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Just found this site as im getting a little bit desperate.

 

Heres my story Im 22 now,the first time someone actually said anything about my hair was when i was about 16 they noticed how it receded slighty at the sides. At the time i had quite long hair with a center parting so didnt really take much notice and continued to where this style for a few years.

 

All the time i knew it was getting worse but i just kept telling myself "its ok some people have this sort of hair line, doesnt mean i will go bald". At this point i was quite happy to carry on with life and not give it another thought.

 

Then for some stupid reason i thought it was a good idea to let my girlfriend at the time shave it off with clippers No.1 all over. Of course i didnt like it at all so i used to wear a hat to cover it up, then grew it back by this time we are talking a year later so its got receded even more. Of it came again after i was looking at one of these " Its Great to be bald" sites. Maybe for some people it is but for me no I absolutely hate it.

 

To cut a long story short i have grown it back now as best i can and have it very short, but i always always wear a hat when i go out. It is completely distroying my life. :)

 

I dread the next family event wedings etc, People tell me all the time its about whats inside that counts but what a load of crap i want to go out everyday and think to myself "yeah i look good" not "i look like a old man at 22". Ive done quite well for myself job wise and drive a nice car and have money in the bank etc but i would hounestly give all of it up just to have hair back.

 

Sorry for sounding a cry baby and the long post but i really need some advice on what drugs/treatments to pursue.

 

Thank you

 

Chris

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I understand completely what you are going through because I’m 22, I started realising my thin hair around your age also and like an idiot I let my friend shave my head to 1 as well and it never came back out like before. So we have some sort of connection, specially with the always wearing hats bit. Only think we don’t have connection with is driving a car, having a job and money In the bank lol so I feel like I’ve been screwed over with the hair problem, I mean who wants to hire a bald 22 year old lets say in Topman when they can hire some good looking dude with funky hairstyle cut? Or maybe I’m exaggerating but anyways.

 

I wear hats to Uni always, I bet they think I’m sad or something by now I mean it’s been 3 years I’m doing this. I’m actually worried about my final project presentation because it won’t look professional with me having a hat on, that’s how sad, insecure and un-confident I have become from this. It’s a really unfair situation we are put through at such a young age, like you said who wants to be an old looking 22 year old? At this age we should be out clubbing, meeting girls, having a blast anywhere and feeling good and cocky probably but it’s hard when you don’t feel beautiful... people tell me also that it doesn’t matter but I know it does and at the end of the day I want to feel handsome, to feel better.

 

What can we do man, there isn’t much really... I mean at least you said you have the money and a job so you can go for a transplant. If I had money I’d do it now, at least I would save some confidence and less stress in my life again.

 

I also know what you mean about friends and family meetings etc... because they will always make joke about you going bald or look at your hair instead of your face.. that used to happen a lot with one member of my fam and it really makes me feel uncomfortable you know?

 

Anyways for treatment, I think everyone well tell you the same thing:

 

1) Proscar/ Propecia/Finestaride - This is a pill that stops the hair loss, also can regain some hairs apparently but mostly crown area and middle, not frontals *sigh*. Can have side effects so you should read on it on this site.

 

2) Minoxidil/Rogaine Extra Strength 5% - supposed to stimulate hair growth, supposedly only works on mid and crown also but I've heard many people use it on frontal also although it don't seem to do much.

 

3) Nizoral Shampoo - use twice a week (eg: mon & thur) than once a week or 2 weeks after 2/3 weeks of usage. It's supposed to also slow hair loss I believe and make your hair thicker and healthier, plus takes care of dandruff.

 

4) MSM - Vitamin pills that are suppose to make the hair grow faster and healthier.

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Thanks for the reply, i have just booked myself an appointment with a place that does all different sorts of things....

 

So maybe there is hope, will have to wait and see.

 

Will keep you posted, apointment is next friday. Definetly not into these " hair systems" lol.

 

Thanks

 

Chris <_<

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Hi.., just joined the site.. Reading your 2 posts has made me so happy!! My hair started to fall out around the age of 19/20 and i decided to opt for a cover up in the form of Toppik. This was fine and i still use it 4years later and no1 noticed i was using it.., not even my long term girlfriend.. But as the years have passed im using more and more and it's starting to look abit fake.. On a work day out not long ago everyone was drunk and this bloke started looking at me strange.., then asked if i had a wig on, i laffed at him.. Then all the other people who were around started looking and another said yeah i've never noticed but it looks abit strange.. How embarrassing!! A few still couldn't see anything and stuck up for me, lets just say i kept out of everyones way and went home as early as i could :huh: Im now at the stage of really thinking about shaving it all off and being a skinhead till i die :(

 

Anyways it was nice to read that im not the only bloke going thru this.. I also wear caps everywhere, make excuses not to go out as peeps will notice me always wearing caps and looking like a Chav <_< ..Work and family gatherings also get me down as i can't hide away.., and i know what it's like for a female to have big boobs and all the blokes looking at them instead of her face as thats what happens but people looking at my hair instead of my face.. I have changed my ways :lol:

 

I also found myself getting really angry and jus keeping out of peoples way.., a good way of releasing anger/frustration was going down the gym whenever i felt pissed off or low.. Hey i might be goin bold.., but i'll have a sexi body lol

 

Good luck with your appointment

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Hi guys and welcome to the board.

