Steroids and Hair Loss – Is It PERMANENT? (How To Grow It Back)

While many people use steroids for body building and to get an awesome physique, the most common side effect with anabolic steroids is hair loss. Especially if you are prone to male pattern baldness, then use of steroids increases the risk even more. However, it is not that steroids cause hair loss always; there could be other reasons like genetic and environmental.

Reasons for hair loss

Having said that there are other factors for hair loss while using steroids, let us consider the first option for hair loss due to genetics. The main reason for male pattern baldness (associated with genetics) is the hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). 


It binds with receptors in the hair follicles and causes hair loss. It starts by hair fall and slowly it stops to produce hair. There are body builders like Lou Ferringo who have taken many steroids and this genetics has no effect on him even at the age of 64 years.

If genetics is not the reason, the other reason could be enzyme called 5-alpha reductase which binds to testosterone and gets converted to DHT. And because most of the steroids are similar to testosterone in their effect, most have 5-alpha reductase and hence you may have hair loss.Hair loss is caused due to steroid function by affecting DHT.

Steroids that cause hair loss

1. Anadrol gets converts quickly into estrogen and DHT which increases hair loss.
2. Dianabol which is more androgenic in nature causes a lot of damage to your hair. Fin and Dust won’t do a great job with Dianabol.
3. Trenbolone is a derivative of DHT and hence can cause hair loss. Even 5-alpha reductase inhibitors won’t help as Tren cannot convert into DHT.
4. One can see the worst hair loss with Winstrol including those who do not have androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness).
 
Safe steroids:

1. Anavar has least androgenic properties and does not convert into estrogen and hence no DHT at lower doses. You can expect hair loss at high doses.

2. Deca-Durabolin is also safe. If you use 5-alpha reductase inhibitors with it, it converts into DHN. Hence, never take Fin or Dust with deca.

Can you retain your hair while on steroids?

The answer depends on various things. The first thing is your genetics. If you already have a family history of male pattern baldness, you are more likely to have hair loss due to genetics. If not that, hair loss also depends on how your hair will bare the steroid effects. But what you can do to manage hair loss, is to choose appropriate steroids, dose them properly and you can try hair loss treatments as well. Though there are many who said that they got back their hair after stopping steroids, once lost, it is very difficult to get it back. All you can do is take precautions.

If you check the internet, some reported to get hair back with nizoral shampoo or rogaine(minoxidil) spray or even try home remedies like flax seeds with water in the morning.
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