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Does Rogaine Work?

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Does Rogaine Work?

When reality sets in for someone who’s losing their hair, the first thing they typically do is surf the internet for a remedy or treatment. They end up realizing that first they have to determine what’s causing their hair loss. If its caused by pattern baldness they’ll eventually figure out the different options they have available to them which includes; minoxidil solutions, vitamins, supplements, laser brushes and hats, hair transplants, and more.

They’ll soon discover the three most popular products to treat hair loss are minoxidil, Propecia, and laser brushes/hats. Of the three products, minoxidil is more known and most commonly used. When someone says minoxidil, the first thing that comes to mind is Rogaine because they’re the leading brand and well there are a lot of Rogaine commercials out there. Rogaine in the short run is also more affordable and easier to buy compared to Propecia and laser products. Out of those three products, most people end up selecting Rogaine. One of the questions they’ll have in their research is, Does Rogaine Work?

Having done much research on this question and being a Rogaine user myself, here is what I know.

Rogaine does work and there are many studies to back that statement up. In a study of 11,000 people who used the topical solution for at least 1 year, 92% said Rogaine achieved fair to excellent results for slowing or stopping hair loss. Of course using Rogaine daily and as directed is important in getting these positive results. Also, like many products, it won’t work for everyone but there are numerous studies to show it works for many.

There are many factors that have to be taken into consideration in discussing if Rogaine works which we will now discuss. Before we do that we want to clarify that the active ingredient in Rogaine is actually minoxidil.

How Does Rogaine Work?

In pattern hair loss that is caused by heredity, your scalp follicles are shrinking or miniaturizing.
Due to this, the hair’s growing cycle is shortened. Over time, the active hair growth phase gets shorter and shorter and the resting phase becomes longer and longer. Eventually, hair growth can stop. Researchers believe that Rogaine enlarges the hair follicles and reverses the miniaturization process. By doing this, the growth phase is longer, allowing the hair to become longer and thicker looking. With more follicles in the growth phase at the same time, it’s possible to see improved hair growth

What Are The Types of Rogaine?

Rogaine has a Men’s version as well as a Female version. Both versions come in two different forms, the topical solution and the Rogaine Foam. The topical solution is the liquid solution and Rogaine Foam has a similar look to a hair mousse. Both types are equally effective. People allergic to propylene glycol should use the Rogaine Foam version as it does not contain PG. However, if you’re not allergic to PG then it more a matter of preference as to which type of Rogaine you use.

Who Should Use Rogaine?

Men or women who are at least 18 years of age that are experiencing pattern baldness which is hair loss due to heredity. It has been found to be most effective for people under the age of 40 years old and who start using the product at the first signs of hair loss.

Who Should Not Use Rogaine?

Do not use Rogaine if any of the following apply;

  • You don’t have a family history of hair loss.
  • You’re under the age of 18.
  • Your scalp is red, itchy, infected, or painful to touch.
  • Your hair loss is caused by hair products or chemicals.
  • If you’re pregnant or nursing.
  • Consult a doctor first before using Rogaine, if you have any of the following health problems; diseases of the scalp, heart problems, kidney disease, liver disease.

How to Use Rogaine

Rogaine is very simple and quick to apply. The topical solution version comes with a dropper. You simply fill the dropper to the line with Rogaine and apply it to the thinning areas of your scalp. Then spread the liquid evenly over the hair loss area with your fingers. Then wash your hands after application. For the Foam version, spread half a capful in the thinning area and spread the foam with your fingers and wash your hands when done applying.

How Often Should You Use Rogaine?

Rogaine should be applied two times per day. Once in the morning and once in the evening. Continued daily use is required, otherwise, the results will eventually reverse and your hair loss will continue.

How Long Will It Take for Rogaine To Work?

It is recommended to use Rogaine for at least 4 months to decide if the product is working for you. You may see positive results sooner but it may take up to 4 months. However, like many products, Rogaine does not work for everyone. If you are experiencing pattern hair loss, give Rogaine a shot for 4 months as directed. If it works, great and if it doesn’t you can try one of the other FDA approved products like Propecia or the laser brush/helmet.

Will I Have to Use Rogaine Forever?

If you do see positive results from using Rogaine, yes, you will have to continue using Rogaine. Otherwise, if you stop using Rogaine, any positive results will eventually reverse and your hair loss will continue.

Can I Apply Rogaine to Wet Hair or Can I Shower Right After Application?

Do not wash your hair until after 4 hours after you apply Rogaine. You may apply the product with slightly damp toweled dried hair.

What Are the Main Negative Reactions or Concerns When Using Rogaine?

There are two side effects which we will address as some people may stop using Rogaine due to these issues but it is more due to a lack of understanding.

  • Some users may get an irritated or itchy scalp when using the topical solution version. These users should try switching to the Rogaine Foam as they may be allergic to the ingredient propylene glycol contained in the topical solution but not in the foam version.
  • The user may notice increased hair loss initially, however, this actually shows that Rogaine is working. Although, not everyone experiences this initial increase in hair loss, it is normal. Rogaine is encouraging new hair growth and they must push out the old hair so the new hair can grow. So it is recommended to continue using Rogaine in this circumstance, unless the increased hair loss is accompanied by other negative reactions such as skin irritation.

Did I answer your question on whether Rogaine works?

I hope I clarified all your questions on Rogaine, especially in regards to whether Rogaine works. Rogaine does work but to increase your chances of it working, use it as directed. Also, make sure you use it for at least four months. Remember, it doesn’t work for everyone but you may be one of the many lucky ones so it’s worth a try.