Female Pattern Hair Loss: The Facts

Up to 40 percent of all hair loss sufferers are women. With hundreds of conditions to contend with, losing your hair can be a daunting and terrifying experience. Famous actors and celebrities like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Vin Diesel make hair loss look fashionable. Whilst women, on the other hand, tend not to opt to totally shave their head, even when they’re suffering with a hair loss condition like Female Pattern Hair Loss. Often leaving them with widening partings, limp hair and suffering self-confidence.

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What Is Female Pattern Hair Loss?

Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL) or, as it’s more widely known, Androgenetic Alopecia is the most common form of women’s hair loss globally, with over 8 million people in the UK suffering with it in some form. It can start as early as puberty, but occurs most commonly after the menopause. FPHL is a genetic condition and is inherited from one or sometimes both parents, and can be triggered by hormones at any time after puberty. The hair starts to thin around the front, top and crown areas of the scalp and can vary in intensity, leaving some people with areas of thinner hair.

example of thinning hair

How Female Pattern Hair Loss Is Triggered

The first signs of FPHL are often the widening in the parting or the noticeable feeling that your hair isn’t as thick or as full as usual. Female Pattern Hair Loss increases with age, with fewer than 50 percent of women having a full head of hair their entire life. There are various triggers for FPHL, the most common being genetics. The gene is usually passed down from parents and family members, but can lay dormant for years before becoming active. Medication, stress, illness and other forms of Alopecia can also be triggers of the condition.

results of using the Intralace System

How To Deal With Female Pattern Hair Loss

There are plenty of options to try which will enable you to live a happy life, with healthy hair. We can treat hair loss from the early stages, as well as the more severe cases. Our range of safe and easy-to-wear hair systems allow you to live life comfortably with the hair you’ve always dreamt of. Medi-Connections are perfect for minimal cases, with the Intralace System being the choice for more severe cases.

We understand that living with a hair loss condition is no easy task and something no one should have to contend with. But there are some simple ways you can make the whole process a little easier. The first step is remembering your family and friends are there for you – don’t suffer in silence. Many people try and hide their condition from the people they love. because often they think it’s a burden, but the more you talk about it, the easier it will be to handle. There are thousands of groups and sites you can visit where you can talk to like-minded people, who are going through similar situations to yourself.

If it’s not yourself but someone you know who is going through a tough hair time, make sure you’re there if they need you. Pop in to see if they’re okay, message them with words of support, or come along with them to one of our studios. We’re sure they will appreciate it.

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How Lucinda Ellery Can Help You

Our aim is to make sure our clients leave our studios feeling a million dollars. Our friendly teams and welcoming studios are on hand to give the very best treatment for your condition, all in complete confidentiality. Your experience will start with a FREE consultation that allows you to talk about your condition, and allows us to assess the situation and work out the best treatment for you. We often opt for the Intralace System or Medi-Connections for Female Pattern Hair Loss cases.

If you’re still unsure about anything we have mentioned or have more questions about Female Pattern Hair Loss, don’t hesitate to drop us a message over on our Facebook page. And don’t forget, you’re never alone!

The Lucinda Ellery Team x

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Recognising the Early Signs of Female Hair Loss

Hair loss can be triggered at any age and there are a vast amount of conditions out there, meaning sometimes it’s hard to understand what’s going on or what is wrong. There are some simple steps you can follow to understand whether you are losing your hair and why.

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Shedding – normal or not?

The average person sheds between 100 – 150 strands of hair a day, a lot more than people think, so simply seeing hair in the plughole doesn’t necessarily mean there’s something wrong. However if you feel like you’re losing more than this or your hair is getting thinner, and are seeing larger amounts in the shower or when brushing/styling your hair then this can be an early sign that something isn’t right.

Women’s hair can often go through temporary periods of change, caused by hormonal swings, stress, or illness, and will often return to normal in a few weeks; so there’s no need to worry straight away, but you should keep a close eye on it and if it persists then you should investigate further.

Pay attention to your parting…

Your parting can often be one of the first areas of your hair to change, if your parting is widening and you’re finding it hard to cover up, then this is likely to be an early sign that shouldn’t be ignored.

…and your parents

Hair loss can be genetic, so it is also worth tracing back through your family history to see if this could be one of the causes. Did an aunt or a grandmother have very thin hair earlier than might be expected? Or did someone on the family wear wigs?

