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‘Can I Use Hair Oil After Applying Minoxidil?’

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Name: Kumar

Question: After applying minoxidil can we apply hair oil to head or have to take bath or need to give any time gap to apply hair oil

Using Scalp Hair Oil After Applying Minoxidil - Belgravia Centre Hair Loss AdviceAnswer: Hi, Kumar. In order to give your hair loss treatment the best chance of working as effectively as possible it needs time to be properly absorbed into the scalp.

At Belgravia we suggest leaving as long as possible between applying minoxidil and using any scalp care oils, this means allowing an hour between applying your minoxidil and then using any scalp or hair oil products. Ideally, if you can wait longer then so much the better.

You definitely should not wash your hair straight after applying minoxidil as this will wash away the treatment. If you want to take a bath straight after using your hair loss treatment this is fine as long as you do not wash your hair. You may, however, want to consider wearing a shower cap to prevent the water splashing onto your scalp.

If your hair oil query applies to hair serums used for styling rather than scalp oils used for moisturising, one thing you can do – which may help to speed your morning routine up – is to style your hair first.

We tend to recommend that hair styling products are applied around half an hour after using minoxidil. Simply ensure you keep the product away from the roots as much as possible and concentrate on the tips of the hair so that your scalp remains dry. Using serums on the roots of the hair can make it look limp, greasy and make thinning hair more noticeable so this is something it’s often wise to avoid anyway.

By applying your styling products first you can use your dropper to apply the minoxidil to your scalp as usual through your styled hair and don’t have to wait for it to dry. However, because hair and scalp oils are used on the actual head, rather than just the lengths or ends of the hair as styling products are, if you are using these types of products it is important that the hair loss treatment solution is applied first, as per the advice above, so do be mindful as to the type of ‘hair oil’ you have.


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22 Comments

1st May, 2017 at 1:12 am

Sukanta

Can I use coconut oil after applying minoxidil..?

2nd May, 2017 at 9:32 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Sukanta, as long as you follow the advice outlined above, that's fine. It applies for all forms of oil used on the hair or scalp.

30th October, 2017 at 2:38 am

Gurmukh

My hairs are dry , rough , so thin and weak that they are breaking whenever I comb them Im using Minoxidil from Last one and half month but My hairs are still falling.My dermatologist also prescribed me finasteride tablets which Im taking from last 15days . Im not getting any suitable results from this treatment . Please tell me what to do ?

30th October, 2017 at 11:14 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Gurmukh, generally you would not expect to see results so quickly - we would advise around 3 months for any change to become noticeable - but as you are not a Belgravia client we recommend you speak with your dermatologist and explain the problems you are having. You may find this Belgravia article on Levels of Regrowth for our treatment clients helpful as a general guide.

2nd November, 2017 at 7:42 pm

Mouli

Can I mix the minoxidil solution with coconut oil?

3rd November, 2017 at 10:33 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Mouli, no. The medication must be applied as instructed and allowed to sink in for the appropriate amount of time (an absolute minimum of half an hour) before applying any products to the scalp. Minoxidil should not be mixed with any other haircare or scalp products such as coconut oil. Doing so may compromise its efficacy.

15th November, 2017 at 2:35 pm

Karthik

Hello sir/madam, I just want to know whether this minidoxil will work for any type of bald scalp or for any type of hair. Regards, Karthik Ravinuthala

15th November, 2017 at 3:09 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Karthik, you would need to be assessed by one of Belgravia's hair loss specialists before we could ascertain whether you were suitable for treatment. However, we offer a range of solutions so that there are options for everyone. In cases of true baldness, where the scalp is smooth, shiny and hairless, this is a sign that the follicles have died and the hair loss is permanent. In those instances treatment would not be advised as it cannot help if the follicles are no longer capable of producing hair. This is part of the reason why a consultation is so important.

27th December, 2017 at 4:53 pm

Saba

HI.... I am female and I am using Olive oil for my hairs... So after applying oil after an hour can I apply Minoxidil?please help me out with it

2nd January, 2018 at 1:49 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Saba, you should apply the minoxidil first then wait for at the very least half an hour before applying oil to the hair and scalp.

9th January, 2018 at 8:57 am

May

Hi, I'm just wondering if I can use the castor oil every night to massage my scalp then use the minoxidil every morning after taking a bath (driy hair already).

9th January, 2018 at 10:05 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi May, as you are not a Belgravia client we do not know which minoxidil formulation you are using and therefore would advise you to speak to your minoxidil provider or manufacturer, however, as a general guide, if you use a once-a-day minoxidil treatment then it should be fine to use the castor oil every night and use the minoxidil every morning on a washed and dried scalp.

25th April, 2018 at 9:25 am

Arshiya

I'm using minoxidil 2% from a week and as I getto know here and from my dermatologist to use this for 3 months atleast to see fine results...so actually here my question is can I use hair dryer to dry my hair after every wash and can I put bun all day long?? Coz I have heard that these two can make our hair fall faster..

3rd May, 2018 at 10:37 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Arshiya, we hope this full response is helpful in answering your query.

5th May, 2018 at 8:27 pm

Arshiya

Okay thank you so much...I have some more questions I'm from India and I'm using dove products for my hair..is that fine to use??or do you suggest me any products which is available in India or I can continue with my product itself?? One more question is..my dermatologist actually told me to apply minoxidil 2% 1ml in the morning and 1ml at night...and cause of some occasions I couldn't apply in the morning as my hair look sticky and I don't even want to skip this therapy so can I apply 2ml at night only??

8th May, 2018 at 1:21 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Arshiya, as you are not a Belgravia client, and we cannot treat anyone based in India, we recommend speaking to your dermatologist or doctor for treatment advice. The person providing you the treatment should really be the one to advise you how to use it. As for haircare, you can use any shampoo and conditioner which suits your hair type and is gentle enough not to dry it out.

6th June, 2018 at 1:30 pm

shailu

Hi there, do I need to wash my hair each time afterI use minoxidil?

6th June, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Shailu, you can find the answer to your query here.

13th June, 2018 at 3:51 pm

Shreya Mittal

Hey .... Can I use minoxidil in oiled hair Because I put oil on my hair and keep it for 4-5days

13th June, 2018 at 5:32 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Shreya, the information above should help! As you are not a Belgravia client, if you have any concerns about the formulation you are using and what is and is not appropriate, we recommend speaking directly to your treatment provider.

2nd August, 2018 at 6:44 am

Andrew roberts

Hey can i use emu oil on my scalp an hour or two after applying minoxidil? as i have heard emu oil is also beneficial for hair growth thank you

2nd August, 2018 at 1:06 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Andrew, yes this is fine although Emu Oil has no proven effect on hair loss or hair growth - it can simply condition the existing hair to make it feel more nourished.

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