Stop and Reverse Testosterone Hair Loss
Edited by Donna, vc, Eng, Maria
In both men and women, testosterone hair loss could have paid attention when I first guy occurs when hair follicles when the body overproduces testosterone and does not make enough estrogen. When there is too much testosterone in the body it converts to an active form called DHT and it is this active form of the hormone that actually kills hair follicles by latching onto them slowly and preventing them from growing new strands.
The Causes of Testosterone Hair Loss
High levels of the hormone testosterone can cause baldness.
Conditions that cause testosterone hair loss are:
- Normal aging in which both male and female bodies naturally begin to produce less hormones
- Heredity, which scan determine at what age your body stops producing estrogen and begins producing a great deal of DHT
- Perimenopause and menopause that lowers estrogen levels in women and then causes an overproduction of testosterone
- PCOS (polycystic ovarian disease in women) that causes the female endocrine system to produce less estrogen and produce much more testosterone, leading to an overproduction of DHT, which causes balding
- Stress that causes an overproduction of cortisol, which in turn causes an overproduction of testosterone and DHT
- Metabolic disorders such as insulin resistance and Type II diabetes that affect the endocrine system and hormone level
High stress levels cause testosterone levels to skyrocket and the result is hair loss.
By Taking Supplements To Manage Testosterone Production
If you are a woman, take 500 mg of evening primrose oil twice a day every day.
This herbal oil contains fatty acids that help the female endocrine system balance out estrogen and testosterone levels so that hair loss is not an issue.
Evening primrose pills in bubble packaging.
If you are a man, taking 500 mg of Saw Palmetto can help stop DHT production that is provoked by hormonal imbalances.
It is especially effective in instances where the testosterone overproduction is caused by prostate issues or diseases. Women can also try taking Saw Palmetto but the action of this palm leaf extract is more effective for men.
Saw Palmetto is derived from a common tropical palm.
Take up to 3000 milligrams of the supplement MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane), known as MSM a day every day.
MSM occurs naturally in the body but when the body is producing too much testosterone, more is needed to combat the hair loss effects of DHT.
MSM helps create smooth shiny strong hair.
Take up to 3000 milligrams of the supplement L-Lysine every day.
When the body is producing too much testosterone, L-Lysine can help block the DHT it creates and prevent hair loss.
By Changing Your Diet to Help Manage the Effects of Testosterone
Eat orange colored fruits and vegetables twice a day.
Orange fruits and vegetables contain the most Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene which helps keep helps the hair follicles produce sebum. An over-production of testosterone blocks healthy sebum production. Beta-carotene helps the hair form keratin, which supports the healthy regrowth of new hair. Carrots, sweet potatoes, mangoes and oranges are rich sources of Vitamin A.
Mangoes are a rich source of Vitamin A and beta-carotene.
Start eating seaweed at every meal.
Seaweed is a natural inhibitor of the conversion of testosterone into DHT and it is a rich source of minerals like iron, copper magnesium and calcium.
Seaweed halts hair loss due to excess testosterone.
Eat fatty cold-water fish.
Fish is a good source of protein, which helps regrow healthy strands of hair. It also contains alpha-linoleic acid, which helps tamper down an excess production of testosterone. Rainbow trout and salmon are excellent sources of alpha-lineolic acid.
Rainbow trout is an excellent source of alpha-linoleic acid, which helps regulate testosterone production.
Eat shellfish as often as possible; at least twice a week.
Lobster, crab, mussels, shrimp, scallops and oysters are great sources of protein, B vitamins, iron, iodine, magnesium and copper. The zinc in shellfish helps block DHT as well.
Lobster meat is very high in zinc.
Use Truvia and Stevia as sugar substitutes and stop consuming artificial sweeteners.
Sugar substitutes are hormone disruptors, which cause the body to produce even more DHT. Eliminate Equal, Sugar Twin, Splenda and NutraSweet from your diet to help prevent the overproduction of testosterone.
Use Stevia instead of sugar to prevent hair loss.
Add more edible sources of Vitamin E to your daily diet.
Vitamin E is naturally abundant in rainbow trout, pumpkin, avocados, olive oil, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts and dark leafy greens.
Add more animal-based foods that contain folate and iron to your diet.
'Also known as vitamin B9, folate is found in foods that contain heme sources of iron and folate including liver, lamb, chicken, beef and turkey. Vegan sources that are not as rich include beets, broccoli, asparagus, avocados, spinach and oranges. The iron in the animal sources helps the circulatory system bring nutrients to the scalp.
Lamb is very rich in folate, which helps regrow damaged hair and stop hair loss.
Avoid dairy foods that are high cholesterol like butter, cream or cheese.
These foods encourage the production of testosterone and the creation of DHT on the scalp, which causes hair loss.
