Minoxidil is a hair loss treatment which is scientifically proven to stop or reverse hereditary hair loss in both men and women aged 18 – 65.
If you’re suffering from female or male pattern baldness and are looking for a way to keep or regrow your hair, minoxidil could help you to get the most from your hair.
You can find minoxidil in products from Regaine, a brand which creates minoxidil foam and solutions for both men and women suffering from hair loss which runs in their family.
When you’re using minoxidil, you can usually use your regular shampoos and styling products with no problems, so your hair can look fantastic as you wait for your treatment to get to work.
Minoxidil is thought to work by increasing the flow of blood to your hair follicles, which stops from shrinking in diameter and helps to reverse the process.
It also helps to stimulate the follicles, helping them to enter the growth phase so they can produce new hair and helping you to keep your remaining hair.
When you first see hair regrowth, it may be soft and downy, but over time it should start to grow in with the same colour and texture of your other hair.
In studies performed by the manufacturers of Regaine, one of the most popular minoxidil products, 9 out of 10 men and 8 out of 10 women said they kept or regrew their hair while using Regaine’s minoxidil foam.
Like all medications, minoxidil can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them.
Some of the most common side effects include:
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist right away.
For a full list of the possible side effects of your own product, please read the patient information leaflet included with the medication carefully.
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding you should not use products which contain minoxidil.
If you’re suffering with hair loss due to pregnancy or hormonal changes, speak to your doctor, pharmacist, or health visitor for advice.
If a minoxidil treatment has been formulated specifically for men or women, you should follow the advice of the manufacturers and use the correct product for you.
If you use a treatment designed for those of another gender, it may not work as effectively or as intended.
If you’re unsure which treatment you should use, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice before use.
Minoxidil can begin to work as soon as 8 weeks after the start of treatment.
However, it can take up to 16 weeks before you see any results, and this can be different from person to person.
If you don’t see any improvements after 16 weeks to one year of use (depending on the strength of the treatment), you should stop using minoxidil and speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
You should not use minoxidil if your hair loss is anything other than hereditary.
This includes hair loss caused by medical treatments or an all over loss of body hair.
If you’re unsure what is causing your hair loss, speak to your doctor or pharmacist to see if this product is suitable for you.