Minoxidil (Rogaine) for Hair Growth: Benefits, Who It's For, and How to Use It
Experiencing hair thinning? Call it crazy stress, a new diet, post covid, genetics, or simply getting older, but nowadays everyone seems to be experiencing hair thinning. With some simple online research, it's inevitable that you'll come across Rogaine also known as Minoxidil, the generic name and also the active ingredient of Rogaine. Of course, before you start using a new product, especially one that takes commitment and long term use, it's best to learn all the facts. For starters, we're here to answer How does Minoxidil work? Who is it for? How do you use it? Negative Side Effects? and in summary, everything you need to know after speaking with the experts.
Benefits of Minoxidil for Hair
Minoxidil has been shown to "enhance hair growth and reduce hair loss" (Dr. Gary Linkov, Double-Board Certified Facial Plastic and Hair Restoration Surgeon) through the repeated consistent use of the common topical solution and topical foams that are readily available over the counter. Over time, users can expect to see thicker, denser hair, and most importantly, actual regrowth.
How to Use?
For men, Minoxidil is available in two common applications: 5% topical solutions or foams. Directions will vary depending on the product however most follow these steps:
1. Apply 1ml of product directly to the scalp with semi- damp hair 2x daily
2. Leave- in for at least four hours
For women, Minoxidil is available in topical solutions and foams as well but in 2% and follow the same application methods.
Dr. Gary Linkov recommends for most people to start with the lower 2% topical solution to test your tolerance and to use for at least 3 months to see benefits. In addition, it may be beneficial to combine Minoxidil with a hair thinning shampoo & conditioner, and Biotin supplements such as by Viviscal Pro and Nioxin.