How To Reduce DHT Levels Naturally

Hair follicle miniaturization caused by DHT

It’s well known that dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the hormone that is mostly responsible for male pattern baldness. Yes, there are lots of other important factors that contribute to hair loss, (I created a whole website about them 🙂

But this guide will focus on the most effective, powerful and fastest ways to reduce DHT levels naturally in your body so that your hair finally has a chance of survival.

Luckily, there is quite a lot you can do to lower your DHT levels, but it’s probably not what you expect. Most mainstream advice on the topic doesn’t really work very well – if I’m being honest – so what does work?

I’ve already written a huge guide about how to reduce DHT levels in your scalp so I recommend reading that, but I will summarise the points here as well. Since the scalp is where hair loss takes places, it makes sense to localise your DHT-fighting efforts around this area. Your results can be extremely quick because of this.

In this guide, however, I will focus on reducing levels on a systematic level inside your body. After all, this will affect the DHT levels in your scalp in turn.

I think it’s a good idea to take a ‘double-pronged’ approach to lower DHT levels both inside the body, and directly on the scalp – So go and read that article now.

BONUS: Calculate your chances of re-growing your hair naturally, by lowering your DHT levels and using other natural methods, by using the quiz found at the bottom of this page.

Why would you want to reduce your DHT levels anyway?

DHT is made from testosterone, and is converted by the enzyme known as 5-alpha-reductase. Of course, we don’t want to lower our testosterone levels (that would make us less manly) so a more effective approach is to inhibit (slow down) the action of the enzyme.

I wrote an article about the best 5-alpha reductase inhibitors here. In this guide though we’ll take a more holistic approach.

An important point to understand is that men who suffer from male pattern baldness don’t have particularly high levels of DHT. That’s not the problem.

The problem is that our hair follicles are more sensitive to DHT and the hair follicle miniaturisation that DHT causes.

So although lowering your DHT levels will help, there are more effective ways to stop hair loss, by reducing the sensitivity of the hair follicle to the DHT.

THAT is what this article will focus on.

DHT Sensitivity

Alkalised blood

After our body metabolises the foods we eat there is a left over substance which is known as ‘metabolic ash’ or ‘metabolic waste.’

Much like after you have a bonfire there is a ash left over. This metabolic ash is either acidic or alkaline in nature depending on what sort of food was metabolised.

Our body has evolved eating certain foods that leave an overall stable and healthy pH (the measurement of acid and alkaline balance.) But, due to our modern diets, the foods we eat are often heavily weighted on the acidic side of the spectrum.

(This doesn’t have anything to do with if the food is acidic or alkaline before it get metabolised. For example, lemons are acidic, but when we metabolise them they leave a highly alkalising ash.)

Many of the foods found in our modern diet are highly acid forming (acid forming means that after they metabolise then acidic ash is left over.) Foods like grains, meat, dairy and refined sugars. Over time, our body turns more acidic.

A recent study (which you can learn about more in my hair loss course) showed that in the scalp, alkaline conditions inhibited the effect of the enzyme (5-alpha reductase) converting testosterone into DHT, reducing the likelihood of hair loss taking place.

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This means that we should always be looking to alkalise our body (7.4pH is healthy) to minimise DHT in the scalp.

The foods that are most alkalising are mainly vegetables (sorry if you thought I was going to say Haagen Dazs) most fresh fruits, herbs, spices, grasses, and raw soaked nuts and seeds.

Pecans can reduce DHT

Shift your diet from acid forming foods to alkalising foods and your will naturally lower the DHT levels in your scalp.

Reduced allergies and autoimmune response

Allergies and autoimmue responses lead to increased hair follicle sensitivity to DHT. So although lowering your DHT levels will help, why not attack the problem from both sides and make your hair follicles less sensitive?

We all know about food allergies (like shellfish, peanuts etc) but fewer people know about what’s called delayed allergic reactions.

