Minoxidil Beard Growth Journey [Before And After] – 2018

Believe it or not, minoxidil was originally a treatment for high blood pressure. However, as is often the case, scientists ended up discovering another use for it: treating hair loss. When applied to the scalp, minoxidil can treat certain types of hair loss, leading to fuller, healthier, younger-looking hair over time. Minoxidil for Men 5% features a year’s supply of minoxidil to ensure you get the results you’re looking for.

Features of Minoxidil

Minoxidil is a clinically proven treatment for many types of hair loss in men. Backed by science, it’s a go-to for treating baldness over-the-counter. While minoxidil is a medicine, it’s less radical than having an invasive procedure performed to counteract baldness, so it’s a great first line of defense for thinning hair. Unlike other types of beard growth products, these are clinically proven to promote hair growth.

12 Month Supply

This pack of Minoxidil for Men 5% contains a twelve month supply.

Two Applicators

The pack comes with two child-resistant dropper applicators. Ideally, you shouldn’t need more than one, but it’s cool to have a spare just in case something happens.

Unscented

Many people are sensitive to scented products or just plain don’t like them, which is why a lot of brands choose to offer unscented products. For those looking for an unscented minoxidil option, this is a great choice.

First Impressions

At first glance of the packaging, the Kirkland Minoxidil for Men 5% looks like a quality product from a quality brand—and my initial interaction with the product itself held up to that book-by-the-cover judgment. The minoxidil is easy to apply with the applicator and the instructions are very straightforward, so there should be zero confusion for most users. Also, I appreciate the fact it’s unscented, because my wife has severe allergies to certain scents and it’s best not to risk it.

Overall, the Minoxidil for Men 5% made a great first impression on me for its ease of use and convenience above all else. I have moderate hair loss on top of my head, so I will be interested to see how the product works over time.

PROS

  • Contains minoxidil, which is proven to regrow hair
  • Unscented, making it great for those with allergies
  • 6 month supply for convenience and utility
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    Comes with clear instructions
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    Easy to use

CONS

  • It warns against women using the product. However, there are plenty of over-the-counter options for women, so this shouldn’t be too big of a problem for most families.
  • It won’t treat certain types of baldness (such as alopecia), but that’s not a product flaw—treating more permanent types of baldness (including beard baldness) are beyond the capabilities of minoxidil completely, no matter brand or strength.

What comes with Minoxidil for Men 5%

Minoxidil for Men 5% comes with an informational booklet that contains info on how to use the product and how to achieve the best results.

Before vs After: My year-long Minoxidil Beard Journey

Before using Minoxidil for Men 5%, I had prominent and obvious moderate baldness in patches on my face when trying to grow a beard. You could definitely see a lot of skin, which sucks, because I’m a forty-year-old man. I felt like a failure for not being able to grow a full, good-looking beard when I was perfectly able to do it in college. So, you may be asking, “Why don’t you just go with the clean-shaven face and quit worrying about growing a beard?” Here’s why: A person wants to look how they want to look. It’s the same reason women become redheads, or teenagers pierce something. It sounds silly if you’ve never had that feeling, but I’m a beard guy. I want to have a beard. And if it weren’t for the bald patches, I think a beard would really look good on me.

That’s why I decided to try minoxidil. I want to look the way I want to look, and part of that is growing a dope beard. And I want to enable and encourage other guys who may feel the same.

Below, I’m going to break down my Minoxidil journey so that you can follow along with me.

End of First Month

I haven’t noticed much regrowth, but there is definitely some peach fuzz (or “baby hair”, as my wife calls it) coming out of the areas I know were completely bald before. I’m trying not to get my hopes up, but this feels like a good sign. Also, I haven’t had any side effects I’m aware of, so I’m happy with that as well.

End of Second Month

That peach fuzz I talked about before was definitely hair growth. And it’s coming in fuller now. My scruff is still patchy, but my wife and I can both see a difference. To me, the true test will be when other people notice a difference. Unlike most guys, I don’t care if people realize I’m treating the hair loss in my beard—I just want my hair back.

