Rogaine or Minoxidil 2% solution is a treatment to cure hair loss in both men and women. Earlier it was available only by prescription but today a person can purchase it over the counter. Minoxidil is applied topically over the balding areas for stimulation of new hair growth.It drew a lot of attention from the media in its initial days as it was approved by FDA. It was known as a miracle drug’s. Rogaine is said to have a moderate effect in controlling hair loss in some people.Also, it has been observed that women respond better to Rogaine treatment than men.The response rate is even higher when 5% minoxidil is applied.Be it Minoxidil 2% or 5% it effective only in cases of early hair loss or hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia or on relatively small areas of bald patches.Early use of minoxidil indicates that it helped in delaying the progression of male or female pattern hair loss.One must make sure that he/she uses Rogaine as directed by the physician.
A hair specialist at times uses Rogaine to delay hair transplantation for several years and conserve the donor area of hair which could be eventually used during hair transplant. Rogaine is effective in improving hair growth in the central areas of the scalp than the frontal areas. A hair specialist normally uses minoxidil to complement hair transplant and help create a fuller hair on the scalp.However, it is to be noted that minoxidil needs to applied for a lifetime. Stopping its application will result in excessive hair loss. It is advisable that one seek a hair specialist’s advice before applying anything available over the counter. After all it is the matter of your hair!