But what if I told you there was an all-natural way to remove DHT from your scalp, halting its effects and allowing your scalp to regrow strong, healthy hair? Well I hope you’re ready, because that’s exactly what I’m going to do!
In this article, I will present 3 DHT blocker shampoo recipes which will reverse the effects of hair follicle miniaturization and bring your scalp back to its most healthy and natural state.
First, I will offer a quick recap of DHT and why it needs to be blocked.
Second, you’ll learn how to effectively use these shampoo recipes and how to prepare your scalp for the process.
Finally, I will provide you with the three DHT blocking shampoo recipes promised aboved, each one with a different DHT-fighting ingredient.
What is DHT and Why Does It Need Blocking?
DHT is the product of 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme which combines with the male sex hormone testosterone.
For those with male-pattern baldness, sensitivity to DHT leads to hair thinning and loss. This is caused by a process known as hair follicle miniaturization.
This process occurs when inflammation and irritation lead to the shortening of the anagen phase (the phase in the hair cycle which facilitates growth).
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Eventually, the hair becomes too short to poke through the scalp, leading to male-pattern baldness.
So, are there things you can do to block DHT from your scalp?
Today, we’re going to look at some ways in which you can block DHT right at the hair follicle.
How to Use These DHT Blocker Shampoos Effectively
There is no quick fix when it comes to treating hair problems and regrowing healthy, strong hair.
These shampoos, while beneficial, should be just one tool in your arsenal when it comes to fighting male-pattern baldness.
Keep in mind, these shampoos will block DHT, but they won’t reduce the sensitivity of your hair follicles to DHT.
This is the true underlying cause of pattern baldness in men with androgenetic alopecia, and this should be the ultimate goal for all those looking to regrow their hair.
When using these shampoos, though, consistency and patience are key.
You should not expect to see results overnight, and you may have to experiment a bit with the different shampoos and their formulas to get the results you would like.
Of course, you can also make your own concoctions with some help from my homemade shampoo guide.
Remember, shampoo is a simple combination of cleansing agent + essential oil + carrier oil, so anyone can start making their own DIY shampoo.
Preparing the Scalp
In the course of our daily lives, we come into contact with pollutants, chemicals, and other elements which contribute to buildup on our scalp.
This buildup clogs the hair follicles and throws off natural pH balance, making the scalp an unlikely place for hair growth.
Additionally, this buildup can make it difficult for the shampoos highlighted below to even make it to the hair follicle.
This is a necessity, however, if you truly want to block DHT and minimize its impact on your hair.
So, prior to making and using one of the all-natural shampoos, I’ll show you how to make your own homemade scalp exfoliate. You only need a few ingredients to get started, and the end result will be a clean and restored scalp.
- Himalayan or Celtic sea salt (½ teaspoon)
- Powdered activated charcoal (1 teaspoon)
- Ginger (4 medium-sized ginger chunks)
- Cucumber (1 whole cucumber)
- Lemon juice (1 whole lemon)
- A juicing machine (or a blender and muslin cloth)
First, juice the cucumber and ginger, combining the juices in the container of your choosing. If a juicing machine is not available, combine both ingredients into a blender and blend up the mixture, with the help of the lemon juice.
Remove the pulp of the blended mix with the help of a muslin cloth.
Now, take 100 mL of the cucumber and ginger juice concoction and combine with the salt and powdered activated charcoal. If you used a juicer above, then also be sure to add in lemon juice from one whole lemon.
Mix the combination thoroughly.
To apply the mixture, gently massage into the region of the scalp where you’d like hair to regrow. The lemon and ginger will take some time to begin breaking up the buildup, so allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with warm (not hot) water.
You may require a few sessions before the plaque has been fully removed. To help, you can gently brush away the resulting flakes with a hair brush.
My DHT Blocker Shampoos to Combat Thinning and Regrow Hair
Now that your scalp has been prepared, it’s time to take a look at the three shampoos below which will block DHT and combat loss caused by the miniaturization process.
