If you’re battling hereditary hair loss, you may have thought about trying minoxidil also commonly known as Rogaine. While minoxidil is not Rogaine specifically, Rogaine has become what Kleenex is to hand tissues. Rogaine’s active ingredient is minoxidil, an FDA-approved treatment for restoring hair loss in women who suffer from female pattern hair loss (FPHL), also known as androgenetic alopecia (AGA), which is hereditary hair loss. Rogaine has outlived the crass jokes about middle aged men trying to eradicate their comb-overs and is now wooing women, quite successfully (it has been clinically proven to regrow hair in 80% of women), with their new once-a-day foam treatments.
WHAT IS MINOXIDIL
Minoxidil is a “a synthetic drug that is used as a vasodilator in the treatment of hypertension, and is also used in lotions to promote hair growth.” Minoxidil is the first FDA-approved ingredient clinically proven to help regrow hair. It penetrates your scalp to stimulate shrunken hair follicles and encourages new hair growth over time. You can expect to see results from using minoxidil consistently in about three to six months but for some it can take up to a year, so patience and persistence is key.
WHO SHOULD USE MINOXIDIL
Minoxidil is only for women with hereditary hair loss and should not be used by those who are experiencing other types of hair loss or those who want to experiment to see if it will grow their eyebrows (honestly, we’re curious but too chicken to try nor are we sure it’s particularly safe). It can be used by both men and women, but Rogaine for female hair loss and is really no different from the male Rogaine, however, the Rogaine created specifically for women’s hair loss is alcohol based and does not have propylene glycol like the male formulation which makes the product greasier.
HOW TO APPLY ROGAINE FOAM
In the case of Women’s Rogaine Foam Hair Regrowth Treatment, a few seconds is all you need. We really like the idea of a mousse-type product since a quick pump and swipe of foam on the areas you need to treat make it less time consuming to apply and goes on more like a styling product rather than a medicine-y, time consuming “hair loss treatment.” It’s also a drier foam and has a drier finish meaning that it goes on without turning into a puddle on your head like some foaming hair products.
*Step 1: Rinse your hands with cold water, then dry. This will help to keep Women’s Rogaine Foam Hair Regrowth Treatment from dissolving on contact with your warm skin. Dispense half a capful of foam onto a non-porous surface such as a small bowl or saucer. Part hair in the middle of your head then on each side of the center part to maximize scalp exposure. Apply directly to the scalp area where you are experiencing hair thinning. Remember that using more foam won’t result in thicker or faster results. Half a capful daily is really all you need!
Step 2: Use the pads of your fingers to gently and thoroughly massage the foam into your scalp, starting from the back and working forward (added benefit: relaxing head rub!) and let it air-dry. Consistency is the key to success here — if you stop using the foam daily, your hair loss will resume. So definitely add it to your “desert island beauty essentials” list.
Step 3: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water. Don?t forget to rinse the small bowl or saucer as well.
Use only the recommended dosage of half a capful once a day. Using more or more frequently will not enhance or hasten hair growth. Apply the Women’s Rogaine Foam Hair Regrowth Treatment to dry hair or damp hair that was towel-dried but not to wet hair. Follow your normal styling routine after applying the foam and letting it air-dry.
Do not use the foam on the same day that you receive a chemical treatment on your hair. It?s okay to use the foam on hair that has been colored or treated.
Because FPHL is life long, you’ll always have to use minoxidil for it to continue to work, so this is a hair product that takes commitment.
*Directions sourced from Women’s Rogaine.