 

At your age and what sounds like early stages of hairloss the best way to initially address it is with the big 3- the big three especially propecia will stabilaise your hairloss and enable you to establish what needs to be done.

 

I am more than happy to put you in touch with my gp who has helped a number of guys on this board by perscribing them Proscar (propecia) he is on it himself and is very informed on the drug as like myself has been taking it years.

 

it is much more cost effective to buy Proscar 5mg tablets than Propecia 1mg as it is exactly the same drug - you just need to cut it into 5ths.

 

I believe propecia is £30 a month whereas Proscar is £150 for a yrs supply.

 

You can get nizoral from boots and its a good shampoo for blocking DHT (THE CAUSE OF HAIRLOSS) but don't use it more than twice a week as it is prodominently a anti dandruff shampoo and it will dry your scalp out if over used.

 

Minoxodil is a good hair growth stimulant - look on e bay as there are some great deals to be had - also read through some of the threads on these boards as there are other good reliable cheap places to purchase it. Don't buy it from Boots as it is £30 for a months supply - very expensive.

You can get Kirklands minoxodil(same stuff) on e bay for £25 for 4 months supply.

 

hope this helps

specs

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I agree with the big 3 approach, and try to study the many available articles on the various treatments in as much depth as you can. I am looking forward to a good recovery at the front top and temples after a long time completely bald, but I could do with a bit more optimism for the back, because it is difficult to see the vellus and intermediate hairs even with two magnifying mirrors. It takes months and perhaps years of personal experimentation to find your own routine, and if it doesn't seem to be working it can be easy to give up. A fantastic sense of humour can help, because all the hopeful stuff we lot gotta do every damn day would defeat the dry minded pessimist.

If my crown stays a bit shiny I will consider a transplant, but I will keep at my experiments until I reach the maximum potential, which is alot more than I have now. The leap from nothing to vellus took longer than the leap to some terminal and alot more intermediate hair.

It would be nice to hear from someone else who is enjoying progressive recovery at the front, so we can help to describe the secret to everyone else who wants to know. Is my machine a red herring? I'd rather waste a little bit of my time than take the risk that it isn't, if you see my convoluted logic.

Twenty years ago I refused to believe the dermatogogists who my doctor referred me to, just to give me the bad news that there was no, could be no, and I certainly wouldn't be able to afford to get etc. If we all refuse not to believe in a miracle we can make it happen. Communication will help us to crack the code.

Ulsterman

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i need help ulsterman.my frontal baldness is an embarassment.i cant go out the door without a hat on.

my crown area is also thinning a bit but its at the front and temples where i have a real problem.

will propecia work?ive been on procerin and minox,no luck there.

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propecia tends to be more benfical in the crown than at the front

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Do not despair.

Specs advice on proscar helped me out, because previously I had to pay for a private prescription for propecia. I have a few tips to add. Proscar can be prescribed by your doctor, I am lucky because I get free presciptions and I hope that others in this position will ask their doctor for the same. It seems that some doctors just aren't interested in treating hair loss. (Today in the news it emerged that many doctors in the uk are alcoholics and drug addicts, so Dr Shipman is/was not the only nasty bastard in that profession!) If your doctor isn't intitially keen to prescribe proscar/finasteride you may need to take a different approach.

I just want everyone here to be aware that you don't necessarily have to order proscar online from an doctor who is unknown to you. Ask friends to recommend a sympathetic doctor to you.

I have recently added fluridil to my routine, although it is expensive (about £50 a month if you use one vial a day), I use it sparingly, over 3 days. It seems to dry quickly.

My experience is different from Specs, I have good growth in the front and temples after a year of using finasteride and minox and a few other experimental techniques. I don't think that many men my age (48) who have been fully mpb bald for twenty years would even try to grow their supposedly "dead" hair back. The very idea would sound like a ridiculous waste of time.

But the right combination has worked for me. Though much of my vellus/intermediate hair is just beginning to turn terminal, I have a few waves of new hair leading the way.

I doubt that men my age will put in the work as I did, even if I was able to describe the entire treatment here, which would involve a device which I believe helps to wake up "dead/dormant" follicles. I can't prove it yet, but there is no question that finasteride and minoxidil etc are only partly responsible for my success so far. The role of DHT and other well known factors involved in minaturisation of scalp follicles are important, but there are other aspects which have not been explored.

Unless there is a co-inventor out there keeping mum, I have invented something unique. I try not to get too excited, because this is a work of patience and dedication.

Young men, and some women may benefit if I can develop my ideas from prototype into an affordable product. So far my contacts with a few specialists have produced interest, but no commitment. It is the same with all new ideas to begin with.

I am happy for now to see my hair slowly returning, and I will work on the idea as best I can, with my own modest funds. I will understand if all the experienced members find my story difficult to believe, but I am not selling anything, nor representing a transplant surgeon or a snake oil company.

My aim here is to let everyone know, it is possible, genetics allowing, to grow back long dormant hair. I don't thing my genes are different.

Ulsterman

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