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‘Why Am I Losing More Hair After Just Starting Minoxidil?’

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Name: Jodie

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.

Minoxidil DropperAnswer: 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.

Miss Scott, who is also receiving treatment for Female Pattern Hair Loss as well as Chronic Telogen Effluvium, had a slightly different experience.

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.

The Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic is on FacebookIf 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.

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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.

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20th May, 2017 at 2:38 am


Hello Jodie Please take finasteride 1mg every day. It will stop your hair oil otherwise minixidol make layer on your scalp not fully works. My hair also loss more than before but my hair growing better Ganbat

22nd May, 2017 at 9:40 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ganbat. Thank you for your comment but there are two issues we would like to address. Firstly, finasteride 1mg is only suitable for men so Jodie may not be able to take this medication - they do not state their gender in their query. Secondly, finasteride 1mg inhibits DHT not oil in the scalp. People with an oily scalp can still use minoxidil!

5th September, 2017 at 6:56 pm

Harsh modi

I m using mintop 10% at daily night of 1.5ml dose as guide by doctor and finasteride 1mg daily,but my hair is falling when i apply solution on my hair nd new hair is coming as i see but my hair is going to very thin day by day and growth is not coming as before earlier.. So how it take time? And is there any chance to growth is come as before falling this hair?

6th September, 2017 at 9:35 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Harsh, as you are not a Belgravia client we would refer you to your doctor on this particular medical query. They will be able to advise you based on the medication you are using and your medical profile.

16th September, 2017 at 1:48 am


Hi,I'm applying regaine5% and taking proanagen tablet from past 3 months,though shedding has decreased but not stopped,I'm a 38 year-old female and just want to know when shedding will stop?does prp helps reduce shedding?

20th September, 2017 at 11:47 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Neelam, you should ask your treatment provider for personalised medical advice regarding your specific situation given you are not a Belgravia Centre client. You can find information on PRP here.

31st October, 2017 at 4:54 pm


Hi, my name is imran iam using mintop 2% since from 3 weeks after using minitop i dont find any good result can you please suggest what should i do & after using it my hair fall is more

1st November, 2017 at 12:53 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Imran, we are unfamiliar with 'mintop' however we assume it is a form of minoxidil. You should, in the first instance, contact your treatment provider for any issues regarding its efficacy or suitability for your condition. If it does not work - and usually we recommend our clients follow their treatment regime for at least three to six months of consistent use in order to see what results they achieve - then there are various options, including different formulations of high strength minoxidil and adding in finasteride 1mg if you are using it for the treatment of male pattern hair loss. We would need to know more about your condition, level and pattern of shedding as well as your medical profile before recommending appropriate hair loss treatment options for your specific requirements. If you would like to receive a professional diagnosis and personalised treatment recommendations, please contact us to arrange a consultation at one of our London hair loss clinics or, alternatively if you are based outside London or abroad, please fill out our online consultation form.

16th November, 2017 at 12:35 pm

Vatsal Joshi

hello doctor i am using MORR F5 soution(Monoxdil and Finstride mixture) from last 17 days and now i am noticing further hair fall so i want to quit using this product but worried about its side effect is it too late to stop using it or its the right time i can quit using it ??? will stop using it leads to further hairfall for me please respond to my query as soon as possible REPLY

16th November, 2017 at 1:35 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Vatsal, we are assuming you have already read the advice regarding the initial shedding that minoxidil can cause and that this is generally nothing to worry about. However, as you are not a Belgravia client - we do not use or recommend the product you mention and it is certainly not approved for use in the UK by the MHRA - we recommend you speak with your treatment provider for specific medical advice.

3rd April, 2018 at 4:44 pm


I am using minoxidil and dutasteride from 3 months. I am shedding less but using this medicine after 3 months. In My front temporal region my scalp is clearly visible and my hair become very thin than earlier...ie i am luking bald...so please help me to solve this ...I dont want be bald at age of 23

3rd April, 2018 at 4:54 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Dinesh, as you did not get these medications from us we would advise you to speak to the person you got them from for advice. However, we can tell you that hair loss treatment requires consistency and can take 3 to 6 months - or longer in some cases - to show results. You may find this article helpful: Guide to Different Levels of Hair Regrowth from Hair Loss Treatment

13th May, 2018 at 7:57 pm


I am using minioxdil 5% and now it is more than 5 weeks but still i see more hair fall specially in my front temporal region.....is that normal? how much long it takes to show good changes? I am 26 years old male

14th May, 2018 at 10:29 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Keisha, as you are not a Belgravia client we recommend you speaking to your hair loss treatment provider for personalised advice, however the information in the article above and this page explaining the type of results Belgravia hair loss treatment clients usually experience may be helpful as a general guide.

6th June, 2018 at 10:30 am


Hello Doctor, Can I ask you for advise? am 39 years old male, for the last 3-4 months i suffered from noticeable hair loss and i feel my hair is very weak and damaged. I use Pantogar tablets & Anagen plus solution for 3 weeks now as per my doctor, now my hair looks little bit healthier but the problem is that my hair start to be thinner and my Scalp is more clear as am losing hair more than before. some people say it is normal to lose hair as the damaged hair is falling to be replaced with new one, is that scientifically true? thanks in advance.

6th June, 2018 at 10:48 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ahmed, we are unaware of the products you mention here, the first of which appears to be a vitamin supplement, as these are not used in the UK - so, as you are not a Belgravia patient, you should speak to your provider or the manufacturers of each product regarding your concerns. However, if you are using a minoxidil solution - we are guessing that this is what the Anagen Plus solution may be though the company appears to be cagey about its ingredients - then the advice above should answer your query.

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