Does Minoxidil or Rogaine Really Work for Hair Loss?
January 31 2022
When you start to notice thinning hair, you start to look for solutions everywhere. You’ve probably heard of Rogaine as a treatment for hair loss – but does it really work? What are some of the things you can do early in your hair loss experience that can halt or reverse it so that it doesn’t get more noticeable? We hear these questions all the time at the Hair Restoration Institute, and our caring, professional experts are here to help answer all your questions and clear up all your concerns about hair restoration treatments.
What is Minoxidil?
While most people have heard of Rogaine, they haven’t heard of its ingredient – minoxidil. While there are plenty of over-the-counter products that claim to help thinning hair, there’s only one compound – minoxidil – that is FDA approved for treating hair loss that is available over the counter.
How does Minoxidil work?
Minoxidil is a compound known as a vasodilator – a compound that dilates blood vessels. In this way, it’s believed that Minoxidil acts on the blood vessels that deliver nourishment to your hair follicles to help stimulate growth. Many causes of hair loss result in shrinking follicles, which eventually makes them stop growing hair because they can’t function properly. Dilation promotes follicle enlargement, as well as blood vessel enlargement, for healthier follicles.
Can anyone use Minoxidil?
Minoxidil is an ingredient that’s approved for use by both men and women for hair loss. It’s most effective when you’re under 40 and when your hair loss is in its beginning stages. Also, the cause of your hair loss may help determine how effective Minoxidil can be. You’ll understand your causes of hair loss when you’ve received a full assessment from the hair loss professionals at the Hair Restoration Institute.
How long does Minoxidil take to work?
Hair growth happens over the long term, so it’s important to understand that treatments like Minoxidil can take several months before you notice results. That’s because the first step is to nourish and increase the size of your follicles that have stopped hair growth, then the growth process needs time to take place. Deep inside your follicle, cells are formed that eventually bond together and become a shaft of hair that pushes out past the surface. It’s important to understand that this process takes time because it will take about four months of treatment to notice the difference in your hair.
How do I choose the right Minoxidil product?
It’s important to always consult a hair loss professional when exploring treatments like Minoxidil. That’s because everyone’s hair loss is different. There are several different types of hair loss, and Minoxidil may not be the optimal treatment for your personal hair loss experience.
Hair loss can be caused by:
- Heredity – when you inherit genes that make follicles more sensitive to changes.
- Hormones – imbalances of hormones, especially testosterone, which can work directly on receptors in your follicles to slow or stop hair growth
- Medications and medical treatments – which can sometimes cause temporary or permanent hair loss
- Stress – which can cause shifts in your follicles’ hair growth cycle
- And more.
Your confidential, discreet consultation with a hair loss expert at the Hair Restoration Institute will help you determine whether Minoxidil is the right treatment for you.
At the Hair Restoration Institute, we wanted to ensure that our clients receive effective, proven formulas that properly nourish hair while providing powerful hair growth stimulating ingredients – like Minoxidil – that help restore hair growth. That’s why we’ve developed a full line of home haircare products that are designed to give your hair the right balance of nourishing vitamins and other effective compounds that stimulate growth.
In addition, we have a full menu of proven, effective hair restoration and hair replacement treatments that our products are designed to complement, for the most effective hair restoration treatments available. These include:
- PRP hair treatments
- Low-level laser light treatments
- Advanced FUT and NeoGraft FUE hair transplantation treatments
- Dermal Lens hair replacement systems
- Scalp micropigmentation
- And much more
If you’re starting to notice thinning hair, the important thing to do is take action now. Make a free consultation appointment today at the Hair Restoration Institute and let our caring and professional hair loss experts help assess your level of hair loss and develop a personalized hair restoration plan that can help you. You can find us at 1201 West Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas, or call or 817-854-HAIR (4247) for your complimentary consultation with an experienced hair loss professional.