In the 20 plus years since its launch, minoxidil has become one of the most popular treatments for hair loss. Sales were valued at 880 million USD in 2017 and as demand continues to grow, we take a closer look at the medicine.
A Short History of Minoxidil
While minoxidil is one of today’s leading treatments for hair loss, that wasn’t its original purpose. The drug was first developed in the 1950s and was trialled in 1979 for the treatment of high blood pressure. During studies of the medication, it was found to produce an unexpected side-effect – it stimulated hair growth. Further tests proved that minoxidil was a valuable tool in the fight against baldness. In 1988, it became the first medicine approved by the FDA for the treatment of male pattern baldness. It was made available for female use in the 1990s and remains one of only two approved hair loss drugs (the other being finasteride). There is a vast body of evidence that proves minoxidil to be highly effective in stopping hair loss and promoting hair growth. Trials show that it can improve hair density and condition with around three to four months of use.
How Does Minoxidil Stop Hair Loss?
Minoxidil has a number of effects that help to stop hair loss and encourage hair regrowth. It helps to improve blood circulation to the area where it is applied, ensuring that the follicles receive a consistent flow of the nutrients needed for healthy growth. It works to stimulate the natural hair growth cycle by “awakening” dormant follicles and increasing the length of the follicle’s growing phase. Finally, it tackles follicle shrinking. This process (also called miniaturisation) is when the follicles become smaller and produce shorter, finer hairs.
Is Minoxidil Right for You?
Minoxidil’s efficacy has made it the preferred hair loss treatment for thousands of men and women around the world. If you are wondering whether it is the right solution for you, Vinci Hair Clinics can help. Join their experts for a free, no-obligation consultation to get a diagnosis of your condition. They’ll guide you through their range of treatments, including minoxidil, so that you can make the right decision about treating your hair loss.