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Pollution sends men bald

Posted by Gary Heron, on May 6th, 2008, under TRICHOTALK

Men living in polluted areas are more likely to go bald than those breathing cleaner air, a new study suggests.

The ground breaking research, by academics at the University of London, has linked the onset of male pattern baldness, to environmental factors, such as air pollution and smoking.

The scientists believe toxins and carcinogens found in polluted air can stop hair growing by blocking mechanisms that produce the protein from which hair is made. Baldness is known to be hereditary, but the new research suggests that environmental factors could exacerbate hair loss.

It raises the hope that scientists may be able to develop treatments for balding men, with topical creams that are able to combat the effects of pollution on hair follicles.

Mike Philpott, from the school of medicine at Queen Mary University of London, said: “We think any pollutant that can get into the bloodstream or into the skin and into the hair follicle could cause some stress to it and impair the ability of the hair to make a fibre.

“There are a whole host of carcinogens and toxins in the environment that could trigger this. It suggests that if you stop smoking or live in an area with less air pollution, you may be less predisposed to hair loss.”

The study, recently published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, involved removing hair follicles from balding men and then studying the samples in laboratories.

The team noted disruption in the process of hair growth, caused by oxidative stress, which destroys cells and is made worse by the effects of smoking and air pollution.

Prof Philpott added: “There is an inherited basis to hair loss, but we are have now identified environmental factors that are important too.”

The team plan to conduct further tests to pinpoint precise sources which may cause baldness, including trying to grow hair in different environments that are rich in nicotine and other pollutants found in air.

Nilofer Farjo, a hair transplant doctor involved in the research, added: “This may lead to new methods of treating genetic hair loss. The research suggests that environmental factors like smoking and air pollution contribute to hair loss because they introduce elements that are harmful to the normal mechanisms by which the cells work.

“There’s undoubtedly genetics involved as well, but now we know there are environmental factors too. If you live in a place with cleaner air, you might be at less risk.”

According to the British Association of Dermatologists, hereditary hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia, is responsible for 95 per cent of hair loss and is seen in men and women.

In men, where is it is also known as male pattern baldness, it involves the progressive thinning of hair along the hair line. In women, it causes the hair to thin on the crown of the head and tends to be less noticeable.

Hair loss can begin as early as the teens, and by the age of 35, almost 40 percent of men and women show some degree of hair loss.

The human head comes equipped with 100,000 tiny hair follicles, from each of which grow a single hair.

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Posted by Admin, on May 3rd, 2008, under GENERAL HAIR LOSS, YOUTUBE

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Alopecia Areata

Posted by Gary Heron, on May 2nd, 2008, under ALOPECIA AREATA

Going bald isn’t something that just happens to men. Women and children can also suffer hair loss. It may be triggered by stress, through illness or for no apparent reason at all. About 25 percent of people with alopecia have a family history. There are three main sorts of alopecia hair loss: alopecia areata, bald patches anywhere on your body, alopecia totalis, complete loss of hair on your scalp and alopecia universalis, complete hair loss on your body. Hair can re-grow, although some people have permanent hair loss. The good news is that there are promising new regrowth treatments.


For a full medical explanation of the causes, symptoms and treatments of alopecia from, read on.
Alopecia areata is one type of hair loss that typically causes patches of baldness. In some cases total baldness develops. In many cases the hair re-grows, typically after several months. In some cases, the hair loss is permanent. Treatments to promote hair re-growth work in some cases.

What is alopecia areata and who is affected?

Alopecia means ‘loss of hair’ or ‘hair loss’ or ‘baldness’. There are several different causes and patterns of alopecia. Alopecia areata is one type of hair loss. The exact number of people affected by alopecia areata is not known. Estimates vary between 1 in 1000 to 2 in 100 people being affected at some point in their life. Alopecia areata can occur at any age but most cases first develop in teenagers and children. In about 6 in 10 cases the first patch of hair loss develops before the age of 20 years. Males and females are equally affected.

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Britt Ekland: Hair-loss hell made me a prisoner in my home

Posted by Gary Heron, on May 1st, 2008, under CELEBRITY HAIR LOSS

Former Bond girl Britt tells how her thick golden locks left her…… and how she finally got them back.
By Martin Halle 


She was one of the world’s most glamorous women – with a glorious career, a gorgeous body and a trademark shock of luxurious blonde hair that was famous theworld over.

But after having her third child, something went terribly wrong with Britt Ekland’s locks – she started to lose them. She recalls: “It grew really lush and thick when I was pregnant with TJ.

People remarked how amazing it was.

“I’ve always had compliments about my hair, but I was so proud of that pregnancy hair,” says the 65-year-old.

There was a horrible surprise in store after the birth… it began to fall out.

At first, this wasn’t too much of a worry. It is common to have a thick glossy pelt during pregnancy due to a rise in hormones which gradually diedownafter delivery and the extra hair falls out.

But while most women find they have returned to normal after six or 12 months, Britt did not.

In fact, the alarmed actress, 44 at the time, found her hair was thinning more and more. “You can’t believe how distressing it is to have such a problem,” says Britt, now 65.

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So why not take advantage of our expertise and get the facts so that you can make an informed decision on what is best for the future of your hair today.

Take control of your hair loss today so that it does not control your life.

However, not all cases are treatable. But with early diagnosis and treatment you will give yourself and us the best possible chance to help you.

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“Mum you’re going bald,” announced Jennie Bond’s daughter. And the cruel truth was…she was right by Lucy Elkins

Posted by Admin, on April 30th, 2008, under CELEBRITY HAIR LOSS


Wherever she may be, whatever she may be doing, the former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond always looks elegantly coiffed.

Even in the depths of the jungle as a contestant on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Jennie looked impeccable with her hair in a French plait.

All the more surprising, then, to learn that for the past year she has struggled with alopecia – or hair loss.
“I had become aware for a few months that my hair was starting to thin along the parting,” says Jennie, 57.

“Whenever I brushed my hair, a lot more was coming out than normal”.


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