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25 going on 65
06-22-2013, 04:40 PM
What are people's experiences with applying minox only 1x a day? I want to avoid using it in the morning if possible due to styling. But I am afraid this will compromise effectiveness.

Also did you use the foam or liquid? and what other treatments did/do you use with it?

Aames
06-22-2013, 04:45 PM
In for responses. I HATE minox. I am honestly close to replacing topical applications with an oral dose but I am afraid I would experience a shed in doing so. People say oral has insane effectiveness but it acts everywhere, more or less. And I already have excess body hair so I would probably have to jump in a vat of Nair every week.

25 going on 65
06-23-2013, 09:05 AM
lol oral minox scares me 10x more than dut/fin ever did.

I also hate the topical though. Tried Kirkland's for a little while, seemed allergic, quit. But I am srsly considering trying a different brand at this point, I need to maximize regrowth for the next year. However I have read some accounts of minox ruining people's hairlines and then the hair not coming back after a year of use, which freaks me out....wondering if 1x vs 2x daily application has anything to do with it?

mmmcoffee
06-23-2013, 12:08 PM
I'm at almost 8 months of using foam 1x a day and have some good thickening/regrowth.

25 going on 65
06-23-2013, 12:36 PM
I'm at almost 8 months of using foam 1x a day and have some good thickening/regrowth.

Hey thanks for your reply, how does the foam affect your styling?

Edit: Also what other treatment do you use? & where on your scalp do you apply the foam?

mmmcoffee
06-23-2013, 04:38 PM
To me, the foam seems to have a mousse/thickening effect and I use it in the morning before work to style for the rest of the day.

I apply it all over, hairline to crown. I'm actually not sure if the "regrowth" I'm seeing is hair from my recent shed coming back or actual regrowth but its happening all along my hairline so that's good either way. I also have been taking fin for a little over a year.

Chromeo
06-23-2013, 06:23 PM
Supposed to be used twice a day. Doubt you'll see the true benefits using it 50% of the time you're supposed to.

DepressedByHairLoss
06-23-2013, 06:34 PM
lol oral minox scares me 10x more than dut/fin ever did.

I also hate the topical though. Tried Kirkland's for a little while, seemed allergic, quit. But I am srsly considering trying a different brand at this point, I need to maximize regrowth for the next year. However I have read some accounts of minox ruining people's hairlines and then the hair not coming back after a year of use, which freaks me out....wondering if 1x vs 2x daily application has anything to do with it?

I hear you with regards to your last sentence. I've heard that too and that's what scares me away from minoxidil. Plus, I haven't seen anyone experience that great of results with minoxidil.

25 going on 65
06-23-2013, 07:17 PM
To me, the foam seems to have a mousse/thickening effect and I use it in the morning before work to style for the rest of the day.

I apply it all over, hairline to crown. I'm actually not sure if the "regrowth" I'm seeing is hair from my recent shed coming back or actual regrowth but its happening all along my hairline so that's good either way. I also have been taking fin for a little over a year.

So the foam is like a styling aid for you, interesting. How is its hold compared to like a weak hairspray?
Also does it have a clumping effect on hair? I tend not to use gel because it clumps hairs together and that tends to expose the scalp in areas


Supposed to be used twice a day. Doubt you'll see the true benefits using it 50% of the time you're supposed to.

Yes that is definitely a concern.


I hear you with regards to your last sentence. I've heard that too and that's what scares me away from minoxidil. Plus, I haven't seen anyone experience that great of results with minoxidil.

The good results I have seen always seem to combine the minox with a DHT inhib. I am hoping I might gain some ground this way, but yeah, the thought of permanently shedding worries me like crazy

KO1
06-23-2013, 07:20 PM
You could put it on when your hair is wet, and when it dries out you will style it.

mmmcoffee
06-23-2013, 08:19 PM
I dunno, chromeo, lots of people have success with once a day.

So I usually wait till my hair is just a bit damp to apply it rogaine, then I comb it into the general shape I like, wait till it dries and at that point it feels like I have hair spray in. After its dry I either comb my hair or use my hands to get rid of the clumpiness, so it looks like I have no product in my hair but there's still a decent amount of hold. I still have generally thick hair, very much in the early stages, just some diffuse thinning on the corners of my hairline. So I dunno of my method works for everyone

Aames
06-23-2013, 09:02 PM
lol oral minox scares me 10x more than dut/fin ever did.

I also hate the topical though. Tried Kirkland's for a little while, seemed allergic, quit. But I am srsly considering trying a different brand at this point, I need to maximize regrowth for the next year. However I have read some accounts of minox ruining people's hairlines and then the hair not coming back after a year of use, which freaks me out....wondering if 1x vs 2x daily application has anything to do with it?
I've been using it twice daily for over a year now. I can't really say what it has done since my regimen has fluctuated wildly over that time and I never used to take pics before duta.

Anyway, I think the recommended twice daily application exists because that is what the clinical trials used. I remember someone saying that the half-life of minox on the scalp is like 18 hours or so. Thus, I believe that once per day is very close in efficacy to twice per day. I just always went with twice since it only takes a minute or two. Still ****ing hate doing it though.

Henkeh91
06-24-2013, 08:53 AM
I'm using minoxidil 1x EOD becuase of the damn itch and flakes that it causes. I've buzz cut aswell so it's hard to hide.

