DHT, an acronym commonly associated with hair growth products, stands for dihydrotestosterone, an androgen hormone responsible for male characteristics like body hair and muscle development. While not inherently harmful, DHT can lead to issues when it attaches to hair follicles on the scalp, causing a process known as follicle miniaturization, ultimately resulting in hair thinning and permanent loss.

Understanding DHT: Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, is derived from testosterone metabolism in specific parts of the body. As an androgen hormone, it plays crucial roles in fetal development, contributing to male sex differentiation, and during puberty, aiding in the maturation of male characteristics. Although its significance diminishes after puberty, DHT continues to be produced in various tissues throughout life.

DHT’s Impact on Hair: Certain tissues, including hair follicles, possess an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase (5-AR), responsible for converting testosterone into DHT. When DHT interacts with androgen receptors in hair follicles, the outcome varies depending on the follicle’s location. In regions like the armpits and pubic area, DHT encourages hair growth and thickening. However, on the scalp, DHT causes hair follicles to shrink and shortens the hair growth cycle, leading to reduced hair volume and thinning.

Sensitivity to DHT: While everyone produces DHT, some individuals have hair follicles with heightened sensitivity to its presence. Even normal levels of DHT can cause these sensitive follicles to shrink and eventually stop producing hair. While DHT is not the sole cause of hair loss and thinning, it plays a significant role in the process.

Balancing DHT Naturally: Dealing with the DHT problem involves two approaches: reducing 5-AR activity to limit DHT production and blocking androgen receptors to prevent DHT from binding.

At Ohio SMP Studio, we offer a proprietary Synergen Complex® comprising patented stress adaptogens, super antioxidants, and botanical extracts designed to target DHT. In our Ohio SMP Studio Core products (Ohio SMP Studio for Men, Ohio SMP Studio for Women, and Ohio SMP Studio Women’s Balance), two essential herbs, saw palmetto and curcumin, are included to combat the DHT-related hair issues:

  • Saw Palmetto (serenoa repens): Widely studied for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) associated with increased DHT activity, saw palmetto’s compounds bind to and block 5-AR enzyme actions, preventing DHT formation. Additionally, it may have positive effects on individuals experiencing erectile dysfunction, with animal studies indicating enhanced nitrous oxide synthase important for blood vessel dilation.
  • Curcumin (curcuma longa): Extracted from turmeric, a well-known culinary herb, curcumin has long been part of Ayurvedic medicine. It is recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to decrease androgen receptor formation in hair follicles (reducing DHT interaction points). Furthermore, curcumin affects 5-AR enzyme, inhibiting DHT production.

Taking these DHT-balancing natural ingredients internally allows them to circulate through the bloodstream and reach hair follicles, providing the necessary interference with DHT function. Although topical application may not be as effective due to the skin’s protective barrier, supplements like Ohio SMP Studio make it easy to attain the essential ingredients for balancing DHT levels and safeguarding hair health.