It’s 2020 and you can literally get anything your heart desires at a moment’s notice—a car ride, a slice of pizza at 1AM, a photo of Elvis to place above your bar cart. So it high-key makes sense that people get super frustrated with the rate of their hair growth. I mean, it can take a really freakin’ long time to grow your hair out (think: a quarter inch to half an inch max per month). And because we’re all super impatient these days, it seems like a new hack pops up on the internet every other week, promising to give you Rapunzel-length hair in no time. The weirdest trick that’s swirling around these days? Using Monistat for hair growth.
This content is imported from embed-name. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.
No, that wasn’t a typo. As a refresher, Monistat-7 is an anti-fungal cream that’s used to treat vaginal yeast infections. Aaaand some people swear that by rubbing it on their scalp, they’ve been able to fight the good fight against hair loss and grow their hair faster. (P.S. Even though people of all hair types have tried out this alleged hack, the majority of people shouting about Monistat from the proverbial internet mountain tops have natural hair, FWIW).
But…does it actually work? I reached out to Dr. Kari Williams, a trichologist (AKA a doctor that specializes in hair and scalp disorders) and hairstylist, to get the 411.
Does Monistat help with hair growth?
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but according to Dr. Williams, no, it doesn’t actually work: There are no scientific studies that show that Monistat is an effective treatment for hair loss, she explains. Womp. So how did the rumor even get started? Well, the active ingredient in Monistat is called miconazole nitrate (say that three times fast), which is an anti-fungal agent. One reason why people might see their hair start to thin, or even fall out, is due to an overgrowth of fungus (yeast) on their scalp.
“It’s kind of similar to the yeast found in the vagina and how people get yeast infections,” says Dr. Williams. There is a healthy amount of yeast that’s normal and naturally occurring on the scalp, but when there’s an overproduction of it, it’s usually an indication that your hormones are a little out of wack. And that’s when the bad shit, like hair loss, can happen.
The active ingredient that’s usually prescribed by a doctor to deal with fungal infections is called ketoconazole, and it’s been shown in several studies to help treat hormonal hair loss, says Dr. Williams. K, now stay with me here, because we’re about to come full circle—ketoconazole has a similar chemical structure to miconazole nitrate (the active ingredient in Monistat) which is why some people may see hair growth with Monistat. And while the link kinda makes sense, it unfortunately doesn’t change the fact that Monistat still isn’t proven to treat hair loss.
Are there side effects to using Monistat for hair growth?
Yup. Like I said, there’s no data to prove that Monistat is actually effective for hair growth, no matter what that influencer you secretly follow might say. There are so many causes for hair thinning and hair loss, so if yours isn’t fungal related, there’s a chance that you could make your scalp condition even worse, slowing down your hair growth even more, says Dr. Williams. You could also end up with contact dermatitis (aka an allergic reaction) on your scalp. Which, uh, not cute.
And if you’re someone who isn’t even dealing with hair thinning but wants something that’ll make your hair grow faster, pls don’t even think about using Monistat. “It’s like taking medicine when you’re healthy,” says Dr. Williams. It’s not going to do anything, and it could lead to problems for your already healthy scalp (think: infections, irritation, and yes, hair loss).
How can I grow my hair safely?
DW, not all hope is lost. If you’re dealing with a scalp issue, Dr. Williams says that you should make an appointment with a dermatologist or a trichologist, so they can figure out what’s really causing your hair loss and determine the best way to treat it. If hair loss isn’t necessarily a problem for you, but you’re still trying to promote some healthy growth, there are two things Dr. Williams recommends.
First, try eating a diet that’s rich in proteins, vitamins, and omega oils, because long, healthy hair starts from the inside out. And, second, look for hair products that are filled with oils like coconut oil, jojoba oil, and peppermint oil. They’ll help to create a healthy and scalp-friendly foundation that’ll level up your hair growth. Here’s a few scalp-care products to help get you started:
The bottom line
Long story short, keep the Monistat off your scalp, k? It’s for the vagina. If you’re dealing with hair loss, no matter how tempted you are to play at-home trichologist, you should definitely go see an expert to figure out what’s actually going on. And if you want legit hacks for growing your hair long-AF, peep the tips in this story—none of them involve slathering a yeast infection cream on your scalp.
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io
This commenting section is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page. You may be able to find more information on their web site.