Is it your scalp or is it your follicles? BOTH need care. If your scalp has an infection or a condition of chronic inflammation, then your follicles cannot be provided with the environment they need to grow healthy hair. If your follicles are being choked by DHT, then they will shrink, weaken and eventually fall away.
If you suffer with AGA (androgentic alopecia), or are genetically disposed to it, there are 3 areas that need to be addressed in order for your scalp and follicles to maintain and/or regain their health.
- Blocked hair follicles
- Nutrient supply needed for growth
- Conversion of testosterone to DHT
Currently there are only 2 FDA approved treatments for hair loss in North America. While marketed under specific brand names, each one works to treat hair loss. Minoxidil, originally designed to combat high blood pressure, comes as a foam and is said to enlarge the hair follicles, increasing circulation and extend the growing phase of new hairs. While circulation is important to transport nutrients to various cells, Minoxidil doesn’t address the causes of hair loss, which is the conversion of testosterone into DHT, which eventually choke the follicles, weakening and thinning each hair strand. Adding to that, its alcohol base causes many to report unbearable itching.
Secondly, drugs like finasteride work to block DHT at the source by inhibiting the enzyme (5-ar) responsible for converting testosterone into DHT. Without DHT, the follicles can continue through their growth phase. Sounds good, right? Except for 2 things. No nutrients are being added to the follicles, and the side effects of the drug are not at all desirable, to say the least!
Thus, preventing hair loss requires preventing the hair follicles from being blocked by DHT, supplying sufficient nutrients to the follicle and preventing the conversion of testosterone into DHT.
When testosterone enters the follicles of those genetically disposed to MPB, the hair follicles increase their production of the enzyme 5-alphareductase. In turn, this converts testosterone into a hormone called DHT. Once the follicles are exposed to DHT, they enter the resting stage and begin to weaken and shrink. At the same time circulation is reduced. In time, the follicle structure becomes so withered and shallow that the scalp can no longer sustain hair growth. The hair growth cycle is altered and the follicles begin to spend more time in the resting phase and less in the growing phase. Hair continues to fall out at the normal rate, but it is not replaced. The atrophied follicles become dormant and are not believed to be dead, but rather could be revived with proper stimulation.
Saw Palmetto, Pumpkin Seed, Stinging nettle – all synthetic free botanicals - work to inhibit DHT from binding to the follicle, inhibit the enzyme 5-ar from converting testosterone into DHT and supplying the follicles with copious amounts of nutrients and essential fatty acids – all the while supplying the scalp with anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial protection to enable the best possible environment for healthy hair growth to continue. And zero drug related side effects!