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How I Apply Rogaine

How I Apply Rogaine

Today’s post is a little different than usual. It’s in answer to requests from several readers who share my struggle with thinning hair. I’ve discussed my hair loss journey with you many times because if you suffer from hair loss, I want you to know you are not alone. It can destroy a women’s confidence and those who suffer, need answers.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life discussing RogaineI have Thyroid issues which cause it to cycle between hyper and hypo and wreak havoc on my hair. My hair goes through periods of intense shedding followed by slow regrowth. My physician suggested I try 5% Rogaine for men, to slow the thinning and encourage regrowth. It’s been very helpful.

Many of you have asked me how I apply Rogaine so I thought it might be helpful to show you. Here is a little video demonstrating how I apply it.

The active ingredient in Rogaine is Minoxidil which is available in many products. I’ve tried several brands and various strengths but always come back to Rogaine’s 5% version for men which my physician originally suggested to me.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life applying Rogaine

I’ve found the best pricing on Amazon and order 3 bottles every 3 months. If you stop using Rogaine, the new hair will fall out so I plan to continue using it to maintain my hair.

I hope this is helpful and thanks for sharing your struggles with me.

 

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49 Comments

  1. Nancy
    December 8, 2019 / 2:02 pm

    If you use hairspray do you have to wash it out at night when you put the Rogaine on?

    • December 8, 2019 / 7:02 pm

      I do use hairspray and no, I don’t wash it out to apply my Rogaine

  2. J
    October 28, 2019 / 11:05 am

    Thanks for the video! I just started using this morning. A question for you — after you use the dropper in lines over your scalp as in your video, you don’t rub it in to spread it to the areas in between those lines? Thanks for your help.

    • October 28, 2019 / 7:04 pm

      No, I squeeze the dropper slowly which deposits a small amount along the parts. It dries very quickly. I wish you great success. Be patient. it takes several months to see results.

  3. Anne
    October 11, 2019 / 9:02 pm

    I am thinking of trying rogaine, i bought the foam 4 months ago but am terrified to try because of the hair loss that happens when you start! Did you lose hair when you started? Alot?
    I have a long pixie cut.
    I wash my hair once a week. Every morning, I brush, style with my hands and use hair spray, Can I use this if my hair has other hair products in it, like hair spray, texturing powder, etc.
    To have to use this morning & evenings is a pain.
    Also to shampoo and blow dry everyday is alot of manipulation of the hair. I am worried it will leave my hair wet & flat, I don’t want to have to rewet & style with a hairdryer and brush everyday, too much heat and tugging with a brush will do more damage especially to someone with thinning hair.
    I heard that the liquid was very messy and drips.
    Sorry for my lengthy comments. Thank you!

    • October 11, 2019 / 9:33 pm

      I did not like the foam! The liquid is dead simple and not messy at all. Here is a video showing how I apply it. https://youtu.be/Omh2UCvOc5U
      It only goes on your scalp, not your hair. That’s why I prefer the liquid. It doesn’t matter what’s on your hair because you put it only on the scalp.
      I did not have any extra loss from starting the Rogaine.
      Feel free to shoot me an email if you have more questions.

  4. Cindy
    October 7, 2019 / 6:52 am

    I just watched an old video (2017) of you demonstrating how you apply Rogaine. I’m wondering if you still are
    using it and recommend it. Thank you.

    • October 7, 2019 / 10:45 am

      Yes, every morning, without fail

  5. anne friedman
    September 17, 2019 / 10:13 am

    hi, i just recently saw your post on rogaine. Could you share how long it took you to see results? googling it said 3 months, do you agree with that? thanks so much. I am considering starting it.

    Anne Friedman

    • September 17, 2019 / 7:26 pm

      It did take 3-4 months before I saw the peach fizz regrowth coming in. I highly recommend twice a day and the 5% liquid solution. Good luck!!

  6. Kathy
    April 22, 2018 / 9:03 am

    Thank you for this video. I have been losing hair for years and have considered using Rogane. I thought it was going to be a real pain, and considered not doing it. After seeing your video, I can’t believe how easy it is. I’m definitely going to do this!

    • April 22, 2018 / 7:46 pm

      Good luck Kathy! Please let me know how it goes.

  7. Sherry
    November 20, 2017 / 7:33 am

    Love your video. I think you should occasionally do more. Thanks for the information and demonstration. Very helpful.

    • November 20, 2017 / 9:44 am

      My pleasure, I hope it was helpful

  8. Renee
    November 16, 2017 / 10:58 am

    Thank you for posting on this!
    I’ve been experiencing hair loss lately…scary scene at the bottom of my shower, yikes! This video gives me the confidence to give Rogaine a go! Just looks like not a big deal! Also, can you list the dry shampoo that you use? I’ve yet find one that I’m happy with.
    Thanks again!!

  9. Johnnie
    November 16, 2017 / 5:13 am

    Hi Jennifer, thanks for sharing. Do you use the Minoxidil shampoo and conditioner as well as the 5% Rogaine?

    • November 16, 2017 / 7:13 am

      I don’t. When my hair is shedding heavily I use Nioxin shampoo and conditioner for thinning hair. It stimulates the Hair folicles.

  10. caren
    November 15, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    This is totally off the subject but watching your video, I love your eyeshadow. It makes your eyes look so blue. What brand and color is it?

    • November 15, 2017 / 11:21 pm

      Thanks Caren! I’m wearing Nars in Bellisima. I apply the slightly shimmery beige all over my lid then use the taupe in the outside corner and the crease of my eyes. I’ve almost used the whole container so need to replace it. They don’t test on animals amd have no artificial fragrance.

      • caren
        November 16, 2017 / 8:37 pm

        Thank you so much, it’s beautiful!!

