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Q&A: How Do I Apply Minoxidil?

Name: Euan

Question: How do I apply Minoxidil?

Answer: The following are the instructions on applying preparations of minoxidil liquid and preparations of minoxidil cream in order to ensure best results for hair growth.

Minoxidil ApplicationMinoxidil Liquid Solution

To correctly use minoxidil liquid, you must apply 1ml of Minoxidil onto a dry scalp (either once a day or twice a day depending on instructions), by doing the following:

*When using liquid minoxidil dispensed from the Belgravia pharmacy for the first time, begin by using a 0.5ml dose for the first week, increasing to 0.75ml for the second week and working your way to a full 1ml dose from the third week onward.

  • Draw 1ml of Minoxidil into the syringe provided.
  • Keeping the head tilted back, release the liquid onto different areas of the front and top of the scalp.
  • Ensure the tip of the syringe is touching the scalp to ensure little gets absorbed into the hair.
  • Some may drip – if so you can use the position of your head to guide the minoxidil liquid to the areas required.
  • Leave the areas of application untouched for a few minutes.
  • Wash your hands immediately after use.
  • Rinse the syringe after each use with clean water.
  • Wash the syringe out by pulling water into the syringe until it is full and pushing the water out. Carry this process out once or twice.

Minoxidil Cream

When using the Minoxidil cream for the first time please start with a small (about a quarter of the spoon) dose, gradually increasing over two weeks to the full dose of 1ml.

  • Fill the spoon with the required amount of minoxidil cream (usually 1ml). One level spoonful is the full dose of 1ml – we have provided a spatula for leveling the amount in the spoon. Return any excess cream into the pot.
  • Using the fingertips, take dabs of cream and rub into the scalp gently in the direction of the hair. Start with the areas most affected by hair loss or thinning and try to ensure cream is not absorbed into the hair.
  • Repeat these steps for different areas of the scalp until the required measurement has been used up.
  • The cream should disappear with no visible residue on the skin or hair.
  • Wash hands immediately after use.
  • Wash any further excess cream out of the spoon. Each tub of minoxidil cream is over-filled slightly to make up for any wastage.

Important Information

  • Discontinue use if you experience any irritation, headaches, faintness, dizziness, stomach pains, swollen hands or feet or heart palpitations.
  • Never apply to open sores or cuts to the skin.
  • Occasionally hair growth on other parts of the body may be experienced.
  • If you experience any of these or any other side effects, please discontinue treatment and contact the clinic immediately.
  • Women must NOT use if pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Use only as these instructions state. Read the instructions with the medications carefully.
  • Do not refrigerate but keep in a cool place and protect from sunlight.

Additional Q&A on Applying Minoxidil

What if my hair is damp or wet when I apply the minoxidil?

It is always best to apply minoxidil to a completely dry scalp. If however the hair is slightly damp, the product should still be absorbed sufficiently. It is not advised to apply minoxidil whilst the hair is considerably wet.

How long after applying minoxidil can I go to bed?

Minoxidil should be sufficiently absorbed to go to bed within 5 minutes after applying. If your scalp still feels slightly wet from minoxidil liquid, try to sit up until it has dried or been completely absorbed.

Can I brush my hair after applying minoxidil?

Before brushing your hair, allow around 20 minutes for the minoxidil to absorb sufficiently into your scalp. This will ensure no product is removed by the hair brush, or brushed into the hair.

What happens if some minoxidil liquid drips down my head?

It is very difficult to prevent any minoxidil from dripping down your forehead or the back of your neck. If this happens, just wipe it off with a towel. If minoxidil dries on the skin it can cause a white powdery mark, but this is very easy to wipe off with a towel or with one’s finger.

If you would like to enquire about minoxidil formulations available from Belgravia please call 0800 077 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively you can complete an online diagnostic form which will be instantly submitted to the centre following which you will be contacted by a Belgravia treatment advisor.

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10th April, 2013 at 4:19 am


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8th August, 2015 at 1:48 pm


How effective minoxidil is? What are the side effects? How to use it?

10th August, 2015 at 10:31 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Abhishek,

You can find all the answers to your questions about minoxidil, here.

24th October, 2015 at 2:02 pm


Been using the product over a week now And already I can see a difference Absolutely excellent !! The service has been first class!

26th October, 2015 at 10:47 am

Sarah Belgravia

Great to hear! Thanks for the feedback, we look forward to seeing your progress and supporting you on your regrowth journey.

23rd November, 2015 at 9:42 pm

stewart Jones

Been using cream and not really seeing any changes as yet. Service was good though.

7th December, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Stewart! As you've only been using the treatment for just over one month we wouldn't expect to see noticeable results just yet but hang on in there and keep following your course as directed. We look forward to seeing how you're shaping up at your first check up! You can find out about the timeline for results from hair loss treatment, here.