If there’s no record of hair loss in the family but you’re losing thickness or finding areas where your hair is disappearing then it’s best to seek medical advice to find out if there is a clinical cause, such as thyroid or hormonal problems, before taking any further action.

Thinning, receding, or patchy loss?

Take careful note of the type of loss you are noticing, so you can clearly describe it to your GP or any other professional you speak to. Maybe even take photographs so you and they can assess how matters are progressing. You may know how your hair looked or where the hair line was a few months ago but they are only seeing it as it is now.

  • Is your hair getting thinner overall but is otherwise normal?
  • Is your hair line receding? And is it at the front or the sides?
  • Are there patches where the hair is falling out and/or not regrowing or growing back much thinner than usual?
  • Is there any inflammation of the scalp?
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Some examples of thinning and patchy hair loss

Where to turn next?

If there is a clear medical reason for your hair loss then there may well be a treatment available which will return your hair to normal along with your health. However there is much that is not understood about the causes of hair loss and what can trigger it, so if your GP can’t offer any help then you may have to request a referral to a Trichologist for further enquiry. Sometimes unfortunately a diagnosis doesn’t offer prospects of a cure – for instance Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (characterised by severe receding of the front hairline) is currently considered irreversible and you have to turn your attention to ways of disguising your hair loss in order to look your best.

Hair problems solved

Those same ladies after coming to see us

This is where we come in. As well as advising you on your level and type of hair loss or who to speak to medically, we have vast experience of using a variety of different techniques to make your hair look normal and healthy– from simple styling ideas for mild loss, through scalp make-up, ultra-fine hair extensions to add body, right through to full 24/7 hair systems to augment or even completely replace your hair. We’ll give you as many options as we can to suit your needs and lifestyle.

In the next post we’ll discuss the different types of hair loss, how they progress and how best to handle them. In the meantime if you’d like to speak to us or come in for a free consultation we’d be happy to hear from you. Call our London number – 0208 741 8224 – or one of our other studios across the UK or drop us an enquiry through one of our contact forms on our main UK site.  If you’re in the US then please visit our US website – studios in Los Angeles and New York.

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International No-Pulling Week – getting the message out there

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Last week, we continued a new tradition we’ve had in place for the past few years by hosting ‘International No Pulling Week’.

The week looks to raise awareness of a condition called Trichotillomania, or TTM for short, which affects around 110 million people worldwide. We think it’s staggering that so many people around the world are touched by TTM yet so few seek treatment for it – latest figures estimate that this is less than 1 in 10. The condition is actually more common than bulimia and No Pulling Week helps us to raise awareness of this little-known problem.

For those of you who aren’t too sure what TTM is, it is a disorder where sufferers feel compelled to pull out hair from their head, eyelashes, or even body to deal with personal emotion, stress, anxiety. It can be described as a ‘coping’ mechanism and, as I like to call it, a method of ‘self-calming’.

I have worked for 25 years to find ways to lessen the impact that TTM has on women’s lives. Like any condition of this kind, it is worse when sufferers are feeling anxious, stressed or lacking in self-confidence; so by having fabulous looking hair, we can try and minimize these feelings and offer hair styling and support in a safe environment.

Katie Neiman

Katie Neiman

Therefore with all the above in mind, we wanted to ensure International No Pulling Week got the attention it deserved in the media – you may have seen some of the pieces on our Twitter and Facebook channels but we were thrilled with the debate it raised. We kicked off the week with two pieces in Ok and Look, with the latter featuring one of our ladies who we’ve been working with for a while – Katie Neiman telling her story about how she first started pulling when she was at university. She also told her inspirational story on the Daily Express Online.

Phoebe Ottomar

Phoebe Ottomar

Another client who sought our help was Phoebe Ottomar – just 19 years old, Phoebe started pulling out her hair at the tender age of 8, and her incredibly brave story was featured on the likes of the Mail Online, Cosmopolitan online as well as in Phoebe’s local newspapers.


A very special mention also needs to go to Charlie Suggett – aged 25, Charlie came into our London studio to film a piece for Channel 5 News. The health reporter, Catherine Jones, spent a few hours at our studio, interviewing Charlie and hearing how TTM had affected her, while I talked about how our pioneering Intralace system can make a difference – if you haven’t seen the piece already, make sure you watch it here.

