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Minoxidil FAQ's

Minoxidil solution increases blood flow and oxygen in vessels which reactivates and revitalises shrunken hair follicles.

What is Minoxidil?

Minoxidil is a crucial ingredient in Sons’ treatment plans and is a popular medication for treating male hair loss around the world. The reason? Minoxidil is one of the only proven medications used for fighting male pattern hair loss. The medication comes in the form of an easy to use solution, applied directly to the areas of the scalp that have the most signs of thinning. When used in combination with Finasteride and other supplements in our treatment plans, Minoxidil has the potential to produce impressive results.

Does Minoxidil work?

Yes - Minoxidil has been medically proven as an effective way to treat hair loss. Medical data has shown that Minoxidil can help to regrow and revitalise hair around the scalp. While Minoxidil has been proven effective in a variety of studies, the rate of its success is still down to consistent use. If you want to experience the best results, using Minoxidil with Finasteride and other supplements in our treatment plans have the potential to halt your hair loss and, in many cases, reverse it.

How does Minoxidil work?

We know that Minoxidil can produce results, but what does Minoxidil do? Minoxidil works by increasing blood flow and oxygen to your scalp, which helps to reinvigorate hair follicles that have been damaged by an over-production of the hormone DHT. DHT causes miniaturisation to hair follicles, which eventually leads to reduced blood flow and a lack of nutrients being delivered to the scalp. Using Minoxidil consistently provides a helping hand to your follicles, especially when used with other parts of our treatment plans.

Does Minoxidil have side effects?

Like any medication, Minoxidil has the potential to cause side effects, however they are thankfully very rare. Minoxidil works The most common side effects are scalp irritation and redness, which could be a sign of an intolerance to Minoxidil or one of its ingredients. As you start taking Minoxidil, you may notice a period of increased shedding - with consistent usage this usually settles down and it is a sign that the Minoxidil is starting to work, by older, miniaturised hairs making way for thicker healthier hairs to regrow. There is no evidence from clinical studies that suggest that using Minoxidil over a long period of time can cause negative side effects. t’s always best to familiarise yourself with the potential side effects, even with the very low chances of developing them.

Does Minoxidil regrow hair?

While consistent use of Minoxidil is able to stop a receding hairline, evidence also indicates that it can regrow hair. Minoxidil does this by increasing the blood flow to the scalp and therefore increasing the number of nutrients and oxygen available to your hair follicles. These follicles then become healthier and revitalised, giving your hair the perfect foundation to regrow.

Does Minoxidil slow hair loss?

Yes - evidence has shown that Minoxidil is able to slow down the rate of hair loss and, in some cases, even regrow it. The medication does this by increasing blood flow to your scalp, therefore giving your hair follicles the opportunity to repair. While using Minoxidil on its own has the potential to produce results, when used alongside other medications in our treatments (such as Finasteride), your chances get a big boost.

Does Minoxidil work on the hairline?

Yes - Minoxidil works across the whole of your scalp, including your receding hairline. The medication does this by encouraging blood flow, therefore providing your hair follicles with more nutrients and oxygen. At Sons, Minoxidil comes as a 5% topical solution that should be applied on the head at least two times a day. The process couldn’t be simpler - all you have to do is apply 1ml of Minoxidil to the affected areas of your scalp (normally the temples or crown).

Does Topical Minoxidil lower blood pressure?

Minoxidil is prescribed in tablet form by specialist doctors to lower blood pressure if other medicines aren’t working. Topical Minoxidil should not affect your blood pressure as it is using a much smaller dose than oral preparation. In terms of hair loss, Minoxidil works by increasing blood flow to your scalp and supplying your hair follicles with more oxygen and nutrients. This process relaxes the muscles in the walls of your blood vessels, allowing your blood to circulate more easily. The result is potentially lowered blood pressure and healthier hair follicles.

How long for Minoxidil to work?

Minoxidil will get to work immediately after your first application and it can take around three months before you notice visible changes to your hairline. After nine months, Minoxidil should be working at its peak. Of course, every man is different, so some may have to wait longer than others to see signs of progress. The key to all of our treatments is consistent use - Minoxidil itself needs to be applied twice a day to those thinning areas on your scalp in order to produce results.

Is Minoxidil the same as Finasteride?

No - Minoxidil and Finasteride are two different medications used to treat hair loss. While Minoxidil is a 5% topical solution used on the scalp, Finasteride comes in the form of tablets to be used once a day. While Minoxidil and Finasteride are two separate medications, they have the potential to work even more effectively when used together. Our Duo Plan contains both these scientifically proven medications, which work synergistically to stop your hair loss.

What does Minoxidil treat?

At Sons, Minoxidil is one of our scientifically proven medications to treat hair loss in men. However, Minoxidil can also be prescribed by doctors to help lower blood pressure as an oral tablet (at a significantly higher dosage). The medication can achieve both these things by relaxing the walls of blood vessels and therefore allowing blood to flow much more easily. This then lowers blood pressure and supplies hair follicles with a much-needed supply of oxygen and vital nutrients.

Why doesn't Minoxidil work for everyone?

