DHT Hormone and Hair Loss

I was talking on my mobile with a friend, who was looking at a guy’s picture in a magazine whose hair she said ‘is going bald’ and she saw this long word ‘Dihydrotestosterone’.

She asked if I know what this big word, ‘dihydrotestosterone’ means…

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Thought I’ll share here as well…DHT is short for Dihydrotestosterone. In layman’s term DHT is a male hormone. DHT is important in the early parts of growing up but can cause bad effects for adults.

Simply said, it is frustratingly ironic because although DHT gives hair to men in the early days of growing up, it takes their hair away from their scalp in adulthood! DHT is the main cause for male pattern baldness.

Since this is a male hormone, will it affect the ladies hair as well?

Female hair loss patterns, causes or problems are more complex, and DHT is just one of the possible causes. It is observed that women who have relatively high levels of DHT also tend to have some male ‘attributes’ or ‘sex characteristics’ like a deepened voice and facial hair.

So it is possible that these women will also experience hair loss problems caused by DHT.

How does this happen? Before that, let’s briefly get to know the 3 stages of how our hair grows:

DHT Hormone and Hair Loss

1) Anagen or growing stage – hair follicles in the scalp are growing lasting approximately three to five years

2) Catagen or intermediate stage – end of the growing stage in which the hair follicles are preparing for the resting stage. The growth period at this stage would normally last for about one to two weeks or may extend to a month

3) Telogen or resting stage – lasts from three to four months. During this time, hairs that have reached their lifespan will fall out and growth of newer hairs will begin. It is also at this stage that about ten percent of your hair will shed

DHT Hormone and Hair Loss – How does it relate

DHT does not cause the actual hair loss.

Rather, DHT in fact ‘restricts’ hair follicles in the scalp to grow hair or otherwise, it lengthens the resting stage.

While some people will not be affected by DHT, those whose scalp have a generic tendency to hair loss, may likely be affected as their hair follicles (in the scalp) would react or are sensitive to DHT’s effects.

To paint a simple picture, DHT makes it hard for much needed nutrients like proteins, vitamins and minerals to smoothly and effectively get into hair follicles for optimum hair growth.

As time goes by, these hair follicles shrink (miniaturization) causing ‘stunted hair growth’ or hair growing slower than it healthily or naturally should.

Then hair also becomes thinner and things can get really bad when eventually hair stops producing and growing. And this is when balding or bald spots appear on the scalp or head.

Treatment for DHT Hormone and Hair Loss

Treatment for DHT Hormone and Hair Loss

So what can be done about the negative effects of DHT? Is there any proven formula or substance to combat DHT effects?

There are two medications proven by MHRA and FDA – Propecia and Minoxidil – to treat specifically genetic hair loss caused by DHT.

What do MHRA and FDA stand for?

MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency, UK)

The MHRA is a government medical regulatory body in the United Kingdom (UK). Medical product(s) that is being granted a license by MHRA means the medical product(s) has been proven to be effective and safe to use as it would have gone through rigorous clinical trials involving a large group of participants.

FDA (Food and Drug Administration, USA)

Same as how MHRA works in the UK, so is the same for FDA in the US. Therefore, ‘FDA Approved’ medical products also mean these medical products have gone through rigorous clinical trials to ensure effectiveness and safety for consumers.

It has been reported that these two medications, Propecia (for men only) and Minoxidil (for men and women) have been proven and licensed by both MHRA and FDA to treat specifically GENETIC hair loss or use as part of a hair treatment program. It can most like help conditions like Alopecia Areata.

These two substances too need to go hand in hand with a proper nutritional diet and proper lifestyle, as well as a ‘booster’ hair growth program, products or ingredients tailored made for the unique individual’s hair condition, depending on hair analysis, monitoring and ongoing results.

Last but not least…

In a nutshell, from what I have researched thus far, deep and wide, ultimately, there are no ‘shortcuts’ or short term solutions to long and lasting results, and no ‘one size fits all’ solution (that’s why we need to get individual and professional hair specialist advice before taking the next step).

Everything still boils down to my all time favorite saying – consistent commitment, discipline or planning, handling and caring for your scalp and hair with love and tenderness, as well as persevering and being patient.

And through all these have a positive and upbeat approach to the many colors and ups and downs of daily living! – not being perfect but just doing the best you can!

And may I add, this is the reason why I am so happy dabbling with my recipes which are really fun, oh-so-flexible to suit my moods and feelings, tastes, preferences, routines and timings, which are all great for the health of my scalp and hair growth.

My recipes are all natural, cheap and compliment any solution, treatment or program I know in the market.

In fact, my recipes themselves and scalp massage keep my scalp healthy and keep my hair growing at its naturally fastest speed. They are also working great to keep away dry hair and split ends 🙂


Experts highly advice and recommend consulting or getting professional advice from a hair loss specialist before taking up any kind of hair treatment because each individual’s case and condition is unique. Many factors must be taken into account like family history, diet, daily routines, lifestyle and other personal preferences before giving any hair loss solutions, treatments or program.

This article is just for informational and educational purposes and not to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prescribe any treatment or medication to any person(s).


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