The Use Of Anti Fungal Cream Miconazole Nitrate As A Hair Growth Aid

Miconazole Nitrate for hair growth

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever tried for hair growth? In the beginning of my hair journey I was willing to try pretty much anything if it meant added growth. My roommate would give me the side eye every time I came home with a new product.

Maybe it’s because I would gush over how this one was “proven to work”. It also could have been because I never stuck to just one and she saw the error in my product junkie ways.

Now, in my wiser hair junkie days, I try to reign back the inner product junkie in favor or a more structured hair regimen. However, every now and then I get tempted by the more “out there” hair tips like the inversion method (which I am currently trying) or adding sulfur into an oil for your scalp (which I have tried).

In my zest for going to extremes I have, however, come across one method that I have not quite talked myself into: the anti-fungal cream miconazole nitrate (MN). If that name looks familiar to you, it is because you have probably seen it at your local pharmacy, most popularly, in the form of Monistat.

Before you totally write it off keep in mind that it is has been used by plenty of women for hair growth purposes and seems to be perfectly safe. With that being said, the hump to get over is the fact that it is indeed an anti-fungal product that cures issues like ringworm, jock itch and, yes, even vaginal yeast infections.

How Does It Work?

Now if you can get over the fact that MN is in fact vajajay cream, the science behind why it could work to boost your hair growth lies in the active ingredient miconazole nitrate. Basically, it kills the hair fungus that would normally cause hair loss resulting in added growth.

It’s structure is also similar to another anti-fungal agent called ketoconazole which has been shown to block dihydrotestosterone (DHT) the hormone responsible for pattern baldness in both men and women.

The idea is that, just as this anti-fungal cream works to rid fungus in other places of your body it works on the scalp too. It is also said to bring more oxygen to the scalp which helps accelerate the hair growth process.

Originally posted 2014-02-21 15:00:48.

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About Ashleigh Nelson

I am Ashleigh Nelson a journalism student at Northwestern University and a part-time hair fanatic. My hair journey began at the beginning of my college career because I decided that it was time for me to finally learn how to gain and maintain healthy hair. The past two years have had ups and downs, but I have learned so much along the way. And now I am here to share my experiences and knowledge with everyone!

About Ashleigh Nelson

I am Ashleigh Nelson a journalism student at Northwestern University and a part-time hair fanatic. My hair journey began at the beginning of my college career because I decided that it was time for me to finally learn how to gain and maintain healthy hair. The past two years have had ups and downs, but I have learned so much along the way. And now I am here to share my experiences and knowledge with everyone!


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    1. Kela 'Alek' Tillery

      The reason you lose hair is because when you’re using it, your hair grows at such a fast pace that it doesn’t shed the 150 strands a day that it should. So when you stop using it, your hair just sheds what it was supposed to, but you’ll still see growth. : )

    1. Mimi

      there’s a cream called Daktarin here in the UK with 2% miconazole Nitrate in it.
      “Daktarin 2% Cream is for fungal and associated bacterial infections of the skin and nails. Contains the active ingredient Miconazole Nitrate 2% w/w.”
      the above is the desription, lets get logical, the miconazole nitrate is an anti-fugal cream, it eliminates fungus, you can get fungus anywhere on your skin, and by the above description, the chemical definitely isn’t only for private parts., it acts on fungus on any part of our skin. i think people are only being weird because of monistats name. i gues theyd be happy to use the daktarin version as it clearly says skin and nails.

      1. courtney

        But that not the only chemical in the cream….only god knows what other harmful things could be in there.

  1. Dionne Smith

    Major side effect is headaches but it does work. I tried it once for a month and had about 2″ of hair growth. I decided to stop once I started getting headaches after 3.5 weeks. I only applied 2-3 a week to my scalp. You put in a spray bottle and add water.

    1. Nikita Shukla

      Miconazole nitrate gel how apply on scalp??? Please reply me fast

  2. Candace Cook

    I use it when ever I wear braids in my hair, which is often and when I do my hair grows like wildfire!

  3. Ileah Collins

    it’s ctsit’s not that serious and see a doctor. if it works for you, it’s treating an ailment that you have so what happens when you stop?Off-label use can have some nasty effects because you don’t know what it’s going to do to you.

  4. Sherronti' Flowers

    It works especially if you have a dandruff problem. Bc of the anti-fungal properties to get rid of the dandruff but the headaches will stop ya…

    1. Jaq

      I was thinking the same thing, she has no reason to try it….

