My answer to Does minoxidil help with hair growth for women with PCOS?
Answer by Nature Crazy:
Minoxidil is the main ingredient marketed in many popular mainstream hair loss products such as Rogaine and works by opening up ATP sensitive potassium channels in the hair follicles which increases hair growth through the derma papilia. Unfortunately, the hair growth effect is short term as the single thing minoxidil is really doing is counterbalancing for a mineralocorticoid and electrolyte imbalance, which is adjusted by magnesium, potassium and other compounds. In other words, it creates minoxdil dependent hairs that will shed once you stop using it.
A good alternative would be to opt for a natural topical that does not create dependent hairs but rather stimulates hair growth naturally. We thoroughly endorse the use of Nature Crazy’s Hair tonic or recommend making your own hair topical using effective natural compounds which have been proven to be effective for hair loss. For example, did you know that Rosemary essential oil used topically by itself is just as effective for hair loss as minoxidil?
In fact a recent study tested Rosemary essential oil against 2% topical minoxidil for the treatment of male pattern balding and showed that both reduced hair loss but scalp itching was more frequent in the minoxidl group versus rosemary. This demonstrates that rosemary essential oil is just as efficient for hair loss as minoxidil – but safer and not detrimental in the long run. Here is a link to that study.
Studies like these typically don't get the media attention they deserve because Rosemary Essential Oil is a natural non patenable substance. In other words, there is no money in it for the large drug companies.
Regardless, you should think of any hair topical as a temporary band aid. The key to reversing any type of hair loss is to get to the root cause of the problem as opposed to treating the symptoms.
PCOS is typically caused by a deficiency of Progesterone so it might be something to consider supplementing with. Also, the use of Iodine can be helpful in managing it.