This post was most recently updated on October 15th, 2020
You probably already have an idea of what Rogaine is since you are here and looking for reviews.
Guess what? You are not alone. Hair loss occurs with millions of people throughout the world, from Australia all the way to the UK, and there are just as many reasons as to why it happens. This type of condition isn’t new as well. It affects men and women and can occur at any time in your life.Regaine For Men Foam, 3 Months Supply, 3 x 73ml, for Hair Regrowth
Did you know that since the time of the ancient Egyptians, we humans have been trying to discover a cure for hair loss?
Whether through using animal fats (like from a hippopotamus!) as a balm and all the way to bird-poop massage rubs, humans have tried to treat their issues with their follicles for eons.
We live in a pretty fantastic time when bird poop is no longer used as a cure for hairless, don’t we? Science has progressed to provide solutions to our problems and hair loss remedies are just another example of the strides we have made.
Sooo what’s Rogaine all about?
Hair loss, as you and I know, can put a damper on your self-esteem and affect your confidence. Like teeth, hair is one of the first things people see about a person. It does matters, and everyone that experiences hair loss wants a solution.
Like most things in life, hair loss doesn’t just occur within a vacuum. To see if there is an underlying medical reason as to why you are thinning out on top or losing hair, you need to see your medical doctor — point blank.
No excuses. If your hair loss is due to an underlying immune allergic issue- Rogaine is not the solution for you. Again, please see your doctor.
That being said, there are remedies that work and are useful in helping you with hair loss and thinning. Rogaine is one of them that stands out for many reasons.
Also, before starting this journey, you need to ask yourself what your goal is and would Rogaine be the appropriate solution for you instead of let’s say, a hair transplant or something prescribed by your doctor.
What is Rogaine?
Rogaine is a hair treatment that comes in cream or foam that you apply to your scalp up to 2Xs a day, to encourage hair growth and to stop hair loss from happening. Rogaine comes with the promise of reversing hereditary hair loss.
Rogaine is a product that has an excellent reputation and getting more and more buzz through word of mouth along with some pretty great reviews.
One of the reasons why you are here with us now is because you have heard about. Want to know more about it and are curious to see if its right for you.
How do I use Rogaine?
Step 1: Part your hair to expose your scalp- make sure your scalp and hair are 100% dry
Step 2: Apply 1 ml with Dropper. Rub the foam or cream gently into your scalp with your hands
Step 3: Make sure you cover all areas you need hair growth too occur
Step 4: Wash your hands after.
Who is Rogaine for?
Rogaine is designed to assist both male and female in helping stop and reverse the progression of hereditary hair loss.
One of the things that makes Rogaine so popular is its ease of use and the millions of people that have used it with fantastic results. Rogaine has been around for quite a few years and has the successful track record to back it up. Not a lot of products can claim this.
Might you have heard of the product called Rogaine before? Rogaine is its twin brother from the UK. It’s the same product with branding for the UK and other countries like Australia.
How does Rogaine work?
Rogaine is known to work by widening the blood vessels in your body, which then provides more blood flow and nutrients needed to help with follicle growth.
The main ingredient in Rogaine is a product called Minoxidil, which has been around for many years with little side effects and high tolerability in most people.
Keep reading as we will talk more about Minoxidil and how it helps with hair loss. Like Viagra’s uhm, “excitable” attributes, Minoxidil’s ability to reverse hair loss wasn’t the reason it was developed in the first place.
Rogaine: The Deep Dive
As mentioned, Rogaine is mainly for hereditary hair loss. However, other underlying issues such as stress or diet, once managed and corrected, Rogaine can be used to help give you back the hair you lost.
Heredity Hair loss- Why me? Sigh.
Sorry, to be the bearer of bad news, but for many things related to our bodies, we are held hostage to our genes and family history. I have my maternal grandfather’s rotund belly and my paternal grandfather’s big nose.
Ya, such is life. Hair loss can start happening at any time of your life and could quickly progress or could happen with a sort of ebb and flow at a slower pace.
What causes hair loss?
Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of some reasons why we lose our hair so that we can understand how Rogaine actually helps solve the problem.
Ok, the big one first:
Hereditary pattern baldness– It’s the most common form of hair loss and is based on a combination of your personal genetics, the normal aging process, and medical status. It affects millions of men and women around the world. The medical word for hereditary hair loss is Androgenetic Alopecia.
