Minoxidil is a commonly used treatment for male and female pattern hair loss. It’s been found to be beneficial for hair growth in all areas of the scalp, but is especially good at helping restore hair density at the vertex, or crown of the head. But did you know that like finasteride, it can also induce temporary shedding in some patients? Fortunately, this is temporary and short-lived. Read on to find out more about minoxidil shedding, why it happens, when it’s most likely to happen and how long it lasts.
What is minoxidil shedding?
Minoxidil shedding, or minoxidil-induced telogen effluvium, refers to a temporary increase in hair loss associated with starting minoxidil treatment (in oral or topical form). It is self-limiting and typically goes away once hair follicles adjust to a new hair growth cycle.