3-Ingredient DHT Blocker Shampoo
- Liquid castile soap (1/2 cup)
- Liquid nettle leaf extract (5-10 drops)
- Jojoba oil (10 drops)
The first step requires the preparation of liquid nettle leaf extract.
Begin by finely chopping four teaspoons worth of fresh stinging nettle, and set aside. Wear gloves while doing so, as fresh nettle can cause a mildly painful skin reaction.
Fresh nettle can likely be found in your own backyard, though if this isn’t a possibility, dry leaves can be purchased from the market. Fresh is always best, but you can still make due with dry.
Bring four cups of water to a boil, remove from heat, and then add the chopped nettle into the water.
Steep for a minimum of 20 minutes, keeping the pot covered the whole time. You may steep the nettle longer to produce a stronger extract.
Pour the liquid through a small strainer or piece of muslin cloth into the container you will be using to store your shampoo.
Now, combine the liquid castile soap and jojoba oil to the container and mix well.
To use, pour over heat hair and massage into the scalp for 2-3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
The liquid castile soap is the cleansing agent in this shampoo mixture, and it will gently wash away sebum buildup, hair care product, and any chemicals which your scalp has retained.
Jojoba oil is the vehicle. This potent oil absorbs deep into the skin, bringing with it any infused ingredients.
Last, nettle leaf is a known DHT blocker, both when taken internally or applied externally. This powerful little plant delivers an anti-inflammatory punch, and is an essential ingredient for anyone looking to decrease scalp inflammation and irritation.
Saw Palmetto DHT Blocker Shampoo
- Warm water (1 cup)
- Baking soda (1 tablespoon)
- Apple cider vinegar (1 tablespoon)
- Citrus essential oil (5 drops)
- Saw palmetto gel (1 capsule)
- Olive oil (2-3 teaspoons)
Combine the water, baking soda, vinegar, and olive oil. As the baking soda and vinegar react when combined, be sure to use a non-airtight container to avoid gas buildup.
With a needle or tip of a knife, pierce the saw palmetto capsule. Squeeze the inner gel directly into the above combination, and mix the concoction by stirring.
The baking soda and apple cider vinegar combine to make a gentle, yet powerful cleansing agent. Without stripping away your scalp’s necessary oils, it dissolves and washes away excess oils and scalp buildup.
Here’s my article about using apple cider vinegar for hair.
Citrus is an antioxidant, known to scavenge for and neutralize the radicals within the scalp.
Saw palmetto is the main DHT blocking ingredient, working much like the drug Propecia does. Studies have shown that shampoos containing saw palmetto improve hair growth by 35%, both in terms of number and mass.
Olive oil is the carrier oil in this shampoo recipe, and it hydrates and protects hair from breakage without clogging the pores.
Reishi and Green Tea DHT Blocker Shampoo
- Liquid castile soap (½ cup)
- Aloe vera gel (⅓ cup)
- Green tea (½ cup)
- Vanilla essential oil (10 drops)
- Reishi extract (1 cup)
Add the reishi mushroom to a boiling pot of water, removing from the heat and setting aside to cool. Once cooled, remove the reishi and discard.
Combine one cup of the reishi extract with the rest of the ingredients, stirring to fully mix.
Apply the combination to wet hair, massaging into the scalp for 2-3 minutes. You may allow the shampoo to sit for 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
The above combination of ingredients will cleanse, nourish, and moisturize your scalp while simultaneously reducing DHT levels and inflammation.
The aloe vera gel acts as an alkalizer, bringing the pH of the scalp back into balance. Additionally, it soothes irritation and itchiness.
The compounds within green tea, such as polyphenols and flavonoids, both contribute to green tea’s hair growing properties, and as a known blocker of DHT, it packs a double whammy.
While sensitivity to DHT is the main cause of miniaturization seen in men, you don’t have to settle for over-the-counter medications with harmful chemicals to treat it.
Instead, take the organic approach and try out one (or all!) of the above three all-natural DHT blocker shampoos.
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