Its called miconazole nitrate the active ingredient in Monistat 7 and Jock itch creams. The theory is that it aids in growth because its an anti fungal. As a result, hair grows from a healthy scalp. I try and do things to optimize my hair growth. So I purchased some MN as pictured on the left and made a scalp recipe.
I mixed 1/2 tube of Monistat 7 with:
1/2 teaspoon of Coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon of Castor oil
A few drops of Avocado oil
I clarified my hair 1st with a gentle sulfate shampoo and when my hair was done airdrying...I parted my hair in sections and applied it to my scalp.
I did this for 2 weeks straight and by the end of the 2nd week, I had 1/2 inch of New Growth! 1/2 inch of NG is the average per month and I obtained it in 2 weeks! I figure that if I keep on using it I can get 1 - 1/2 inches per month -- which ultimately optimizes my hair growth. For me, I've seen results in how quickly my new growth came in.
I've also read in forums that because Miconazole Nitrate is so drying you need to be sure to really moisturize your hair often so that it won't dry out. Well I moisturize and seal daily anyway, so I can retain length on my ends while my hair is growing out.
But I find that remaining consistent is key in continuously growing hair with Miconazole Nitrate. Thankfully, I have NOT suffered the headaches that some women were dealing with with they applied it to their scalp. I think there are a couple different reasons I didn't get headaces. One, I diluted it with all natural oils. Two, I used only the 2% MN, instead of the stronger 4% formula. I talked with my doctor and he gave me the okay to use it as long as it's not long-term. He advised me to use it no more than 2 months at a time and then take a break. I also talked in detail to the pharmacist who told me that it's fine to use topically on scalp and that I could even mix it with a little Capsaisin cream if I want to for additional benefit. Because the Capsaisin increases scalp circulation. Capsaisin is also found in Cayenne pepper!
I don't have anything bad to say about this product. My view is that if us ladies put dangerous chemicals from perm on our head...Miconazole Nitrate cannot be much worse. Plus, the MN goes up inside the body for those who use it for the intended purpose, so what harm can it do when used topically on the scalp? JMO.
Please consult your doctor before trying this.