Rogaine is the brand name for minoxidil, a topical treatment designed to alleviate hair loss.
Studies have shown that minoxidil can enhance hair growth, though this occurs after using the product daily for many months.
When you stop using Rogaine, some find that the hair in areas on their scalp looks denser, while others notice that their hair loss has stopped entirely.
These results sound promising, but as is the case with all medicinal treatments, Rogaine needs to be applied properly to notice results.
Rogaine is available in different forms, which are usually straightforward to apply. This post will cover how to apply Rogaine foam to target hair loss.
We’ll also cover the precautions you should take before applying the substance, as well as what to do if you forget to use the treatment.
What Is Rogaine?
Before we get into how to apply Rogaine foam, it’s important to understand what Rogaine is.
Rogaine, the brand name for minoxidil, is a medicated treatment that is applied topically to the scalp.
Minoxidil, unlike other similar hair growth products, is a science-supported treatment that is FDA-approved.
The treatment is designed to be applied twice daily. Most individuals that use minoxidil apply it once when they wake in the morning, then again in the evening before bed.
We aren’t completely sure of how Rogaine works to enhance hair growth. Most of the studies profess that minoxidil encourages blood circulation to the scalp.
This allows more nutrients to reach the roots and follicles of your hairs, encouraging the strands to grow.
Rogaine is available in two forms, one liquid, and the other foam. Each of these has different application guidelines that need to be followed properly.
While Rogaine can make a difference in hair growth, it won’t be able to treat baldness. You will have to keep using minoxidil daily to keep your hair growth results.
If you stop using minoxidil, you may lose the newly gained strands after a couple of months.
Minoxidil can cause side effects in some individuals, particularly during the first few weeks. These tend to resolve themselves on their own.
However, if you do experience serious or constant side effects, consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Remember to store Rogaine in a safe place, away from pets, children, moisture, and heat.
How To Apply Rogaine
Applying Rogaine is straightforward enough, though you may find the process a little unnatural at first.
Rogaine is available either as a foam or a topical solution. These both contain minoxidil that alleviates hair loss in the same manner.
We’ll cover how to apply Rogaine foam below.
Applying Rogaine Foam
Rogaine, or minoxidil foam, is easy to apply to your scalp. Follow the guidelines below to use Rogaine foam:
- Ensure that the hair is 100% dry before using the foam. Part your hair carefully before applying the product, as this will help the foam reach the scalp.
- Turn the product upside down, then press the nozzle to distribute half a capful of the foam to the fingers.
- Use your fingers to apply the product to the areas that are experiencing hair loss. Aim to massage the product into the scalp while you do so.
- Once you’ve finished using the Rogaine foam, wash your hands with clean water to remove any residual product.
Things To Consider After Applying Rogaine Foam
Once you’ve finished applying the foam to your scalp, you’ll need to let the product dry before you wash your hair, use heat styling tools, or wear a hat.
Minoxidil can also stain fabric like bed sheets and clothing, which is why it’s important to let the foam dry before letting your scalp touch anything.
If you forget to apply the foam and remember soon afterward, aim to apply the foam as soon as possible.
If you remember nearer to the time for your next application, skip the missed dose and apply your next dose as usual.
Rogaine, or minoxidil products, are only meant for use on your scalp.
If you apply Rogaine accidentally to the eyes, face, or other sensitive body parts, wash the area thoroughly with cool, clean water.
If you experience irritation or soreness anywhere, contact your doctor immediately.
You don’t need to apply Rogaine more than twice daily. Applying the foam more than recommended won’t give you better results, though this might increase the risk of side effects or skin irritation.
Only apply Rogaine foam twice each day and stick to the recommended dosage amount.
If You Forget To Apply Rogaine
It’s important to apply Rogaine consistently to obtain the greatest results, but don’t worry if you miss a dose. This won’t make your newly grown hairs fall out!
If you do often forget to apply Rogaine foam (or other hair loss treatments containing minoxidil), here are some tips that can help you remember.
- Store your Rogaine product in an obvious place. As you’ll normally need to apply the foam in the morning and evening, aim to store it in a place that you’ll use during these times.
- Examples include your bathroom cabinet, dresser, or bedside table.
- Stick up notes in your bedroom, kitchen, or bathroom. This note will act as a reminder that prompts you to apply your medications. Good places are the fridge, bathroom mirror, or on your closet door.
- Set an alarm on your smartphone. Set this to play for several minutes before you get in or after you get out of bed. This will prompt you to apply your Rogaine as you’re getting ready.
What To Do If You Experience Side Effects
Rogaine is usually safe for most individuals, but all medications have a risk of causing side effects.
The most common minoxidil side effects are skin dryness, irritation, flaking, itching, burning, and scaling. If you notice any of these symptoms, do contact your medical provider.
Side effects usually occur during the first few weeks of application. However, if your side effects are persistent, seek medical advice as soon as you can.
The Bottom Line
Rogaine is the brand name for minoxidil, a medication that helps aid hair loss.
Applying Rogaine foam is generally straightforward, but you will need to apply the product twice each day to see results.
If you often forget to apply Rogaine, try sticking reminder notes on your mirror, or setting an alarm on your phone.
Some do notice immediate effects, but in most cases, you’ll have to keep applying Rogaine foam for a few months to see results.