I didn't get any responses to my first posting so please just give me your opinion on this one issue. I truly have no one else to turn to. I just began rogaine 5 percent in accordance with my docs instructions --once in the morning and once at night. This was just 4 days ago. The rogaine makes my hair terribly stiff and greasy looking. This evening I washed my hair first and applied it while my hair was just towel dried and then applied gel and blew it dry and it looks much better! Is it okay to apply while hair is wet? And most importantly ( sorry, I know I said one question), if I ever in my life go off the rogaine, will my hair be worse than it is now due to the expected shed? I am struggling with whether I can keep this up for the rest of my life. What if it does work and my hair gets better in 6 months or so -- can I gradually stop the rogaine or will I lose every gain? I just keep worrying about this issue. Thanks for any input or opinion. Guess I just don't understand the process yet as I have not spoken to anyone but my derm about my hair loss!