Hereditary hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) is the most common form of hair loss. In this blog, we discuss the over-the-counter treatments that can help to control this condition.

Minoxidil 101

Minoxidil is the only non-prescription medication that has been approved for the treatment of hereditary hair loss. It works to block the effects of DHT, a hormone which causes the follicles to shrink and stop producing hair. The results that minoxidil can achieve vary from person to person, and it is most effective when treatment begins soon after the hair loss begins. In general, though, consistent daily use has been shown to halt shedding and promote hair growth in both men and women.

Choosing a minoxidil product

Minoxidil is supplied in shampoo, foam and liquid formulas. Most people find that a leave-on liquid product is the most convenient option. Since it is applied directly to the scalp, it is possible to directly target the affected areas. With shampoos and foams, it can be difficult to ensure that enough medication reaches the scalp. Such products also have the disadvantage of requiring users to wash their hair up to twice daily.

 Should you use minoxidil?

Although minoxidil is available without a prescription, it is wise to seek expert advice before starting to use this medication. You can get free advice from the hair restoration specialists at Vinci Hair Clinic. They can confirm the cause of your hair loss and provide you with customised recommendations for using minoxidil. Vinci supply their own brand of minoxidil called Maxogaine. Enhanced with azelaic acid and more effective than other over-the-counter products, the no-rinse liquid formula is easily applied with the precision dropper. You can purchase Maxogaine from your local Vinci clinic, or order from the online store, where a convenient subscription service is available.

Other treatments for hereditary hair loss

Although minoxidil is the most popular androgenetic alopecia treatment, it is not the only option. One of today’s most effective hair restoration solutions is the prescription medication finasteride, which works similarly to minoxidil. You may also like to consider the innovative PRP Therapy and Low-Level Laser Therapy treatments, which can be used on their own or in combination with minoxidil or finasteride.

Over-The-Counter Treatments for Hereditary Hair Loss