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Minoxidil Can Cause Increased Hair Shedding At First… But It’s Temporary!

Hair Loss WomanSomething that frequently troubles hair loss treatment users one or two months into their treatment course is the possibility of increased hair shedding, especially from the use of our formulations of minoxidil. Although this only affects a small number of both men and women, it is something that we have found can be quite worrying for somebody who has taken up a treatment course to stop their hair loss.

Increased shedding in the early stages of treatment is in fact a positive sign! It means that your hair follicles are reacting to the medication and new, revitalised hairs are pushing the old ones out. We assure people that this reaction is temporary and doesn’t usually last more than a month.

Here’s a report from a very happy Belgravia patient who experienced this effect at the beginning of his treatment duration and once he started seeing hair regrowing he never looked back – Success Story; “Belgravia Has Changed My Life”.

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10th October, 2016 at 11:11 am

Paige

Regaine initially helped stop my shedding, and it decreased, which was a great feeling! But now after 6 months on Regaine, my shedding has returned with a vengeance, and is now back to the awful pre regaine shedding with hundreds of hairs falling everyday. This is now causing severe stress, and I don't know where to turn. My GP hasn't been remotely helpful, and hasn't even offered advice. This is so traumatic for a woman, and it seems it's even harder to treat? My hair was thick and healthy until menopause started. All the hair vitamins and herbal remedies have cost a fortune, but done nothing at all to help. Too many scams and too little help :(

12th October, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Paige. We hope you find this response to your query helpful.

20th October, 2016 at 12:21 am

Lawin

Hi, I've using minixodil for a month now and the amount of hair I am losing is shocking! I know this supposed to be a good sign! But how long does that occur for? It seems to me if things go the way it is now I wouldn't have a single hair left on my head in a few years so I am kinda worried.

20th October, 2016 at 9:51 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Lawin, you're right - it is absolutely normal for this to happen and it will generally last for a few weeks. We understand you are not a Belgravia client so if you are concerned we recommend you contact whoever provided you with the minoxidil for personalised advice.

7th November, 2016 at 11:13 pm

Franklin

In my case the story is just opposite i started using minoxidil since April in the first attempt a very lil amount(10 hair) came outta the scalp i was taking oral medication as well now its been 6 months ever since i have started using it the shedding hasn't stopped yet every time i go for shower and apply the pirox shampoo predcribed by the doctor on my hair approx 20 hair come out every time and sometimes while combing the hair i see 4 to 5 hair stuck in the comb even if i cross my fingers through my hair one or two hair comes when its gonna stop i guess i have shedded more hair than i have grown back with this drug is it normal if this is happening pls lemme know

8th November, 2016 at 10:40 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Franklin, as you are not a Belgravia client we cannot give you personalised information on why your shedding is still happening. However, it seems you may be using a minoxidil shampoo? If that's the case then that may be the problem. Shampoo does not penetrate the scalp efficiently enough to work as a hair loss treatment. We recommend you speak to your treatment provider or another hair loss specialist about using topical minoxidil rather than any shampoo-based formulations.

23rd November, 2016 at 9:26 am

Shoaib

Hi Sarah, Im using minoxidile 5% since 1 year but still too many hair falls then i stopped hait falls through egg yolk and onion, so again i start using minoxidile since 2 days, my question is from you that honestly is minoxidile really effect which grow hairs on the damn BALD area? Thanks

23rd November, 2016 at 11:56 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Shoaib, If the areas you are treating are completely bald then there is no hair loss treatment that will work as minoxidil requires there to be active hair follicles in order to be effective and baldness is a sign that the follicles have died. We recommend you have a consultation with a specialist who can assess your shedding and tell you if there is still a chance that treatment could work for you and, if so, which types of treatment they would recommend.

23rd November, 2016 at 7:18 pm

Shoaib

Sarah thanks for replying. I want to send you my head pictures can you help me how and where?

24th November, 2016 at 10:36 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Shoaib, you will need to complete an Online Consultation - this form allows you to upload your photos and they will be sent straight to a Hair Loss Specialist for diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

24th November, 2016 at 11:34 am

Shoaib

Thanks Sara

16th December, 2016 at 4:06 am

Ishan

Hey! I am using minoxidil tropical 5% since 3 weeks. My concern about severe hair shedding every time I comb my hair. Should I use other medications along with minoxidil or stop using minoxidil?

16th December, 2016 at 10:19 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ishan, minoxidil can cause increased hair fall at first but this should stop soon and hair should start to regrow, as per the information in the article above. We understand you are not a Belgravia client so if you are concerned, we recommend you speak to whomever provided you with the minoxidil or the manufacturer.

16th December, 2016 at 4:11 pm

Ishan

Thanks!

