What Is Minoxidil And Is It A Safe Hair Loss Treatment?

There are always those things we are on the fence about. Even if there is no or little evidence that they are bad. Thanks to the internet all it takes is one keyword search to confirm your suspicions without having any verification. I swear every time I have a headache and I google it, I am told that it is almost definitely cancer. But thankfully, this is why we have doctors and medical studies that give us well-tested results.

But you’re wondering what are we talking about? It is none other than - Minoxidil and how it works to fix your hair loss. Are you thinking - finally something useful? Just kidding, we know you love all our blogs.

Anyway, so everyone who has androgenic alopecia or male/female pattern baldness has a love/hate relationship with Minoxidil. Why? Cause there is just so much misinformation about minoxidil. So we thought we should give you all the information once and for all. So here goes.

What is minoxidil?
It is a vasodilator.

What is a vasodilator?
For one, it is difficult to pronounce and spell. But for reals, it is a type of medication that opens or dilates blood vessels. They affect the muscles in the walls of your arteries and veins, preventing the muscles from tightening and the walls from narrowing. As a result, blood flows more easily through your vessels.

Okay, how does this help me?
Now you have a new scrabble word to use during Quarantine Scrabble. But when it comes to hair loss or severe hair thinning. Minoxidil is applied in the form of a serum or foam, it increases blood flow to your scalp. By increasing blood flow, more oxygen and nutrients are able to be transported into each hair follicle, promoting hair re-growth and hair health.

Oh, but doesn’t it help with DHT?
No! Minoxidil has no effect on your hormones (Surprise!). That is Finasteride, but don’t rush to get it just yet, finasteride is known to have some serious side-effects, especially in men - including erectile dysfunction and other sexual issues, which is why we don’t prescribe it.

But what about all the side-effects I read about? (But didn’t you also read UN voted Indian National Anthem as the best in the world? It’s not true)
There are side-effects of minoxidil when it is not used in moderation (no more than 5-10% and 1-2ml in a day). Overuse of minoxidil can cause certain issues but that is why our health experts give you defined instructions on “how to use” it. Not only that we also have the 1ml mark on the dropper of our packaging to make sure you know just how much to use. But if you have underlying health conditions such as - hypertension, history of heart diseases, breastfeeding or stroke. Then you must not use minoxidil.

What about dryness, flakiness, and shedding?
Minoxidil has alcohol which causes the drying in your scalp, but that is only temporary. It subsides in 1-2 weeks (and we give you the scalp oil to help keep your scalp nourished). As for the hair shedding, minoxidil is like a “reactivate” button for your hair follicles, and therefore, it causes your weak follicles to shed the damaged hair sooner than normal to allow regrowth of thick and healthy hair. This too subsides in 1-2 weeks. No pain no gain!

So minoxidil really works to fix hair loss, huh?
Yes! (Just like social distancing works to stop the spread of coronavirus) Various studies have shown that 5% minoxidil is by far one of the most effective treatments with little to no side-effects in normal cases. Not only that minoxidil is also known to work both on the crown and the hairline in hair-regrowth. Don’t believe us? Check it out here -https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00151515