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  Reply # 1920547 16-Dec-2017 12:50
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This is something that has been suggested to me, Might have to do something like that. Live the simple life for the next few months!



Thought you were already doing that :P

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  Reply # 1920610 16-Dec-2017 17:26
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Early hair loss is a sign that you might have naturally high testosterone levels. And Finasteride is pretty much just a testosterone lowering drug.

Messing with hormone levels is always more risky when you are younger. And I hope that you have checked out the side effects. Which include growing moobs, and problems "getting it up".

My recommendation, join a gym and start lifting weights. The extra testosterone means you will build muscle faster.

Myself, I already had the receding hair line and greys coming through in my mid 20s. Now when my hair is a certain length, it looks like I have horns on my head, or the Wu Tang logo on my head. (will post a selfie if someone wants)


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  Reply # 1920774 17-Dec-2017 13:46
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Worrying about hair loss leads to... hair loss.


Just shave it all off - there's plenty of odd shaped head people out there with shaved heads.


Personally, I started shaving my head 20 years ago because I got sick of trying to find a decent hairdresser (plus the hassle of brushing it into some semblance of a style) and I've never looked back.

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
- John Stuart Mill

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  Reply # 1921027 18-Dec-2017 08:48
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As a qualified Trichologist (no longer practising), who specialised in hair loss, I can probably dispel a few myths around the issue and offer a little advice.




1. Genetics play a huge part in why/how you lose your hair - it can skip generations and is usually followed on from the stronger genetic code from your mother's side, but can also follow your father's side in the odd circumstance.


2. Stress is something that can affect your hair, but you're less likely to suffer male-pattern baldness from stress (see above)


3. Diet and illness can also have a huge part to play in hair loss/thinning, but if the pattern of thinning/baldness looks to be a standard male pattern, see point 1.


4. Rogaine and Propecia do work, for certain situations: you can also use them together. One reduces the level of DHT in the bloodstream and the other increases bloodflow to the follicle.


5. NOTE: If you start using a treatment (topical or oral), you may well see results, but PLEASE NOTE that you will be using these for life if you wish to keep any hair that regrows. Effectively, you simply can't switch off the genetic clock and it ticks away in the background while you use these treatments...when you stop, the hair loss is accelerated and you "catch up" to where you would have been very, very quickly.


6. A&M or any other trichologist or treatment centre will put the acid on you to get in quick and spend, spend, spend. Its a hard sell, playing on your insecurities and they'll show you umpteen success stories to prove their system works. They don't generaly lie, they just embellish the results and take some creative licence with the speed of results. Evidential photos taken at different angles and in different light give better impressions of progress.




Overall, I am bald, happy and much older than you, so can offer little advice on whether you should or should not pursue treatment.


Just go into it informed and work out for yourself if you're prepared for a lifetime commitment.



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  Reply # 1921114 18-Dec-2017 09:50
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Hi Dan,


Thanks for the points there, I feel that it would be best that I just accept how it is for now and look at a transplant if it is getting worse over the next 2-3 years. The drugs I don't think will be worth it at all and I am not the best at a routine! I have had more negative feedback and people regretting taking Rogaine and Propecia than good.




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  Reply # 1921115 18-Dec-2017 09:52
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A bit late on this thread but feel I can speak from some experience also being folically challenged.  @Handsomedan and many others have nailed it.    


Like many other's here it seems, I started to get thinning hair in my very early 20's.  I have been told that genetics favours the mothers side and as my grandfather was bald I figured it's all his fault :-)


I was desperate.  I tried every over the counter and mail order remedy I could get my hands on.  Changed my diet, sought out homeopathy options, went to the professional clinics, heck if someone told me to rub fresh cat urine on my head I probably would have done it. Everyday checking to see if there was any evidence of a recovery.  Sometimes I thought there was, but it was fleeting, and unsustainable. 


One day I decided to embrace it.  A #4 haircut, then a #3, quickly reducing to #1.  Then when the hair 'halo' was too much I just gave up and started shaving.  Been doing that ever since and while I may dream of a luxurious head of hair, as much as I may dream of winning Lotto, I have learn't to accept what I have been given and just get on with life. 


No truer words than that of Reinhold Niebuhr..."grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference"


To the your money, time and stress.  By all means check on any possible medical cause, but beyond that don't believe all the snake oil pedlars. A cure for baldness has NOT been found.  Buy a good collection of hats, grow a beard if you must or go Jason Statham style.  It's not the end of the world.    













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  Reply # 1921199 18-Dec-2017 11:43
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Yeah, I'm another genetic failure. Started losing hair early 20's. Maternal grandfather had a full head of hair but paternal grandfather was bald so don't know what that tells me!


It is a bummer so hope you can come to terms and get on with your life.


All the best.

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