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DHT and its effect on hair loss in men and women

Do you know that hair loss can occur due to hormonal imbalance? Can it be reversed? Find out here.

Hair loss affects men and women differently and can have an intense impact on our lives. Although more men are seen with balding patches, women are not away from this mane menace. While there are innumerable internal and external causes which play a role in damaging hair, DHT or Dihydrotestosterone is considered to play a major role in most cases.

What is DHT?

DHT is a sex steroid and an androgen hormone. An enzyme called 5?-reductase synthesises DHT from testosterone in the prostate, hair follicles, testes and adrenal glands. DHT is actually made from testosterone and helps the body grow and regulate itself.

What does DHT do?

DHT maintains and develops sexual characteristics as well as metabolic activities such as production of blood cells. So for men, DHT is essential part of growing up, more so during puberty. DHT inhibits and reduces the proper growth of hair follicles in a process called miniaturisation, which affects genetically-vulnerable hair follicles resulting in lighter, finer hairs.

This hormone attaches itself to receptor cells of the part of these follicles called dermal papillas (the root), thus preventing hair from getting the necessary nourishment for proper growth. DHT causes the hair follicles to shrink and brings hairs from growing ‘anagen’ stage to resting ‘telogen’ stage which gets extended. Eventually, these hairs stop growing. This hormone is a prime contributor to hair loss in men. Hair loss causes in women are varied and DHT is influenced by a decrease in oestrogen and loss results in thinning rather than complete balding.

Is there a way out?

Fortunately, hair loss cure is available in many forms. You can inhibit the production of DHT as well as control the enzyme 5?-reductase production. With natural formulations such as Revivogen Shampoo and Foligain Hair Loss Capsules, you can help regain the glory of your lost mane without much hassle. The ingredients in both these solutions are loaded with anti-DHT properties and essential nutrients which provide strength and resilience to hair, thus preventing thinning, breakage and loss.