If you’re one of the many men and women reading this who are faced with male or female pattern balding, you’re probably in the investigative stage trying to find a solution to slow the process down. You’ve likely already heard that higher dihydrotestosterone (DHT) results with receding hairlines and thinning hair. DHT is a byproduct of testosterone, so most people assume that your body is producing too much testosterone. While this is a rational thought, it is a bit more complicated than that.
Different Testosterone Forms
There are many different forms of testosterone that exist in your body. The “free” testosterone that isn’t bound to proteins in your body is the one that is most available to act within it. Albumin, a protein in the blood, can also have testosterone bound to it. However, most testosterone in your body is bound to SHGB protein (sex hormone-binding globulin). This protein isn’t active. While you might have a low level of SHGB, it is still possible to have a high level of the “free” testosterone in your bloodstream.
How Genetics Play A Role
Genetics play a large factor in whether or not you will face male or female pattern baldness. While the amount of DHT does cause baldness, it’s more the sensitivity of your hair follicles to the testosterone. The AR gene is what makes the receptor on your hair follicles interact with the DHT and testosterone in your body. If you have sensitive receptors, your hair follicles can be triggered by a smaller amount of DHT, making hair loss occur more easily. While other factors like age, stress, and diet can contribute to hair loss, genetics do play a significant role.
Treatments of Hair Loss
Now that we know the importance of genetics and DHT play into hair loss, there are ways that you can slow the process down. However, the most important factor is to determine if DHT is truly the culprit. If you’re suffering from hair loss due to an oily scalp, stress, diet, or other medical condition, these treatment options might not help. Get to the underlying cause first.
So! If DHT is the culprit, here are some of the best treatment options available to help slow balding down:
- Minoxidil – Also commonly known as Rogaine, this hair loss product is a topical solution that you apply directly to your scalp to help stimulate the hair follicles. Many have seen incredible results and even hair regrowth, however, once you stop using the treatment the growth is put to a halt.
- Finasteride – This is a pill that you get a prescription for. It blocks the conversion of testosterone to DHT, which will slow your hair loss! However, like the other treatment, once it is stopped you lose any results you may have seen.
- Low-Level Laser Brush – Approved by the FDA, this brush provides laser therapy to the scalp in a non-invasive way. It has been proven to improve the condition of the scalp, making hair growth optimal!
- Natural Oils and Homeopathic Treatments – There are dozens of different oils, herbs, and foods that can help block DHT on the scalp. Take a look through our blogs to find out different natural ways to help your body naturally block DHT.
It’s important to remember that no matter which route you choose, you will need to be patient before you see results. It can take a few months before any of the treatments show signs of improvement.