What Is Minoxidil?
Minoxidil is a treatment that is applied to the scalp to prevent hair loss, it comes in many forms from the most popular Regaine foam to a ointment that is rubbed into the scalp. We are going to cover the pro’s and con’s of a selection of products to make this completely fair.
It is available over the counter so you’re able to purchase this product without seeing your GP, which can make it cheaper and also far easier to get hold of. Unlike finasteride, this can be picked up in most pharmacy’s however the best deals are to be found online as with most things. Hopefully by the end of this article you will know which product is for you.
There are a wide range of concentrations available the most popular is a 5% concentration, in studies this has proven to be the most effective whilst maintaining the side effects in the product(We will cover side effects below).
Does it work?
It works for most people who stick it out, this is no hair in a bottle cure but it has been proven to regrow hair and also slowdown/stop MPB (male pattern baldness). It does not promise to cure your bald spots in a week, nor a month but given 6-12 months it can regrow hair and stop that receding hairline none of us want.
It needs to be applied consistently and for a long period of time, we all miss days but you want to keep it as close to 100% of the time as possible. Most suppliers will recommend applying the product once in the morning and once in the evening. This is to allow the product as much time as possible on the scalp.
Here is a report done on the effect of minoxidil back in 1986.
It works for most people who stick it out, this is no hair in a bottle cure but it has been proven to regrow hair and also slowdown/stop MPB (male pattern baldness).
You can see from the example above the potential for regrowth, a lot of pictures you will see are of entirely different people or it could be a transplant.
So how long does it take for minoxidil to take effect?
This varies, like most medications/treatments different people react differently. It is unlikely that you will see results before the initial 3 months, once you get past this stage you will then start to notice small hairs regrowing and your hair loss will have slowed if not stopped altogether by now.
Most companies will recommend seeing out 12 months before judging whether it has been successful for you or not, in reality if after 10 months you are seeing no benefit then it could be something else than MPB that is causing your hair loss and you would consult a physician.
So what else should you consider before starting minoxidil?
You need to make sure you’re ready to commit to this treatment for a long period of time, if you know yourself that you’re not ready for that then perhaps this is not the route to go down.
Styling your hair is a big issue, if you’re looking at regrowing your hair you obviously take care about how you look. Many people’s complaints is when they use certain products their hair becomes greasy and which styling gel/wax it doesn’t look good like normal. This is solvable by selection the right product for you.
The foam is the best option in this case, which is why it has become the most popular method of application.
Can women use minoxidil?
Yes, we have a whole page dedicate to how women can stop hair loss.