Hair and Nails

Hair and Nails in Gloucestershire

Within Gloucestershire, Dr Anita Takwale is the hair and nail specialist. She provides a secondary and tertiary hair and nails referral service for the South West.

The service covers a wide variety of support for hair and nail conditions, and includes facilities for Diphencyprone immunotherapy (for alopecia areata), hair microscopy, and medical photography, as well as strong links with a dermatopathologist with an interest in hair and nail disease. 

Dr Takwale holds this specialist hair clinic in two locations. This clinic is held on the NHS twice a month at Gloucester Royal Hospital.
To access this service, please talk with your GP. 

In addition to this, Anita holds a private clinic at the Nuffield Health Hospital every Wednesday and alternating Fridays.
To discuss the Nuffield Health option, please contact Lucy Puchowski and Harriet Greenstock at
tel: 01242 246519


Hair Conditions

Scalp hair is a key component of how we express our personalities and perceive our self-image and so hair loss can have a significant impact on our well-being and quality of life. Yet, 82 out of every thousand individuals are diagnosed with scalp and hair disorders [Rea et al. 1976]. This can present in multiple forms; from a small patch of hair loss to excessive hair shedding; and from minor changes to severe inflammation potentially resulting in discomfort and permanent hair loss. To establish the correct diagnosis requires careful assessment of the patient’s history and examination findings, sometimes supplemented by appropriate investigations. Patients are commonly referred for specialist dermatology review either to establish a diagnosis or for advice on therapy.  

Common hair conditions feature hair thinning or loss. Below is an interview by Dr Takwale after her talk on Scarring Alopecias at the Hair Education Day, Glasgow. 


In addition to standard treatments for hair loss, Dr Takwale offers 'Platelet Rich Plasma' treatment for this at her clinic (see below for more information).


Nail Conditions

Like hair, nails matter.  We view them not only as practical tools - they protect our sensitive fingers and toes - but they are also a feature in how we perceive our own health and image. Yet like the other body parts, nails can suffer from abnormalities and disorders too. We can see spots, discolouration, and nail seperation which can be independent or as a result of other medical conditions. Dermatologists are well-equipped to interpret and diagnose nail conditions, and can give you the best advice to take moving forward. 

Below is a video interview of Dr Takwale after her talk  on Nail Surgical Anatomy at the British Hair and Nail Society Conference, 2019. 


Further Links
The British Hair and Nail society website which provides a reliable and up-to-date information on hair, scalp and nail disorders. 
An A-Z of Nail terminology from the New Zealand Dermatological Society.
Alopecia UK is a charity focused on alopecia areata.