I've just started this so i don't have any growth to report yet (hopefully) but wanted to note a good generic type I bought. Most generics contain mineral oil - hello grease fest - but Rite Aid brand 3-day (4% MN) has basically the same inactive ingredients as monistat 7 that most ppl use, it's cheaper than monistat 7, and the % is higher. Sure it won't last as long but I want to get bang for my buck. So far I've squirted 1/3 of one of the packages pre filled applicators into a hair color squeeze bottle and just enough warm water to make into a mixture. Don't use too much water like I did the first time or you'll have a wet head. I found this easier than spreading the same amount of cream around my scalp plain. I plan to use every 3 days (after I shampoo - I'm a bottled red head and can't shampoo that often anyway)... The MN is supposedly active for 3 days. It doesn't feel greasy at all, kind of like a texturizer. So a pre filled applicator will last me 3 applications or 9 days which I don't think is too bad. A 1 inch portion is about 1/3 of the applicator. Ill update in a month or so!!
I can't believe how well this has worked for me to grow out my hair. My hair usually grows very slowly...probably 1/4 inch a month. I got a solid one inch of growth in one month just by using monistat 7 on my scalp! I dilute about an inch with an inch of water in a spray bottle, and apply on a damp scalp after washing. I used to have horrible SD, and it has been completely clear since I started this treatment (probably why my hair is growing so quickly all of a sudden).
So after reading so many positive reviews on all the long hair forums I decided to give it a try. Why not? I read up on some possible side effects which seemed to mainly just be head aches.
So after my research I thought that application on damp hair may be easier so I squeezed out about an inch of cream and rubbed it gently into my damp roots, covered my lengths in a bit of conditioner then piled the rest of my hair up in a scrunchie and headed to bed. I was extremely concerned I would wake up with clumps of hair all over my pillow, or no hair at all.
Well after 2 weeks of using every third night my hair has not only grown over an inch and a half, but also I have almost zero hair shedding. My hair typically grows like 1.5 inches a month but the monistat just accelerates the growth plus all the baby hairs are finally filling in nicely. I did not have any side effects and my scalp feels so good and looks so healthy. Some days I leave in the monistat for a few days, depending on my work schedule. They say the active ingredient (MN) is effective for up to 72 hours so leaving it in for a few days is fine. Also monistat does not make my hair greasy at all instead It gives my hair some volume and nice texture at the roots.
I will definitely continue to use monistat at least 2 or 3 times a week. I do like the 4% monistat better and it's working for me. It can be a bit pricey so do some price comparisons as its often on sale. I don't recommend the generic MN cream as its full of oil. Happy growing!!!
I am reviewing this product for hair growth (and not the intended use!) I met a lady at the gym who had grown her hair 6 inches in just over three months, and I was amazed! I asked her how she did it - and she said she had used vitamins (like biotin) and monistat of her scalp everyday. Since I have recently decided to grow my hair long again, and my hair grows slowly, I decided to use it. I usually grow about 1/4 inch per month. Since using this on my scalp I have grown 2 and a 1/2 inches in about 7 weeks. Pretty amazing! I do not have any side effects. I use it full strength on my scalp every time after I wash and dry my hair. The active ingredient is an anti-fungal which helps to get rid of the thrush / fungus that naturally grows on our scalp and sometimes can inhibit hair growth. The active ingredient stays active for about 3 days, so you don't have to apply every day (only after you wash, assuming you wash every three days or less). I haven't had any side effects. There is no smell and it isn't very greasy; just make sure to put on the scalp only. You can part it into sections and apply to the exposed scalp, and then rub it into the scalp. I use the generic 7-day brand from Walmart (2%) and it's $4.95 for an entire tube that lasts me about 2 weeks. I've talked to my boyfriend who is a physician and he said it's totally safe, and acted like it made sense to use an anti-fungal (I was surprised - I was embarrased to ask him lol!) I would recommended this to anyone looking to grow their hair out faster!
