Minoxidil Shampoo

Minoxidil shampoo and hair lossQ:

Hi Dr.,  I saw your TV show, and would like to ask you if it is ok for me to buy minoxidil and dissolve it in the shampoo?
Also there are products that says gradually will change the color of my hair to natural color, are they safe to use? wouldn’t they interfere with my scalp respiration?

Thanks a lot

A:

Minoxidil mixed with shampoo

Minoxidil is one of the FDA approved medications for balding prevention and hair loss treatment.  The recommended dose and method for its use is applying it topically on balding area twice a day and leaving the product without washing it off.
Although combination of minoxidil with shampoos are available commercially, I don’t believe you can get a complete result by using them because:
1.    Minoxidil would be diluted with shampoo and water and that will reduce its strength.
2.    The active ingredient (minoxidil) would be rinsed and it would not get enough time to have contact with the scalp skin.
3.    It would be less likely that it is used twice a day, which is the recommended method for its maximum result.

Hair product for white hair

To answer your second question, there are many products that are claimed to change the color of white and de-pigmented hair to a normal one.  Most of them are herbal extracts and there is just not enough long term studies that prove their safety that I am aware of.