In the video above, we explain how to take minoxidil.

Minoxidil is an FDA-approved topical treatment that is clinically proven to slow hair loss and help grow thicker and longer hair.

With consistent and correct use—using minoxidil twice daily, every day—you can expect to see results in as little as three to four months. Consistency is key to seeing results. (If you’re having trouble remembering to take it, here are a few tips to help make it easier.)

Before applying minoxidil, make sure your hair and scalp are dry (you don’t need to shampoo before each application).

To apply minoxidil:

  1. Make sure the solution is filled to the 1ML mark (that’s one dose).
  2. Apply the dose to the crown and vertex of your scalp.
  3. Once applied, you can rub it in.
  4. Avoid getting your hair wet for at least four hours after applying.

Pro tip: Make five to six parts in your hair and apply one drop along each part line. Apply once in the morning and once in the evening.

Although this medicine is generally safe, like all medicines, it is associated with rare but serious side effects. (Read more about the potential side effects of minoxidil.)

In case you have any questions or experience side effects, you can always reach your Keeps doctor through the secure patient portal.

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.