Kirkland Signature Minoxidil
The Costco Connection
Kirkland Signature Minoxidil is available in
liquid (in limited locations) and foam at most
Costco locations and in both forms on
Basic facts about
And though the ingredients and the
results are just the same as Rogaine’s, there is
one significant difference between the two
products: A four-month supply of Rogaine
foam is $49.99; the six-month supply of
Kirkland Signature Minoxidil foam is $48.99.
A six-month supply of Kirkland Signature
Minoxidil solution is $17.99 in limited warehouse locations, and $26.49 on Costco.com.
“We started this program for the same
reason we introduce many Kirkland Signature
items,” says Mindy. “We knew we could show
a huge savings compared to Rogaine.”
Saving money and not losing hair: It’s a
win-win situation. C
By T. Foster Jones
HAIR LOSS, AN unfortunate circumstance
of getting older, is just one more way for
Mother Nature to say, “Gotcha!”
Although hair loss has several causes,
male pattern baldness, also referred to as
androgenetic alopecia (which is probably why
we just call it male pattern baldness instead),
accounts for about 95 percent of hair loss in
men. It is usually triggered by a combination
of hormonal activity and heredity, which
together cause the hair follicles in the scalp to
shrink. Over time, the progressive shrinking
of certain scalp follicles leads to a shortening
of the hair’s growing cycle. Hair becomes thin-
ner and shorter, until there is no growth at all.
Depending on your genetic background,
you can anticipate the gradual—or rapid—
reveal of more and more of your bare dome
beginning as early as your 20s, as you bid a
wistful farewell to your follicles. For many
men, it can be an awkward and uncomfortable transition (enter the Trump comb-over, a
sudden interest in hat wearing and the timelessly tragic toupee).
Fortunately, some progress has been
made in the efforts to stem or reverse what
used to be inevitable. There are surgical procedures, foams and liquids, pills—even hairpieces have seen an improvement.
Of these solutions, one that has proven
the most effective and the least invasive has
been minoxidil, the generic name for the
active ingredient in Rogaine and also in
Costco’s Kirkland Signature™ Minoxidil.
Launched in April 2012, Kirkland Signature
Minoxidil is an over-the-counter foam or liq-
uid that you rub into your scalp twice daily to
grow hair and to prevent further loss.
“The active ingredient in Kirkland
Signature Minoxidil reinvigorates hair follicles
that are shrinking due to hereditary hair loss,”
says Mindy Harris, beauty buyer for Costco.
“It revitalizes hair follicles and regrows hair.”
Some people experience some hair regrowth
or a slower rate of hair loss or both. It may take
12 weeks for new hair to start growing.
This is not to say that Minoxidil works for
everyone. A specific kind of hair loss is neces-
sary for the product to be effective. Someone
with a receding hairline, for instance, would
not be the best candidate. Nor does it work on
completely bald areas. Also, though some
women have been advised that using Minoxidil
is safe, Mindy advises that the 5 percent
strength of the Costco product makes it unsuit-
able for women’s use.
Since the introduction of Kirkland
Signature Minoxidil, Costco buyers have seen
a constant demand for the product, and a shift
in preference. “The number of warehouses
carrying the liquid version has decreased, as
demand for the newly developed foam has
gone up,” says Mindy.
Because it’s a foam, not a solution, it is
applied differently. The foam is gently mas-
saged into the scalp, whereas an applicator
(dropper) is used to apply the topical solu-
tion onto the hair-loss area. “The foam is
easier to apply and less runny than the liq-
uid,” says Mindy.
THE AVERAGE SCALP is covered
with 100,000 hair follicles.
; No new follicles are formed
; Most people lose between 50
and 100 hairs a day; a consis-
tent loss of 150 hairs or more a
day is considered significant hair loss.
; Male pattern baldness is a condition
that can be inherited from either the
mother’s or father’s side of the family.
; Male pattern baldness can start in
one’s teens, 20s or 30s.
; Male pattern baldness affects up to
one-third of all men.
; By the age of 50, approximately 50
percent of men have significantly