Last year I wrote a review about Rogaine (see below) which I was using to help stop my hair loss. Well, I had to stop using Rogaine because I was experiencing insane itching. I just couldn’t take it anymore.
This is a problem for a lot of Rogaine users. It’s not uncommon to hear things like “it got to the point that I was literally scratching my head the entire day” and “I’d wake up in the middle of the night itching and couldn’t get back to sleep.”
The main ingredient in Rogaine is minoxidil. And some of the main side effects of minoxidil are scalp irritation and itchiness.
Which is too bad, because minoxidil is a clinically-proven and FDA-approved ingredient for stopping hair loss and promoting hair regrowth.
Fortunately there are minoxidil-based hair loss products that sooth and moisturize the scalp so the itching isn’t a problem. These products are a little more expensive than Rogaine, because they contain additional ingredients, but it’s worth it not to have to itch all day.
I recommend Provillus, which is one of the leading brands of hair loss products. There’s a version for men and a version for women.
You use Provillus just like you would Rogaine. It works just as well, or even better due to some additional ingredients, but your scalp will not be irritated or itchy.
It cost about a dollar a day to use Provillus. That’s a little more than Rogaine but cheaper than a lot of other hair loss products.
There’s only one way to purchase Provillus and that’s online at Provillus.com.
One major benefit of buying at the official website is that they offer a money-back guarantee, in case you’re not satisfied.
Here are some images that show what kind of results you can expect after using Provillus for about 4 months:
Does Rogaine Work?
During the 1980’s, scientists were studying ways to reduce high blood pressure. They were testing a new drug called minoxidil when they noticed a curious side effect—hair growth! After a few years of testing, the Food and Drug Administration approved minoxidil under the trade name “Rogaine” for treating hair loss in men. In 1991, Rogaine was approved for treating hair loss in women.
Does Rogaine work? It should for most men and women, although not everyone will see results. Rogaine basically works by re-starting your hair’s natural cycle of growth. Hair loss occurs when this cycle has stopped. So Rogaine re-activates your shrunken hair follicles and voila—your hair starts growing again!
The minoxidil in Rogaine treats a condition known as male pattern baldness, which accounts for over 90% of hair loss in men. Most men are very unhappy when they start losing their hair, since a full head of hair signifies youth and virility.
Thinning hair makes men look older and less attractive—that’s just a sad fact. It is not uncommon for interpersonal and business relationships to suffer when men lose their hair. Hair loss in women is even more devastating. We’re accustomed to seeing bald men, but baldness in women is a shock. Does Rogaine work for women? Luckily, there is a female version of Rogaine designed just for women.
Does Rogaine work for receding hairline? Rogaine can help, but it is not really effective at regrowing hair at the front of the scalp. So don’t use Rogaine in the hope of turning around that receding hairline. But it will help regrow hair on the crown of the head.
How to Use Rogaine
Does Rogaine really work? Yes, if you use it properly. Be sure to read all the directions and follow them closely. If you have questions simply ask your doctor or local pharmacist.
First make sure your scalp is relatively clean before applying Rogaine. It’s acceptable to apply Rogaine to damp hair, so using it after showering is fine. You simply pour the Rogaine solution into the applicator, then spread the areas of thinning hair and use the applicator to apply the drops throughout the areas of the scalp where you’d like more hair to grow. Rub in the Rogaine gently. It’s a good idea to let your scalp dry completely before adding more hair products or before going to bed.
You need to apply Rogaine twice a day—everyday. There’s just no way around this. And you must use it forever. Once you stop using Rogaine, your hair loss will start up again. Does Rogaine Work? Yes, if you follow the directions. Otherwise, don’t bother with Rogaine.
Ironically, you may notice an increase in hair loss during the first two weeks of use. Don’t worry—this is perfectly normal. It just means that the weaker old hairs are shedding while the new ones are growing. This problem upsets a lot of men and leads them to think that Rogaine isn’t working, but the effect is just temporary.
How long does Rogaine take to work? You must have patience when using Rogaine. It takes time for the new hairs to come in. Expect to wait about 3 or 4 months before seeing results. And when the new hair does start coming in it might look kind of soft and fuzzy. Again, have patience, because it will just keep on getting thicker and thicker as time goes by.
Rogaine Side Effects
Some people experience scalp irritation as a side effect of using Rogaine. Try not to use Rogaine on days that you might have other hair treatments—such as getting your hair colored or permed.
Also, don’t overdo it! Follow the directions and don’t use more Rogaine than you’re supposed to. Minoxidil is a powerful drug that is being absorbed by your body. Too much of it can lead to heart palpitations and other side effects.
Wash your hands thoroughly after using Rogaine and don’t try to use it on other parts of your body. Stop using Rogaine if your scalp is irritated, sunburned, or cut. Don’t get Rogaine in your eyes. If you do, then wash it out as soon as possible.
Whew! It seems like there’s a lot to worry about when using Rogaine. Not really. It’s actually pretty simple. If you’re wondering “does Rogaine work” the answer is yes. Just be sure to use it twice daily. It’s no more difficult than brushing your teeth. You do that, right? And you plan on doing that for the rest of your life, right? So why not use Rogaine in the same way?
A recent study showed that 9 out of 10 men showed hair growth after using Rogaine for 4 months. That’s a pretty good result! We’re lucky to live in times when there’s actually a solution for a problem that men and women have been facing since the beginning of time. It seems a shame not to take advantage of it.