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‘Do I Have to Wash My Hair After Each Minoxidil Application?’

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Name: Faddy

Man Washing HairQuestion: After applying minoxidil twice a day do we really need to shampoo every time after applying or we can shampoo once a week or twice a week?

Answer: Hi, Faddy. Not at all – it is not necessary to shampoo each time prior to applying minoxidil.

Washing your hair with a normal frequency is fine but it needs to be more than once per week and even twice a week may not be sufficient whilst you are using hair loss treatment if you have a Caucasian or Asian hair type. Afro hair can be washed less frequently as it has a different makeup which is better suited to washing around once per week.

This frequent cleansing is because you need to ensure you prevent a build up of minoxidil residue on the scalp. Without regular shampooing, this residue may build up and irritate the scalp or affect the absorption of subsequent minoxidil applications.

Shampooing every second day is often ideal to ensure your scalp remains clean although if you have an Afro hair type, perhaps try washing your hair once per week. Freshly washed hair also looks thicker so regular shampooing has the added benefit of creating the illusion of making thinning hair look fuller!

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19th December, 2015 at 4:22 pm


I have avoided using shampoo for the past 30 years, believing that the lathering contingent strips natural oil from the scalp causing more oil to be secreted. Instead, regularly rinsing with water and generally brushing through with a soft-to-medium shower brush helps to envigorate the scalp, encourage blood circulation and spread the natual scalp oil to cleanse the hair. You are very likely to find after 3 weeks that the greasiness disappears and the scalp and hair is free from any flakeyness.

10th May, 2017 at 5:46 pm


Sir I want to ask that how to apply minaxodil in hair

11th May, 2017 at 9:42 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Goth. You can find that information on our How to Apply Minoxidil page.

10th August, 2017 at 5:44 pm


Hello I am confused with using minoxidil mixed clobetasol 5% which my doctor wrote 10 drop of minoxidil bit dont tell me about how much clobetasol? Please guide me. Thanks

10th August, 2017 at 5:54 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Fardad, you should discuss this matter with your doctor. We cannot provide you with personalised medical advice as you are not a Belgravia client.

30th September, 2017 at 5:07 pm


Hi, can i just leave it (not rinse it) after applying minoxidil for about 12-24 hours? Or it have to be rinse after 3-4 hours after applying? Need your guide. Thankssss❤️

2nd October, 2017 at 11:26 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Metta, your minoxidil provider should give you instructions on usage and you should follow these as you are not a Belgravia client. We can, however, give you general advice. There is no need to wash or rinse your hair after applying minoxidil. You may find these Frequently Asked Questions About Using Minoxidil helpful.

23rd January, 2018 at 7:12 am


Hi, my hair become oily if i don't wash it everyday. Is it good if i wash my hair everyday before applying minoxidil??

23rd January, 2018 at 12:57 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Nikki, the information you're looking for can be found, here.

15th February, 2018 at 9:22 am


Which shampoo would be better while using minoxidol

22nd February, 2018 at 1:03 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Devang, it doesn't much matter though ideally use one suited to your hair type and one that isn't full of harsh chemicals which may be drying to the scalp. Try to use a gentle formula that's suitable for frequent washing.

14th May, 2018 at 3:21 am

Rohan Grover

Hi , I don't have much hair fall , however i've got thin, frizzy hair can i still use mintop forte ? And does one need to shampoo after every use of mintop ?

14th May, 2018 at 10:26 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Rohan, we neither use nor recommend this brand of product at Belgravia so you should contact the manufacturers or your provider directly for information above and beyond the general advice stated above.

15th May, 2018 at 3:27 am


Sorry doctor, is it okay to use the shampoo “TRESemme Purify & Replenish Deep Cleanse Shampoo“ during the period of treatment as it’s suitable for my hair type or it would be a problem?

15th May, 2018 at 9:48 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ali, you can use whichever shampoo you like as long as it is suitable for your hair type.

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