Hair loss is a common issue in males. Approximately 50% of men will have noticeable hair loss by the age
35. Most of the time, hair loss or thinning is just a normal part of aging. The main culprit for male
pattern hair loss is a sex hormone called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). In this article, you will learn about
DHT, how it causes hair loss and how certain DHT blocking shampoos can help prevent and reverse hair
How DHT causes male pattern hair loss:
The most common cause for hair loss among men is androgenic alopecia. Androgenic alopecia is hair
loss caused by genetics. In such cases, the culprit is a sex hormone–called DHT.
DHT is derived from testosterone. It’s a hormone that’s present in both men and women. While it is
necessary when you go through puberty, as you get older, it is fall less important. Men typically have
more testosterone present in their bodies. About 10% of testosterone in all adults is converted to DHT
with the help of an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase (5-AR).
Once it’s freely flowing through your bloodstream, DHT can then link to receptors on hair follicles in
your scalp, causing them to shrink and become less capable of supporting a healthy head of hair.
High levels of androgens, including DHT, can shrink your hair follicles as well as shorten this cycle,
causing hair to grow out looking thinner and more brittle, as well as fall out faster (this process is called
“miniaturization”). DHT can also make it take longer for your follicles to grow new hairs once old hairs
While hair loss is a common issue, to properly identify the cause and address it, you must first consult
with a physician. If the physician determines that you ate suffering from male pattern hair loss, you
then need to use product that can stop DHT from attacking hair follicles.
To date, only one medication has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help
males (not females) to reduce DHT in your body. While this drug, Propecia, has the ability to accomplish
a critical step in helping reverse hair loss, it can pose certain serious side effects.
A safer route to block the harmful effects of DHT is by using topical products that reduce DHT only at the
scalp surface and do not present the possibility of side effects, like those potentially caused by Propecia.
One of the best topicals currently recommended by numerous physicians is Hair Restoration
Laboratories’ Professional Strength Hair Restore Shampoo. Commercial shampoos will usually contain
harmful chemicals, such as sulfates and parabens. Parabens, for example, are preservatives used to
destroy bacteria and fungus. They can irritate sensitive scalps and impede hair growth. Sulfates can
also strip natural oils from the scalp and hair. That can make hair dry and brittle. And if your scalp is
sensitive, sulfates can cause irritation like redness, dryness, and itching. This can also lead to hear
breakage and loss. However, the Professional Strength Hair Restore Shampoo contains numerous
ingredients that studies establish help block the harmful effects of DHT, prevent hair loss and promote
new hair growth.
Whatever path you pursue for hair loss, if you want to prevent or reverse it, you need to understand
that DHT is the villain and use products that can effectively fight it.