DHTMyths and facts about male pattern baldness can be confusing as newer knowledge blends with older ideas. Although there are certainly genes at play with this type of common hair loss, the myth that male baldness is inherited from your mother’s relatives has been largely dispelled.

The genetic factors at work are far too complicated for such a simple explanation. What we do know is that genes do play a large role in how testosterone is converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The wrong rate of conversion from testosterone to dihydrotestosterone and the wrong speed of chemical release are ordered by a gene sequence that results in a recognizable pattern of hair loss for many men.

What Is Male Pattern Baldness?

Male pattern baldness is a type of hair loss that is characterized by a very specific pattern of hair thinning. Hair thins noticeably faster in some areas of the scalp than in others. Noticeable hair thinning occurs earlier at the crown of the head, temples and forehead before other areas of the scalp.

The term ‘widow’s peak’ is attributed to male pattern hair loss in references to the arches created in the hairline of the forehead. The thinning at the crown can appear as though a tonsure. Hair loss at the temples is also characteristic of male pattern baldness.

How Is DHT Responsible for Hair Loss in Men?

As stated, genetics plays a very complicated role in hair loss associated with male pattern baldness. Researchers continue to identify more factors that affect hair loss via genetic studies.

Although there are many genetic variables, one mechanism that researchers have confirmed that offers a partial explanation for male pattern baldness is the genetic control mechanism that determines the speed at which testosterone is converted into DHT (a more potent form of testosterone). Men with male pattern baldness convert testosterone into DHT faster than men who do not experience that type of hair loss. Too much DHT creates a shrinking of the hair follicles and a slower hair regrowth cycle.

Are There any Reliable Hair Loss Remedies for DHT Imbalance?

Although many claims have been made, research and development in pharmacology and in genetics have not yet offered a panacea for hair loss associated with or known as male pattern baldness.

Research does continue in the area of chemistry and pharmacology to determine more precisely how the mechanisms that control DHT production function. Ongoing research is also being conducted to understand more about gene expression in general, and gene modification.

Taking care of your hair with a healthy diet, hair care and hairstyling will help keep your scalp and hair follicles healthy. These strategies will also prevent hair loss due to breakage of the hair shaft. At Embassy Studios, we offer customized non-surgical, hair restoration solutions for men suffering from the devastating effects of hair loss.

Our clients experience the completely natural look and feel of actually growing hair in whatever style and color they desire. To schedule a free consultation call us at (312) 642-9800 or to contact us via email click here.



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