7th December, 2015 at 5:51 pm


1. Does Minoxidil have sexual side effects, eg. (erection problem, or small the size of penus) or any other ?? 2. On the other hand, after applying minoxidil twice a day do we really need to shampoo every time after applying or we van shampoo once a week or twice a week ??

8th December, 2015 at 10:44 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Faddy,

There are no sexual side effects connected to Minoxidil that we are aware of. You can find out more about the minimal side effects of minoxidil here.

With regards washing your hair, it is not necessary to shampoo each time prior to applying Minoxidil. Normal shampoo frequency can be carried out but twice a week may not be sufficient. Shampooing every second day is ideal to prevent a build up of Minoxidil residue as this build up may irritate the scalp or affect the absorption of subsequent Minoxidil applications.

11th December, 2015 at 1:46 pm


Should I shampoo my hair every time before the application(I apply it twice daily) of Minoxidil? I massage it on my scalp: is this a wrong way of applying it? Should I not use my finger to spread it?

11th December, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Roxy, You can use your fingertips but it is better to let the minoxidil soak into the scalp by applying it using the dropper and moving your head, so that the scalp absorbs as much of the solution as possible. If you do use your fingertips make sure you are quick and use a gentle touch then wash your hands straight away afterwards. You do not need to shampoo your hair before you apply your minoxidil each time - you can find out more about that here.

23rd December, 2015 at 6:17 pm


my question is can u use styling products like hair creams or gel after u have applied minoxidil. second is it 1ml for the whole day or 2ml one in the morning and one in the evening

23rd December, 2015 at 6:41 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Alj, It is fine to use styling products once the minoxidil has been absorbed into the scalp. Your treatment advisor will be able to tell you how much minoxidil you should be using each time - are you a Belgravia client? If you are and would like us to have your Treatment Advisor contact you to remind you of the application details, please do just let us know. If you are not, you should check with whoever provided you with the minoxidil you are using.

27th December, 2015 at 7:58 pm


Will applying the solution only to the top of the head also help hair behind the ear or should I apply some there as well to help this hair to become healthy again? I ask this because I seem to be losing some hair behind my ear as well as my hairline

3rd January, 2016 at 6:52 pm


What happens if you don't increase dosage of Belgravia minoxidil and start immediately with 1ml twice a day? And what happens if you use more than 2ml a day if 2ml does not cover all of your problem areas?

5th January, 2016 at 12:34 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hello Owen, One of our specialists has provided some general hair loss advice in relation to your query here, but if you would like more personalised advice please do get in touch to book a free consultation or complete an online consultation so that we may help you further.

8th January, 2016 at 1:08 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Maria, Please find a full response to your query here. We hope you find this useful.

15th January, 2016 at 2:18 pm


I understand that washing your hair every other day is acceptable, but with the Minoxidil being put on your hair daily, what about if I need to use concealing powders during the day to hide the thinning patches? Can you use the Minoxidil through the powder or does it mean that if I have used the concealers each day I will then need to wash my hair daily before applying the treatment?

18th January, 2016 at 4:11 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hello Ann, here's a full response to your query from one of Belgravia's hair loss specialists. We hope you find it useful.

25th January, 2016 at 7:14 pm

John sankar

Hi am 20 years old boy can I use this?

26th January, 2016 at 11:38 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi John, yes - minoxidil can be used by men and women aged 16 years old and above once they have been confirmed to be medically suitable.

28th January, 2016 at 8:35 pm

Michael Adams

Should i apply the minoxill after exercising or am i ok to apply it before ?. im just worried i could be sweating it out if i apply before exercising

29th January, 2016 at 11:09 pm

John sankar

Hi Sarah, I already mentioned that am 20years old boy.am going to use this product so which percentage is suitable for me. 2, 5 ,10percentage

31st January, 2016 at 3:22 am


Thank you for this information! I've been using minoxidil for several months now. I noticed some skin discolorations on my temple. Looks like bald white patch. I can send you a photo thru email. It worries me. I wonder maybe it's because of over application on thay certain spot? I'd love to hear from you. Thanks!

1st February, 2016 at 11:23 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi John, You would need to be assessed by one of our hair loss specialist nurses first to ascertain your suitability before any personalised treatment recommendations could be made. If you are interested in treatment please contact us to make an appointment for a free consultation at one of our Central London clinics, alternatively you can complete our Online Consultation if you live outside London or abroad.

1st February, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Jon,

We have never come across an instance of discolouration from minoxidil use. Are you a Belgravia client? If so your Treatment Advisor will be happy to help. We cannot find anyone with your email address on our database so we're assuming you may have purchased your treatment elsewhere. As such we recommend you get this checked out via your GP or dermatologist and contact your minoxidil provider so that they can give their input.

1st February, 2016 at 12:49 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Michael, One of our specialists has provided a full answer to your query here but basically it's fine to apply before as long as you wait at least 20 minutes for the minoxidil to absorb into the scalp.

7th February, 2016 at 9:56 am

David Dowman

Hello, I find it impossible to style my hair in the morning after apply minoxidil liquid. If I apply and leave for 30mins can I then wash my hair? Will this be counter productive to my treatment?

