This is a generally asked question by the users of Minoxidil that “What will happen if I quit Minoxidil?” Before starting discussing side effects let’s know some basics about Minoxidil and its working.
What is Minoxidil
Minoxidil was used for the treatment of hypertension; users of the Minoxidil started having unnecessary hair on their body. This thing surprised the doctors and a new face for Minoxidil was discovered.
Discovering of Minoxidil for hair loss brought the new revolution in the hair medications. After all of this dermatologists started using and suggesting it to the patients of hair loss.
Minoxidil helps the blood to flow towards the hair follicle more. Which makes hair follicle grows in the size, which ultimately helps the hair growth.
Now, Minoxidil is a drug which is used to generate hair growth in the area where it is applied.
How Minoxidil Works?
Well… It is not sure who Minoxidil actually works. There are a number of theories on the working of Minoxidil but precise mechanisms are not yet known. However, most of the dermatologist believe that Minoxidil boosts the blood flow towards the scalp.
When roots of the hair follicle started having some amount of blood, it makes them grow their bulb size and grow new hair.
Minoxidil also helps to maintain existing hair. Patient having the initial hair fall, low concentration of Minoxidil can help them to treat thin hair also.
It is believed that soon you start hair fall treatment, or any disease treatment, more effective it will be. As time passes alongside with hair loss, it is expected that you might get completely bald within 8 to 10 years.
Sometimes Minoxidil does not work on the first time when it is used but if it worked and showed results, it will definitely show again.
Most of the time, Minoxidil shows the result after 4-6 months of proper use because hair follicle takes time to regrow hair. It is also not a cause of concern if you started having shedding after taking the dose of the first time. In fact, it shows that treatment is working properly.
Minoxidil made 44 million people to overcome pattern baldness. Specifically, two studies were conducted to check the result of Minoxidil.
Both of the studies show that Minoxidil helped to overcome baldness and hair thickness.
- 75 % of the men felt betterment in hair thickness.
- 55% of men managed to stimulate hair growth.
Surveys clearly show that Minoxidil works in the treatment of hair pattern baldness.
Let Get To The Point: What Happens After Stop Using Minoxidil
Most of people believe that after quitting Minoxidil, hair loss will start all over again. Well, it depends upon the type of hair fall you were dealing with when you started using Minoxidil.
If you were dealing with cancer, nutritional deficiency and you started using Minoxidil to overcome particular hair loss. If your treatment is completed or you overcame on the deficiencies you were having in the past, so it will not cause any hair loss again.
But on the other hand, if the male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia made you use Minoxidil so you may have a hard time again.
Before we get into this, a quick reminder, Minoxidil does not cure the pattern baldness, it simply delays baldness. It makes thin hair thicker, and small hairs to grow large, weaker hair healthier.
Minoxidil does not cure pattern hair loss for the rest of life. It is a lifetime deal.
So if you stop using Minoxidil, in most of the patient hair loss process will start again from where it took a break. After 3-4 months, the bald process will again continue.
So the one-liner, if you were using Minoxidil to treat hair fall after having a nutritional deficiency or treatment of any other diseases so you’ll not have any hair fall after stopping it. But if you were having pattern baldness, hair fall will restart after quitting Minoxidil.
How To Stop Hair Fall After Quitting Minoxidil
Hair health is determined by 3 factors; Genetics, living, and environment. It is often said that lifestyle pulls the trigger of the gun which genetics loads.
A healthy lifestyle is always the key to the best living. Eat the healthy, fibrous veggies, protein, vitamins to live life more healthy. Junk food is been a good choice for health.
For not been affected again by the baldness or to make it process slower even after quitting Minoxidil, the scalp should be massaged properly.
Scalp massaging using pure oils will make the blood to flow in the roots of the hair follicle, which ultimately cause hair to grow. It will not that pace patients were having at the time of using Minoxidil. Something is better than nothing, especially on the head.
Use the essential oils are available in the market which might help in controlling hair fall after Minoxidil.
One thing needs to get clear that if you want to achieve the results like topical Minoxidil in any other topical medication, it is not possible. Topical Minoxidil is the best choice to overcome hair loss.