How to apply minoxidil and hair oil together?


Hair loss, Questions | Dr Dhanraj Chavan | June 1, 2021

Hair loss is a major issue for people all over the world. To protect you from hair loss, minoxidil medication was introduced and it has given excellent results. Once you are aware of minoxidil, most patients will ask questions like, “Can I apply minoxidil and hair oil together?” 

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In this post, we try to shed light on the usage of minoxidil and hair oil together. The indications, contraindications, benefits and more.

What is Minoxidil?

It is one of the vasodilator medications that is used to treat a hair loss problem. It is also one of the US FDA approved medications for hair loss. It is available over the counter in spray and liquid form. It can be used by men and women, this medication helps stimulate hair growth. Dermatologists recommend this medication for better hair growth results. Minoxidil is available in 3 variants: 2%, 5% and 10%. The minoxidil dosage is decided according to the hair loss severity.

How to apply minoxidil?

When using this medication, you should strictly follow your dermatologist prescription. Don’t overuse this medication. To apply it follow the below procedure, step by step.

  1. Make sure your hair is completely dry before using this medication.
  2. You should apply the quantity that is suggested by your dermatologist.
  3. Don’t wash your scalp for 4 hrs after applying this medication on your scalp.
  4. Let the medication dry on its own, don’t use any hair dryer on your scalp.
  5. Avoid missing out on the medication and try to use it on time.
  6. You can Minoxidil 1ml in the morning & 1ml at night in most cases.

Minoxidil uses and benefits

The minoxidil uses are aimed at promoting hair growth, especially in male pattern baldness treatments. It’s used for treating hair thinning in men. It helps halt hair loss and stimulates hair growth. It’s quite effective for people under 40 years, and who are experiencing the early stages of hair fall. It’s used to expand the hair follicles that shrink due to hormonal changes and increase hair volume and density. Consistent use of minoxidil can trigger healthy hair regrowth, hence the new growth will come back fuller and stronger.

Can I mix minoxidil with oil?

No Minoxidil must be used on its own if you want to get the desired results. It’s a potent medicine that should be applied directly to the scalp to prevent hair loss. As mentioned before, use it as per your doctor’s recommendation. Usually, they will advise that you apply it on the scalp once or twice a day. This must be done in its original form, and no carrier oil should be mixed with it. If you wish to use coconut oil, then you can apply it to the length and ends of the hair. If you want to apply the oil to the scalp then you should allow the minoxidil to sink in for some time, then you can apply the oil. It’s advised that you wait for an hour after applying minoxidil, before applying any oil to the scalp. Mixing minoxidil and hair oil can compromise its effectiveness and may not give you the results you desire.

Which oil is good with minoxidil?

Which oil is good with minoxidil? Castor oil and coconut oil have positive effects on hair growth. When these oils are used in combination with minoxidil, they are known to work very well in improving the health of your hair. So, minoxidil with castor oil, minoxidil with coconut oil, or the three when used together, can maximize hair growth.  

Can you use rosemary oil and minoxidil together? Combining minoxidil and rosemary oil is known to be more effective in boosting hair growth. Oiling once or twice a week may help. However, this oil may sometimes cause irritation on the scalp.

Can you mix minoxidil with tea tree oil? Yes, a mixture of these helps in increasing the hair count, weight and thickness of the hair.

Argan oil is touted as a natural treatment for hair growth, and works well when used with minoxidil. It is advisable to apply an oil after a minimum of 30 minutes, before bath, post the application of minoxidil and it should be ensured that the scalp and hair is dry before using the oil.

Thus, you can see that the application of hair oil is beneficial for the hair and when used with minoxidil, and in less amounts, the mixture of the two is good for keeping the hair healthy. However, too much oiling can cause dandruff and oily hair.

 Safety precautions while applying Minoxidil

  • Wash your hands immediately after using this medication.
  • This spray should be applied only to the scalp area.
  • You need to keep this medication away from your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  • If you feel any irritation or side effects, after applying the medicine, immediately stop using it, and consult your dermatologist.
  • Don’t use a hairdryer to dry your scalp because it will reduce the efficacy of the treatment.

To learn more about minoxidil and other hair loss treatments that may be right for you, book a consultation with a HairMD expert. 

Are you looking for hair fall solution? Get in touch with the best of our hair doctors in Pune to cure your hair loss. To book an appointment for a hair treatment or hair transplantation, contact our dermatologists near you, call +919584584111.

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