of Trichology offer a whole range of male hair loss treatments. We begin with a diagnosis of which type of male alopecia is affecting you, including male pattern baldness, and then recommend a course of treatment specifically tailored to you.

Male Hair Loss Treatments London – Click to find out more about our expert services and get in touch with us.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

September Is Alopecia Awareness Month – How Much Do You Know About Alopecia?

Woman in black hat, alopecia
Women who have alopecia are often embarrassed about it and tend to suffer in silence. However, efforts are being made to tell more people about the condition, especially during September, which is Alopecia Awareness Month.

At the London Centre of Trichology, we help women with female hair loss to find solutions, a process which starts with an accurate diagnosis. We support efforts to make people aware of alopecia and of what can be done to treat it.

Alopecia Awareness Month

The registered charity Alopecia UK is holding a range of events for Alopecia Awareness Month. These include “Fun Hat Fridays”, an initiative which was also held last year and proved a success in raising funds for the charity. People are being asked to post photos of themselves in all kinds of unusual, wacky and colourful headgear to social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and make a small donation to the cause.

The charity is also holding a “Big Weekend” event which is in Glasgow this year, from September 2 to 4, with a variety of workshops and talks. The aim is to make this the most successful Alopecia Awareness Month to date. Events are also being held in the US and other countries, with a number of charities and organisations getting involved.

Causes of Alopecia

There are many different types of alopecia, a term which is used to describe hair loss in general. So, if you notice that you are losing your hair, the first step is to find out why and get a diagnosis of your specific condition. Although hair loss in men is more common, thinning hair and bald patches, or even total loss of hair, can also affect women and is often more upsetting because it is less expected.

Causes of alopecia can include heredity, illness or changes in your body’s chemistry or traction damage from certain types of hair styling. Stress related alopecia is another problem which some people experience, often following on from traumatic experiences.

Types of Alopecia

A type of hair loss which often affects younger people is Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune condition which sees bald patches developing on the scalp. The condition often starts in childhood and recurs at times through a person’s life. There are genetic factors involved, since an estimated 20% of people suffering from the condition have a relation who also has the disease. 

The type of alopecia most commonly affecting older people is Androgenetic Alopecia, which is also frequently described as male pattern balding or female pattern balding. It’s well known that around half of men aged 50-plus experience this type of hair loss, but it isn’t always realised that the same is true for women over the age of 65.

However, the pattern of hair loss for women can be different, since, instead of receding, the hair tends to thin on top of the head.  Younger people are also frequently affected by this type of hair loss, which has a number of causes including genetic factors.

Awareness and Treatment

Hair loss has traditionally tended to be something which women in particular are embarrassed to discuss. However, over recent years a number of celebrities have spoken out about their experience of alopecia and this is helping to make people more willing to talk about women’s hair loss, raising awareness of the condition.

Canadian singer Alessia Cara, who had a hit with the song ‘Here’ in the UK last year, is one of the latest stars to speak out about her experience of hair loss at a young age. She has told how she started losing patches of hair as a child and was upset by unkind comments in high school, but has now learned to live with the condition. 

Reactions to hair loss vary, but if you are worried about female hair loss and are seeking solutions, the earlier you get treatment, the more likely it is you will achieve a successful outcome. The experts at the London Centre of Trichology are highly experienced and can advise you on the best steps to take, giving you an accurate diagnosis and advising over which treatments are most appropriate.

Female Hair Loss Solutions London – Follow the link to contact us and arrange your initial free consultation.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Can Garlic Treat Hair Loss or is it Just a Myth?

Bulbs of garlic

A few weeks ago my husband, who is in the late stages of male pattern baldness, breezed past me sporting a faint smell of garlic. On closer examination I found out that he had been using garlic shampoo. Why? He claimed that it helped reduce hair loss. It turns out he bought the shampoo on holiday in Turkey and it triggered his interest as garlic has been used as a hair loss remedy throughout history.

But does garlic, which is part of the onion family, actually work for male pattern baldness or is it just a myth? Here, the London Centre of Trichology, one of the leading clinics for trichology, takes a closer look at the health benefits of garlic including garlic as a treatment for hair loss.

