DHT, or dihydrotestosterone, is a hormone created primarily in the testes, prostate, adrenal glands and hair follicles. DHT has been determined to be related to hair loss in pattern baldness found in both men and women, which has led to the development of DHT shampoos used to target receptors on the scalp. Hair loss shampoos that target DHT are available in a wide selection of brands, which can prompt confusion when trying to select the DHT shampoo that is most appropriate.
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Consult with a physician regarding hair loss to determine that a DHT shampoo is the best course of action. The physician may have several types to recommend or prescribe, or he may be able to refer the patient to a specialist for further information and treatment.
Conduct an Internet search for the most popular DHT shampoo brands and for DHT shampoo reviews. This will provide information on what other users have found with regard to the quality of the brand, treatment results, and also some less-vital aspects such as scent of the shampoo brand and cost. It can be helpful to select reviews from users who describe cases or conditions similar to that of the target patient, such as pattern baldness or thinning hair. It can be helpful to compare "testimonials" to "reviews" of the products, as some manufacturers provide testimonials that are only positive, but reviews on non-manufacturer sites may provide a realistic view of the potential results.
Create a list based on the information from the doctor, specialist (if one was seen) and Internet searches. Use the list to compare the prices and perceived quality of the top-used or top-recommended DHT shampoos. The doctor may not have suggested any, or he may have suggested none that came up in the searches as a top brand. Additionally, some that are listed as among the top brands may have very few customer reviews. You should consider what factors are important to you in a DHT shampoo. For example, if cost is a potential issue, then prices should be written down for comparison. Comparing what other customers have said about the products, as well as the projected costs of the individual brands can help you settle on which to try first.
Try the product. When selecting a DHT shampoo to try first, it can be helpful to consider if the shampoo does anything in addition to treating hair loss. For example, Nioxin System 3 is one of eight Nioxin shampoos which targets fine, thinning, and chemically enhanced hair as part of a system including a shampoo, conditioner and leave-in treatment. For those with hair loss in advanced stages, however, Rogaine and Propecia are the leading brands in the hair loss treatment industry. Propecia is a medication that is taken orally, however, while Rogain is a topical treatment. Both aim to block and suppress DHT, but are not DHT shampoos.
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- For a visual comparison that is easy to use, create a chart on a sheet of paper listing the brands you wish to compare along one side, and along the top list the vital aspects that will help in the decision process, such as cost, positive reviews, negative reviews, company guarantees, product history, or whatever is important to you as the consumer.
- Many hair loss shampoos have warnings for women, especially those of child-bearing age, pregnant or nursing.
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