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Minoxidil was first discovered back in the mid-eighties. It was originally developed in tablet form as a treatment for high blood pressure. Whilst undergoing trials, Minoxidil was found to have a remarkable side effect. People undergoing treatment with Minoxidil were found to be growing excessive bodily hair.

This exciting discovery led to years of clinical research and trials. Eventually, Minoxidil was refined into a topical solution for the treatment of hair loss.

Minoxidil is excellent for controlling hair loss and in some cases also promotes hair growth. In fact, a person suffering from hair loss will almost definitely control any loss of hair within a maximum period of six weeks. After three months of continuous use, between the fourth and sixth month, it is very possible that new hair will begin to grow. Another advantage is that the hair appears thicker and fuller. Unfortunately, no product has yet been invented which when used for only a short period, would solve baldness for life.

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If in the unlikely event that after using Minoxidil for six months no progress has been achieved, treatment should be discontinued. If however, Minoxidil has given the desired results, then it is important that its use is continued in order to retain the benefits achieved.

The dosage is 1ml applied twice daily direct to a clean, dry scalp. It is very important that you shampoo your hair regularly, preferably every day. There is no need to massage minoxidil in. The liquid is alcohol based and so evaporates off (just the same as aftershave does on your face) leaving your hair dry. Each application should take less than one minute.

Commercial Minoxidil hair loss lotion is available in 2% and 5% concentrations. The 2% is suitable for both men and women while the 5% is normally for men only. However, it is not uncommon for a physician to prescribe the 5% for women as well. 

The lotion is supplied in 60ml bottles and since the dosage is 1ml twice a day, each bottle will last one month (30 days).


Minoxidil hair loss lotion is a medicinal and the stated dose should not be exceeded.

Do not use Minoxidil lotion if the skin of the area to be treated is inflamed or abraded, as in severe sunburn, infections, cuts or psoriasis.

It should be noted that Minoxidil strengths higher than 2% might cause the growth of facial hair in women.

Minoxidil with Additives

Minoxidil is also formulated by our pharmacists in different strengths ranging from 2% to 6%. The effect of Minoxidil may also be enhanced with the following additives:

Azelaic Acid: Whilst Minoxidil promotes hair growth, azelaic acid reduces hair loss.

Finasteride: This further reduces DHT levels in the scalp.

Nicotinate: This acts as a vaso-dilator ensuring better absorption of the Minoxidil.

Progesterone: Being a female hormone, its effect is to neutralize the male hormone DHT which is responsible for hair loss.


Originally Finasteride 5mg, sold as Proscar, was developed as a treatment for Benign Prostate Enlargement. It was discovered that Finasteride is an inhibitor of the enzyme 5-alpha reductase which converts the male hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Since dihydrotestosterone is the main cause of hair loss Finasteride was later produced as a tablet for hair loss - Finasteride 1mg sold as Propecia.

This treatment is not to be taken by women since it may have an adverse affect on the male sexual organ of an unborn child. In the case of men, a small percentage have experienced a loss of sexual appetite and difficulty in obtaining an erection but it is understood that this would only be temporary.

Finasteride as a topical liquid is believed to have certain benefits either on its own or better still when mixed with Minoxidil.

Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto is a herbal product that was used by American Indians as a general tonic and to encourage appetite and normal weight gain. The fat soluble extract of saw palmetto has been shown to inhibit the enzyme 5-alpha reductase thereby reducing the formation of DHT.

Research has shown that the herb saw palmetto has the same effects as Finasteride in treating patients with Benign Prostate Enlargement. Since both hair loss and prostatic disease are related to DHT, many suggest that saw palmetto will also be effective in treating hair loss by reducing the amount of DHT in our body and around the hair follicles.

Unlike Finasteride, saw palmetto does not seem to have the side-effects of loss of sex drive or impotence. On the contrary it was used by the American Indians as a remedy for impotence and low libido in men and painful periods and lactation in women.

Hair Transplants

The only permanent remedy that exists today is the hair transplant. This is by far the most natural way of regaining one's hair. Since this procedure involves transferring one's own healthy hair roots from the back and sides of the scalp and placing them in the bald or balding area on top, there is a limit as to the number of hair roots that can be transferred. This of course differs from patient to patient and is dependent on a number of factors such as size of area to be treated, size of donor area, density of donor area, likely future further hair loss, etc. In fact not every patient is suitable for a hair transplant.

Although a hair transplant cannot give a full head of hair, it will at least remove the baldness aspect, appear very natural and undetectable. Unfortunately however not all clinics are capable of performing a good hair transplant with the result that the patient's hair would look 'doll like', he would still look bald and in most cases extremely unnatural and sadly would probably end up wearing a cap for the rest of his life.

Retain and Grow has kept abreast with the latest technological developments in the field of hair root replacement. Using the very latest surgical instruments and stereo microscopes, its MicroBlending technique produces superb results which are guaranteed for life.

Hair Thickening Spray

Hair thickening sprays can be very effective on thinning hair. The result is instant and undetectable. However certain products simply contain a colour whilst the better makes contain tiny fibres that cling to thinning hair. Obviously hair-thickening sprays need hair to cling to and are not suitable on a completely bald head.

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Hair Pieces (Toupees) and Wigs

Retain and grow specialize in custom-made hairpieces and full wigs. Whilst most suppliers tend to charge exorbitant prices, our prices are extremely reasonable.

If worn and styled correctly, the result is extremely natural.

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