One of the big ones is delayed allergic reactions to gluten (the protein found in many grains) that many people suffer from (but don’t know they do.)

A famous example of this is the number 1 tennis player in the world; Novak Djocovick. During his early career Djocovick suffered from gluten intolerance but didn’t know it, and his tennis suffered.

He regularly collapsed on court and was the butt of many jokes from his competitors such as Roger Federer.

However, Djocovick finally realised his sensitivity to gluten and removed it from his diet. Now he has been the number one tennis player the world for over 5 years. You can read more about his journey in his excellent book. Serve to Win.

Anyway, back to hair loss…

Everybody responds to these delayed allergic reactions differently. For Novak it caused fatigue, muscles aches, stiffness and slowness, but for other the allergies can increase their sensitivity to DHT.

The thing is though, it’s not obvious. The reaction is delayed so its hard to connect the food type with the reaction. Without knowing what to look for it’s hard to tell what you might be sensitive to.

Novak suffered for years as a professional tennis player despite being surrounded by world-class doctors and nutritionists before connecting the dots.

Gluten isn’t the only substance that can cause delayed allergic reactions. Everybody is different and has different sensitivities.

You will only know when you remove the foods entirely from your diet over a period of time (usually a couple of weeks) and then introduce them to see the effect.

This technique of removal and reintroduction makes the allergic reaction more obvious and clear to feel in your body. You can then take note to eliminate those foods from your diet (or at least minimise them) to reduce the effect they have on your hair.

Stable blood sugar levels

Blood sugar level spikes are another dietary mistake that can cause sensitivity to DHT leading to hair loss.

DHT Levels in Blood

Detox and efficient toxin removal

Toxins build up in the blood over time when they can’t escape so it’s good practice when trying to re-grow your hair to detoxify as much as possible.

This mostly means keeping your liver and colon in the best shape possible since they are responsible for removing waste products and toxins from your body.

I highly recommend trying a bentonite clay detox which will help stabilise your DHT levels and remove and excess. In my hair loss course I have an entire ebook dedicated to DHT detox, (as a bonus) so you may want to check that out today.

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Hormonal balance

Out of balance hormones can cause an increase in DHT, unfortunately there is no clear evidence about what exactly causes unnatural levels of DHT. One thing is clear though; animal proteins that have been given growth hormones should be avoided.

Yes, I don’t know for sure but personally I’d rather stay away from meat and poultry that has been given growth hormones since, on some level, those hormones will enter into your body and affect your own hormonal balance, possibly even your DHT levels.

I know it’s expensive, but try to choose organic meats and poultry, of stick to fish, or plant based vegetables instead.

DHT Levels In Scalp

As I mentioned in the introduction, I’ve already written a huge guide to reducing the DHT levels in your scalp so go and read that guide for all the information. What follows is the short guide.

The first step is to use salicylic acid to peel away the epidermis plaque which consists of dead skin cells, dirt, oil, dust and DHT. This would stop the mixture we are about to make from penetrating in to the scalp.

Next you’ll use hyularoinc acid for the base liquid of the mixture. Hyularonic acid is a natural DHT blocker, it also rubs into the scalp very easily and doesn’t leave any mess that clog or block the hair follicles.

The other components of the mixture (which you will apply to your scalp later) can then be mixed into the hyularinic acid.

The next component is emu oil. Emu oil is another oil that will naturally reduce the DHT levels on your scalp.

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  • Matthew Bennett says:

    Just let me know what foods to cut out to stop/lower DHT!

  • Cat says:

    Hair or no hair, your a cutie 😉

  • abhi says:

    Hey….i have a tremendous hair….about 50 hairs can be seen on towel after toweling my hair. I have dandruff on my scalp (that might be the reason for hairfall) i use a hair lotion prescribed by a dermatologist. He suggested to wash it out the next morning.
    Is there any problem using that lotion ( triben-b)
    What do u have to say about oiling the hair daily( coconut oil or castor oil)

    • Will Hartfield says:

      Hi Abhi, if the hair lotion has any kind of chemicals in it then I probably wouldn’t recommend it. The reason is, any kind of chemical can penetrate through the dermal layer and into the bloodstream, which isn’t good for the body over the long term. Chemicals also damage the natural microbiome (collection of healthy bacteria) on the scalp, which help protect the scalp and hair.

