How to Apply Liquid Minoxidil to Your Scalp

Updated on November 1, 2019
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Holdenh13 uses liquid Minoxidil and has a lot of experience applying it.

If you are one of the unlucky few who has trouble using Minoxidil, don't worry. I've got your back on this one. Applying Minoxidil is simple once you get the hang of it, and it's a piece of cake once you've been doing it for a while. People seem to stress about whether too much of the liquid is getting into their hair or where exactly they need to apply it, but there is no reason to fret. If you follow these directions, you shouldn't have any unanswered questions about using Minoxidil on your head. Let's begin.

A bottle of liquid Minoxidil.
A bottle of liquid Minoxidil.

Step 1: Get Pumped!

The first thing you should do when applying Minoxidil is break your bottle out and get pumped. If you go into this process feeling nervous that something bad is going to happen, you might break a sweat, and that is a frustrating situation to deal with. Trust me. Calm down and find a cool area to use the medication so that you don't have to worry about any extra moisture causing Minoxidil to run down your forehead or neck.

Collecting 1 mL.
Collecting 1 mL.

Step 2: Collect 1 mL of Minoxidil

You'll need to collect your 1 mL of Minoxidil first. The applicators will always pull in more than 1 mL of Minoxidil, so you will have to gently squeeze some of it out to get the right amount. Once the meniscus in the applicator is at the 1 mL mark, you are ready to begin using the Minoxidil on your scalp.

Applying the Minoxidil to my scalp. Parting your hair first is helpful.
Applying the Minoxidil to my scalp. Parting your hair first is helpful.

Step 3: Apply the Minoxidil

Apply the Minoxidil to the areas of thinning or balding that you are trying to medicate. As you can see in the picture above, I have my hair parted so that my scalp is exposed. This makes it easier to get down to your scalp and to make sure the Minoxidil is going there rather than in your hair. Don't put on too much at a time, because as you are dripping Minoxidil onto your head, you want to be simultaneously doing step 4 with your other hand.

With your other hand, rub the Minoxidil into your scalp.
With your other hand, rub the Minoxidil into your scalp.

Step 4: Rub the Minoxidil Into Your Scalp

As you are dripping Minoxidil onto your scalp, you should also be spreading it over your scalp with one finger from the other hand. If you don't rub it in fast enough, the liquid will build up and run down into your face or wherever else gravity may take it. If you accidentally use too much, just make sure to spread it around.

Use the excess liquid for finishing touches.
Use the excess liquid for finishing touches.

Step 5: Apply the Finishing Touches

Once you have covered the majority of the treatment area with Minoxidil, take the excess liquid and touch up areas you didn't get to or didn't cover well enough. You wouldn't want to grow hair on one side of your head and not the other.

Your hair will look greasy after the application.
Your hair will look greasy after the application.

Step 6: Style Your Greasy Hair

The Minoxidil tends to make your hair greasy; therefore, you will probably want to try to style it somehow to make it look a little better. My hair isn't styled in the picture above, but I usually do at least something to it. Try poofing your hair out a little bit to hide the thinness. It always works for me.

Once You Get the Hang of It, the Application Is Easy

Well, there you have it. As I stated before, applying Minoxidil is not that hard and should take you only a minute or two once you get the hang of it. Minoxidil happens to be one of the best hair loss medications out right now, so don't let a frustrating application method discourage you from trying it. Minoxidil results in great hair growth and improved confidence. Follow these steps, and you'll be a professional in no time!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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    • holdenh13 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Louisiana

      If you check out my hair growth blog, you can see all my results there. There are actually links to it in this hub. I hope that helps!


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