    2. courtney

      Or she takes good care of her hair. Everyone’s hair grows, some at different rates than others. But most of the time if u don’t have some type of aliment. If u take care of your hair it will grow. If people stop being so impatient and wait for there hair to grow while taking care of it u wouldnt need some damn. Vagina creme

  5. Dree Shivon

    Noooooo!!!!..I feel like this is going to desperate measures for length. …#negative

  6. Patricia Burr

    Sounds to extreme if it’s causing headaches, obviously it’s not meant to be used on the head, I’d love the hair growth but I’m not that desperate, there’s are other ways to accomplish that ijs.. not tryna wake up one day with vision or memory loss! Due to a side affect that possibly may be discovered a few years down the road.

    1. Zion Flippin

      It ONLY causes headaches if you use it alone. You must mix it with some kind of hair oil.

  7. Tawanda Lck

    I tried it. Mixed it with natural oils and applied it to my scalp like grease. I used it 3 times and got a really bad scalp infection so I stopped using it. I did it one week after my relaxer. Maybe I should have waited longer. But I’m never trying it again.

  8. Rebecca Tribeca

    Tried it, but I’m not sure it worked for me. Mixed it with an essential oil and it was still really drying on my roots.

  9. Amml Icandi

    I will pass. God made our hair to grow. In his time everything is good. Why add these unnatural chemicals? If this causes headaches and such it’s not good for you. Use at your own risk to your health and hair.

  10. Tywone Bentley

    We all have tried something in life before that wasn’t pleasing to others..
    You have people who put industrial foam under their skin to make big booties and breast. That stuff isn’t made for the human body. However an antifungal cream used as a topical shouldn’t do as much harm when it’s made for humans. Everything we use have side effects all medications have side effects even food…. anyhow
    There are people who have hair that grows and is full thick and long.. but for other they don’t have the genes of hair growth. U have people who have medium length hair and it stops there. If this is what they choose to do let them… If this will make them feel good.. that’s great… but I can understand why some people don’t choose to go this route. To prevent any future health problems.

  11. Ruth Guzman

    I’m good. My hair grows fast already so I’m not into all this hocus pocus stuff.

    1. Jaq

      Then there is no need for you to post on this thread…. I don’t get it!! Don’t bash those who choose to use it, they have their reasons for trying it, just as you have yours. They’re not bashing you!!

    1. Zion Flippin

      You must mix it with a hair oil, hair grease, hair moisturizer, or hair leave in conditioner.

  12. Kela 'Alek' Tillery

    For the headaches, you’re supposed to dilute it with either water or your choice of oil. That cuts down on some of the affinity of the strength.

  13. Vernesha T Brown

    When the side affect start… That mean you using to much… And you have start putting on the less… Say you put 3 time a week… Make it 2 times a week… It 1 times a week… And you can put to much on… You don’t need a lot…

  14. Candace M. Chambers

    Try Jane Carter scalp solutions or mix your own- oils like ylang ylang and rosemary are known to grow hair BUT be sure to mix with a carrier oil like jojoba or olive oil…this is a must to mix with the carrier oils….just google essential oils mixed with carrier oils and it will give you the correct measurements. : ) **google is a scalp**

  15. Melissa Hunter

    Lisa Spice If you want to rid of dandruff for good, try using tea tree oil by adding it to your regular hair shampoo. It will help a lot, plus it is all natural. Not to mention it helps prevent head lice if you have any children.

    1. CeCe Chery

      Hey how long have you been using it I heard after using it for a while it stops working

  16. Ilesha Sewell

    I mean I want long(between ASL and BSL no longer)hair but I won’t go through SUCH lengths to get that length but I know that people actually do this.To each their own though.

  17. Ashley Elisabeth

    I was told this is accurate! I thought it was funny when a stylist told me and my mother about it. So I addressed it to my educator and she explained that its possible because it’ll get rid of the bacteria that may slow down the growing process. But my reason to not do it, as a stylist the number one rule is to always follow the manufacturing direction because they know more on the reaction of this product than us.

  18. Ni'Dayne Shaw

    It actually does work.. A family member has been using it for years to stop her edges from thinning out.. I use to think she was crazy but it works.. I’ve never done it though

  19. Zion Flippin

    I used it on a bald spot that in the back of my hair that just wouldn’t grow and it is making my hair grow back in that spot. I mean I tried and used everything.