About Garlic
As well as being a popular cooking ingredient worldwide, garlic has been used for centuries to treat a variety of medical conditions. Full of Manganese, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6, garlic has been branded an energy enhancer and is said to combat a multitude of ailments including improving cholesterol levels, helping to reduce blood pressure (only in high doses), boosting the immune system and preventing colds.

In addition to all those health benefits outlined above, this superfood is packed full of sulphur, iron, and copper – all of which are minerals vital for a healthy head of hair.

As an Ancient Hair Loss Remedy
In fact, garlic as a hair loss remedy goes right back to ancient Egypt when it was used to stimulate hair growth and reduce thinning hair. Why? Well lots of the minerals packed in garlic are said to reduce hair loss.  Sulphur, for instance, is one of the principal elements of amino acids such as Keratin, which is one of the main components of hair. Garlic is also a rich source of B vitamins, which are said to fight hair loss, and zinc plays a part in the production of hair cells. Add to this Vitamin C and iron, which promote healthy blood flow, and you are onto a winner…or so it seems.

Garlic Solutions
So, what is the best trick for using garlic as a hair loss remedy? Aside from using garlic shampoo, there are various garlic based natural remedies that you can make in your own kitchen. One, for instance, is to rub the affected area with half a clove of garlic, followed by olive oil, and then sleep with a shower cap on. Wash it all out in the morning, then repeat until you notice a difference. Another is to apply a mix of mainly garlic, onion juice and olive oil to the scalp to prevent hair loss.

Of course, these remedies may seem like a fantastic idea…at first. Especially as you can easily get your hands on these ingredients as the chances are you have them stocked up in your kitchen. But aside from the obvious smell at bedtime, like many home remedies it’s likely that that the novelty will soon wear off….and well before you give it time to see if it has any effects.

Natural Remedies
So what is the solution?  If you want to use tried and tested natural remedies that bring results (without the headache of making it yourself – or the smell), the best advice is to contact our team at the London Centre of Trichology.

We have 60 years’ experience in the industry and have helped thousands of customers over the years. We offer a full range of natural treatments for hair loss for both men and women. These include three to six month courses of herbal based non-surgical treatments which you can apply in the comfort of your own home.

After your free consultation at our leading London clinic for trichology, we will provide you with monthly check-ups to chart your progress. We will also take detailed before and after photos so you can see the results first hand. Contact us today to get started!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

This Summer’s Prettiest Hair Colours

Woman with dyed hair, summer colours
It is a common myth that dyeing your hair can actually cause hair loss; but this is not actually the case. In fact using the right colours, and having your hair professionally dyed can actually make your hair look thicker and, if done correctly, can enhance your best features, making the colour of your eyes stand out. 

Any trichologist in London, however, would advise on a patch test in advance of any hair dye treatment at your local salon. This is vital as it will check for any chemical or allergic reaction you may experience, as burns to the scalp – although uncommon – can cause minor to severe hair loss.

Meanwhile, if you are planning on getting your hair coloured by a professional stylist, there are plenty of fashionable colours to choose from this summer. From brunette, to buttery highlights on blonde hair or dark mahogany, the London Centre of Trichology takes a look at some of this season’s prettiest colours.

Buttery Blonde Highlights
A professional colourist can always advice you on the right colour to enhance your eyes and skin tone. If you are opting for a brighter, warmer look, buttering blonde highlights are very now and have been sported by the likes of singers BeyoncĂ© and Britney Spears, and ‘Spiderman’ actress Kirsten Dunst. The great thing about choosing this type of hair is that it goes with any eye colour.

Deep Mahogany
Deep mahogany hair has been fashioned by celebrities such as singer and ‘Unfabulous’ actress Emma Roberts, who is actually the niece of Julia Roberts. This strong and vibrant hair colour will make certain that you will stand out in a crowd this summer. Its rich dark shade is a real head turner and suits warmer skin tones.

