Minimal resultsMar 10, 2010
By Carson King I used the Rogaine foam faithfully/consistently for 7 months, but I did not see much difference at all. It must be my bad luck to be in the 15% of the population for which this product does not work. That being said, if you're going to try it, here are some things to keep in mind (which other reviewers have noted, as well):
1. You have to apply the stuff twice a day for the rest of your life, or at least as long as you want to try to thicken your hair. Although it's not the worst discipline, I grew weary of having to do it. Too much trouble, I found.
2. It's expensive.
3. As others have said, it works best just to spray it directly on the crown of the head.
4. I don't think the odor is bad. It dissipates after a few minutes, anyway.
5. Definitely use the foam, not the liquid solution. The liquid solution is horribly messy.
Hope you have better luck than I did.
72 of 103 found the following review helpful:
Terrible if you have hairJan 21, 2011
I guess I have too much hair for this product as I found it virtually impossible to get this stuff past my hair onto the scalp. As another reviewer said if you have a bald spot it might work better, but then why would you need a mousse?
47 of 71 found the following review helpful:
Wish It Worked FasterApr 04, 2010
By Del James
I'm 26, started using Rogaine about five months ago. Results didn't show until about four months. My hair loss started becoming noticeable about two years ago when I was 24. Strangely enough I think I've seen more improvement in the front (temples) than in the back. I definitely think the product works but it requires a lot of patience and dedication. Very important note: I've been using Rogaine with a DHT blocker that I take morning and night. From my little research and experience so far, Rogaine re-grows the hair while the DHT stops or slows the hair loss. Rogaine doesn't seem to do much for the hair loss itself so I think it's necessary to use a DHT blocker to preserve the hair that's already grown.
Here's a not-so-encouraging fact: this product pretty much requires an endless commitment. That means that whatever hair growth is generated by Rogaine is sustainable only through continued use of the product. (Stop using the product and the new hair goes away.) I contemplated doing hair transplant surgery but decided not to because even after surgery it's recommended (if not required) to use a hair re-growth product to maintain the rest of hair around the treated area. Until there's significant breakthrough with stem cell research, Rogaine seems to be the best option.
It would be great if it somehow worked faster. But hair growth just isn't a speedy process.
66 of 100 found the following review helpful:
Five Stars (not really)Apr 11, 2010
By Donovan I reviewed this product a week prior to this post. The review lasted on Amazon just a few days before Amazon removed it. I gave it two stars. There was nothing offensive in my review so it is befuddling why Amazon removed. So I give five stars in this repost... if this post lasts then a skew may exist for keeping high-star reviews vs low-star reviews. Anyway, I have some important items to share here. Just two stars in the prior review because of a couple of major gripes: (1) too strong of fragrance and (2) just mild regrowth results. If not for the scent, I award the Rogaine foam 3.5 stars.
Years ago I used the original non-foam Rogaine product. That was before Rogaine Foam entered the market. That was 17 years ago. And I had good results with the non-foam version until I developed an allergy to the polypropylene-glycol (PPG). So I had to stop use about 12 years ago. Back then there was no foam version.
Turns out there are many like me who develop skin allergy to PPG. Fast forward 10 years... the foam version hits market which uses glycerin in place of polypropylene-glycol. The glycerin is much better tolerated. So restarting use the Rogaine two years ago, this time foam version, I had no allergic reaction. Yet the new product now has an added very strong fragrance. Still there was some regrowth using the product. So do try the product and see for yourself. It may work for you. Yet keep your expectations in order. And beware that when you first apply there will be an overwhelming flowery scent that lasts for about 45 minutes until it dries, which can be embarrassing if not accounted for. In case makers of Rogaine are reading, please make a fragrance-free foam version (and soon). My wife has a sensitive nose and complains mightily so I usually have to leave the room.
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Rogaine will NOT stop hair loss, but does it regrow hair?Dec 01, 2011
By DNA First off, Rogaine will NOT stop hair loss! So don't believe the reviewers who said "Rogaine stopped my hair loss!". Whether you are a man or woman, have full set of hair or thinning hair, use Rogaine or not, you WILL loss hair! That's how "God"/"Evolution" programmed us humans. It's just that as you get older, your hair follicles get smaller to the point that hair no longer grow back (for some people). That's where Rogaine comes in. It will (for some people) revitalize the hair follicles and make them grow back hair again. So does it work?
