Product Type: Regaine hair care products
Newest Review: ... 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 ... more
Personally - An expensive experiment with little or no results
Regaine Men Extra Strength
Member Name: lionel123
Regaine Men Extra Strength
Disadvantages: It doesn't actually work.
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.
Summary: An expensive experiment that doesn't guaranteee results.