First, some background.
DHT is produced when an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase converts some of the testosterone in our bodies into dihydrotestosterone, or DHT for short. DHT has two primary negative effects in men. It can build up in the prostate glands of older men, and is associated with enlarged prostates, and all the problems that can come with it.
DHT also builds up in hair follicles, causing them to shrink. The shrunken follicles can no longer properly nourish the hair roots, the hair falls out, and a new hair doesn’t grow.
DHT blockers such as saw palmetto and a number of other herbs interfere with the enzyme, so less DHT is produced, and/or they block the uptake of the DHT that is produced. Propecia, the only DHT-blocker approved by the FDA to treat hair loss, works the same way.
Saw Palmetto Shampoo
It makes sense that a saw palmetto shampoo or a saw palmetto conditioner might work in the same way, and there are plenty of saw palmetto shampoos on the market. Unfortunately, there isn’t any good evidence that a saw palmetto shampoo actually does work, or that if it does work, that it was the saw palmetto and not some other ingredient that did the job.
Hair loss can be a complex issue, and nutrition, stress levels, hormone balance, and many other things can cause it, so it can be really difficult to know what works and what doesn’t—and of course, what works beautifully for one person can fail completely for another.
Nevertheless, if you’re experiencing the symptoms of male pattern baldness, and you can find a good saw palmetto shampoo that makes your hair look and feel the way you want, it could be worth a try.
There is a product called Provillus that may be a better idea. It’s a two-part system. Part one is a blend of saw palmetto, stinging nettle, pumpkin seed, and several other natural DHT blockers, along with vitamins and minerals known to support healthy hair. You take two capsules a day. Part two is a solution of Minoxidil, an FDA-approved drug for the treatment of hair loss, which you rub into the affected area twice a day.
The Provillus website has much more information, including written and video testimonials from happy users. It’s well worth a visit. It just may do the trick for you, as it has for so many others.