Originally Posted by coffee
I have been using the Rogaine Foam every morning. I cant really tell if the treatments are working. However, I do know this much. When I pull on my hair at the top, it comes out very easily (sometimes 2-3 follicles at a time).
You are pulling out hairs right? Not follicles...
Did you read the information that came with your Rogaine? In that information, it explains that you will probably experience shedding when you start treating your hair loss. It also explains that this shedding is normal and it is an indication that the medicine is working. Every treatment that actually works to treat hair loss has periods of shedding. That's just the way it is... Think of it as the weaker hairs need to shed out of the way so stronger hairs can grow in their place.
It generally takes four to six months before you know if Rogaine (or generic 5% Minoxidil) is working for you. If you start seeing little peach fuzz hairs growing sometime between the four and six month time frame, Rogaine is working for you. You will not know how well Rogaine is working for you until you have been using the medicine as directed for at least a full year.
The information I read about Propecia states that it takes 12 full months before you will know if Propecia is working for you. It can take several years before you will know how well Propecia is working for you.
Many here, including me, believe using Nizoral shampoo twice per week helps Rogaine (or generic Minoxidil) work better. I would also add that I feel using a laser comb as directed along with Rogaine and Nizoral can help you get better results from your treatment - if you are a good candidate for low level laser therapy (not everyone is). Your hair loss pattern, your skin type and how long you've been losing are all factors in determining if you might be able to benefit from low level laser therapy.
Many men use Propecia (or generic 1.25mg Finasteride) along with Rogaine (or generic 5% Minoxidil). Minoxidil is a growth stimulant - but it does nothing to stop what is causing the hair loss. Finasteride stops what is causing the hair loss for men - but it is not a growth stimulant. Nizoral makes your scalp goood and healthy - an it has mild anti-androgen properties that may help block DHT at the scalp. The laser comb makes the hair you have stronger, thicker and look better. So it makes sense to use the available treatments together if you can. Women suffering with hair loss cannot take Finasteride for example - but women can use Rogaine, Nizoral and the laser comb.