Like other people around the world, hair loss is also a problem in the African-American community. Most men accept this condition as part of unavoidable faith and just live with the conditions.
As for the women who have hair loss, they weave and braid their hair. This helps conceal the thinning and balding spots. Others might get synthetic weaves and/or hair.
Does it happen to almost everyone? Yes, it does. But does it always have to be this way? No, it does not. Now there are so many remedies for hair loss and other problems. Those which will help you regrow hair and restrengthen the existing ones.
There are treatments like shampoos, conditioners, hair formulas, transplants, grafting, and minoxidil spray. We will be discussing how minoxidil helps African-American men and women grow back hair.
This is available in 5% concentration for men and 2% for women. Initially, it was planned that both men and women get the 5% solution but it was proven to be too harsh for the female skin.
After further clinical trials, it was concluded that 2% is ideal for women with hair loss. Also, know that men have a higher tolerance and absorption capability than women, thus 5% works perfectly for them.
Regardless of which concentration is used, the formula works to stimulate hair follicles. Ever since it came in the market, African-American customers gave positive feedback as the formula worked great for them.
The scientific term for male and female pattern hair loss is Androgenic Alopecia. This type of hair loss is believed to be genetic and unavoidable.
A dilator is a substance that dilates (expands) blood vessels. Minoxidil formula does exactly that. Although, it is still unknown as to how it encourages hair growth and prevents loss.
Initially, it was not even minoxidil or a hair growth product that scientists were trying to develop. They were working on a blood thinner for patients with hypertension issues. Hence the dilator factor was involved.
The patients reported that the medicine caused excess hair growth as a side effect. This discovery later leads to the refinement of the initial medicine. And thus minoxidil came into existence.
In the early stages, minoxidil caused extra hair growth all over the body. Mostly in the armpits, chest, back and public areas. But this was not a serious or long-lasting problem. Scientists switched from oral to a topical method of use and choice to counter these effects.
And hence the minoxidil topical foam was invented. The application is simple, just apply directly to the thinning/balding area and gently massage it in. By applying it directly to the affected area, the rest of the body bears no side effects or excess hair growth.
Male pattern hair loss is caused by androgenic activity in the body. The male hormone testosterone is converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is done by an enzyme called 5 alpha reductase.
DHT inhibits your hair follicles and causes them to shrink. But before that happens, their lifespan is greatly reduced. Initially, you will see hair thinning, then the bald spots will get wider. Eventually, hair will permanently stop growing in that area.
DHT is considered to be the main cause of this problem. Although there is evidence that there are other factors that contribute to the condition. One thing we miss is that most of us have hair follicle receptors that are sensitive to DHT. This is because of genetic reasons and not something that we can not control.
We are born with both types of hormones. Later the gender gene decides who gets more testosterone and who gets estrogen. So men have testosterone with very little estrogen and vice versa for women.
Coming to female hair loss, women don't go bald as men do. They only have hair thinning in the crown and split area. This happens in their late 40s, which is the midlife phase.
There are two phases where women have hair loss. The first is after childbirth. This is when estrogen levels are very low. The DHT levels present in the body activate and cause minor hair loss. This is temporary, once you recover and regain your strength, your body will make more estrogen. Thus neutralizing the effects of DHT.
The second phase is during menopause when your menstrual cycle stops. And the body does not produce estrogen anymore. The DHT becomes more than your own hormone. This causes hair thinning.
The doctor will prescribe minoxidil to an African-American man or woman who has androgenic alopecia. If you have hair thinning or a receding hairline, then this is a sign of genetic hair loss. If this is the case then many doctors will not recommend using minoxidil for this problem.
There is not one cause of hair loss. Sometimes there are other underlying conditions that have their effects. Hair loss from genetic reasons will not be treated with minoxidil. This is also not for children under 18 years of age. As their reason for hair loss may be something else entirely.
Many African-American women are not suitable recipients for hair transplant. For a hair transplant to be successful a stable donor site is required. As hair is removed from one place and implanted in the thinning area.
Most women who suffer from female alopecia will suffer from hair loss all over the scalp and not just a particular place. It is nearly impossible to find an adequate donor site for transplantation.
Minoxidil is one of the few FDA approved treatments for hair loss. But do know that the conditions and results vary person to person. So far minoxidil is among the top-ranked most popular hair loss solution. Majority of the customers who used the product gave positive feedback.
Normally, the African-American men and women who use minoxidil regularly will notice improvements in hair growth after 60-90 days of use. However, minoxidil is a daily maintenance based hair solution. Meaning if you stop using it, then your hair issues will return after a few weeks. This is because minoxidil is a treatment, not a cure.
Minoxidil can be bought without a prescription. Many African American men and women who used minoxidil reported significant improvement in hair growth. Minoxidil is known to be an ideal and effective alternative for hair transplant surgery or grafting.
We recommend trying minoxidil for a few months before you opt for anything else. There is a high chance that it will work for you.
Majority of the African American customers who used minoxidil reported no side effects. However, some common side effects were itching and dizziness.
Some customers developed a rash on the area where they applied minoxidil. In rare occasions redness, burning and stinging on the area of application was reported. If you notice any side effects, then please stop use immediately and contact your doctor for further guidance.
Serious side effects are extremely rare with minoxidil. But some users may experience chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, arrhythmia. For pregnant women, it is still not clear if minoxidil has an adverse effect on mothers.
The 5% concentration spray for men and women is a topical spray that is designed for precise treatment of thinning and loss in men. It is clinically proven to regrow hair. Results will be noticeable in 60-90 days of use.
It is applied directly to the scalp. Which makes it easy and convenient to use. It is very affordable, costing at less than $30 per bottle. The 5% concentration is for both men and women who are looking to regrow hair.
The fine mist applicator nozzle makes the use a lot easier. Just turn the head to where you want to spray on and squirt 3-5 times. Targeted use is more effective than random application or oral consumption.