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post #31 of 92
Sorry, I neglected to mention that the nutrients biotin and cysteine are important for good hair health, and you might want to include some MSM in your diet, which is a form of sulfur, recognized as an important constituent of health of hair, skin, and nails. Berries are an excellent dietary source of anti-oxidants, which in addition to promoting good hair, contribute mightily to overall good physical health.
post #32 of 92
And American Crew sells a specific line for men called Revitalize. Shampoo, conditioner and a spray. All contain copper peptide which, evidently, helps prevent hair loss. I read that science found that as we age, our hair looses its copper peptide content and dies and falls out. Plus, my doctor who did my hair transplant recommends products with copper peptide. I don't take propecia because of the impotence side effects. Then again, that little blue pill should counter any of that stuff.
post #33 of 92
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Is there a way to tell if your hairline is receding? I suspect mine might be, but if it is, the change is so subtle I can't tell for sure. Do those short hairs on the edge of the hairline mean anything?
I'd think the easiest way is to look at an old picture of yourself and compare that hairline to the current one. Otherwise, you'll notice lots of hair failling out when you comb/brush your hair and when you shower.
post #34 of 92
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[snip] I don't take propecia because of the impotence side effects. Then again, that little blue pill should counter any of that stuff.
Did you have the misfortune of experiencing this side effect? I ask because I've yet to have any such trouble and I've been on it for a year at this point. Nor have I developed "bitch tits" which some people claim to have sprouted as a result from taking it. True, the pill is supposed to halt any recession but it's important to keep your stress level at a minimum as well.
post #35 of 92
maglio wrote: "Did you have the misfortune of experiencing this side effect?" No. But, I just don't really want to see if I do. Since you've used it for a year, what are your results? Regrown hair? Thicker? What?
post #36 of 92
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No. But, I just don't really want to see if I do. Since you've used it for a year, what are your results? Regrown hair? Thicker? What?
It's slowed my recession down quite a bit. Propecia doesn't grow your hair though. For that you need other solutions like Rogaine. I almost forgot to mention it but Nizoral shampoo (2%) supposedly helps fight the recession so if you're weary of injesting anything that's an option along with that copper peptide shampoo.
post #37 of 92
I had a short bout of hair thinning in college, but my doctor was able to completely halt it. If you go to a doctor and he immediately prescribed medication, I would leave. Go to someone who is involved in research on this, which means he's usually associated with a university. Rogaine and other meds have some pretty serious side effects and are usually last resorts. My doc first made me switch to different shampoos. Normal brands leave a residue that can cause hair loss. Also, fungal growth can cause hair loss, and certain shampoos are better at this. Nizoral, Free and Clear, Neutrogena T-Gel, and generic dandruff shampoo are all excellent. My doc made me use a dilute solution of these. Shampoo does not need to foam to clean, and this can just lead to excess accumulation of scum on your scalp. I had to try this for three months, alternating a different shampoo for each month, and then brush my hair each morning for thirty seconds, collecting all the hairs. After examining them, he determined that I didn't have a fungus or anything like that. I had just gone through a stressful period at school, and he felt that could be the cause. Since then, no problems.
post #38 of 92
I can say that because I started going bald around 23 due to alopecia, a condition that affects men and women. It's not genetic, but some folks get it and that's that. There are treatments, but they primarily slow down the loss, not grow more hair. Your dermatologist can help you with that.

As a black man, being bald isn't that big a deal (I'd been bald before). For white men, it's a relatively new trend for younger men to shave their heads. Someone mentioned keeping it short to reduce its appearance. Think Jason Statham (The Transporter).
post #39 of 92
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Originally Posted by life_interrupts

As a black man, being bald isn't that big a deal (I'd been bald before). For white men, it's a relatively new trend for younger men to shave their heads. Someone mentioned keeping it short to reduce its appearance. Think Jason Statham (The Transporter).

Yeah, Jason Statham looks really cool with a shaved head. The look works best if you have a strong jawline, and your head isn't too funny-shaped.

I read somewhere that Michael Jordan really mainstreamed the shaved head look w/ black men.
post #40 of 92
Best prevention:
Propecia or 1/4 a tab of proscar (same drug and more cost effective)
---If you still have follicular minitrized hair it will grow/strengthen your existing hairs.

Avodart: Inhibits both pathways, will grow more hair hands down, however, it is not indicated nor has it long term studies like proecia/proscar.

Nizoral is cheap and has some effect.

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Outside of these you arn't really dealing with hard science.
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For young guys, the state of the art hairtransplantation is being done to amazing results: Each natural follicurlar unit is removed leaving no linear scar, virtually imperceptible to the naked eye. Until cloning/hair farming, which shows alot of promise within the next 5 years, propecia/proscar is your best defense.

http://forhair.com/
---This practice is one of the few/most ethical I've heard of as one of my friends had it done, and he looks freaking amazing.

Shaving one's head should always be tried to see if it is a good look on you as some men can look tremendous especially athetic, strong jawed and darker skin.
post #41 of 92
Another +1 for Propecia. Propecia WORKS! I started losing a significant amount of hair during my senior year of high school. Right before I entered college, I got on Propecia and my hairloss stopped. 4 years later I probably have more hair than I did at my high school graduation. The damage isnt completely reversed, though. I only wish I had got on Propecia sooner.

Who's the guy getting it for $50/month? Im paying 70!
post #42 of 92
Yeah finasteride (Propecia/Proscar) can work wonders, especially for someone that catches their loss early, as it does better as a preventative drug than a restorative treatment for most people. EDIT: Pennglock, you can save a lot of money by going for Proscar and quartering the tablets. I pay about $80-90 for 30 pills, which when divided will last me about four months. Same active ingredient as Propecia, but intended for prostate problems. I've been on Rogaine 5% and Proscar (1/4 tablet daily) for about 16 months and when I commited to taking the meds regularly I halted my hairloss and experienced an overall improvement in hair quality. The density improved slightly, but it was hardly a reversal of my hairloss. Since then I've lost a LOT of hair (for anyone familiar with the Norwood scale I'm about a diffused NW5 with a very thin hairline at about the NW 2-NW 3 level), mostly as a result of going off the medications for a while (I was unable to get my prescription filled for a while). I've experienced mild versions of some of the side effects, but nothing too major (my libido went through a "roller coaster" period where it would vascillate between raging teenage levels and complete un-interest; also, I had some fat accumulation in the chest, though I can't say whether it was slight weight gain due to inactivity or a side of the finasteride). Since I first posted in this thread, though, I've actually become fairly knowledgable about hairloss, as I spend much of my time researching hairloss and cosmetology (it's something I find interesting, especially considering the extent of my hairloss and my choice to keep my hair long and conceal my loss rather than shaving my head). There are some really good resources and forums on haircare and hairloss out there that provide a lot of good, scientific information on transplants, hairsystems (hairpieces), meds, alternative therapies, etc.
post #43 of 92
I dont know if any1 mentioned it but take a look at this if ur having such problems.
http://curezone.com/blogs/m.asp?f=235&i=17
post #44 of 92
this might be helpful for you guys. cheap finasteride (propecia)
post #45 of 92
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And American Crew sells a specific line for men called Revitalize. Shampoo, conditioner and a spray. All contain copper peptide which, evidently, helps prevent hair loss. I read that science found that as we age, our hair looses its copper peptide content and dies and falls out. Plus, my doctor who did my hair transplant recommends products with copper peptide
Just found out they sell this at "Great Clips" and it's about $10 cheaper than anywhere on the Internet. Great Clips' house brand is also suprisingly very good and cheap.
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