are battling with hair loss or thinning hair and have
tried several different products in which to combat
this problem. Minoxodil is the ingredient that works
with hair regrowth.
What is Minoxidil?
Monixdil is the active ingredient found in Rogaine.
It was found that many patients using Minoxidil for
high blood pressure were growing hair or having a regrowth
How does Minoxidil works?
How minoxidil works to grow hair is
a mystery. Since it was originally a blood-pressure
pill, no one really understands how minoxidil really
works. Researchers thought that it worked by increasing
the amount of blood to the hair follicles. However other
drugs of the same type do not stimulate the same response
to hair growth so it is now thought that minoxidil works
by a different mechanism. Recent studies have shown
that topical minoxidil does not produce an increase
in skin blood flow, which was thought to be the reason
minoxidil, worked so well on growing hair.
How effective is minoxidil?
Minoxidil is effective on both men
and women studies have shown. Clinical tests conducted
by 27 US medical centers involving 2,300 patients with
male pattern baldness showed that after using minoxidil
for one year 48% of men rated their regrowth as moderate
to dense, 36% of men who used minoxidil for one year
rated their regrowth as minimal and 16% had no regrowth
In the tests regarding the effectiveness of minoxidil
on women about 2 out or 3 did report to have some hair
regrowth by their physicians.
Using rogaine instead of topical minoxidil, surveys
of over 7,000 men, 80% said they noticed a difference
after using Rogaine, and after 12 months of continuous
use, 40% showed re-growth of hair.
How long do I need to use Minoxidil
Hair regrowth with topical minoxidil
does take time. You will need to be patient. While some
individuals see results faster then others studies show
that at least 4 months of treatment is generally necessary
before there is any evidence of regrowth with minoxidil.
Using Rogaine instead of topical monixidil you will
begin to notice some regrowth and possible some new
hair in 3 months time.
If treatment is successful the very
first thing you will notice is less hair loss within
the first 90 days of beginning treatment. This is because
minoxidil may prolong the growth phase of the hair cycle,
thus increasing the number of follicles in the growth
phase at the same time.
New growth may be soft, downey and
hardly visible at first. This can be an encouraging
sign because it shows that minoxidil is actually causing
some regrowth. If you continue to respond with further
treatment the soft downey growth will change into hair
of the same color and thickness as the other hairs on
Because Minoxidil is a treatment, not
a cure continuous use over a long period of time will
be the only way to see if you are in fact regaining
regrowth of your natural hair. If you stop using minoxidil
it may cause the follicles to stop growing and you will
more than likely loose the regrown hair in a few months
Minoxidil has to be applied on the
scalp at least twice daily and for at least 4 months.
It should be applied to a normal dry scalp only and
left in place for at least 4 hours.
Precautions for oral minoxidil:
A fall in blood pressure can occur.
An increase in the heart rate
Weight gain in the form of fluid retention
An increase in the absorption of minoxidil from the
scalp can occur with inflamed or abnormal scalps.
If you have heart disease or have had heart failure
you should avoid taking oral minoxidil.
If you have high blood pressure you should talk with
your doctor before taking minoxidil.
As with any and all medications talk
with your doctor or health care provider concerning
the dosage and concerns you may have with the use of