One hair loss product on the market that gets a lot of attention is Rogaine. Few hair loss suffers haven’t heard of it or its main ingredient, minoxidil. This product was once reserved for use in men. Today, there is a women’s version of this over the counter product that has been approved by the FDA for treating hair loss. For all the hype that this product gets, the results that it delivers for users are less than stellar. For example, in a clinical trial for women 18-45, only 19% of women reported moderate hair growth after 8 months. Along with the results and the noted caution that it may not work for some users are the list of potential side effects. After reviewing information on this product, a potential user may wonder if it is truly an option after all.
Women’s Rogaine Ingredients
The main active ingredient in Women’s Rogaine is minoxidil. This is the same ingredient in the much touted men’s version, but the women’s product contains only 2% minoxidil versus the 5% in the men’s. The remainder of product is fillers such as alcohol and propylene glycol.
Women’s Rogaine Usage
A small amount of the product (1ml or as directed by a doctor) is applied directly to the effected area of the scalp twice a day with either a dropper or sprayer. After applying the product, wash your hands and then let the product completely dry on your scalp for 2 to 4 hours. It is important not to wash your hair for at least 4 hours and to not use a hair dryer to dry the product on your scalp as it may impact its effectiveness. It is not recommend to apply the product elsewhere on the body or to use more than the recommended dosage.
It is noted that within the first few weeks of use, a woman may experience increased hair loss and this is a normal part of the process. However, a doctor should be consulted if this increased loss lasts for more than 6 weeks. Huh? A product to help with hair loss that makes you lose hair?
The product indicates that it needs to be used twice daily and it may take up to 4 months for you to see a response to the product. If results are seen, they may not fully develop until 8 months. Additionally, if you stop using the product, your hair growth in the area the product was used may stop and you will begin losing hair again.
Women’s Rogaine Price
The price of this product can vary by online vendor. A one month supply (2 fl oz) can be found for $17.99 to $23.95. It is also sold in a 3 month “value pack” (6 fl oz) for additional savings with a price tag that ranges from $49.95 to $54.99.
Women’s Rogaine Review Conclusion
The medical community is unsure why Rogaine for women minoxidil works as it does. Even scarier are the potential side effects from using the product. Here are just a few:
- chest pain, fast or irregular heartbeat, faintness or dizziness
- weight gain
- swelling of feet, hands, or face
Additionally, as with most products, results from using this product aren’t guaranteed. In fact, unless you have just started losing hair, this product may not work for you. Further, if you do see results from this product, they will disappear as soon as you stop using it. Does all this sound like a product you really want to mess around with? I don’t think so.