I have been asked repeatedly by readers of this blog “why at the beginning of my use of Minoxidil is there more hair loss?“
Many people who begin hair loss treatment are very surprised to discover that the beginning of their treatment brings with it more not less hair thinning and hair loss.
This in fact is one of the adverse side effects of Minoxidil at its introduction and initial use. It is important to know this and not be afraid. As a matter of fact, if you are having this effect it is one of the most positive signs that the use of Minoxidil is effective!
The reason for this is very simple: when Minoxidil begins to work it encourages the growth of hair and the follicles work harder to stimulate hair growth. This pushes out the old, dead hair that would eventually fall out anyway but in a more rapid manner. In addition the rapid increase in blood flow to the scalp also increases this effect at an accelerated pace.
The question then arises, if the use of Minoxidil did not initially accelerate hair thinning or hair loss, is the Minoxidil working effectively? The answer is absolutely not! Each person responds in a unique way to the treatment with Minoxidil.
For someone who pays attention for most products the literature that accompanies them includes the warning that the use of the product will initially increase hair loss. This too is for the same reasons as discussed above.
Most of the products that cause increased hair thinning or hair loss at the beginning of their use are those that are the most recommended; for example: Laser Comb, JBCO, and Revita Shampoo. Personally, as previously discussed I experienced this with the Laser Comb.
How long does it last?
It is different for each person because each case of hair loss is different. For most it is usually a few weeks. But in some cases it can be more than a month.
I am not aware of anyone who has used Minoxidiland it caused him to have permanent hair loss; but there is clearly a possibility that this may occur. In fact the manufacturer of the product itself includes the warning to immediately stop use of the product should this occur. Obviously it is best to consult your doctor.
High Dosage of Minoxidil
There are those who use Minoxidil at concentrations of 10% and 15%. These concentrations are not FDA approved.
On the one hand this seems to make some sense to use 10% or 15% Minoxidil when there are those who make the switch from 2% Minoxidil to 5% Minoxidil and achieve better results.
On the other hand there are some problems with this approach. First the scalp becomes used to higher and higher dosages. This means that there is no turning back and the use of the higher dosage becomes a requirement. Obviously the higher dosage also drastically increases adverse affects – not only those previously discussed in this post; but significant medical ones.