Copper Colour with a Gradient
Hair colour with a gradient means colours that fade into one another, and may involve several colours. The hair is separated into segments before dyeing and the thinner the segments that are dyed, the more the colour appears to blend naturally. Among the celebrities opting for this hair colour include ‘Desperate Housewives’ actress Marcia Cross and ‘Game of Thrones’ actress Sophie Turner, who is actually a natural blonde rather than a red head.

Rich Caramel Blonde
This is a natural, warm, light brown hair colour that suits medium to darker skin tones. You can ask your stylist to leave paler highlights around your face to give your locks more of a sun-kissed look. This stunning hair colour has been worn by celebrities such as model Gigi Hadad and ‘Legally Blonde’ actress Reece Witherspoon.

Walnut Brown
This dark brown hair colour can make your eyes pop! It’s the ideal choice for brunettes who want to make a striking change. It is also perfect for those who have some grey strands that they want to cover up. Among the celebrities who have sported the walnut brown look include ‘Pretty Little Liars’ actress Shay Mitchell.

Platinum Blonde
This colour is ideal for blondes who want to go even lighter and suits fair skin, or skin with a yellowish tint. It looks fantastic with any eye colour, especially with blue eyes, and is bang on trend this summer. Among the celebrities with this hair colour include reality TV star Kim Kardashian and singer Taylor Swift.

Meanwhile, if you have any concerns about hair loss or scalp problems and are looking for an experienced trichologist in London, the London Centre of Trichology can help. We are easy to find in central London and have 60 years’ of experience in providing solutions for male and female hair loss. Just click on the link today to contact one of our leading trichologists, and to book an appointment.  

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Seven Top Tips for Restoring Dry or Damaged Hair

Girl with long hair

If you have dry, damaged hair, there are various ways to restore its condition. Taking good care of your hair, just as you would your skin, goes a long way towards boosting your confidence. With these handy tips from one of the leading London clinics for trichology, it won’t take long before you can show off your shiny tresses. Read on to discover our seven top tips to protect your locks.

Meanwhile, if you are worried about signs of hair loss, you don’t have to go through this alone as there’s lots of help available. Our friendly consultants at the London Centre of Trichology can chat to you about your concerns and provide effective solutions. Just contact us today to arrange a consultation in the relaxed surroundings of our clinic in Blandford Street, West London.

Making the Most of Your Natural Look
The 21st century is all about making the most of your natural beauty, whether that relates to make-up or hair care. Hair today doesn’t have to be perfectly styled. In fact showing your imperfections is very modern; think of Kate Moss’s decisively cool and much coveted laid back, tousled tresses.  This is great news if you have hair with a bit of a wave. Instead of reaching for the straighteners or crimping your hair, try styling it naturally. There are a variety of 2 in 1 products that work to bring out your hair’s natural curl, while also adding much needed hold.

Take Regular Visits to the Salon
If you have thinning hair, this may be the last thing you want to do, but having regular haircuts does help to improve its condition. Why? Dry, split ends are known to hinder hair growth and can make even the healthiest of tresses look unkempt. Stylists recommended you have your hair cut every six to eight weeks, regardless of length.

Choose Your Hair Products Carefully
Too many products over time can play havoc with your hair, say the London Centre of Trichology. Regularly bleaching your hair, or exposing it to harsh chemicals is bound to have a knock on effect on your tresses over time. Instead, avoid bleaching your hair and limit your use of hair products where possible. It’s also a good idea to opt for hair products containing natural and balanced ingredients as and where you can.

Protect Your Hair from Sun Damage
Your hair can be damaged by harmful UV rays, just as your skin can, so it is worth protecting it in the heat. There are sprays available that are designed to protect your hair in bright sunlight. It is also worth investing in a hat in summer, especially when you are on holiday. Wide brim hats are bang on trend as they not only look great on the beach, but will also protect your face too. 

Protect Your Hair in the Pool
Immersing your hair in pool chlorine is never a good idea and can harm its condition over time. Of course, fashionistas might be shy about wearing a swim cap on holiday. If so, tie your hair on top of your head and do your best to keep it out of the water when you swim. Swimming breast stroke will help keep your hair dry, or you could choose to stay out of the water and relax on an inflatable lilo. Just don’t forget your hat!

