Baldness and testosterone seems like an unlikely couple but experts in the field of hair loss now say that this odd couple could be responsible for over 80 percent of balding in men and 25 percent of all balding in women.
Testosterone is produced in cells of the testicles in men and in much smaller amounts in the ovaries and adrenal glands of women. This important hormone circulates within the bloodstream, with spikes in testosterone levels seemingly being controlled by changes in time of day and exposure to sunlight.
But the connection between baldness and testosterone only seems to appear after testosterone is converted into dihydrotestosterone by an enzyme in the prostate (in men) and hair follicle cells (in men and women). The conversion into DHT occurring in the hair follicle cells is what brings the link between baldness and testosterone to life.
Once the conversion takes place DHT takes up residence deep within the hair follicle. Over time the accumulation of this androgen hormone starts to cause follicles to fail or in some cases die making the normal hair replacement cycle impossible to complete. Those areas where follicle damage is the most severe is where balding will be first noticed. In areas where DHT accumulation is not yet as advanced hair will appear unhealthy due to a shrinking follicle and restricted blood flow.
Once the cycle of conversion and accumulation has been happening from 4 to 10 years the impact of baldness and testosterone will start to become obvious with men showing signs of a receding hair line, thinning on or around the crown, and possibly bald spots, though that depends on the amount of time the condition has been at work.
In women the impact of baldness and testosterone normally occurs later (there are exceptions) and is seen as a general thinning around the whole top of the head, possibly spreading to the sides. They normally dont experience the receding hair line so characteristic of balding in men.
The stark variation in appearance between men and women is thought to be a combination of different enzyme patterns in the scalp along with differences in testosterone levels.
There is no doubt that baldness and testosterone is linked. The only remaining question is what to do about it.
There are currently a few hair re-growth products (formulated for men and women) which have been proven effective in both in blocking harmful hormones and bringing the all important dead hair follicles back to life. These specially formulated products can be used both as a preventative tool, starting before hair loss becomes severe, or after loss of hair has become noticeable. Whatever the level of balding or thinning you are experiencing these products could be just what is needed to overcome this latest life challenge.