While International No Pulling Week has now drawn to a close for another year, our work to continue to help women with Trichotillomania continues. As I’ve outlined, for many women, the first, and biggest step is admitting to themselves that they have a problem so if anyone reading this thinks they might suffer from TTM or knows someone who needs help or advice, don’t suffer in silence – please visit the Trichotillomania pages on our main site.


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Hello Autumn…

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The mansion for the photo shoot

We are looking back today at the great month that September really was, wishing farewell to the British summer and welcoming the autumn with open arms. It has been something of a busy month here at the Lucinda Ellery head quarters with our Bristol studio in full swing, the photo shoot for our new extension site completed and with international no pulling week on the horizon I must say the buzz in our studios has been somewhat electric!


The photo shoot team

We are updating our extension website and we are super excited about this, so excited in fact that we want to tell you all about it now! We have been looking into our extension offerings for some time now and with an array of extensions on the menu, including micro rings (for certain types of hair), skin wefts and Medi connections (for fine hair); we now want to give you a site which shows you just what they can really do for your look and style. In order to get the shots we wanted we hired the most stunning country home as the location which ensured we had the most amazing backdrops to showcase our fabulous extensions.

The Lucinda Ellery team were on hand to ensure the 5 models chosen for the shoot had hair to die for, Buster Knight (make up artist to the celebs) was also on hand to ensure they were picture ready and Lucinda herself was there styling the models with the right dresses and jewels to match. Xfactor’s Chloe Jasmine was also in attendance offering hints and tips from a modelling point of view, invaluable to us all. All in all it was a great team effort which has resulted in some outstanding pictures of which we are very proud. We hope you all enjoy the new site which should be up and running in the very near future. Here is a sneak peak of what happened on the day…

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Bristol now open full-time

bristol-team-360In addition to the excitement of our new site is the news that our amazing Bristol studio is up and running full time! The city, the team, the studio all ensures that our new location is one of our best yet! The team, currently being managed by long standing Lucinda Ellery team member Claudia, is in true Lucinda Ellery style, one of the most welcoming teams with their priority being to ensure that all our clients leave with a smile on their face! If you haven’t been to see us yet then you must! We look forward to welcoming you into our Bristol studio.

Opening times of our Bristol studio:

Tuesday – Friday 9.15 am – 6.30 pm and Saturday 10.15 am – 5.30 pm
Lucinda Ellery Bristol, 58 Pembroke Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3DT

Book your next appointment at our Bristol Studio by giving us a call on: 0117 905 1160

Save the Date!! 1ST – 7TH October


Raising awareness of Trichotillomania (TTM)

International No Pulling Week is aimed at educating people about TTM to help alleviate the suffering women go through in isolation and highlight the effects this secret syndrome can have on millions of women around the world.


“I have worked daily, for over 30 years, with the most amazing women who sadly struggle with a hair pulling disorder called Trichotillomania (TTM). I believe that not only can women live and survive with TTM, but they can also thrive. One of the joys of working with these women is witnessing them, with the right help, become pull free. These women are then able to cope with their TTM with the love and support from their family and friends, not to mention me of course. Let’s make this International No Pulling Week all about spreading the word, educating people, and sharing this week with somebody you care for and love. A problem shared is a problem halved.”
Lucinda Ellery

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Welcome to the world of Lucinda Ellery Edinburgh!

Edinburgh Skyline

“Edinburgh – This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.”  – Alexander McCall Smith

Lucinda Ellery opened the doors of her Edinburgh consultancy in August 2013! Although we had ventured north to some extent in opening our Manchester consultancy some 3 years prior, we were still inundated by enquiries from Scottish clients asking if we had any plans to open something closer in proximity. Due to this high demand we visited Edinburgh and it was love at first sight. The people, the Scottish charm and the most beautiful city steeped in the most stunning history and culture……… and as they say the rest is history.


“I love Edinburgh, I love everything about it… our team, our clients, our studio… It is such a pleasure to visit! Whenever I go to our Scottish location I always leave with a smile and it is always at that moment that I realise what a fantastic decision we made in opening this location. As with any new studio, it takes time for all the pieces of the puzzle to fall into place, however I can confidently say we have one of the best teams in Edinburgh, clients always leave happy and the cards, letters and calls I receive from our Scottish ladies really is testament to this” – Lucinda Ellery.

