Question: I just started using the minoxidil hair loss treatment for my hereditary hair loss about six weeks ago but now my hair is falling out more than before! Is this normal? What should I do? I am worried about losing more hair and am not sure if this is meant to happen or if it’s not working. Please help.
Answer: Hi Jodie. This is one of the most frequent questions Belgravia clients – both men and women – tend to ask a few weeks after starting their hair loss treatment course. Many want to know why is their hair still falling out as they expect to see shedding stop straight away, whilst – like you – some even find their hair is shedding more than ever before and, understandably, panic.
Rest assured, this type of hair loss is absolutely normal when you first start treatment with minoxidil, and it can actually be a good sign! You don’t mention if you are a Belgravia client so the information given here is based upon our experiences. However, if you have any concerns relating to treatment you have been given elsewhere, we would recommend you speak to your provider directly for personalised hair loss advice.
When you first start using minoxidil – with or without finasteride 1mg (men only) – this soaks into the scalp and stimulates the hair follicles, providing further nourishment and encouraging regrowth. Once these new hairs start to grow, they push out the old, thinning hairs which is why you may start to lose more hair than normal. This shedding stage does not happen to everyone, however when it does, it can last between two and four weeks, as the new hairs make their way through as a normal part of the hair growth cycle.
Many Belgravia clients with genetic hair loss encounter this type of shedding upon starting their treatment course but go on to experience stabilisation then positive, noticeable regrowth. Here are just a few examples of male and female pattern hair loss clients who have spoken to us about their experiences of first starting treatment…
This Male Pattern Hair Loss Treatment client noted that, “At first my hair was shedding but it seemed to stabilise after 2 months or so.” You can see his photoscans from before and after starting treatment, in his Success Story.
Whilst Derek, who is also following a course for his more advanced male pattern baldness, had this to say, “I was told that during the first 3 months of treatment, that I’d shed a lot of hair, as the new follicles would push the old ones out. I was however alarmed at the extent at which actually happened, but was reassured by Belgravia when I rang them up. One year on, and I am really happy with the result.” Check out his regrowth to see why he’s so happy!
“I was extremely worried about my hair loss when I started the treatment, shedding more hair made me even more worried,” said Ms F, a Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment client. “But it was so much of a relief when my hair started to grow and became thicker every passing day.” View her Success Story to see her encouraging regrowth results.
As she explains, “I was scared as I was told I would shed a lot in the first few weeks of treatment but I didn’t. I started losing a few hairs recently and was so worried that I’d made a big mistake. I was proved so wrong today! Saw my 3 month in results compared to when I started and I could not be happier!! ”
David, a male pattern hair loss client who experienced shedding after starting his treatment course, gives some good advice. “The key thing here is to persevere,” he says, “The first 3 to 6 months are definitely the hardest because you can’t see positive results. That certainly changed after about 4 months for me. From that point on my hair has gradually got fuller and thicker…. Belgravia has changed my life and given me the choice of what haircut I want.”
If you are a Belgravia client, remember that your dedicated treatment advisor is there to support and advise you every step of your regrowth journey so if you have any concerns at all, simply get in touch.
If you can’t find their direct contact details, don’t worry, all you need to do is contact Belgravia – or you can even send us a private message via our Facebook page – and we will connect you with your treatment advisor. Should you require an urgent response but your TA is unavailable at that particular time, we can connect you with another hair loss specialist to ensure you get the help you need as quickly as possible.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.