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Regaine FAQs

How long does it take before Regaine starts to work?

This will vary. Clinical studies have shown that regrowth can occur as early as 8 weeks when using Regaine Extra Strength Foam or Solution. But it can take up to 16 weeks to see results. Just bear in mind, results will vary from person to person, so you just need to be patient. When you start using Regaine, you may notice a temporary increase in hair loss in the first 2-6 weeks. This is entirely normal and is actually good news - it shows that your hair is shifting from a dormant phase to an active growing phase.

Will Regaine work for everybody?

No, there are several factors that may influence the effects of Regaine including:

  • The predominance of hereditary hair loss in your family
  • The length of time you have been losing your hair
  • The specific type of hair loss condition you have
  • The area of hair loss on your scalp

However, Regaine is proven to stabilise hair loss in 4 out of 5 men and over 5 million users worldwide can't be wrong!

How long will a bottle or can of Regaine last?

Based on the recommended dose, approximately 30 days. As you near the end of one bottle or can, make sure you buy your next pack so you don't miss any applications. Here at Chemist Direct we stock 3, 6, 9, and 12 month supplies so you can go longer between purchases - meaning you're less likely to forget!

If I use Regaine more often will it work faster?

No. Your hair won't grow any faster or better if you apply it more than twice a day and you increase the risk of side effects.

How long should I keep using Regaine for?

You should keep using Regaine for as long as you want to maintain the effect. If you stop using the product, you will lose the hair that grew back and will most likely to revert to the previous pattern of hair loss.

If you haven't seen any results after using Regaine Foam for 16 weeks (or after using Regaine Solution for 1 year), you should discontinue using the product.

What if I accidentally spill some on my face?

Don't panic, there is nothing to worry about: just wash it off with lots of cool water straight away.

What should I look for as a sign that Regaine is working?

If Regaine works for you, you should begin to notice that you're losing much less hair. You might even begin to see new hair growth that may be soft, downy and lighter in colour than the rest of your hair. Over time, this hair should thicken and blend in with rest of your crop.

What happens if I stop using Regaine? Will I keep my new hair?

No. Reports and studies have shown that if treatment is stopped, you will not only lose the hair that grew back, but will most likely go back to your previous pattern of hair loss. But if you stop using Regaine you won't be worse off than before.

Can I switch from Regaine Extra Strength Foam to Regaine Extra Strength Solution?

You should be able to switch if you prefer one format over another, as both contain 5% minoxidil.

If I wear a wig while I wait for new hair growth will it affect the results?

It hasn't been determined if wearing a wig affects the re-growth rate with any Regaine products.

Will Regaine stop my hair turning grey?

No, we're not miracle workers. Sorry.

Can I use Regaine if I've already had a transplant?

No studies have been conducted to determine the safety and efficacy of Regaine in this case, so no we don't recommend it.

Will Regaine affect the condition of my hair?

Regaine products can help to strengthen and thicken your existing hair. There's no evidence that it will do any harm but there have been some rare reports of a slight change in colour or texture.

Will Regaine make my scalp more sensitive to the sun?

No. If you plan to be in the sun after applying Regaine we recommend you use headwear. It would also be a good idea to wait until Regaine is completely dry before putting your hat on as the solution can stain the fabric.

Should I use a special shampoo while using Regaine?

It's not essential, but we do recommend using a gentle shampoo.

Do I have to wash my hair before applying Regaine and if so, how long should I wait afterwards before applying it?

You don't have to shampoo but if you do, you should then wait until your scalp is completely dry before applying the Regaine ? this could take up to 1 hour. This ensures that Regaine won't be diluted or evaporate before it has been fully absorbed.

Can I continue my normal hair care routine, using conditioners, wax, etc. while using Regaine?

You should continue your hair care routine as normal, but choose your haircare products carefully. Gentle shampoos and conditioners suitable to your hair type are best and always rinse them out thoroughly. If using any sprays, gels, wax or mousse, make sure that the Regaine you're using is completely dry before applying.

Can I use a hair dryer while using Regaine?

You can use a hair dryer after shampooing, but Regaine should, where possible, be allowed to dry naturally. If you use it to dry the medication the heat will cause it to evaporate before being absorbed into the scalp. Regularly using a high heat can also break the hair so it's not a good idea.

Can I go swimming after using Regaine?

Yes, but you should wait until the treatment is completely dry before taking the plunge. You should not apply an extra dose of Regaine after swimming, just wait until your next application.

Can I have my hair dyed or permed if I'm using Regaine?

Yes. Stick to your normal hair care routine but make sure you tell your hairdresser that you're using Regaine. Explain that any massaging of the scalp should be gentle to minimise hair breakage, and that if they use a comb it should have round, widely spaced teeth.

At what age can I use Regaine?

Regaine Extra Strength Foam is licensed for hereditary hair loss in men aged 18 to 49, and Regaine Extra Strength Solution for men aged 18 to 65 years. Regaine Extra Strength Foam is intended for the younger market and the cut off age of 49 is based on the upper age limit in the trials submitted for license.