Post Steroid Cycle Care: How to Stop Hair Loss After Steroid Cycle Effectively

Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.B.B.S.
By Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.B.B.S.
Updated on November 15, 2023

If you’ve been using anabolic steroids to build muscle mass, you may have noticed increased hair shedding or thinning after discontinuing your cycle. Steroid-induced hair loss is a common side effect that can be concerning. The good news is that there are steps you can take to help stop hair loss and regrow your hair after a steroid cycle.

How to stop hair loss after a steroid cycle?

The key to stopping hair loss after steroid use is giving your body time to recover from the hormonal fluctuations caused by steroids. When you stop taking steroids, your natural testosterone levels will drop rapidly. This drop in hormones can shock your hair follicles and trigger shedding. It’s important to be patient as this shedding phase usually lasts 1-3 months. In time, your body will regain its natural hormone balance and hair shedding should taper off.

While waiting for your body to recover naturally, there are some additional steps you can take to promote hair regrowth:

Use hair loss products

Look for products containing ingredients like minoxidil (Rogaine) or finasteride to stimulate hair follicles during the recovery period. These can help reduce shedding and make hairs fuller over time when used as directed.

Support a healthy scalp

Gentle scalp massage and care using natural oils like coconut or jojoba can improve blood flow to follicles. Watch for dryness, flakes or infection which can further stress hair. Consider using a soothing shampoo.

Manage stress levels

High stress is a common trigger for temporary shedding. Practice relaxation techniques, get enough sleep and avoid other life/body stresses that could prolong the recovery by taxing your hormones further.


Be patient as your body regulates its hormones naturally again after a steroid cycle. Consider using topical hair loss treatments as added support during this recovery period. With time and self-care, your hair should regrow to its pre-cycle thickness in most cases. See a doctor if hair loss does not slow after 3 months of discontinuing steroid use.

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