  11. Linda S
    November 15, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    Thank you for this post. I also have thyroid issues and tend to have periods where my hair falls out more than usual. I have recently noticed some bald patches on my scalp. I had no idea they were there and were discovered by my stylist. Have you ever had any issues with patches along with thinning? I have always been curious about Rogaine and wondered how it is applied. Thanks for making me feel a little more confident if I decide to give it a try. This whole hair situation is kind of freaking me out! Thanks for making me feel like I’m not alone.

    • November 15, 2017 / 6:01 pm

      You are not alone Linda!! I’ve never had patches. That sounds like alopecia which is an auto immune condition. I would check with your dermatologist. They sometimes give cortisone shots for those patches and there may be other things too. The Rogaine will help also but if it’s alopecia you’ll want to know. My Dr tells me I have seasonal alopecia. The fun never ends:) Let me know how it goes for you and thanks for sharing.

  12. Barbara L
    November 15, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    Thank you Jennifer! You are a gem to share with us. We do appreciate it. And all the other comments with suggestions are also helpful. It seems it takes a village for us thinning hair gals.

    • November 15, 2017 / 2:18 pm

      I love how we all support each other!

  13. Gudrun
    November 15, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    My hair is silver now and I don´t color it. Have you seen any changes in hair color after using Rogain?

  14. Nancy
    November 15, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Hi Jennifer, Thank you for the Rogaine information. Can Rogaine be applied to dry hair for those of us who don’t wash our hair everyday?

    • November 15, 2017 / 11:39 am

      Yes! My hair is dry in the evening when I apply it and also those days when I don’t wash it.

  15. Carolyn Rohrer Shaw
    November 15, 2017 / 9:57 am

    Thank you for this tutorial. I, too, suffer thyroid issues and move between hypo and hyperthyroidism from nodules on my thyroid. I have just begun with this product based on your experience. Additionally, I had brain surgery in May and had a big path shaved thru my skull. I lost not only the shaved hair, but nearby hair also disappeared. It is filling in ok.

    • November 15, 2017 / 11:18 am

      I’m sorry to hear about your brain surgery Carolyn! I hope everything is well now and I’m very glad the Rogaine is helping. Keep me posted on your progress and thanks for sharing!

  16. Joan
    November 15, 2017 / 9:52 am

    Thank you so much. I did wonder how it was applied exactly. I have thinning hair in the back crown. My hair originally began to shed a lot several years ago and a dermatologist assistant who works mostly with hair people did a sample on my hair that indicated I had a scalp fungus. After taking the medicine for that I had no shedding. It has started up again. I am hypo but have not been told that I alternate like you do. I also tried using castor oil treatments that didn’t work. It seems so hard to have to do the Rogaine morning and night. You make it look easy.

    • November 15, 2017 / 11:22 am

      It takes less than a minute morning and night. I’ve just made it part of my routine like brushing my teeth.

  17. Ann Hyles
    November 15, 2017 / 8:48 am

    You need to try Monet shampoo and hair growth products. They truly work. Awesome products.

    • November 15, 2017 / 11:11 am

      I’ve not heard of that brand, thanks for the suggestion Ann.

  18. Elizabeth Bienvenu
    November 15, 2017 / 6:23 am

    I have been using Pura dor shampoo for about 8 months. I will continue because it made my hair appear thicker and stopped me from loosing more hair.

    • November 15, 2017 / 11:38 am

      I haven’t heard of this brand before Elizabeth. Thanks for sharing with us I will have a look!

  19. Pam
    November 15, 2017 / 6:04 am

    I have hair that is even finer and thinner than yours. My dermatologist also said the 5% is the only one that really works, but it can cause facial hair growth sometimes. Have you had any issues with this? Also, does it leave an oily, or any, residue on your hair to weigh it down?

    • November 15, 2017 / 11:35 am

      I haven’t had any increase in facial hair (same chin bristles as always 😉 The liquid doesn’t leave any greasy residue or seem to weigh it down at all. It goes directly onto the scalp, not the hair so that may be why I prefer the liquid over the foam which did seem to stay in the hair.

  20. Elaine
    November 15, 2017 / 6:01 am

    You might want to try Provillous. I have used this for several years, with much better results!

    • November 15, 2017 / 11:33 am

      I have never heard of this. Thanks Elaine…checking it out!

  21. CATHY
    November 15, 2017 / 5:31 am

    Do you need to wash your hair every day?

    • November 15, 2017 / 11:32 am

      I wash it most days, but if I don’t, I use dry shampoo, after the Rogaine, to freshen it up and boost the volume.

  22. November 15, 2017 / 5:13 am

    I’m considering using something for my thinning hair, when it gets to the point that I’m certain that it’s not seasonal. I’ll have to check with my doctor to be certain that Rogaine doesn’t interfere with any of my myriad other medications, but if it’s working for you, I’m optimistic! Thanks for your candor and your generosity around this subject; it is more important to women than we can easily express, and your openness about your hair has made it easier for me to confront my own situation!
    big hugs,
    Janice

    • November 15, 2017 / 11:31 am

      I am on several medications too so felt reassured when my doctor approved it. The pharmacist also signed off on it for me. Let me know how it goes for you, Janice. Thinning hair is stressful and so hard for women to deal with. Good luck! xx

  23. November 15, 2017 / 5:11 am

    I really admire your willingness to share what is working for you!

    • November 15, 2017 / 11:26 am

      I share in hopes I can help anyone struggling with the same issues.

  24. November 15, 2017 / 4:50 am

    I am really afraid to put anything in my ssytem that way. What are the safety issues?

    • November 15, 2017 / 11:25 am

      It was recommended by my Internist and my dermatologist so I did some research and found it had a long list of possible side effects, not unlike Tylenol. Luckily, I have had no side effects other than hair regrowth.

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