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How To Fight Hair Loss With Kirkland Minoxidil

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Kirkland Minoxidil is an OTC medication used in the treatment of androgenic alopecia, or male pattern baldness. Minoxidil was the first FDA approved treatment for baldness under the tradename Rogaine. Minoxidil has been clinically effective not just in treating hair loss but in some cases it has been proven to regrow hair.

Minoxidil is a nitric oxide agonist that works by increasing blood flow to the hair follicles. Minoxidil is most effective on young guys with less than five years of hair loss. Minoxidil was originally approved for central vertex hair loss only but anecdotally has been shown to work on the whole head. I wish I knew this when I was in my early 20’s when my dermatologist discouraged me from using Minixodil because I was receding from the front instead of the crown.

Hair Loss is caused through a reaction between the follicle and DHT or Dihydrotestosterone, a hormone responsible for muscle growth and libido among other things. The hairs on the side and back of your head are resistant to DHT, but in the case of male pattern baldness, the hairs at the front and crown of your head are susceptible to DHT.

Minoxidil doesn’t effect DHT in the way Finasteride would and can be used in combination with a DHT-blocker like Propecia. I should caution you, that many guys who have used Finasteride notice sexual side effects, myself included so I can’t fully recommend the drug to you as part of your hair loss protocol. With that said Minoxidil is extremely safe as proven by the fact that you no longer need a prescription for it.

In this day and age there is no excuse not to be fighting back against hair loss, here’s exactly what you need to know:

Legality
  • Minoxidil is an OTC drug in North America
Ordering
  • In the U.S. you can use Amazon which has the best prices
  • As a Canadian, Amazon won’t ship the 5% solution but Ebay will
Dosage
  • 2 ml per day
  • The bottle advises you to split up the dosage but I do the full 2 ml in the morning because I can’t rely on remembering to dose every night before bed
  • Despite what you read on the label, dosing twice a day is not necessary as long as you make sure your hair doesn’t get wet in the first 7 hours or so
Brand
Kirkland Generic Minoxidil
Cost
  • $24.88 USD for a 6 month supply, or $4.15 per month
Come-Up
  • It should take about 4 months for you to notice any positive effects
Half Life
  • 1 day
Positive Effects
  • I’ve noticed small amounts of hair growth along the hairline
  • My hairloss has stopped since I started using Minoxidil 8 months ago or at least has slowed to the extent that its no longer noticeable each month
Side Effects
  • I noticed an Itchy head for the first few weeks of use
  • The solution is greasy, this is why some guys prefer to put it on before bed, once I buzzed my head that was no longer a problem for me
  • In a lot of instances, guys will shed, meaning for the first few months they will lose hair because Minoxidil, when first used, will usually cause follicles in the telogen phase to shed, which are then replaced by thicker hairs in a new anagen phase
Rating
  • 10/10
Conclusions
  • Don’t expect a ton of regrowth but expect a drug that will prevent or at least slow down your hair loss
  • The positive effects are massive, the cost is dirt cheap and side effects are almost non existent
  • I would absolutely recommend Generic Minoxidil for every guy with male pattern baldness
  • I would also recommend this drug for guys who aren’t balding, the majority of men will have to deal with male pattern baldness at some point in their lives, I think its much better to be able to prevent it in advance

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10 Comments

  1. A.J.
    February 20, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Yes this is legit. Back when I started to notice my own thinning, which would be early 2008, such a cost effective option was not available. All I could get was 1% Rogaine at $70 for 1 month’s supply at Shopper’s Drug Mart in Toronto. Yep. US Amazon options were not much cheaper either. So I chose to let nature take its course. I am about Norwood 2 now but if I had had Kirkland back then in those beginning stages then I’d have been all over it.

  2. February 20, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Ya its a shame we can only by one or two percent here in Canada, those dosages are useless.

  3. John
    June 5, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Will, thank you for posting this. I just bought a 6 month supply. Do you recommend using any other product alongside this to prevent genetic balding? Thanks,

  4. June 5, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Hi John, good to hear you’re taking action. The only other product I’d recommend is RU58841 from anageninc.com, it’s been shown to be effective and many guys on the hairloss forums use it, I also use it on my research subject. It is a research chemical and not as well studied as minoxidil so it’s important to understand that. I use it at 20 mg of ru powder a day mixed with 1 ml of minox in the morning and .05 ml of ethyl alchol, put it in a little tub, shake it up and apply every morning to my research subject. You also have to make this mixture fresh every day. I took this method from el dutaterino, a respected poster at hairlosstalk. I would expect regrowth with either however, the best you should expect is maintaining what you have. When I apply this mixture to my research subject it seems to stop the male pattern baldness itch and has seemed to have stopped his hairloss, or at least slowed it down significantly.

  5. Mike
    November 28, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Hey Will,

    How is minoxidil going? Are you still using it? I am deeply considering getting some, 22 years old and recession has begun. A bit worried about the shedding period, but I know you said not to worry too much about it. Just wanted to hear if it’s still kicking ass for you or not. As always, thank you brother.

    Mike

  6. November 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    It’s alright, I’m also using the research chem on my research subject. My recession seems to have really slowed down, I’m not sure if it’s stopped. I’m also seeing some diffuse thinning but that’s due to the “prohormones”, if you avoid that stuff you’ll slow it down more. Also check out neogenics, I haven’t tried it but it seems like the next step up from minoxidil, according to el dutarino, the best poster on hairlosstalk.

    The shedding period is no prob with minoxidil.

    With that said I wouln’t worry to much about your hair. With a tan, and some size and a jason style beard and really close cropped head you should be good, thats the look im rocking right now, have been on and off for the last few years, and noticed no dip whatsoever in my ability to pull, in fact many girls like the look more than my pretty boy hairstyle.

  7. January 25, 2017 at 2:52 am

    Can you put this on right after you get out of the shower and hair is still wet or do you wait until hair is totally dry before putting it on?

  8. January 25, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I would dry it, but I put it on after the shower

  9. Chris
    July 14, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Hi Will, thanks for posting this. How bad do you think the shedding phase can be? I’m in the early stages of recession, 20 years old, and definitely considering getting some but the fear of shedding in the beginning is stopping me. Thanks.

    Chris

  10. August 12, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I didn’t find the shedding phase to be to bad.

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