Any women from the UK?

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Seabird, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. Seabird

    Seabird New Member

    :) Hello

    I've been struggling with hair loss for the last 3 years. It's disappearing fast, and I've been searching the internet for solutions (!!).:confused: Anyway I stumbled across this great site, and have enjoyed reading all the posts.

    I live in the UK, and it seems that we are years behind our American friends when it comes to treatment for this problem. I have had very little success in finding a medical professional who will persue this futher (as my bloods are fairly normal). I would be delighted if any women in the UK could share their experiences (NHS and private) as it might further our chances of getting help.

    Thanks
  2. londongirl123

    londongirl123 New Member

    Hi, why don't you try ********* Centre - they specialise in hairloss. I'm currently on minoxidil and have been for the past 3 weeks. They are very helpful and informative. Good luck!!
  3. saniaa83

    saniaa83 New Member

    hi every body
  4. evey

    evey New Member

    Hi there,

    I am new to this website and i am from the Uk too.

    I have been loosing my hair for the last 2 years but the last year my hair is going and going fast , my scalp is showing at the back and front , this week i am going to see 2 different Trychology ( hair specialist private) and hopefully they can tell me what is going on , I am so scare to know, in case they tell me it is not going to grow back.. I will let you know how i got on.
    I also suffer with a lot of stress at the moment so am hoping this might be the cause but i got the feeling it might not be ;-( because all my blood test came back clear , which means it could be female pattern hair loss ;-((
    I am also taking Nourkin tablets and Shampoo and scalp lotion but so far not nothing ..
    What about you did you see anyone for advise ?

    Evey
  5. yubcheung

    yubcheung New Member

    Hey. I'm a Londoner that has only recently found this truly fantastic website. I'm nearly 20 and have been losing my hair since 14 and only taking action now. I hope it's not too late. It's great to see of others on here from the UK. The Americans have a lot more at hand to deal with their hair loss. We do need to catch up!

    Just some advice: I'm going to the GP next week to ask about getting a referral to a trichologist. In your experience, have you been able to get one? On the NHS as well?
  6. evey

    evey New Member

    Hello Londoner ,

    I know this site has been fantastic and very helpful and yes the American seem to have a lots more info then we do and more treatments, but we are getting there ;-)

    This is what I have done so far , I went to my doctor, he took some blood test and they all came back clear and told me it was related to stress and to relax .. Yeah! Right .. how can I relax when I see my hair going , anyway , so I decided to check out some Hair loss clinic and came across ********* centre http://www.*********centre.com ( free consultation ) , I went to see them about 6 weeks ago, I walked and saw this woman , she had a quick look at my hair and said without hesitation it was female pattern hair loss , then show me some photos of what my hair might look like in the future which was bald at the top, and then told me I should start treatment straight way as the quicker you start the better , then I went to a different room and was welcome by this other woman which was like a sale person and told me that I need Minoxidil and other products at a cost of £ 750 per year for the rest of my life hmmm I though I beeter check with my doctor first before I even go there. I went to my doctor and told him about it and he couldn’t believe it , he said I should no got to see that sort of places because they are after my money only and nothing else and that he still theink it is stress . So I then decided to see a hair specialist and went to the www.london-centre-trichology.co.uk ( free consultation ) and he looked at my hair with a special microscope and took some photos, he asked me a lots of questions, any medical history and blood test ect.. and then told me he was related to stress ;-) he told me he could see some gair growing but because of the stress the hair are growing a lot slower and a thinner , I mention to him about ********* and what they told me and he just couldn’t believe it, he said he was 100% positive about my hair loss was due to stress and not female pattern hair loss, he was very good and mention a treatment which he think shouldn’t take no more then 3 months to sort out , he wasn’t pushy at all, I told him I am going to have another opinion Saturday and he said to go ahead and decide what I want to do afterward , but he made me relax and seem to know what he was talking about . Tomorrow I am going to see another trichology and then I will decide where to go, that one is £95 for the consultation. I will let you know what she said and the decition I have made.
    By the way hair loss in woman is a lot more common then we think but I never really know till I started to loss mine..