      I wouldn’t recommend using an oil such as coconut or castor every day. It can be useful once in a while, but not everyday since the oils can be quite clogging and won’t be beneficial if used that often.

      For everyday use I recommend our natural alternative to minoxidil, it’s called Gro2.

      For dandruff, firstly, make sure you are using cold water in your showers and to wash your hair with. Secondly using any kind of synthetic shampoo and just use apple cider vinegar. Thirdly, make sure your diet is helping your dandruff, not making it worse. This means adding more natural fats such as oily fish, avocado etc and removing processed foods. Also drink a lot of water.



  • Minix says:

    Hi, I’m on minoxidil now for a month. How do you suggest to substitute it with the natural methods you mentioned to reduce the shed period. Thanks

    • Will Hartfield says:

      It’s up to you, it really depends on how well you think it’s working and if there are any side-effects. But basically you can look at the studies and see there are more effective and natural methods than minoxidil, so why not use them?

  • Roshan says:

    Dear Will,
    Does drinking of beer also act in hait thinning as alcohol is bad for health..does the beer also act the same as alcohol?

    • Will Hartfield says:

      Hi Roshan, there is no clear connection between beer and hair loss, but I presume that it would not have a positive effect on overall hair health because;
      – It contains gluten which can cause inflammation
      – It can cause dehydration
      – It can damage the liver…

      In moderation I’m sure it’s fine.

  • Avinash reddy says:

    Please suggest me best ever shampoo to get rid of hair fall …

    • Will Hartfield says:

      Apple cider vinegar is the best way to clean the hair and scalp. Normal shampoos contain chemicals that damage the hair and skin and remove too much of the protective oils. I also recommend that you don’t shampoo too much. Maximum 2 x per week. If your hair gets greasy and oily too much then this is a factor related to your diet, not your cleaning routine. Improve your diet, remove processed and fried foods, and add ‘earthy’ foods.

  • Flo says:

    Hi !
    So i’ve been loosing my hair since 2 years (i am 15).
    I have made a lot of research about MPB and I found that masturbation could play a role in hair loss. Is it true ?

    • Will Hartfield says:

      Hi Flo, it’s a complicated subject – but yes there could be a link. I’ve written an in-depth article about masturbation and hair here!

    • Harsh Anand says:

      Yeah .. it can …. So you should try to eat protein and mineral rich food as masturbarion releases minimum 171 mg of protein and some minerals including magnesium and vitamin b 12 ….Also excess testerone converts into DTH ..Responsible for hair loss .To reduce DTH level .Exercise and yoga is the best method .So include at least 1 egg and a cup of tea in your diet and don’t masturbate less ..It will give you required protein and mineral ..As protein is building block of body …. Good luck 😎

  • Nirmal sharma says:

    My problem is started on 2 years back due to dandruff but now i dont have any dandruff but the hairfall not getting stop regularly its continuing im only 20 years old and my growth of hairs are getting verylow plzz suggst me something what to do

    • Sushant says:

      Give some more details. Are you a vegetarian or a non vegetarian?
      In any case, try eating amla (in the form of murabba if you can’t consume raw) regularly. There will be some change

  • Rez says:

    Hi there! Thank you for the information! I wonder if meat bone has the same influence on hormones? I usually cook the bones for 48 hours and drink its water! If It is as same as the meat, then I need to eliminate it as well!!

    • Will Hartfield says:

      Bone broth is an excellent choice of food. Keep going with that for sure. Just preferably use organic, grass fed animals.

  • Julius Garez says:

    Thank you

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