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I wasn't expecting any results from this product.
For one, it suggests younger men deride more benefit, I am 48. Secondly my thinning hair is long standing, from about age 35 and this is my first attempt to reverse it. I think regaine may have this all wrong, surely later onset baldness is less aggressive and more curable for older men, certainly that is what I am finding.
At the start of treatment I had lost about 75% from the top and this was meeting my frontal baldness which was uncontrollable frizz that wouldn't comb down. I have generally gone for a zero grade Kojak these last five years, who wants to look like Max Wall.
During month one it appeared to thicken.
Around weeks 4-6 I lost it again as per the guidance notes and was back to where I started.
Now at 3 months my crown is 75% covered from 25%. My frontal baldness about 90% from 50%. This is practically a miracle. A friend said to me recently you are lucky to have a full head of hair, well not quite. Regain is so gradual friends think you have always been like you are once the treatment starts to work.
Would suggest that regaine is combined with a low cholesterol diet and red wine. Get your fat from peanuts. Saturated fat is about 50% the cause of baldness through blocking head circulation (and the rest male hormone) hence baldies are twice as likely to get heart attacks.
My hairline started receding in my earlier 20s, and by my late 20s, it was joined by thinning hair on my crown, both of which I vigorously denied for many years. It wasn't extreme hair loss, just a patch of thin hair at my crown and a high hairline. I tried my best to cover it up, keeping my hair of a reasonable length and style to hide the thinness without being accused of having a comb-over.
Fast forward to my early 30s and you can imagine my shock when my partner brought home a box of "Regaine for Men" for me to try. After many minutes of using every expletive known to man accusing my partner of calling me bald, I sneaked off to the toilet, the box of Regaine firmly in hand.
Inside the box comes a bottle of solution, three different applicators and an information leaflet, giving directions for use and safety warnings. As with all medicines, the list of side-effects was lengthy and including headaches, sickness, even hair loss!!!
A cure for hair loss that might cause hair loss?!?!?! Oh crap...
With a sense of interpretation I decided to venture forth and give it a try. What the hell, if my hair falls out overnight, I'll just say I cut it short for summer!
As I mentioned, each box comes with three applicators: The wide spray applicator - this is a standard spray nozzle that covers a large area, intended for applying the solution to a wide area The roll-on applicator - as the name suggests, this applicator rolls the solution onto the required area. The narrow spray applicator - this is a long narrow nozzle that you can work between your hair so the spray is applied directly to the scalp.
I decided upon the narrow spray applicator as I felt the other two would be more beneficial to men with little or no hair as the spray/roll-on can be applied directly to the scalp.
The applicators are all easy to apply to the bottle, simply unscrew the bottle cap and screw on the desired applicator; unless you're using the narrow spray when you need to use the wide spray applicator and fit the narrow nozzle over the top of this.
Now for the fun part - 6 sprays twice a day. I tend to concentrate my sprays around the crown area then give the scalp area a quick massage to help the solution cover the area. I'd say it now takes less than a minute twice a day, so it's hardly a time consuming task.
It's pleasant to use, with no noticeable smell and dries in within a few minutes, although I tend to wait 20-30 minutes before styling my hair. It does feel quite greasy on your fingers after you've rubbed it in, but I've not noticed any greasiness to my hair after using. The greasy feeling does help me to remember to wash my hands after every use so I don't end up with hairy fingertips!
The instructions do say that it will take a number of weeks before any new hair begins to emerge, and I have to say that I was sceptical. How could a tiny little bit of liquid reverse years of hair loss in a few weeks?
Each bottle has enough solution to last 4 weeks, so by the end of the initial 4 week period I peered into the mirror hoping to admire the thickness of my hair, to no avail. It looked exactly the same. Oh well, at least no hair loss.
I decided to try Regaine for another few months so this time I bought a 3 month supply as it works out more cost effective this way. I routinely spent a few minutes each morning and night applying Regaine, and after 8 weeks my hair started to feel thicker although I couldn't yet see the difference.
