Like many great discoveries, the power of minoxidil to regrow hair came about by chance. Flashback to the 1980s, when scientists discovered that minoxidil, being studied for other indications, actually showed signs of regrowing hair. This finding was a pivotal discovery for millions of Americans experiencing hereditary hair loss.

Taking note, scientists began studying use of topical minoxidil solution on the scalp. Soon, results emerged showing us that topical minoxidil could indeed successfully regrow hair. That started the years of product innovations leading to the multi-generation ROGAINE® products to provide hair regrowth benefits for both men and women with hereditary hair loss. Today, minoxidil remains the only topical ingredient approved by the FDA to regrow hair.


Rogaine® 2% Minoxidil Solution for Men debuts as a prescription-only solution to hereditary hair loss.

The female version, Rogaine® 2% Minoxidil Solution for Women launches.

Both brands become more widely accessible, available over-the-counter at drugstores.

Rogaine® 5% Minoxidil Solution for Men, a higher-dose, extra-strength version becomes available.

Johnson & Johnson acquires Rogaine® and rapidly developed revolutionary Rogaine® 5% Minoxidil Foam for Men.

Unscented Rogaine® 5% Minoxidil Foam for Men is approved for hereditary hair loss in men.

The 1st and only FDA-approved, once-daily Unscented Rogaine® 5% Minoxidil Foam for Women is introduced


ROGAINE® products counteract the effects of hereditary hair loss by revitalizing hair follicles so you can regrow thicker, fuller hair. The ROGAINE® brand continues to lead the way in topical products for regrowing hair.

How Rogaine Works