With hair loss affecting millions of men the world over, many seek an effective solution that’ll help them restore their hair, and on a deeper level deal with the anxiety and low self esteem that can all too often come with balding.

Caused by a hormone known as DHT (dihydrotestosterone) and our own inherited genetics, male pattern hair loss is nothing new. But for anyone looking to deal with the issue, there are a few treatments and solutions out there that can help remedy it.

One of these treatments is Regaine, and this is the one we’ll be taking a broad dive into today. If you’re looking for a treatment to your own hair loss, then always consult your doctor first before you commit to Regaine or any other hair treatment product.

What is Regaine?

Regaine hair treatment is one of a number of products available for treating alopecia areata or androgenetica alopecia in men. Its main active ingredient is Minoxidil, which works to reinvigorate an increase the size of shrunken hair follicles and help a healthy head of hair to grow back thicker.

Rogaine hair treatment isn’t available on prescription or under the NHS, however it can be bought in just about any pharmacy or online.

How does Regaine Work?

As we previously mentioned, Regaine hair treatment works by invigorating the hair follicles and encouraging thinning follicles to grow back thicker than they were before, resulting in a noticeably fuller head of hair. This is all thanks to Regaine’s active ingredient Minoxidil, which achieves this reinvigoration by increasing the flow of blood to the hair follicles. This in turn causes them to grow, along with increasing the diameter of the hair shaft and stimulating growth.

Regaine will typically need to be applied around twice daily, and it may be a good 2 or more months until any significant growth can be noticed. On the whole though, Regaine hair treatment has provided good clinical evidence for its effectiveness as a treatment for hair loss.

How to Use Regaine Hair Treatment?

There are a few steps involved when it comes to using Regaine, and they break down as follows:

— It’s recommended that those using Regaine solution apply 1ml of the solution to the balding area of the scalp twice daily, and then spread it around the area with your fingertips.

— Those using Regaine foam should apply about 1 gram (around half a capful) to the balding area twice daily, and again massage the foam into the area with your fingertips.

— If you’re experiencing any inflammation, irritation, infection, broken skin or painful areas on your scalp, then don’t apply Regaine.

— After you’ve applied the hair treatment, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly so as to avoid accidentally applying it to any other areas of the skin (and thus causing hair growth in unwanted areas).

— Avoid using more than the recommended amount of Regaine. It won’t be made any more effective by using more than necessary.

— Regaine is only to be used to treat the scalp, and shouldn’t be applied to any other parts of the body.

Are there any Side Effects of Regaine Hair Treatment?

There are a few side effects that are associated with Minoxidil and Regaine hair treatment that it’s always important to be aware of before you commit to going ahead with it. These include:

— Scalp irritation
— Headaches
— Increased hair growth elsewhere on the body
— Itchiness
— Facial swelling

It’s always vital that you check whatever information is provided with the product before using it for a full list of any and all potential side effects that you could experience.

Who is the Ideal Candidate for Regaine Hair Treatment?

Regaine works best when it’s used to treat men with hereditary hair loss around the back of the head, just below the crown, and if you’re wondering whether or not you’re the ideal candidate for Regaine hair treatment, then there’s a few additional things you’ll want to consider too.

Regaine hair treatment has been found to be most effective for those under 40, who start treatment at the first signs of balding. Those who’ve already gone totally bald won’t benefit from the product, nor will those treating a receding hairline.

If you recognise any one or more of the following, then Regaine unfortunately won’t be recommended for you:

— If you’re a woman (an alternative product is available for women)
— If you’re under 18 or over 49 years of age
— If you suffer with psoriasis, eczema, or have any other issues with the skin on your scalp
— If your scalp is sunburnt or the skin is broken in any way
— If you have no family history of hair loss
— If there’s no clear discernable reason for your hair loss, or if it’s patchy or has come on suddenly
— If you have a shaved scalp
— If you currently have treated or untreated high blood pressure
— If you’re currently applying other medications to the scalp

The Cost of Regaine?

Regaine isn’t available in prescription form from the NHS, so you’ll have to purchase it privately. It can be found in just about any pharmacy or online.

A 3 pack of Regaine costs around £40, and should last around 3 months. Compared to the cost of hair transplant surgery this is obviously much more affordable in the short term, but if you’re going to commit to using Regaine for the rest of your life, then it won’t take long for the costs to add up.

On the whole Regaine is a proven and effective treatment for anyone between 18 and 49 years of age who’s suffering with male pattern hair loss and is looking for a treatment. As long as you’re using the product, your hair will continue to receive stimulation and grow back thicker and fuller than it would otherwise. The only real downside is that as soon as you stop using the product, your hair will revert to its prior state.