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How to apply hair loss treatments

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Reviewed by Arash Mostaghimi, MD

Written by Our Editorial Team

Updated 12/22/2022

Curious about hair loss treatment through Hims? Here you’ll find guides on how to apply each treatment, plus other helpful tips and information. Remember, consistency and patience are key! These treatments start working right away, though it might be 3-6 months before you start seeing the results.

Your guide to:

  • Topical Finasteride & Minoxidil Spray

  • Oral Finasteride

  • Topical Minoxidil

  • Hair Power Pack

Follow these steps once a day and you’ll be good to grow.

1. Spray it on
  • Hold the bottle 2 to 3 inches from the head, parting the hair slightly so the solution can reach the scalp, and spray only the prescribed number of sprays divided across the 4 main zones of hair loss:
      ▪ the crown of the head
      ▪ the top of the head
      ▪ each side of the front of the head (where the hairline typically starts to recede)
  • While it may feel like you need more sprays, this formula is designed to work without having to drench the head.
  • Even if you’re not currently experiencing hair loss in all of these areas, it will often spread and affect them eventually. Applying the spray this way can help to prevent the spread.
  • Spray one zone at a time, massaging the solution into the scalp between sprays.
2. Rub & repeat
  • Once you’ve sprayed on the solution, massage it into the scalp. Repeat across the rest of the hair loss zones.
  • Quick tip, tip the head back slightly during steps 1 and 2 to avoid any solution running down the forehead.
3. Let it dry & wash hands
  • This is a scalp treatment, so be sure to let the solution dry so it can absorb properly into the scalp, especially if you apply before bedtime.
  • If you apply at night it’s ok to wash your hair in the morning, the treatment will have had enough time on the scalp to be effective.
      ▪ Another note to nighttime appliers: topical finasteride is not safe for women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant—if that applies to your partner, do not share a pillow with them, and be careful to prevent their exposure.
  • Also, make sure you wash your hands well after you finish applying.
4. Practice patience
  • The solution starts working right away, but it will be at least 3-6 months before you start seeing the results.  If your hair looks the same after 3 months, that’s a success—you haven’t lost any more hair. Consistency is key so stick with it, and be sure to follow your provider’s recommendations. Results are on their way.

For more information about Topical Finasteride & Minoxidil spray read the full blog post here.

For best results, take your prescribed dosage once a day.  If you forget to take it one day, don’t take an extra tablet the next—just take your next dosage as usual.

Quick Tip

  • Taking your oral finasteride at the same time every day can help you remember to take it.

Good to know

  • Like any medication, there might be side effects. With unlimited access to licensed providers, you can ask questions and adjust your medication anytime. 

  • Sexual side effects are rare, but during one clinical study it was reported in 1.2-1.4% of cases. New or worsening depressive symptoms have also been reported.

  • Emerging evidence suggests that topical finasteride can help regrow hair and prevent further hair loss with a lower risk of sexual side effects as compared to finasteride pills.

Topical minoxidil comes in two forms, so be sure to follow the instructions for the one you have.

Minoxidil Solution

  • Twice a day drop 1 mL (dosage marked on the dropper) of the solution directly onto the scalp where you have hair loss.

  • Gently massage it in with your fingers.

  • Let it fully soak into the scalp before the next step of your routine, whether that’s going to sleep or blow drying and styling your hair.

Do not apply more minoxidil than recommended as it will not improve results and may irritate your scalp. 

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Minoxidil Foam

  1. Twice a day use the cap to measure your dosage—about half the cap each time.

  2. There are two ways to apply:

    • Apply a small amount (about a grape size) at a time directly onto your scalp, gently massaging it in with your fingers until you’ve applied a full dose.

    • Dispense the full dosage into cold hands, distribute it across your scalp where needed, and gently massage it in with your fingers.

  3. Let it soak into the scalp before you hit the pillow or blow dry your hair.

Do not apply more minoxidil than recommended as it will not improve results and may irritate your scalp. 

