With the launch of our extra strength Minoxidil spray for hair loss, we wanted to preempt your concerns and put these straight to bed! From how to use our Minoxidil to how often you should, in fact, use the solution, we’ve got you covered in the sections below.
1) How do I apply Minoxidil?
For minoxidil, apply 10-12 sprays (1ml) twice daily directly onto the dry scalp on the hair loss area. Use your fingertips to massage after application. The maximum daily dose is 2ml.
2) Can I use Minoxidil once a week and see results?
This depends on the hair loss condition you are using it for. If you’re using Minoxidil for Male Pattern Baldness then, because DHT (which causes thinning hair) is continuously produced, daily treatment will counteract this issue.
3) Will I see better results if I use twice a day
The easy answer, yes! As mentioned above in our usage tips, 1ml of Minoxidil (10- 12 sprays) being applied to the scalp twice a day will give you the best results. We recommend using it first thing in the morning and last thing at night so that it is a part of your daily routine. (Maximum daily dose is 2ml).
4) Can you apply hair care products after use?
General medical advice is to always apply the medicine first. It’s best to let Minoxidil absorb and dry before applying anything else on top. If you have wax on your scalp, the drug won’t absorb through it as best as it can.
5) I’ve started using Minoxidil, why is my hair shredding?
It is common to go through an initial shedding phase at any point during the first 12 weeks of treatment and lose more hair, to begin with. This is because the hair cycle is split into three stages – the growing phase, the transition phase and the resting phase.
During the initial shedding phase, any old, weak hairs sitting in the resting phase of the hair cycle can be pushed out to make way for new, thicker hairs to come through. Not everyone will experience this initial shedding but for those that do, it is a positive sign that the medication is working.
The shedding phase can happen at any point between week 2 and week 12. After week 12, any shedding should have slowed down and stopped.
Initial visible results tend to be seen between 3-6 months, with further improvement at month 9 and 12. Maximum results are seen around 12 months of treatment as any active follicles that can still grow hair have been opened and stimulated by this point.
If you stop using hair loss treatment, you can go through another shedding phase and then hair loss can continue to progress at the same rate as it did before starting on treatment.
Scott McDougall (MPharm) is a clinical pharmacist and in addition to being Cornerstone’s senior in-house pharmacist, is the co-founder of The Independent Pharmacy, one of the UK’s leading independent online pharmacies.