If you’ve been scouring the web for Rogaine reviews, you’re undoubtedly looking to answer the burning question: does Rogaine work? Or can it just be piled onto the huge heap of snake oils you’ve tried?
The short answer is easy. It definitely works. But that’s (obviously) not the whole story.
What Does ‘FDA-approved’ Mean (If Anything)?
Plenty of Rogaine fans and salesmen cite the product’s FDA approval as proof that it works. Not so. You see, Rogaine’s FDA seal is all about safety, not efficacy.
Rogaine = Minoxidil
What you first need to understand is that Rogaine is essentially the brand name of Minoxidil. This antihypertensive vasodilator medication can be bought off the shelf at most pharmacists and even supermarkets. Rogaine had a patent for many years (which is now no longer in place), which is why so many people know the medication by the brand.
Curb Your Expectations!
You’ll read plenty of ‘reviews’ that tell you that Rogaine is junk and that it just doesn’t work. That’s it’s a waste of money, it’s a scam, bla bla bla.
The problem with guys suffering from male-pattern baldness is that they only start acting when they’re, well, bald already. And no, Rogaine can’t regrow non-existent hair. However, what it can do is thicken existing hair as well as stimulate dormant hair. If you’ve just started losing your hair or if you’re noticing that your back and sides are significantly thicker than what you’ve got up top, jump on the treatment straight away.
If you wait till you can see through your scalp or you’re noggin already looks like the style your dad sports, then it’s too late (sorry!). Give it a shot, but don’t whine if it doesn’t work out for you. At that stage, it’s a major gamble…
Use Rogaine Properly
Another extremely annoying aspect of people that complain about Rogaine is that they usually aren’t even using it properly. Listen, the instructions are there for a reason. Twice a day application, no excuses. If you’re applying it once a day or if you randomly skip a couple of days due to being out of town (or just being lazy), then you can’t blame the product.
You should also ensure that your scalp is clean (i.e. no hair products like gel or pomades) and that the product reaches the scalp. A lot of people just mix it into their hair, which basically renders the product useless. Also wait a few months before claiming that Rogaine doesn’t work – the product needs at least six months to be effective. Remember that your hair grows slowly over time – the effect of minoxidil will therefore not be seen until further down the line.
The ‘Shedding’ Phase
One of the most horrifying experiences you’ll go through when using Rogaine is the dreaded ‘shedding’ phase. After a couple of weeks of use, you may start to notice more hair in the shower. But wait, isn’t Rogaine meant to help me grow hair, not lose even more of it?!
The thing is, it’s actually a sign that Rogaine is working. It may seem counterintuitive, but shedding is a sign that Rogaine is having a positive effect on your hair.
Rogaine Side Effects
As with any medication, Rogaine has several side effects that are clearly labeled on the product. Most people will not experience them at all and those of you that do, they will disappear just days after stopping the use of the medication. It’s our opinion that you shouldn’t be put off by the warnings, but of course ask your doctor if you have any concerns – we’re not medical experts!