There are many reasons why abnormal hair loss occurs and often the best way to begin to combat it is by taking advice from a qualified trichologist in order to find out why it is happening and what you can do about it. Hair loss is something that affects men and women and can be very debilitating so it is understandable that you will want to do something to try and reverse it if possible.
However there is a product which is readily available over the counter and this is a product called Regaine, the main active ingredient of which is Minoxidil. People have used this product with varying degrees of success.
How Does Minoxidil Work?
Minoxidil, which was originally developed as a treatment for blood pressure problems, works by increasing the flow of blood to the hair follicles and this is said to increase the size of the follicles and stimulate hair growth. It has a good track record in men and women however it doesn’t work for everyone.
How Long Do I Have to Use It For?
Minoxidil is a product that has to be used twice a day, every day and once you stop using it the hair loss process will re-start and any previously re-grown hair will fall out again so this cannot be seen as a permanent solution to hair loss.
Any Side Effects?
Any type of strong medication or treatment can have side effects and if you are thinking of trying Minoxidil it is advisable to speak to a qualified trichologist before using it for the first time. If you have any blood pressure or heart-related problems it is also advisable to speak with your doctor first.
Many who have used Minoxidil have reported increased hair loss when they first start to use it although some say that new hair growth is noticeable only after several months. Initial shedding results from the normal follicular resting phase. It has also been reported in some cases that new hair growth can appear to be a normal hair colour even where hair was previously grey. It is not advisable to use hair dyes while you are using Minoxidil.
In conclusion then, Minoxidil, or Regaine, must not be seen as a cure for hair loss and it is effective only whilst you continue to use it. For a more permanent solution talk to a qualified trichologist here at the Wimpole Clinic, who can advise you on what other options are available.