Hair is something we all feel very attached to but unfortunately for many as we grow older we tend to either lose it or we experience thinning, breakage and so on.
I am a 36yo male and about 5 years ago I noticed the hair at my temples and by my crown area was getting sparser and sparser so I immediately tried to research what I could do to help prevent any further hair loss. Minoxidil kept popping up online and when chatting to friends so I dug a little deeper.
Minoxidil is a drug that used to be administrated to treat high blood pressure, but it is now the only FDA approved drug for the treatment of hair loss.It works by prolonging the growth phase of the hair follicles. Men have usually advised the 5% strength while women the 2% one.
It comes in a lotion that you can apply in the affected area, but the company Regaine offers also a foam version. Bare in mind Regaine is just the branded name for Minoxidil and you can purchase generic minoxidil at a cheaper price.Having said that I have only used Regaine over the past few years so my review reflects that.
When I purchased my first bottle of Regaine I was shocked at the long list of side effects listed: weight gain, troubles breathing, dizziness, pains in arms, swelling and so on. I decided to give it a try regardless, aware of that fact that during the first month you could lose even more hair as the drugs work by pushing out unhealthy follicles.
And men it did: I applied the spray twice a day, 12 hours apart, and during the first couple of weeks I noticed, during every shower, that I was losing lots of hair and my kind of freaked out but I stuck with it and I am glad I did.
By week 4 the hair shedding kind of stopped but I still did not notice any new hair growing until around week 8 and from then it has been a great success. Not only I did not lose any more hair but I finally noticed baby hair growing both in temples and crown area.
Another thing I noticed is that my hair was getting a little darker ( a few colleagues asked If I had dyed my hair!). After the first 6 months, I was so pleasantly surprised and not having any side effects that I decided to keep using it. Now a few years in I still have all my hair and no more receding hairline.
One drawback is that if you stop the treatment, within a month or two you will start losing your hair again so this is something that needs to be part of your daily routine.
I know there is also a pill called Propecia that GPs in the U.K. give for hair loss but I haven’t researched that much so I can’t give you my personal opinion.
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