Reverse Your Baldness
Male pattern baldness...
Male pattern baldness, A receding hairline, a bald spot on the crown of the head, however it manifests itself male pattern baldness has been accepted as a sign of aging in men even though it can happen to a man of any age. In reality, aging has nothing to do with male pattern baldness as is witnessed by the large number of men in their nineties who still have a full head of hair.
Lets look at the symptoms, causes and cures for male pattern baldness. The hairline begins receding or becoming thinner on the forehead above the temples. In some men, the hair starts thinning on the crown. Eventually, the individual is left with only a fringe of hair that starts above each ear and wraps around the back of the head.
If you are reading this article, then you are likely aware of the symptoms as they probably are apparent whenever you look into a mirror. Now lets explore some of the causes and misconceptions about male pattern baldness.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that male pattern baldness cannot be cured or that it can only be cured with very expensive prescription medication. Others believe that baldness is strictly genetic and that if your father was bald, you too must suffer this fate.
While the cause is genetic, there is no single gene in the human genome that is "the baldness gene". What happens is that the encoding in the DNA causes the body to produce an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. This enzyme acts directly upon testosterone to produce a super testosterone called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT in turn causes benign prostate hyperplasia (swelling of the prostate). DHT also acts like a switch that turns the hair follicle off in individuals who have a genetic predisposition to DHT sensativity. Did you get that? TURNS THE HAIR FOLLICLE OFF! The follicle is still there, it is still alive, it is still quite capable of growing hair! What happens is that the DHT lands on the receptors that control the hair growth, thereby blocking the ability to grow hair.
The cure lies in turning the follicles back on. Some commercially available compounds actually control the production of 5-alpha reductase, but aside from being costly, there are actually some benefits to DHT. A more direct method is to simply remove the DHT from the hair follicle directly without disrupting your androgenic hormone balance. Saw palmetto oil applied to the scalp is the magic bullet in this case. One drop of this oil applied to the hairline and / or bald spot at bedtime will produce some hair growth within a month. In some patients, growth was noticed within a week. I cannot stress the importance of using saw palmetto oil as opposed to saw palmetto extract. While the extract works very well in controlling DHT in prostate issues, it does little in the case of male pattern bladness.
It is important to secure high quality oil and not simply a product which contains the oil. There are lines of shampoos and creams which boast "Saw Palmetto Oil", yet may contain as little as a couple of drops in a 16 ounce container! Pure or stabilized saw palmetto oil costs around one hundred dollars an ounce which may seem like a hefty price until one considers that you are only using a single drop per night. When your hair has been restored, you will only use a drop per month as a maintenance treatment only.
So how does it work and why?
The oil of the saw palmetto berry actually seeps into the scalp around the openings in the skin that contain the hair follicles. This gives it direct access to the receptors which are bound by the DHT. It was once believed that saw palmetto oil dissolves DHT, but this is not the case. The DHT is attracted to the receptors in the follicle which is why it clings to them, but it is more receptive to the molecules within the oil and therefore jumps from the hair follicle to the molecules in the oil. Once it is locked up with the new molecule, it can no longer interact with other molecules and is removed from the body as waste. Aside from removing DHT, saw palmetto oil contains a large amount of fatty acids which help to nourish the newly awakened follicles, thereby encouraging healthy hair growth.
Why is saw palmetto oil so expensive?
The cost is based on rarity. Because each berry contains such a small amount of oil and must be picked at exactly the right time of the season for maximum yield, a very large number of berries are required in order to produce a single ounce of oil. Even the oil that is pressed from the berries must then be processed to remove unwanted fluids and purified.
Where can I get the oil?
It is very uncommon to find saw palmetto oil in its pure or stabilized form for consumer use. Usually, cosmetic manufacturers purchase this form of oil by the liter or gallon and dilute it into their products. If you have difficulty locating the oil, you may write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to assist you in locating a good source.
How do I use it?
Apply one drop of oil to the scalp at your hairline or bald spot and massage it in at bedtime. Use only one drop. Using more than one drop per night is expensive and is not any more effective than a single drop. Wash your hands well after application so you do not accidentally get it in your eyes. Eye contact, while not dangerous is exceedingly painful and should be avoided at all cost! Within a month you should see new hair growth in the bald areas. Within six months, you should have normal hair growth. Once the bald spot has filled in and you are comfortable with the hair distribution, you can begin applying the oil once a week or once a month, depending on your body's production of 5-alpha reductase and DHT sensativity.
Is there more to it?
Yes. Cut and style your hair as you did when you were younger. There is no special handling required for your "new" hair or any special shampoo needed. After all, its YOUR HAIR. Treat it as you would the rest of your hair.