  20. Lasonia E Johnson

    U thought it…threw it out…I believe sooner or later every thing will have effect on something…drink water…Biotin pills…massage your roots…wash it…oil it…and let nature do what it do…some have fast hair growth..some slow…and I’m both…I don’t pay attention to growth…just enjoying my hair…

  21. Kai McIver

    No. It’s not that serious. We have no idea how those chemicals with effect our brain in the future.

  22. Roxanne Holmes

    u people that are trippin of it who say absolutely not, u dont know about those chemicals etc etc, you scared to put it in your hair but its normally used INSIDE the vagina to cure infections? seriously?

  23. Mimi Kay

    Once your body get used to this chemicals u will never be able to cure fungus even In your vajajay ladies be careful…

  24. Blessedfrom Above

    No…once u reach your hair growth limit its a waste…also u have to keep using it or your hair will go to its regular state…waste of time and money….I rather use vitamins and treat my hair as if it was gold….I have alopecia and I finally found something that’s working aft doing 100 of hrs of research /trial & error…

    1. Sweet Denise

      My daughter has alopecia and i havent found anything that works. Please share your tips for treating alopecia. Thanks

  25. Tracey Rolyart

    Oh my people people actually have used this and are reporting migraines! that should tell anybody that it’s affecting the brain! But hey at least your hair will be long. Vanity. Smh

  26. April Nelson

    African girl that did my hair said she used it on the sides to thicken her hair cause it was so thin…

  27. Khalilah Walton

    Seems like would possibly be a good idea for those with scalp psoriasis or eczema? ya know, maybe an alternative to sulfur 8? Sulfur 8 smells terrible. … hmmmm. Inspired to do a little research. ..

  28. Endenezjia Graham

    I’m cool on putting this on my scalp or anywhere near my head, but good luck to those that are using it 🙂

  29. Essence Wilcox

    You ppl are acting like yall never had a head ach really?!? Ommmggg head achs lol too funny …. but I noticed after one day that stuff works!

  30. Regina Stevenson

    Dont see how it would hurt this is made in oral form as well so if its that bad watch what youre touching.Lol

  31. Tina Bryson

    HELL NO! it aint that serious..long as i keep taking care of my hair it’ll grow. im good on the cootch cream ..NO MA’AM

  32. LaTonya Boone

    I’m fully black I’m just red so it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white it works for all textures of hair noooooo side effects period

  33. Pattie Armstead

    This is ridiculous! Are we so obsessed with having long hair that we are willing to use anything?! Geez

  34. Lozette Clemons

    Although i wouldn’t try this, only becuase i am confident in the products i already use… But i have one question, how does it smell? Honestly i only use products on my hair that smell lile candy or fruit. Im just curious thats all.

  35. Yasha Knapknocker Louden-Barnes

    Khalilah Walton….Yep. it will kill fungus, I have eczema and my dermatologist said it kills fungus, which is yeast….and you’re right sulfur 8 stinks, clogs up your pores, But IT DOES NOT GROW HAIR. You are what you EAT!

  36. Tara Michelle

    I would try it only because I have bad scalp issues. I’ve been trying to get a handle on my dandruff for years! I don’t care as much about the growth that’s just a bonus.

  37. Beatrice Barosy

    Yes I do use it helps with growth especially edges. You have to mix it with some oils so it won’t dry out your hair shaft.

  38. Christina Brown

    Miconizole nitrate is used to treat yeast infections. There is constantly yeast on the skin and scalp, called Candida albicans.The yeast on the scalp slows hair growth. Use monistat, which kills yeast, to slow the reproduction of the yeast on your scalp.

  39. Angel Myers-Adams

    Not too far different from using Neutrogena(spelling?) T-Gel or Nizoral shampoo. They both have antifungals as the main ingredient.

  40. Iyauna Dearing

    This works good, a lot of people think that they suffer from dandruff, but more or likely it is fungus on your scalp. Monostat cleans your scalp and it also stops the itching to.

  41. Felisha Bass

    Can PrettiGurl KeyKey Shemeka Griffin Adams someone how do u use it? Is it let on the head, do u wash it out im just curious

  42. Shekeisha Latham

    Well i thought it was a old wives tale untill my sister put in my neice hair mixed wirh some oils and her hair has started growing no bs.

