I’m not going to beat around the bush with this Rogaine review. I’m going to tell you straight up that Rogaine works, period. It’s an absolutely essential treatment if you want to have any chance of getting your hair back. It’s FDA-approved as well, so you know that you’re not buying some snake oil that might do more damage than good.
How does minoxidil actually work?
Minoxidil, the active ingredient, is a “Potassium Channel Opener”. It has been clinically proven to stimulate hair growth in men that are suffering from hair loss. These trials are absolutely legit, they’re not the misleading kind conducted by the company selling the product.
What can I expect?
You firstly have to understand that you will not bring back the hair you had as a teenager. While there are some men that respond absolutely brilliantly, chances are that you won’t be able to get that rock star hair you’ve been dreaming about. Despite this, it’s very likely that Rogaine will make a noticeable cosmetic difference.
Personally, Rogaine has changed my life. It sounds a little extreme but considering how much I used to worry about hair loss, this statement is true. My hair is a lot thicker than it used to be and with the right thickening hair wax you can’t see that I’m suffering from male pattern baldness. I’ve even regained some hair along the hairline that I’d basically said goodbye to a long time ago. My story is common and a simple search on Google will get you countless testimonials. Some guys respond better than I did, so there’s every chance that you’ll get a significant amount of your hair back.
Will Rogaine work for me?
The guys that complain that Rogaine does not work are usually too far gone for any treatments to be of use. When you ask “does Rogaine work?” in the forums, the negative responses will be from guys that are already beyond saving (generally speaking, or they just expect too much). This is why I always stress the point that you must act quickly once you realise you’re losing your hair. By the time it’s noticeable visually, you’ve already lost 50% of your hair density. It’s therefore important to jump on treatments early.
Rogaine will only work if you still have a bit of hair left in the first place. Thinning hair usually responds very well to treatment, but if you have a completely bald head your chances are far reduced. Nevertheless, it’s worth trying! Just don’t expect any miracles. Make sure you’re aware of the Rogaine side effects as well.
How do I decide if I should start treatment?
I decided to start Rogaine after reading all of the positive testimonials that I found online. I was further put at ease when I read that it’s an FDA-approved product. Nevertheless, I also checked with my GP just to make sure that it was safe to use and that I had no other health issues that might be causing my hair loss. There’s always a small chance that thyroid issues or temporary shock loss due to stress are causing your hair fall, so it’s always worth checking.
Rogaine is otherwise perfectly safe to use and most people don’t experience any side effects whatsoever. Those that do experience side effects will see them disappear once treatment is discontinued, so you don’t have much to worry about. I’ve written a section on Rogaine side effects if you’re interested in the exact risks involved. The NHS website also has a good section on Rogaine (called Regaine in the UK).