Fast forward to the present day, and I've been Regaine'ing for 5 months and people have commented on how my hair looks thicker now! I'm never quite sure whether to take it as a compliment or as an insult ("what do you mean; that my hair was thin before, oh how very dare you!!!)
The difference really is quite surprising; the hair looks natural and not the baby, fluffy hair I had expected. It's grown in evenly without leaving any small patches of thin hair, and the colour matches the natural colour all around.
Luckily I've had no side effects from using Regaine, especially not the dreaded hair loss.
Overall I'm very happy with Regaine for Men, the only downside is that I need to continue using it every day or the hair will eventually thin out again.
Cost wise it isn't cheap. One months supply from Boots will set you back around £40 with the 3 month supply costing nearly £80, although it is available cheaper online (isn't everything these days?) I've just order another 3 month supply from a supplier on Amazon for £45 with free delivery so on this basis it would cost me £180 a year to Regaine my hair.. I could buy a lot of hats for that!
Once I am happy with the thickness of my hair I intend to reduce the frequency of application to once a day to see if this makes any discernable difference to my hair (thereby halving the annual cost).
i tried regaine years ago.i think then that it had just come onto the market.at£80 for 6months treatment it was a lot of cash in those days.i was told that it would be about 4months before i saw any growth.i applied it twice each day and didnt look at the back of my head untill 4months had passed.sure enough my hair had grown back.i bought a further 6months supply,keeping to the instructions.i wasnt loseing any hair at all.i bought another 6months supply but this time i only applied it once each day so it lasted me 12 months.i still kept my hair.then i was told that after 2years i would need a stronger solution.this i bought from a boots chemist.there was now, no need to go to a doctor.i paid £70 for the stronger solution.this made my scalp very itchy so i stopped useing it and of course i started to lose my hair.it doesnt work for everyone but i can assure you,it worked for me as long has i kept on useing it.i still have the stronger version of regaine but i dont fancy the itchy scalp problem.
Around 2 years ago I became aware not only in my mind but by the comments of others that infact my hairline was in the process of re-ceeding. I was aware that baldness was something that ran through one side of my family with my 35 year old uncle bald around the front and on top of his head, my grandad and great grandad suffering from the same thing and my dad having a fairly thin hairline at a relatively young age. Of corse I hadn't really noticed, but literally from the second someone made a comment mentioning the fact that my hair was thinning out and in the process of re-ceeding it instantly became an issue.
Throughout my life so far, ive always hated the hair thats been given to me. Naturally since a young age i've had thick,wavey and curly hair impossible to style, impossible to keep stable, impossible to keep looking good. I've always been a person seeking the best hair style, the best hair gel and in general the best hair accessories, but actually I didnt realise how the first signs of balding would affect me so badly. Never in my life have I taken advantage of anything I have. A good family, solid back ground, a young-ish single parent mother who couldn't give me everything I wanted but more than made up in love and attention, a healthy family and living arrangements, a chance to prosper as a young man at university and a steady financial income working in local stores and restaurants. But perhaps having hair was one?
In the weeks pro-ceeding the comments made to me, I became considerably more aware of the situation. Spending 5 or so minutes in the mirror before leaving the house to attempt to make every strange of hair perfectly cover my re-ceeding patch so that people wouldn't make a comment about it. Combing my hair would take 5 minutes longer than in times gone by because of silly little worries in my mind that combing too fast would pull extra hard on my hair and only provide more help for it to fall out.
I remember one night feeling particuarly low about the situation and researching all over the internet into diets and how eating would affect me. I remember one day in boots being asked by the sales assitant why id take so long reading the ingridients on the back of a bottle of Gel!! I understand how stupid and silly some of thoose comments would look on the face of things to most people, but for me personally - the prospect of going bald is and was terrifying.
I decided finally to pluck up the courage to book a doctors appointment. I had been apprehensive for weeks and weeks about doing it. Afterall, what exactly am i going to say as I walk in? 'Morning doc, im going bald can you help me?' I was fully expecting to be turned around and sent away with a permanent banning order to that specific doctors practice, but infact much to my surprise and dismay the doctor was very, very under-standing of my siutation and spent 15 or so minutes talking the siutation over, explaining why male pattern baldness occurs, how it works and how to help prevent it.
