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Dr. Alpana Mohta Ranka, MD, DNB, IFAAD, is a triple-board-certified dermatologist with over 100 research publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


Redensyl vs Minoxidil: Which Hair Growth Medication is Right for You? (2024)

Updated: Jun 5


Hair loss is a common problem affecting millions of individuals worldwide. While there are many treatment options available, finding the right one can be a daunting task.

In this article, we discuss two popular topical (that which is applied on the skin) options for promoting hair growth: Redensyl vs Minoxidil.

We will compare these two medications to help you determine which one is right for you. Here's a quick summary which we'll also present in another table, but it's recommended to read the entire article to get a clear understanding of what you should do.

A table comparing redensyl vs minoxidil for a quick summary

Table of contents:


What is Redensyl?

Redensyl is a hair growth ingredient that stimulates stem cells in hair follicles to promote hair growth. It is derived from plant extracts and is considered a natural alternative to medications like Minoxidil.

Redensyl has been clinically proven to reduce hair loss and improve hair density.

Redensyl contains natural ingredients like DHQG, EGCG2, glycine, zinc chloride, metabisulfite, and glycerin. DHQG and EGCG2 are polyphenols that help stimulate hair cells, while Glycine is a key component of hair proteins, and zinc helps bind hair proteins together.

Redensyl is commonly available in hair serums and shampoos over-the-counter, like the REGENSIFY Redensifying Hair Regrowth Serum. This contains DHT blockers which further reduce loss of hair.

Regensify Redensyl Serum

Often, it is used in combination with Anagain and Procapil for even better hair growth results. You may also want to try out the Minimalist Hair Density Serum, which includes both Redensyl along with Anagain, Procapil, Baicapil, and Capixyl.

The minimalist hair density serum containing redensyl

A comment on hair growth shampoos: They are the least effective products for hair growth. The primary reason for that is the active ingredient in them aren't kept on the scalp for a long time, and neither should they be because of the other accompanying ingredients.

Who Should Use Redensyl?

Redensyl is an ideal option for those with mild to moderate hair loss looking for a natural alternative to medications like Minoxidil. Redensyl has been shown to improve hair density and reduce hair loss without causing scalp irritation or dryness.

How to use Redensyl?

Dispense 1-2ml of Redensyl onto your palm. Use the fingertips of your other hand to massage it onto the entire scalp gently.

Apply it to a clean scalp. Prior to using Redensyl, avoid using any conditioners, serums, or hair oils, as they may hinder absorption. Continue using your regular hair styling products, but make sure to apply them AFTER using Redensyl.

Redensyl Side Effects

There are no known side effects of Redensyl. However, since it is relatively new to the hair growth medication scene, it's soon to declare a verdict.

Will I Lose Hair if I Stop Using Redensyl?

No known mechanisms are involved that will reinitiate hair loss upon ceasing the usage of Redensyl.

What is Minoxidil?

Minoxidil is a medication that has been used for decades to promote hair growth. Initially created to treat high blood pressure, it was later found to have hair growth-promoting properties.

It is considered a proven medication and is often prescribed by dermatologists for hair loss.

Minoxidil is available in both over-the-counter and prescription strength forms.

It works by increasing blood flow around hair follicles by opening up blood vessels, which brings more oxygen, blood, and nutrients to reach hair follicles. It can also promote the growth of new blood vessels around the follicles.

Additionally, it blocks the effects of androgens which can damage hair follicles. Minoxidil can also directly stimulate hair follicles, promoting the growth of new hairs and prolonging the growth phase of existing hairs.

Finally, minoxidil can help prevent the buildup of collagen around hair follicles, which can restrict hair growth.

Who Should Use Minoxidil?

Minoxidil is an ideal option for those with more advanced hair loss. Minoxidil has been clinically proven to promote hair growth in individuals with hereditary hair loss like androgenic alopecia and is often recommended by dermatologists.

How to Use Minoxidil?

Take 1 ml and apply it to the frontal area, mid-scalp area, vertex (or crown), and sides, avoiding the back.

Alternatively, you can apply a total of 5 sprays. One each on the frontal area, mid-scalp area, vertex (or crown), and sides. While doing this, gently cover your eyes and forehead.

A diagram depicting the different parts of the scalp including frontal area, mid-scalp area, back and sides.
Diagram of the scalp

In this article, we talk about topical Minoxidil. You can also explore the differences between oral versus topical minoxidil for hair loss.

Minoxidil Side Effects

Although the side effects of topical Minoxidil are limited (scalp irritation or redness of skin), there could be other side effects if it gets absorbed into the blood. Examples include:

  • Extreme irritation of the scalp

  • Chest pain, fast heartbeats

  • Rapid weight gain

  • Swelling in your hands or feet,

  • Headache,

  • Dizziness,

  • Flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling).

If you experience any of the above, you should immediately visit your doctor.

Will I Lose Hair if I Stop Using Minoxidil?

Yes. Once you stop using Minoxidil, the stage of your androgenic alopecia (patterned hair loss) will return to its original stage, and your hair will continue to fall as it naturally would.

