A whopping 66% of men experience hair loss by age 35 and a quarter of those men will begin losing their hair by age 21! The best thing you can do to keep your head of hair is to take action as soon as you notice the signs of hair loss. The longer you wait, the harder it gets to reverse this telltale sign of aging.
What is DHT?
DHT also known as dihydrotestosterone, is a natural yet POWERFUL metabolite of the human body and the main factor causing hair loss. It is the clear-cut enemy of hair follicles to your head. The enzyme ‘5-alpha reductase’ is discovered in the oil glands of your hair follicles and it is used to convert testosterone into DHT. DHT binds to receptors inside the hair follicles, and too much DHT causes the follicles to decrease, making it impossible for healthy hair to live to tell the tale. It can have serious negative effects in adult life and is the #1 reason men (and women too) are losing their hair to male or female pattern baldness.
With that said, yes, there are several other determining factors that can contribute to your hair loss. However, this guide will focus on the most effective and fastest ways to reduce your body’s own DHT levels, so your hair finally has a chance at survival!
Let’s dive into 3 the best ways we can fight DHT in desire of slowing, stopping or reversing pattern hair loss.
- Finasteride– The use of Finasteride also called Propecia, blocks androgen production at its source and therefore lowers local scalp DHT. This is likely the ‘gold standard’ in delaying true genetic pattern hair loss. And unsurprisingly, it’s clinically proven to help slow, stop, or even partially reverse pattern loss and hair thinning. The additional use of vasodilators like topical Minoxidil and low-level light therapy and even stem cell therapy such as PRP may be assistive in stimulating growth of dormant hairs. (PRP: Fertilizer for Your Hair)
- Rogaine– designed with an active ingredient called Minoxidil, works by widening the hair follicle, causing a thicker strand of hair, and by prolonging the anagen phase of hair growth which results in longer and a higher number of hair strands.
- DHT Blocking Shampoo– Since the scalp is where hair loss takes place, its best to localize your DHT-fighting efforts around this area, making your results relatively rapid. GroMD Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo includes a powerful proprietary blend of DHT Blockers, along with Biotin, Caffeine, Niacin, Argan and Tea Tree Oils, ending notes with a tantalizing tingling sensation as this cocktail of active ingredients penetrates deep into the scalp. These ingredients have been clinically proven to stop future hair loss in its tracks, revitalizes and thickens existing hair follicles, and promotes healthy regrowth making it the ultimate TRIPLE threat. (GroMD Shampoo pre-sale order)
It is important to understand the proper use of these products and with just about anything, it’s all about maintenance and treatment must be continued indefinitely to maintain optimal and transforming results.
You may have heard of homeopathic ways to help reduce this feisty little hormone. While the right workout and healthy eating plan could potentially lower DHT tiers, in order to appreciably lower your levels, you’ll possibly need to take a DHT decreasing supplement (i.e. finasteride) in combination with a DHT Blocker (i.e. GroMD shampoo).
The key takeaway here is DHT plays a significant role in male and female pattern hair loss. If you feel you are at the progressive stages of hair loss and hair thinning, talk with an experienced hair restoration surgeon about more aggressive options-you may be a great candidate for an FUE or FUT hair transplant. At Modena Hair Transplant, Dr. Yazdan specializes in hair loss including medical management for both men and women as well as hair restoration surgeries. He takes great pride in restoring patient’s hair while restoring their confidence!
For questions or to schedule a consultation, call one of our offices conveniently located in Irvine, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas at 888-717-5273 or contact via our website at contact Modena Hair Link