He recommended me - Regaine. At around £60 per box I was very un-sure as to how the product would work and whether infact it would be a waste of time. Regaine itself contains 'Minoxidil' a substance that was originally utilised as an oral drug to treat high blood pressure, however over time was found to have the added use of causing hair re-growth. The doctor explained that Regaine would come in 3 small bottles for every box purchased. Inside these bottles would be the chemical solution that I would have spray where my hairliness reaches baldness twice a day, once in the morning and once at night before rubbing the solution in and allowing it to dry. The doctor also informed me that the process would not be successful overnight and that it may take 6-8 weeks to notice a proper change of any sorts and in some cases that it may take a full course of regaine to do the trick and in some cases it didnt even work all together.
I took the bottole and left. The next morning I awoke chipper and excited to start the process. The solution itself is clear and smells very chemical like, almost asif it has a very strong alcohol content. I continued this process for well over 3 months, purchasing a second batch of Regaine after the first had ran out. My results were, well un-staggering to say the least. I noticed absolutely no hairline improvement, no re-growth, no thickening and no increase in strength in my hair. Infact i'd dare say that the Regaine solution made things worse for me than it did better.
When your hair comes into contact with the solution it becomes very greasy and shiny looking, as well as sticky at the route. This doesn't lead to a very good look. I also had 2 small red patches around the lobe of my head where I had been rubbing the solution in. That aside, I had showed no signs of anything the product should be doing.
I've since headed back to my doctors and haven referred to a hair specialist who has taken me under his wing. I have an operation for a hair transplant booked for August 2012 and am now 95% of the way there to saving the money and paying for the operation.I honestly can't tell you how excited I was to initially use 'Regaine' only to be lead up the garden path and open the gates of dissapointment.
Wish me luck - 2012 coudl finally be there where I get rid of my re-ceeding hairline.
My advice to thoose thinking Regaine, would be dont. It £60-£70 a box. The box lasts about 2-3 months if correctly applied and the results for me were abysmal. That being said, perhaps a trial period for most people would be fine. I've also heard of tablets named 'propecia' in recent months that are apparently far better than Regaine. I'd advise asking your doctor about these.
Remember - anyone thinking that doctors will be dismissive of something seemingly 'pointless' like a re-ceeding hairline, just ring up book an appointment and explain how you feel. There's nothing to be ashamed, embarassed or angry about.
Good luck. - Steer Clear from Regaine though.
I have now used 5 bottles and have my hair loss reinstated to the same status as I was 5 to 7 years ago.I am 52 years of age. I suffered from thinning front through the top in a band about as wide as my forehead. I was down to 50% hair loss in this area. The hair lost from my forehead has not been reinstated but Regaine has been effective in supporting the area within the existing line. I am not expecting any further improvement.The pharmacist pointed out that Regaine (over a pill alternative) would not interfere with my Cialis use. Most important for her!I recommend trying the product.
Regaine has been in the market for quite some time. I bought it more than 10 years ago, I was losing my hair fast! Having studied science at university, I was aware of the important chemical in Regaine, known as Minoxidil.
Originally, minoxidil was developed as a treatment for high blood pressure. Researchers had found it caused regrowth of hair as a side effect. The precise mechanism by which minoxidil works is unknown. The most common theory is its vasodilating effect. This means it relaxes the blood vessels. It may be the case that the hair follicles are stimulated in this way, causing growth of new hair. For male pattern baldness, minoxidil promotes hair regrowth in the frontal areas of the scalp as well as in the central area.
Despite the research, I was still skeptical, but really wanted to try something for my hair.
I applied the product topically to my scalp, twice a day. After just one week, the results were amazing, I was blown away! New hair was growing, my hair seemed thicker and stronger!
