What is Pattern
Pattern Baldness, Male Pattern Baldenss, and
female pattern baldness are the names given to the most common
type of hair loss. The medical term for this kind of hair
loss is Androgenetic Alopecia. Pattern Baldness can be better
understood by taking the medical term and breaking down. "Andro"
refers to "Androgen" which covers any of the various
hormones that control the appearance and development of masculine
characteristics like Testosterone. The term "Genetic"
means the inheritance of a gene for hair loss from either
the mother or father side of the family. The term Alopecia
simply means the loss of hair. Pattern Baldness is what affects
95% of adults who are experiencing hair loss.
How does Pattern Baldness Develop?
The genetic factor inherited from either parent coupled with
other variables such as age, will signal the hair follicle
to start producing an enzyme known as 5 alpha reductase. When
this enzyme combines with the testosterone already present
in the hair follicle it produces dihydrostestosterone or DHT.
When exposed to DHT the genetically sensitive hair follicles
shrink and weaken. Therefore, when androgenetic alopecia occurs
large active hair follicles in specific areas begin to change
to smaller less active ones that shrink slightly with each
new growth cycle. Gradually, the hair shaft produces finer
hair (peach fuss) and eventually the hairs stop emerging.
Many believe that this process may also be affected or worsened
by other factors such a sebum and cholesterol build-up, poor
circulation to the scalp and even the aging process.
So what causes Pattern Baldness?
Pattern Baldness is caused by dihydrostestosterone or DHT.
Due to the genetic predisposition for hair loss, the hair
follicles have many receptors for DHT. The dihydrostestosterone
or DHT attaches to those receptors stunting its growth and
eventually preventing it. In addition to the genetic pre-disposition
there are other important factors
that may affect the hair follicle's suseptibility and response
To stop hair loss, the goal is to block the dihydrostestosterone
or DHT and protect the hair follicles from its effects.
In this website we discuss the varios natural products that
have been shown to have dht blocking effects and other factors
and products that are important to stop hair loss.
- The DHT Factor
- Follicle Blockage
- Poor Circulation to the Scalp
- Daily Stress
Can Pattern Baldness be cured?
Currently, there are no "cures" for Pattern Baldness,
only treatments. However, many of these treatments are beginning
to allow us to slow down, and in some cases even halt hair loss.
In this website we explain the scientific advcances that have been
made in the understanding of androgenetic alopecia and the strategies
and products that have been developed as a result.
- DHT Blockers or Anti-androgens
- Sebum Reducing/Anti-clogging/Cleaning Agents
- Circulation Stimulators
- Hair Nourishers
- Anti-Anging Components