Regularly Condition Your Hair
For healthy tresses, it is always a good idea to choose a hair conditioner that suits your hair type, and to use it after every shampoo. If your hair is very dull and dry, it is worth giving your locks a bit of pampering with a weekly hair mask. This will help restore its shine and bounce.

Dry Your Hair Naturally
Regularly blasting your hair with a hair-dryer can have a knock-on effect on its condition. Instead, it is recommended you gently squeeze the excess water out of your hair after showering and wrap it in a towel to help it dry. Remove the towel when your hair is damp, then brush it softly and leave it to dry on its own accord. While you won’t be able to do this when you are in a rush, leaving your hair to dry naturally the majority of the time will go a long way to helping restore its condition.

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Monday, 4 July 2016

Myths and Facts about Hair Loss

Man with short hair

Going bald can be worrying, and this is often made worse by many of the myths and rumours that you hear about male hair loss. Here, The London Centre of Trichology explains some of the myths about hair loss, as well as some of the less well known facts.

Hair Transplants Look Fake: Myth
Hair transplants are so advanced now that it is often very hard to spot someone who has had surgical treatment on their scalp. The hair that grows looks very natural, and will not stand out in a crowd. Wigs are also very natural looking for men experiencing hair loss, and human hair wigs are almost impossible to spot when secured correctly.

Only Men Suffer From Genetic Hair Loss: Myth

Over 40% of women suffer from hair loss at some point in their life, and this is often caused by genes in the family. Women often cover their hair loss using extensions and wigs which is why it is not as well known.

Men with hair loss

Hair Loss Comes From the Mother’s Side: Myth
Baldness is hereditary, however it can come from either side of the family. The gene can come from either your mother or father, or even your grandparents. Baldness can also be caused by a variety of other things such as health, diet, stress and over processing.

Washing Your Hair in Cold Water Can Boost Hair Growth: Myth
This may boost your blood circulation, however it is not proven to do anything for hair loss and growth. This is often thought to be true, however it has never been found to help improve the thickness or health of hair.

 If You Lose Hair Every Day You Must Be Balding: Myth
The average person loses around 100 hairs a day which is completely normal. However, if you have male pattern baldness then you may lose hair every day, but this will be a much higher amount. Normally, you will grow any hairs that fall out back.

Hairstyle for male hair loss

It’s Normal to Lose Hair after You Turn 30: Fact
Your hair naturally gets thinner as you grow older, and the number of hair follicles on your scalp will reduce over time. Hair will become finer and sparser as you age, however this is completely normal and is not a sign of male hair loss.

Some Hairstyles Can Cause Hair Loss: Fact
If you pull your hair up too tight in a man bun or ponytail it can lead to traction alopecia, where hair falls out due to too much tension on the follicles. This can be avoided with looser styles and snag free hair bands. Otherwise, hair can be worn down to avoid putting too much strain onto it.

Short hairstyle for men

Cutting Your Hair Can Reduce Hair Loss: Myth
This may help your hair to look and feel thicker, however it will not stop or prevent hair loss. Regular haircuts can keep your hair in good condition and split ends at bay, and it is good to try have a trim every eight weeks. After a haircut your hair will be thicker at base, giving it the illusion of volume and thickness.

Stress Causes Hair Loss: Fact
Extreme stress can often lead to hair loss in men, and can also cause premature greyness. Some people experience hair loss following extreme event such as a car crash or the death of a loved one, however this is not usually permanent.

 Mistreating Your Hair Can Cause Hair Loss: Fact
This may not cause permanent damage, but mistreated hair can become brittle and dry, and can often snap and break off.  Too much rough brushing, dying and exposure to heat can cause hair to weaken and fall out over time. Greasy hair can also cause problems with your scalp as it blocks the pores, and in the long run this can cause your hair to suffer.

If you are experiencing male hair loss in London, contact The London Centre of Trichology to find out more about how we can help you.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Stylish Workout Hairstyles

Keeping your hair out of your face can be challenge at the gym, so here we have come up with some chic styles to keep your hair under control and out of the way.

