What Causes Hair Loss?
DHT is the enemy of your hair follicles. It's what causes hair loss... not blocked follicles, not poor circulation. DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) is a derivative of the male hormone testosterone. The hormonal process of testosterone converting to DHT, which then harms hair follicles, happens in both men and women.
Androgenetic Alopecia or common male pattern baldness (MPB) accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. By the age of 35, two-thirds of American men will experience some degree of appreciable hair loss. By the age of 50, approximately 85% of men will have significant hair loss.
Mistakenly thought to be a male disease, women actually make up 40% of American hair loss sufferers. Hair loss in women can be absolutely devastating to self image and emotional well being
Testosterone converts to DHT with the aid of the enzyme Type II 5-alpha reductase, which is held in a hair follicle's oil glands. Scientists now believe that it's not the amount of circulating testosterone that's the problem but the level of DHT binding to receptors in scalp follicles. DHT shrinks hair follicles, making it impossible for healthy hair to survive.