Did you know that roughly 1 in 4 men will start losing their hair before the age of 21? By the time you reach age 35, that number shoots up to 66%. How do regrow my hair is a million-dollar question that has created a 3.2 billion dollar market for hair loss products. Sitting on top of that marketplace is Rogaine, the household name in hair loss.
But, does it really work? Yes and no. It has a lot of very significant problems that they keep out of their marketing.
It’s a Temporary Solution
Rogaine never claims to be a permanent solution. However, they don’t exactly talk about how temporary the effects can be. Yes, you can see a fuller head of hair if you use their product religiously for a few months. However, the effect will stop as soon as you stop using it.
Other men have claimed that the product simply seems to be less effective over time. Many of them get tired of seeing diminishing returns, get fed up, and get something else. This is why FUE hair transplants for men are growing in popularity as a permanent solution.
This procedure uses robotic (Artas) and automated (NeoGraft) micro-rotatory punches to take the hair follicles from the back of your head, and then implant them onto the areas where you would like to see more volume. It’s a painless and permanent solution.
It Only Really Works on the Crown
If you take a close look at the Rogaine packaging, you will notice that they show you where it’s supposed to work: The top and crown area of your head. It can’t help you if you’re looking to fight a receding hairline at the front of your head. This is a major concern for men who are dealing with the front-facing appearance of baldness.
There are Side Effects
The side effects that may come with Rogaine aren’t terribly common, but they can be terrible to experience.
This may include:
· A burning sensation where you applied the product
· Becoming very sensitive to the sun
· Increased heart rate
· Light-headedness or even fainting
· Skin dryness or flaking
Any of these problems would certainly be enough to ruin your experience.
What About Hair Loss Shampoos or Volume Adding Shampoos?
During your trip down the hair loss treatment aisle at the grocery store, you might see a number of shampoos that claim they can help your hair loss. Can they? In certain cases, yes. If your hair loss is being caused by a condition like dandruff or psoriasis, certain hair loss shampoos can help you fight the inflammation and regrow some volume of hair. If not, they aren’t much good to you.
On the other hand, volume adding shampoos are designed to remove the things that may be weighing your hair down—flat hair looks like thin hair. They may be able to help you appear to have fuller hair.
As you can see, these products may work under certain circumstances. However, expectation management is really key. Do your research before investing a lot of time or money into any solution.