Knowing how to use minoxidil will lead to the best results. But before we get into that, we wanted to provide a quick refresher of what it actually is.

Minoxidil is a topical medication that is used to treat hereditary hair loss. This FDA-approved product can both slow hair loss and promote hair growth in men who are experiencing male pattern baldness.

Minoxidil is really simple to use—and it’s highly effective. Most men see a difference after three months of regular, habitual use.

Here are a few helpful hints to keep in mind when you’re taking minoxidil:

  • Minoxidil is a topical liquid solution that is for external use (on the scalp) only. Don’t ingest it!
  • You must consistently apply minoxidil twice a day for it to work its magic.
  • Your hair and scalp should be dry when you use minoxidil, and you should avoid getting wet for at least four hour hours after applying it.
  • There’s no need to shampoo your hair prior to applying minoxidil.
  • Follow the directions on the minoxidil label, and don’t use any more or more often than directed — the 1mL dropper will help you measure out the proper amount to use.
  • Pro tip: Part your hair into five sections. Use the dropper to apply the solution along the scalp line of each part, and then rub the solution in.

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The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely upon the content provided in this article for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.

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