I was talking to a hairstylist the other day. I asked her what was the most bizarre hair thing she had encountered in her profession. She began to exclaim, one of her clients was using Monistat 7 cream on her hair and scalp as a ‘grow it quick remedy’. All I could do is shake my head.
These hair growth remedies are getting really ridiculous. Are there really women using vaginal anti-fungal cream to treat hair loss? The answer is yes. There are countless post on blogs and Youtube videos and even “Monistat Hair Growth Challenges.” A local new station in Texas did a report on the hair growth trend.
Miconazole nitrate, an antifungal agent, is the active ingredient in most vaginal yeast infection creams. There are some structural similarities to this ingredient and another antifungal agent, ketoconazole. Ketoconazole has been known to block dihydrotestosterone, the hair-killing hormone responsible for female- and male-pattern hair loss. What does all this mean? It means that Monistat could possibly treat hair loss and aid in hair growth. Please don’t try this at home though.
This leads me to another question. A more appropriate question is, is it safe? The answer is physicians are unsure. There hasn’t been any testing for such “off-label” use. But the reported side effects for the traditional use of miconazole cream are rashes, itching, irritation, burning sensation, and headaches. For “off-label,” or hair use, some have shared the same discomforted with the addition of ears ringing.
I personally don’t believe that vaginal cream is the best course of action when it comes to haircare. Many stylist that I have consulted also advise against it. If you are experiencing hair loss or decrease in hair growth, its always best to seek expert advice. Please don’t try to remedy your hair loss without proper advisement from a professional. For more info read 5 Things You Should Do If You Notice A Bald Spot