Butter is one of the worst foods to eat if you want to cause balding due to elevated testosterone levels.
Eat foods rich in selenium, which block DHT and encourage cell repair .Be sure to eat a handful of almonds or cashews once a day.
Halibut, sardines, tuna, lean ham, grapefruit and brown rice are also good sources of selenium.
Halibut contains selenium which helps repair hair follicles damaged from an excess of selenium.
By Making Lifestyle Changes to Help Balance Testosterone Levels
Take a stroll in a natural setting every day.
Moderate exercise is relaxing and helps balance hormones, as well as regulates any insulin resistance issues that might be causing hair loss.
Walking for an hour every day helps balance hormones.
Get at least eight hours of sleep every night.
If that is not possible then try to fit in naps during the day. A lack of rest causes hormonal imbalances that result in hair thinning and hair loss.
Not getting enough sleep causes testosterone levels to rise and subsequent hair loss.
Do your best to avoid stressful situations and toxic emotions.
Upsetting people or situations can cause cortisol levels to rise, which in turn provokes an overproduction of testosterone and the DHT that causes balding and hair loss.
Stress can cause testosterone levels to rise and hair loss can result in individuals who are quite young.
Avoid drinking tap water, which often contains chemicals, lead and hormones from discarded medicines and agricultural practices.
These hormones in water disrupt the hormonal balance of your body and cause reactions that increase testosterone levels. Stay hydrated by drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of distilled or spring water a day.
Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day can help regulate hormonal imbalances.
Stop drinking coffees, colas and energy drinks.
The caffeine in these drinks encourages the body to produce cortisol, which in turn produces excess testosterone.
Energy drinks are often full of caffiene and encourage an overproduction of testosterone and hair loss.
Avoid using soy protein powder in smoothies.
Soy protein is manufactured using a chemical called hexane, can cause testosterone dominance and hair loss. Use a protein that encourages hair growth, such as pumpkin seed protein powder, instead.
It is better to make smoothies with any other protein besides soy to tamper down testosterone levels.
Rinse your hair with nettle tea every day.
Brew a pot of nettle tea and then let it cool. Pour it into a squeeze bottle and keep it in the shower with you. Use it as a hair rinse when necessary. Nettles are a natural blocker of the excess DHT that is produced when testosterone levels are out of whack.
Nettle tea can be used as a rinse to help mitigate damage from follicles resulting from elevated testosterone levels.
Wash with a pure gentle shampoo without chemicals.
Avoid shampoos and conditioners with ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, fragrance and polyethylene glycol.
Be sure to read labels before buying shampoo and conditioners to make sure you are not provoking hormone disruptions with chemicals.
After shampooing, gently pat hair dry with a towel or just let it air dry.
Hair follicles suffused with excess testosterone have loose hair that tears out with the slightest tugging.
Let your hair air dry to avoid traction stress if you have high testosterone levels.
Wear your hair in a very simple loose style.
Avoid wearing ponytails, braids, buns and any other hairstyle that tugs on your hair and causes traction damage.
Wearing hair in a very loose style is recommended if you are losing your hair because of a hormonal imbalance.
If you are on a low-calorie diet with restricted foods then get off of it.
When you are in a state of hormonal imbalance you need to eat a variety of foods ad enough calories so that your scalp gets the nutrients it needs to nourish and clarify itself of excess DHT.
Eating a variety of foods is best if you want to keep your hair healthy and nourished.
Sleep on a pillowcase made of a slippery fabric like rayon or satin.
This prevents your hair from tangling and being pulled at as you turn your head while sleeping.
Sleeping on a satin fabric can help hair stay untangled and avoid traction damage to hair roots.
Do not chemically over process your hair with chemicals by dying, bleaching, perming or straightening it.
Chemicals of all kinds disrupt the normal production of hormone and speed up the production of DHT on the scalp. Damaged follicles will grow very thin hair or stop growing it at all.
Bleaching your hair can raise testosterone levels and produce DHT on the scalp.
Tips and Tricks
Birth control pills cause an overproduction of testosterone in some women.
- Birth control pills can cause testosterone levels to rise in some women and cause hair loss but in general it increases estrogen which is helpful; requesting that you be put on a different type of pill may help balance your hormones again
- If you are female and taking bio-identical hormone therapy then you might experience hair loss due to taking DHEA, a hormone that also has the ability to increase testosterone levels and allow DHA to accumulate on the scalp; lessening the dose may help and stopping taking it may completely solve the problem
- Thyroid medications can cause a rise in cortisol levels in some individuals, which in turn causes an elevation in testosterone production; ask your doctor if this can be adjusted so that hair loss does not happen
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
Recent edits by: Eng, vc, Donna