Monistad is amazing I shave my head in December and believe me my hair is full of hair now people told me why you did to grow your hair fast.
I heard about the hair growth potential from a website. I read through tons of pages and decided to try it for myself. I first done it mixed with water every other day. I did see good results I had none of the side effects. I decided to do it daily full strength. I ended up having better results. I've used it for over a year faithfully.
like the other reviewers, I am not using this for its intended purpose. I, too, heard about this at longhaircommunity.com, as something to help hair grow faster. the theory, as others have mentioned, is that the active ingredient, Miconazole Nitrate, clears the scalp of any and all fungus, this allowing the hair to grow without restraint. The first time i used this I kept it up for a few months and then stopped, as the cost and effort were both a bit much for me. But recently I've come back to it, as it's the ONLY thing to ever get my scalp 100% clear of flakes.
my flakes tend to be moist, large, and sometimes yellowy. I went to the dermatologist years ago and was diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis, and given an expensive, harsh shampoo to use. i was told to use it daily. not only was it $, but i'm growing my hair long, and washing hair daily with such a harsh product just dries it out too much.
all that aside, yes, my hair DID grow faster when i used the monistat!
i purchase my 2% monistat usually from walgreens for around 9-12$ USD, and i get a tube as well as 3(i think, might be 2) pre-filled applicators.
for application method, i put about 2 inches of it into a hair dye applicator bottle along with enough water to cover all of my roots, and shake well. then i start applying it at the top front, rubbing it in as i go. go around to the sides, then the back, and lastly the crown area. i should mention that the whole time i've got my hair up in a loosened top bun thing, so its not handing down in my way.
i leave it on for 2 to three days. just for the record, i only wash my hair every 3 to 4 days. also, i am Water-Only when it comes to washing. aside from some apple cider vinegar mixed with water rinsed through my hair every other wash, i only use water for washing. no shampoo, no conditioner. i started washing this way to help get rid of flakes, and did see a big improvement, but i'm going t use the monistat to get my scalp 100% clear. i like the way WO makes my hair feel though, which is why i havent gone back to using shampoo, etc.
i'm honestly not sure how long i'll continue to use this. probably not for the rest of my life, as i'm not too fond of putting a chemical like that on my scalp for FOREVER. i'm just going to get clear and see how it goes. having said all that, i've never had any negative side effects. Some ppl on the LHC board mentioned that using the 4% full strength gave them headaches, but aside from that (which i never had a problem with), i've never heard of any other negative side effects.
I can't really write a 'results' review yet as I just bought a tube of this today after having done a lot of research for quick growing products for hair. My hair grows like a weed naturally already but even so I was curious to see what all the fuss is about.
I can tell you about he consistency. I put about a 1 inch long bit of this cream straight onto my scalp. It feels slippery but not greasy. 30 minutes later I have slight itchiness in the back of my head but this feeling like a coolness all over my head, kind of like I have put mint on my scalp.
We'll see how this goes after day 1.
P.S I ordered it via Amazon for $12 but then found it in a drug store for $10 so bought that one also. Strangely scanning my purchase the cashier avoided my gaze and instead eyed up the male friend I was with like he had given me the plague. Lol.
This review covers something I never thought I'd write about:
Using anti-ladyplace-itch cream on the roots of my hair.
Monistat is, for me, hair in a tube. From what I have read, the active ingredient (Miconazole Nitrate) oxygenates the scalp and gets rid of yeast/fungal infections in doing so.. and et voila, I have new hair growth and a plethora of little baby hairs making my hair feel a-may-zingz. If you are desperate for new growth (me), open to new things (me) and a little bit crazy (goes without saying) - please read on.
Though my husband is completely grossed out and teases me incessantly about using what is affectionately called "cooter cream" on some hair boards, I'm unashamed to buy it and am on my second 45 gram tube. I'm growing out a super duper asymmetrical bob which is about an inch long on one side - I need new growth more than anyone I know! Though skeptical at first, I have noticed both substantial thickness and new growth all over - almost 1/2 an inch - after using this for approximately a month. I have a whole bunch of brand new hairs springing up all over - wherever I part my hair, there's too many new hairs to count. It feels healthier and thicker and it's visibly longer.