The start of Month 1

End of Third Month

It’s no longer peach fuzz anymore—it’s definitely hair. And it’s sprouted up in new places. And it looks just like my real hair always has. And if I’m typing like an excited teenager, it’s because I feel like one. I’ve tried to be skeptical about this process so I wouldn’t feel let down if it didn’t work, but for the first time, I can honestly say I feel like the product is working as advertised. I knew in advance on an intellectual level it would take a while to see significant results. Now that it’s here, three months doesn’t seem so long to see some true improvement. I’m thrilled.

End of Fourth Month

It’s weird to say, but before minoxidil, I looked like a boy trying to grow a man’s beard. Now, at the end of the fourth month, I don’t look like that anymore—not at all. That big gaping bald spot is definitely closing in, and I think this was the biggest month of progress to date in terms of hair regrowth. My bros have noticed and they’re oblivious to everything, so if they notice I have more hair, then I definitely have more hair. I’m still happy and haven’t noticed any side effects. I’m really pumped about this whole journey right now.

End of Fifth Month

My boss pulled me aside today and actually asked what I was doing. I had a minor heart attack (not really, but you know what I mean) because I thought I was in trouble. I was always a good student as a kid, and while I’m far from a suck-up, I pride myself on my good work. I couldn’t read her face, which made things worse, but it was like she was boring into my eyes. When I asked for clarification about what she meant, she lightened up immediately and said that she noticed my scruff was looking a lot fuller, insisting there had to be a reason behind it. I’m not ashamed to be treating my hair loss, so I told her about the minoxidil. Turns out, the reason she was so curious was because she wants to get some for her husband, because, in her words, “If he’s going to grow out his beard, I at least want it to look good.” Which implies she thinks mine looks good, so that felt like a huge win.

End of Sixth Month

Now, it’s six months later and I would say about half of the bald patches have grown in and more hair is starting to sprout up all the time. The growth rate was so slow at first, but really picked up in the last two months. Furthermore, the quality of my beard feels just feels a lot better. It’s thick and has its old texture back, which I missed quite frankly. I feel like I look more like me, which has definitely given me a great confidence boost both in my professional life as well as at-home with my wife.

The End of Month 6

End of Seventh Month

The progress of the six-month milestone has not only maintained, but continued. I know it sounds crazy, but I forgot to bring it on vacation with me and I freaked out, thinking I would lose all of my gains—just like a dieter feels when they know they’re going to be lax on their discipline while on vacation. However, the alarm was all for nothing. I went back to using the minoxidil as soon as I got home and there was no harm, no foul.

End of Eighth Month

My older brother has followed my lead and started his own minoxidil regimen. This is the first time he’s ever taken advice from me about anything, period. As for my progress, it’s still going strong. The bald patches that still remained are closing together. I wouldn’t have believed it eight months ago, and still find it hard to believe, even though I know it’s real.

End of Ninth Month

The remaining thin patches are a lot more filled in that they were last month. Essentially, the hair regrowth started closing the gaps and filling everything in. I’ve had great progress and could probably stop now if I wanted to, but since I haven’t had any side effects like dry skin, I’m going to keep up with the regimen. I want the patches 100% filled in. But like I said, I’m happy with this month’s progress.

End of Tenth Month

Returning to this article ten months after initial use, I find the thin parts of my beard are minimal and barely noticeable. I feel like I’m really looking how I want to look, which is awesome.

End of Eleventh Month

After eleven months, I’ve had the confidence to really let my beard grow out. Before, I was keeping it closely cropped to try to disguise the thin places. But now, I’m unleashing the beast in all its glory. My wife says she can’t even tell there were any thin spots to begin with now. She’s always a straight shooter, so I know she’s not just trying to boost my ego. The progress is real.

End of Twelfth Month

I could have stopped using minoxidil a month ago, but I had told myself I’d do it for a year and that’s what I did. After one year of use, my beard is thick and you would never know I had bald patches before. I have the beard I’ve wanted to grow for two years now. It was a long road, but so worth it. I even got referred to a “hipster” the other day; while that’s not what I am, I think it’s proof that my beard has truly reached its full potential in the best possible way.

The End of My Journey - 1 Year

Conclusion

After using Minoxidil for Men 5% for a total of twelve months, I can confirm that my beard is fully grown. My hair is thick, dark and looks awesome. I haven’t had any issues with irritation whatsoever, which is surprising, because I’m prone to sensitive skin. I am truly beyond pleased with this product and I would recommend it to any guy who is dissatisfied with the thinning of his beard and who is looking for a surefire solution to the problem.

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