What is DHT?
A receding hairline and thinning crown can induce stress in just about everyone. And it often leaves us scouting for answers about what is causing this? Is this stress, diet (When was the last time you ate lauki?), lifestyle (money heist binges and FIFA nights no more!) or genetics? Unfortunately the more you look the more confused you get, let us try and save you some surfing time and some wifi usage (it is keeping us going during quarantine).
Here’s the deal, Male Pattern Baldness or Androgenic Alopecia is primarily caused by dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a male steroid hormone. For those who are genetically susceptible the effect can start as early as our late teens (yes! MPB has nothing to do with age!), although it may not be apparent until much later. The impact starts with shortening of the hair lifecycles and gradually follicles start to shrink over time as the DHT binds to the hair follicles and stops them from being able to absorb the nutrients (this is why we try to fix your absorption) they need to create and grow hair.
Okay, but what does testosterone have to do with my hair?
DHT or dihydrotestosterone is an androgen produced as a by-product of testosterone (like tiredness in the morning is a byproduct of midnight binges). Not only that it is also responsible for the formation of male genitalia during pregnancy. DHT is produced as a byproduct of testosterone through the 5α-Reductase enzyme -- an enzyme that converts a certain percentage of your testosterone into DHT in tissue such as the skin, liver, prostate and hair follicles.
If you have the genetic component for MPB( if you received it as a gift to your parents, yes not all of us are lucky enough to get iPhones), DHT can bind to receptors in your hair follicles (cling to them, as we cling to snacks in the quarantine) then cause them to weaken, shrink and eventually die - which makes your hair fall. This process is called “miniaturization” (another word for your quarantine scrabble).
This is why most MPB or Androgenic Alopecia treatments use DHT Blockers or solutions like minoxidil which allow more blood flow to your follicles so they can receive nutrients and grow hair.
So does this mean masturbating causes an increase in DHT production and thus hair loss?
NO! There is no evidence (and believe us, we looked - what with all the time on our hands right now) and nothing suggests that masturbation can increase hair loss. It is a healthy habit and you should do it however, you please.
Does this mean I should use a DHT Blocker to stop my hair fall?
Well, tune in to read about that. We can’t give away all our Tatva Gyan at once!