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    Obsidian's Story - (age 21) *** UPDATE***

    Hi,

    So for most of my life I have had thick hair and I wore my hair long and parted down the middle from age 12 to now (I am 21). I knew my Grandfather on my Mom's side started going bald around 15 or 16 and was bald by 19 or 20, my Uncle had the M shape hairline but it never went more than that. My Dad also has full head of hair along with his three brothers and his Dad, so I thought I was in the clear sonAlthough around 19 I noticed thinning in some areas. I finally cut my hair short and for good around April 3rd and I noticed since my hairline has receded some. Although my hair looks good in dark, it looks terrible in light. Is there any hope of me being able to slow down to the process?

    Here are pictures of the top part of my hair in the light and dark

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    Probably the most important thing is that when things get really bad and the world looks its darkest, you just have to throw up your hands and say "Well, alright!" cause it's probably gonna get a whole hell of a lot worse.


    For a long time I played brooding, "James Dean" types. I was kind of relieved when my hair fell out and I didn't have to do that any more. - John Malkovich

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    Re: I thought I could escape my Grandpa's genetics...

    hey and welcome to the boards. most everyone here will tell you to get on the "big 3"

    1. finasteride (propecia) - 1 pill daily
    2. rogaine (foam or liquid) - applied 1 or 2x daily
    3. nizoral (anti-fungal shampoo to be used every few days)

    At your current stage I'd suggest just getting on propecia alone for now and re-evaluate in 4-6 months. However, your hairloss doesn't look bad or advanced enough, so you might just keep an eye on it and wait on the finasteride.

    I can still remember the first time I checked my crown out and was like damn! Of course I had noticed my temples going for some time but the crown is an area you just never see in the mirror. Its good you are catching it early!

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    Re: I thought I could escape my Grandpa's genetics...

    The thing I am wondering about is since I got a haircut just over three weeks ago that I push forward since I parted my hair down the middle since I was 12 years old, is portion of that just my hair wanting to part? My question is, do you think I can still stay an NW-2? I have been eating right the past year (chicken, fish, vegetables, lots of water), exercising (running and weight-lifting 3 times a week), and taking vitamins.
    Probably the most important thing is that when things get really bad and the world looks its darkest, you just have to throw up your hands and say "Well, alright!" cause it's probably gonna get a whole hell of a lot worse.


    For a long time I played brooding, "James Dean" types. I was kind of relieved when my hair fell out and I didn't have to do that any more. - John Malkovich

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    Re: I thought I could escape my Grandpa's genetics...Help

    are you asking if its due to the way you part your hair and not MPB?

    could be. that's why i'd just keep an eye on it and see if it gets noticeably worse/starts to bald in a typical pattern.

    for now it's hard to say. can you post some pics of the temples? (with hair pulled back of course)

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    Re: I thought I could escape my Grandpa's genetics...Help

    I started documenting it around late January to early February of this year



    Right after I cut it all off for locks of love


    These two were are from Wednesday and Thursday



    I would like to think the reason my hairline receded was because of wearing long hair for so long and putting it into ponytails but I know genetics played a hand in this.
    Probably the most important thing is that when things get really bad and the world looks its darkest, you just have to throw up your hands and say "Well, alright!" cause it's probably gonna get a whole hell of a lot worse.


    For a long time I played brooding, "James Dean" types. I was kind of relieved when my hair fell out and I didn't have to do that any more. - John Malkovich

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    Re: I thought I could escape my Grandpa's genetics...Help

    while you are years away from it being even the slightest bit noticeable, i do think i see very subtle recession on the hairline, and combined with the very subtle thinning of the crown, it could be MPB. it could also just be the development of a "mature" hairline. my advice would be to keep an eye on it and see how rapidly it progresses over the next year. that said, i waited probably 2 years after i was sure my hairline was receding before i started finasteride and it has pretty much stopped any further shedding (though who knows what will happen in the future). wish i had started earlier.

    by the way, not to be gay or anything, but i think it looks best with bangs, the one where you've got the yellow shirt on. cheers.

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    Re: I thought I could escape my Grandpa's genetics...Help

    Your hair seems to be very fine in texture so it kind of seems like it thinning out but I think parting your hair in the middle has something to do with it. I started parting my hair down the middle about 12 years ago and it seems all my thinning is just straight down the middle only and of course some recession at the temples. I am of coarse alot older than you and I still have a full head of hair but my hair is fine like yours.
    House, MD: "See, this is why I don't waste money on shrinks, cause you give me all this great insight for free."

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    Re: I thought I could escape my Grandpa's genetics...Help

    you're cooler with long hair!

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    Re: I thought I could escape my Grandpa's genetics...Help

    That's not even a mature hairline (NW2).

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    Re: Obsidian's story - (age 21) UPDATE

    So I have forgot to tell everyone I have already been using Nizoral for a while (bad flakes like my Dad) and started taking Biotin pulls. I am still not for sure if this is just a mature hairline or advancing baldness. The reason I say this is here is a picture from when I was 17 before I decided to grow out my hair again.

    Probably the most important thing is that when things get really bad and the world looks its darkest, you just have to throw up your hands and say "Well, alright!" cause it's probably gonna get a whole hell of a lot worse.


    For a long time I played brooding, "James Dean" types. I was kind of relieved when my hair fell out and I didn't have to do that any more. - John Malkovich

    My story
    http://www.hairlosstalk.com/interact...p?f=28&t=45695

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