For me, YES! I've been using it for about a month now and see hair growing back! I'm in my mid-30's and noticed my hair get thinner, I can see bald spots on some places but it's still in early stage. So I decided to try Rogaine. I use both liquid type (I use generic store brand for that, like a CVS brand) and foam type (I use Rogain foam). When I first applied, my scalp felt 'tingy' like my head got sunburned but after few more application, it went away. Also, I sometimes get flakes and itches, maybe once a week, but I use Selsun Blue and that helps.
I apply Rogaine all over my scalp, twice a day. In the instruction, it says it doesn't work on front of scalp, but guess what? It does because I can see hair growing in front! But like many reviewers said, you got to be patient, it WILL take awhile to grow - my "rogained" hair is still about 1/2 inch high and looks like newborn baby hair. I also noticed that my "normal" hair look healthier and grow faster than usual.
So why 4-star? Other than occasional flakes and itches, you've got to use Rogaine forever if you wanna keep your "Rogained" hair! (i.e. it will cost you money) I also don't like the fact that my hair feel "hard" and "dirty" (like I put gel on it) after I use Rogaine (especially when I use the liquid form). But other than that, so far so good for me. I will update to see how things turn out in a long run.
If you are consider buying Rogaine, I highly recommend you try it! I know there are lots of 'warnings' listed on the package that might scare you off, but the manufacturer HAS to put the warnings even if there's 0.001% chance that might affect you - after all Rogaine is a medicine! If Rogaine doesn't regrow hair, you can just stop using it.
On a psychological level, I feel a lot more confident and happier after I use and see that Rogaine is working for me.
On a separate note, if you are worried about hair loss, having stress-free lifestyle and eating healthy and doing exercises might help combat hair loss (although they will not stop). I eat healthy and workout regularly but I notice that few days after having stressful event(s) (i.e. work pressure, relationship issues, lack of sleep, etc...) I lose more hair than usual. It might be coincidence but it's something to be aware of.
Hope Rogaine will work for you too! Good luck!
Update 12/28/11: It's been a little over 2 months since I started using rogaine. My hair looks fuller! Now, I can't say for certain that my hair looks fuller because of rogaine or just because my "real" hair got longer (thus giving the impression that my hair is fuller...), but I can say for certain that bald spots are getting smaller though they are still noticeable. Also my 'real' hair is getting longer quicker. My 'rogained' hair is still short but noticed more 'rogained' hair growing in different parts of scalp. I'll take it as a good sign tho it's still work in progress. We'll see...
Update 01/30/12: It's about 3 months since I started using Rogaine and like many reviewers said, I see the most improvement this month! My hair is definitely getting fuller, notice less hair falling out, and my bald spots are getting much smaller (some places, the spots are gone!). What amazes me the most is how fast my existing hair grows! I feel/look like when I was in my 20s again! But what still bothers me about Rogaine is the flakes!!! It doesn't happen everyday but it happens 3-4 times a week and it's annoying! but it's still not a big issue for me to stop using Rogaine. I will continue to use it twice a day.
Update 03/09/12: I continue to use it twice a day. And yes, my hair is getting fuller and fuller! Most of my bald spots are gone! I mostly use the liquid version and when I use it, I get scaly scalp. I use the foam version when I don't have time for the scalp to get dry and the foam version definitely stops flaky scalp! So, if you got money to "burn" I suggest you use the foam version.
Update 04/15/12: Maybe it's just my imagination, but this month I didn't notice that much hair growth. Rather, I notice more hair falling than usual! Don't get me wrong, it's not like hair fell in bunch or so much to cause alarm it's just that compare to last few months, I see (or think I see) more hair falling. I'm not sure if the hair loss is due to decrease in Rogaine's effectiveness or it's just the "natural cycle" of hair growth, or maybe stress related? I'm sure hair will grow back again (I hope). We'll see...
Update 05/08/12: No significant change this month. My hair still looks full and minimal appearance of bald spots. BUT, I don't think Rogaine is as effective as it was few months ago. I still have quarter size bald spots on left side of back of my head and top of my head, I don't think they will fully disappear but other than that, my hair looks fuller and longer. As for the hair loss issue I experienced last month, I still have days when my hair falls more than usual (I know this because some days when I wash my hair or comb my hair, I see more hair falling) but most of the time, hair loss is kept under control. I read somewhere that hair "shed" naturally during seasonal change so since this time of the year (Mar-June) is considered transitional stage from winter/spring to summer, I see more hair "shed" this time of the year? Who knows.
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