Minoxidil

A medication used to naturally increase hair growth. Approved by the FDA and can be used by both men and women.

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What is Minoxidil?

Minoxidil is a medication that stimulates hair growth in women and men. Minoxidil does not cure baldness or a receding hairline. Minoxidil solutions are used on women and men to promote growth in thinning hair.

Primarily used to treat male pattern baldness. Minoxidil comes in two forms; liquid and foam, and can be found in 2 strengths; 2% and 5%.

How does Minoxidil work?

There are 4 cycles in hair growth: anagen, catagen, telogen and exogen. These cycles allow our hair to grow, lie dormant, die and regrow. If you experience hair thinning or hair loss, your hair growth cycle has been disrupted. For thinning hair, Minoxidil glues that cycle back together.

The anagen stage is where you grow healthy hair. This stage is known to last between 3-5 years before the hair enters the next 3 stages. Minoxidil allows your hair follicles to skip these next 3 stages and begins to thicken your hair.

Minoxidil works by enlarging your blood vessels. This enlargement allows the hair follicles to receive more blood, oxygen and nutrients.

Where to get Minoxidil from

Minoxidil is FDA approved and can be purchased over-the-counter. While this is an over-the-counter medication, we’d advise that you have a consultation with a hair specialist first to ensure that this is the right treatment for your hair loss condition.

How often should you take Minoxidil?

The dosage for taking Minoxidil depends highly on the type of condition that you’re treating, the strength of your solution, and the type of solution that you’re using. We always advise our patients on the correct dose for them.

As a guide however, generally:

If you have liquid Minoxidil; adults would apply 1ml to the scalp twice daily.

If you have foam Minoxidil; adults would apply half a capful to the scalp twice daily.

If you’re using Minoxidil on a child, please don’t guess the dosage. The use and dose of Minoxidil for children must be directed by your specialist.

If a dosage is missed, apply your solution as soon as you can. If it’s time for your next dose, do not use double the quantity, just resume your usual schedule.

How do I use Minoxidil?

To apply the liquid:

  • Ensure that your scalp is clean and dry before use.
  • Fill the applicator with the correct dosage.
  • Part your hair in the area where thinning is occurring.
  • Apply the solution evenly and gently rub it in.
  • Let the solution dry.

To apply the foam:

  • Rinse your hands in cold water and dry.
  • Part your hair in the area where thinning is occurring.
  • Pump the correct dosage onto your fingers and rub into the scalp.
  • Let the solution dry.

How long does it take for Minoxidil to work?

Minoxidil gets to work as soon as it’s on the area that you wish to treat. However, you won’t start seeing the results straight away. Due to the process that the medication undergos, it could be anywhere between three and six months before any signs of improvement are visible.

The full and final result is usually visible after one year - this is only if you’ve used the medication correctly and you haven’t missed any doses.

How long should you take Minoxidil for?

Minoxidil can be used for many years without any side effects. It’s known that after 15 years of use, Minoxidil may stop providing you with results and your hair loss may return.

Side effects are extremely rare with Minoxidil and there are no known issues with taking Minoxidil for extended periods of time.

Does Minoxidil work?

Minoxidil is extremely effective at improving thinning hair. Many men and women achieve great results from this treatment.

If you have used Minoxidil between three and six months without any visible improvements, you should cease usage. While Minoxidil is very effective, in rare cases, the treatment won’t work. 

We are able to tell how well the treatment is coming along within the first six months. If Minoxidil isn’t working for you, we advise that you seek medical advice with a specialist. The specialist will examine the area, determine the cause of your hair loss and look at alternative treatments for you.