As with most medications - it depends. Minoxidil has been scientifically proven to help stop male pattern hair loss, but a minority of men may not see the results they were hoping for. However, Minoxidil is one of only two hair loss medications (alongside Finasteride) that are backed up by scientific evidence. When used together on a consistent basis, Minoxidil and Finasteride can give you the very best chance of achieving your desired results.

Are all Minoxidil products the same?

In general, Minoxidil can come in two concentrations - 2% and 5%, which are often designed for women and men respectively. The medication can also come in a solution or tablet form. At Sons, we use a topical Minoxidil solution with a concentration of 5%. This simple solution should be applied twice a day on the areas of your scalp where thinning is visible. Want to get the best results? Consistent application over a period of months will give your hair the best chase of recovering.

Can Minoxidil cure baldness?

While Minoxidil doesn’t *cure* baldness, it has been scientifically proven to revitalise your hair follicles and stop your receding hairline. Male pattern hair loss is a common condition among men up and down the UK, with two-thirds of men likely to experience it at some point in their lives. While balding itself can’t be cured, Minoxidil and the other medications and supplements in our treatment plans will give you the best chances of stopping it.

Can you use Minoxidil every other day?

After signing up for a Sons treatment plan, we suggest using Minoxidil twice a day in order to give yourself the best possible chance of positive results. Our Minoxidil solution couldn’t be easier to use - simply take 1ml of solution and apply it to the areas of your scalp that are thinning the most. To help you get into a routine, it’s always best to apply once in the morning and once in the evening. Remember - consistency is crucial if you want to revitalise your hair.

Does Finasteride work without Minoxidil?

Yes - Finasteride has the potential to work without Minoxidil, but you probably won’t get the same impressive results. Minoxidil and Finasteride are both available together in our Duo treatment plan and can work synergistically to put a stop to your hair loss. These two medications are also the only scientifically proven remedies for male pattern hair loss.

Does Minoxidil block DHT?

No - Minoxidil doesn’t block DHT, but it does increase the blood flow to your scalp, supplying your hair follicles with a healthier amount of oxygen and nutrients. This in turn helps to reinvigorate your head of hair and stop hair loss. Finasteride is the medication that inhibits the production of DHT, which therefore stops your follicles from miniaturising. When Minoxidil and Finasteride are used together, you give yourself the best chance of achieving successful results.

Does Minoxidil cause skin rash?

In rare cases, you may experience some side effects when you start using your Minoxidil solution. One of these is the development of skin rashes and irritation on the areas you apply Minoxidil. It’s always important to be aware of the potential side effects of Minoxidil before you start treatment. Fortunately, skin rashes and irritation occur on very rare occasions and often heal quickly after stopping your treatment.

How many times should I apply Minoxidil?

Minoxidil should be applied to your scalp twice a day - once in the morning and once in the evening. If you want to achieve the best results, it’s essential that you stick to a consistent daily routine. We suggest applying Minoxidil alongside other daily habits, such as after brushing your teeth. It’s easy to apply too - simply rub 1ml of the solution to the areas of your scalp that are thinning (usually the temples and crown).

How to apply Minoxidil topical solution

Applying Minoxidil couldn’t be easier - simply take 1ml of our topical solution and massage it into the areas of your scalp that are thinning or receding the most. Remember - consistently is vital if you want the best results for your hair further down the road. Our topical solution should be applied twice a day - once in the morning and once in the evening - in order to give your hair the tools it needs to recover.

Is generic Minoxidil the same as Rogaine?

After Minoxidil was approved by the FDA in the 80s as a safe and effective treatment for male hair loss, Rogaine was the given trade name. Minoxidil and Rogaine are therefore essentially the same medication. Many brands, such as Rogaine, only use a 2% solution, which doesn’t have the potential for positive results that a 5% solution does. Sons’ topical Minoxidil solution contains a 5% strength, which is the perfect choice for men keen on finding an effective solution to their hair loss.

Is Minoxidil good for hair growth?

If applied consistently twice a day, Minoxidil can potentially supply some brilliant results for your hair loss. In fact, Minoxidil is one of the only medications (along with Finasteride) scientifically proven to help men with their hair loss. While Minoxidil on its own can provide impressive results, combining your medication with Finasteride will give you a better chance of improving your hairline.

When can you stop using Minoxidil?

You can stop using Minoxidil at any time, but consistent, long-term use is necessary if you want to achieve your desired results. While the medication will start work on your scalp immediately, the first signs of Minoxidil working usually appear a few months after you first start applying. A year later, you should start seeing some big improvements in your hair growth. On stopping the medication, the quality and quantity of your hair will likely start to deteriorate after a number of months.

How to apply Minoxidil to long hair

It might initially seem more difficult to apply our topical Minoxidil solution if you have long hair, but that isn’t the case. Our 5% Minoxidil has a handy actuator pump, which helps you direct the Minoxidil to the areas on the scalp that need it, rather than through the length of your hair. First things first, make sure your scalp is dry before applying, before pulling or splitting your hair in the parts that are receding or thinning the most (usually the crown or the temples). Remember - staying consistent with your Minoxidil and applying twice a day will give you the best results in the future.