DHT stands for dihydrotestosterone and is one of the causes of hereditary hair loss. DHT is a follow-product of testosterone, your body so it does DHT from testosterone. Only DHT is many times stronger than its predecessor. The androgenic effect is up to 3 times greater.
This conversion is done by using the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase (5AR, or 5α), which takes care of the conversion of testosterone to DHT in the prostate and, inter alia, the hair follicles.
Many anti-hair loss agents, there are therefore directed to either reduce these 5-alpha-reductase, or in order to reduce the free DHT itself; known examples are finasteride and dutasteride. Crazy enough, for example, Minoxidil is not yet known how it actually works, but it works.
Hereditary hair loss (AGA)
AGA, alopeca androgenic, or male hair loss occurs because the hair follicles are sensitive to DHT or. Under the influence of this powerful hormone shrink hair follicles, making them less longevity than normal hair follicles.
What is shrinking of the hair follicles
As described above, it is about the shrinking of the hair follicles as a result of DHT. This increases the hair shorter, it is lighter, thinner and more delicate; until finally only remains a vellus hair. This is a short, thin, light-colored hair that is almost invisible. According to research is no less than 95% of the cases of AGA the result of sensitivity to DHT. If you have more of this hormone produces is your hair loss in most cases even higher (if you’re sensitive to this).