It’s no secret that I’m an advocate forcreatine supplementation. The performance benefits are well-documentedand most consistent out of all performancesupplements. But, there’s one thing that people are concernedabout. Will creatine cause you to lose your hair?Unfortunately, there might be some level oftruth to it. And, it boils down to one key hormone:Dihydrogentestosterone, aka DHT. DHT can act on local receptors causing a shrinkingeffect of your scalp follicles, eventuallyclosing out said follicles from producingany more hair. One study back in 2009 found markedly highincreases of DHT with creatine supplementation. Rugby players given 25 grams of creatine monohydrateper day for 7 days as a loading phase hada 56% increased level of DHT. At maintenance of 5 grams of creatine perday for 14 days, DHT levels remained elevatedby 40%. Interestingly, it also increased DHT to Tratio, T for testosterone, even though testosteronelevels did not change. This suggests an accelerating effect of DHTproduction since DHT is metabolized from testosteroneand the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. Outside of this study, though, not much elsein research exists. And, even if it creatine does affect DHT levels,it remains to be seen if this has any directeffect to actual hair loss, considering thatDHT levels do rise naturally. Exercise itself can increase DHT levels byas much as 30 percent. But there’s one caveat bearing the mostimportance: The only time that DHT might leadto hair loss is if you’re already susceptibleto hair loss or Male Pattern Baldness, whichhas a strong genetic factor. If you have a family history of hair loss,then sure, you might want to think twice abouttaking creatine if you want to avoid acceleratingyour hair loss. Otherwise, chances are, creatine won’t affectyour hair at all. For those of you that are concerned but wantto continue taking creatine, you might wantto consider looking up DHT-blocking interventionslike Finasteride, which inhibits the enzyme5-alpha reductase mentioned earlier. Of course, make sure you check with your doctorbefore anything else. But again, there still needs to be more researchon this and more importantly showing a directeffect on hair loss when taking Creatine. For now, after knowing the potential risk,whether you should continue taking creatine…is completely up to you. If you have a creatine hair loss story orthink the research is right and you shouldskip your next creatine purchase, share yourthoughts in the comments below. As always, thank you for watching and getyour protein!