There have been numerous reports of women using Monistat, Vagistat and Neosporin (the kind for athlete's foot) on the scalp in order to promote faster and fuller natural hair growth.
Monistat and Vagistat are commonly known as anti-fungal creams used to control bacteria and fungus around the vaginal area. Using these products on the scalp and hair is an underground method that women have been using to, "increase hair growth and thickness" for years.
Ironically, many reports claim that women have seen a far more tremendous increase in hair growth than ever before, but at what cost? There have been no medical studies that have supported using these creams for hair growth, and even the FDA hasn't approved these products for use on the hair or scalp.
Other than the statements from women who have used the product and say they have seen a dramatic increase in growth, there is no scientific evidence that these vaginal anti-fungal creams would actually help to achieve and maintain healthy hair growth in the long-term.
Using Monistat and other vaginal, and anti-fungal creams on the hair started when women reported seeing a drastic increase in their pubic hair growth after using these anti-fungal creams. The main ingredient of these products is Miconazole Nitrate, which is an anti-fungal agent. This particular active ingredient probably fights fungus in the scalp that may be preventing hair growth in the first place.
These anti-fungal creams also increase blood flow in the scalp, which of course would increase circulation and promote hair growth. This may explain why some women have reported feeling as if the scalp was constantly "crawling". I could only imagine this being a very uncomfortable feeling.
According to people who have used these products, the following positive side effects were reported:
- Some reported hair grew "longer and faster"
- Some used by mixing with other oils, or water and applying directly to the scalp
- Some used by applying daily for optimal results and no side effects
- Reports of a drastic reduction in hair shedding and breakage
- Reports that hair grew at a rate some never knew was scientifically possible
According to people who have reportedly used these products, the following negative side effects were reported:
- There is no scientific evidence to support the safety of using vaginal creams on the scalp
- The method could become costly in having to repeatedly purchase the product
- Reports of some feeling as if the scalp was "moving" or "crawling" excessively
- Reports of suffering from moderate to serious migraines, especially when using generic brands.
- Some reported "rapid hair growth" at a rate that seemed "scary" and "abnormal"
- There have been some reports of a ringing in the ears
- Some reported an extremely tender or itchy scalp
Personally, this is something that I will never try or recommend anyone else to try. There certainly hasn't been enough research to support these claims and the jury is still out on any possible long-term side effects. There are also no reports that can neither confirm nor deny that this product is safe to use on the scalp, an area that is close to your brain. Something to think about.