Monday, 28 March 2016

6 Reasons to Go Back to Basics with Your Hair

Although it may initially seem dull, your hair can benefit massively from being kept its normal colour. Not only can dying your hair be expensive and time consuming, it can also put great strain on your hair, which is why returning to your natural hair colour can be the perfect way for women with thinning hair to let their hair grow stronger while taking a breather from all the chemicals that dyes often involve.

The London Centre of Trichology is able to help give expert advice and treatment for thinning hair in London with over 50 years of experience and comprehensive knowledge of types and causes of alopecia.

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Hair Regrowth

Frequent use of dyes and chemicals can cause a whole host of problems for your hair including split ends, breakage, and dry or brittle strands of hair. Split ends will need to be chopped off regularly, putting a firm halt to your plans to have long, luxurious hair for the summer. By choosing to return to your natural hair colour, you can give your hair a chance to breathe as it grows to become stronger and glossier in the long run.

Love Your Natural Self

Your natural hair colour may initially appear as dull to you, especially if you have experimented with a multitude of colours over the years, however many people grow to love their natural colour once they make the brave change back to it. Bear in mind that with summer will come lighter hues of your natural colour, for free and healthy highlights that won’t cause any damage to your hair.

Cut Costs

Regular trips to the salon for highlights and dye can quickly add up, not to mention after care products and conditioners. Your natural hair colour requires little to no maintenance, allowing you to splash your cash on other things. Regular trims are especially important for women with thinning hair as they can keep your hair looking thick and healthy.

Improve the Health of Your Hair

Without the damage of multiple chemicals, your hair can begin to grow back thicker and shinier than ever, with added bounce and gloss. This is ideal for women with thinning hair as it can give your hair a chance to grow back, while also looking less flat and lifeless. Your natural colour can also balance your skin tone, giving you a healthy glow.

Less Maintenance

Dyeing your hair takes great amounts of time and effort, with regular trips to the salon necessary to keep your roots at bay. By sticking to your natural colour you can relax in the knowledge that your roots aren’t showing, and your colour still looks beautiful. Regular trims are always a positive idea to keep the ends of your hair healthy, but this short trip takes just minutes rather than hours to complete.

No One Wants Over Processed Hair

If you currently style your hair using straighteners, curlers or even just a hair dryer then you are already putting a substantial amount of strain on your hair. Dyeing your hair causes even further damage to your hair, and can lead to your hair becoming over processed and dry or brittle. This can cause your hair to fall out or break off, leading to thin or balding hair in the long run. Give your hair a break by choosing to go back to your natural colour and you’ll soon see and feel the changes in your hairs’ appearance and texture. 

Monday, 21 March 2016

What to Look For In a Hairdresser

Going to the hairdressers with thin, frail hair can be daunting, but with the right hairdresser you can relax in the knowledge that you are in safe hands. Finding a talented stylist who really cares and wants to help with female hair loss can be tricky, so here at The London Centre of Trichology we have come up with some simple ways to find the perfect hairstylist for you.

Female hair loss is common and affects many women of all ages. If you have recently experienced hair loss or thinning hair, The London Centre of Trichology is able to offer you expert hair loss diagnosis and treatment to help boost your confidence again.

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Ask for a consultation before booking an appointment. Most salons offer these free of charge, and it can help you to get a feel of the place and the stylists. Ask lots of questions about the stylist and take a look at their hair and the clients around them. If you don’t feel that it is right for you there is no pressure to go back, and you can try having another consultation elsewhere. If this all feels too time consuming, ask about a salon's experience with thinning hair over the phone before booking a consultation. With so many women experiencing this problem you are bound to find somewhere that has the experience you are looking for.

Find a Truthful Stylist

Thinning hair must be cut in a much different way to thick hair, so it is essential to find a hair stylist who not only enjoys cutting and styling thin hair, but who also will tell you the truth about your hair. Hairdressers who explain more about your thinning hair and help you to understand how to best deal with it will not only give you a better end result, but also will connect and bond with you much faster. Building a rapport with the stylist is important, and will help them to understand your requirements much better.


Hairstylists who help you to understand what you can do with your hair are perfect for those of you who are unsure of what style to go for, and will help you to achieve a glamorous, thick and healthy looking head of hair by the end. Try to find a hairdresser who does not promise something that is not possible, and look for ones who help you to embrace your female hair loss with a thickening style or products. It is not always realistic to show your hairdresser a picture of a model from a magazine and expect to look like it by the end – let your stylist help to choose you a look using their expert knowledge.


Communication is key for any hairdresser and client, but especially so if you have thinner hair. A stylist who talks you through what they are doing and also shows you how they are doing it will make you feel much more relaxed and confident in their care. This will also help you to recreate the look later on at home. If you find that your stylist does not make you feel relaxed, don’t feel stuck with them, and instead shop around until you find a stylist who really understands you and your hair.

Gentle Tools

Thinning hair can be made much worse by rough pulling or brushing, so find a salon that uses gentle combs and brushes to ease tangles out of your hair. You don’t want to lose more hair than necessary with your stylist, and over tugging the hair will cause further (temporary) hair loss and breakage. If possible also avoid stylists that make excessive use of heated styling items such as straighteners or curlers, as these can break your hair and cause split ends.

Similar Hair

If possible, choose a stylist who has similar hair to you, as they will understand your problems and needs much better with someone with thick hair would. Those with long hair understand long hair better, whereas someone with short hair may be more likely to cut more off to create a shorter style. If you can find a hair stylist with thin hair, you’re much more likely to come out with a healthy and chic style at the end which will be tailored specifically to your hair loss. This can be a huge confidence booster, and will make you feel beautiful and special.

