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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”.


23rd October, 2017 at 2:54 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Sanu, it is normal for even people without a hair loss condition to lose up to 100 hairs per day so what you are describing is well within the normal range for daily shedding. This does not sound like anything to be concerned about but as you are not a Belgravia client we would recommend that, if you continue to be concerned about this hair fall, you speak to your minoxidil provider.

23rd October, 2017 at 2:59 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi, Patrik. The shedding you are experiencing is most likely down to the minoxidil which would normally take around three months to show results. This hair loss is highly unlikely to be linked to your shampoo, especially given the frequency at which you are using it. If you are worried that the shampoo is the cause of the itching, stop using the shampoo for a couple of weeks and change to a less harsh formulation. If the itching subsides then you know it was the shampoo but if it does not, it could be a reaction to the minoxidil. There is something called Burning Scalp Syndrome - which is nothing to worry about - which some people also describe as 'itching' which may also be the issue. As you are not a Belgravia patient we recommend asking your minoxidil provider for further information if you are worried, though what you describe seems entirely normal for a period of around three months when you first start using minoxidil.

2nd December, 2017 at 11:39 pm


Hello. It’s been 15 days I have started Cipla -tugain with a minoxidil-5 composition. The hair fall has started as told by my pharmacist. He said it will be there for 15 days. I would like to know that there is some white residue left on my scalp even after a shampoo wash and when scratched off, looks like dandruff. If you can elaborate this fact, would really be helpful for me. Thanks.

4th December, 2017 at 3:41 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Neha, we do not recommend or prescribe the treatments you mention and are unfamiliar with them so we would advise you to continue to speak to your pharmacist or treatment provider for advice regarding any side effects you are experiencing from the use of your treatment.

15th December, 2017 at 6:24 am


I hv been using for past 2 months minoxidil 5% and keraglo ad shampoo but still hair fall hasbt stopped when can i expect it to stop and when will minoxidil shows it results of growth of new hair on hairfallen out part

15th December, 2017 at 12:39 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Deepanshu, the information above should answer your query but, as you're not a Belgravia patient, we would recommend speaking with your minoxidil provider about your specific situation for personalised advice.

24th December, 2017 at 6:00 pm


Hi..ive been using minoxidil shampoo for about a month..and also castor oil twice aweek..actually my hair is falling even after i used minoxidil..is it a normal thing..and how often shoul i use it like one time in two days!?

2nd January, 2018 at 12:29 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Batoul, we are unaware of any minoxidil shampoo product for hair loss. Minoxidil is only approved and proven to treat genetic hair loss when used in a solution form - not as a shampoo. We recommend you speak with whoever provided you with this product for more information.

7th January, 2018 at 5:38 am


I have started Minoxidil and after just two days I have noticed hair loss is this too soon to be noticing? Also is there a good chance this product will work for me if I have already seen hair loss?

8th January, 2018 at 10:48 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Jane, as you are not a Belgravia client we recommend contacting your minoxidil provider for specific advice, however, in our opinion two days is far too early to be noticing any effects.

12th January, 2018 at 11:46 pm


Hi there. I started using minoxidil 5% about three weeks ago and over the past few days ive been shedding a lot! Id go as far to say double my normal amount. Is that defined as a normal amount of minoxidil induced shedding? Also, as i understand that only about 30 - 40% of minoxidil users get results from it, do non-responders also experience a minoxidil shed, despite it not doing anything for them? Or is it only those who are growing new hair?

15th January, 2018 at 10:20 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Dan, as you are not a Belgravia client we recommend speaking with your minoxidil provider for advice specific to your situation. The figures for men who are likely to respond positively to minoxidil is actually 65% (based on 5% minoxidil) rather than 30-40% and the shedding is not something that all users experience. It can also be more intense in some people than in others.

5th April, 2018 at 6:57 am


Hi, does the 65% success rate for men also apply to women? I see a lot of conflicting opinions out there on the success rate and factors. I haven't had a shed or any new hair yet and its been about a month and a half. Is that something to be concerned about (in my 20s)?

