When I was losing my hair, I often found that my temples were very hot, particularly after exercising. And I’d sweat quite a lot from my temple areas — much more than my wife or any men I saw who had thick hair. I also noticed a very distinct correlation between the hot areas of my temples and my receding hairline.
So, I decided to research exactly what was going on and I found out something that changed my life and enabled me to regrow my hair. Here it is:
When you have high testosterone hormone and cortisol (stress) hormone levels, your body produces much more DHT (a more potent form of testosterone), which leads to inflammation in the scalp (where there are lots of receptors for the DHT to bind to).
Inflammation expresses itself as a feeling of heat. Hence, stressed and/or angry men really are ‘hot heads’. It’s not just a label, it’s an accurate description! And it doesn’t just happen to men. The exact same process happens to women, particularly when they’re susceptible to stress and/or going through hormonal changes (whether they’re thyroid or estrogen-related).
Microsoft study shows the link between stress and head temperature
In fact, a Microsoft study has shown that when people have too many meetings their heads become hotter.
The reason hair loss is so difficult to treat is that it’s such a complex problem relating to sex hormones (androgens and estrogens), stress-related hormones (eg. cortisol, adrenalin, lack-of oxytocin), other hormones in the endocrine system (such as thyroid and insulin), and hormone receptors in the scalp.
These systems interact in complex ways. We perceive threats to our safety through our senses and these are expressed via hormonal changes, which change our heart rate, make us sweat and have further complex knock-on effects on our hormonal systems that can last for years and even decades.
In fact, you could argue that our hormones define the outcome of our lives in many ways.
The reason there’s no pill you can take to cure hair loss is that there are multiple systems in the body that need to be manipulated in order to get super healthy, thick hair.
If you get it right, you won’t just have perfect, thick, healthy hair, you’ll completely change your life.
You have to get all of these things in the right balance:
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Low stress (cortisol)
Low scalp DHT
Low scalp sensitivity to DHT
Low scalp transitional growth factors (TGFs)
Low scalp inflammation and inflammatory cytokines
High scalp vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)
High scalp insulin-like growth factor (IGF1)
To achieve the above you must do two crucial things:
Reduce your stress hormone levels
This is not something to skim over, ignore, or hope it doesn’t affect you.
Check your muscle tension. Are your shoulders tense? Take a slow, deep breath, exhale and allow all your muscles to relax completely. Do this three times, or until you feel as loose and relaxed as possible.
Do you notice a big difference in your muscle tension after relaxing your muscles? If so, just remember that every minute of the day, your muscles are tense, your stress hormones are high and that’s destroying your chances of regrowing your hair.
To fix this you need to keep testing your shoulders throughout the day. Every couple of hours, take a deep breath and try to fully relax your whole body. Keep doing it until your muscles a limp like a kitten. That state of limpness is the state required to have the low levels of stress hormones you need for healthy hair and a healthy body.
Keep working on it. Make it your goal to be as relaxed as a sleeping kitten! You won’t reach that goal of course, but just remember if you have loose, relaxed shoulder muscles and low heart rate you’ve got healthy cortisol and adrenalin levels and you can start optimizing your health. Just doing this exercise 6-12 times per day will help a lot.
It’s possible to have very high testosterone levels and not lose your hair, providing you have low-stress hormones. It’s the stress that kills off your hair. If you have high testosterone AND high stress, your hair has no chance.
Some men have super high testosterone for example (think young Arnold Schwarzenegger) and don’t lose their hair because they don’t have the stress hormones that lead to scalp inflammation (the hot head).
Fix your scalp
Use the Growth Factors serum to balance the growth factors and inflammatory cytokines in your scalp. Doing this alone can make your hair grow back. But it will only take you so far if you’re shoulders are tense all day, every day.
If you can get both of the above things right, you’ll start to see incredible improvement in your hair. It will take time — many months. But think about it. Right now, your lifestyle is destroying your hair. It’s even destroying your health. Don’t just look for a quick fix and ignore the underlying stress or anger or other tensions related to high-stress hormone levels.
Don’t ignore this.
Reducing your stress/anger hormone levels might be the best thing you ever do in your life. Unless you can say your muscles are relaxed and your heart rate is low, you need to proactively use the breathing exercise described above throughout the day to get your stress hormone levels down.