If your hair loss is due to genetics and NOT an underlying medical issue, typically the reason why your hair is thinning or falling out is because:
Your hair grows in follicles which are located under your skin.
Hair growth duration is between two and six years – then it rests for a few months
After the few month’s rest, it falls out.
This cycle repeats itself over and over again throughout your life. So, the issues are that when androgen levels become out of whack (from your normal biochemistry, hereditary causes, etc.), this normal cycle of hair growth is reduced from the normal two to six years.
Shorter and thinner hairs start to grow in and then to add insult to injury, there is a delay of the newer, thinner hairs. Thus, you start getting a bald spot, overall thinning, etc.
Who experiences hair loss? Typically, 40% of all of us will have to deal with this during our lives.
When? Stats show that it starts around your 20’s or 30s
Androgenetic Alopecia: Medical terminology for thinning hair or loss of hair. You will see this term over and over with your research.
Medical issues- Hair loss also occurs from autoimmune diseases and cancer drugs such as chemotherapy. As mentioned before, Rogaine is not designed to assist with these causes and will NOT work for you. You need to consult with your medical doctor. Any other review site that tells you otherwise is lying to your and click “back” on your browser immediately.
Ok, now that we have the basics done we understand why hair loss occurs, how does Rogaine help solve this issue?
Rogaine- Ingredients and how does it work?
So, we have talked about what hereditary hair loss is and how it pretty much happens.
The question now is for you is how does Rogaine help solve the problem? All arrows point to the “miracle” of Minoxidil. Minoxidil is the active, medicinal ingredient in Rogaine. The rest of the supporting components are stearyl and cetyl alcohol with lactic and citric acid. Each of the supporting ingredients helps with the absorption and activation of Minoxidil.
As mentioned, Minoxidil is the active ingredient in Rogaine and has been around for many years.
It actually was approved for and given to patients for high blood pressure, in tablet form. But people started realizing it not only helped manage their blood pressure, BUT it also was causing unwanted hair growth. Imagine the surprise for men to see their bald spots all of the sudden growth in?.
Then, there was a quick response from the manufacturer in having the FDA approve this medicine for people who wanted to stop hair loss and have their hair actually regrow. Instead of tablet form, they found that the topical solution (creams and foams) worked best for hair loss patients.
Even though the Minoxidil in Rogaine is very effective for hair growth and to stop the progression of hair loss, scientists are still not 100% sure how this actually happens. However, there are some theories as to how it does its job and the way it affects the body. Let’s take a look at them:
Minoxidil is a vasodilator – which means it dilates your blood vessels which allows more blood flow to the hair and follicle. Which also brings along with it more nutrients and hair loving oxygen. This helps promote hair growth and health. It actually increases the width and size of the hair.
Minoxidil has been said to actually affect the follicles for your hair, under the skin, on a molecular level. It affects the DNA mechanisms of it and increases the activity (think hair follicles that are more dormant, and then opening their eyes and wanting to dance)
Even though scientists are not 100% sure of how Rogaine’s active ingredient Minoxidil works, everyone is on board with the fact that it does work. And with most patients, incredibly well.
Rogaine really does a great job at hair regrowth and stopping the progression of hair loss. As you probably know and have seen with your research, Rogaine is effective, and the results speak for themselves. Ok, so you do need to wait a few weeks for the results to show but patience is a virtue! Especially when it comes to having a thicker head of hair!
Take a look at these before and after photos to see for yourself.
So now that we know why Rogaine works, how do I apply it?
As mentioned earlier, part of the attraction for many to Rogaine is that It just works so well and its ease of use. You don’t need a prescription and its available just about in any country. Not to mention either men or women can use it.
So how do you actually use it?
Step one- open box, take off a cap and put the nozzle to your scalp (not just hair, but directly on your scalp)
Step two- Rub in the cream or foam solution directly onto your scalp for at least 2 minutes. Leave it and don’t rinse your hair. Wash your hands immediately after (the last thing you want is werewolf hands)
Repeat 2 times a day- morning and night.
Please note: Make sure your hair and scalp are 100% dry- you cannot have any dampness.
Not much to it, right?
Not to get too “Ying/Yang” on ya, but like everything in life, there are plusses and minuses. I want YOU to know everything about Rogaine so that you can make an informed decision and this review will be not only practical with information that is current and comprehensive but also fair.