Being on a tight budget, I was forced to stop using it after six months. My hair started coming out again after about a month. So I began using Regaine again, for another six months, and then stopped using it again due to my financial situation. Feeling a little depressed, I was expecting to lose hair again, but it didn't happen. It's not supposed to work like this, in theory, you should have to use it all your life. But I haven't used it for years, and I still have a full, thick head of hair. I can't explain this, and I certainly am not saying this will be how it works for everyone. However, for me it has been money very well spent.
According to scientific research, the overall success rate varies. In people in their twenties, in the early stages of hair loss, the success rate is very high. However, someone in their fifties, in late stages of hair loss, may have a low chance of success. Age and stage of hair loss are the key factors. For some people, the positive effects may diminish over time, due to a tolerance being developed.
One definite negative side effect I noticed was skin blemishes, on my face. Sometimes it looked as though my face had been burned. The blemishes disappeared when I stopped using it. I think it's probably the case that some people would suffer side effects from this product, while others experience none at all.
Overal, a fantastic product, I highly recommend!
I would like to state that in writing this review, I have copied some parts of an article which I wrote on www.helium.com. This article is called "curing baldness", and can be seen there under the name "carl marshall".
Regaine Extra Strength For Men
Noticing I was getting a bit thin on top last year, I started looking on the net to see if there was anythingh I could do. I didn't like losing my hair it wasn't good for my self confidence.
I found out that I had something called male patternbaldness that is caused by a typeof testosterone in my hair follicles known as DHT. The only known treatment for male pattern baldness is minoxidil. Minoxidil is a drug used for things like heart problems but scientists discovered that it also caused hair to grow on people trialing the drug.
There are a few companies who sell minoxidil, and you don't need a prescription for it. I settled on Regaine Extra Strength which has a 5% Minoxidil concentration, 5% is quite a high dose.
I bought my first bottle from Boots, but then found it was cheaper on the internet if you buy 3 bottles at a time. So I pay around £50 for 3 bottles from Pharmacy2U and other online shops.
To use Regaine you just take one of the suppied bottle top adapters (I use the spray top) and spray 1ml of Regaine on the areas of scalp where the hair is thinning. You need to do this procedure twice a day -once in the morning once at night. I found the morning one inconvenient when I was rushing to get to work because it makes your hair a bit greasy and even thinner looking.
On the plus side after about 2 months I noticed new hair growing where once there was very little. By six months I'd grown quite a bit of hair back.
The hair I grew back was much thinner and whispier than the hair I once had, but even so it does wonders for my self confidence. If I'm really careful how I do my hair -I can make it look pretty good and only slightly receded -so I'd have to say that for me Regaine is a partial cure at least.
On the down side, it's not cheap month in month out, and you darn't stop using Regaine/Minoxidil or all your new hair will fall out again.
Still for me Regaine has made me a much happier man!
Thank you for reading my review.
Just thought I would post something here which might help. I am a single guy of 62 and many younger guys might think that at my age I have no right to have any hair!! Like many guys I suffer with MPB (male pattern baldness). This is hereditary, so if your father lost his hair, the chances are that you will too. I have several younger brothers who have less hair than myself, and one who would be approaching 59 were he still alive, had little by his late 20's.
I heard of Minoxidil many years ago from a report in the press and never did anything about it except to commit to memory. Now there is a product on the market Regaine TM containing Minoxidil which could POSSIBLY help with MPB. I had a read of the box some years ago, and noted that it might not be effective for everyone and that results cannot be guaranteed. This set off alarm bells ringing in my head, because I am sceptical by nature and felt that this was a "cop out". This product was VERY expensive and it would take some time before positive results, if any, would be observed, by which time one would have spent/wasted quite a bit of money.