    That is my experience so far. As for you, ofcourse it is not too late ‘;-) I think you should go to your doctor and ask him to refer you to an Trychology, because your are so young they might refer you to an NSH one, but I think it would be wise to have at least 2 different opinion, but what ever you do don’t go to places like ********* they are only after your money.

    This site is great and as you can see there are a lot of women with different experiences with hair loss but we are all here for the same thing and that is support .

    Take care
    Eve
  7. yubcheung

    yubcheung New Member

    Yeah, hair loss in women is very common, I read a statistic that 1 in 4 women suffer from it. Only recently have I learnt that I shouldn't panic about it and to take a positive and healthy route (supplements, diet, exercise, counselling) to treat my hair because I'm not convinced by all the chemicals in the "miracle" cures. I've tried Minoxidil before, it was miserable :( I think my hair loss is a reflection of a majorly unhealthy place that my health is in, so I'd rather treat the cause rather than the symptoms. This makes me more hopeful because if I don't get a head of hair at the end of all the process, I will at least have a healthy body.

    Thank you for your support and for sharing your story. From joining the website, it's given me the courage to finally see my GP next week and ask to see a trichologist. I will be be on here straight after to let you know how it went, I can't wait. Hope your consultation goes well! :)

    Yub
  8. lesley11

    lesley11 New Member

    How are you getting on with trichologists?

    Hi
    I am from the UK and have noticed hair thinning and receding at temple for about a year now. I have been on minoxidil for two months and now terrified that I have made matters worse. I wasn't noticeably shedding before but now am shedding a lot. In the washbasin, on the bathroom floor, desk ... I could go on. I wasn't warned about the shedding from the trich I went to, so am pretty upset. I feel really stressed about it and am sure this must be making me worse too. I would rather take a non-minoxidil route and wonder if anyone has been to another place and takes a more natural approach? Any advice, tips, from someone in the UK would be great. I can get to London fairly easily if that's what it takes.

    Look forward to hearing from others out there. Take care, Lesley
  9. evey

    evey New Member

    Have your Serum Ferritin Levels

    Hi Lesley,

    This is very much like me, but also loosing it all over . But before you take anymore minoxidil you need to see a propertrichologists , someone reputable and I think if they are free they will try to sale you something , so go to someone reputable , in the end I travelled to Kent and saw this trichologists called Ms. Sarah Smitherman check her website , she was great , she check my scalp and told me I had Telogen Effluvium which is caused by iron deficiency but stress can also cause it, but everyone is different . Basically what she told me was that my hair are still growing but that I am loosing 30% of it instead of 10% and that is why I see soo many on the floor , shower, bath etc ;-( it is very depressing .

    Anyway she told me to go to my doctor and have a blood test to check my Serum Ferritin Levels, which I did and my level was not too bad for my health but for the hair it was too low and that is why I was loosing my hair . She told me to buy some Iron tablets and to take them for 6 months and see what happen . I only started the tablets a months ago so I cannot see the difference yet , but I am confident it will work. Iron has a big impact on your hair , so have yours tested and speak to a proper trichologist they should be able to tell you if that is your case or not, before taking minoxidil has this has a lots of side effects.

    I will let you know what happen with the Iron tablets .

    I hope this helps.

    Please keep me up dated.

    Kind regards
  10. lesley11

    lesley11 New Member

    Trichs and UK

    Thank you so much for replying. I can get to Maidstone relatively easily as I live in Essex so will definitely bear that person in mind. I originally went to Philip Kingsley in London who prescribed me the Minoxidil. They were very thorough (and expensive!) in most respects but didn't warn me about the shedding. I went back recently and have stopped putting it all over my head and just stuck with the receding temple which is definitely working. The shedding has stopped. On the same day I went to a free Centre that recommended some kind of pepper lotion for £300 (Plus VAT!) which I declined!!! I would love to hear how your treatment goes as I am not keen on staying on the Minox for a long time. Decided to give this reduced amount a go for four months then re-evaluate.

