Black Hair Clinic

Comprehensive Hair Advice

Clinic for African Caribbean scalp & hair conditions

About


Natasha Dennis, IAT, is a Consultant Trichologist specialising in african caribbean scalp and hair conditions. She is the founder of Black Hair Clinic, a hair consultancy service based in South London and the author of A Beginners guide to Afro Hair Care: Let’s Start At The Beginning. Natasha’s holistic approach to afro hair problems and dedication to understand the underlying causes of scalp and hair conditions has made her the go to person for afro hair advice.

Registered with the International Association of Trichologists (IAT), Natasha has made contributions to numerous magazines and has moderated a final-year examination on behalf of the IAT.

She believes strongly in Continual Professional Development. Her desire to help her clients has led her to keep up to date with the latest advancements in hair conditions and attend professional courses and conferences such as The Ethnic Skin and Hair Conference, Cytoplan Thyroid Health and Function, Naturopathic Clinical Diagnoses and Healing the Hair with Nutrition.

With over 10 years of clinical experience Natasha has witnessed the dramatic impact a lack of nutrition can have on the hair and scalp at a cellular level. Since there is almost always an underlying inflammatory cause to hair conditions, she has focused her attention on supporting the organs that are causing the problem with nutrition.

Natasha's warm, relaxed and unbiased approach to clients has enabled them to discuss their hair concerns with ease. She understands the day to day problems her clients have with their hair and aims to help them make the right choices for it.
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Holistic Approach


Health

​Hair is made up of millions of cells and is extremely sensitive to any changes that take place in the organs of the body. Medication particularly those that control the body, affect nutrient absorption and hormones can affect your hair. Health problems of any kind are often due to an underlying nutrient deficiency or stress.

​Stress

​Offence can often be taken when stress is cited as a cause of hair and scalp problems because our perception of stress is that we can’t cope. Stress can be caused by worry but it can also be caused by being busy even if you are enjoying what you’re doing. This is due to the pressure on the adrenal glands. Internal stress never leaves the body unless it is addressed, it simply accumulates over time. This means that a stressful event that took place 20 years ago may still carry itself as a physiological stress if left untreated.

Although the results of stress can relate to many types of hair loss, stress typically results in two types of hair loss, Telogen Effluvium due to high Cortisol levels and Alopecia Areata due to low cortisol.

Cortisol is a stress hormone made by the adrenal glands. The role of the adrenal glands is to react and adapt the body to stress. When the body goes through too much stress this can be very destructive on the body’s proteins causing it to break down and turn into sugar so they can be used as fuel. So if cortisol is too high, you will experience protein loss which includes hair loss. On the other hand an extremely stressful event or period can shock the adrenal glands and cause cortisol to go too low. This results in a loss of immune function and the body will develop autoimmune antibodies which attack the hair follicles.

Nutrition

​There is a lot of information in the news about the importance of eating enough protein to grow our hair. It seems to be the logical answer but with today’s western diet being more meat and carbohydrate based then ever before, you’re probably eating more protein then you actually need and still not seeing results.

On a foundational level what your body really needs to function properly are Trace Minerals. Trace Minerals help to make enzymes work. Enzymes are the work force of the body and there are millions of them constantly at work to build up and break down protein. In fact without enzymes your hair wouldn’t grow.

Even if you are eating the best organic fruits and vegetables, you still won’t be getting near the amount of minerals and vitamins as people did in the first half of the early 19th century when plants were far more mineral rich then they are today. This is because the soil from which our plants grow are depleted of essential nutrients. Typically only 3 of the 74 minerals are put back into the soil.

F.A.Q


Appointments are available on Saturdays 9am-12pm
Clinics are held in South Kensington, Brixton, Harley Street, Bank, Earls Court and Canary Warf.

Details of your appointment location will be provided in your appointment confirmation email.
Consultation £295 up to 1 hour and 30 minutes
Check-up £150 up to 1 hour

Brixton Clinic

Consultation £225 up to 1 hour and 30 minutes
Check-up £110 up to 1 hour

Your consultation will include:
 
  • Discussion of your scalp and hair condition
  • Examination of your scalp and hair
  • Diagnosis of scalp and hair condition
  • Advice on what can be done to help
  • Hair care advice
  • Treatment recommendations

Yes. A deposit of £50 (£25 Brixton Clinic) is needed to secure your appointment which will be requested when you book through our online booking system.

If you need to cancel your appointment, your deposit will be refunded if 48 hours notice is given.
Yes. The waiting list is usually two weeks but we recommend checking the online booking system as clients sometimes reschedule.
We can answer any questions you have about the appointment before booking, but we are unable to give advice about your hair concern without seeing you first. We do have a blog with lots of information which you may find helpful.
Unfortunately not. We offer consultations to diagnose your condition and let you know what can be done to help.
Yes. We treat and can give advice on both male and female scalp and hair conditions
Although carried out professionally, the consultation will be relaxed and informal. We believe this is the best way to build a good rapport with clients. We understand that you will be anxious about your hair problem and will do our best to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
Yes, your consultation will be carried out in complete privacy.
 


