DHT and Hair Loss

So What Is DHT?

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The most common form of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, more commonly known as male or female pattern baldness. This type of hair loss is hereditary and is caused by the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

DHT is short for the hormone/androgen dihydrotestosterone. DHT is formed when the 5a reductase enzyme synthesizes DHT in the body’s adrenal glands and hair follicles.  It is also important to understand that changes in the metabolic function as well as the production of various androgens such as DHT can have a drastic impact on hair loss in both men and women. A larger number of men in the world will be affected by this type of hair loss. By the age of 80, almost 80% of the world’s male population will have experienced some level of hair loss from androgenetic alopecia. But almost 40% of the world’s female population will also experience hair loss from the hormone DHT.

DHT and Hair Loss

How DHT Causes Hair Thinning

Male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness are caused by this DHT. DHT is responsible for male and female pattern baldness, as it causes the hair follicles to shrink and eventually “die” because they are incapable of producing a healthy hair strand anymore. Hair follicles are actually quite sensitive, and with increased exposure to DHT, a process known as miniaturization is caused.  The result is that the hairs become thinner and thinner until they fall out, and new hairs will not grow back to take their place.

DHT and the Dermal Papilla

The dermal papilla is the probably the most important component of your hair follicles. It is directly responsible for your new hair growth. The cells in the dermal papilla differentiate and split to create new hair follicles. The papilla is also connected to the blood capillaries in the body. The blood capillaries are responsible for sending the vital nutrients required for the hair follicles to grow properly.

The dermal papilla also has many androgen receptors, although men have more androgen receptors than women. DHT directly attaches itself to the androgen receptors and prevents them from absorbing the essential nutrients needed for healthy hair follicles to be formed. If DHT is left unchecked, it will cause the hair resting stages to become longer and the hair growth stages to become shorter. This will eventually lead to baldness.

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DHT and Hair Loss

How To Treat The Effects Of DHT

Finasteride has been proven to be the most effective treatment for stopping the potential damage caused by DHT. It works as an alpha 5a reductase blocker and therefore stops the conversion of the androgens in your body to DHT. This means that because less DHT is produced, less hair will be lost.

Minoxidil also works great at stopping the miniaturization of your hair and will help you keep your hair for longer.

If you have any questions about your hair loss, contact the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic today.

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