Rogaine is the brand name for a liquid medicine containing the chemical called minoxidil. In the past, minoxidil had been used to lower blood pressure, and researchers found that one of the side effects was hair growth. Because of this finding, the medicine was made available to treat androgenic alopecia, or hair loss.
Are there any Rogaine side effects?
Very little of the medicine is absorbed into the blood stream, so it is almost unheard of for Rogaine applied to the scalp to cause a significant drop in blood pressure. Sometimes, the medication will cause dryness and irritation.
There are some reports of women who have applied minoxidil to their scalps developing permanent hair on the forehead. This is probably due to small amounts of medicine running off of the scalp onto the forehead. To date, no men have reported this problem.
Are there any natural alternatives?
Many people have achieved success with the ProFollica system, an all-natural hair loss formula without side effects of other treatments.
How does Rogaine work?
Rogaine comes with several different applicators. Do not use these, as they tend to get more medicine on the hair than on the scalp. Hair is dead, and no amount of Rogaine applied to the hair will make it grow. You need to get the medicine onto the scalp where the living tissue is.
Buy a one cc or one ml medicine dropper. Fill it up to the one cc or one ml mark, then touch the dropper to the scalp were you want hair to grow. The Rogaine will come out in small amounts wherever you touch the scalp. You need to do this twice a day.
Once you start with minoxidil, you have to keep using it. If you stop after five years, you will lose all the hair which you grew, and any hair the minoxidil kept you from losing.
Men can use Rogaine Extra Strength, which grows hair faster and thicker than the regular strength version. If it doesn’t seem to be working for you, your doctor might recommend trying Propecia instead.