Updated 12th September 2016
Hair loss can be caused by a number of reasons, although the most common is natural hair loss which occurs through ageing. Turning back the clock or a receding hairline is possible and the best news is, it need not cost a fortune.
The most common treatment for hair loss is Minoxidil which can be found in strengths 2% or 5%. The stronger solution being the most effective. Minoxidil was initially created as an anti-hypertensive vasodilator medication which is a medicine that widens the blood vessels to treat high blood pressure. However, it turned out that the drug in its oral form had an interesting side effect which was hair growth! Out of this side effect a topical solution of Minoxidil was created to treat hair loss and baldness. Today Minoxidil can be brought in high-street pharmacies, Superdrug and Boots as well as online.
Buy the cheapest option because Minoxidil 5% is the same whether you opt for the more expensive Rogaine branded products or a generic (cheaper) form. Use twice a day as directed and you will see a dramatic slow down of hair-loss as well as new hair growth.
Because the actual hair growth cycle consists of three distinct stages – Anagen, Catagen and Telogen, you will need to allow at least 3 months before you see the benefits. Having said that, it does depend from person to person and I have heard users notice new hair starting to grow along their fore-line after only 4 weeks. Once you start to see an improvement, don’t stop using the solution. Minoxidil does work, but only for as long as you continue to use it. Once you stop, your hair will revert back to how it was before.
Exactly how Minoxidil promotes hair growth is not fully understood but it is thought that because of its effect of widening blood vessels, that it allows an increase of oxygen, blood and nutrients to the hair follicle which results in thicker and new hair in the Anagen phase which is the active growth phase of hair follicles.
Important Minoxidil is very toxic to cats, so if you have a cat, wash your hands well after using the solution and never allow it to contact your cat. The drug causes heart failure in cats which will result in their death over a few days. Why not check out the benefits and great price of Minoxidil right here.
Before starting any treatment yourself, do visit your doctor because there can be underlying causes for hair loss such as hormonal changes, unbalanced thyroid hormones Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can cause hair to fall out. In most cases, the hair will grow back once the thyroid disorder is treated.
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