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Minoxidil 101: What Is Rogaine?

October 24, 2013

Posted in Hair Loss Treatments, Male Hair Loss, Male Pattern Baldness, Thinning Hair, Women's Hair Loss

Hair Club Rogaine

The word “Rogaine” gets thrown around a lot when talking about hair loss. You’ve probably seen it advertised on TV and stocked on the shelf of your local drug store but what is Rogaine exactly?

Rogaine is actually just a popular brand name for a topical drug known as Minoxidil. Minoxidil as a regrowth agent is used to stimulate hair growth and halt balding.

Believe it or not, it is unknown exactly how Minoxidil works but its effectiveness is believed to be associated with its ability to dilate blood vessels. This affects the circulation of blood and male hormones to areas of the scalp that are losing hair and in turn stimulates hair growth.

Originally, Minoxidil was used primarily as a blood pressure oral medication. Patients being treated with Minoxidil for blood pressure experienced excessive hair growth as a side effect. Additional research showed that a topical solution of Minoxidil applied to the scalp could also stimulate hair growth.

So when you hear people talking about Rogaine, they are referring to a brand name of Minoxidil in the same way someone ordering a Pepsi is referring to a branded cola. Minoxidil is marketed under various trade names, but Rogaine is the most common brand in the U.S.

Minoxidil products are available for women as well as men; however, women’s formulas contain only a 2% concentration, opposed to the men’s 5%. That’s because a 5% concentration has not been approved by the FDA for use by women. That said, some doctors will prescribe the 5% concentration under their supervision.

Does an over-the-counter topical solution promising to end your hair loss woes sounds too good to be true? Well, that might actually be the case. It should be noted that Rogaine is not a cure to baldness. A few months after regular use is discontinued, most new hair will be lost. And if a receding hairline is your problem—Rogaine won’t be of any help. It’s most effective for males younger than 40, who are suffering from thinning hair on the top of their head.

Hair Club EXT

Hair Club offers a line of products containing Minoxidil called EXT Extreme Hair Therapy that’s approved for both women and men. In addition to just harnessing the power of Minoxidil, EXT includes powerful cleansing agents, which allows the Minoxidil to better penetrate the scalp and improve its effectiveness. And since it’s all applied in the shower in place of your normal shampoo and conditioner—it’s a convenient method to slowing and preventing hair loss. Also included in the EXT program is a nutritional supplement that boosts its effectiveness by improving the overall health of your hair and scalp. Hair Club’s proprietary EXT formula contains a special combination of vitamins and herbal remedies proven to slow down hair loss.

However, like other Minoxidil products, EXT’s results will be lost when use is discontinued. If you’re looking for more permanent and dramatic results, Hair Club has additional options that may be a better choice for you.

About the author

Hair Restoration Expert Founded in 1976 by Sy Sperling, Hair Club is the leader in hair restoration and the largest company in the industry. Hair Club offers all proven hair loss solutions, including Hair Transplants, EXT® Extreme Hair Therapy & Non-Surgical Hair Replacements. Currently, Hair Club has 100 locations throughout North America.

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