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Not enough people are aware of the side effects
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 April 2018
When I say "not enough people", I am including myself within this group. When I bought this product it was somewhat of an impulse purchase. I was losing my hair, and I was panicking about it. I knew If I did nothing about the hair loss, the situation wouldn't improve, so I turned to the internet to research potential products.
I initially stayed away from Regaine, due to the price and inconvenience. Presuming each bottle lasts a month it will be costing over £160 per year, which in my opinion is a lot to be spending on hair loss products. It's inconvenient in that it should be applied twice a day, but in all honesty it doesn't take much time. So instead, I started off simple, and cheap- with caffeine shampoos. Hoping that they would do something to slow the hair loss. I can confirm they did nothing of the sort. A completely useless product to treat hair loss. So much so that I believe Alpecin (a popular producer of caffeine shampoo), have recently been banned from saying that their product can reduce hair loss. I believe they can help thicken the hair, and perhaps make the hair stronger, which in itself makes them a better option than your regular supermarket shampoos. However, in terms of hair loss- nothing.
I was losing my hair at a greater rate than ever now. It was then that I decided to turn to Regaine. As I said, it was somewhat of an impulse purchase. I was losing my hair, and Regaine is supposedly one of the most effective hair loss treatments. I put the price and inconvenience aside, and without doing much further research, I decided to purchase it. What could go wrong? Well as it turns out- a lot.
A couple of days after using it I started to notice myself losing more hair than usual while in the shower, but initially I thought nothing of it. After all, it does state in the product information (although very unclearly) that hair loss may temporarily increase as the hairs are making way for "new, thicker hairs!". So I thought nothing of it, and stuck with it until a few days later when once again I lost a lot of hairs in the shower- even more than usual. My hairline looked visibly worse than it did before starting Regaine. Considering the reason I started using Regaine was to improve my hair loss situation, these were very worrying signs as Regaine was making my hair loss worse rather than better. With that in mind, I decided to further research into the product and discovered that this initial shed of hair is very common and in some cases can be very bad, which really isn't made clear by the manufacturer. I also found out that Regaine doesn't actually help hair loss as it does nothing to block DHT (as finasteride does), rather it regrows temporary hairs in the areas which it was applied. Unfortunately, all these hairs will be lost within months of using Minoxidil, essentially making this a life long commitment. If you want to keep the "regrown" hairs, you will have to buy this product every month and apply it twice a day for the rest of your life. This creates further issues in that Regaine is often said to stop working within 5 years of use. After this research I decided to stop using immediately. This was after just 5 days of applying it once/twice a day. I decided that it would be better to stop using it as soon as possible.
And then...came further problems. After I stopped using it, I started losing hair at even greater rate (much more than before I began using Regaine). I also developed a very itchy scalp, which was something I've never suffered from previously. And this itchy scalp still remains a month after I've stopped using the product. So just over a month after using Minoxidil, my hairline is in a much worse position and I have an almost constant itch. It is crazy to think of all the negative consequences after using this product for just 5 DAYS.
In conclusion, I would not recommend this product to anyone. That is unless you're fully committed to using this product every day, for the rest of your life. And are willing to accept that your hair will get worse before it gets better...along with the possible negative health consequences. What I do recommend, is to work on improving your health, diet, try to relieve yourself from stress and make sure you're getting enough sleep.
These are all things that can accelerate the hair loss process. It's important to not panic- hair loss is inevitable for most men and without hair transplants and more advanced (and expensive) treatments, is irreversible. Accept you're losing your hair and do your best to slow the process. Don't turn to falsified products such as Regaine. Products I do recommend are Nizoral and Regenepure shampoos, both of these I believe have minimally helped with my hair loss, and I haven't experienced any negative side effects from using them. Just make sure to condition every time you shampoo, because they can dry out your hair.
Good luck on your hair loss endeavour.