21st December, 2016 at 1:14 pm

Ishan

During minoxidil course, I wash my hairs once a week. Is it okay or should I wash them daily or alternative days?

1st January, 2017 at 10:14 pm

Cristi

Hello! How often should we wash our hair when using minoxodil. My doctor said 2 per week but my hair is getting very greasy fast due to the minoxidil treatment(i also have oily skin)

9th January, 2017 at 2:35 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ishan, every day or every other day is preferable but ensure you apply your minoxidil after washing your hair so that it has sufficient time to sink in and be effective. You can find out more here.

11th January, 2017 at 1:59 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Cristi, depending on your hair type we would generally advise washing your hair once a day or once every other day. This is especially beneficial if you have oily and/or thinning hair as it makes the hair appear naturally more full. If the treatment is not agreeing with your scalp it may be that another formulation may suit you better so you may want to get a second opinion on your treatment.

23rd January, 2017 at 5:49 pm

Faeem

Hello...i used minoxidil for a month..but after stopping it from the last week my hair fall suddenly increased....i am loosing more than 100 hairs per day... What should i do...

23rd January, 2017 at 6:04 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Faeem, as you don't appear to be a Belgravia client we recommend that in the first instance you speak with whomever provided you with the minoxidil in the first place. As you will know from the information above, minoxidil can cause an increase in shedding at first and this is not generally anything to worry about but do check with your treatment provider as they should be able to give personalised advice based on your medical profile.

27th February, 2017 at 8:40 pm

Aditya

Hello I am using minoxidil since 10 days back as my hair is falling 3 times more than before I am so worried for this so what should I do

28th February, 2017 at 10:56 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Aditya, as per the information above, this is entirely normal and nothing to be concerned about. If you are a Belgravia patient, please contact your Treatment Advisor or call the clinic if you would like to discuss your shedding further. Alternatively, if you are not a client, please contact your minoxidil provider if you would like further details.

27th March, 2017 at 6:56 pm

Sarah ambler

Hi. I've been using minoxidil 5%foam for 3 weeks. What I want to know is - it says you can experience more hair loss to begin with and that it's a positive sign. I am not experiencing more than normal amount of shedding. Does this mean that this won't work for me? Thank you, Sarah.

28th March, 2017 at 12:29 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Sarah, as you are not a Belgravia client we would recommend you speak to your minoxidil provider for personalised advice. What we can tell you on a general note however is that firstly, not everyone experiences extra shedding after starting minoxidil, also - for those who do - it can take longer than three weeks for this to happen. It does not mean that the product will not work as generally it will take at least three months in order to tell whether or not treatment is having the desired effect. If after that time you still see no changes, we recommend getting a second opinion as it may be that you are better suited to a different formulation.

2nd April, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Vinit

Hi Sarah,I have beeb using minoxidil for 4 months now and though it has helped thicken my hair a bit, my hair loss has not stopped. In fact, it hair fall has fastened a bit in last couple of weeks. Mainly its thin hairs that keep falling out, is it normal that they might be falling out as thick hair grows in its place. I am really in panic mode when i shower as i see around atleast 50 hairs falling.. plus when i comb hair will fall in lumps.. So, is minoxidil really working(as my hair head looks a but fuller than before) or should i look for alternative treatment. I also have sebborhheic dermatitis

3rd April, 2017 at 9:40 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Vinit, we can only provide personalised advice on treatments being used to Belgravia clients to whom we have provided the treatment in the first place. I cannot find you on our systems so would recommend you speak to your minoxidil provider for advice based on your specific situation and medical profile. One thing we can tell you, however, is that it is normal for everyone to shed up to 100 hairs per day so 50 should not be anything to worry about.

7th April, 2017 at 12:49 am

James

Hi I started 5% minoxidil (double dose) once per day after hair wash and low dose finastride 0.25mg daily over 1 year ago. I noticed increased shedding when I first started Minoxidil. 1 year later, it's still shedding a lot. Is the shedding normal?

8th April, 2017 at 11:33 pm

Adi

Hello, I am using Minoxidil 5% for the third month now. It has helped me grown some fine hair on the forehead area. However, it has dramatically increased the hairfall now. Furthermore, at times it causes itchy scalp. Is that all normal ?

17th April, 2017 at 10:46 pm

Slan

I've been applying rogain to more of the front region to test if it is going to help before i apply it all over,i seem to be losing hair in other areas however, is this normal in initial shedding? also have some flakes and dryness buildup in regions im not applying it in the rest of the head. Im extremely worried

18th April, 2017 at 9:29 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Slan, as you are not a Belgravia client and we have not provided you with your treatment we cannot give you medical advice. We recommend you call the helpline on the box for advice regarding this specific product. However, we can tell you that the hairline is the slowest to regrow so testing it on this area may not give you the best idea as to how it will work overall. Initial shedding is normal on the hair around the top of the scalp and this situation does not sound like anything to be particularly concerned about but we would recommend you speak with your healthcare or Rogaine provider to be sure as this needs to be considered in the context of your specific medical profile, pattern and level of shedding.

