Just what is DHT anyway?
If you’ve done any research at all on hair-loss, you’ve probably seen the term “DHT.”
It’s a bit complicated, so let’s break it down.
DHT stands for dihydrotestosterone. It’s a hormone that naturally occurs in your body. It’s in everyone’s body – yep, men AND women – and it plays a very critical role at a few times in your life.
First, during fetal development. DHT helps your body know when and how to develop your sex organs correctly.
Second, during puberty. DHT is critical in the adjustment that we went through years ago. In both men and women.
But now, as we age, DHT isn’t so crucial, and in fact, it’s a big reason we start to lose hair.
DHT is actually a by-product of testosterone, in a way. It’s a metabolite that exists after testosterone breaks down. You might remember from biology class that “enzymes” are a molecule that break down proteins in your body. In humans, it is the 5-alpha reductase enzymes specifically that break testosterone down into dihydrotestosterone.
Take a look at the very small difference between testosterone on the left, and dihydrotestosterone on the right.
The difference is small, but that little hydrogen bond in red is key.
Alright, so what does DHT DO?
Frankly, hair-loss is NOT perfectly understood. But we do know that DHT shrinks hair follicles, and that when DHT is blocked or suppressed, hair follicles can thrive.
Over time and with constant and continued exposure to DHT, hair follicles that are sensitive to the hormone shrink and eventually die off.
That’s why it takes time – and age – for hair-loss to set in. Long, long exposure (like over the first 20 or 30 years of your life) to DHT. That’s also why not everyone experiences hair-loss – some people are just genetically predisposed – their hair follicles are more sensitive to DHT.
It’s not necessarily that you have too much DHT, it’s just that your follicle cells are sensitive to the hormone – and they get more sensitive as you get older.
But here’s the most important thing – with proper intervention, hair-loss can be slowed or stopped entirely.
That’s why we’ve focused so much time and effort on blocking DHT “at the root” – the hair root, that is. By blocking DHT with a topical solution, like our Shampoo and Conditioner, we can reduce the negative effects of DHT, and even reverse them, for thicker, fuller hair at any age.
We don’t want to reduce DHT throughout your entire body. That can produce other unwanted side effects That’s why we’ve focused on safely and naturally blocking DHT topically. We’re fighting the effects of DHT right at the source – your hair follicles.
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