The alcohol-free topical solution

Minoxidil

This 5% topical solution, used twice a day, can treat hair loss by promoting new hair growth of lost hair. Unlike other brands, our unique extra strength formula is free from harsh chemicals like ethanol and propylene glycol, which means it's kinder to your scalp and less likely to dry it out. Hair today, hair tomorrow.

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How it works

Minoxidil works in 3 clinically-proven ways to revive hair follicles and keep hair looking and feeling thicker over time. Minoxidil goes deep — absorbing into the scalp for real results.

Flow

Brings oxygen and nutrients to the scalp by increasing blood flow to hair

Growth

Activates hair out of its resting phase and into growth

Sustainability

Extending hair's growth phase for longer, for sustained growth activity

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Frequently Asked Questions about Minoxidil

What is Minoxidil?

Minoxidil is a clinically-proven hair loss treatment used to regrow thicker, fuller hair. Minoxidil can be used to treat several hair loss causes, including male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) and alopecia areata, an immune condition where your body attacks its own hair. However, minoxidil is not intended to treat a receding hairline because it does not target DHT, the main hormonal cause of a receding hairline and hair loss.

Does minoxidil work?

Minoxidil is proven to effectively treat hair thinning and balding. Specifically, minoxidil has been shown to increase hair count on the scalp after 3-4 months of use, and in post-marketing studies 94% of men rate the treatment as effective to some degree. Minoxidil is only for hair regrowth on the top of the scalp and is not intended for other hair loss like a receding hairline.

How long does it take for minoxidil to work?

Minoxidil typically takes at least 3-4 months of twice daily use to start seeing the effects. It is important to be consistent about applying minoxidil and to be patient while waiting to see results. Minoxidil’s lengthy timeline is due to the length of the hair growth cycle, which also takes months. It is also important to continue to use minoxidil even after you see results. Minoxidil’s effects will begin to disappear if you stop using the medication.

What’s different about the Hims minoxidil formula?

Our unique solution does not contain alcohol and propylene glycol, which are commonly found in other minoxidil solutions. Alcohol and propylene glycol have been known to cause dandruff, irritation and itchiness of the scalp. Additionally, our solution dries quickly after being applied to the scalp, and is non-greasy.

Can you use minoxidil and finasteride together?

Yes, minoxidil and finasteride can be used together and have been shown to be more effective when used together than individually. Finasteride works by preventing the breakdown of testosterone into DHT, while minoxidil works as a vasodilator to stimulate blood flow to the scalp and generate increased hair growth. Combined, the two treatments can pack a one-two punch. You can get both finasteride and minoxidil,, if prescribed by a clinician after an online consultation.

Why do I need a prescription for Minoxidil?

The Hims minoxidil solution is a proprietary extra strength formula, which does not contain alcohol or propylene glycol. Minoxidil products that are available without a prescription contain these additives, which are known to cause itchy scalps, irritation and dandruff. Due to drug licensing regulations in the UK, our unique alcohol-free extra strength minoxidil product requires a prescription. Because of these regulations, it’ll be up to a member of our clinical team to review your case and ensure that the product is right for you.

Does minoxidil work for a beard?

Long story short, no. Minoxidil should not be used to grow a beard. Minoxidil is only licensed for use on the vertex of the head (aka the scalp), and clinical trials for beard use are almost nonexistent. The one study that was completed for beard use of minoxidil found that there was minimal difference between the active ingredient and the placebo.

If you are interested in a prescription, Hims will match you with an independent UK prescriber who will evaluate whether or not you are an appropriate candidate for the prescription product and if appropriate, may write you a prescription for the product.

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