There is a simple,
6-step Strategy for preventing, slowing and
even stopping hair loss. This Strategy has been
developed based on scientists have learned about the primary
and secondary factors affecting hair loss.
We know that to prevent, slow down and even stop hair
loss we must:
We now know that when the male hormone Testosterone which
circulates throughout our bodies is combined with the enzyme
5-alpha reductase, DHT (diHydroTestosterone) is produced.
The DHT attaches to receptors in the hair follicles. In turn
the hair follicles will begin to shrink, and their growth
cycle will be shortend. This process leads to hair thinning
and hair loss.
DHT Blockers, Inhibitors, Anti-androgens
To prevent hair loss we need to "block dht". This
is acomplished by inhibiting the enzyme 5 alpha reductase
effectivelly reducing the amount of DHT that can be produced
and by blocking the receptors in the hair follicles so DHT
can not attach to them. Products that accomplish this task
are known as "DHT
Inhibitors or as Anti-androgens".
These terms are often use interchangeably. Many times when
a product is said to have anti-androgen properties it means
that it can either inhibit 5-alpha reductase or block the
receptors or both.
The accumulation of sebum and cholesterol on the scalp can
contribute to hair loss by increasing the amount of the enzyme
5 alpha reductase which in turn means more DHT. It can also
block the hair follicle which can lead to malnutrition of
the hair root.
Clear excess sebum and cholesterol
Removing excess sebum and cholesterol from the scalp is imperative
to decreasing DHT and maintaining healthy hair growth. The
products in this section, remove sebum, cholesterol, even
residue from styling agents that may contribute to follicle
blockage. Many of these products also promote healty scalp
and hair by nourishing and moisturizing the area.
Lack of oxygen and blood flow to the scalp contribute to
hair loss by weakening the hair follicle and making it more
suseptible to the effects of DHT. Good Blood flow is essential
to the nourishment and growth of hair follicles. Again when
the hair root is well supplied with blood it is able to better
withstand the "minimization" effects of DHT. For
over 5000 years chinese herbalist have maintained that as
long as there is good blood supply to the scalp, hair loss
can be prevented. The products presented in this area help
prevent or stop hair loss by helping to increase blood flow
to even the smallest capillaries supplying the hair follicles.
They also help to make blood circulation throughout the scalp
Prevent Free Radical Damage
Since there is a link between aging and hair loss it is important
to take advantages of all the new anti-aging compounds and
powerful antioxidants. While some of the products in this
section are known for its anti-aging and antioxidant benefits,
and not for stopping hair loss, there are people who believe
there is a direct coorrelation. Afterall, if hair follicles
mature (get old) prematurely, they can be more easily "killed"
by DHT. It is also the aging process that first triggers the
creation of the enzyme 5 alpha reductase. In addition, this
section will also include products that have some dht blocking
or anti-androgenic properties.
Nourish your hair and scalp
Our hair IS affected by pollution, chemical treatments, stress,
nutritional defficiencies, etc. It is understandable that
if the "normal" hair (the hair that is not being
affected by DHT) is limp, dry and breaks easily, any actual
hair loss is going to be more noticeable. In addition, mal
nourished hair roots will age faster and will be more suseptible
to the effects of DHT. So in addition to preventing hair loss,
we should maintain our hair as strong and as healthy as we
can. This will make the thinning of the hair due to hair loss
be less noticeable. And again, strong hair follicles can better
withstand the DHT attack.