“Foliage” typically refers to the leaves of plants and trees, but it can also be a poetic or metaphorical way to refer to a person’s hair, especially when describing a thick or abundant head of hair.
“Their long, flowing locks resembled the lush foliage of a dense forest.”
Saw palmetto is a plant extract commonly used as a natural remedy for hair loss and to promote hair growth, particularly in cases of androgenetic alopecia (male and female pattern baldness). One of the proposed mechanisms of action for saw palmetto is its ability to inhibit the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, which converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a hormone associated with hair follicle miniaturization and hair loss in androgenetic alopecia. By reducing DHT levels, saw palmetto may help slow down or prevent further hair loss.
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens): Saw palmetto is one of the most well-known DHT-blocking herbs. It’s believed to inhibit the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, which converts testosterone into DHT. This inhibition may help reduce DHT levels and slow hair loss.
Pygeum (Pygeum africanum): Pygeum is another herb that can inhibit 5-alpha-reductase and potentially reduce DHT levels. It’s often used to address symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) but may also have benefits for hair health.
Pumpkin Seed Oil: Pumpkin seed oil contains phytosterols that may help reduce DHT levels.