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  1. Looks like you've done a great job concealing that. You going to be one happy chappy in a few months. Thanks for sharing
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    It's great your hairloss has stabilized. I know you don't believe in or take the meds. I remember when you had your first HT done, must be what 5 years ago now I was shedding badly, and thinking well I can't have this done because I don't know where it's going. Anyway things seem to have stabilized for me for the past few years, I've been on Finasteride almost 10 years now, whether I'd be okay without it, who knows, but I'm not going to quit now and take the chance. The loss started for me at about 23. I remember you saying it changed your personality, bingo, same here.
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    Lol, thanks PB, silly question I guess. I'd be on the plane tomorrow if it wasn't for the for the downtime, that is THE sticking point, I'd never get away with telling people at work I took a little sunburn to the bonce. Hopefully one day though, and not too far away. Cheers
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    Hi PB, Just curious, I followed your journey through your great Dr F transformation a few years ago. And thanks for the excellent write up and work you and Spex plus every one else have done giving us great info. Afraid I'm one of the people who didn't contribute, just read, floating about in the background, probably not the only one. Anyway, question is, are still glad you did it? I've just been tussling with the idea of a HT now for what seems like a lifetime. Thought as I got a bit older (40) I wouldn't care so much about hair, but I still do.
  5. Cool, hope this turns out to be something good for all of us!
  6. That looks interesting, never heard of it before. Spex is the quote from Dr F below correct, can you tell us more? By the way, if you are interested in seeking PRP in the UK, we will be offering it there shortly. Contact Spex for more info. -Dr. F
  7. It's worth trying out some Body Shop Ginger Anti Dandruf shampoo (with Piroctone Olamine). It's only about £5. It performs slightly better in tests and I personally find it not nearly as harsh as Nizoral. Here's the study from a legitimate source. Nudging hair shedding by antidandruff shampoos. A comparison of 1% ketoconazole, 1% piroctone olamine and 1% zinc pyrithione formulations. Piérard-Franchimont C, Goffin V, Henry F, Uhoda I, Braham C, Piérard GE. Department of Dermatopathology, University Medical Center Sart Tilman, B-4000 Liège, Belgium. Hair shedding and hair thinning have been reported to be affected by dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis. The present study was conducted in 150 men presenting with telogen effluvium related to androgenic alopecia associated with dandruff. They were randomly allocated to three groups receiving each one of the three shampoos in the market containing either 1% ketoconazole (KTZ), 1% piroctone olamine (PTO) or 1% zinc pyrithione (ZPT). Shampoos had to be used 2-3 times a week for 6 months. Hair shedding during shampoo was evaluated semiquantitatively. Hair density on the vertex was evaluated on photographs using a Dermaphot. Trichograms were used for determining the anagen hair percentage and the mean proximal hair shaft diameter using computerized image analysis. The sebum excretion rate (SER, mug cm(-2) h(-1)) was also measured using a Sebumeter(®). The three treatments cleared pruritus and dandruff rapidly. At end point, hair density was unchanged, although hair shedding was decreased (KTZ: -17.3%, PTO: -16.5%, ZPT: -10.1%) and the anagen hair percentage was increased (KTZ: 4.9%, PTO: 7.9%, ZPT: 6.8%). The effect on the mean hair shaft diameter was contrasted between the three groups of volunteers (KTZ: 5.4%, PTO: 7.7%, ZPT: -2.2%). In conclusion, telogen effluvium was controlled by KTZ, PTO and ZPT shampoos at 1% concentration. In addition, KTZ and PTO increased the mean hair shaft thickness while discretely decreasing the sebum output at the skin surface. Piroctone Olamine(PTO) outperformed Nizoral (KTZ) and Head and Shoulders((ZPT) in its ability to increase hair shaft diameter in AGA. Both Nizoral and PTO also reduced sebum emission, demonstrating an anti-androgenic effect. The implication of this study is that P.O. shampoo, used 2-3 times weekly will likely provide even more of a benefit to treating hormonal hair loss than Nizoral shampoo. This is exciting news given Nizoral’s proven track record.
  8. Zimmy, seems I owe you a beer too! Spex, I'll get you a bag of pork scratchings!
  9. A lot of guys use Tricomin spray and love it. Especially if they also use Minox, it's supposed to be great at calming scalp inflammation down. The American Crew Revitalize spray is very similar to Tricomin. It's licensed from ProCyte the makers of Tricomin. I just use the spray as I think this is the vital part of the range, as it sits on your scalp all day long, whereas the shampoo just washes away. I like it, it goes on easily and dries fast. It's cheap, approx £20 a bottle and lasts a long, long time. It's not like Minox because you don't have to use it 2xdaily. just use it whenever you can. There's some science behind it. I think it got as far as phase II FDA trials in battling hairloss, so unlike many other products excluding Minox and Propecia it's semi proven. Read more about Copper Peptides on www.skinbiology.com from Loren Pickart the guy who 'discovered' this stuff.
  10. Yep, just ordered mine too! I've also heard good things about it, though I wouldn't expect too much (it is just a shampoo), but at £10 a bottle why wouldn't you give it a go? Cheers Spex & Zimmy
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