Woman with ponytail at gym

Simple Braided Ponytail
This simple style is easy and pretty, and takes just seconds to do. To get this look, pull your hair up into a high ponytail, and secure with a snag free fabric hair tie. Make sure the ends of your hair are smooth and brushed through, and then plait the length of the ponytail before securing with another hair tie. For an updated take on this, try doing a fishtail braid instead of an ordinary one. This looks effortless, and will keep your hair off your face throughout your workout.

Low Bun
Create a low, messy bun to frame your face while you exercise. To do this, create a deep side parting instead of slicking the hair back. This is more flattering for your face, and can help you to cover any female hair loss at the side or back of your head. Pull hair back loosely at the nape of your neck, and twist your hair round into a messy bun before securing with a hair band. Spray with hairspray to keep shorter hairs at the front from falling down, and you’re ready to go.

Woman doing crossfit at gym

Sweat Band
Sweat bands are a useful accessory to keep hair off your face, while also absorbing sweat to stop your scalp from overheating or becoming saturated. Sweat can block the pores in your scalp, resulting in female hair loss. This style is good for those with thin hair as the headband lifts the hair at the crown, giving it the illusion of volume and thickness. After your workout, spray dry shampoo along your crown and roots to freshen up your hair. This also makes hair appear thicker due to the ingredients in the spray.

Half Up, Half Down
Go half and half with this easy style that will keep hair off your face, while still leaving some of the hair down for a feminine look. Pull the top of your hair into a high ponytail, secure with a ponytail and you’re ready to go. Alternatively, twist the top half of your hair into a bun on top of your head, while leaving the rest of your hair down.

Hairstyle for gym

Crossover Pony
You can add elegance to your ponytail with this crossover design. Simply separate two sections of hair on either side of your parting before pulling back the rest of your hair into a low, sleek ponytail. Brush the two pieces of hair back, and crisscross them over the base of the ponytail until you get to the end of the pieces of hair, before securing the ends underneath the ponytail with bobby pins out of sight. Spray a touch of hairspray if needed to keep fine hairs in place.

Braided Pigtails
This slightly more complicated style looks fabulous in the gym as well as on a day out shopping. For an easier approach, split your hair into a centre parting and then tie up one side out of the way. Start with the other side and pull it into a classic braid before securing with a hair tie. Repeat on the other side. For a more detailed look try out Dutch braid pigtails which have become increasingly popular in recent months. 

Woman working out at gym

Bunched Ponytail
For a quick twist on a normal ponytail, slick your hair up into a high ponytail and secure with a band. Then, bunch your hair up in between to add a bubble effect. This will keep hair in place, while making your hair look thicker. This looks equally good on a night out, where hair can be styled with a pomp at the front to add height and drama to your hair.

If you have experienced female hair loss, contact the LondonCentre of Trichology to find out more about how we can help. 

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

How to Prevent Hair Tie Damage

With summer just around the corner, many women with long hair will opt to wear their hair up in a variety of styles, from buns to braids. However, up dos, particularly ones that are too tight, can put strain on your hair which may cause breakage. Indeed, female hair loss can be made worse by the action of putting up your hair, where the strands are pulled, twisted and wrapped around each other in order to achieve the perfect up do. Here we explain some of the best ways to avoid damage to your hair.

women with ponytails

Dry Your Hair First
Your hair is at its weakest when wet, so ensure all of your hair is dry before it pulling back into an up do. Where possible let your hair dry naturally to avoid further damage from a hair dryer. When dry your hair is able to stretch a small amount; however, when wet it is much more likely to snap when strained. If you are in a rush, try blow drying from your roots to just past where your hair band will sit, then allow the rest of your hair to dry while tied up. 

Be Gentle
Avoid pulling hair back off your face too tightly as this will put large amounts of tension on the fine hairs at the front of your head. These can become weak and thin, and in some cases can even leave bald patches. Traction alopecia is often caused by wearing the hair in a style that is too severe and tight; so to avoid this try going for a softer look such as a messy bun or loose ponytail, or try leaving small strands of hair down at the front to frame your face.

hair up-do

Switch Your Styles
If you wear your hair up on a day to day basis, try out a new style or placement to give the hairs in the frequent position of your up do a break. Hair can be worn on top of the head in a high ponytail or bun, in the middle of the head, at the back of the crown or on the nape of your neck in a low ponytail or elegant chignon.

