Question: I am using minoxidil and propecia to treat my hairloss since almost a year. I take the tablets once most days and use the minoxidil once or twice per day. Sometimes I don’t use it at weekends so I use it more the next day so I am still getting the right amount like it says on the packet. My hair is very thin and you can see my scalp and I thought this treatment would make it grow but I cannot see any improvement. Why is it not working and what can I use instead?
Answer: Hi, Bilal. The most likely reason your hair loss treatment is not working is very straightforward and – you’ll be glad to hear – easy to rectify.
When it comes to following a regrowth regime, consistency is key. If you stop and start or miss days or doses, as with most medications, your treatment will be less effective. It may even stop working altogether.
The reason being diligent and consistent in your use is so crucial is because you are trying to maintain the level of the drug in your bloodstream – something called the ‘therapeutic level’ – as this is what makes any medication effective.
For the best chance of seeing regrowth results you should always follow your course specifically as directed, without deviating from these instructions. Generally this will involve taking a pill once every day, for finasteride 1mg (Propecia or any other brand). For minoxidil this should be either once or twice (morning and evening) every day – one or the other, not a mixture of both.
From what you say, it sounds like you are not using Belgravia male hair loss treatments so you may want to check with your provider for confirmation. However the same principle generally applies across the board with medications – whether for hairloss or otherwise: use what you are prescribed as and when instructed. It is also useful to check in with your treatment advisor if you have any concerns as, depending on other factors – from lifestyle habits to medical changes – your course may need tweaking from time to time to ensure optimum performance.
There are various levels of regrowth from treatment and, depending on the extent of your thinning, these results can take from three to six months to become noticeable. In some cases where the hair loss is more advanced – which as you note you can see your scalp and your hair is very thin may apply to you – it can take up to 12 months of consistent use to see regrowth from the treatment. But even in these instances, stabilisation of any shedding, should be evident a few months before this.
Try using your hair loss products as directed without missing any days or doses for a period of at least six-to-twelve months and we believe you should start to notice the difference. If you are still not happy with your progress, speak to one of our hair loss specialists who can advise you as to Belgravia treatment options and hair growth boosters.
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.