Can I wear a Hat after applying Minoxidil?


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

Nowadays, hair loss has become so common and commonly seen in many people. Come to me with the problem of hair loss in the middle of their 20s and 30s. And the only effective treatment we use is the application of minoxidil. But many patients who use minoxidil have many queries about many things. Here we will be discussing one of them, the question they have in their mind is Can I wear a hat after applying minoxidil?

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So, you must be knowing minoxidil topical solution is the FDA approved a drug used for controlling hair loss. Minoxidil, used in both male and female pattern hair loss. It is used to preserve the existing hair even it is advised to post hair transplant surgery for the growth of transplanted hair.

What is Minoxidil?

Minoxidil is an antihypertensive drug, but the US FDA has approved this drug as the best medicine for the treatment of hair lossMinoxidil comes in topical form for hair loss treatment. You need to use it regularly for getting good results. It takes a minimum of 3 to 6 months to show its effectiveness.

Minoxidil is available in 2%, 5% and 10% forms. Generally, patients instructed to use 1ml of it twice a day (Morning + Night). If you use it on a regular basis, it supports the growth of the existing hair follicles. You should keep this in mind that, before starting the minoxidil you must be under your doctor’s guidance. Never start using it without the doctor’s prescription as minoxidil has side effects too. 

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Can I wear Hat after applying Minoxidil?

Yes off course, there is no harm in using hat after applying minoxidil. As per the studies conducted and researches which are done on the absorption of minoxidil. It noted that the absorption of minoxidil in 1 hour after the application is about 30% to 40%. After 4 hours of application the absorption is about 60% to 75 %, and in 8 hours application time, its absorption is almost 80 -90%.

So eventually, advised keeping minoxidil for 8 hours for good results or good action of the medicine. You need to keep in mind that the applied minoxidil should be dried up before you wear the hat or cap. Minoxidil takes a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes to dry up on the scalp. So you can wear a hat after 30 minutes of application.

How to apply Minoxidil?

For the treatment of hair loss, minoxidil is available in 2%, 5% and 10% in topical form. Commonly dermatologist prescribes 2% in female patients and 5% or 10% in male patients according to the severity of their baldness, to treat the condition of hair loss.  Apply minoxidil twice a day on a regular basis. 1 ml of the minoxidil is enough for one-time use {1 ml in the morning and 1 ml at the bed time}. 

Take 1 ml of it on the fingertips and spread it all over the scalp or on the hair roots. Do not use more than 1ml. Even do not apply more than twice a day. If somehow you miss the dose the let it be, do not use it in the double amount on the next day. Even at night time application, after applying let minoxidil dry then you can go to bed. Sometimes immediately after application few people go to sleep so it may absorb on bed or pillow. And can get in contact with your face or ears. Which may lead to excess facial hair growth. Because of this, it is advised to dry up the minoxidil properly after application and then resume your daily routine. Also, Post-application of minoxidil wash your hands properly.

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I have tried giving you all the information about Can I Wear A Hat After Applying Minoxidil? It is important that you have to keep realistic expectations and be patient. Follow your Dermatologist treatment protocol. 

Thank you for reading!

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