  43. MzLdy Sunshyne Bethea

    Cece Chery, anything will stop after prolong use. But… You give it a rest for like 3-6 months then start again. It works. I used it

  44. Gershelle Cunningham

    Oneida Faithdriven James, you apply it to your scalp, then cover with a bonnett because its super greasy. Use it at night time…once a day

  45. LaTonya Boone

    you can do a 4 week treatment wash once a week but when you apply the monistate 7 n some kind of grease you leave it in ^

  46. LaTonya Boone

    Hair infinity vitimans grow you’re hair far as length but it doesn’t help with bald spots & doesn’t work as fast as monistate either hair infinity doesn’t work for everyone & it’s serious side effects like break out headaches happened to me & my sister n we had to stop taking it

  47. Ariane Smiley

    My client was given a weeks worth of Diflucan pills from her DR not to help her hair grow but to control her excessive dandruff…I didn’t work tho…

  48. Charr Re'nee

    How much of the monistat do you use along with the oil? How many times a week & how long have you been doing this treatment? I would love to try it!!

  49. Tara Nicole Gale

    You can look it up on youtube its the MN challenge. I mixed it with my favorite grease and oiled my scalp 2 times a week. My hair grew faster than ever before and my hair is now healthier and longer than its ever been it works!!

  50. LaTonya Boone

    monistate 7 mixed with castor oil grease
    You apply it everyday you’re hair lose is located for 4weeks, you leave it In & you can wash once a week thru out the 4weeks
    Fefe Latasha

  51. Mimi

    i don’t get why people like to reiterate every time that its meant for the *ahem*.
    we have a cream over here in the UK, forgot what it’s called but it has miconazole nitrate in it (and a few other ingredients that are normally in most products), but they marketed it for Athletes foot, the same company then takes athlete foot off the packaging and just calls it antifungal cream, i checked the ingredients are the same.
    i mean seriously its not like it was put on the *ahem* before going on your hair, sheeeesh!
    anyways i bought the one we have here in the uk (the athletes foot one lol, since it was the exact same ingredients with the Normal antifungal one that didn’t have any intended use on the package), i diluted with oil (like some youtuber suggested….but nah! didnt work, kept seprating) then i diluted with water (the cream was water based).
    i sprayed it on my scalp and…
    well i don’t know, i usually get headaches, several a month, so i can’t even say if it caused anything or not.
    also i don’t really commit to anything so i kinda gave up after like a week.
    i might try again though.
    but to minimise any effects that ive been hearing about.
    1. i’ll dilute it
    2. ill only use it before i have to wash my hair (kinda like a treatment before shampooing off)
    3. i’ll only use it in “rinse off” products.

    1. Mimi

      yup just checked for the product:
      Daktarin 2% Cream is for fungal and associated bacterial infections of the skin and nails. Contains the active ingredient Miconazole Nitrate 2% w/w.

  52. Lady K

    Can you use any kind of antifungal cream .

  53. JustMs Jennifer

    This does not work guys!!!! I looked at I don’t know how many videos stating that it did so I tried it for almost a month and no growth

    1. Malakah Angellia Gladston

      Of course it doesn’t. There is absolutely NO data or FACT backing these claims that monistat grows hair. It simply treat FUNGUS on the scalp. Its a DERMAL treatment.

  54. LaChaunda Hawkins

    My mom and god mom used monistat and their hair grew. But I cant get over putting the cream that goes dwn stairs in my hair lol

  55. Lanetta Sims

    I have thought about it…It seems to work for some, and not for others, pretty much like everything else…I want something to improve the overall health of my hair…if your hair is healthy, it will grow…InMyOpinion

    1. Leticia 'Choc' Joshua

      It work for me…..I got a container of shea moisturize and put 25% of the cream in and then I put emu oil in and BJCO in then mixed it……it works wonders

  56. Belinda Trotter

    Unless your scalp has a yeast infection, I don’t think so. I’ll stick with my vitamins and good hair products!

  57. Pauline Koudoyor

    Seriously this is not made for hair .stop putting craps on your either u got big hair or you don’t there is no miracle in hair growing and is got a lot to do with genetics

  58. Pat Thurman

    I have been using this product on my face for years. It works for the removal of all pimples.

  59. Leticia 'Choc' Joshua

    It definitely work very well if mixed with a oil or moisturizer. not nasty it has no smell it a cream with fungicides in it that meant for growing hair…..we put tea, bleach, eggs etc etc in our hair….id get it

  60. Monique Moni

    It worked for me and some of my family members but it wasn’t as fast growing as the hairinfinity vitamins I used.

  61. Beth Renee

    It works for some. It’s best to mix it with an oil of choice, but if you stop using it your hair will shed badly

    1. Karessa Watkins

      That might be true with some, but not me! I kept every bit of hair I grew besides the regular amount of shed that’s natural.