    Take care. This hair loss business is so stressful but hopefully things will improve. Lesley
    PS I had a blood test and my ferritin levels were high - above the range - another thing to worry about!
  11. evey

    evey New Member

    up date

    Hi Lesley

    How is your hair going? I have been taking those tablets for over a month now and I cannot see any deference yet , she told me it would take 3 months to start to see a difference ;-( My hair still falling and yes it is very stressfull specially in the shower which make it worse as stress isn’t good for hair lose , my temple are receding and the top looks thinner , I am worried but need to be patient with those tablet and hope for the best . I know Minoxidil work but am worried with the side effects and when you start you cannot stop , if you do it start to fall again , so maybe putting it only in the area you fell more conscious about is a good idea. Since my hair getting thinner I am looking at every woman hair now and have notice there is a lots of us who seem to have very thin hair on top, we are not alone . But lest hope it doent get worse.

    Kind regards
    Eve
  12. Carolbish

    Carolbish New Member

    How HairMaker has changed my outlook on life

    Hi,

    I have been struggling with hair loss for over ten years and i've tried most holistic routes and natural remedied but struggled to find anything until a friend mentioned Hairmaker to me. Im not interested in using chemicals in my hair, taking tables that i don't know what the true side effects are and definitely not interested in hair transplants. A friend mentioned a product that has recently come to the UK (i bought it in France) called HairMaker. Its made from Cotton and not kertatin ( i still wonder how ethical Keratin is). Its a fibre that i add to my hair every morning and i look like I have a full head of hair. There are lots of products like it on the market and this seems to be reasonably priced although i did pay a bit extra because i bought it in France. Its available on the uk website and id strongly recommend it to anyone who struggles with lack of confidence because of what their hair looks like. For nearly ten years ive not socialised in public and only spent time with friends and family at their homes. I can tell you that since i started using hairmaker ive been out to the cinema, bars and restaurants. I feel like a different person. if you have struggled, then i whole heartily recommend you try this. if you break it down, it costs less than £1 a use which is great.
  13. Carolbish

    Carolbish New Member

    Im not one for chemicals. you should try hairmaker hair fibres.

    Hi,

    I have been struggling with hair loss for over ten years and i've tried most holistic routes and natural remedied but struggled to find anything until a friend mentioned Hairmaker to me. Im not interested in using chemicals in my hair, taking tables that i don't know what the true side effects are and definitely not interested in hair transplants. A friend mentioned a product that has recently come to the UK (i bought it in France) called HairMaker. Its made from Cotton and not kertatin ( i still wonder how ethical Keratin is). Its a fibre that i add to my hair every morning and i look like I have a full head of hair. There are lots of products like it on the market and this seems to be reasonably priced although i did pay a bit extra because i bought it in France. Its available on the uk website and id strongly recommend it to anyone who struggles with lack of confidence because of what their hair looks like. For nearly ten years ive not socialised in public and only spent time with friends and family at their homes. I can tell you that since i started using hairmaker ive been out to the cinema, bars and restaurants. I feel like a different person. if you have struggled, then i whole heartily recommend you try this. if you break it down, it costs less than £1 a use which is great.

    Carol
  14. misscarrie

    misscarrie New Member

    Hi,

    I'm in the north east, near durham.
    I'm 32 and currently dealing with my 6th episode of bad hair loss in 10years.

    My gps always jut say its stress or medication (i have a complex connective tissue disorder) and never look into it.

    I'm dreading going to my gp again and being fobbed off yet again but i'm making an appointment and just praying they finally take it seriously.

    My scalp is burning, like intense sunburn all the time during the shedding process.

    Cx