Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male and female pattern baldness, is the leading cause of hair loss in millions of men and women around the world. Age, genetics, and disease are all factors contributing to hair loss but the scientific field has found an underlying cause of hair loss lies in one’s DHT levels. So, are your DHT levels too high?
What is DHT
Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, is an endogenous androgen sex hormone that contributes to the development of what many think of as “male” sex characteristics. It is formed from the hormone testosterone, where it converts to DHT through an enzyme known as the 5-alpha reductive. DHT is used in certain tissues such as the prostate gland, seminal vesicles, skin, hair follicles, liver, and brain. In fetal development, DHT plays a vital role in the developments of male characteristics, and many of the effects that testosterone has in the body, only happen after it is converted into DHT. But DHT is a tricky thing as it has the ability to create, as well as destroy.
When one’s DHT levels are too high, it can be detrimental to the hair on your head. And unfortunately, women are no exception. About 10% of testosterone produced by an adult each day is converted to DHT by the testes and prostate in men, and the ovaries in women. So both men and women are affected by this hormone.
When DHT levels increase more than they should, it binds to the receptors in the follicles on the scalp. This shrinks and weakens the hair follicles in the process. This process is called ‘miniaturization, and effects the hair cycle, eventually leading to a complete end of hair growth in the DHT-affected hair follicles. This is why men bald the way they do when affected by high DHT levels. Male pattern baldness usually starts as a receding hairline and thinning of the crown, which the hair in those areas are more prone to DHT.
However, as stated above, DHT is vital for hair growth and other important roles in the body. It fuels the growth of hair on one’s chest, back, and other areas, and yet, is detrimental for those strands on your head.
Testing DHT Levels
Before doing anything, check with a consultant about testing your levels for DHT. You can take a simple blood test to measure the amount of DHT in the blood. Many of those who suffer from hair loss, have an acute sensitivity to the hormone. Make sure your levels are where they need to be. If they aren’t, then take the next step in blocking this hormone from reaching your head.
DHT blockers are easy and pain free, as they consist of shampoos/conditioners, as well as vitamins. Kiierr’s DHT blocking shampoo/conditioners are great for those that are suffering from androgenetic alopecia, or for those that are sensitive to the DHT hormone. They block the enzymes that convert testosterone into DHT, and are packed with proteins and nutrients such as zinc PCA, green tea, kapilarine, allowing your hair to stay strong and healthy. Zinc PCA regulates the sebaceous gland and blocks DHT; green tea reduces and blocks DHT levels, as well as cholesterol; and kapilarine stimulates hair regrowth and maintains it’s strength.
You can also get vitamins that reduce and block DHT. Kiierr’s DHT blocking vitamins are packed with all natural ingredients like saw palmetto, horsetail extract, zinc, vitamin B6, biotin, folic acid, and more. These types of vitamins help to improve scalp circulation, while also blocking DHT and promoting hair growth.
If you’re suffering from high levels of DHT, don’t wait to do something. Nip the hormone in the bud now and help your hair stay strong and healthy.