Non-Prescription Hair Loss Solutions
More than 35 million U.S. men deal with Androgenetic Alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness). One of the two FDA-approved medicines for men’s hair loss is Minoxidil. Unlike Finasteride, which is a pill-form, Minoxidil is a topical treatment applied once or twice daily.
Minoxidil extends the Anagen (growing) phase of the hair growth cycle and shortens the Telogen (resting) phase, a period when hair begins to die and fall out. Minoxidil is an over-the-counter drug, which means you won’t require a prescription from your doctor. Still, any time you introduce a new drug, it’s essential to consult with your medical doctor first.
BENEFITS OF NON-PRESCRIPTION TREATMENTS
At the first onset of hair loss, Minoxidil is especially effective at minimizing shedding, stopping the progression of hair loss, and stimulating regrowth. The serum begins working immediately after application, but it can take 3-6 months to show, and full-results are most visible after a year of ongoing use.
Minoxidil is clinically proven to successfully treat men with:
- Androgenetic Alopecia (genetic hair loss)
- Alopecia Areata (sudden hair loss caused by an immune disorder
- Scarring Alopecia (hair loss disorders caused by a medical illness or mechanical damage.
MINOXIDIL for men's hair loss
Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a non-prescription medicinal treatment for men's hair loss. In multiple clinical studies, researchers find that Minoxidil helps men suffering from Male Pattern Baldness to regrow hair.
Originally intended to treat high blood pressure, early trials unveiled an unexpected side-effect: hair growth. Decades later, the FDA approved Minoxidil as a topical treatment for men’s hair loss under the name Rogaine.
How to Use Minoxidil for Hair Loss
Minoxidil is a topical solution massaged into the scalp. Despite a successful track-record for promoting hair growth, there’s still speculation about exactly how Minoxidil works.
Allegedly, Minoxidil works by opening the potassium channels that stimulate hair growth. Some studies reveal that Minoxidil promotes the dilation of blood vessels on the scalp. Others find that the drug increases ATP enzymes (energy storage molecules) within the hair follicle, which elongates the growth (Anagen) phase. Additionally, Minoxidil delays follicular miniaturization, a process where follicles slowly miniaturize over time and prevent new hairs from growing.
Despite the confusion of the exact process, studies find that Minoxidil works for roughly 80% of men with Androgenetic Alopecia.
Results can take three months to one year. Around the 2-3 month mark, hair density stabilizes and you may start to notice less hair loss. After 6-8 months of routine use, you may notice more hair on your scalp. The fullest regrowth appears after one year of continuous application.
Apply the Minoxidil solution to your dry scalp with a spray pump or dropper. For best results, apply twice daily to the areas where your hair is thinning. Massage the solution into your scalp, then let your hair air dry. Keep in mind that while regrowth can occur, the texture and coarseness of your hair may be thinner or more brittle. With consistent use, Minoxidil can drastically improve the quantity of hair after one year.Daily application of Minoxidil can yield powerful results, but you may also want to combine treatment with cosmetic solutions. As your hair regrows, experiment with styling options and use trusted solutions to revitalize both your hair and confidence.