Although it's invaluable to find a good stylist, you should also take all possible steps to address the cause of your thinning hair, to prevent further loss. Your first step should be to arrange for an accurate female hair loss diagnosis – just contact us to book a free consultation today.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Types of Hair Loss

Thinning hair can cause you great upset and concern, so here The London Centre of Trichology we explain some of the variations of alopecia, to help you understand your condition better and to help put your mind at ease. Alopecia can be genetic, and is not always a sign of disease or ill health.

If you have recently experienced thinning hair, our experts at the London Centre of Trichology are able to diagnose and treat the cause of your hair loss. We have over 50 years of experience, and will try to make your treatment as comfortable and easy as possible.

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Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia, the most common type of hair loss, is the scientific name for male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss. This condition is caused when enzymes in your body turn the hormone testosterone into its predecessor, a chemical that shrinks hair follicles and in turn causes hair loss. This type of alopecia is passed down through genes, and effects up to 50% of both men and women.

Cicatricial Alopecia

Cicatricial alopecia causes scarring on the scalp where hair follicles have been destroyed. This type of alopecia has two main types, primary and secondary. In the case of primary cicatricial alopecia, the hair follicles become inflamed which leads to hair loss, whereas in the secondary type scarring happens as a result of something unrelated to hair loss, such as a knock to the head or burn.

Alopecia Areata

This is caused by an autoimmune disorder, which causes your immune system to attack healthy hair follicles. This will result in patchy hair loss rather than total hair loss, as seen on many famous people such as Martin Roberts, from the popular TV show Homes Under the Hammer, who lost hair from the crown of his head only. Alopecia areata is thought to be triggered by stress and fatigue, though there is no strong understanding of the causes of this condition. In about 90% of people with this condition, hair will begin to grow back after a few years.

Traction Alopecia

Most commonly found in women, traction alopecia is caused by tight hairstyles which pull at the scalp and hair over time. Tight hairstyles can cause considerable damage to the hair follicles, which in time can thin the hair. Ponytails, braids, cornrows, extensions and weaves all contribute to traction alopecia, and should be worn loosely where possible.

Alopecia Totalis

Alopecia totalis does what its name suggests – it affects the whole scalp and causes total hair loss. This can also effect other parts of the body, including eyelashes and eyebrows at its worst. Celebrities such as Little Britain’s Matt Lucas suffer from this condition, also known as Alopecia Universalis.

Treating Alopecia

Some aspects of alopecia are not yet fully understood, but we are able to stop the progression of hair loss, as well as preventing any further loss. Conditions are treatable, and the first step is to get expert advice from professional trichologists. At The London Centre of Trichology we will give you impartial advice on your hair loss following a free consultation with us.

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Monday, 7 March 2016

Pros and Cons of Temporary Eyebrow Tattoos

If you are experiencing alopecia, you may have noticed that you have started to lose hair from other areas of your body as well. Losing your eyebrows changes both the shape and appearance of your face, and can be extremely tough to adjust to. A relatively new solution for this is the technique of tattooing semi-permanent eyebrows onto the face, which gives you fuller, natural looking brows.

Female hair loss is common, and occurs in over 50% of women over the age of 65. If you have recently experienced hair loss, or feel that your hair is thinning, get in touch with The London Centre of Trichology for expert advice and diagnosis. We offer a free consultation service and provide professional treatments and solutions. 

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Temporary Eyebrow Procedure

Before having your brows tattooed, ensure that you fully understand the procedure and have the finished look that you want to achieve firmly in mind. Search around and find the best tattooist in the area, and try to look at some of their previous work on clients before you book yourself in.

Having your brows done takes about one to two hours, which includes the time taken to draw the eyebrow shape and colour onto the skin. During this stage make sure you like the shape, as this can last for up to two years. A good tattooist will give you a shape that flatters your face, rather than one that ages you or makes you look drawn.

The process is said to feel like having your eyebrows plucked, and is done using a vibrating needle to break the skin and inject the colour. This may cause swelling or redness, but this will go down after a few hours. Touch ups can be done after four or eight weeks to help you achieve your perfect look.

Pros of Temporary Eyebrows

Eyebrow tattoos are becoming increasingly popular, especially for people with little or no hair as it creates a flawless and natural set of brows to shape and frame the face. This can be a huge confidence booster for those experiencing total hair loss, and can put a spring back in your step.

Semi-permanent brows are a huge time saver, as you will no longer need to draw your brows on each day. They last for up to 24 months without touch ups, and during this time you can sit back and relax without having to meticulously draw your brows on each day.

Temporary brows can also be cheaper in the long run as they reduce the need for eyebrow products such as gels, pencils, brushes, tweezers and powders. These add up over the years, and can be pricey when used each day to achieve flawless brows. Most people will also use multiple types of these products at once, which quickly gets expensive.

The best thing about these brows is that they will not smudge, stain, fade or get wiped off. You can swim, shower, exercise and these will still stay put, ensuring that you look faultless throughout the whole day.

Cons of Brow Tattoos

Brow tattoos do however have their downfalls. The biggest problem is that once they’re tattooed on you’re stuck with them, whether you like them or not. Tattooed brows can be removed, but it’s pricey and painful.

Unless you go to a top brow expert, they might not turn out how you expected. They could end up wonky, too thick or thin, or even the wrong colour. Make sure you’ve fully explained to the stylist what you expect and want, otherwise you could be in for a shock at the end.

Perfect brows don’t come free – these will set you back up to £1,000, with top ups needed regularly for some people. This, for some people, is much more than they would pay on their yearly makeup.

All tattoos change with age, and brow tattoos are no different. They can sag as your skin wrinkles and grows, leaving you with wonky and unattractive brows. This does not happen to all people, but it is a possibility.