Ditch the Metal
Metal fasteners will snag and tear at your hair throughout the day, so throw out any hairbands with these and invest in some high quality fabric ties. These will hold the hair in place throughout the day without needing to be wrapped around the hair as tightly, allowing your hair to move freely while avoiding damage. Alternatively you could try using a silicon band, or even a bungee. 

hair in ponytail

Careful Removal
Many women will pull the tie out of their hair with little care, dragging with it a large amount of hair. To avoid tearing chunks of locks out, take the time to carefully unwind your hair tie one loop at a time. This is much gentler than pulling the band down your ponytail, which can cause hair to snag and break along the way which may lead to some female hair loss.

Woman's hair in plaits

Try Out a Gym Style
Tight ponytails at the gym can ruin your hair, so try out a softer style such as a loose bun or fishtail plait. These can be secured with clips or snag free ties to give your hair room to move. Prepare your hair for the gym by spraying dry shampoo onto your roots to prevent surplus moisture from drenching your whole head with sweat. Powder based dry shampoos work best for this, and can be topped up after your workout to keep you looking fresh.

Let Your Hair Rest

Give your tresses time to recuperate and wear your hair down for a week, while avoiding hot tool use such as dryers and straighteners. This will allow your hair to grow stronger again, and will allow the natural texture of your hair to show. Try not to wear hair up while sleeping as well, as hair is best left to fall around you naturally,

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Undercut Hairstyles Are Back in Fashion in 2016

Men’s hairstyles have transformed dramatically over the years, from the shaggy mop in the sixties to the man bun last year. This year the fashion has changed once again, and countless men are adopting the classy and sophisticated undercut style, which can be adapted to suit your hair type and face shape. This looks perfect on wavy, straight and curly hair, and will can help to define the shape of your face to give you a younger, fresher look.
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Classic Undercut 
The classic undercut leaves the top longer and the sides neatly trimmed at a shorter length for a modern and smart look. This is a simple haircut which looks good on all types of hair, and can give the impression of thicker hair in men with thinning hair. The longer hair on top can also be styled to cover any balding patches using clever partings and hair products to keep the hair in place. To style your classic undercut hairstyle, use a gel or mousse to give the longer hair on top of your head volume and to keep it in place throughout the day.

Side Swept Undercut
To achieve this style, hair at the sides must be cut very short while hair at the top of your head must be kept long enough to part to one side. Hair should be slicked to the side that your hair naturally falls to as this will give it a thicker appearance. For added impact use pompadour type styling, where the fringe is swept up off the face and worn high over the forehead. For quick styling in the morning, push your hair up and to the side, and secure with a long lasting gel or hairspray.

Curly Undercut
For those with curly or wavy hair, the curly undercut will make hair look thicker and healthier by adding texture. The sides of your hair will again be kept very short, with long curls on top which can be styled with matt hair products for a more natural look. This style is boyish, and can be used by men upwards of 40 to give their look a fresh but polished touch. If you have straight hair and wish to achieve this, ask your hairdresser to cut layers into your hair, but bear in mind that you may have to use curlers or lots of products to achieve the same look as those with natural curls, which can be detrimental for the health of your hair.

Layered Undercut
Best suited to straight or wavy hair, the layered undercut adds fullness to the hair by adding layers to visually enhance the look of your hair. Ask your hairdresser to take small bits off in layers to start with, until you feel happy with the look you have achieved. Different lengths of hair will suit different facial shapes, so take it slow to make sure you acquire the look you really want.

Disconnected Undercut
One of the most popular styles of undercut is the disconnected undercut, where the sides of the hair are kept very short and all at one length, while the top is kept longer to create a noticeable contrast between the two. This looks good with a side part and glossy locks, which can be achieved using high shine gels and mousses.
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