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Good to know

  • The minoxidil in this treatment helps kick start new hair growth and its first job is to make room for healthy new strands by shedding more mature strands that were going to fall out anyway. Don’t be alarmed if you notice shedding when you start this treatment, it’s short term and isn’t usually noticeable for most people.

  • Contrary to myths out there, you will not lose any extra hair by washing the scalp frequently so take good care of it while using this treatment. That means washing it (not just your hair) to avoid build up that could prevent the solution from properly absorbing into the scalp.

  • Some itching or dryness of the scalp can occur early on as you get used to the treatment.

  • Do not apply more minoxidil than recommended as it will not improve results and may irritate your scalp. 

The Hair Power Pack has everything you need to help stop hair loss and start hair regrowth. Here’s a rundown of how to use each product in the pack:

Oral Finasteride

  • For best results, take your prescribed dosage once a day.  If you forget to take it one day, don’t take an extra tablet the next—just take your next dosage as usual.

  • Taking your oral finasteride at the same time every day can help you remember to take it.

Minoxidil Solution

  • Twice a day drop 1 mL (dosage marked on the dropper) of the solution directly onto the scalp where you have hair loss.

  • Gently massage it in with your fingers.

  • Let it fully soak into the scalp before the next step of your routine, whether that’s going to sleep or blow drying and styling your hair.

  • Do not apply more minoxidil than recommended as it will not improve results, but may irritate your scalp.

Biotin Gummies

  • Take one gummy once a day.

  • Even though they’re tasty, don’t take more than the recommended dosage—it will not improve results and may increase risk of side effects.

Thickening Shampoo 

  • Use any time your hair and scalp need a wash.

    • Applying minoxidil twice a day might create some buildup on the scalp, but a daily wash helps keep it clean and better able to absorb treatments. 

  • Wet hair and gently massage shampoo on the scalp to create a lather.

  • Once rubbed into the scalp, distribute the lather from hair root to end.

  • Rinse off with water and follow up with the thickening conditioner for softer, fuller looking hair.

Good to know

  • The minoxidil in this treatment helps kick start new hair growth and its first job is to make room for healthy new strands by shedding more mature strands that were going to fall out anyway. Don’t be alarmed if you notice shedding when you start this treatment, it’s short term and isn’t usually noticeable for most people.

  • Contrary to myths out there, you will not lose any extra hair by washing the scalp frequently so take good care of it while using this treatment. That means washing it (not just your hair) to avoid build up that could prevent the solution from properly absorbing into the scalp.

  • Some itching or dryness of the scalp can occur early on as you get used to the treatment.

  • Do not apply more minoxidil than recommended as it will not improve results and may irritate your scalp. 

  • Like any medication, there might be side effects when taking finasteride. With unlimited access to licensed providers, you can ask questions and adjust your medication anytime. 

  • Sexual side effects are rare, but during one clinical study it was reported in 1.2-1.4% of cases. New or worsening depressive symptoms have also been reported.

  • Emerging evidence suggests that topical finasteride can help regrow hair and prevent further hair loss with a lower risk of sexual side effects as compared to finasteride pills.

Disclaimers

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment. Learn more about our editorial standards here.

Detailed safety information is available here for Topical Finasteride & Minoxidil Spray and Oral Finasteride

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This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment. Learn more about our editorial standards here.

Arash Mostaghimi, MD

Dr. Mostaghimi is an assistant professor of dermatology, director of the inpatient dermatology consult service and co-director of the Complex Medical Dermatology Fellowship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

His research focuses on understanding variations in dermatologic care and improving care delivery to optimize resource utilization, encourage patient autonomy and reduce disparities. 

His specific interests include understanding the interface between dermatology and other medical specialties, determining best practices for the treatment of orphan dermatologic conditions and characterizing dermatologic practice patterns, utilization and costs. You can find more about Dr. Mostaghimi on LinkedIn.

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