The prod¬≠uct is rec¬≠om¬≠mended by the FDA as a hair loss treat¬≠ment, and is given to hair trans¬≠plant patients as a post-surgical treat¬≠ment by hair trans¬≠plant clin¬≠ics. Hair trans¬≠plant clin¬≠ics often have access to 10% con¬≠cen¬≠tra¬≠tion solu¬≠tions, not avail¬≠able over the counter. You can buy 5% con¬≠cen¬≠tra¬≠tion Rogaine over the counter eas¬≠ily with¬≠out prescription.
Although avail¬≠able for women, the weaker 2% solu¬≠tions have been found to be inef¬≠fec¬≠tive in the treat¬≠ment of hair loss. The 2% con¬≠cen¬≠tra¬≠tion prod¬≠ucts for men have been dis¬≠con¬≠tin¬≠ued. Nat¬≠ural solu¬≠tions like Eclipta alba (Bhringaraj) have been more effec¬≠tive than the 2% solu¬≠tion of minoxidil.
Rogaine has been found effec¬≠tive in the treat¬≠ment of trac¬≠tion alope¬≠cia ‚Äď a con¬≠di¬≠tion where the hair loss is caused by con¬≠stant pulling on the hair, usu¬≠ally as a result of cer¬≠tain hair¬≠styles (weav¬≠ing, corn¬≠rows, tight pony¬≠tails, etc.)
For the treat¬≠ment to be effec¬≠tive, the pulling must be stopped, so hair must be worn in non-harmful styles for the dura¬≠tion of the treat¬≠ment. It can often take a min¬≠i¬≠mum of four months for the treat¬≠ment to show results, and it should be con¬≠tin¬≠ued for at least six months.
Minox¬≠i¬≠dil will stim¬≠u¬≠late the fol¬≠li¬≠cles to pro¬≠duce new hairs, and the result will often be a rever¬≠sal of the con¬≠di¬≠tion. Although trac¬≠tion alope¬≠cia can often heal itself nat¬≠u¬≠rally, using Rogaine can speed up the process and pro¬≠duce more notice¬≠able results, or help in more seri¬≠ous¬†cases.
How does Rogaine work?
Minox¬≠i¬≠dil works by increas¬≠ing the sup¬≠ply of blood to the hair fol¬≠li¬≠cles, stim¬≠u¬≠lat¬≠ing them to grow the hair. It also strength¬≠ens exist¬≠ing hairs, although it won‚Äôt pro¬≠tect them from the results of pulling too much on hair and tight hair¬≠styles. There¬≠fore, it‚Äôs impor¬≠tant to stick with softer styles even if you‚Äôre using Rogaine.
Rogaine side effects
Like all med¬≠i¬≠cines, Rogaine is not free of side effects. The most wor¬≠ry¬≠ing one for women is often the fact that after two to three weeks of treat¬≠ment, hair seems to actu¬≠ally fall out at a faster pace. This is the result of the hair fol¬≠li¬≠cles enter¬≠ing the growth cycle, which can speed up the shed¬≠ding of old hairs. This side effect is tem¬≠po¬≠rary and should not be a cause for worry. It means that the treat¬≠ment is working.
‚ÄúPeach fuzz‚ÄĚ is another side effect, and the newly grown hair can often appear soft, fine and downy, rather than thick and pro¬≠nounced. This is lso tem¬≠po¬≠rary, and the hair should soon become the same as your nor¬≠mal hair. The peach fuzz effect itself will dis¬≠ap¬≠pear com¬≠pletely when treat¬≠ment is stopped.
Other side effects of Rogaine include scalp irri¬≠ta¬≠tion and red¬≠ness, although these are greatly reduced when using the foam version.
It‚Äôs impor¬≠tant to thor¬≠oughly clean your hands before and after each appli¬≠ca¬≠tion of Rogaine. The prod¬≠uct pro¬≠duces top¬≠i¬≠cal results ‚Äď only in the area of application.
Using Rogaine will not pro¬≠tect the hairs from future abuse. The prob¬≠lem may still return if you con¬≠tinue to wear your hairs in styles that cause pulling or tug¬≠ging or return to such hair¬≠styles after the treat¬≠ment has finished.