Although I still have a fair amount of hair left (more than a lot of guys half my age) I still did not feel happy about the loss. I recently typed MPB into that well known search engine starting with "G" and had a read of sites, especially Wikipedia which I found most enlightening. It is really informative re Minoxidil/Regaine. I would suggest that anyone concerned about hair loss view this site as well. To cut a long story short, this product has to be massaged into the hair and thus scalp. Minoxidil is supposed to increase blood flow around the hair follicle stimulating growth. Massage does the same. It got me thinking; so is THIS the reason for hair growth rather than the "active ingredient" and thought of other ways to increase the blood flow within the scalp. I came up with an answer. For the last two months I have used my finger nails to rigorously scratch my scalp several times a day and even use a small round hair styling brush with short hard bristles (available from national chemist chains for under a Fiver; make it with a metal body not wood) to firmly brush the hair and thus scalp stimulating blood flow. Eureka! Hair has started to re-grow in areas where it was thin, even where there was no hair at all; I can feel the spikes of hair growing out within the hair which is still there. Ok, it may be only "downy" in places and a bit to start with, but who knows what the future holds. Other reviews here talk about "treatments" which involve massage.
My conclusion is that by increasing blood flow this way is the best way forward. I probably won't have the full head of hair that I had in my youth (won't see that again even if you gave me a telescope!), but at least it is an encouraging start. I think that products such as Regaine are a total waste of money and there is always someone somewhere prepared to rip the public off by whatever means are available. That old adage is right; "If it seems to be too good to be true, it probably is". Will end on this light note. Many people believe that when a guy goes bald, the hair falls out of his head. Wrong! It falls through his head and comes out of his nose and ears. Good luck to all of you other "follically challenged" guys.
I am not yet Bald but found loosing lots of hair now a days.When i used first time, I found My hair fall is controlled all of sudden.I left in between and again hair loss started.Now using it again. It is expensive!!It shows results.. But not sure whether it promotes growth.If you have limited budget, think twice spending over it, as it is not 100% guaranteed.-Ravindra
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I wasted a small fortune in the mid 1990s on a series of baldness treatments which used Minoxidil as a main ingredient (now packaged as Regain). Not that I was bald then, but had an horrific experience in Lillywhites (the sports shop in Picadilly Circus, London). As a young man one is slightly hurt by ones friends joking about receding hairlines etc. but usually manage to ignore it as playful banter. This changed when I had a summer holiday job in the Ocean Leisure department of Lillywhites in the then newly refurbished "ball-room" - a hang back to when Lillywhites had been a hotel which held balls and dances. The entrance to the area was down a flight of stairs into a huge room with a 20' ornate ceiling crowned with a glazed dome. This room had an enormous mirror at the far end where one could see the entire goings on at a glance including what you looked like as you made your entrance. (alas the store has destroyed this area by inserting a mezzanine floor to get extra trading space.) Many times a day going up and down these stairs I would be confronted by a huge reflection of myself in the mirror opposite, brilliantly lit up by the sales lights that most department stores have. And lo one day after such jibes by friends - I noticed that I could see my skin through my hair in the reflection. This grew into a fixation over the weeks until I had convinced myself that combined with a receding hairline I was going bald. In the staff room was a copy of the Evening Standard with a large advert from a special clinic in Wigmore Street (behind the M&S store on Oxford Street). They assured readers of a free consultation and a revolutionary product still at trial stage. "Cant be bad" me thinks and book a free consultation. By the time this ordeal was over I was under the impression that unless I signed up to their series of treatments I wouldn't last into adulthood with my hair inta
