Hair loss is a condition that can affect many people, including both men and women of all ages. While there are a number of different root causes of hair loss, one of the key causes of this condition is DHT or Dihydrotestosterone. This hormone is an androgen that can play a huge part in hair loss, causing the condition known as pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia. It is produced by a metabolic modification of the hormone testosterone.
Often, this hormone production can be slowed down or eliminated by blocking the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. Different chemicals that can inhibit the enzyme are called DHT blockers. DHT blocker shampoo and other hair products contain ingredients that can reduce the production or accumulation of DHT, and by that slowdown hair loss that is a result of androgenic alopecia.
Finasteride is a prescription drug approved by the FDA for treatment of alopecia. It is taken orally at 1 mg dose, and has been shown to inhibit type 2 5-alpha-reductase, resulting in 60% reduction in scalp DHT concentration.
It is worth noting, that some shampoos are better than others, as they contain more effective, higher quality and concentrations of the active ingredients. It is therefore well worth looking at reviews of the different shampoos on the market in order to find one that other users may have found effective.
Here are my favorites –
|Pura d'or Hair Loss Shampoo||Contains mostly natural and traditional DHT blockers such as Nettle extract and Amla oil
|DS Laboratories Revita||Contains Ketoconazole, a major synthetic DHT blocker, as well as Caffeine
|Regenepure DR||Contains Ketoconazole, a major synthetic DHT blocker, as well as Caffeine
These products not only to help inhibit DHT to reduce or stop hair loss, but are also able to condition the hair, keep follicles clean and clear, and generally promote the health of your hair as well as stop hair loss.
How DHT blocker shampoo can help
DHT blocker shampoo is a product that can help to reduce the risk of hair loss by reducing scalp DHT production. It does this through a number of effective ingredients contained within the shampoo. By blocking DHT production, the shampoo is able to reduce the effects that this hormone has on the hair follicles, thus also reducing the accompanying hair loss.
There are a number of key ingredients that may be included in the shampoo depending on the make that you purchase. Some of the effective natural ingredients that can be used to help inhibit DHT production include saw palmetto, Azelaic acid, nettle, caffeine and pumpkin seed oil. Among the synthetic DHT blockers, Nizoral (ketoconazole) is the most effective. Minoxidil is one of the only two FDA approved medication for hair loss. Although it stimulates hair growth, it does not block DHT production.
In addition to these active ingredients, these shampoos may also contain ingredients such as tea tree oil to keep the pores clear, various vitamins to boost the health of the hair and scalp, and ingredients such as niacin to help boost blood circulation in the scalp. Some also contain ingredients that can help to combat dandruff.
In short, a good shampoo that blocks DHT can help to not only reduce the risk of hair loss stemming from DHT production but can also help to improve the condition of the scalp and hair.
Using a DHT inhibiting shampoo
When it comes to the proper use of a DHT inhibiting shampoo, you should always ensure you read the instructions that come with the product you have chosen. By and large, these shampoos can be used on a daily basis and some may advise you to use them prior to going to bed in order to get the best results.
It is also worth bearing in mind that you may need to have additional moisture or hydration for your hair when you’re using this shampoo, so you may want to consider getting some form of nourishing conditioner or treatment to use on an occasional basis alongside your shampoo.
Key benefits of using shampoo with DHT blockers
There are a number of key benefits that come from using a shampoo that is able to inhibit DHT production. Amongst the main benefits are:
- Simplicity: These shampoos provide a simply yet effective way to reduce the production of DHT in order to help those who are experiencing hair loss
- Choice of products: You will find a number of shampoos available that are able to help with the reduction of DHT production, so you can find the one that best suits your needs
- Effective solution: A high quality DHT blocking shampoo can provide an effective solution to help those who are experiencing pattern baldness due to high DHT levels
- Improve condition of scalp and hair: If you choose the right shampoo with a range of high quality ingredients, you can also benefit from using a product that is able to aid the overall general health of your hair and the condition of your scalp.
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