Rogaine Pro and Cons
Rogaine works- if you start using Rogaine when you notice you are losing your hair thinning out, it is very effective at stopping hair loss progression.
It actually encourages new hair growth with thicker strands and healthier follicles.
You can buy Rogaine just about anywhere. All over the world and without a doctor’s prescription.
This makes using Rogaine easy and accessible. Rogaine is a practical solution for hair loss that won’t destroy your wallet in the process. You don’t need to go under a knife for surgery- ouch!
Ok, let’s takes a look at some cons of Rogaine. With all medications, it’s always about, do the pros outweigh the cons or not.
For example, some antibiotics destroy the healthy flora (healthy bacteria that helps keep your digestive tract moving) in your gut but also get rid of the bacteria. Doctors know this and prescribe it because the benefits outweigh the risks.
Rogaine will not help you if you are totally bald or have no hair whatsoever. There are not that many options for you as even with a hair transplant; they need a healthy donor site to transplant from.
Rogaine does not offer any help for hair loss regarding the hairline.
Rogaine is something you will need to use for longer time. It does help with hair growth, but it won’t offer you a permanent solution to hair loss.
Sometimes there are side effects. People have experience irritation, itching and some burning amongst other issues. They should get less and less with usage.
Rogaine is a wonderful solution for many, many people when it comes to hair loss. But, it’s not a miracle maker- there are limitations to its abilities, and you need to be aware of them and be informed before you use it.
Let’s wrap this up!
Rogaine is a market leader and a go-to solution for hereditary hair loss. It’s a simple, cost-effective solution to helping you regrow hair and to stop the progression of more hair loss
Its active ingredient is Minoxidil, which helps follicle growth and increases blood flow that delivers more nutrients and oxygen to the hair.
One of the reasons that make Rogaine so popular is that it comes in an easy to use foam or cream solution that is applied directly to the scalp 2 times a day and can be used for either men or women. Also, Rogaine is available all over the world, from the UK to Australia and goes by many different brand names, depending on where you live.
Although you will have great results using Rogaine for hair growth and to stop the progression of hair loss, it does have its limitations. The point of this review is to make sure you know what you are getting and if its right for you.
From all the research I have done, and from personal experience, Rogaine does work wonders when used as directed and for its intended purposes.
I hope I have been able to help you with this decision and happy hair growth hunting to you!
Good to know FAQS
Does Rogaine actually work?
It does. It works to help stop hair loss and encourage hair growth in situations where the issue is NOT an underlying medical issue. It’s designed to work with hereditary hair loss in men and women.
How do I use it?
It’s easy. Apply Rogaine cream or foam, twice a day, into your scalp as I mentioned before. Don’t rinse it off. Wash your hands right after
When can I expect results?
All good things come to those who wait! Rogaine works very well but expects noticeable results in about 6 weeks. A small wait for such a remarkable improvement, I say.
Can anyone use Rogaine?
Yes, if its hereditary hair loss. Also, you need to see if you develop any side effects that last longer than they should and go beyond what is noted as usual. Pregnant women should not be using this for pregnancy-related hair loss and/or autoimmune diseases. Please don’t waste your money, see your doctor instead.
What are some issues that would affect my results with Rogaine? –
If you lost your hair in your 20s and you are trying Rogaine in your 50s, it probably won’t work for you.
The underlying issue as to why you are losing your hair? As noted, several times in the review, Rogaine will not work with underlying medical problems such as chemo-related hair loss and autoimmune diseases.
Rogaine will not help you with hair loss along the hairline. Please don’t use it thinking you will fill in hair loss there.
How long does a bottle of Rogaine last? –
Using it 2 times a day, a bottle is designed to last about 30 days.
Will my hair grow faster if I use Rogaine more than 2 times a day? – No, don’t waste your money or the product. You will probably increase the likelihood of side effects.
How long do I need to use Rogaine?
You need to use till you get satisfied hair growth then you can cut down the doses.
Do I need to change my regular hair routine once I start using Rogaine?
Nope, continue as usual. There has been no identified evidence that Rogaine has any contradictions with off the shelf shampoos or hair products.
Hope you got all the information, let me know in comment section how Rogaine working for you? And if you have any doubts please post or email. Thanks!