Why These New Hair Regrowth Drops Really Work, According To Science

Discover the research behind minoxidil, the active ingredient in Head & Shoulders’ latest launch.

ByErin Kelly

Here’s a statistic that might make the hair on the back of your neck stand up: More than 80 percent of men and nearly half of women will experience significant hair loss throughout their lifetime. Hair loss can happen to anyone, for a variety of different reasons, including stress, genetics, hormones, age, and more — and it can certainly have a negative impact on one’s self confidence. The good news though, is it doesn’t have to be permanent, thanks to clinically tested and proven hair loss treatments like minoxidil, which is the active ingredient found in Head & Shoulders’ new Scalp X Minoxidil Droppers for men and women.

While this is definitely an exciting new development from the #1 scalp brand in the world*, if you’re struggling with hair loss or thinning hair and haven’t found a solution just yet, it’s normal to have questions about a new product promising to solve your problems. To help you make a more informed decision, we took a deep dive into how Head & Shoulders’ Scalp X Minoxidil Droppers can get you the results you want.

Here’s how these new hair regrowth drops really work, according to science.

The role of minoxidil in hair regrowth

Originally designed as a medication to treat hypertension in the 1970s, researchers found that the product was causing excessive hair growth in its participants during its clinical trials. This discovery led to more research, and a full pivot to develop topical minoxidil formulations specifically for hair loss treatment. Approval by the FDA in 1988 revolutionized the world of hair loss treatments, as it provided a non-invasive, over-the-counter solution for both men and women experiencing thinning hair and baldness. Today, minoxidil remains a popular and effective ingredient in hair regrowth treatments, including Head & Shoulders latest launch.

How minoxidil works on the scalp

Although minoxidil has been stimulating hair regrowth in individuals for over 30 years, how it actually works is still not completely understood. However, here’s what we do know. minoxidil can increase blood flow and vascularization to the hair follicles, which improves circulation, nutrient delivery and oxygen supply, waking up dormant or inactive hair follicles and ultimately causing hair growth. Additionally, minoxidil prolongs the anagen phase, or growth phase of the hair cycle, increasing hair length and diameter. This can ultimately lead to thicker, fuller, and longer hair.

Lastly, minoxidil may have a role in inhibiting the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that can cause hair loss. By reducing DHT levels, minoxidil can prevent further hair follicle shrinkage, preserving what hair is left and giving it a chance to regrow.

What makes Scalp X an effective solution

It’s simple: minoxidil. It’s worth noting that the hero ingredient also comes highly recommended by dermatologists — in fact, it’s the #1 derm-recommended active for treating hair loss at the top of the scalp. The brand’s male-focused formula features 5% of the research-backed ingredient, while the women’s formulation is made with 2% of the clinically proven active. Designed to revitalize hair follicles and stimulate regrowth, these easy-to-use drops help you regrow hair at the top of your scalp where thinning or balding has occurred. Additionally, it also helps reduce thinning and hair loss due to breakage.

Application and results

Head & Shoulders’ Scalp X Minoxidil Droppers are easy to buy over-the-counter, affordable, and can be applied by yourself, at home. Ideally, you should apply them daily to damp or dry hair — it shouldn’t take longer than a minute or so, but as with most things, consistency is key for best results.

Most users can expect to see initial results of minoxidil treatments after about eight weeks of treatment, and full effects to show after four months. More diligent, daily users will get the most out of their consistent efforts, so it pays to make Scalp X part of your regular scalp-care routine.

Ready to get your hair (and confidence) back? Try Head & Shoulders’ Scalp Minoxodil X drops for yourself, today.

*based on shampoo volume sales