    2. Beth Renee

      Yes, I’ve heard good & bad, but for me my hair shed more than usual so I gave it completely. I also heard you can get a headache from using it too much.

    3. Karessa Watkins

      Awwww man that sucks! I know you was mad because that stuff is not cheap. Lol But yea it can give you headaches if you don’t dilute it at first and work your way up to full strength.

    4. Beth Renee

      lol yes! The non generics are expensive! I’ll just continue eating fruits and veggies

  62. Karessa Watkins

    Did it, plan on doing it again. It works was getting almost an inch a month. Don’t knock it till you try it!

    1. Karessa Watkins

      Noooo a half of an inch is the normal growth rate. It’s a fact, look it up. It’s also what they teach in cosmetology school.

  63. Malakah Angellia Gladston

    The monistat is a DERMAL (skin) treatment. Unless you have a scalp issues which is preventing your hair from growing, this DOES NOT grow your hair.

    1. Chyna Entyce

      For some it does work I wouldn’t myself but I know others who have. Without scalp issues.

  64. Torie Wilson

    What strength? One day, three day, five day? I have plenty of scalp u issues and I need something asap! Oh and when you dilute it, what do you use?

  65. Kiesha Mccoy

    FYI hair growth starts within…. Applying topical ointments won’t grow you hair… Facts given by a doctor when I was having issues with my daughters hair growth…

  66. Myra Singlelady

    My cousin Daughter had some bumps and will scratch all day in the back of her head. And then her hair started to fall off. Her Dr. Wrote a Prescription for miconazol cream, she thought that was crazy. But guess what, it worked. And her hair is growing back.

  67. Annie Martin-Roberson

    I’m a little nervous about thy look taking anything now. My hair dresser and I both used HairFinity. Both of our hair became severely thin. I think I’ll stick to taking Biotin.

  68. Tammie Faulkner Taylor

    If it works for some, why is it “stupid”? Is it “stupid” for people to use Milk of Magnesia on Eczema if it works?
    It’s a cream that’s not much different than the one’s used for athletes foot, ring worm and jock itch. People acting like it was in a vagina first.

  69. Tracy Simon

    This is old. My aunt told me about this years ago. It helped my thinning edges grow back

  70. Monesha Desirée Martin

    It works!! My daughter had psorasis real bad in her head when she was younger and a lady at church told my aunt to mix vagisil cream with regular hair grease and to grease her scalp with it maybe two -three times a week! And sure enough it went away and changed the texture of her hair for the better!!! IT WORKS YOU GUYS!!

  71. Inessha Moores

    It’s an anti fungal so if you have psoriasis that causes breakage it helps keep the condition at bay to help hair growth

  72. Donna Myre

    I’ve tried it and it worked for me ( I added it to my leave-in conditioner)! A tip from my daughter-in-love !

  73. Mia Sydney

    Tried and it worked, still using. I suggest mixing it with water and an essential oil to dilute it somewhat but I saw results in 2 weeks literally

  74. Tiffany Elston

    That’s why Jamaican black Castor oil works. It’s anti-fungul. And since it’s natural, it doesn’t cause headaches.

  75. Michelle Gause

    Sisters please leave this mess alone. For a natural hair community that damn near burn women at the stake for using “chemicals” to relax their hair I find it unsettling that the use of this on your head seeping into your brain is being celebrated.

  76. Unique Brown

    I find that vitamins, fruits, and vegetables help my hair the most.

    I also drink a lot of water. Hair grows from a root. I found it best to treat from the inside versus treating what’s possibly damaged.

  77. Keitra Hinton

    If you want to to try it do a test spot first. A couple years back I did a test spot on the side of my ear and my hair fell out in that area. It didn’t grow back for about 6 months.

  78. Tayo Jaiyesimi

    I’m a pharmacist and this is not a growth aid. If you suffer from dandruff (which is fungal in nature) then of course you might see some results BUT its not a growth aid and should not be used in this manner even for dandruff. There are better products. You may be causing more damage to you hair in the long run

    1. Michelle Gause

      I’m glad you said this… I just don’t get all these gimmicks. This mess probably is akin to a placebo…they think it’s working because they want to believe it is. I’d be scared to death to put his mess on my scalp and the possible side effects. They may not see any adverse affects now but who’s to say they won’t have severe issues down the road. *smh*

  79. Nebraska Jones

    Y’all have got to stop putting the whole HBA aisle on your head in hopes of “growth.” ‍♀️

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