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Fighting for a scrap of dignity in the balding battle

post #1 of 6
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Good afternoon SF'ers...

 

I have a request for some honest opinions The process of me losing my hair has sped up dramatically. First I fought it, now comes acceptance  - the time has come to admit defeat.

 

But even in defeat, it is important to lose with at least some semblance of dignity.

 

Therefore, my question is - should I hold on at this length all over, or should I just go for a grade (3 or 4) all over and keep it much trimmer?

 

I would appreciate some honest feedback - I'm 30 now so will have to keep with this look for the foreseeable future (or until death).

 

post #2 of 6
I'm a bald guy, so I'm a bit biased, but I say cut it really short. I did it about ten years ago and never looked back. My turning point was when I saw a guy on the train doing a hipster combover kind of thing and felt bad for him, and for me, because I was "hiding" my thinning hair too.

Anyway, whatever you do, do it with confidence. My life got better in a lot of ways, including with the opposite sex, when I embraced being bald.

Good luck to you!
post #3 of 6
There are plenty of cost effective options to keep your hair. I never understood why people let it get so bad before they want to do something about it. I started propecia ASAP when I realized I was losing some when I was 24 and get compliments on my hair all the time now that I'm 31.

I think you're on the razor's edge of needing it shorter. I'd get a good thickening shampoo and try propecia and rogain as a combo for a few months just to see what your body is capable of regrowing. After that few months long experiment, decide then.
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Originally Posted by Reggs View Post

There are plenty of cost effective options to keep your hair. I never understood why people let it get so bad before they want to do something about it. I started propecia ASAP when I realized I was losing some when I was 24 and get compliments on my hair all the time now that I'm 31.

I think you're on the razor's edge of needing it shorter. I'd get a good thickening shampoo and try propecia and rogain as a combo for a few months just to see what your body is capable of regrowing. After that few months long experiment, decide then.
Propecia is not entirely safe tho. I realize no medication is 100% free of side effects, but messing with your hormones for cosmetic reasons doesn't look like a great idea to me. I have two friends who use propecia and they don't have side effects, but another developed ginecomastia and has erection/libido issues. Many of these side effects disappear when you discontinue the drug, but I heard some people don't recover fully, this is called post finasteride sindrome. I take medications for major depression and my dermatologist refused to prescribe me propecia because I'm not a good candidate, he said propecia can lower my mood. Unfortunately I'm in a situation where I can't do much about my hair...
Not trying to discourage anyone from taking propecia, but it's not a candy and you should evaluate your situation and decide if hair are worth the possible side effects, some of them severe.
post #5 of 6

Cut it short. Do it today. The longer you let the sides and back grow, the greater the discrepancy will look. In a few weeks the novelty will have worn off and you will have stopped worrying about your hair. I went through the same thing and was amazed at how many women commented on liking my bald head. My wife, who is far more attractive than I am loves the baldies. Its gonna be ok :)

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Cut it short. Do it today. The longer you let the sides and back grow, the greater the discrepancy will look. In a few weeks the novelty will have worn off and you will have stopped worrying about your hair. I went through the same thing and was amazed at how many women commented on liking my bald head. My wife, who is far more attractive than I am loves the baldies. Its gonna be ok :)


Thanks! Sometimes it only takes a few kind words of reassurance...it was meant to be.

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