25 going on 65
06-25-2013, 05:37 AM
I'm using minoxidil 1x EOD becuase of the damn itch and flakes that it causes. I've buzz cut aswell so it's hard to hide.

How long have you used it this way? & how are the results?

jackk
06-25-2013, 09:09 AM
I've been using minox foam for 5 months, along with 1mg fin for 18 months.

I can't tell whether the minox has caused any regrowth, but my hair is definitely thicker than it was a year ago. I don't know whether this is the fin finally kicking in or the minox.

And yeah, I the foam acts like a styling mouse for me two. It's great stuff - light and unscented. It doesn't leave any dandruff or powder in your hair. It doesn't act like a strong mouse or hairspray, but it does have some styling powers!

Pentarou
06-25-2013, 06:51 PM
Your regrowth on minox (or more specifically, the regrowth you will get for the dosage of minox you are using) will peak at the 4 months mark.

mmmcoffee
06-25-2013, 10:14 PM
What makes you say that?

I'm at month 8 and noticing some regrowth that was not present at month 4

jackk
06-27-2013, 08:12 AM
Not true. It can take far longer than 4 months. It varies from one person to another. It depends on how fast your growth cycle is and how aggressive your mpb is.

swingline747
06-28-2013, 07:19 AM
would switching from liquid to foam cause any issues with shedding or transitioning?

Breaking Bald
06-30-2013, 05:32 PM
Your regrowth on minox (or more specifically, the regrowth you will get for the dosage of minox you are using) will peak at the 4 months mark.

Absolute nonsense!

I have been using Rogaine once a day, but it's too early to tell if it doing anything for me yet.

Chromeo
06-30-2013, 08:20 PM
I dunno, chromeo, lots of people have success with once a day.

IMO, anyone seeing success from applying minox once a day is seeing only half the success they would be seeing if they applied it properly.

swingline747
07-01-2013, 06:14 AM
I have been thinking of using the foam in the morning before work so it will dry quicker and the liquid after work so I dont have to worry.
Think theyw ill conflict with each other.

Chromeo
07-01-2013, 10:13 AM
I have been thinking of using the foam in the morning before work so it will dry quicker and the liquid after work so I dont have to worry.
Think theyw ill conflict with each other.

I don't see why they would.

mmmcoffee
07-01-2013, 06:35 PM
Chromeo, true, that's one view point.

To counter that, does one see more results from taking 2mg finasteride a day instead of one? No, not really.

I'm sure it all comes down to the individual. Once a day seems to be working for me

Dan26
07-01-2013, 07:19 PM
Planning on starting minoxidle sulphate in KB solution in the near future. If I get results I will post em!

Chromeo
07-02-2013, 06:32 AM
Chromeo, true, that's one view point.

To counter that, does one see more results from taking 2mg finasteride a day instead of one? No, not really.

I'm sure it all comes down to the individual. Once a day seems to be working for me

Good point, but did you actually try applying twice a day? Was it irritating your skin, or was it just not practical? Or are you just worried about applying it too often?

mmmcoffee
07-02-2013, 06:04 PM
I went about 10 months doing it 2x a day, quit because I started fin and thought they did the same thing. after 3 months of huge shedding from quitting rogaine, I started using again 1x a day and have been for about 8 months. Starting to get back to where I was with some regrowth but probably wont get all the way back to where i was before all that shedding, Probably lost a lot of gains for good I think.


Once a day is just a lot easier and less expensive. I hate that ~hour or so it takes for minox to dry, just stuck at my apt waiting around.

Dan26
07-02-2013, 06:48 PM
I went about 10 months doing it 2x a day, quit because I started fin and thought they did the same thing. after 3 months of huge shedding from quitting rogaine, I started using again 1x a day and have been for about 8 months. Starting to get back to where I was with some regrowth but probably wont get all the way back to where i was before all that shedding, Probably lost a lot of gains for good I think.


Once a day is just a lot easier and less expensive. I hate that ~hour or so it takes for minox to dry, just stuck at my apt waiting around.

Hey man, a good solution to that would be to buy the raw powder, and use KB as a vehicle. KB has no PG in it, so it is easier on your scalp. It is mostly ethanol, some water too. Dries very vast, and is unnoticeable.

Raw powder extremely cheap. $25 plus shipping for 50g, which would last you years lol. Although, KB is $190 for 500ml. Still though, that would last you 500 days if you use 1ml per day, 250 days if you use 2ml day.

The one drawback of this is you have to buy a scale and measure out your own solution. It is easy though.

mmmcoffee
07-02-2013, 07:07 PM
So to clarify, I use the foam, so no PG, and it doesn't irritate my scalp. I hate the hour it takes to dry, but love it once its dry, acts almost like a mousse to me. I just don't want to do that hour of waiting twice. It's fine in the morning as I'm getting ready for work

Dan26
07-02-2013, 07:10 PM
So to clarify, I use the foam, so no PG, and it doesn't irritate my scalp. I hate the hour it takes to dry, but love it once its dry, acts almost like a mousse to me. I just don't want to do that hour of waiting twice. It's fine in the morning as I'm getting ready for work

Ahh k nvm then your good lol, assumed you were using liquid and the greasiness of PG was a problem

swingline747
07-03-2013, 06:00 AM
Ive read the foams transfer agent is not as strong though so its not as effective as the liquid.
How do you guys feel on that. I could just switch to foam all together if its that much easier.