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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 levelling 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 takes 30 minutes to be absorbed into the scalp but should have sunk in sufficiently to allow you 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 30 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.

Belgravia Reception and Pharmacy


28th February, 2017 at 11:12 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Deepak, we are unfamiliar with MX10 - this is not something we use here at Belgravia - however if it is an over the counter minoxidil solution then it is unlikely to work until you have been using it for at least three to six months. We recommend you speak with your MX10 provider about your concerns.

23rd March, 2017 at 8:54 pm


Hi, I've been using minoxidil for about 7 months and have been unfortunately having some advice reactions, such as shortness of breath. I've since reduced the usage to once per day Monday to Friday and I'm glad to say it seems to still be working, but I still feel not quite right from it. My question is this... Considering my sensitivity to minoxidil, will reducing it to once per day for three days per week (ie: Monday, Tuesday, Friday) still have benefits, or will such a sparse application only cause the initial shedding stage to perpetually reset? Thanks in advance

24th March, 2017 at 11:40 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Nessan, we cannot provide you with this type of medical advice as you are not a Belgravia client. You should consult your healthcare or minoxidil provider for advice specific to you and your medical profile.

5th August, 2017 at 1:47 pm

Marcia Mcfarlane

Hello i started appling the cream one week not , i did get some. Iching and swelling on my ears but it stop now.any way i just want to know if i should apply it two times a day or one,waiting to hear from you thank you very much.

7th August, 2017 at 10:15 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Marcia, we have arranged for your Treatment Advisor, Fiona, to contact you to discuss. Contacting her directly or via the clinic will always be the best way to get a quick response!

19th October, 2017 at 4:35 pm


Hi, When you apply the liquid onto your scalp with the seringe, are you supposed to rub the head with your hand after to make a uniform coating of the product on your scalp? Because if not, I bet that with such little amount (1 ml), some area of the sclp might not receive any Minox... Many thanks

20th October, 2017 at 10:06 am


Hi Seb. I have been a minoxidil user for more than 10 years. I never rub the liquid onto my scalp. Once I apply with the syringe, I move my head from side to side to use gravity to guide the minoxidil around my scalp. The problem with rubbing liquid minoxidil with the fingers is that some will be lost on the fingers and it is also likely some will be absorbed into the hair, depending on how much hair you have. Minoxidil does not need to be spread on the whole scalp, once it is absorbed the capillaries will spread it around. Here is a full response to your query which I hope you find helpful.

30th October, 2017 at 4:44 pm


Hi, Should you rub the cream in until it disappears or do you let it do that on its own over time?

31st October, 2017 at 11:47 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Dam, are you a Belgravia client? We can't find the email address you supplied on our system. Let us know and we will have your Treatment Advisor contact you to recap on treatment application. Many thanks.

24th November, 2017 at 9:54 am


Hi there, if I am colouring my hair at home when is the best time to apply Minoxidil? Thanks.

27th November, 2017 at 6:54 pm


Hi, I started minoxidil hair oil twice a day, simantaneously shall I take any other hair oil for the hair.

5th December, 2017 at 11:10 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Kalpana, we have never heard of a minoxidil oil before - this is not a regular form in which minoxidil is used (usually it comes as a foam, liquid or cream). At Belgravia it is unnecessary for clients using high strength minoxidil to also use hair oil but is solely at the discretion of the individual patient as to whether they want to use additional hair products such as oils or conditioning treatments in addition to their topical medication. Obviously oils and conditioners are cosmetic products whereas minoxidil is a medication and they have very different effects. As you are not a Belgravia client you may want to check with whoever dispensed your treatment for their opinion.

10th December, 2017 at 6:41 pm

Oscar joseph

Can i use minoxidil 2ml on my head

11th December, 2017 at 3:07 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Oscar, please speak directly with your minoxidil provider for information on this as you are not a Belgravia client. They will be able to help you.

22nd December, 2017 at 4:06 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Laura, please see this full response to your query from one of Begravia's senior hair loss specialists. We hope this is helpful.

2nd January, 2018 at 2:31 pm


I go to gym so will sweat will be a problem on my face

3rd January, 2018 at 11:21 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Vindy - the information on this hairlossANSWERS post should answer your question: "Will I Sweat Out Minoxidil If I Apply It Before Exercising?"

30th April, 2018 at 12:45 am

Nana yeboah

I've got a patchy hairline now and I've been applying the minoxidil in those areas.its advisable to wash the patchy areas with my facial soap every morning or just rinsing it with water is good to go?

30th April, 2018 at 10:17 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Nana, ideally use soap in order to prevent any build-up but you can use water if you prefer or vary which method of rinsing you use.

25th June, 2018 at 7:33 pm


Hello when I apply Minoxidil cream I part my hair first,but the application information says to rub in same direction as hair. How can I rub in same direction when hair is parted?

26th June, 2018 at 3:13 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Mark, we understand you have spoken to a treatment advisor for detailed information on minoxidil application but if you still require further assistance, please do contact your specialist via phone or email and they will get back to you ASAP.

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