No. Blood tests do not always provide the most accurate information because a lot of health issues occur within the cells and not in the blood. If a blood test is needed, a letter will be written to your doctor. If you have had a blood test in the last two months you can bring a copy of the results with you to your appointment.
No. As strange as it may sound, it's better when your hair is unwashed. If you really need to wash your hair for example you have an itchy scalp, you can lightly shampoo your hair 48 hours before your appointment.
 


If you have washed your hair 48 hours before your appointment, you can use a light moisturiser. Otherwise please avoid putting anything on your hair.
Yes. If your hair is out, please comb your hair all the way through as you normally would on the day of your appointment. If you have taken your hair out of a weave or plaits, it's especially important that you comb your hair through properly to remove any loose hairs that will have accumulated while the hairstyle was in.
Yes. Ideally it would be better to have your hair out so the whole scalp can be assessed, but as long as the problem area can be accessed you can keep your hairstyle in.
You will only be asked to change your hairstyle if it's causing your hair problem. Sometimes the problem lies in the hairstyle not being carried out correctly and you may be able to return to your chosen hairstyle after treatment as long as it's carried out properly. Other styling options will be discussed if your hairstyle is no longer suitable for you.
We don't offer any hairdressing services but there is a great website called www.noscrunchie.com and it's the TripAdvisor to Afro hair salons. We also have a small group of salons we can recommend. These are salons that show a duty of care to their clients by referring them to a Trichologist if they notice a scalp or hair condition developing.
Yes. During your appointment, we will look at how you are styling your hair to see if it's causing your hair problem. Advice can be given on different styling options if your hairstyle is not suitable, but we have found that hair styling also comes down to personal taste. Other factors include lifestyle, the type of job you do, facial shape, how much maintenance you can and want to give to your hair and whether your hair can handle the hairstyle you want.

The consultation will get you started on the decision-making journey but we recommend arranging a free consultation with a stylist who will be able to advise you further. In our experience, most people have a much better idea of how they will style their hair after their consultation and all the options have been explored.

Yes, check ups normally take place three months after your initial consultation. The aim of the check-up is to see how you're getting on, alter treatment where needed and answer any questions you have.
No. Our treatments are medicated and prescribed for the treatment of scalp and hair conditions.
Treatment may be recommended if needed. Medicated treatments are included in the cost of your consultation.
Hair problems can occur for any reason relating to the bodies health. Because we have a completely holistic approach to scalp and hair conditions we may prescribe treatment that may not seem to relate to your hair problem. For example we may recommend a supplement to support your adrenal glands to address an issue of stress in the body which is causing your hair loss.

Our treatments are both topical and supplement based

It may not be what you want to hear, but treatment will not work overnight and will require a bit of time and patience. Because everyone is different we all respond differently to treatment, with some people seeing an improvement quickly and others taking longer. It's also important to take into consideration health, stress and lifestyle changes which can effect how quickly your hair responds to treatment.
If your condition can be resolved, treatment will only be needed as long as you have your condition. If your condition is manageable, treatment will be ongoing with the focus being to lower the dosage and frequency of treatment as your condition becomes more stable.
Photos will be taken of your condition at your initial appointment and your condition will be monitored at each check-up.
No. Because there are often a number of factors causing Afro hair conditions, ongoing treatment in the clinic is not the best approach. Treatments are prescribed in the form of medicated products which you can use to treat your condition at home. Other clinics may offer this service, so it's worth doing a bit of research if this is preferred.
During your consultation, your hair will be assessed to see if it can regrow. If regrowth is possible, treatment will be recommended. If treatment is recommended it will either help to regrow your hair or stabilise your hair loss, and this depends on what type of hair loss you have, what caused it and if there is any damage to your hair follicles. In some types of hair loss, you may need to try a course of treatment to see how your hair follicles respond. This will be made clear to you during your consultation.
If your hair loss is treatable, the amount of regrowth you will achieve depends on the type of hair loss you have and whether there has been any damage to your hair follicles. This will be discussed with you during your consultation. Treatment is less likely to succeed if check-ups aren't attended and treatment plans aren't followed.
That's great news! Trichology is an extremely rewarding career where you can help lots of people both physically and emotionally who are suffering with scalp and hair conditions. Click here to find out more about the International Association of Trichologists course and clinical training.
We are always developing the FAQ page, so please contact the clinic using the contact form with your question and we'd be happy to answer.

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Consultations


We believe that the consultation is the most important part of the appointment process for Afro hair loss and scalp conditions, and the foundation of everything else that follows.

Maybe you have had some concerns about your hair for a while but have felt too nervous to see anyone. Your stylist may have noticed hair loss that’s progressing or that there is still flaking after several shampoos. Or maybe you have tried every product you can think of to regrow your hair without success.

Most doctors are helpful but we have learnt that the knowledge of health professionals including ourselves is only as good as what we choose to learn and keep up to date with.

