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Rogaine Foam An Extensive Review
What is Rogaine Foam
Rogaine Foam is basically minoxidil but in a foam form for ease of use and better results as it stays in the problematic area and disolves there. The liquid form is much harder to use and drips away, that`s why the foam was invented.
So what is minoxidil? Minoxidil was discovered by accident, it was used for treating high blood pressure but as a side effect it was discovered that it also helps grow hair. How does it do that? Well it`s unclear how it works but it does, and it does so better that any other "miracle cure" on the market.
Rogaine is approved by the FDA and that`s very important because it means it`s safe to use and its effectiveness is backed up by clinical studies. Well mainly this was important when it came to the market because nowadays everybody knows about it and knows it works.
Is Rogaine Foam better than other brands?
This is a good question and I think the answer is not a very easy one. There are many companies now that market minoxidil based products for hair loss but who can analyze each product and see it they really have the right amount of minoxidil or if it`s a quality product? Well I guess you will have to find that out for yourself if you don`t have the means to buy the original Rogaine.
What I can say 100% is this: Rogaine Foam really does work, I tried it and still using it with great results but you have to pe patient, results are slow because of the way hair grows. You will start to see little blond hairs (like a baby`s hair) on your scalp at the 2 months mark that will continue growing and changing color. You can use Rogaine in combination with Nizoral 2% in order to get the best results as it is a DHT blocker and really helps.
This Video explains how Rogaine Works
Is Rogaine Foam safe for Women?
Rogaine Foam contains minoxidil 5% which is not intended for women. The 2% minoxidil solution is intended for women because they tend to have a more sensitive scalp.
There are many women that use the 5% version (Foam) with great results but I cannot recommend it because some may not tolerate it well and I`m also not a doctor.
What is the best time to start using it?
The best time to start using Rogaine or any other minoxidil treatment would be when you start noticind thinning hair. If you haven`t already lost a lot of hair it is much easier to regenerate and to maintain. It`s like anything else in life, it`s easier to maintain something than to repair it later.
How to use Rogaine Foam
It`s best to use it twice daily, in the morning after you wake up and in the evening before going to bed. Apply a small amount - approx a cap onto your palm and masage it onto your scalp not your hair. Of course some will get on your hair, that`s not a problem but most of it must go into your scalp for it to do its magic. The good thing is that the foam version will not make your hair look all oily and greasy after applying it and it doesn`t smell.
Will Rogaine work for everybody?
I am sure that as with other treatments, not all people respond the same. Some people will notice great results, some moderate, while other people won`t see much of a change. You just have to hope you`re one of the lucky ones and until you try it you won`t know which category you fit in.
What are the side effects of using Rogaine?
The good thing is that Rogaine (minoxidil) has very few possible side effects. In some cases burning, stinging, or redness at the application site may occur. If this happens you should contact your doctor. If you feel anything else out of the ordinary while using it, contact your doctor.
Pros and Cons of Using Rogaine
- one of the only treatments that do work for mantaining and regenerating your hair to a certain extent
- widely used and studied
- has a foam version for better application on the scalp
- it`s the original brand of minoxidil so quality isn`t an issue
- pretty expensive but not exagerated
- you have to use it all your life (or at least until a cure for baldness is found)
While Rogaine Foam might not be for everybody (people who lost their hair because of a disease or cancer treatment), iit might do wonders for some that have the force to make a lifelong commitment in order to keep and regenerate their hair.
The decision is yours but you have to know that if you decide to stop using the treatment at a certain point, your hair state will go back to that of before starting the treatment in about 2-3 months time.
Good luck and don`t hesitate to ask me anything of interest to you in the comments!