How Should You Use Minoxidil?
In an ideal practice, minoxidil is applied to the bald scalp daily, once or twice. The medication can only function in areas where i tis applied, and there must be direct contact to the scalp, not hair between or above it. Only use this medication on the frontal scalpal area, if that's the part where thinning is occurring.
It should go without saying, but the 5-percent formula is usually more effective than its 2-percent counterpart.
On the other hand, it does have propylene glycol, which itself is a scalp-irritating compound that might make hair feel difficult to manage, and even sticky. If this becomes an issue, think about switching to the 5-percent solution before bedtime and save the 2-percent formula for morning use. The 2-percent variant is based on alcohol and far less sticky in comparison. When you use minoxidil, remember that results might not show up for six months or even a year. Most patients who eventually witness results experience some delay or even a reduction in their hair-loss rate. This drug also sometimes thickens existing hair, although a good number of patients who don't get such results wind up growing a thin, short fuzz. Minoxidil doesn't grow any new hair on a scalp that has gone completely bald.