If you’ve started using Minoxidil (the active ingredient in Rogaine) and have begun experiencing hair shedding, you might be panicking. But don’t!
If you’ve started using Minoxidil (the active ingredient in Rogaine) and have begun experiencing hair shedding, you might be panicking. But don’t! We understand that hair shedding is just about the last thing you want when you begin a hair loss treatment, but rest assured, this shedding is actually a good sign! One of the biggest mistakes people make when they begin using a hair loss product is not giving the product enough time to actually begin helping. Don’t let this common temporary phase discourage you. In this article we’ll breakdown why this shedding is happening, what to expect, and when this normal shedding process will stop.
There is a pretty simple explanation for this common Minoxidil side effect. When you begin using Minoxidil, your hair follicles are “forced” from their slumber and very quickly nudged into the growing phase of the hair cycle. This nudge can cause a sudden rush of blood flow and oxygen to your hair follicles (stimulating growth) which may cause any non-growing hairs to shed as your follicle begins to transition to the new growth phase. Hair that is already preparing for the shedding phase, might be pushed into shedding a bit early; which may appear as excess shedding. This is just a normal part of the shedding cycle, just a little ahead of schedule. It’s important to understand that shedding is a perfectly normal part of the hair growth process, however, when using hair loss treatments like Minoxidil, the hair growth process gets a jump start.
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Hair grows in a cyclical pattern: growth, transition, rest, shedding, and back to growth. Minoxidil gives this cycle a boost and puts your hair follicles on the fast track to the growth phase; which may result in some initial hair shedding.
The good news here is that shedding typically occurs during the beginning of treatment. Research shows shedding can begin 2 to 8 weeks after beginning Minoxidil use. Remember that this shedding is a good sign that the Minoxidil is increasing blood flow to your hair follicles and causing a jumpstart to your hair growth cycle. So, while this temporary phase might feel discouraging - not all hope is lost.
Because Minoxidil can kick start the hair from the resting phase to the growth phase, the hair that sheds, as a result, were destined to be shed as a normal part of the hair growth process. However, because this treatment is a fast track, it can also fast track the shedding phase as well.
Minoxidil immediately starts to positively impact your hair growth. However, you may not see noticeable changes in your hair for 2-4 months. Often, the hair loss you experienced before trying Minoxidil took time to peak; the same will be true for regrowth. Regrowth takes time and often requires the patience of those who use hair loss products like Minoxidil. Don’t quit the use of Minoxidil just because you are experiencing initial shedding. This is a normal and expected phase of your hair regrowth process. If you are experiencing Minoxidil shedding, don’t fret and continue to apply your product as directed.
Here at Strut, we are passionate about helping those who are experiencing hair loss gain their confidence back with prescription-only hair loss products. If you have questions about the use of Minoxidil, you can book a free 15-minute hair loss consultation with our medical team. We’re here to help you get your Strut back.