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post #16 of 57
I was a little too old, when Rogaine emerged as a baldness treatment. Still, I saw results. I got sick of using it, though . . . afterward, I learned how to do serious scalp massage. I think that's been more beneficial, than Rogaine ever was.
post #17 of 57
Rogaine, I believe can help kick start some dormant follicles, however it will not work longterm. See my other threads about hairloss.

As far as scalp massage, I believe that may work to some extent by breaking up fibrotic tissue and collagen buildup in the scalp.

The foam is easier to apply, which certainly counts for something. If you want some serious minoxidil, you can try some of the special liposomal or high concentration homebrews from Dr. Lee or www.lipoxidil.com. These also contain various different delivery vehicles you can choose from. Rogaine, uses PPG, which for some can increase inflammation and irritation and make things worse.
post #18 of 57
Allow me to suggest an alternative perspective:

Grow up. We get older, our hair turns gray, some of us lose our hair. Just keep getting it cut shorter and you'll look like what you are: a man of your age. Don't waste your money, stay in shape, and you can still look good.

Or, to put it another way, if it's good enough for Jean-Luc Picard, isn't it good enough for you?
post #19 of 57
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Originally Posted by jackmccullough
Allow me to suggest an alternative perspective:

Grow up. We get older, our hair turns gray, some of us lose our hair. Just keep getting it cut shorter and you'll look like what you are: a man of your age. Don't waste your money, stay in shape, and you can still look good.

Or, to put it another way, if it's good enough for Jean-Luc Picard, isn't it good enough for you?

Same speech my dad gave me when I first started losing mine, only thing was that I was 14, so it didn't really make much sense.

It is great to be comfortable with your own body but once you've reached that point, why would you give up trying to get your hair back? Any hair you got back would be a bonus after that. Mere acceptance is giving up the fight, you just can't let it consume you.

btw, I'm not convinced that hairloss is merely a result of getting older, especially pre-mature loss.
post #20 of 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by jackmccullough
Allow me to suggest an alternative perspective:

Grow up. We get older, our hair turns gray, some of us lose our hair. Just keep getting it cut shorter and you'll look like what you are: a man of your age. Don't waste your money, stay in shape, and you can still look good.

Or, to put it another way, if it's good enough for Jean-Luc Picard, isn't it good enough for you?
Damn straight. Society is very accepting of bald men these days, as long as you either (a) keep the remaining hair you have really short, or (b) shave your head. I go with a Vin Diesel style short buzz cut and I like it just fine.

Alternatively, try a combover
post #21 of 57
I used it for several years (from age 16 to 29), but at the end I realized it was over. I looked in the mirror while working out in the gym one day, and realized there was nothing left to keep. I started buzzing my hair last year, and finally shaved it all off the other day.
post #22 of 57
It is strangely liberating to accept baldness, and for me, to finally shave it all off. You will have to come to this realization on your own one day.
post #23 of 57
My brother started losing his hair at a young age, and he tried using Rogaine/ generic with no result.
post #24 of 57
I probably started losing hair at 18 or so. There's something strangely masculine and mature about it, and as was said above - liberating. I just keep it short. It has never really bothered me any significant amount.
post #25 of 57
If you want to use minoxidil, the active ingredient in rogaine. Use Spectral DNC instead, it has a bunch of other goodies and some great nanosomal penetration technology. I swear it started working but in the end it started giving me heart palpitations to the point where I thought it was going to stop beating, so I quit taking it. Some people have no problems.

I have started with Spectral RS, which contains all but the minoxidil. If you get Rogaine, go for the new Foam version.

I would still recommend an herbal regimen to start with though.
post #26 of 57
The thing with keeping it short is that some people just don't have the facial structure for it to look good short or bald. For me, I think it would be a terrible look.

I'm sorta bummed recently because I had intended to start taking propecia to stop any thinning while I still have a lot of hair, but I'm not sure I'm going to be able to, having just found 5 kidney stones in a CT scan. We'll see what the urologist says, but I've got a bad feeling rogaine will be my only option.

When people say rogaine is messy, does that mean it's gonna ruin my expensive sheets?
post #27 of 57
GQgeek, I understand exactly what you're saying, vis a vis the bone structure / bald head. Yul Brynner, I'm not. Never have been, never will be. I did find Rogaine to be messy. No, I don't think it would ruin your sheets, but it was kind of icky to use. Truly: I found that vigorous massage, did just as much good. I'm 51 years old. My father and many of his male relatives, were bald by 30. My mother's side, has hair. I inherited a mixed genetic bag, it seems. Have managed to keep most of the front of my head covered, all of the sides and back, but there is a very thin spot, on top.

I massage my head every night, and use a massaging tool, when I wash my hair. As a result, I've been able to keep my hair loss, at bay. With a little TOPPIX, I swear . . . the bare spot, doesn't show.
post #28 of 57
Eh, I just noticed some thinning at the back around the crown (?) area. Even more noticable when my hair is wet. Usually my hair is quite thick, but when I wash/dry/comb, I typically have a lot of very fine, longer hairs that are falling out. Not sure if this is just a natural "survival of the fittest" going on with my scalp, or the sign of things to come. I don't look good with ultra short hair either due to my face structure, thick eyebrows, and thin build.
post #29 of 57
Rogaine's not that messy. I only do it at night, takes maybe 45 seconds plus a handwashing. Takes about 30 min to dry.
post #30 of 57
Spectral DNC was surprisingly clean, the bit that got caught in my hair dual functioned as a lightweight gel styling product. Still, if you have any itchiness in your scalp, to try balancing out your omega 3:6 ratios and taking vitamins and anti-oxidants. Finasteride and Minoxidil are toxic stuff.
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