Best Care for Male Hair
If you are experiencing or starting to notice a receding hair line around your frontal temples, or thinning at the crown (vertex) of your head, you are not alone! Up to 70% of men will be affected by hair loss during their life time, with the incidence increasing with age. The most common cause of hair loss in men is androgenic (androgenetic) alopecia, also known as hereditary hair loss or male pattern hair loss. It occurs due to a genetic susceptibility of the hair follicles to miniaturization under the influence of a potent male hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Top Issues for Men Suffering from Hair Loss
Below we address some common concerns regarding male hair loss, along with natural alternatives for supporting healthy hair growth. If your question is not addressed, feel free to contact one of our experts by clicking to the left.
Androgenic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss in men.
It begins when an enzyme (called type II 5-alpha-reductase) in the hair follicle converts testosterone to the hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT then binds to receptors in the hair follicle. This occurs naturally in every man, but the degree of production of DHT, as well as the sensitivity of the follicle to its effects, are genetically influenced.
DHT causes the hair follicles to dramatically shrink, reducing the flow of blood and nutrients to the cells that are building the hair shaft. This results in production of progressively finer and thinner hair until the hair is simply too fine to survive.
The stages of the hair cycle also become affected in a DHT-laden hair follicle: the active growth (anagen) stage begins to shorten while the resting (telogen) stage extends. With a progressively shorter growth stage and longer resting stage to each hair cycle, fewer new hairs are available to replace those that are lost.
Receptors in the follicles may also become more sensitive to DHT and/or increase in number, increasing the overall effects of DHT.
The end result is increased hair loss, less new hair growth to replace that lost, and hair that is produced becomes narrower (thinner) in diameter.
My physician told me that hair loss in men is natural and inevitable, and that nothing can be done about it. Is he right?
Androgenic alopecia is indeed natural, in that it is your body’s response to DHT in the hair follicle.
But it’s hard not to worry about hair loss. No one would choose to lose their hair – whether from natural causes, or otherwise. Thankfully, several natural options are available for combating and reversing hair loss, repairing hair follicles, and stimulating healthy hair growth.
Medications including minoxidil (Rogaine), the androgen receptor–blocking drug spironolactone (Aldactone), and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors such as finasteride (Propecia) may be recommended by your doctor. While they can be effective, the long-term effects of these pharmaceutical treatments are unknown. In addition, because they artificially stimulate hair growth or reduction of hair loss, hair is likely to fall out when these treatments are interrupted or discontinued.
Other courses of treatment may include hair replacement surgery or laser light therapy treatment. These options can have undesirable side effects as well as being extremely time-consuming, costly, and inconvenient.
More and more men are turning to natural therapies as a solution to hair loss. You may wish to supplement conventional treatment(s) such as those suggested by your doctor, or consider an all-natural approach with a balanced diet and hair-healthy nutrients. Natural ingredients such as the herbs, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients found in Hair Essentials™, help restore balance to the body and encourage natural healing. Unlike chemical medications that can accumulate in the system, become toxic, override the body's innate intelligence, and potentially cause hormonal or immune system imbalances, natural ingredients provide the body with what it needs to heal itself. With proper nourishment, the body can naturally reduce production of DHT, inhibit binding of DHT to the hair follicles, repair damaged and inflamed follicles, reinvigorate dormant follicles, and grow healthy hair.
My maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother suffered from hair loss. Does this mean I have an increased chance of androgenic alopecia?
Research indicates that the susceptibility to premature hair loss is largely the result of inherited genes – but which genes, and how many, is still being studied. Despite the staggering number of men that androgenic alopecia impacts, there is a surprisingly small number of scientific studies on this topic.
There is good news: follicles were previously thought to be permanently gone in areas of complete hair loss; however, they are more likely just dormant. Recent studies have shown that the scalp contains the stem cell progenitors from which the follicles arose. Along with a balanced diet, supplementing with key hair-healthy nutrients such as those in Hair Essentials™ can naturally reinvigorate dormant follicles to stimulate healthy hair growth and help reverse hair loss, as well as block DHT production and binding to the hair follicles to prevent future hair loss.
While it may not be possible to completely prevent androgenic alopecia if you are genetically predisposed to developing it, you can significantly reduce the severity of male pattern hair loss by reducing stress, eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy scalp environment, and taking a hair- healthy, all-natural dietary supplement like Hair Essentials™. Hair Essentials™ can reduce the production of DHT, inhibit the binding of DHT to hair follicles, repair and revitalize hair follicles, decrease scalp inflammation and nourish healthy hair growth.
Natural Remedies for Male Hair Loss
If you have been diagnosed with androgenic alopecia or hereditary hair loss, natural remedies are available that can reverse hair loss, prevent future hair loss, and encourage healthy hair regrowth.
Consume Green Tea.
Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) has been well-documented for its many health benefits. It contains powerful antioxidants called polyphenols which scavenge free-radicals that can cause oxidative stress and damage to the hair follicles. Recently there has been some suggestion that Green Tea has an anti-androgenic effect in the body. Studies have shown that a higher intake of Green Tea leads to higher levels of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), a protein which prevents testosterone from converting to DHT (the underlying cause of androgenic alopecia). Research also suggests that Green Tea can help reduce inflammation, providing a healthier environment for hair growth. By drinking Green Tea or using a Green Tea extract, or even rinsing your hair with Green Tea, you can benefit from its healing properties.
Use healthy oils internally as well as on your scalp.
We've all heard the health benefits associated with consuming omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) including fish oils, algae-derived fatty acids, and hemp or other seed oils. Cold-pressed oils from plants such as jojoba, argan, evening primrose, borage seed, and coconut are also rich in fatty acids including omega-3, omega-6 (especailly gamma-linolenic acid, GLA), and omega-9 fatty acids, along with many other phytonutrients. Massaged onto the scalp, they reduce inflammation within the follicles, encourage circulation to the scalp, regulate sebum (oil) production to create a healthier environment for hair to grow in, moisturize and protect the scalp and hair, and repair and rejuvenate damaged hair follicles. In addition, essential oils (not to be confused with pressed oils) including rosemary, lavender, chamomile, helichrysum and many others, provide therapeutic benefit to the scalp and follicles. Add a few drops of essential oil(s) to your jojoba, coconut or other oil and massage your scalp a few times a week, or use in a weekly hot oil treatment. You can also add a few drops of essential oils to your shampoo and conditioner.
Eat green apples.
Clinical trials have revealed that procyanidin B-2, an ingredient found in apple skins promotes growth at the hairline as effectively as extra strength minoxidil does at the vertex.The skin of the immature (baby) green apples is the richest known source of this procyanidin.
Exercise increases blood circulation to all areas of the body, the scalp included. Studies have shown that increased blood circulation to the scalp can assist in stimulation of the follicles and encourage them to begin producing hair again.
Supplement your diet with Hair Essentials™.
Hair Essentials™ provides more than 20 hair-healthy herbs, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients that are delivered to the scalp where they quickly work to:
- Reduce the production of DHT
- Inhibit the binding of DHT to hair follicles
- Stimulate inactive hair follicles
- Reduce scalp inflammation which can lead to hair loss
- Encourage hormones responsible for hair growth to stay in balance
- Regulate the time hair remains in the dormant stage
- Provide vital nutrients for the structural development of healthy hair
- Protect hair follicle cells against oxidative stress and damage
- Seed follicles with the nutrients they need for new hair growth
Hair Essentials™ customers often notice decreased shedding or hair loss within the first few weeks. Most customers report dramatic improvement and faster hair growth by three months, and many customers report that their hair grows 75% to 100% faster!