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Is Minoxidil A Good Treatment For Female Hair Loss?

Topical Minoxidil is used for hair loss in both men and women.

For female hair loss, most formulas contain a 2-5% solution with propylene glycol, which helps the drug spread easily on the scalp and aids in absorption on the scalp. To use, 1 ml of the solution is applied by hand or pumped onto the scalp and spread from the center outward of the area that is being treated. It is a good treated for addressing balding and shedding for women because it promotes new hair growth. It is often found in hair loss products such as Propecia, Follinox and Prominox.

Topical minoxidil hair loss treatments have been shown to help stop hair loss for females of any age and race.

Effectiveness for Women

Minoxidil has been proven to be effective for the regrowth of hair in women, particularly on the top of the head. After a couple of months of use, many women notice a decrease in the amount of hair lost. After about four months, many women begin to see new hair growth; the hair is typically light colored and downy initially.

In some women, the new hair growth never progresses beyond the downy phase. However, in many women, the downy hair soon becomes the same color and texture as untreated hair. Almost 85% of women who use Minoxidil for hair loss report minimal to moderate hair growth. Some 16% see no growth of new hair despite using the drug for one year or more.

Despite Minoxidil’s effectiveness, it is not a miracle cure for hair loss. It is a temporary fix for treating female hair loss and should be used in conjunction with a complete hair loss regimen to maximize the probability the causes of loss have been addressed. Once a woman stops taking Minoxidil, she will not see any new hair growth; in fact, the hair that grew while applying Minoxidil is likely to be lost within 90 days as well.


Women who have had an allergic reaction to dyes or preservatives should not use this product as it is likely to cause a negative reaction when used on the scalp. Women who are breast feeding cannot use Minoxidil as it can be passed to their babies. Women who have sunburn on their scalps, or those who are using cortisone, petroleum jelly, or Retin-A on their scalps should also avoid using Minoxidil because it can increase absorption of the product and increase the risk of side effects.

Side Effects

Itching and scalp irritation are the most common side effects. Hair can also grow in unwanted areas that are adjacent to treated areas. This can be a serious problem for women if the unwanted hair growth occurs on the neck or face. If too much Minoxidil is absorbed through the skin, many serious side effects could result. Blurred vision or other changes in vision are one side effect.

Others are rapid weight gain and swelling of the hands, lower legs, feet, and the face. Chest pain and an irregular or too fast heartbeat are other serious side effects form Minoxidil use. Blood pressure that is dangerously low is another side effect that can result from over-absorption of Minoxidil. Headaches, light-headed, and tingling in the face and extremities can occur as well.

Overall, the use of Minoxidil for female hair loss has been proven effective and should be applied as part of a broader treatment that could include a hair analysis, shampoos and conditioners that promote hair growth and a dietary supplement to ensure a woman is receiving proper nutrition and vitamins necessary for hair growth and regrowth.