Benefits of and How to Apply Rogaine with Minoxidil For Hair Loss

Fri 8 Feb 2008

To combat against hair loss, I’ve been told by my dermatologist to use Rogaine 5%.   How do I apply it?

Rogaine FoamRogaine 5% (minoxodil) is a topical hair loss drug that is applied to the balding scalp.   Minoxidil has been proven time in and time out to be an effective hair growth stimulator that can both maintain and increase scalp hair counts.  

There has been some discussion on our hair restoration forum  as to whether applying Rogaine once a day is just as effective as using it twice daily.   Though there is some evidence to suggest this may be true, it is said to receive optimal benefits of this hair loss medication to apply this product twice daily

Though Rogaine with minoxodil has only been tested and FDA approved as a hair loss treatment for the crown, many quality hair  transplant surgeons and hair loss patients swear by it’s efficacy in the bald crown.

Rogaine comes in two forms, a liquid and a foam.   Rogaine liquid can be applied with one of two applicators.   The Rogaine spray should be pumped 3 times into the balding region whereas the Rogaine dropper is only used once per time used.   Both methods end up utilizing approximately 1 ml of the hair loss remedy.   Rogaine foam is easily applied by pumping the foam into your palm and lathering it into the balding areas.   The foam has also been said to be less of a scalp irritant due to it’s lack of the ingredient propylene glycol which is present in the Rogaine liquid.

Bill Seemiller
Associate Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network and the Hair Loss Learning Center
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One Comment so far:

  1. George says:


    I have been using Regaine 5% liquid for the past 3 years now. I have seen very good results, with the shedding decreasing . However, I have a very weird case. Here is how it goes: I trim my head using a shaving machine to level 1 or 2. I notice that the hair loss stops completely. However, in 4-5 months time, as the hair becomes longer, my hair starts shedding again, until it reaches a climax of extreme loss at the end of the 5th month. (this is not due to hair length, as I have tested hair loss even when the hair is very short). Once I reach the 5th month, I shave my head again, and in a week’s time, the hair loss stops completely, only to start shedding again at the 5th month. I use regaine 5% through out all these phases. This is very weird. Does this mean regaine works only on very short hair? Or does this mean the scalp is not absorbing the regaine once my hair becomes longer?

    Does anyone have a clue on why this is happening?

    Thank you,


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