The Best Minoxidil Products!
- 1 The Best Minoxidil Products!
What is Minoxidil?
Minoxidil is one of the most common drug treatments for hair loss in the world. It is flexible in that it can be used by both men and woman and can be purchased without a prescription.
More commonly known as ‘Rogaine,’ the drug comes in a solution that is applied to the scalp in the form of foam, shampoo or dropper.
Experts currently have no idea how Minoxidil works to treat hair loss. The drug acts as a vasodilator meaning it expands blood vessels where it is applied. However, other vasodilators have no effect when it comes to hair re-growth.
Minoxidil is currently the most widely used drug to treat both pattern hair loss and alopecia. Personally, I found the drug works an absolute treat to increase the rate of hair growth in areas of my head that have thinned out.
The drug is incredibly effective at speeding the rate of hair growth and increasing the volume and thickness of hair. When consistently applied to areas of hair that are thinning, you will experience a boost of growth in that area over a number of months.
How does it work?
One symptom of people with genetic pattern hair loss is the progressive miniaturization of hair follicles at the end of each growth cycle, resulting in finer and finer hairs being produced.
Minoxidil seems to reduce the rate of hair follicle miniaturization, and can cause hair follicles that formerly produced full-size hairs, but have recently become miniaturized, to increase in size and begin to grow full-size hairs again. Minoxidil acts as “life support” for hair follicles.
Treatments usually include a 5% concentration solution that is designed for men and a 2% concentration solution for women.
The solution is applied to the areas of hair loss at least twice a day. Minoxidil must be used for at least four months to a year with results of the drug become apparent in this time.
Like all drugs, Minoxidil can cause some unwanted side effects to some users. However, these side effects are rare and very minor.
Side effects include:
- A burning or itching scalp
- Dryness of the scalp or flaking
- Contact Dermatitis
It is important that if any of these side effects are experienced that you cease use of the drug and contact your doctor.
The Best Minoxidil Products on the Market
Rogaine is the original Minoxidil product. First released over 20 years ago and tested on over 20,000 people in clinical trials, it is the most trusted brand when it comes to hair loss products.
The range of Rogaine products these days is extensive with products designed specifically for both men and woman. There is even an extra strength product for those that have particularly severe hair loss.
Being the first product on the market has given Rogaine the time to perfect their products. This has proven useful with the brand being the number 1 dermatologist recommended brand for hair regrowth and the first topical brand FDA-approved to regrow hair. It truly is the best Minoxidil product on the market.
After years, and many Minoxidil products trialed. I use the Rogaine 5% Minoxidil topical solution. In my opinion, the topical solution is less ‘fiddly’ than using the foam.
I buy the 3 or 6-month supplies which are great value for money. While there are many generic brands on the market these days, I like the fact that with Rogaine you know EXACTLY what you are getting.
2. Kirkland Signature Minoxidil
Kirkland Signature Minoxidil is a brand that is a very close second to Rogaine.
Both products have the same active ingredient at the same concentrations (‘Duh!’). Although to get the product to be cheaper I found the quality of Kirklands to be slightly less than Rogaine’s.
One of the main drawbacks I found with Kirklands is that the topical solution was slightly more greasy. It also takes a lot longer to dry.
The extra greasiness also tended to be more apparent in my hair (my hair had a slight shine to it).
Although when it comes down to effectiveness of the treatment Kirklands is just as good as Rogaine.
3. Lipogaine For Men
Lipogaine for men is the go-to product if you want to have the maximum regrowth.
It costs more than other minoxidil products. But it is worth every penny.
It is unquestionably the most effective minoxidil. It differs from Rogaine and Kirkland minoxidil in that it not only has minoxidil that stimulates hair regrowth but it combines this with a herbal DHT blocker blend with Azetinol, saw palmetto extract, beta-sitosterol, oleic acid, linolenic acid that inhibit 5-reductase (the root cause of hair thinning).
Taking both Minoxidil and Propecia (DHT blockers) is often recommended by dermatologists to have the best results. Not everyone wants to take Propecia (Finasteride) and that is the exact reason why Lipogaine For Men has both minoxidil and herbal DHT blocker blend in one solution. The DHT blocker is expected to be weaker than Propecia but it is safer since it is natural.
Like Kirkland minoxidil, Lipogaine For Men is a liquid. But it dries much faster than Kirkland minoxidil without any greasiness feeling.
Lipogaine For Women is also available. It has Biotin, Azetinol, and Niacin in addition to Minoxidil. It works incredibly well by harnessing an array of clinically proven ingredients into one solution to offer a complete solution for maximum hair regrowth with unparalleled simplicity.
The risk of scalp irritation is minimal with Lipogaine, as it contains much less propylene glycol than other brands. They even offer a sensitive scalp version of their product for people that react badly to other Minoxidil products.
One month supply of Lipogaine For Men is 25 US dollars. So the cost of one year supply is $300, which is great deal given how effective it is.
4. Equate Hair Regrowth
Equate Hair Regrowth is another one of the best Minoxidil products on the market.
I bought a 3 month supply of this brand online. While the effects of the Minoxidil were consistent. This is an incredibly good budget brand Minoxidil.
The solution itself was very similar to Kirklands whereby it was rather greasy and shiny when applied and took a while to dry – a small price to pay for the savings.
I simply applied the product earlier in the morning and early at night (to avoid residue on my pillow).
As a budget brand of Minoxidil treatment, you really cannot complain though. Equate delivers as promised and is truly a bargain for its price.
In my opinion, the best Minoxidil product is Rogaine. I like the fact that it is a trusted brand that has been used for decades.
While all Minoxidil products have the same active ingredient at generally the same concentrations. Rogaine stands out due to its feel and texture in the hair.
The most effective minoxidil is Lipogaine For Men. Although it costs higher than other brands, it is worth the investment.
Are you using a Minoxidil product? Let me know how you are finding it in the comments below.