A large percentage of our population, both men and women, experience more than normal hair loss. There are drugs available to minimize hair loss and encourage new hair growth, but not everyone is comfortable using these products. Natural hair regrowth formulas that rely on plant based materials are readily available for the reduction of hair loss and new hair growth. The most effective products will be those whose ingredients block the production of DHT on the scalp. So, what does regrowing hair have to do with DHT?
DHT, or Dihydrotestosterone, is produced by the body when the hormone testosterone and an enzyme called 5 alpha reductase combine. Another hormone called androgen, which is known to have a significant impact on the growth of hair on the body, is adversely affected by DHT. When the two mix, the common result is hair loss. Both men and women have these hormones and enzymes naturally occurring in their systems. Hormonal changes in the body frequently alter the metabolism of these hormones, which can result in male hair loss beginning in the early years, and women may experience hair loss in later years as they approach menopause.
Hair follicles need to be nourished to grow healthy hair. When DHT is present in abundance on the scalp, it tends to prevent the vitamins, minerals and proteins from being delivered to the hair follicle. When the hair follicles are deprived of nourishment they tend to reproduce more slowly and the growing phase for the follicles may be shortened. Eventually the follicle gets smaller and the hair ultimately falls out.
The hair restore products you choose need to do three things:
1. They include ingredients that naturally block DHT on the scalp
2. Unclog hair follicle pores
3. They deliver nutrients to the hair follicles to stimulate growth
For any product that intends to give your body a boost to regrow hair, all three actions need to be met by the product. An effective shampoo will have ingredients that will naturally block the production of DHT on the scalp, cleanse away the buildup that has blocked the pores and nourish the hair follicles with the proteins and amino acids they need to produce strong, healthy hair. Look for natural based formulas that do not contain surfactants, which are very strong sudsing ingredients that are used commercially for heavy duty cleaning. You want a formula that is gentle and mild enough for daily use and is non-toxic.
There are two FDA approved ingredients that are proven to block DHT and encourage new hair growth, and they are finasteride and minoxidil. These formulas have withstood rigorous testing to provide results, but some people experience unwanted side effects with use. Does this mean that natural and herbal formulas do not work? No. It only means that no one has paid the FDA money to research the natural ingredients, however many herbs have been used successfully for hair for hundreds and even thousands of years before there ever was an FDA.
Some natural ingredients to look for in hair restore products are Saw Palmetto. Saw Palmetto is a plant whose mechanism works similarly to finasteride in that it is a natural 5 alpha reductase inhibitor and stops the conversion of testosterone to DHT. Essential oils of lavender and rosemary have been used in hair preparations since ancient times. Nettles and bay have a history of use for restoring dull lifeless hair and treating dandruff. Tea tree oil is a very popular remedy for a number of ailments and contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties needed for a healthy scalp.
When shopping for an effective natural hair regrowth shampoo and scalp treatments, go with well known manufacturers in their field who offer studies to support the efficacy of the ingredients their products contain. Beautiful hair has been a source of pride in men and women since ancient times. With the relatively low cost of natural hair restore products, compared to their prescription and chemical counterparts, it is possible to shop around and try several products to find one that works best for you.
Ms. Granley learns and keeps abreast of various hair loss and hair restoration products available on the market. Having a family history of hair loss, she and fellow sufferers have seen significant results from hair regrowth shampoo products. Visit Best Hair Regrowth for an selection of wonderful products to restore and grow beautiful hair.