Because minoxidil causes your hairs to prematurely enter into the anagen phase of the growth cycle, it may cause your hair to look worse before it looks better. By this, we mean that you might notice that your hair loss increases during the first few weeks or months of treatment with minoxidil.
Can minoxidil cause more hair loss?
Increased hair loss, one of the most publicized side effects of minoxidil, is often the result of hair follicles rapidly moving through the hair growth cycle and shedding before an anagen phase. This is normal as it is part of the mechanism in how minoxidil works.
Can minoxidil speed up balding?
The short answer is that when you use minoxidil, the treatment accelerates the process in which your thinning hair falls out. Why? So it can make way for your new, healthier hair. All that increased hair loss is just your “bad” hair making way for your “good” hair.
Is it possible for Rogaine to make hair loss worse?
The short answer is, no, your Rogaine treatment is not causing you to lose more hair than before, and it will not make it worse than it would be in the future.
How long does hair shedding last with minoxidil?
How long does Minoxidil Shedding last? Minoxidil shedding (increased hair loss after using Minoxidil) typically only occurs at the beginning of your treatment. Research shows that minoxidil shedding starts 2-8 weeks after beginning the treatment. After that, the shedding is usually seen to subside.
How do you know if minoxidil is not working?
If you’ve been using Minoxidil and aren’t sure if the treatment is working, look for the following signs:
- Excessive or sudden hair shedding.
- Increased hair length.
- Greater strand density – fine hair might start to feel thicker.
Why you shouldn’t use minoxidil?
As a vasodilator, minoxidil causes an increase in blood supply, which can also increase your heart rate. Healthcare providers may advise people with pre-existing heart conditions against using products containing minoxidil because it can increase heart rate and cause chest pains, signaling heart failure.
Do you have to wash your hair everyday when using minoxidil?
While using rogaine it’s best to wash your hair every day. If you do not wash your hair daily while using rogaine, you might experience scalp burning, itching, redness, or irritant contact dermatitis. Avoid this and shampoo daily.
Does hair loss get worse before it gets better?
Dr Wong says up to 80 per cent of adults with small patches of alopecia areata on the scalp will spontaneously regrow hair with no treatment, usually within a year. “But hair loss can sometimes get worse before it gets better,” she adds.
Can you use too much minoxidil?
Do not use more of it and do not use it more often than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of it being absorbed through the skin. For the same reason, do not apply minoxidil to other parts of your body.
Does shedding mean minoxidil is working?
Research shows shedding can begin 2 to 8 weeks after beginning Minoxidil use. Remember that this shedding is a good sign that the Minoxidil is increasing blood flow to your hair follicles and causing a jumpstart to your hair growth cycle.
Does minoxidil thicken hair?
Increases hair thickness and density: In addition to stimulating hair growth and quelling a receding hairline, “Minoxidil can increase the density and thickness of hair,” says Fisher. In other words, strands grow back fuller and healthier.
Does minoxidil regrow hair in the front?
Minoxidil is more likely to work for hair loss in the crown. This does not mean it cannot give regrowth in the front. When this happens, however, it will be limited to thinning areas. Minoxidil will not be able to affect frontal areas that have gone completely bald.