Can Minoxidil Fix Hair Loss By Itself? What To Know.

Can Minoxidil Fix Hair Loss By Itself? What To Know.

Hair Loss is a huge problem for both Men and Women.

Currently, Minoxidil is the ONLY FDA approved solution for hair loss for both men AND women.

While Propecia (Finasteride) is approved to fix hair loss by the FDA, it’s only approved for use in men.

This is due to differences in how both of these products affect men and women’s bodies.

Now, before you’re able to say whether or not Minoxidil would work best for you, you need to know WHY you’re taking it.

Obviously, it’s for hair loss, but did you know there are actually a few different kinds?

Understanding WHY you are losing hair in the first place is important to this question.

For example, someone undergoing chemotherapy vs someone who is 65 years old!

Both experience hair loss, but for VERY different reasons.

If you don’t know what’s causing your hair loss, you might not benefit from minoxidil AT ALL.

However; if you have an idea of why you are shedding/losing hair than you’ll be able to tell if it may be a good fit for you!

Identifying Types of Hair Loss and Causes

While you can use minoxidil to encourage hair growth and see some promising results, it’s best to not “put a band-aid over a bruise.”

Address the root problem of why you are losing it to begin with and work from there!

As previously mentioned there are a few different types of hair loss and some additional causes for it.

Here is a quick list of common types of Hair Loss.

  • Alopecia areata
  • Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia
  • Chemotherapy-induced alopecia
  • Frontal fibrosing alopecia
  • Monilethrix
  • Loose anagen hair syndrome
  • Telogen effluvium
  • Androgenetic alopecia

Hair loss is commonly experienced due to either “Androgenetic Alopecia” or “Telogen Effluvium.”

To save time, we’ll focus on these two and talk about how minoxidil plays into these both.

Minoxidil and Androgenetic Alopecia

On the Left is a prime example of Androgenetic Alopecia, On the Right in me as of May 8th 2022.

Androgenetic Alopecia refers to balding (Alopecia) from a genetic response to Androgens.

(Androgens refer to hormones found primarily in male reproductive systems like Testosterone or DHT.)

While there is no “cure” for Androgenetic Alopecia, You can slow it down and actually undo some “damage” to your hairline!

Minoxidil works as a “Pro-drug” meaning that it doesn’t work until it’s absorbed by your body.

Once Minoxidil has been applied to the area you wish and passes through your skin, it gets turned into “Minoxidil sulfate” by a few enzymes.

These enzymes are found most abundant in the hair follicles and vary in amount present for everyone.

(The level of variance is why some people do better than others!)

The Minoxidil sulfate is able to improve hair growth rates and slow down the loss of new hairs.

It does this by shortening the “Telogen” (Resting/non-growing) phase of hair follicles SIGNIFICANTLY.

While we’re on the topic of “telogen” phases, let’s talk briefly about Telogen Effluvium!

Telogen Effluvium and Hair Loss

Telogen Effluvium Refers to the the effluvium (outflow) of hair in it’s non-growing phase.

Typically, Telogen Effluvium is a response to a traumatic event to the body.

(Imagine things like chronic stress, malnourishment, pregnancy, hormonal problems, surgery, etc.)

When your body has to deal with these stressful situations it can cause non-scarring hair loss.

The good news is this is typically short lived (around 3-6 months) and reversible on it’s own.

Using minoxidil during this period may lead to more shedding of hair initially, but that’s to be expected.

(Think of it like pruning out the wilted petals on a flower to let healthy ones grow and flourish)

Chronic Telogen Effluvium (event lasting over 6 months) is indicative of more serious complications from trauma and TOPICAL minoxidil likely won’t be able to do much for this.

However; some studies indicate that oral minoxidil may be promising as a way to deal with Chronic Telogen Effluvium.

In Conclusion

Just a screengrab of me trying to get a fun thumbnail with a standard ol’ Foam Minoxidil from Walgreens in an old YouTube Video

For most people, assuming that they don’t have some outside trauma or an autoimmune disease, Minoxidil will likely be a good first step!

While there are a lot of other options available to help mitigate hair loss further, this is definitely a great solution for focusing on regrowth!

I’ll be talking later about how to slow down hair loss MASSIVELY with a few simple over the counter products in the coming weeks!

Feel free to come back around for my post on My Personal Best Practices for Reversing Hair Loss.

In it, I’ll share with what i’ve found to be effective for preventing loss AND getting back lost hair!

If you have any comments/questions or concerns, feel free to leave them in the comments portion of the blog or reach out on any of my social medias!
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Wishing you all the best in your Hair-restoration journey!
Until next time, Toodles!

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