Meet the team

Edinburgh team photoshoot

Our Edinburgh girls at our latest photo shoot! Managed by Studio Manager Robyn, (Centre), the Edinburgh team always take some time to have a little fun!




Megan is our latest addition to the Edinburgh team but we are growing as this location gets busier so don’t be surprised to see one or two new faces next time you stop by!

What is your role at L.E?
I work as an assistant at Lucinda Ellery, but have recently started training as a lead technician

What do you like about working at L.E?
The best part about working at Lucinda Ellery has to be the clients. I am inspired everyday by these gorgeous strong ladies. I love catching up with them every six weeks and hearing all the latest. I also love working with the amazing Edinburgh team. I haven’t stopped smiling since I started working at Lucinda Ellery.

What do you love about Edinburgh city?
I love Edinburgh so much, it is a beautiful city. I love how I can take a ten minute walk from my house to the most beautiful beach! I love the castle (of course!) and all the gorgeous buildings around the city. I love how there is so much history, everywhere you go there is always a story to go with it.

Where is your ideal holiday destination?
My ideal holiday destination would have to be California. I’ve always been fascinated with America since I was a ‘wee’ girl and it has always been a place I’ve always dreamed of going. My partner and I are planning a trip to California next year so hopefully everything goes to plan and I get to live the dream.

Services available at our Edinburgh Studio

Our Edinburgh Studio offers the same range of services as our London Studio to include the initial application and the maintenance appointments for The Intralace System, The Intralace Minima System and The Intralace Freewear System. We also offer all services for our professionally-applied hair extensions and our Medi Connections to include application, maintenance and aftercare appointments. We offer a colour and styling service for our hair integration and hair extension clients.

Consultations to discuss hair extensions can be booked Tuesday through to Saturday. Consultations for ladies with thinning hair or hair loss concerns can be booked on specified dates. For more information please call our Edinburgh Studio.

All appointments need to be booked by telephone 0131 450 7142.


How to find us

Edinburgh StudioThe Consultancy is based at 106 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6RQ. Our central location means getting to us couldn’t be easier! If you are coming by train then Edinburgh Waverly is the closest station taking either 5 minutes in a taxi or 15 minutes to walk. Edinburgh International Airport is a mere 30 minute drive away! Our studio is open 9am – 5.30pm Tuesday to Saturday.

See full directions and a map

Edinburgh client Hilary – how visiting the Edinburgh studio changed my life… and my hair!

HilaryHaving spent all of my adult life trying to cope with thin hair, I put Lucinda Ellery in my telephone book after watching a Documentary ‘Girls on the Pull’ aired on 16th July 2010 on Channel 4.

Over the years I would buy every hair product there was on the market proclaiming to thicken hair, all to no avail. As a retired registered general nurse I have always been interested in health and well being, taking vitamins for hair and nails over long periods of time.

I knew I had a good varied diet and that my health was at its optimum, so I knew my increasingly thinning hair was due to my genes. I suddenly stopped looking for a reason why my hair was thin, I knew I had inherited this embarrassing, soul destroying, condition from my mum.

I was so envious of others with thick hair; “oh if only”, “if only I had hair to style”, “to brush”, “to allow my granddaughter to play with. I would position myself at any social gathering, even at work to try to hide my parting which got wider as the years went on. These feelings never left me, it went on day after day.

I remembered putting Lucinda in my telephone book, looked up the web site and then read that there was a brand new consultancy in Edinburgh within driving distance. I arrived at The Salon on 22nd April 2014 not expecting to see Lucinda, but all of a sudden Lucinda was there to do my consultation, the surprise was so amazing, one that I will treasure forever.

Within a week my Intralace was in place. The whole experience was the best most positive thing I have ever done. The day for me was full of excitement not knowing what to expect. I would say I was happy, apprehensive, but feeling at ease immediately on arrival. I took a magazine picture of how I wanted my hair. Robyn, I knew straight away had a gift for just knowing how I wanted my hair styled along with the colour team who got the colour so good right down to the roots.

