Does Losing Your Hair Mean You Have More Testosterone?
One of the nicer things people often say about hair loss is that it’s a sign of virility. And you can see why! From Tony Soprano to Bruce Willis, popular culture and real life have shown us plenty of hard, muscly evidence to suggest that a receding hairline comes hand in hand with extreme manhood.
The theory goes that bald men experience increased levels of testosterone which, while super-charging their sex drives, causes them to lose their hair at a younger age. This doesn’t come from nowhere. There is a link between hair loss and male sex hormones, but it’s a little bit more complicated than “bald means balls”.
At Manual, we’ve made it our mission to get as good an understanding of why hair loss happens as possible. Our personalised hair service only includes clinically proven treatments that get to root causes of baldness in most men – which means we have to know an awful lot about hormones and how they work. That’s also why we always recommend Finasteride and Minoxidil. Two medications that are clinically proven to improve hair loss in a majority of men. The question of how they do this, brings us back to testosterone…
What does testosterone do, then?
Testosterone is the deciding factor when it comes to male virility. It’s responsible for sex drive, giving you erections and even regulating your sperm count. Levels of it vary in all men, usually peaking around the age of 18/19.
During puberty, with the help of an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase (5-AR), men start converting testosterone into a new strain of the hormone called Dihydrotestosterone – known to its friends as DHT. DHT plays a big part in the development of typically “manly” traits like growing body hair and deepening the voice. Here’s the catch though: in a lot of men, DHT also causes the hair follicles on their head to shrink and stop producing hairs. This process is referred to as Male Pattern Baldness (MPB).
MPB is the cause of baldness in 95% of men – so if you’re experiencing a gradually receding hairline, the chances are it’ll be to blame.
So less hair means… more testosterone?
Well, not quite.
Testosterone exists in your body in a number of different ways. The free-rolling, fun-loving testosterone that regulates your sex drive is a very different thing to the DHT it gets converted into by 5-AR. Hair loss doesn’t mean too much testosterone, it means too much DHT.
Then there’s the question of whether or not you’re prone to MPB in the first place. The truth here is Male Pattern Baldness is influenced by your genetics. Expericing the follicle-weakening side-effects of DHT has more to do with your dad than your sex drive. Jeez, sorry. That pep-talk de-escalated quickly.
What’s the good news?
We realise this probably isn’t the news you were hoping for. After all, “hair loss = libido gain” is a nice silver-lining when facing the first signs of a thinning scalp.
Have no fear though. The upside is, we understand DHT. Better still, we know how to block it in order to encourage your hair to kick back into action. The most popular treatment on the market for MPB is Finasteride. First introduced to the UK in 2002, it comes in the form of a daily pill which works to block the production of DHT, producing results in over 90% of men. It forms the backbone of our personalised hair loss treatments.
Once you’ve decided which treatment plan you think is best for you, we’ll take you through a quick online consultation. From there we can figure out the real cause of your hair loss and help you start to turn things around. The sooner you get a consultation, the quicker we can deliver the treatment to your door and the more of your hair you’ll likely preserve. For more information about how to get our hair-saving products delivered to the comfort of you home, have a look at our personalised plans starting at just £18 per month.