Redensyl vs Minoxidil: A Comparison

Both Redensyl and Minoxidil have been shown to promote hair growth, but they work in different ways. Redensyl is a natural ingredient that stimulates stem cells in hair follicles, while Minoxidil expands blood vessels to improve circulation in the scalp.

Redensyl has fewer side effects than Minoxidil, which can cause scalp irritation and dryness. Minoxidil has been shown to be more effective in promoting hair growth in individuals with more advanced hair loss.

In a noteworthy study, the topical RCP combination (Redensyl, Capixyl, Procapil) was compared with Minoxidil for treating Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA). Results showed RCP to be more effective and satisfactory to patients, with minimal side effects. This suggests RCP as a potential alternative to Minoxidil, especially for those concerned about its side effects. However, further extensive research is needed to fully establish RCP's efficacy and advantages over Minoxidil.

Here's a table comparing Redensyl vs Minoxidil:




Mechanism of Action

Contains various active ingredients that target hair follicle stem cells and promote hair growth.

Widens blood vessels and increases blood flow to hair follicles, promoting hair growth.


Often used in hair care products like shampoos, serums, and conditioners.

Applied topically as a liquid solution or foam directly onto the scalp.


Studies suggest it can lead to visible improvement in hair density and thickness.

Known to stimulate hair growth in some individuals, but results can vary.

Mode of Use

Incorporated into regular hair care routine, applied as instructed by the product.

Applied to the scalp twice daily, with specific dosing guidelines.

Side Effects

Generally considered safe with minimal reported side effects.

Common side effects include scalp irritation and unwanted facial hair growth.

Treatment Duration

Results may become visible within a few months of consistent use.

Hair regrowth may take several months to become noticeable and must be maintained.


Often available over-the-counter in hair care products.

Available over-the-counter in lower strengths; higher strengths may require a prescription.

User Suitability

Suitable for individuals looking for non-invasive hair care solutions.

Generally suitable for people experiencing hereditary hair loss.

Long-Term Use

Can be used as long as desired for ongoing hair maintenance.

Continued use is necessary to maintain results; discontinuing use can lead to hair loss.


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Which Medication is Right for You?

Choosing between Redensyl and Minoxidil depends on your individual hair loss needs and preferences.

If you have mild to moderate hair loss and prefer a natural option, Redensyl may be the right choice for you. If you have more advanced hair loss or prefer a proven medication, Minoxidil may be the better option.

Can I stop Minoxidil and start Redensyl?

That's not advisable because, as mentioned above, stopping Minoxidil can restart hair loss. However, if you have just started using Minoxidil or if your hair fall hasn't responded to Minoxidil even after 3-6 months of continuous usage, you may be resistant to Minoxidil and can try Redensyl.

Can I use Redensyl and Minoxidil together?

As mentioned earlier, Redensyl and Minoxidil both promote hair growth but by different mechanisms. Redensyl targets the hair follicle stem cells, whereas Minoxidil targets the blood vessels to increase the blood flow to hair follicles. Since these are two distinctly different mechanisms, using the two of them together should have a higher likelihood of treating the root cause (pun intended) of the hair fall. Therefore, the overall effectiveness should, in general, increase.

How to use Redensyl and Minoxidil together?

There are multiple approaches to using Redensyl and Minoxidil together:

  1. Layering: First, apply Minoxidil. After 15 minutes, apply Redensyl.

  2. Applying Minoxidil in the morning and Redensyl in the evening or vice-versa. Personally, if I were to choose, this would be my favorite as these are two different products, and their interaction is not well studied.

  3. Alternate every day between Minoxidil and Redensyl.

Before adopting any specific approach, do consult your dermatologist.

Can I Use Light Therapy Devices such as LED Helmets, LED Combs or LED Caps with Minoxidil?

Yes, you can definitely combine light therapy with minoxidil and even redensyl. Research has shown that combining minoxidil with low-light therapy can enhance its effectiveness for quicker hair growth. LED hair growth devices such as LED combs, helmets, and caps can give great results with consistent usage.

Top Recommended Low Light Therapy Devices

  1. HairMax Laser Comb Ultima 9 - This device is easy to use; simply comb through your hair slowly, allowing the light to target your scalp, for about 10-15 minutes, three times a week.

  2. Theradome PRO Laser Hair Growth Helmet LH80 - Wear this helmet for 20 minutes, twice a week. It covers the entire scalp and is hands-free.

  3. iRestore Laser Hair Growth System - Similar to Theradome, this helmet requires usage for about 25 minutes every other day.

  4. CapillusUltra Mobile Laser Therapy Cap - This cap can be worn discreetly under a hat for six minutes daily, providing flexibility with a portable design.

When using these devices, ensure your hair is clean and free from styling products to maximize light absorption. You can use the light therapy either before or after your hair growth serum.


Redensyl and Minoxidil are both effective options for promoting hair growth. While Redensyl is a natural alternative with fewer side effects, Minoxidil has been clinically proven more effective in individuals with advanced hair loss.

Consult a specialist:

If you're experiencing hair loss, consult with a healthcare professional to determine which hair growth medication is right for you. Redensyl and Minoxidil are available over-the-counter or by prescription, depending on your needs.

If you are suffering from premature greying of hair, you may want to read my article on calcium pantothenate for grey hair


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