Please, before you start using this product, look into it first. I read exhaustively both on the forums here and also at the Long Hair Community prior to starting and there seem to be multiple methods of application and many varied experiences and opinions. It can be expensive if you choose to use only the name brand Monistat cream, and it's definitely confusing to try and figure out what brand offers what, whether you're happy to use a generic (my current tube cost me $6 from Target, as opposed to $17 for the same non generic brand), the percentage you choose to use (either 2% or 4%) and finally, your chosen application method.
As far as I can tell, these are the application methods most commonly used:
1. Undiluted cream on scalp
Part hair, smear the cream as needed (can be about an inch per parting) This will use up your tube pretty damn fast and can induce severe headaches in some people as the cream hasn't been mixed or diluted.
2. Partially diluted in warm water via spray bottle. Sprayed on the roots of your hair and massaged in if you feel so inclined.
3. Partially diluted in warm water via hair dye bottle applicator. As above. Some users prefer this as a more direct way to access the roots without the spray nozzle clogging up in a bottle. Can be a little tingly, but in a tickle-y way.
My application method of choice is the second option, simply because it's easier for me to make sure I get my roots completely. You want your mixture to resemble a slightly viscous white liquid. Which sounds incredibly suspicious, so I apologise! I have a small, 30 ml spray bottle which used to be used for hair spray, so I squeeze about an inch worth of cream into the tube, add less than an inch of water and shake the bottle until it is evenly dispersed and mixed. I then part my hair and spray all along the exposed root section (this stuff is going to do absolutely zilch on the length of your hair so roots only, people!), make sure it's saturated and then part my hair again. And so on and so forth. Once I either run out of stuff to spray or my hair is totally saturated, I then massage it into my scalp for good measure and leave it on until it dries or I go to bed.
The active ingredient is, I have read, active for between 48-72 hours. This equals a possible 72 hours if this cream works for you and you don't mind leaving it on your hair. The negative to using a generic brand is that they mix it with mineral oil so I can't bear to leave it on for anything longer than overnight because I turn into a greaseball. Washes out beautifully and I've not noticed any buildup. In terms of frequency of application, I apply every second to third night depending on my laziness. The key is to keep using it.
I guess that's all for now! It worked amazingly well for me, but as always, YMMV. Read up, educate yourself, and then give it a go for at least a month. The curious/horrified looks at the checkout might just be worth it.
Ok, so I am reviewing this not for the intended use of this product. Alot of girls over on the Long Hair Care Forum are using this as a hair growth aid. It works sort of like Nizoral Shampoo, because it is also an antifungal. I know your thinking "WHAT?? VAG CREAM ON MY HEAD?!?" well, now its not so gross because alot of girls here are using monistat anti-chafing gel as a primer on their face. there are many off-label uses for many things you can find in your drugstore and this is one of them. Anyways to use this, you can apply it directly to your scalp at night and massage it in after parting your hair. Or you can squeeze about an inch of this cream into a jar, add a little bit of water, pour into a hair dye- nozzle bottle and apply directly to scalp this way. you should leave it on overnight and wash it out in the morning. many women see at least 1 inches of growth due to to this product usage every night. so if you are used to growing 1 inches of hair every month, you will probably grow 2 inches. Another use for this product that i got rec'd to me is that it can be used for sebrorrheic dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis is a scalp and face condition. You usually can see it on your scalp, and this is what can also prevent hair from growing. If your scalp feels particularly oily or greasy, or you feel like it feels 'moist' alot, then you may have seborrheic dermatitis. If your face is very red alot and you have greasy and/or flaky skin than you may have seborrheic dermatitis. If you apply this to your face and have noticed that your face has calmed down, then you can see if it works. I have seb. derm. and rosacea and when I use this on my face, it is less oily and red. i am so glad that i have found two uses for this product. very unusual.