Hair Growth: Rogaine

What is Rogaine?

Rogaine is one of the two drugs approved by the FDA for hair loss treatment. The other one is Propecia. Minoxidil, the active ingredient in Rogaine was initially created to treat hypertension. After much testing it was found that one of its side effects was hair growth. It was then tested for usage as an application for hair re-growth and the results were impressive enough to let the FDA approve it.

How does Rogaine work?

Withering hair follicles are rejuvenated by Rogaine – which makes them bigger. Daily usage of Rogaine will mean that your hair follicles will get bigger and it will also lengthen the growing phase. This could result in thick, long hair.

A clear, alcohol-based solution, Rogaine is meant to be applied on the affected areas via the use of a dropper or sprayed on twice per day.
Rogaine is available in two strengths – regular which contains 2% while extra strength is 5%. Users of regular strength Rogaine state that success rates lie between 30-40% while extra strength Rogaine users have a success rate of 50-60%. Rogaine will cost you around $20-30 per month for a 2oz. bottle. Minoxidil, however, can be purchased over the counter minus a prescription.

While no one is clear as to how Rogaine works, it is important to keep in mind that it is not a cure for baldness. All that is known is that Rogaine pumps up the blood flow to the balding areas of the scalp. New research indicates that Rogaine opens up the potassium channels of the follicles which in theory, once opened, could possibly regulate the growth of hair.