Minoxidil For Hair Growth

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Key Takeaways

Minoxidil works by improving blood flow to the scalp, which can lead to thicker and healthier hair. However, it is important to consult a doctor before using minoxidil, as there are some potential side effects and it must be used continuously to maintain hair growth.

Because of the many cases of hair loss, online searches for treatments like minoxidil for hair growth have spiked. While minoxidil is an effective medication for hair loss, it is essential to consult your doctor first to properly understand your health concerns and, if necessary, find an appropriate treatment for you. 

At Mosh, you can speak with our doctors through chat or video call to ask about the right treatment for you, if needed. This may include products such as minoxidil topical solutions, which can promote hair growth and hair nourishment. 

The effects of minoxidil may lead to longer and thicker new hair growth over time. Because it can improve blood flow when it’s applied topically, it may help increase the supply of nutrients to hair follicles, leading to thicker and healthier hair. Learn more about minoxidil for hair growth below.

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What is minoxidil?

Minoxidil was originally developed by scientists as a treatment for high blood pressure.  In 1987, a topical minoxidil solution was developed to treat male and female hair loss. Topical minoxidil is approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for the treatment of male pattern baldness.[2] According to research, it can be up to 60% effective in preventing hair loss and promoting hair growth.[3]

How does minoxidil work?

Further research is needed to understand how exactly minoxidil stimulates hair growth, but it’s said to help reverse the hair loss process by increasing the size of the hair follicles, improving blood flow around the follicles, encouraging follicle movement into the growth phase, and prolonging the growth phase of the hair follicles.[4]

How much does minoxidil cost?

It’s important that you have an estimate of how much you’ll probably spend per month if you decide to use topical minoxidil to know if you can sustain it. Topical minoxidil doesn’t result in permanent scalp hair regrowth; it must be used continuously to maintain hair regrowth, if any.[5] If you are wanting a pharmacy grade treatment, the price of a 180 mL 5% minoxidil solution can be around $79, worth three months of use. If however you would like a doctor prescribed treatment, personalised to your hair loss situation, this can cost from $29 a month.

What are the topical minoxidil side effects?

While topical minoxidil has been considered to be safe, there are still some side effects associated with the use of minoxidil.[6] Some mild side effects of minoxidil use may include: 

  • Skin irritation or visible redness or dryness on the applied area causing itching; and
  • Unwanted hair growth in unintended areas. 

We strongly recommend using minoxidil for hair growth according to the product’s description or your doctor's instructions.

Whether you're unsure of how to apply a minoxidil product or if you need a minoxidil treatment to treat your hair loss, consider speaking with one of our Mosh doctors today to better understand your hair loss problems and assess your health concerns. For your safety, our doctors can provide science-backed treatment recommendations. 

Can minoxidil stain clothing and linens?

Yes, minoxidil topical solution can stain clothing and linens.[7] If your hair or scalp is not completely dry after using minoxidil, it may discolour garments, caps, and sheets. This may happen if the medication gets on your pillowcase or bed linens, or if your hands are not cleansed after applying minoxidil. It’s also best to avoid getting the medication on other areas of the body while moist to prevent stains. 

Minoxidil for hair growth comes in various forms, such as minoxidil topical solution (liquid) and minoxidil topical foam. While both are similar in efficacy and ease of application, minoxidil topical foam generally has less chance of staining your clothing and linens. However, it is still recommended to allow two to four hours for the minoxidil to dry completely before going to bed.[8] 

While an increasing number of men are turning towards the use of minoxidil products for hair growth, we highly recommend that you still consult with one of our doctors at Mosh to better assess your hair loss concerns. Fill out our online quiz about your hair situation, and if needed, our doctors can recommend personalised treatment for your concerns.

How long after applying minoxidil can I wash my hair?

It is best to wait for at least four hours before washing your hair with other hair products after applying minoxidil. You should also ensure that your scalp and hair are dry before applying minoxidil for hair growth. Follow the directions on the product’s package or your doctor’s instructions. 

Can you do hair colour treatments during minoxidil hair treatment?

It is recommended you don’t apply any other skin products to the same skin region where minoxidil products are being applied. While you may use hair colouring products or hair relaxers during your minoxidil hair treatment, topical minoxidil should not be used twenty-four hours before or after using hair relaxers, dyes, and other similar products.[9] 

Our online platform at Mosh has free unlimited doctor’s consultations, so you can always ask for advice if you’re interested in using other hair products alongside minoxidil. Ongoing support is important to ensure you have the best results, and our doctors are always happy to assist you throughout the process. 

How long should minoxidil breaks last?

 While you may be satisfied with the noticeable results from your minoxidil for hair growth treatment, it is crucial to continue applying the minoxidil hair treatment to retain and improve your now revitalised hair. If you stop your minoxidil treatment, your hair is likely to return to its previous state within a few months.[10]

The results from applying minoxidil for hair growth are not permanent. It is not recommended to stop a minoxidil treatment when you get noticeable results. For the best results, continuously use minoxidil as recommended by your doctor. 

You may have questions about your minoxidil use even after the initial consultation, if applicable. At Mosh, your doctor is there to support you with any concerns you may have. We even offer a reformulation guarantee – we can review your current treatment, if any, with our doctors and make the necessary changes to your plan

Are there alternative treatments to minoxidil?

Yes, there are alternative treatments to minoxidil-based treatments. Evidence has shown amino acids, Vitamin D, and other natural products can be used to treat hair loss but further studies are needed to confirm their effectiveness.[11] 

To find out all available options, consult our Mosh doctors. If necessary, they will also prescribe a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific requirements and objectives which may include treatments that can block DHT. Our Mosh doctors will also investigate different aspects, such as your medical history, that may be contributing to your health concerns. If you are recommended a treatment plan, you can have your prescription or over-the-counter products delivered to your doorstep for free, with automatic refills as needed.

Mosh – a dedicated platform for men’s health.

With Mosh, you can consult with one of our many Australian doctors without dealing with the hassles of having to physically visit a clinic. Our platform links you to a network of AHPRA-registered doctors who can offer evidence-based recommendations to assist with facial hair growth, among other hair and health concerns. 


Check out our online men’s health platform to browse through similar products, such as our hair growth spray and hair growth vitamins. You may also read our blog on how to promote hair growth and if it’s time to see a hair loss doctor. If you want to learn more about the causes of a receding hairline or the effects of minoxidil, you can find those on our online telehealth platform as well.

Mosh exists to make men’s health easy, and we pride ourselves on operational excellence and delivering the best services for all our clients. We can also help you with your concerns about health, skin care, mental health, and sexual health. If you have questions, you may contact us from Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 5.30 pm AEST.

Talk to a Mosh doctor today, and learn more about minoxidil for hair growth.


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