This has resulted in mixed outcomes for clients who visited their doctor before coming to us. You may have found your doctor’s advice helpful but the treatments prescribed didn’t work or dried your hair out. Maybe you don’t feel you were taken seriously or were told your hair style was the cause of your problem. A bit of guidance and advice from a professional hair consultation will help you get your hair back on track and go forward with clarity.

In our experience there are normally two or three different types of hair loss taking place in Afro hair at the same time. This is because of its unique shape and structure, the different styling processes used and health, diet and lifestyle factors. Each hair problem may affect the other and requires careful expert diagnoses to ensure that the right diagnosis and advice is given.

We offer private consultations on a one-to-one basis. Prior to your first appointment you will be asked to complete a hair history form. The information provided will allow us to make the most of your appointment time. All initial consultations lasts for up to 1 hour and 30 minutes where a detailed picture of your health, diet and lifestyle will be taken and your scalp and hair will be examined.

Following this, you will receive a diagnoses with an explanation of the factors that have caused or contributed to your hair condition along with a personalised treatment programme designed to meet your needs.

What will my consultation include?

Our consultations enable your hair problem to be diagnosed, to establish what can be done to help.
Your consultation will include:
·       Discussion of your scalp/hair condition(s)
·       Examination of your scalp and hair
·       Diagnosis of scalp/hair condition(s)
·       Advice on what can be done to help
·       Treatment recommendation
Written summary
Consultations Consultations

Goal Based Consultations


Goal Based Consultations
Goal based consultations

As well as our standard consultations we also offer consultations for specific goals you want to achieve.

Everyone has a goal when it comes to their hair, from having healthier hair to growing it longer. Goals are extremely important because they give us something to work towards and they also make us ask what we need to do to get there.

Goals can be realistic for example you could say you want your hair to be softer within a week or they might be unrealistic. So you could say you want your hair to be long within a month.

Goal based consultations look at what you want to achieve with your hair and if this is possible by taking into consideration all aspects of your health, diet, lifestyle and hair care practices.

Check-Up based consultations

A common thing some of our clients say is that they wish they had come to see us sooner. Although we encourage people not to focus on the past, most types of hair permanent hair loss could have been prevented, so it's important to look at measures we can take to reduce this. As well as our main consultation which aims to diagnose specific afro hair loss and scalp problems, we also offer check-up based consultations to help prevent hair problems.

In these appointments we look at how you are currently caring for your hair as well as your general health, diet and lifestyle but focus the appointment on how the choices you are making today can affect your hair tomorrow and what you can do now to prevent this.

Check-up consultations will give you an accurate picture of the current health of your hair and teaches you how to look after yourself holistically to ensure your hair is in the best health it can be.

Hair care consultations

Hair care is a topic that is still a grey area leaving many to wonder if it even matters. Even though hair care is very simple it is the most powerful thing you can do to reduce potential hair problems. A consistent hair care regime will help improve the overall health of your hair and may prevent some hair problems from occurring.

Most people dont like looking after their hair because they think it will be complicated. At Black hair clinic we don’t like complicated either and believe hair care regimes should become a natural part of your everyday life. You can go to a salon to get your hair done but at some point you will need to look after your hair so it makes sense to learn how to do it properly.

You may have a regime and just want to make sure you’re doing everything ok or you may not have a regime.

From learning what products to use, to how often you should wash, a hair care consultation will leave you feeling confident about looking after your hair.

Prices


Consultation £295 up to 1 hour and 30 minutes

Check-up £150 up to 1 hour

Brixton Clinic

Consultation £225 up to 1 hour and 30 minutes

Check-up £110 up to 1 hour

Your consultation will include:
 
  • Discussion of your scalp and hair condition
  • Examination of your scalp and hair
  • Diagnosis of scalp and hair condition
  • Advice on what can be done to help
  • Hair care advice
  • Treatment recommendations

A summary of everything discussed during your appointment will be sent within 10 working days following your appointment.

If you are an existing client and want to book a check up, please contact the clinic

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Appointment times

Appointments available on Saturdays 9am-12pm

Deposit

A deposit of £50 (£25 Brixton Clinic) is required to secure your appointment booking. This can be paid when you book through the online booking system. If you need to cancel your appointment, deposits are refundable if 48 hours' notice is given.

To book a consultation please click the green 'book now' button below. Once we have received your booking, we will email you to confirm your appointment.

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Clinic Locations

Appointments take place at one of our locations below. The address and full instructions of how to find the clinic will be provided in your appointment confirmation.

South Kensington
Brixton
Harley Street
Canary Wharf
Earls Court
Bank

Trouble booking

If you are having trouble booking online, please send us your details using the form on the contact us page. Once we have received your details we will email you back to confirm your appointment and provide details on how to pay your deposit.

Full name
Address
Date of birth
Mobile number
What date and time you would like

Contact


If you have any queries please fill out the form below and someone will get back to you within 24 hours.

Clinic Secretary Shirley Henderson and Charlemagne Ibanez-Geron