ct. This plus the daily torture of looking at my balding head in a vast mirror convinced me to sign up to an expensive series of treatments. These involved a weekly session where after a wash and massage with a sticky fluid, thick paste of pink stuff was spread all over my head an I was left with my head in a steamer for half an hour or so to infuse. Then I was sent home with some bottles of a concentrated mixture of Minoxidil which required a twice daily application massaging the folicles generally. Due to the trial nature of this potion at the time, this treatment required a monthly medical to ensure my heart rate wasnt increasing etc. Minoxidyl was originally developed (I believe) to assist with a heart condition and found to have other potential properties. After a couple of months the photo record of my hair seemed to show that it was growing back. A fine layer of "bum fluff" had appeared on the receding bits and the top of my head was less visible in the Lillywhites' mirror of vanity. Yippee - I'm cured I thought and with gusto signed up to a further course of treatments. What a mug !! The impression of thicker hair on the top of my head was probably due to the fact that hair grows and over the course of my photo records was just longer so appearing to be less bald. The bum fluff I cant explain, maybee due to the weekly steaming with the pink stuff or perhaps I had never examined my head to such a detailed degree. After a few more months the bum fluff had all gone - probably as a result of all the masaging. In all I spent over £1,800 on these treatments and am lucky that a good friend one day asked my "WHY?". On some serious questioning I realised that my fear of becoming ugly and getting old had cost me the best part of two grand and had seriously affected my confidence. I no longer worked at Lillywhites so wasn't confronted by my appearance on a daily ba
sis, and having hair or no hair doesnt make you any more or less an attractive, interesting, or fun person to be with. OK so I may never be any of these, but as Minoxidil wasn't preventing the ensuing baldness why should I get so hung up on the issue. So in an act of great revenge against my hair I cut it all off. A grade one at the barbers - there that serves you right you meanie. This was the weirdest thing to do but totally the correct thing in my case. I suddenly realised that the legend of Samson loosing his hair and strength was a load of rubbish. I was still exactly the same me, and instead of people seeing a bit of my pink head they now saw all of it. Grade one was a bit radical and looks odd with a shirt & tie (unless you are Vinny Jones) and I now keep it to a grade 2-3. I am really happy and I dont have to think about my hair - no not one bit. The ultimate wash and go - quick rub with the towel and out of the door. No hair no worry and loads more self confidence. There are still some vacuous people (especially for some reason complete strangers) who delight in commenting on my baldness. But I can truely laugh as I really dont care. Also one day when they are middle aged and their hair starts receeding as they enter a midlife crisis I know the anguish they will face. I have been there, wasted a lot of money, and come out of the other side laughing at both my stupidity and society's perceptions of what constitutes a "complete" person. Now for the lecture bit if you haven't fallen asleep. If you worry about your hair or impending / actual lack of it by all means try Regain (Minoxidil). It has now been commercialised and is available from Pharmacists - no pink paste, steamers, or doctors check ups. If it works and is your "miracle potion" I am very happy for you and wish you a good life forever spending your money and becoming fixated to your eli
xir of youth. Do be prepared for it to fail you or dash your hopes to the ground. If it does, so what! The sooner you find a way of coping and realise for yourself what a load of absolute tosh the whole stuff is the better. This stuff just panders to your fears and vanity, and you will be much happier when you realise this. Once you cross that bridge you will never want to go back and will be able to have a good belly-laugh at your own stupidity. Until you find this point you will just have to trust me. Good luck whatever your outcome.
Regaine has been marketed as a cure for pattern baldness in men but does it really work?. Background: the active ingredients in REGAINE (tm) is Minoxidil, a compound that was first developed to reduce blood pressure. During the trial, the company realised that patients on the drug started to grow more hair, hence its use in the hair market. It can be bought in 2% and 5% strength and is VERY EXPENSIVE. A 1 month small bottle costs £30 and three costs £65 or close to that.. BUT DOES IT WORK?... Well the manufactureres say that regaine can do one of three things: 1) Increase your hair (Yippee) 2) Stop your hair falling (Only worth it if you have some left 3) Nothing (What.. at £30 a bottle!!) To test this out, i bought 10 bottle of the Minoxidil solution, to see if it will help my slowly receding hair line and also my bro's..... We have to try it for about 4-6 months to see any noticable effects. I am already in week 2 so have plenty of time (and very little money) left..! I will inform you guys as to whether this works... on my small head, and wether wasting SO MUCH money has been worth while..! so wathc this space..!
Regaine Extra Strength has been specifically designed for men who want fast results when compared to Regaine Regular Strength and is more suitable for those looking for regrowth / Regaine Extra Strength works for 4 out of 5 men to help prevent further hair loss / It has been shown to re-grow some hair in 3 out of 5 men / Results may become noticeable in just eight weeks / In clinical trials, men experienced 20% more regrowth than those using Regular Strength / Regaine Extra Strength is available from a pharmacist without a prescription.