11th April, 2018 at 1:02 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Hasina, the rate is actually often higher in women. It tends to take three to four months (or longer, depending upon the extent of the hair thinning when starting) to see any noticeable changes due to the natural timeline of the hair growth cycle. Also, not everyone sees extra shedding when first starting their treatment so we don't believe this is anything to worry about. However, as you don't appear to be a Belgravia client, if you do have any concerns we recommend speaking to your treatment provider directly for personalised advice.

25th April, 2018 at 5:26 am


I am using minoxidyl 5 % for almost 4 months now and recently seeing some shedding of hair when I am massaging my head with the solution . Is it normal?

3rd May, 2018 at 10:37 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Rav, aside from the information above, we cannot advise you further given you are not a Belgravia client. You should speak to your minoxidil provider for this type of advice, they should be able to help you.

3rd June, 2018 at 8:51 pm

Georgi Yanchev

Hi there, Im 27 years old, none of my parents , grandparents ect have any hair issues. My grandmother is 78 without a single white hair. Ive noticed a hair thinning recently and it was getting worse and worse. Im now useing minoxidil twice a day and after 2 weeks I noticed even more shredding. I have been under stress for the past year and I do think this can be one of the reasons that im loosing hair. My question is how long does it take the shredding from the minoxidil to stop and for results to come back. Another question is, I spoke with my GP and he thinks my hair will come back when im not under that much stress and if im eating healthy. Can this be the case also ? Can i expect my hair to come back naturally ? Thanks Belgravia , You are my next stop.

4th June, 2018 at 9:54 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Georgi, stress can absolutely cause hair loss, either by leading to temporary hair loss conditions, triggering the early onset of genetic shedding where there is an underlying predisposition, or by exacerbating existing hereditary conditions. Minoxidil shedding is often a good sign and tends to last no more than four weeks. You can find out more here. Temporary hair thinning caused solely by stress tends to affect the whole scalp pretty evenly, so if you are losing hair from all over your scalp this should rectify itself naturally within 6-12 months depending on the condition. Treatment is also available in these instances which you can use until normal hair growth has been restored. If the hair loss is genetic it will only affect the top of the scalp and hairline areas. In this case it is permanent but there are treatment options to help manage the condition. It is also possible to have both a temporary and permanent hair loss condition simultaneously. As there are so many variables when it comes to thinning hair we would recommend having a professional consultation in order to establish a confirmed diagnosis and, where appropriate, personalised treatment recommendations.

6th June, 2018 at 1:15 pm


Using minoxidil and revocos for 27 days and hair are falling about 75 hair per day im very depressed and stress please help

6th June, 2018 at 5:02 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ashna, the information above should be helpful but as you are not a Belgravia patient you should ask your treatment provider about any concerns about your medication use as they can provide you with more personalised advice.

23rd June, 2018 at 7:44 pm

Suraj dewangan

Hii, i m suraj dewangan,i am using minoxidil 5% for 5 monthes and now i m seeing that when i massaging my head with this solution, my hair fall out, now what i do, can i stop minoxidil or not. Please help.

25th June, 2018 at 12:49 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Suraj, as you are not a Belgravia patient, for further advice to that which is already provided above, we would recommend talking directly to your treatment provider or manufacturer for personalised information.

11th July, 2018 at 4:36 am


Hello my hair fall starts to increase so rapidly that I m very worried about myself. When I was not using minoxidil 5% then my hair fall was less but after I started to use for first 10 days fair fall was very normal about 5 hairs a day. But from yesterday it increases rapidly of about 15 hairs fall per day and today is the 20 day of using minoxidil. What should I do ? Litterly I m very worried about my hair's.

11th July, 2018 at 9:40 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Rupesh, the information above should be helpful, however, for personalised advice - as you are not a Belgravia client - we recommend contacting your minoxidil provider or manufacturer.

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