Alopecia areata is a non-scarring, recurrent hair disorder occurring in 1% to 2% of the population and affecting both sexes in all racial groups. Minoxidil I have a direct effect on hair follicles promoting fibre development. It can directly promote hair growth in androgenetic alopecia. Minoxidil is most often used to treat alopecia areata by using it in conjunction with other treatments such as corticosteroids or contact sensitizers. Such combination treatments are believed to be more effective than using just one or other treatment alone.
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Here is the research paper on the effectiveness of Minoxidil in Alopecia Areata by Pubmed.