Hi, peoples! This is my first post. I finally Googled "Why can't Women use Men's Rogaine?", and found this forum! I've been using Men's foam/mousse since September 2012.
I tried the yucky women's minoxidil...an eye dropper? It ran all over my head and was just a mess. Dripping everywhere except where I wanted it to go!
I asked pharmacists why, and they told me to ask my M.D. I was watching Dr. Oz one day in September, and he said that women should use OTC Rogaine OR get a prescription for Propecia from their doctor. Propecia? EWW eww eww! The warnings were so severe for women and who wants MORE facial hair?? I bought CVS's generic minoxidil foam/mousse for men and decided to give it a dedicated try.
Let me start by saying that I have light, clear peach fuzz that hasn't increased since September. I cannot recommend it to anyone who has light to heavy facial hair that is dark. I just don't know, and I would strongly advise against it for eye brow regrowth. My eye brows never came back after I plucked them in my late teens. Just too close to the eyes for anyone, IMO. What do I know? It just scares me! I also had a very annoying "widow's peak" when I was young. It just hung down my face, so I plucked it and it never came back...not even now.
Since doing Men's minoxidil for 5 months now, twice a day, my hair is definitely thickening. I was very embarrassed when I was in front of taller people! My hair isn't quite all the way I want it, but it has a more "natural" part when it's dry. I am loving it!!
My schedule with men's "mousse":
1) Day one...shower and scrub my scalp through. Towel dry/rub my hair dry.
2) Apply the foam (smaller than a mouse...animal). I rub my scalp for at least a minute. I also apply it to the temple hair, as that's always been thin.
3) Apply before bed.
4) I wash my hair every other morning, as this has the effect of having four "applications" for 48 hours.
5) NEVER let the mousse touch your face/hairless places)!
Since September, my hair has grown long in length, but I haven't cut out any of my layers from other cuts. My hair is wavy, but now I have (layered) curls.
I'm not very vain, and I no longer wear makeup, but I don't want my hair falling out in my mid - 50s! The problems that caused this are having half of my thyroid removed at 30 and being on thyroid replacement that really doesn't help the loss of hair. I also had a radical hysterectomy and my ovaries were removed. Before I could go on hormone replacement six weeks later, I went through "quicky menopause". I decided NOT to go on any HRT and I have never regretted it! But...the two together have given me mild to moderate head hair loss. THIS I cannot accept! I'm 54, but I stopped perming or coloring (countable gray hair) just in case those ever damage my scalp! If you have thyroid or hormone problems, you know what I mean.
What I most love, other than thicker hair (stick with it!), is the conditioning it does to my hair. I just use generic (rejuvenating) shampoo and no conditioner...my hair has been short, but I'm not getting any split ends like I usually have when my hair gets long and w/o conditioners. I'm lazy...I'm sick w/ post polio. It makes me feel better to have a full head of hair.
I have never seen short hairs growing in, but I think this is because of the conditioning oils in the mousse. I just can't find the short ones, although they are definitely growing in! In the morning, I brush my hair from scalp to ends, conditioning with each brushing. I had a lI]little[/I] bit of hair falling out at the very beginning (as others said above), but now I just lose about a week's worth of what was coming out daily!
The BEST thing is that the men's mousse allows me to comb up my hair from the temples to the top into a plastic hair comb to dry. I always hated my hair long because no "product" ever held my hair back. Now it really works very well. I only take the comb out when I'm leaving my house! And the hair stays back on top and curly on the bottom!
I don't use curlers, irons, blow dryers or any other appliance any more! No hairspray, regular mousse, gels, hair wax or any other "Product" anymore. Happy sigh! I'm staying away from any chemical coloring/perms, etc., too. JUST minoxidil! And it works for my hair styling.
Now I have to say that the makers of Rogaine brand and generics are really stoopid for not making the foam/mousse for women in the 2%. What a huge market for it! I'm going to use the mousse twice/day until my hair is very thick. Then I will use it once/day.
The people who are upset that they will have to use it for the rest of their lives should do the math, rather than complain. Don't we all use something on our hair? I pay $40 for three cans of the generic...that's about $13.50/mo.
That's a "3 month" supply, using it twice a day. When you're where you want to be at your thickness, and continue using it daily for maintenance, the rate for once/day is $6.70/mo!
I can't imagine any woman who wouldn't pay $6.70 to keep their hair thick, instead of buying a bottle of wine, other hair products, or some other frivolous "treat", or a "whim" cosmetic they want to try. There's nothing more attractive than a full head of hair!
Thanks for listening and I'd love to hear about anyone else's success story!
I'm very sorry this is sooo long, but I read this whole thread before I became a member. Lots of time to think about all the posts before I could post. Just glad to be here and hear about other's successes!