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Extra Strength Foam vs Extra Strength Spray: which is better?

By Joe Young | Medically reviewed by Dr Luke Pratsides
minoxidil Extra Strength Foam vs Extra Strength Spray

Minoxidil is a proven remedy to breathe life into your scalp. And it’s now available as a foam, along with the classic spray. 

Let’s see how they compare. 

How does minoxidil work?

Minoxidil is a proven treatment for hair loss. It’s the active ingredient in both the foam and the spray. It’s been used to gift men luscious locks since the 1970s when long hair was the trend. So you know it works. 

A one-year study found that the treatment was successful for 84% of balding men. Until recently, minoxidil was only available as a spray. But now you can take tablets or use foam after a clinical consultation. While both topical forms are effective, there are a few differences to consider if you’re looking to regain hair. 

Which works better?

There’s no clear winner. According to a study, the foam and spray are equally as effective. Both contain the same active ingredient which is applied to the scalp. 

The only difference is in what you prefer or what is best for you clinically. 

Why would I choose Extra Strength Foam over Extra Strength Spray?

As an inventive new method of treatment, the foam offers a few advantages over its spray counterpart. But they’re both easy to use. Either apply the spray onto your scalp or rub the foam in. Each application only takes a matter of minutes. 

For some people, the foam is easier to apply, absorbs into the scalp quicker and drips less. If you're still struggling to decide, consider which product slots best into your daily hair routine.

The liquid spray is applied with a dropper so you can accurately measure the correct amount to the areas of hair loss. The foam comes via a nozzle, which you can dispense into your fingers before targeting areas of hair loss on your scalp.

Extra Strength Spray might be easier to apply to specific areas, particularly if you have long hair. Whereas the foam is quicker to apply to larger areas. Great for those with advanced hair loss.

What are the side effects of minoxidil? 

Most commonly, you may experience irritation of the skin, including itchiness, flakiness, redness or dryness. This is usually temporary and you should give your skin time to adjust to the product. If irritation persists, cease treatment, and speak to your clinician.

The foam is potentially better in this respect too. Experts think that redness and irritation might be caused by propylene glycol - which is only present in the spray. 

The numan take

Hair loss is frustrating. You don’t want to look in the mirror and see your dad looking back at you. And if you weren’t keen on applying a spray to encourage regrowth, the foam could be an alternative. It has fewer side effects but still targets specific areas of your scalp for ultimate regain.