Growing Sideburns

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  1. kwiteaboy

    kwiteaboy Senior member

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    Are you honestly saying that you're willing to try hormone therapy, which has a number of risks and side effects, just so that you can have filaments of dead cells sticking out in front of your ears?

    No, not really. This was more of a vent than anything. I don't expect I'll be able to grow sideburns for awhile, chemically enhanced or otherwise.

    Just out of curiosity, CAN you grow sideburns?
     
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    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    Are you honestly saying that you're willing to try hormone therapy, which has a number of risks and side effects, just so that you can have filaments of dead cells sticking out in front of your ears?


    Doesn't hormone therapy have a number of secondary effects though? Also, isn't it possible that it's just a delayed development issue?

    It really depends on what a doctor will recommend. DHT is far more potent then testosterone so it would have to be a very low-dose treatment. Side effects would probably be along the lines of increased hair growth not specifically localized to the face and possible enlargement of the prostrate. Also to note is DHT plays a significant role in acne.
     
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    No, not really. This was more of a vent than anything. I don't expect I'll be able to grow sideburns for awhile, chemically enhanced or otherwise.

    Just out of curiosity, CAN you grow sideburns?

    Most people are able to, myself included.
     
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    If it makes you feel better, I can't (at age 38). I can grown something, but it's thin and spotty. I have the same issues with growing (or more to the point, not growing) a beard. I can do a decent goatee, but on my cheeks even weeks of growth just gets me a lame, patchy, half-assed Bob Dylan kind of thing.
    I've learned to live with the shame. [​IMG]
     
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    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    I take it then that you're not going bald?
     
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    If it makes you feel better, I can't (at age 38). I can grown something, but it's thin and spotty. I have the same issues with growing (or more to the point, not growing) a beard. I can do a decent goatee, but on my cheeks even weeks of growth just gets me a lame, patchy, half-assed Bob Dylan kind of thing.
    I've learned to live with the shame. [​IMG]


    Actually, instead of making me feel better, it's thrown me into a pit of despair. It makes me think I'll never have the requisite sideburns if I decided I wanted to star in, say, Grey's Anatomy.
     
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    I take it then that you're not going bald?
    Me? No. I have a full head of hair, and the woman who cuts it always comments on how thick it is (double entendre not intended), how quickly it grows, and how she is certain I will never go bald. So my lack of manliness apparently is limited to my face and not the top of the head.
     
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    Actually, instead of making me feel better, it's thrown me into a pit of despair. It makes me think I'll never have the requisite sideburns if I decided I wanted to star in, say, Grey's Anatomy.
    I hear you. It took me years to get over the realization that I'd never make it as a Mojo Nixon impersonator.
     
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    Dude, you're 21; you are not done developing yet. I'm 22 and can't grow anything close to a full beard. Do I care? No. Why are you this concerned about sideburns? If you're willing to go to such lengths to help assert your masculinity I would consider looking a little deeper.

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    Well, I'm kinda bored waiting for my GF to get home from work, so I used her makeup pencil thing to draw on some sideburns. They kind of looked trashy, so now I don't know if I care that I can't grow them.
     
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    Me? No. I have a full head of hair, and the woman who cuts it always comments on how thick it is (double entendre not intended), how quickly it grows, and how she is certain I will never go bald. So my lack of manliness apparently is limited to my face and not the top of the head.
    I knew it. It all goes back to your body being told not to convert testosterone to DHT. More DHT, more baldness/more facial hair. Less DHT, less baldness/less facial hair.
     
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    If I had a doctor who would prescribe hormones to let me grow sideburns, I'd get a new doctor.

    Yeah, me too, right after I reported him for malpractice.
     
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    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    Yeah, me too, right after I reported him for malpractice.
    I'll ask you the same thing: What's the difference between growing hair on your face and growing hair on your head?
     
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    I'll ask you the same thing: What's the difference between growing hair on your face and growing hair on your head?

    The difference is I have a heavy growth of hair on my face (at 21 I only had it under my chin and upper lip so buck up Kwiteaboy) and Im losing it on my head.

    Seriously, the diff is not much, but while it would be nice to have my original hair back my advice to myself and everyone else in my predicament is man up and get over it. Either that or limit yourself to the absolute cheapest toupes you can find as humiliating punishment for your vanity.
     
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    Man, side burns really aren't all they are cracked up to be. I was kind of wondering why I couldn't grow them for a while, but now that I can, I wish that I didn't grow them. They don't look that good, and they are a pain in the ass to shave. They come out of nowhere with no warning, and it is really hard to get them even on both sides. Enjoy your sideburn-free period.
     

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