Hair loss products have come and gone over the years, but only one treatment has stood the test of time: minoxidil. It was originally sold exclusively under the brand Rogaine in the 80s, but now there are a handful of modern brands making good use of the hair growth ingredient. Best of all, you can find the same active ingredient (i.e., minoxidil) for much, much cheaper.
Minoxidil works to increase hair growth by widening blood vessels in your scalp, increasing circulation and ultimately bringing nutrient-rich blood to the hair follicles. This promotes shedding of old strands and re-growth of strong, younger-looking hair. And with the rise of big, bushy beards, some guys are also using minoxidil for beard growth.
While minoxidil might not work for everyone (studies show roughly 52% of users report mild to moderate signs of regrowth), it’s one of the few FDA-approved treatment options for male pattern baldness, and only needs to be applied either topically or orally twice a day.
If you’ve been struggling with hair loss, minoxidil is definitely worth a try, but be wary: not just any minoxidil product will do the trick. To help find some good options, we rounded up 5 of the best minoxidil products for guys that you can order right now. Check them out below.
1. Kirkland Signature Minoxidil Treatment
Kirkland Signature might be best known for giant boxes of nuts at Costco, but they also make the best minoxidil treatment on the market. It comes top-recommended from multiple outlets thanks to a strong 5% minoxidil formula and plenty of happy customers. Luckily, it’s also one of the most affordable treatments at around $31 for a 6-month supply. Use it twice a day, dropping about 1ml onto the top of your head.
2. Hims Minoxidil Treatment
Hims is a new men’s brand that offers subscription products for common problems such as erectile dysfunction, aging skin and anxiety, but their forte is hair loss. Their complete hair loss kit (listed further down the list) is fantastic, but if the price for the whole kit is a bit much, you can get their minoxidil treatment alone for just $15 a bottle. Apply a few drops to any balding areas, let it sit for 2-4 hours while you watch TV, read or do work, and then wash it out in the shower.
3. Rogaine Minoxidil Foam
You can’t go wrong with a classic. This foam minoxidil treatment comes from Rogaine, the brand that started it all, and it’s still a product worth trying. It’s a little on the pricey side ($43 for a 3-month supply), but the brand reliability and foaming formula is worth the extra dough. Apply half a cap-full of the stuff twice daily, thoroughly massaging into your hair (also be sure to wash your hands after).
4. GoodSense Foam Hair Regrowth Treatment
BEST VALUE FOR FOAM
Rogaine may be the real deal, but GoodSense is basically the Kirkland version of foam minoxidil. This topical 5% solution (exact same as the rogaine foam), but comes in packs of six (again, Rogaine is usually sold in packs of one or three). And for under $60, that’s a significant amount of savings over the course of a few years. Best of all, each purchase includes enough minoxidil to last up to six months.
5. Hims Complete Hair Loss Kit
BEST HAIR LOSS KIT
If you don’t want to mess around with different solutions, and you have a decent budget to work with, go for this Hims hair loss kit. In addition to the minoxidil solution above, you get finasteride pills that prevent hair loss, DHT-blocking shampoo and biotin gummies. You don’t have to know what each one does, all you need to know is that it really works to get your mane back.