8th February, 2016 at 2:24 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi David, It is best to leave the treatment on for as long as possible so that it has the best chance of being absorbed by your scalp but if you want to rinse your hair after applying your minoxidil, we recommend leaving the solution on for at least 20 minutes in order for it to sink in first. It may be worth contacting your Treatment Advisor about a refresher just to ensure you are applying the liquid correctly as it should only affect the hair minimally - the majority should go directly onto the scalp.

24th March, 2016 at 10:46 pm


Hello, I understand the Hair Vitalics tablets need to be taken 4 times a day. Could you please clarify if I have to take the tablets 1 at a time over 4 intervals or is it possible to take 2 in the morning and 2 at night? Many thanks.

1st April, 2016 at 11:41 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Shawkoth - you can take them all in one go or two in the morning and two in the evening if you prefer, as long as you have them with meals. One of our senior hair loss specialists has provided a full response for you here.

5th April, 2016 at 7:13 am


Hi can i style my hair with styling product after applying minoxidil, and how easy is it to do this!? Is it oily? Would it be possible to mix the minoxidil dosage into a salt spray i use to style my hair and spray in the solution in my hair and then blow dry it? Or would this be least effective? Or would it work but just take longer for the hair to regrow?

7th April, 2016 at 11:40 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ryan, If you want your minoxidil to work you should use it as directed and not mix it with anything, even just a basic salt spray - you can find out more about why this is a bad idea in the full response one of our hair loss specialists has provided to your query.

10th April, 2016 at 2:47 pm


After appling mx 10 can we apply hair oil to head or else have to take bath or need to give any time gap to apply hair oil

11th April, 2016 at 2:38 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Vinodkumar, You simply need to wait for at least 20 minutes after applying your minoxidil for it to absorb properly into the scalp. Ideally if you can wait longer, that would be beneficial but after 20 minutes it should be fine for you to apply your scalp oil. If you want to take a bath in between applying your treatment and using your scalp oil, it may be useful to wear a shower cap to prevent any splashes of water getting onto your scalp and rinsing the minoxidil away.

30th April, 2016 at 4:47 pm


"....and try to ensure the cream is not absorbed into the hair" what does this mean? I rub the cream into my scalp until there is no residue left, am I doing it wrong?

3rd May, 2016 at 10:10 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Aadil, what you are doing sounds spot on. It's important to concentrate on applying the cream to the scalp and not just applying it as you would a cream-based styling product as it needs to go directly onto the scalp, rather than the hair.

2nd June, 2016 at 9:36 am


How long do you have to wait for 5% minoxidil liquid solution to properly absorb in to the scalp before applying hair styling products?

6th June, 2016 at 2:45 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ryan, You should ask the provider or manufacturer of the product for their specific instructions, however, this general advice regarding using minoxidil with hair styling products should prove useful.

10th August, 2016 at 10:46 am


Hello - I have just read info about minoxidil + booster ingredients? I am wondering if my 5% minoxidil should have one of these added also to help block DHT? I have been advised to apply 1ml twice a day. But thinking would one of the above additions be more helpful too? Grateful for any advice - thank you

10th August, 2016 at 10:52 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Beverley, thanks for your query. One of our specialists will be in touch shortly to provide hair loss treatment advice and to discuss the various booster options, via the email address you provided.

15th September, 2016 at 8:30 am


How long i have to keep it after applying it on scalp ?

15th September, 2016 at 10:12 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Gouvrav, Ideally you should keep it on the scalp for as long as possible to let the minoxidil absorb fully, but definitely a minimum of 20 minutes.

23rd September, 2016 at 4:03 pm


Can i use almond oil after washing it ?

1st October, 2016 at 6:06 pm


after applying this solution, can we do again head bath or not

4th October, 2016 at 10:12 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Tharak, you can but you must wait for an absolute minimum of 20 minutes. The longer after applying the minoxidil you wait before washing your head again, the better.

4th October, 2016 at 10:59 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Gourav, you can use almond oil on the lengths of your hair after washing it - ideally do not apply the oil to the roots or your scalp though. Doing so can make your hair look thinner and lank or greasy. If you do wish to use it on your scalp, minoxidil should be applied directly to your scalp before your almond oil. Your hair and scalp should be dry. It is best to apply oil after the minoxidil has been left to sink in for at least half an hour after before the oil goes on, otherwise proper absorption of the treatment may be affected.

27th November, 2016 at 4:19 am


Hi I apply 1ml each 2 times a day..but 1ml is not enough to cover my entire scalp..can I apply 2+2 4 ml per day?

28th November, 2016 at 11:39 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Remya, are you a Belgravia patient? If so, we recommend you contact your treatment advisor as they will be able to help you with minoxidil application instructions and demonstrations. You should not use more than the recommended dose. If you are not a Belgravia patient, please seek advice from whoever supplied you with your treatment.

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