Does Rogaine Work For Women?

Does Rogaine Work For Women?
Does Rogaine Work For Women?

While men do suffer from hair loss more often than women, women can suffer from hair loss as well. However, unlike with men baldness is not something that ever looks good on a woman. When a woman starts losing her hair, it’s important that she does something about it as soon as possible.

There are so many hair treatments out there, all claiming to work to cure hair loss, that it can be hard to sort through them sometimes. This is where Rogaine comes in. It is a well-known hair treatment that is definitely worth your time to take a look at it.

This is a hair product that is designed to combat hair loss, specifically hair loss due to pattern baldness. But the question is if Rogaine really works. After all, it is not as simple as other hair treatments that involve simply taking a pill.

About Rogaine

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Rogaine is a hair growth treatment that you apply topically onto your scalp every day. There used to only be one type of Rogaine, but now there is a Rogaine that has come out more recently that is specifically for women and which launched first in Canada.

You can easily get it without a prescription from a doctor almost anywhere in North America except for a couple of places in Canada that require a prescription for it. This is because it has been approved by the FDA.

It comes in both a 5% solution which is more common and a 2.5% solution for women besides its 5% and 2% solutions for men. This allows you to use whichever solution you want to with the 5% solution being more likely to give the desired effects but also more likely to be irritating to your scalp.  

Other than that, the fact that it is formulated specifically for women is the only real difference. You can get it from Amazon or a few other places and each container of Rogaine has about 2 months’ worth. This is much more convenient than something that you have to buy every month.

Rogaine for women comes in the form of a foam that you have to apply to your scalp once a day. This is one of the differences between the regular Rogaine for men which has to be applied twice a day.

Not only does Rogaine prevent any more hair from falling out, but it also helps the hairs that have already disappeared to start growing hair again if they have not been dormant too long.

How Does Rogaine Work

The main active ingredient that is in Rogaine is called minoxidil. This helps your scalp by extending the amount of time that your hair is in its growing phase. While it does this it also makes the follicles larger if they happened to be shrinking in size.

As mentioned, Rogaine comes in the form of a foam that is applied to your hair. This foam breaks down with the warmth of your skin in order to get the minoxidil right on your scalp. The non-active alcohol evaporates as the foam breaks down and helps your scalp to absorb the minoxidil.

All in all, while there is no guarantee that Rogaine for women will work for you the fact that it does work for about 80% of the women who try it does mean that you have really good chances of it working for you. It is also not hard at all to try, making it well worth giving it a go.

Advantages Of Rogaine

There are a number of both advantages and disadvantages to Rogaine, but you should keep in mind that no hair treatment is going to be absolutely perfect. Since pattern baldness is a genetic problem for women the same as it is for men, it is not a simple fix.

That being said, you should know that Rogaine can take 3 months before you start to see noticeable results. However, the fact that around 80% of women are cured by this shows just how well it works. Rogaine has also had a number of tests and studies done on it which prove just how well it works.

It is also really easy to get and you can get a discount by buying more than one container at a time, making it cheaper than it could be. The main thing that Rogaine was specifically made for is pattern baldness and it does a great job of helping you grow hair back in places where it has already stopped growing at.

It is just as simple to use and it can even be used on your eyebrows if these are thinning. If you are considering using it for your eyebrows though, you should do so very carefully and only in very small amounts.

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Disadvantages Of Rogaine

Though Rogaine may take only 3 months to start working, occasionally it may take up to six months. If you do not see results in that amount of time, then it probably isn’t working for you. This is a rather long amount of time to go before you can know if it isn’t working.

On top of that, Rogaine can signal your hairs to start their new cycle early. This means that your hairs fall out more than usual. This is just as they then get ready to grow out again.

Using too much Rogaine can sometimes lead to extra hair growth. This can be in places that you don’t even apply it to. Then, there is also the fact that it can affect your hair color if you dye your hair.

Some of the common side effects of Rogaine are itchiness, rashes, and headaches. Also, your scalp can get flaky, or in severe cases it can even affect your breathing and/or heart. Since minoxidil was originally used to affect blood pressure, if you do have blood pressure problems you should check your blood pressure frequently at least at first.

Rogaine is made to treat pattern baldness. It doesn’t really work at all for those who might be going bald for any other reason. Finally, if you stop taking Rogaine, the results will be that you’ll start losing your hair again.

This means that you have to keep taking it permanently in order to keep your hair. If you stop, your body could immediately start a new hair growth cycle. This could cause you to lose almost all of the hair that the Rogaine was helping you keep.

How To Use Rogaine

You can apply the Rogaine foam at any time of the day, though it is better if you try to make it at around the same time every day. The Rogaine comes in a container that dispenses the foam with the application of pressure.

First, make sure that your hair and scalp are both clean and dry. It is easier to get it on the right part of your scalp if you have your hair parted where it seems thinnest. This will help to expose your target area.

To avoid the foam melting into your warm hands, wash your hands in cold water and dry them well. This way your hands aren’t as warm before you get started. Now, dispense some of the foam right onto your scalp and rub it in thoroughly.

Starting from the back and working your way forward is often the easiest. It’s supposed to get into your scalp and not stay on your hair. After you have applied it, you should wash your hands thoroughly.

Let it dry and absorb into your scalp for at least 3 to 4 hours. During this time you should not get your hair wet or apply any hair products to your hair. This is why women opt to use this before bed. They are sleeping during these hours and can shower and style their hair  in the mornings.

Final Thoughts

When a woman first starts losing her hair due to pattern baldness sometimes the first place she notices it is along her part line. Most of the time your part line will start to look sparse with your scalp starting to be more visible.

If this sounds like what you are experiencing, then you should give Rogaine a try. Eventually, if you do nothing about it then your part will start to look a little like an evergreen tree. Your part line close to your forehead will get more and more sparse and this sparseness will spread further back.

You are more likely for this to happen to you if other women in your family have this same problem. Rogaine can be used as a preventative treatment so that you don’t even start losing your hair.

However, the sooner that you start using it after you have lost some of your hair the better. There reaches a point where your hair follicles are too far gone to save. So don’t wait until this point to start using a hair loss treatment like Rogaine.

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Christopher is the founder of Hair Loss Geeks, which launched back in 2011. At the time there wasn't any credible information on the internet about hair loss. As someone suffering from hair loss himself, Christopher began his extensive research journey. After launching the site, he later graduated from Boston University in 2012 with his PhD in Biochemistry. What started off as a hobby project quickly became a bigger focus as it grew. Christopher hopes everyone can learn from both his experience and research.

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  1. this has been so enlightening i had covid strange things happened because.i know several people who had covid also suffer from hair loss, been using menoxidil. helping but been experiencing weird breathing and alot of headaches, this article explains why thank you. now i know why and i feel better knowing why having these experiences

  2. A girl friends mother used it although she’s only 42, but it worked wonders to patch up a few thinning patches of hair and to thicken it too. Best to everyone here, Darren Chaker


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