I’m male, 37, 6,1, 180lbs, don’t take any medication and my hair is about 1.5 â€“ 2 inches long and sometime 3. I have male balding on the top and receding hairline. In the past I have had thick and lots of hair, now the top is thinning to a point were I get sun burns and makes me cold in the winder. This is the part that I really don’t like as I hate wearing something on my head.
My question is, when looking at Rogaine, which product is best for me? Here’s my thinking, some with questions:
- It is important that the solution gets in contact with the scalp, so with â€œlongerâ€ hair will the foam product be as effective?
- Is volume and length of hair need to be considered when choosing product?
- With the foam product how do you know one is using the right amount?
- There has been remarks about the smell of the foam, are there scent free versions [coming]?
- How can one test the product without buying a full size?
- Is there a difference between the different brands, besides price?
- Is there a generic foam vs. Rogaine?
- Yes, the Rogaine (minoxidil) needs to be in contact with the scalp in order to be effective. Hair length doesn’t matter, but volume of hair could play a role in getting the medication to reach your scalp. Just be diligent and move your hair around to get the minoxidil onto the scalp.
- See answer above.
- I would think there is some instructions on the packaging. The Rogaine Foam site says “the total amount of foam applied should not exceed half a capful.” For the liquid, the recommended dose of the Rogaine 5% topical applied twice daily.
- I have no idea if they’re making a scent-free version.
- I don’t know if Johnson & Johnson (makers of Rogaine) offer a free sample of the foam. Drugstore.com sells it at $22.79 for 1 month or $42.49 for 3 month supplies. The best price depends on your own research.
- The foam is reported to have better absorption than the liquid formulation, but I do not believe it is a significant advantage to achieve a drastic difference. Generally speaking, a generic minoxidil 5% solution would be the least expensive (most bang for your buck).
- To my knowledge, there is no generic version of Rogaine Foam.
More information can be found on the Rogaine Foam site. Remember, before starting any medication you should see a doctor (a hair transplant doctor is fine) for a good initial evaluation. You may also be a candidate for finasteride (Propecia).