When people ask me about rogaine, I always try and make let them know that its not just Rogaine that works, it’s minoxidil that is in Rogaine. Minoxidil is the ingredient that is FDA approved, and lucky for us, because there are other minoxidil products out there, we can now get a better and more effective form of minoxidil from different sources.
Minoxidil is just a chemical that helps to revitalize your hair follicles and makes them continue to grow hair rather than slowly lose lose hair over time until they no longer produce hair. What essentially causes hair loss in the first place is that your follicles are not getting enough oxygen and so they shrink to the point that they can no longer produce hair. Minoxidil just helps more oxygen get to your hair follicles.
The instructions on the pack of Rogaine say that you should use it morning and night without fail. Over time, you will see an improvement. It may take as much as 6 months to see a difference.
Within the first 2 weeks of using Minoxidil, you are likely to lose MORE hair than you were originally, but that’s just a sign that it’s working. Also, your scalp may become slightly irritated at first, but it’s likely to go away after just a few days of use. If you get overly irritated, it’s alright to skip a day so you can recover. Most people have no problem at all anyway.
If you continue to check and see if your hair is growing in thicker, try to look for thin hairs at first. What happens is that your hairs are going to be light and thin like peach fuzz at first ast your follicles are getting bigger, but then over time your hairs will become more coarse until they are the same as your regular hairs.
If you are interested in using a minoxidil product, I would not put Rogaine by itself at the top of my list. Rather, I would put other products that are, in my opinion, much more complete and more effective. Check out my hair loss product reviews if that interests you.