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HAIR MINIATURIZATION: WHAT IS IT?

Hair miniaturization is the main reason for the most popular form of hair loss, androgenic alopecia. Other forms of hair loss are indeed due to hair falling out, but in male pattern baldness, it is due to miniaturization of hair follicles.

Miniaturization of hair simply means that the hair follicle is becoming increasingly smaller in both thickness and height. If you were to cut your hair and pay attention to the growth, you would notice that miniaturized hairs do not grow as fast as the healthy, thick follicles.

This miniaturization is caused by the male sex hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is converted from testosterone, and in the case of male pattern baldness, it stunts the growth of hair in those sensitive to DHT. A sensitivity to DHT is largely due to genetics, and it could mean that a person may lose their hair even with normal levels of DHT.

Miniaturization Process

A thick, healthy hair follicle is called a terminal hair, and when DHT gets into the hair follicle, it slowly destroys the health of the hair. As time goes on, the hair comes through each growth phase as a smaller follicle. The “root” of the hair follicle underneath the skin becomes smaller and smaller as well. Eventually, the hair deteriorates to the vellus stage, where it is almost invisible and can only be seen under certain lighting.

The actual process of DHT destroying the hair follicle is pretty complex. To put it simply, the DHT molecules enter the insides of hair cells, where they are then able to bind to androgen receptors. This combination of receptor and androgen then finds its way into the cell’s nucleus, where the combination could then change the rate of protein synthesis, or hair production.

This is why the main treatment available to those with male pattern hair loss is to take DHT-lowering drugs, which lowers the total amount of bodily DHT, and less of it interferes with the production of healthy hair. Revivogen helps stop DHT in it’s tracks and prevent further miniaturization of hair follicles.