Hair loss can happen to men and women for a variety of reasons. It can be caused by heredity, a vitamin deficiency, illness or stress. Some hair treatments, such as hot oil treatments or pulling a pony tail excessively tightly, can also cause your hair to fall out.
There are some factors that can increase the likelihood of losing your hair or experiencing thinning hair. One big factor is your family history. If your father had a bald patch or lost his hair prematurely, you and his other male descendants have an increased chance of hair loss. Hair also thins with age or because of a poor diet.
If you notice your hair falling out, there are several things you can do to encourage new hair growth.
An easy and very effective way to stimulate hair regrowth is by using a topical product that can be applied directly to the scalp.
These products often contain an ingredient called minoxidil, which can aid hair growth in men and women. Minoxidil was developed in the 1950s by the Upjohn Company to treat ulcers. Although it proved ineffective for that purpose, studies showed unexpected hair growth. Further tests were carried out, and Upjohn patented the drug for the prevention of hair loss.
In 1985, Upjohn prepared a study for the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on baldness treatment with 2 per cent minoxidil. Three years later, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved the drug under the trade name of Rogaine for treating baldness in men.
In the 1990s, Upjohn made the drug available for women; this version can also be bought over-the-counter in the US. It is now available with 5 per cent minoxidil.
In the mid-1990s, the FDA allowed generic forms of minoxidil to be made available. Although Rogaine was the first to patent the ingredient for hair loss, it now had competition from other companies.
In 1995, Upjohn merged with Pharmacia and subsequently became part of Pfizer, which is now one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.
In 2006, Rogaine was bought from Pfizer by the multinational company Johnson & Johnson, which also bought a mousse version of the liquid that has proved to be more popular.
In 2011, the Rogaine Minoxidil Foam became unscented so that people cannot deduce someone is using the product because of its scent. They will only notice it when they see thicker-looking hair.
How does Rogaine compare to its rivals, such as Costco’s private label brand, Kirkland?
Rogaine says it is the number one dermatologist-recommended brand for restoring hair. It has been in production for more than 20 years and helped more than 20,000 men and women in clinical trials.
The Rogaine Foam version has been proven to help hair growth in men who use it twice daily for four months.
Rogaine products have been used by millions of customers in their quest to improve their head of hair.
Are there any possible side effects?
Most people can use these products without any side effects, although some have said they experienced itching or found a rash on their skin.
Less common side effects include a burning sensation on the scalp, skin becoming more red, facial swelling, facial hair growth, and even an increase in hair loss in some cases.
Anyone who experiences these or any other unusual symptoms after using minoxidil products is advised to consult their doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
How do Rogaine products work?
Rogaine products work in two ways: they revitalise hair follicles and help the hair to regrow. The active ingredient, minoxidil, reinvigorates the follicles that have shrunk because of hair loss.
By applying Rogaine Foam twice a day every day, minoxidil penetrates the scalp. During the first fortnight, users might find they are shedding their thin, older hairs. This is good because it makes way for the new hair.
Minoxidil works by increasing the hair follicles’ size, thus allowing for thicker hair to grow through.
In the first four months, the early growth may be soft and users might not see new hair. Most people will see growth coming through if they continue to use the product.
According to Rogaine’s official website, nearly nine out of every ten men experienced hair regrowth after four months of use.
After those four months are up, customers need to continue using Rogaine twice a day to maintain these results.
Rogaine is easy to apply. Just put half a capful of foam on your fingers, part your hair and apply the foam to the areas that are thinning. Use your fingers to massage the product over the patches showing hair loss. The foam is quickly absorbed and is not noticeable. It is also a very affordable product.
On the other hand, generic products are very similar to the brand names and can be significantly cheaper. For example, Kirkland Minoxidil is available as a foam and a solution.
As a generic alternative, it is cheaper than many of its branded rivals. However, users need to apply the product for between 12 and 14 months to achieve best results. Afterwards, the treatment needs to be continued to prevent hair loss recurring.
The foam has proved more popular than the liquid because it is easier to apply and dries more quickly. Some people use both versions, applying the foam in the morning because it is quicker to dry and then using the liquid at night.
Many people have found the results are similar to the branded, more expensive products and have switched to Kirkland, which is marketed in the US by Costco, because it saves money.
Kirkland’s website claims it is on the way to becoming the most popular minoxidil brand in the UK and has made hair loss treatment accessible to many people who thought treatment was beyond their reach financially. Kirkland’s products cost around half as much as the branded names.
Ultimately, the product you choose to buy might be down to personal preference because they all have similar effects.