28th April, 2017 at 1:45 pm

Anand jaiswal

Hi, I am using minoxidil 5% as well as finasteride from last 20 days but my hair fall seems to be increased from earlier. Should i continue with it or change the medicine?

28th April, 2017 at 2:03 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Anand. As you are not a Belgravia client we cannot provide you with this sort of medical advice. In general, as you can see from the information above, hair loss may increase within the first month or so of using minoxidil but whether or not you should discontinue use is a question for your minoxidil provider.

10th May, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi James, continuous shedding as a side effect of minoxidil is not normal so, as you are not a Belgravia patient, we recommend you speak to your dermatologist or hair loss treatment provider for further advice and information on the potential side effects of the drugs you are currently using.

10th May, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Adi, what you describe sounds absolutely normal - some people say they experience an itchy or tingling sensation in their scalp when their hair sheds. However, if you are concerned about any of this we recommend you speak with your hair loss treatment provider for further, personalised advice.

17th May, 2017 at 10:14 pm

ashish

i am using minoxidil since 4 week,and now i have noticed that the rate of hairfall just increases ,so should i try other medication.. if this rate continues,balness will occur in 2,3 month from now

18th May, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ashish, as we can see from your email address that you are not a Belgravia client we would recommend you speak with your minoxidil provider for reassurance. We can give you general information in addition to that already provided above, however. Please find a full response from one of our hair loss specialists, here.

12th June, 2017 at 4:55 am

Deepak

Plz help me here as I am totally freaked out.I have been using the mino+propecia since 9 month.After 1 month of start I have shedding for 1months and then my hair come back and no shedding. Now after 8 month I have another shedding....😢 So does my medicine stop working or something else plz reply me plz..

12th June, 2017 at 9:05 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Deepak, as you are not a Belgravia client we recommend you speak to your treatment provider for personalised advice. There are various reasons this could be happening, from the natural seasonal shedding process to new underlying factors influencing your hair loss such as stress, an unbalanced diet, illness or any new prescription medication being used that can cause hair loss as a side effect.

3rd July, 2017 at 12:52 pm

P vatsyan

Hi, I've using minixodil for a month now and the amount of hair I am losing is shocking.i am losing 500 hair per day now. I know this supposed to be a good sign! But how long does that occur for? It seems to me if things go the way it is now I wouldn't have a single hair left on my head in a few years so I am very worried.

3rd July, 2017 at 5:32 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi P, As you don't appear to be a Belgravia client we recommend you speak with your minoxidil provider for this advice. We can only provide you with the general advice outlined above.

4th July, 2017 at 2:50 pm

niki shah

Hi, My hair has become so thin and I can see shiny patches on my scalp-can i woman go bald?

4th July, 2017 at 5:17 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Niki, it is rare for women to go completely bald but there are some conditions where this is a possibilty, although they generally affect specific areas - such as Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia which causes a thick band of baldness around the hairline, for example. We would advise you to have a professional consultation so that a hair loss specialist can diagnose your condition and talk you through everything. They can also recommend treatments tailored to your specific needs where appropriate.

23rd August, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Maroof

I'm using minoxidli & finasterid from past 1 month. Before that i used to loose 50 hairs per day but now it's increased to 100 hairs.... i can see extremely small white hairs but they're not growing. I check my head everyday using flashlight.that small white hairs r not growing. How much time it'll take to grow and convert into black hairs??

23rd August, 2017 at 5:39 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Maroof, it is unlikely that you will see any results from this type of hair loss treatment for at least three months due to the natural timing of the hair growth cycle, though it could be longer depending on how advanced your thinning was to start with. As you are not a Belgravia client, if you are worried about how well your treatment is working we recommend contacting your provider.

10th September, 2017 at 9:43 am

Bridget

I am a fit and healthy (as far as I know!) 67 year old. These posts and pics seem to be from much younger people, judged by their hair colour. My hair is extremely thin over the crown, which my doctor termed male pattern balding (I am female!). My scalp can be clearly seen through my delicately arranged comb over! I wonder if Minoxidil would work for me or have I left it too late?

11th September, 2017 at 10:40 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Bridget, our Success Stories feature women of a range of ages! You can see women with female pattern hair loss who are in their 60's, here. You can also use the filters at the top of the page to see women older or younger. We cannot give you a prognosis without a consultation so we recommend arranging an appointment for a free consultation at one of our Central London hair loss clinics or, if you are based outside London/the UK, you can use our Online Consultation form. We hope this helps!

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