Doctors Are Treating Hair Loss Online. Here’s How.

During this unique and uncertain time, staying at home has become an artform in of itself.

The living-room has become a gym, the bedroom a makeshift office, the pub garden swapped for a beer lent out the kitchen window. Naturally, there are some things we’ve had to give up on altogether: the bath doesn’t make a convincing swimming pool, you haven’t yet perfected that nightclub-feel in the loft and, of course, there’s absolutely no way of getting a doctor to prescribe you your trusty hair loss treatment… right?


Thanks to advancements in technology, receiving medical attention from home is not only possible, but practically normal. It’s called telemedicine – a word for medical practice that takes place over the internet. It’s possible in lots of treatment areas, including hair loss. At Manual, we’ve developed a hair loss service that anyone can take advantage of from the comfort of their sofa. That means we’re able to prescribe medically-certified hair loss treatments like Finasteride and Minoxidil, after a quick online consultation.

Here’s how.

Don’t I need to see a doctor?

In theory you still are seeing a doctor. It’s more a question of how, or where.

The idea for telemedicine has been around for a long time – hospitals and medical organisations have offered over-the-phone services since the 1950s – but it’s only recently, thanks to vastly improved digital services, that it’s started to go mainstream. More and more doctors are now offering medical advice and prescribing treatments online, whether via video-call or online chat.

The growth of telemedicine was already considerable – between 2015 and 2017 telemedicine patient visits increased annually by 261% in America – but in our current moment, demand for telemedicine services has gone up even more. A video-chat app developed in the UK, specifically for telemedicine, is currently being used in an enormous 35,000 consultations a day.

Telemedicine opens up huge possibilities for all areas of medicine, none more so than hair loss treatments. When it comes to prescribing a tried and tested medicine like Finasteride, all it takes is a quick online consultation to prescribe it. That’s what makes our hair loss service so quick, and so popular.

So, how does our hair service work?

When it comes to treating hair loss with Manual, it’s all about two treatments: Minoxidil and Finasteride. Both of them are proven to tackle Male Pattern Baldness – the cause of hair loss in 95% of men. The first step is deciding which treatment is right for you. Both Minoxidil and Finasteride work to tackle hair loss differently, but don’t worry, we’ll walk you through how they work.

If you’re only experiencing thinning on the crown of your head, then it could be Minoxidil will do the job on its own. It comes in the form of a spray. You apply to the affected area of your scalp daily, where it works to widen your blood vessels, carrying more oxygen and nutrients to your hair follicles. Studies have shown roughly two-thirds of men see benefits after long-term use

If you’re experiencing a receding hairline, on the other hand, it’s likely you’ll want to consider Finasteride. Finasteride works by blocking DHT – the hormone responsible for hair loss in most men. It’s the most popular hair loss treatment in the world, with studies indicating it works for 9 out of 10 men. It’s taken in pill form, once a day.

If you’re experiencing overall hair, both hairline and crown, the best bet will be using Finasteride and Minoxidil together. When prescribed together, studies have found them to be effective in an incredible 90% of cases.

All three treatment plans are available on our website. You simply click to purchase, at which point you’ll be taken to a quick questionnaire. This is just to find out a bit more about you and your hair loss experience. It helps us to make sure both treatments will be safe and effective for you to use.

Once that’s done you’ll receive your treatment in the post, safe inside a discreet, unmarked box.

The best part is, with Manual the telemedicine doesn’t stop there. If you have any questions during your treatment, our team of experts and clinicians will be on hand to help track your progress and offer additional support.

And that’s that! Treating hair loss from home couldn’t be simpler. Which should give you plenty of time to finish that nightclub in the loft. A few more Christmas lights should do it.

For more information about how to get our hair-saving products delivered to the comfort of you home, have a look at our personalised plans starting at just £18 per month.