Rogaine (Generic-Minoxidil Topical)
This is supposed to dilate blood vessels and improve follicle functions. It is for use in both men and women and is sold in 2% and 5% liquid solutions. It is applied directly to the scalp twice daily. This is not recommended for anyone 18 years or younger. It can be found online and in many stores and is sold over the counter. Rogaine is also contained in a product called Lonitan.
This product must be ordered online and claims to repair hair follicles, stimulate growth, produce thicker and fuller hair and is for both men and women.
Although there is little research to back up claims, mixing one cup of water with 2 tablespoons of vinegar with a dash of cayenne pepper supposedly works to re-grow hair follicles and encourage new growth caused by bacteria or fungus. It is recommended for both men and women and the suggested usage is to rinse hair with the above ingredients before washing the hair.
This is promoted as a natural way to promote hair growth and states that the moisturizing properties keep the hair shaft strong. This product is often mixed with regular shampoos to condition the hair whether hair loss is present or not. I found no research to back up the claims other than testimonials from users.
The above are just a few of the over-the-counter hair loss products available and many of them have been popping up on the pages of tabloid magazines and on television. I didn’t list all of those because frankly, many don’t have any research testing to back them up and ordering from a tabloid ad seems like risky business to me.
For the best results to solve hair loss or thinning I would consult a specialist and save yourself the time and money of purchasing something that may do nothing at all to solve your problem.