Minoxidil is a hair regrowth solution for male pattern baldness. However, by 'solution' we do not mean it can resolve baldness issues at the fore of your scalp or even treat sudden hair loss among men. Minoxidil is useful only in the early hair loss stage. Its effects begin immediately through creation of the best growth environment for your hair, but it takes time for visible results to show.
So let's discuss how minoxidil works:
Basically, hair regrowth has many phases. Minoxidil promotes hair regrowth by acting on your hair follicles, increasing blood flow around the follicles and stimulating and extending each follicle to its growth phase. The initial growth stage is known as the Anagen phase. The next stages are known as Catagen and Telogen phases, where existing hair falls from the follicle and is replaced by new hair. The final Exogen phase, is when all old hair is shed from the scalp and is replaced by new hair.
As per research, men who use minoxidil consistently experience hair regrowth within a period of about six months to a year.
Here are some tips to help you use minoxidil solution more effectively:
- Firstly, your scalp should be clean and dry before application. Ensure that before you use the medicine on affected areas of the scalp.
- If you are applying the solution before bedtime, dry out the solution completely from your hair before you hit the mattress.
- After application, wash your hands thoroughly to avoid any side-effects or minoxidil's contact with other areas of your body.
- In case you have scalp irritation issues or skin problems, please do not use minoxidil for a while to prevent an allergic reaction.
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If your condition doesn't improve even after taking Minoxidil for six months continuously, then it is advisable to consult a doctor, specialist or dermatologist to share your medical problems.
Also read: Shilajit for steady sex and hair care.
Medically reviewed by Rishabh Verma, RP