Hers minoxidil reviews: A quick search in Google will show that Minoxidil is also an oral medicine for blood pressure, which was first found to help hair growth. “Minoxidil was originally developed as oral hypertension treatment in the early 1960s, a condition still in use, although rarely,” says Virginia dermatologist Kim D. Edhegard. “In one of the early trials for blood pressure treatment, the curious side effect of hair growth was noted.”
After decades of research, the FDA approved topical minoxidil to treat male hair loss (hence the name Rogaine), and later, female hair loss as well. Scientists are divided on how minoxidil promotes hair growth. According to board-certified dermatologist Divya Shokeen.
“This hair growth may occur because minoxidil causes increased blood flow to the hair by dilating the blood vessels in the scalp.” Another recent study suggests that minoxidil increases a specific enzyme (called ATP) in the hair follicle, thereby extending its growth phase (scientifically called the anagen phase). It may also enlarge hair follicles that have shrunk due to hormonal changes.