My daughter ‘gasped’ when she saw me that same evening. I thought “oh dear” but in fact she gasped because of how natural it was and she could not believe that the parting was not mine. From then on I have been adjusting to life with hair and trying family, friends and neighbours out to see what they notice. What I get is “I like your hair the way you have it” “It really suits you” “Your hair is lovely” to just nothing said. My clothes I know look smarter so I can now wear items not worn. There is now real pleasure in going out in company rather than my mind being taken over with ‘my hair’, ‘my hair’ and always that feeling of being inferior.

My husband is very ill and already I know I can cope with looking after him, hospital visits, whatever lies ahead, in fact it is making me a better person.

I am truly overwhelmed for how I feel, I am just so grateful to have come into contact with such wonderful people who have made my life very different in that I am no longer self conscious.


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Lucinda Ellery Manchester Studio

Manchester studio lounge

The Lucinda Ellery Consultancy first opened our Manchester Studio in January 2010.  We had many ladies who had expressed their interest in using our services if we had a Northern location so due to high demand Lucinda Ellery arrived in Manchester!

Lucinda says:

“I fell in Love with Manchester in a nano second. It is a fun, bright, lively city and I adore it. Everything is so convenient – lots of great shops and restaurants. Our Manchester clients are fabulous and I have every confidence that our Manchester team are looking after each and every one of them. I so enjoy getting lots of positive feedback about our services and am delighted that we made the decision to bring our expertise to Manchester”.

How to find us

The Consultancy is based at The Old Exchange Buildings 29-31 King Street in the heart of Manchester city centre. Manchester Picadilly train station is approx a 15 minute walk from us. It takes approx 30 minutes to get from Manchester Airport to our Studio. We work Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am until 6pm and on Saturdays from 10.30am until 5pm.

Manchester exterior


Our Manchester Team

We currently have a team of 11 at our Manchester Location. Domonique is our Studio Manager and she first starting working with us in our London Studio in 2007. Domonique says:

“We are all very down to earth and try to make clients feel like part of the family. It is important to us that our clients feel comfortable. We enjoy seeing the same faces and of course welcome each and every new client. There is lots of singing, banter and laughter! We work hard but we also get great job satisfaction”

Domonique and some of the Manchester team

Domonique our Studio Manager and some of the Manchester team enjoying a recent day out at Alton Towers

Services available at our Manchester Studio

Our Manchester Studio offers the same range of services as our London Studio to include the initial application and the maintenance appointments for The Intralace System, The Intralace Minima System and The Intralace Freewear System. We also offer all services for our Professionally applied hair extensions and our Medi connections to include application, maintenance and aftercare appointments. We offer a colour and styling service for our hair integration and hair extension clients.

Consultations to discuss hair extensions can be booked Tuesday through to Saturday. Consultations for ladies with thinning hair or hair loss concerns can be booked on Thursdays and Fridays.

All appointments need to be booked by telephone 0161 8322857.

Manchester interior

Celeb Spotting at Lucinda Ellery Manchester

We have looked after some high profile Clients to include Kym Marsh from Coronation Street, Jorgie Porter from Hollyoaks and ex Emmerdale and Dancing on ice star Roxanne Pallett.

Roxanne Pallett

Roxanne Pallett, before and after her Lucinda Ellery Professionally applied hair extensions

What our clients say about us

We really enjoy all the positive feedback we get in the form of emails, cards and letters. It is very rewarding to know that our clients feel well looked after at their appointments. You may be coming to Lucinda Ellery Manchester because you would like to change your hair using our professionally applied extensions or you may be coming because you are worried about your thinning hair or hair loss. We have different options for different hair scenarios and a personal consultation will determine which of our techniques would be the most suitable for you.

Here are some snippets of the recent feedback received:

“I just wanted to pass on my thanks to Dominique and her team in Manchester. I was very nervous about my first appointment but I really love my new hair and the confidence that it has given me. My partner says it makes me look 10 years younger (must be good!). Am looking forward to my next appointment and thank you again for making me feel so welcome”, Ghitta, Cheshire.

Chris and Lucinda, can you please forward my comments to the Manchester team. I was with them two weeks ago for an all day appointment getting my new Intralace done. I was really looking forward to it as it is something that I have thought long and hard about. My new hair has restored my femininity and I feel like a new woman. Thank you to Lucinda for her honest consultation. Thank you to Dominique, Tom and the rest of the team in Manchester for giving me these glorious locks and for making the appointment so enjoyable. They are a credit to Lucinda Ellery” Barbara, Belfast


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