Hair regrowth shampoos are an alternative treatment to drugs and chemical formulas used for hair loss. Since some hair loss sufferers who use FDA approved formulas experience unwanted side effects, there are many reputable companies that offer hair restore products and treatments that are based on plant and herbal extracts. When choosing these products you are looking for those that inhibit the production of DHT on your scalp. Now, why is DHT so important to know about?
Men and women both tend to lose hair due to hormonal changes in the body. Alterations in the metabolism of the male hormone androgen is found to play a significant role in hair loss and hair growth in the human body. A naturally occurring enzyme in the body, known as 5 alpha reductase, combines with testosterone, another male hormone, to produce DHT, or Dihydrotestosterone. Androgen is adversely affected by DHT, which is the main reason for hair loss.
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. Contain ingredients known to inhibit DHT on the scalp
2. Keep hair follicle pores from becoming clogged
3. They deliver nutrients to the hair follicles to stimulate growth
The most effective hair regrowth shampoo will contain a combination of these three components. DHT blockers will inhibit the production and accumulation of DHT on the scalp and clean out the pores so the hair follicle can receive the nutrients. Proteins, minerals and amino acids are delivered topically, directly to the hair follicle to help stimulate new hair growth and maintain a healthy scalp. As many of these shampoos are derived from natural ingredients, they tend to be very gentle on the hair and scalp, even with every day use, do not leave harmful residues behind, and are non-toxic.
After rigorous testing, the FDA has approved two ingredients as proven DHT blockers and new hair regrowth stimulators. They are finasteride and minoxidil; however, while many people are concerned about the side effects of these ingredients, they are wary of natural products that make similar claims for hair regrowth. Many plants and plant derivatives have been used to maintain healthy hair and scalps in humans since ancient times. The fact that no one wants to pay the FDA to test these un-patentable plants in the same way it has tested finasteride and minoxidil, does not mean that the properties in these plants is not effective for hair growth. Many people experience beneficial results from the use of plant based hair restore products.
Essential oils have been popular since ancient times in the production of hair preparations and are just as popular today in modern hair care formulas. Rosemary has been known to restore strength and shine to lifeless looking hair. The leaves of the bay tree and stinging nettles are popular in the treatment of dandruff and other flaking scalp conditions. Both lavender and tea tree oil are known to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Studies have been done on an herb called saw palmetto. It acts as a natural 5 alpha reductase inhibitor to prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT. This herb works similarly to the way finasteride works to inhibit DHT production.
There are numerous hair care treatments whose formulas rely on the properties of herbs to stimulate new hair growth. You might need to try several different types of products to see which ones your body responds to more favorably to restore your scalp and hair to a healthy state. Some of the larger and more reputable manufacturers of hair regrowth shampoos have paid for independent testing of their formulas and will gladly share this information to validate the efficacy of their herbal blends. The cost of many natural and herbal preparations are far more affordable than their prescription and chemical counterparts, so shop around and find the product that works best for you.